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    Today, 10:26 AM
    Mostly, I replenish my inventories of the 10-12 boolits I use most during the winter months...600-800 of each, on the shelf, ready to load...but may cast, occasionally, on a rainy summer day if I feel the need. Bill
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    Today, 10:15 AM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread Midway Birthday in Our Town
    Got one for my last b'day (12/20) but didn't use it. Bill
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    05-03-2021, 02:00 PM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread Donut sticker shock in Our Town
    $.75 ea. for fresh donuts at the Meier's store here...or $3.00 for a six-pak of 'day-old'. Bill
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    05-01-2021, 06:55 PM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread Advisable speed in Cast Boolits
    Like DG, I don't load for the .338 but get 1 1/2 MOA (or better) groups pushing 196 gr. .30 cals. at 2040 fps from a Savage M10 with no indication of leading. Boolits are cast from my approximation of Lyman #2, gas-checked and powder-coated. Have...
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    04-29-2021, 04:58 PM
    After browsing through my library of reloading manuals and accumulated data (I've been shooting .38-55s for a dozen years or so) I failed to find a single recommendation (or even a reference) to either of your powders and agree 100% with Post #2;...
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    04-29-2021, 04:38 PM
    .36 cal. Maxi-Ball? IIRC, at one time, both Lyman and T/C offered muzzle-loaders and conical molds in .36 cal. Bill
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    04-27-2021, 04:08 PM
    Couple weeks back, I was servicing the Cub Cadet in preparation for the summmer mowing. Went to the farm supply store where I bought the tractor to pick up an oil filter. Checked the shelves and they were out of the FRAM filter to replace the OEM...
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    04-23-2021, 04:54 PM
    Powder-coated, the Lee 124 gr. TC over 5.8 gr. HS-6 shoots to the same POI as factory FMJ from my SIG 365XL. Bill
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    04-23-2021, 04:39 PM
    If your mold is marked 'PC' it's very likely from Arsenal Molds and you're going to need to determine if the 'as cast' diameter will work for your specific caliber. FWIW...Jared at Arsenal has done a couple of 'PC' molds for me and both were cut to...
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    04-23-2021, 12:45 PM
    Hmmm...this looks just like the pot thermometer that I've been using for the last 30-odd years except mine says "Lyman" on the face instead of "Tel-Tru." Last winter, I checked it against an electronic unit with a thermocouple probe and it matched...
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    04-21-2021, 09:40 PM
    That's not a valid Model 12 s/n. According to Winchester Arms Collector's Ass'n, highest Model 12 s/n (1980) was 1970885.
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    04-17-2021, 02:11 PM
    Never tried them in my Series 70 Gold Cup, but the worst I ever shot in either my "tuned up" G.I. 1911 or my LW Commander were some mid-60s 'WCC' milsurp that I came into by way of a retired NG armorer. The 1911 would print 3" groups at 25 yds with...
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    04-16-2021, 02:56 PM
    What's the twist rate of your barrel? I've an ample stock of 305 grainers that I shoot in my Highwall (1-18 twist) that are sized to .380 and lubed with Emmert's but hesitate to speculate on whether or not they would stabilize in a badly worn...
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    04-16-2021, 09:45 AM
    Smoke's Clear. Tough, slick, and I've yet to have any sign of 'peeling' when sizing. Bill Btw: I began PC with HF Red...and threw away what I had left of it after two or three batches using one of Smoke's powders!!
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    04-14-2021, 05:05 PM
    ' Nother "Not Secure" here. Anyone else using Norton 360 security software? I get it as part of my cable subscription as, since the last 'upgrade'(?), it seem like almost anyplace I sign in gets a "Not Secure" pop-up. A couple nights ago, I was...
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    04-14-2021, 01:16 PM
    My old Chrony says that 13.5 gr. Unique under the Lyman 457124, cast 20-1 and PC'd, from my repro Trapdoor carbine duplicates the 45-55-405 load and shoots to POA using the 1879 'C' sight settings. Not uncomfortable to shoot and every bit as...
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    04-11-2021, 05:01 PM
    +1 on the 311008 (if you can find one). Mine casts .314 / 118 gr and I've yet to find anything better in my Uberti 1885 Low Wall. Also, a pretty good 50-yard plinker in my Longbranch Mk4No1. Bill
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    04-11-2021, 12:33 PM
    You've gotta check those old boat keels and ballest blocks for zinc contamination before you haul 'em away. Back in the day, many of the smaller boat builders poured their ballest from whatever was cheapest and it's a real PITA to discover you've...
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    04-11-2021, 11:44 AM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread Nei 190 308 in Cast Boolits
    IIRC the markings of "old" NEI molds indicated weight from straight linotype (dunno 'bout the later ones 'cause those I own are all from the late 1980's-early 1990s). I've got a .30 cal. with a profile very similar to the Lyman 311041 that's marked...
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    04-08-2021, 10:41 AM
    Turned my last 150-odd pounds of harvested range scrap into a pile of 2-pound muffin-pan ingots and, while I had the old plumber's furnace fired up, melted and poured all my accumulated lino (40+ pounds) into 1-pounders. May be my last time...
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Been shooting since I was 8 and reloading since I was in high school.
East Central IL
Shooting sports, biking, canoeing, and about anything else that takes me out into the boondocks.
Ex-renovation contractor; semi-retired and doing insurance property inspections on contract basis.


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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