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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 02:20 AM
    Copied from a post from a friend By now I am sure most of you have heard the unfortunate news that the GOEX black powder plant in Minden, Louisiana is closing. There was a fire in June 2021 that closed the plant, and sadly for us, the parent...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 01:01 AM
    There was a fire in June but they planned on rebuilding. Per a family member if the family was still running daily operations they would not be closing it. https://websterparishjournal.com/2021/06/22/public-awaits-answers-on-goex-explosion/ ...
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  • Winger Ed.'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:55 PM
    I never did it, but a buddy used to load 5 gr. of Unique, and regular 50 or 55gr bullets to shoot out his bedroom window into the back yard. (yeah, he was single then)
    6 replies | 119 view(s)
  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:34 PM
    Yeah, I need to get some. Something else I thought os, a few years ago, I set up to load for .380 (waste of effort, but OK) along those lines, got a Lee mold of their 90 grain RFN tumble lube bullet. I'm gonna measure a few, if at least .358, it...
    37 replies | 909 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:16 PM
    The Hodgdon Family turned the business over to Bean Counting Business School Types. http://namlhunt.com/goex-to-close.html?fbclid=IwAR09kWgfPwV0ocmwD4etzphggnwJ0ib43LSuUeO-PtxGQCFs9YJH8irQZXY September 27, 2021 ​ HodgdonŽ Announces...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    I think I'm gonna try a Williams sight for a Marlin 39A. Looking at the two, I think it'll work. Worst case, I've got a good sight for my 39A. Gotta figure out a front now, I like brass bead fronts. I'm sure I can get something to work.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:19 PM
    It looks a lot like that, but it's a Lyman mold, seems like it was a four cavity too. Dad gave it to me many years ago, I was planning on trying to load two in a .357 case. I may even still have a few, I remember I cast a pot of them and don't...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    http://namlhunt.com/goex-to-close.html?fbclid=IwAR09kWgfPwV0ocmwD4etzphggnwJ0ib43LSuUeO-PtxGQCFs9YJH8irQZXY Press Release September 27, 2021 ​ HodgdonŽ Announces Closure of GOEX Facility
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:42 PM
    First off, welcome to the forum! I would not hesitate for a second to use the VV N340 in the cast boolit 44 Mag loads. Start out at the minimum load for your bullet weight (10 grains), and work up like always. In my opinion VV powders are second to...
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  • Winger Ed.'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:09 PM
    In years gone by, I'd thought that if you weren't living out on the edge--- you were taking up too much room. However; in later years, I've changed that out look a little. In this case: I'd be careful about going into uncharted waters by just...
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  • Bad Ass Wallace's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:20 PM
    I'm using 31.5gn of IMR3031 to push a Lyman #311284 (209gns) sized to 0.310" I've tried several 30.06's over many years and find a 4 groove 1:10" twist and deep ridling to e a perfect combination.
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  • Winger Ed.'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:09 PM
    Our range has a lot of older guys, but hardly any re-loaders. I was there one time and picking up my .45s and .38s. A kid asked me why I was doing that. He could barely hit the ground with his Tupperware 9mm too. He was amazed I could knock...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:05 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Marlin 45/70 in Factory Rifles
    1881 https://www.nramuseum.org/guns/the-galleries/the-american-west-1850-to-1900/case-19-smith-wesson,-marlin,-remington-and-others/marlin-model-1881-lever-action-rifle.aspx 1895 https://www.1895gunner.com/gunroom/marlin1895.html
    13 replies | 348 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:54 PM
    http://www.castpics.net/subsite2/LoadLookup/default.html http://www.castpics.net/subsite2/LoadLookup/cartridge.html http://www.castpics.net/subsite2/LoadLookup/powders.html
    2 replies | 96 view(s)
  • Winger Ed.'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:50 PM
    You really need a couple of books for the additional info in them beyond just load data. Otherwise, try things more specific. Such as 'cast loads for .30-06', or whatever caliber you're looking for.
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  • Winger Ed.'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:46 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread Marlin 45/70 in Factory Rifles
    Sorry bro. I'll be more than glad to tell ya how I find stuff, but I ain't smart enough to do the link thing. The easiest way I've found is using the duck duck browser, put in what I want, hit the 'images' button. A gazillion pictures will...
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  • Winger Ed.'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:13 PM
    Your alloy should be fine for what ya want to do with it. At trapdoor speeds, it doesn't have to be harder than Chinese Algebra anyway. Double check, but I think the .45 rifle stuff is .459 inches in dia. and the .45 handgun is .452. Your...
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  • Winger Ed.'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:02 PM
    The powders you have don't really lend themselves to .30 cal. cast. I'd look in the manuals, make a list, and hunt around for ones that will. And dig around with a search for things like 'Unique in rifle loads', or 'Bullseye in .30 caliber'....
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  • Winger Ed.'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:11 PM
    For practice and target shooting, I've gone to 'The Load'. It's 13 grains of Red Dot with a 180-190 gr. cast with a gas check. Its great for practice, and the cost is in line with buying premium .22s like CCI Stingers. Do a search for 'The...
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  • Winger Ed.'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:59 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread Marlin 45/70 in Factory Rifles
    A .40-65 WCF made & shipped in 1898 is listed on GunsAmerica with several pictures of it in their antique, pre-1899 section. Not an original one in .45-70, but its pretty close. And one that shipped in Dec. 24th 1895 is on the "Antique Arms...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:49 AM
    Somewhere around here I have a mold for a wadcutter which weighs about 60 grains. I would think that would do better than a round ball, I haven't cast with it in years. I just picked up a neat little rifle chambered in .357, I need to give these...
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    09-26-2021, 11:24 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Chaplain Emil Kapaun in Our Town
    https://www.kake.com/clip/15258903/pilsen-welcomes-father-emil-kapaun-home?utm_medium=social&utm_source=undefined_KAKE_News&fbclid=IwAR1aFrAb7tSjWP18d9nFnAI3yRlmlETnpABbHQOjYt8oteH5yZyEtdYh9j8
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  • Winger Ed.'s Avatar
    09-26-2021, 09:49 PM
    The usual cause for any bottom pour pot to leak is because the nozzle and or the rod has crud in/on it.
    16 replies | 289 view(s)
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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