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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 03:32 PM
    The 327 dies may not crimp unless they were made to load the 32 S&WL, the 32 H&R Magnum and the 327.
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    Today, 03:22 PM
    Oh, I'm "up to speed on it" alright because I've measured the psi. If you have a load, particularly a top end load, and use another bullet, even if the same weight, that seats deeper into the 38 SPL case the psi will be higher. As I've posed a...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:13 PM
    Agree with Bookworm. I've been shooting cast in MNs since the '70s when I got my first Lee single cavity C312-185 mould (have a 2 cavity now also). Mine drop excellent bullet cast of COWWs + 2% tin at .313+. I GC with either Hornady .30 cal GCs...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:55 PM
    One would have to know what was meant by "optimum".....optimum for what? If in a Handgun with a single load that probably is pretty close. However, unless one wants to register a carbine with a barrel shorter than 16" as an SBR, pay $200 to BATF...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-26-2022, 04:50 PM
    What are you sizing to and what GC's?
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-26-2022, 04:00 PM
    Over the years I've fire lapped numerous rifle barrels. I've done 22LRs, 6.5s, 7mms, 30/31 cals and 8mms. Mostly milsurp barrels but a couple inexpensive commercial barrels also. Accuracy did, in fact, improve with all of them. No, it did not...
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    09-26-2022, 03:25 PM
    ".1" isn't that big of a deal in .38 Special. In 9mm sure, but I wouldn't worry about it here." Could be famous last words...... I don't know about Titegroup powder in the 38 SPL case as I've not pressure tested that combination. I have, on...
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    09-26-2022, 02:49 PM
    Yes, the speaker was connected to an old last century (it was still last century) tape deck caller. When going through high sage I'd put the jeep in 1st gear low range and let it idle along. You could actually walk faster than the jeep was moving....
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    09-24-2022, 09:48 AM
    50 cal single shot built back in the late '70s. Rock chuck gave me a one eyeball peek around the corner of a rock at 300 yards. Using 50 cal API the rock was not cover, only concealment..... The rifle weighed 48 lbs but with no muzzle brake it...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-24-2022, 09:31 AM
    35 caliber in a not faster than 14" twist would make a very good cartridge for use with cast and jacketed and would fit your criteria nicely.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-23-2022, 11:26 AM
    Continued; Bullet Alloys; There are numerous schools of thought on this. Some like to use hard alloys and some like their alloys soft. Others like them of medium hardness in the 16-18 BHN range. I have found that best accuracy, especially at...
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    09-23-2022, 11:07 AM
    A long dissertation but you may find it helpful. ACCURATE LOADING OF CAST BULLETS FOR THE 6.5 SWEDE By Larry Gibson. The 6.5 Swede in itís original milsurp form is castigated by many as very difficult to load accurate cast bullet loads for,...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-22-2022, 10:41 AM
    The reason for that is Blue Dot requires a certain pressure level from ignition and rise to pressure to burn efficiently. Blue Dot, like many other powders, is not suitable for reduced pressure loads in the pressure range many cast bullet shooters...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-22-2022, 10:22 AM
    I consider a "mid range" 44 Magnum load to be a 240 - 255 gr cast bullet at 900 - 1050 fps out of a revolver, depending on barrel length. Unique, at 8.5 gr has always served me well producing that velocity level with excellent accuracy. I've used...
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    09-21-2022, 10:38 AM
    Agree with derek45, it's an urban or barracks legend. I suspect it stems from those who associate the caliber designation as being the cartridge, i.e., "7.62" as in 7.62 NATO, 7.62x54R and even 7.62x39. I even heard a well known anti-war protester...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-20-2022, 09:16 AM
    Reliable feeding with such would be almost impossible as would extraction. I tried modifying bolt heads and numerous other methods to get 7.62 NATO blanks to feed and extract for a training company I contracted to. Never proved successful. ...
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    09-20-2022, 08:43 AM
    The difference is in the malleability of the alloy. A true 16-1 alloy is a binary alloy of lead and tin with no other metals. This alloy will not harden by WQing or heat treating. COWW alloy + tin is a ternary ally consisting of lead,...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-19-2022, 04:16 PM
    You might come close to .313 IF it's an older Lyman mould AND you add 2% tin to your COWWs. Also casting with the alloy temp at 710 to 725 and pour the alloy in allowing it to roil back out leaving a good sprue, even if some runs off the sprue...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-18-2022, 09:25 AM
    Using wheel weight alloy you will probably not get any expansion. With the 1650 fps load the nose may fracture and slough off if solid enough bone is hit. In COWWs there is too much antimony and not enough tin for reliable, if any, expansion at...
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    09-17-2022, 06:25 PM
    The Crosman HP is also my "plinking" pellet for use in my RWS M54. As you've found, weight sorting really has little effect on the average accuracy. Thus I also do not weight sort them but simply shoot them out of the tin. However, extensive...
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    09-17-2022, 05:59 PM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread Ugh! Too big! in Cast Boolits
    The bullet inside the case will have been sized down. How much? You'll have to pull one to find out but I suspect the sized portion will run .451 - .452. I suspect any pressure increase, if any at all, would not cause any pressure problems.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-16-2022, 07:26 PM
    If the BHN is 7.5 then the alloy is closer to 40-1. As mentioned, a 16-1 alloy should be in the 10+BHN range.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-15-2022, 02:14 PM
    I've tested (chronograph and pressure tested) Blue Dot (both Hercules and Alliant) in the 357, 41 and 44 magnum cartridges with both jacketed and cast bullets. I've never found Either Hercules or Alliant Blue Dot to be erratic or touchy. What i...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-15-2022, 09:57 AM
    I've had Hornets since the mid '70s. Favorite for many years was a Ruger #3. I've shot it so much the barrel is shot out. I've had Savage 23 a Win M54 (wish I still had it) and coveted a M70. However, I've been happy with the Ruger #3, a Savage...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-13-2022, 11:21 AM
    I've shot a lot of 225415s (Lyman's) out of numerous 22 CFs including those mentioned. I still use it in my Hornet and 223 Rem Contenders for subsonic small game loads. It should be an excellent bullet for your intended uses. I suggest GCing even...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-13-2022, 11:15 AM
    Most definitely, in the past I've always preferred a 12" twist to a 10" twist in 30 caliber. Given the same impact velocity and alloy I've never found either twist to affect the expansion or terminal effect of the bullet. However, I've always...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-12-2022, 06:06 PM
    My 45 Colt/45 ACP convertible revolver is not a Ruger but a Uberti "Evil Roy". Both cylinders have .453 (pinned) throats. The 45 Colts I shoot are usually Lee 452-200-RFs sized .454 loaded over 7.3 gr Bullseye which run at 925 fps out of the...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-12-2022, 05:25 PM
    225314? I've found the Lyman 225 462 to be an excellent bullet in all three of those twists in the same cartridges.
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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
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