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Thread: Making our own .50 BMG gas checks now.

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    Cool Making our own .50 BMG gas checks now.

    We borrowed a NOE 850gr .514 bullet mold from rockrat and were able to test some new gas checks we made last night. The first try came out about .104 tall and .517 in diameter. Bought some NOE sizing bushings for their push through die set up. The bullets are 50/50 clip on wheel weights and linotype. The bullet came out to 838 grains sized to .512 and ready to go.

    Here is a cell phone pic of my first finished bullet:




    Any opinions on the gas check height? These .104's seem to work fine in the shop, but we are new to the caliber. Just need a .50 cal rifle now. I bet the neighbors would love the sound of one on our home range.

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    Looks good!

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    A stationary suppressor might be in order (Iron wire some used tires together so they form a chamber you can fire through that'll quiet the mighty BOOMs somewhat.)

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    Wow what a chunk of lead. Let me guess to fill that cavity you just dunk the mold in the lead and wait a min then pull it out to cut the spru? Jkjk, you fill the ladle w lead then let the lead cool then run that up into a sizer? Joking again.

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    [QUOTE= Just need a .50 cal rifle now. I bet the neighbors would love the sound of one on our home range. [/QUOTE]



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    That's pretty cool .

    If you still have the mould ...would you post a photo of the mould , boolit and gas checks together with maybe a ruler for scale... I've never seen a 50 BMG boolit mould before...6 or 8 cavity ?

    At 838 grains that means you can only cast 8 boolits from a pound of lead ???? GEEZE that's BIG !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winger Ed. View Post
    It will sing a song that can be heard for a few miles.

    You'll get to meet neighbors, and Sheriffs Deputies you didn't even know you had.
    Winger Ed. you always seem to have a funny comment that gives me a giggle, I wonder is there anything in life that really bothers you, you seem to live a life of joy and don't mind passing it on to all and I thank you for that. I vote you forum funny man in charge of laughter and giggle. Regards Stephen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Cohen View Post
    Winger Ed. you always seem to have a funny comment that gives me a giggle, I wonder is there anything in life that really bothers you, you seem to live a life of joy and don't mind passing it on to all and I thank you for that. I vote you forum funny man in charge of laughter and giggle. Regards Stephen
    Thanks.
    I've folded the flags of too many of my friends, way too early to get upset at much any more.

    My old boss, the owner of the company used to give me 'the look' at times.
    Once in a meeting he went on and on about we should all be worried about something or another.

    He went down the row of chairs asking everybody 'Are you worried about this'?
    Everybody nodded and replied, 'Oh yes, I'm worried about it too'.....

    He got to me, asked me if I was worried about this earth shaking matter, and I replied,
    "No Sir,,,, Not exactly. I think 'aware', or 'concerned' would be a better word".


    After that, he didn't talk to me for about a week.
    Last edited by Winger Ed.; 05-10-2019 at 11:59 PM.
    Everyone can learn from their mistakes.
    However; it's less painful, and cheaper to learn from the mistakes of others.

    Never ask an old person, "how are you doing"?
    They eagerly look forward to telling you,,,,,,,, and ya really don't want to know.

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    You a man after me own heart Winger, I can relate to laying friends to rest, I say farewell to another Monday morning. Regards Stephen

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