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    Bullseye, Red Dot, WST, Green Dot and Unique are what I found best with cast bullets........I've settled on Bullseye for mine but am using up the last of a couple pounds of WST I've got in it under the Lee 356-120-TC bullet. With Jacketed bullets I use Herco, Blue Dot and Unique.
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    Didn't have time to try t this weekend.
    Next Sunday we have a .22 match.
    So many projects, so little time.

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    Having problems with the bolt sticking, and chambering.
    The chambering, I think. is from all the unburnt powder.
    Need to find a cleaner burning powder.
    The bolt, I'm not sure.
    I think maybe the ejector.
    I'll remove it and see.

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    Just recently Purchased some 9mm Largo Brass from Starline. Mine feeds and works well with 9mm Parabellum. I have used surplus with both calibers
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    Took the rifle apart.
    Removed the ejector and trigger.
    Still sticking.
    Cleaned it really well.
    Found some burrs inside of the receiver.
    Filed ans sanded it down.
    Problem solver, for now.
    No idea how the burrs got there.
    Tried some different powder.again.
    700X
    It did as good as the HS6, and burned way cleaner.
    I didn't PC the boolets this time.
    Bore slugged at .357, so boolets were sized to .357.
    Still having problems with it shooting to the left.
    I did turn the rear sight to the right and it got much better, but the front blade still has to be drifted to the left a tad.
    Things getting better.............Slowly

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    For this load testing, I used pulled primers.
    i an tell, sometimes, it is lighter.
    Bot for load testing, it's good enough.
    So far 700x seems to be the winner.
    At 50yds anyway.
    3.6 to 4.0 seems to shoot the same.
    I'd really like to try some 115gr boolets..
    They seem to be the most accurate in my other 9mm firearms.
    Gunshow coming up, so maybe I'll get luck and find one there.
    Still having problems with the bolt.
    Not sure what's going on.
    After around 20 rounds, it gets sticky.
    Cleaning it off doesn't help.
    Last time there was a burr near the lugs.
    Will have to check it to see if it came back.
    Bore slugged at .357.
    I using boolets sized to .357.
    With .358 it was sometimes hard to close the bolt.
    Even with the .357 it sometimes hard to close the bolt.
    I may just try some .356 to see how it goes.

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    I picked up a Lee 356-102-1R to try.
    I'm thinking it will cast around 100gr.
    Just hope it larger than .356di.
    Haven't done much the last few weeks.
    Busy getting ready for the gunshow next weekend.
    Hope to find some goodies.
    Good deals.

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    So the .356 is to small.
    I thought it would be.
    I will make it bigger and try again.

    I am still having a problem with the bolt sticking.
    It's the last 1/4" or less.
    Last time it was sticking, I took the ejector, extractor, firing pin and trigger off.
    Bare bolt.
    Magic marker the bolt surface.
    Filed down where it was scraping.
    Worked well.
    As I started shooting again, the bolt started to stick again.
    I'll take it apart again and see whats going on.

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    Gunshow is done, so back to this project.
    I opened up the Lee 356-102 mold to .359/.361.
    I resize, so out of round doesn't bother me.
    Sized to .357 and .358. Same load of 3.4/700x.
    Will see how they do today.
    Haven't had time to play with the bolt.
    I'll try to get to it next week.

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    Getting close.
    .357 didn't do all the great.
    .358 was a big improvement.
    I've been using pulled primers a friend gave me.
    Now that I have something close, I'll try known primers.
    I may try the Lee 356-120TC.
    I'll have to size them to .358 first.
    May have to add some tin or pewter to lighted it up.
    Mines weighs 127 right now.
    I just got a .358-115 SWC mold
    I'll cast some up and see what they come out to.
    First thing I have to do is work on the bolt sticking.

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    FYI- Sarco sent an email stating they have Destroyer magazines 10 for $20!? I know no details other than that.

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    I saw that.
    Might just order some.

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    Bought 10 mags from Sarco.
    Not sure why, but for the price, couldn't pass it by.

    Trying something different with the boolets.
    Got some plain base gas checks.
    I have found gas checked boolets shoot much better than plain base.
    Hope to reload some with...........
    127gr gas check....4.4, 4.6, 4.8 of W231.
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    Gas checks seemed to have helped.
    Little more consistent.
    My bore slugged at .357. I'm using .358 boolets.
    I will reslug the bore and see if I can make some larger boolets in .359.
    I've read that some are getting 3" to 4" at 100yds.
    That's what I'm getting at 50yds.
    More work needed.

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    Got the mags today.
    Look unused.
    Good deal.
    Now if I can just find the right load for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abunaitoo View Post
    Got the mags today.
    Look unused.
    Good deal.
    Now if I can just find the right load for it.
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    Those look great. Sarco has gone crazy.
    Now sell one magazine for $20 to recoup your investment. Those are appreciating already.....

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    So I tried the same load and boolet.
    This time with known primers.
    Was more consistent, but still getting 3to 4 at 50yds.
    I just know it can do better.

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    OK, question. "I just know it can do better." or I just know I can do better.?
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    There is no 'right' that requires me to work for you or you to work for me!

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    I know it can do better.
    I don't know if I can do better.
    But I'm trying.

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    So I seemed to be getting nowhere.
    Decided to start from the start.
    I re-slugged the bore. .357
    I then loaded the same powder, W231-5.5gr, and primer, CCI SP.
    The boolets were Lee 127gr sized to...........355, .356, .357, .358.
    I Beaggled the mold to .361 before.
    Alu flat base gas check.
    I did not weigh each boolet.
    All shot at 50yds
    10 rounds each.
    .355......4 to 5
    .356......2 to 3
    .357......2 to 3
    .358......4 to 5
    Overall the .356 was the most consistent.
    Both the .356 and .357 showed fliers, opening up the groups.
    Next I'll try weighing the boolets to be sure their close.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check