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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    09-04-2022, 08:01 AM
    The 1911 industry needs a great deal more of this: get away from the bells, whistles, and target-rifle tolerances and deliver an honest, functional, steel handgun for a reasonable amount of money. I helped a buddy out with one recently. . .the...
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    09-02-2022, 12:02 AM
    Your sights are most likely calibrated for the MKVII 174 grain spitzer at around 2450 fps. A lot of us replicate the older MKI-MKVI 215 grain / 2000 fps load with cast bullets like the 314 or 316299. With that load, I've found the battle sight...
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    08-30-2022, 11:08 PM
    At 25 yards with a Special load, you're out to have fun - not go on some Chuck Yeager-esque quest to push the outer edge of some envelope. And I'm here to tell you, you can have a ridiculous amount of fun with a 250+ grain .44 lobbed out around...
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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
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