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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 10:20 PM
    Have some ready to test. Just need to get to it. Was waiting on the +P factory loads to test at the same time(?). Looking at a test session perhaps next week. A new gauge is on the test barrel and it has proven good in the last test session.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 10:12 PM
    With Unique under a 319 gr cast I've used 10 gr as a start load and worked up to 15 gr in my TDs.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 10:06 PM
    The thickest I've found to work well on softer BHN bullets (in the 8 - 12 BHN range) is .006 made from the Coors lite "bottle" cans. I found on harder cast 45 ACP bullets (commercial hard cast with a BHN of 15 - 16) it is best to initially run them...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 10:24 AM
    No, it can't but if you watch Jerry Mikelik (SP) shooting one you'd think it was "full auto".......
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 10:18 AM
    That's what I learned to do also. Someone also sold nice heavy duty plastic bags that sealed quite well (blue colored) made to store most Lyman/RCBS/etc. moulds with handles in. When I lived up in the Pacific Northwest and started using those, I...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 09:56 AM
    I make my own 45 cal PB GCs. I've used them on several different 45 ACP, 45 Colt and 45-70 cast bullets. Sizing, particularly to "crimp' them into place, becomes critical as to the method and amount of sizing done in one step. The thickness of...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:50 PM
    The RCBS 45-300-FN is a .458 bullet, not a .452 bullet.
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:25 PM
    That's because it was resurrected by Spammers.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:59 AM
    My Ruger Bisley is a 41 Magnum and I love it. It is very comfortable to shoot. I use it most often if specifically handgun hunting deer, antelope, pigs these days.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:45 AM
    Bullseye has been the standard for a century. WST should also work well as does 231 and TightGroup. Doubt any "cool" factor makes any one better than the other. Doubt the "cool" ones can hold hard enough to tell the difference......
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:41 AM
    Concur on softening the COWWs or better yet, IMHO, would be a 16-1 binary alloy. I suggest the RCBS 45-30-FN (it is GC'd) cast of 16-1 alloy. I push that bullet to 2000 fps cast of 16-1 out of my 450-40-70 {Siamese M98 action barreled to long...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:23 AM
    I have an Uberti Artillery SA with the safety block. I carry it with 6 rounds loaded w/o qualms. My Uberti "Evil Roy" SA and Hawes Western Marshal are, however, standard Colt replicant actions so they get carried with 5 rounds, hammer down on...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-31-2023, 10:16 AM
    That would be an excellent, if not the best, choice for top end velocity and accuracy in the Marlin.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-31-2023, 10:14 AM
    With the modern lubes of today the big square lubes aren't needed. Exception being with bullets for BP shooting. I never found the square groove bullets with smokeless or BP lubes to be any better than round grooved bullets. As mentioned, I have...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-31-2023, 09:56 AM
    Back in the day I formed a lot of 8x57 the same way out of milsurp 30-06 cases. Somewhere along the way I picked up an 8x57 form die which I used to initially form 8x57, 7.65 Argentine, 7x57 and 6.5x55. The formed cases in that die (necks cut off...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    01-30-2023, 07:09 PM
    ShooterAZ replied to a thread Do We Melt or Smelt in Cast Boolits
    This thread just got "Jockularized". Who really cares if it is melting, smelting, refining, or schmelting, as long as it results in galena being poured into a boolit mold... Right? Please Cast some awesome boolits and get on with it!
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-30-2023, 12:13 PM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread 16-1 in Lead and Lead Alloys
    The use of some "fluxes" are also excellent "reductants" to remix the oxidized alloy back into the mix. Beeswax and paraffin are two. They work quite well with alloy that is already smelted. While they will flux the oxidized alloy back into the...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-30-2023, 11:47 AM
    Problem with a "double lung" is it works if the deer is broadside. Even then the deer can go a long way before lying down to die. If you've got good tracking conditions and no other hunters in the local (I have had two deer I double lunged go far...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-30-2023, 10:37 AM
    If you want maximum magnum level performance, best accuracy and velocity, especially out of the rifle then try (if you can find one) the Lyman 313631 . Perhaps Accurate or NOE can clone one? If you want a plinking bullet for modest loads the...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-30-2023, 10:29 AM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread 16-1 in Lead and Lead Alloys
    None at all. Once the tin is mixed into solution with the lead it will not be separating from the lead during any kind of normal casting operation. As mentioned the "scum" that forms on top is the same alloy that is just oxidized.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-30-2023, 10:19 AM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread Perfect boolit? in Cast Boolits
    Ed I knew about WQing back in the '60s or early '70s from an article in a magazine about a fellow who demonstrated MGs for sale. He was using cast bullet loads for such casting them of WWs. Was a simple way of heat treating them. I doubt...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-30-2023, 10:13 AM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread Perfect boolit? in Cast Boolits
    Yes, just one mould and filling all 4 cavities. I let the alloy roil back up out of each cavity before moving to the next and I leave a very generous sprue. The mould is then set on an old M60 barrel changing glove where i watch the sprue harden. ...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-30-2023, 10:01 AM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread 358 winchester in Cast Boolits
    On white tail deer the RCBS 35-200-FN of the NOE or Lee clones at 2000 - 2300 fps will kill them all day long out to 200+ yards. That is, of course, unless you hunt where PETA/APCA are issuing the deer body armor. Then you may want a bit...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-29-2023, 10:41 PM
    It's still the original military 2 stage trigger. I just fine tuned it with a trigger stop and a crisp 3 pound pull . Been a while since I've had it apart but as I recall it was basically a M98 trigger.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-29-2023, 10:31 PM
    "Ultimately I just want to shoot the rifle to the sights as they were designed for the M-2 ammo." The sights on the M1 Rifle were not designed or regulated for M2 ammunition. The sights were designed and regulated for M1 ammunition, the 174 gr...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-29-2023, 10:16 PM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread 16-1 in Lead and Lead Alloys
    That "crud" on top of each alloy is simply oxidized alloy. When you flux it will mix right back into the alloy. The crud is the same alloy as still molten. It is not tin separating from the alloy. As mentioned, what is happening is what...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-29-2023, 10:06 PM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread Perfect boolit? in Cast Boolits
    Because I push my 30 XCBs pretty hard at 50,000 +/- psi the extra hardness is proven to help them withstand that level of acceleration. With my match 30 XCBs, 311466s and 314299s WQing will bring the #2 alloy up to linotypes BHN without the...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-29-2023, 10:00 PM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread Perfect boolit? in Cast Boolits
    I use a large older galvanized mop bucket filled about 2/3 with tap water. I have not found any deformation from Water Quenching. When casting my match level bullet, 30 XCB, 311466 and 314299, I just use the one mould (all are 4 cavity moulds). ...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-29-2023, 09:58 PM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread Perfect boolit? in Cast Boolits
    No. With my match bullets I seat the GCs separately using the Lyman tool on the 450. Then I only lube the bullets in an H&I die of the same diameter as the as cast diameter. With my 30 XCBs which drop at .3105 for example, I lbne them in a...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    01-29-2023, 05:12 PM
    My personal favorites are the RCBS 38-140-CM, or the RCBS 38-158-CM. They are both a RF design which makes them quicker to load with a speedloader, as compared to a SWC. I really do like the RCBS 38-150-SWC as well, it just doesn't load as easily....
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-29-2023, 03:34 PM
    I've been forming cases using 30-06 military for the 7.65 Argentine for many years. Back when available picked up several hundred R-P 8x57s that just need sizing in 7.65 FL die and a bit of trimming. With the 8x57 and LC M72 match '06 cases I...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-29-2023, 03:10 PM
    For many years I've found the 358156, GC'd and cast of 16-1 alloy and HP'd pushed at 1400 fps out of a 6 - 7 1/2" barreled revolver to be an excellent deer killer.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-29-2023, 09:58 AM
    "I could be wrong, but I don't think there's any other cast bullet rifle cartridge that's as sensitive to RPM threshold as the 6.5x55 Mauser." 405grain Only one that comes to mind is the 5.56 ARs with 7 and 8" twist barrels. I don't mind the...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-29-2023, 09:30 AM
    Huh? [smilie=l:
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-29-2023, 09:25 AM
    I've always gone with the 5 BHN so that's probably close enough. Was just confused by the NSIS BHN and getting that same measurement with the sample of supposed pure lead I was sent.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-29-2023, 09:20 AM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread Perfect boolit? in Cast Boolits
    Except for bullets of 300+ gr weight I cast with a bottom pour Lyman Mag20. I keep the alloy at 710 - 725 degrees when casting. I use two thermometers, one measures the bottom half and the other the top half. I adjust the casting tempo to not...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-28-2023, 10:06 PM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread Perfect boolit? in Cast Boolits
    Ten years ago, I thought I was casting pretty good bullets, excellent in fact. However. the more I got into shooting cast bullets at HV I found while I was casting good, excellent bullets I too hit the accuracy wall that is alluded to. I also...
    34 replies | 763 view(s)
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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
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