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    Yesterday, 09:28 AM
    Got a new deer rifle on the way. I've loaded TONS of .30-06 for 24" and longer barrels, and I've found TONS of manual data for 24" barrels. This one will be a 22", and while extrapolation and guesstimation is nice, it would be nice to find some...
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    Yesterday, 09:16 AM
    I would second rintinglen's vote for the NOE Ranch Dog. I haven't run that one in a huge variety of guns, but the .380 version has functioned flawlessly for me across Colt, Glock, Walther, and FN. The 135gr 9mm version has been excellent across a...
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    10-02-2022, 10:27 AM
    Cool! One more thing I'd like to throw out at you that may help your thought process: Those of us who grew up in the shooting community in the 1930's to the 1990's were raised in an era of soft-core, copper-jacketed, soft-point hunting...
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    10-02-2022, 09:19 AM
    Though it seems a bit of a simplified generalization, this is probably a pretty fair place to start. I have found some sign of it myself. As velocities start to creep up, both 20-1 (expands wonderfully) and air-cooled wheelweight simply give up...
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    10-01-2022, 03:09 PM
    If you're worried about whatever it is you're hunting squashing you into a thin, red paste, then quit screwing around with half measures and start with a .375 H&H.:lol: Your proposed build limits are: The magazine length of the Lee Enfield,...
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    10-01-2022, 10:46 AM
    Since it's really just a stretched version of a lot of older .32's, I'm sure Starline will continue to do occasional runs. Just be a proper hoarder when they do. Meanwhile, there's much sense in hitching your cart to the .38/.357 horse that's...
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    09-30-2022, 09:21 PM
    The question may be one of "meplat vs. sectional density". For deer and pig sized game, sure, a 200-250 grain .35 should be nice and thumpy and likely penetrate plenty. But the same general weight in a .303 may be a better drill for a larger...
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    09-29-2022, 10:29 PM
    Another you might consider is the American .30-40 Krag. Dimensionally and performance-wise, it is very similar to the .303 Brit - - to the point that I think "not invented here" nationalism is the only reason the U.S. didn't just use the British...
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    09-29-2022, 10:09 PM
    You want meplat? My preferred 9mm medicine proved to be the NOE/Ranch Dog tumble lube 135 grainer: It casts at .357" and works well for me swirled in 45/45/10. The Accurate 35-135D is effectively the same bullet and the mold can be...
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    09-28-2022, 11:20 PM
    Just a harder, non-expanding alloy for the whole mag. Unless you're loading everything with soft charges, you'd be unlikely to get consistent point of impact out of both. The flat points in question will create an adequate tunnel of destruction to...
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    09-27-2022, 11:09 PM
    Another relic of my youth saved! You're a good man! :wink: Acraglas to the rescue! Considering the grandson will probably have the functional eyeballs many of us no longer do, you might as well let him have the open sight experience. By the...
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    09-27-2022, 01:23 AM
    I think if you check B.A.W.'s reply with his flat points, you have a totally workable solution. Consider: Both 130 grain .32's at 1250fps out of a Martini Cadet. The hard alloy on the left took six feet of water to stop. With .303, you've...
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    09-24-2022, 07:42 PM
    You might just stop and consider that the original .303 may not be broken and doesn't really need to be fixed. Plenty of "strikes with authority" options to be had for mold designs. 215 grains at 2000 fps was what the round was originally all...
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    09-24-2022, 12:14 PM
    As I understand and have witnessed the process, what meplat does for you is grab, crush, and tear better than something more streamlined. I've posted elsewhere that I visualize our goal as creating a replica of the largest blood vessels in the...
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    09-24-2022, 11:13 AM
    Obi Wan Kenobi said that the lightsaber was "An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age" Personally, I'm much more in line with Han Solo's "Hokie religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side" The question of...
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    09-24-2022, 10:58 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread .303 British Bullet in Cast Boolits
    It's a classic target bullet I like a lot. Between this and the 314299 version, you should be set for any .303 you come into between the extremes of "brand new" and "sewer pipe". You can take these up to about 2000 fps for a fair duplication of...
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    09-24-2022, 10:37 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread 15 BHN still too hard in Cast Boolits
    Wolf, I plink a lot of donated water bottles at 50 yards with my .22 LR's, and the reaction is typically "solid round noses zip through; hollow points make them jump". This is of course with standard .22 alloy of a low antimony percentage. ...
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    09-23-2022, 09:16 AM
    Run a .22 Magnum revolver. Run FROM anything Taurus. Pumas being ambush predators, if they decide you're food, you're unlikely to see it coming. For the most part, if you aren't a deer, they won't mess with you. Most of the attacks that have...
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    09-22-2022, 08:06 PM
    I'm not sure I'd regard them as challenging NOW, but Dad and I learned how to cast with a single cavity RCBS .455 Webley hollow base and a hexagonal .451 Whitworth. I would NOT recommend those as your "starter" options.
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    09-17-2022, 08:03 AM
    Have only made it as far as casting a pile and creating the test-fit dummy round. . .then got to the pesky part of the year where much gets put on hold for deer season prep. Tumble lube of choice is White Label's 45-45-10, so Alox-based.
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    09-13-2022, 09:18 PM
    JCSC, Follow the link to the stickied thread in Dusty Bannister's #4 reply to your post. A lot of hard-won knowledge there. The formulae I arrived at for success starts on page 4 or 5.
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    09-13-2022, 09:01 AM
    The problem common to "Swiss Army knives" is that they are usually less than satisfactory as knives, and all the corkscrews, saws, and tweezers they contain are compromises to the real thing as well. You're looking to size that bullet down A LOT...
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    09-07-2022, 08:42 PM
    The only thing that will ever get me to go back to a balance beam scale will be the literal, powered-down end of the world.
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    09-05-2022, 10:09 PM
    I'm utterly convinced big meplats are more fun to explode water bottles with. As to them having that same kind of magnified effect on meaty tissue, I'm not really all that convinced. I watched through binos as my Dad perfectly shot his 2014 buck...
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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