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    Today, 01:55 AM
    If Unique is unavailable, I'd want BE-86, followed by Herco, followed by AA#5. I've never tried Hodgdon Universal, so I may be missing something there. Just from inspection, and with no actual experience, VV N340 might also work as a "general...
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    Yesterday, 05:21 PM
    I don't REALLY have a use for a Lahti 9mm, nor a Bergmann-Bayard M1910/21. In addition to being obsolete (nonetheless still effective) for their intended purposed, they're not what I'd call aesthetically appealing sidearms. I would, nonetheless,...
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    12-02-2022, 11:48 PM
    fatnhappy replied to a thread S&S buyer MIA in Our Town
    Based on my experience, wait a pay cycle plus 3 days. Just saying…… Ymmv
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    12-02-2022, 12:44 PM
    My casting experience is not extensive. Since I was at a friend's home in town, there was no sawdust handy to try, so we used left-over wax from old candles. The three of us, from prior work experiences, knew the potential for disaster when...
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    12-01-2022, 08:12 PM
    I've been using 4.0/Unique/147 gr. FP in my Israeli-built P-35, with good results. Though I think the load develops over 800 f/s, it seems to work quite well and is very frame & slide friendly. Alliant lists 4.3/Unique/147 gr. as the maximum load,...
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    11-30-2022, 09:56 PM
    Mr. Tappan was no dummy. He graduated from Stanford, so he had SOMETHING going on. Concerning the primacy of the 1911 platform as a defensive pistol, he may have been taking his cues from Jeff Cooper (ALSO a Stanford graduate, and no simpleton),...
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    11-29-2022, 11:42 AM
    I don't hunt with a suppressor, but I kinda like the idea of harvesting meat with a firearm and NOT advertising it to my neighbors. I might have GREAT neighbors, but unless I'm in some way causing problems for them, it's not really any of their...
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    11-29-2022, 10:18 AM
    Accurate Powders once sold a surplus propellant under the name "Data 68", which was touted as using AA 2015 data. I used it mainly in .223 and in lesser amounts, in 7.62x39. I could find no data specifically for Data 68 in larger rounds (.308,...
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    11-28-2022, 03:39 AM
    Things to try at the loading bench are: 1.) Increase the charge weight slightly (data allowing). 2.) Switch to a heavier projectile (230 gr. LRN or 250 gr. RNFP), keeping charge weights as is. 3.) Increase the amount of crimp you use. I find...
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    11-26-2022, 07:41 PM
    Has anyone tried melting heavily oxidized lead (PbO), then fluxing with candle wax or a similar paraffin? Based on heats of formation, the reaction should go forward, readily. The hydrogen-rich paraffins would combine with carbon to form CO2 and...
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    11-24-2022, 09:09 AM
    Kosh75287 replied to a thread Rossi 92 on sale in Leverguns
    I'm not sure how complicated it might actually be, but I've thought more than once about how a '92 Rossi in .357 Bain & Davis might be received. For readers not familiar with the round, it is a .44 Magnum case, necked down to .357". The hope was to...
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    11-23-2022, 05:27 PM
    MAN!!! How does someone NOT like THAT kinda performance! I'd expect 200 gr. at 1900 f/s to be PLENTY for downing anything edible in North America. QUESTION: When you necked up the .308 brass to .358, did you use intermediate size expander plugs...
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    11-23-2022, 04:46 PM
    I couldn't agree more. Empty chambers just give your aggressor a "head start". The 130 gr. weight also seems suspect to me. I guess it COULD be some weird heavy-clad FMJ, designed to achieve maximal velocity(thus penetration), but I've never heard...
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    11-22-2022, 10:17 PM
    Kosh75287 replied to a thread Old Geezer in Our Town
    I recently read a thing on the subject that I rather liked: "Too old to fight, too slow to run, STILL young enough to shoot DAMN good & ruin your day!"
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    11-22-2022, 10:05 PM
    Did you notice how old this thread is?
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    11-22-2022, 04:31 PM
    Kosh75287 replied to a thread Alliant in Factory & Surplus Powder
    I understand and share everyone's impatience with Alliant. About 75% of my reloading data is predicated on the use of Unique or Herco, so yes, I get it. The ONE ray of light in this cloud is a propellant called BE-86. It burns a little more slowly...
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    11-22-2022, 12:21 AM
    Is the Banshee blow-back operated, or gas-auto? If it's blow-back, I'd expect no issue. If it is gas-auto, there's SOME likelihood that the polymer coat could strip off at the gas port and clog it. But to be honest, I don't hear of it happening very...
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    11-21-2022, 08:48 PM
    LMAO! That IS funny. But it's NOT ludicrous, by any means!
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    11-21-2022, 10:09 AM
    It's difficult for me to work up much ire toward the iguana, when I think about how many bugs they eat.
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    11-21-2022, 09:44 AM
    The LEE FCD was not a success for me. I soon found other adjectives that would fit "FCD" as a descriptor. I switched to a Redding taper crimp die for .38 Special, when I was having trouble (with the FCD, if memory serves) with getting a uniform...
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    11-19-2022, 11:23 AM
    Not AT ALL the same appeal as animal horn (which I generally find GORGEOUS), but I always wanted to try to make some pistol stocks out of Bois D'arc (Osage Orange) wood. Unfortunately, while such trees are common in my environs, one almost never...
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    11-19-2022, 12:17 AM
    I tried weighted averages to calculate alloy hardness, but I couldn't get it to correlate with actual hardness. It especially gets confusing when the alloy isn't just lead:tin. Add antimony and a little arsenic, and Katy bar the door... You COULD...
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    11-18-2022, 09:24 PM
    RAMJET-SS, that's one of the nicest-looking revolvers I've seen in a very long time! Just Beautiful!
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    11-17-2022, 03:47 PM
    I certainly hope your eyesight isn't impaired. Praying for you.
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    11-17-2022, 11:38 AM
    Are the Rossi M1892s in .454 Casull still available? If one is limited to a rifle as a reactive bear gun, THAT may be the best choice. The platform is light, handy, and easy (tho in .454 Maybe not "FUN") to hit with. The .454 always struck me as...
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    11-16-2022, 05:17 PM
    JUST to account for inflation (1974 dollars to 2021 dollars), the price would have to be $1150. But yes, depending upon how fussy one is about having a box for it (a non-issue, to me) I'D expect it to go fast at $2300.
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    11-15-2022, 03:19 PM
    My 1971 EDITION of Lyman lists the following: 34.0 - 38.0/IMR 3031/215 gr. Jacketed --> 2000 - 2178 f/s 36.0 - 40.0/H4895/215 gr. Jacketed -----> 2036 - 2227 f/s Keep in mind that these data are 50+ years old, when contemplating their use....
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    11-15-2022, 02:18 PM
    CONSULT WITH HODGDON about this, but if you can find data using the 215 gr. jacketed with H4895, then the 60% rule should apply. Ordinarily, I'd suggest "the load", 13.5/Red Dot, but the bullet you plan to use is ~50% heavier (and jacketed) than the...
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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