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    Today, 07:02 PM
    murf205 replied to a thread I'm addicted in Casting Equipment
    I mean, who could blame a guy for this little trinket??
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    Today, 04:21 PM
    murf205 replied to a thread I'm addicted in Casting Equipment
    You got out light at $67. My last trip cost me $900 just because I have a mold to match the gun I bought. I told MamaMurf that I was going to the show just to see some old buddies. SURE.....she said. I think she is going to start patting me down...
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    01-21-2022, 10:39 AM
    I'm in the same camp as avoiding gas checks because of the added time it takes my fumble fingers to get them in place. HOWEVER....I have to admit that almost all of my accurate cast boolit experiences have been with gas checks.
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    01-20-2022, 09:30 PM
    Make sure you use crimp on gas checks, a la Hornady because there is a theory, probably justified, that when the long boolit, set below the neck will strip the check off. I have personally not experienced this but a lot of my cast shooter friends...
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    01-19-2022, 10:06 PM
    Taz, when it finally dawned on me that a 44 magnum didn't have to have bazooka loads and I found out that my favorite powder (2400) could be safely loaded down, I realize how accurate a wheel gun could be with the butt rested on a bag of some kind....
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    01-19-2022, 09:48 PM
    I would not bet on the 1-16" over stabilizing a 250 gr and for sure not a 320 gr. A 250 gr cast boolit from a 358 or 35 whelen will penetrate into the next zip code anyway. I have a 1-14" barrel on my 358 Norma Mag and it handles 250 gr Noslers as...
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    01-18-2022, 09:12 AM
    Yep, that's it. Again, if it was mine, I'd do just that but even though he is my son, it is his rifle and I'm going to let him make the call.
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    01-17-2022, 06:36 PM
    I would call Veral but I hate to distract him if he is busy so I'll ask this question here. With regards to WFN and LFN boolits, I have read that one is more accurate at longer ranges than the other. Assuming that a revolver is already a known...
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    01-17-2022, 06:09 PM
    That is correct. I had the leather in the vise but it still wouldn't hold the barrel. I am waiting on my son to get back with me and let him decide if he wants the brake on or off. I do the load development for him and I can't stand brakes. It even...
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    01-15-2022, 04:48 PM
    Mr Hemeyer sounds like a bean counter and that is not necessarily a bad thing 'cause RCBS has got to make a $ too, but my LGS's can't keep reloading starter kits in stock and the section where the components are is always crowded. Some of the people...
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    01-15-2022, 04:23 PM
    What baffles me is that my son told me that the rifle was new with the thread protector on it and he unscrewed it and screwed the brake on hand tight so a 7/8's wrench 12" long should take it off. The Ruger tech I talked to said they didn't use...
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    01-15-2022, 09:48 AM
    I tried that-twice. This thing is ON THERE.
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    01-14-2022, 09:14 PM
    Well the heat gun didn't work either and that was the recommendation of Ruger Customer Service. They said if that didn't work to call back and they would take it and remove it for me. I might just take them up on that offer. At least if something...
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    01-14-2022, 09:06 PM
    murf205 replied to a thread Softening Alloy in Cast Boolits
    Ok, so how much to use in a pot with around 17 lbs in it? Tea spoon? I've never done this so I'm treading in new territory in hopes of salvaging a mix of WW that got some zinc it it.
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    01-14-2022, 03:37 PM
    murf205 replied to a thread Softening Alloy in Cast Boolits
    So I am guessing that this goes for zinc in a contaminated pot too, right?
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    01-13-2022, 09:45 PM
    murf205 replied to a thread 44 Special Range Day in Cast Boolits
    Question on the 696 - why is it better than the M69? I mean, other than the two piece barrel, EDM rifling, lock, MIM internals, and fit and finish not comparing; isn’t the L-frame 69 a possibly available substitute? That might not matter to a...
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    01-13-2022, 04:30 PM
    LAGS, I just talked with Ruger customer seevice in North Carolina and the lady said the same thing about the heat gun. When i get home im going to try it. I wish they would ship the gun with the thread protector and let the buyer put the break on if...
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    01-13-2022, 03:51 PM
    I'm not going to go quite that far. My son would have a duck and I couldn't blame him. But I have an ace in the hole, Mr Jimmy McCollough of McCollough Rifle Co is only about 30 min away from me and he has bailed me out before.
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    01-12-2022, 07:46 PM
    Thanks guy's I'm going to try the heat gun first while the can of Kroil is on order. Am I correct on the direction to loosen the nut/break?
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    01-12-2022, 05:44 PM
    How hot did you have to get it? As you face the muzzle, it unscrews counter clockwise, right? Is the hex nut part of the brake?
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    01-12-2022, 03:15 PM
    I did, but it wont budge.
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    01-12-2022, 02:18 PM
    My son has a Ruger American 450 Bushmaster Ranch with that awful muzzle brake and yes, it is deafening to shoot. I have tried heat and a good fitting 7/8 wrench but this thing will not budge. As a side note to all of this, I use a Magneto Speed...
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    01-11-2022, 09:45 PM
    BD, if there was ever boolit for a 45AR, that one looks like it would be the one. I guess a taper crimp would hold it in place at the mild recoil of the big frame guns like a 625, 25-2 or a 1917. Really appreciate the good sharp flat base.
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    01-11-2022, 09:32 PM
    murf205 replied to a thread 44 Special Range Day in Cast Boolits
    This is as close as I ever got to owning a 696. The mod 24 is one of the last nickel guns to leave the factory and it has a Hillary Hole. It shoots pretty good with Elmers boolit.....but it AINT a 696. The other one is a Hand ejector made in about...
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    01-11-2022, 05:14 PM
    murf205 replied to a thread 44 Special Range Day in Cast Boolits
    Pavia, I don't know what you consider too much for that 696 but it must have been good if you sprung for it. That is one gun you will never regret buying. Just follow Randy's advice about loading for it and you might want to consider the powder...
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    01-09-2022, 10:40 AM
    Wolfy, I keep seeing a reference to Varget and 4064, which is about as hard to find as hens teeth today, but all my bench rest buddies are telling me that IMR 4166 behaves like Varget in their rifles and I have had very good results with it in my...
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    01-08-2022, 05:00 PM
    For my 308 Norma, I run the 7mm Mag brass through my 308 Norma dies and fireform with a starting load of a powder with a burn rate equal to around IMR4895. After that I neck size and check for fit and smoothness of bolt closure. You must remember to...
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    01-08-2022, 04:35 PM
    If you really want to pull your hair out, call ATT customer (dis) service! You'll want to kiss those people at Lyman after you do.
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    01-06-2022, 03:39 PM
    I learned about Ballistol from a friend who had a Winchester '86 in 33 Win. The gun was about as clean as it could be but the bore had VERY faint rifling. After running a borescope through it he found that it was lead. He soaked it with Ballistol...
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    01-04-2022, 08:55 PM
    Ballistol
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sniffin' spent powder since the age of 5--addicted early
U.S. Army Medic, NRA Life member
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Dead center of Alabama
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If it cost money, I like it
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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
GC Gas Check