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    05-10-2022, 10:14 AM
    It seems to be a system that inspires obsessive behavior. . . I'm back in the land of my birth on vacation. Travelled east with a complete set of fire control parts to rehabilitate my late uncle's 9-57 production 510 so his grandsons can...
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    05-09-2022, 09:00 AM
    I bedded and floated the one I discuss in my " Seeking .22 Hornet Propellant Nirvana" thread and it is currently acting like it wants to deliver the goods. Given the fact that we're not exactly dealing with bone-crushing recoil here, I don't know...
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    05-08-2022, 10:23 AM
    My first instinct on reading your post is that you're looking at far more bullet weight than necessary for what you intend to do. You'll find that these solids cast of alloys a little harder than pure can penetrate A LOT. The 500+ grain subsonics...
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    05-08-2022, 09:21 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread 9mm in Cast Boolits
    While my experience is by no means extensive, I've had good luck with NOE's Ranch Dog / Accurate Molds 35-135D. In Winchester brass, 3.5 -3.7 grains of Bullseye will run it at just below to just above 1000fps with standard deviations of about...
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    05-04-2022, 09:08 AM
    As one who wasted his youth in NRA Highpower matches, I would say "certainly nothing cast". For shot placement in brain or spine at that kind of range, you're needing a load that is significantly sub-MOA in terms of just dispersion. Then with...
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    05-03-2022, 08:06 AM
    Seen it many times. Inadvertently done it more than once. One of the hazards of an "industrial" setting with a lot of different pistols around needing to be fired. Scarier is when the round jumps the extractor and sits in the bore waiting for one...
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    05-01-2022, 08:28 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread .380 boolits in Cast Boolits
    Agree with Outpost75 on the weasels. Go flat point solid. I run Winchester Q4206 Wally World White Box for carry. The Ranch Dog tumble lube mold is a pretty good approximation of the shape. Available from NOE as the 358-100RF; from Accurate as...
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    04-27-2022, 09:18 AM
    The sole purpose of Super Hard is to be a delivery mechanism for antimony to the softer base metals many of us are scrounging. The idea is you already have a lot of free or cheap locally-sourced stuff; you don't want to buy more lead because you...
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    04-27-2022, 01:06 AM
    Pop & I did a rocket run to the range yesterday afternoon after I got off work to get a last bit of "SCIENCE!" in before a forced 3-week break (vacation). Gonna need to look hard at the chrono data, but for water quenched WW+2% out of a 1-10"...
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    04-26-2022, 09:08 AM
    Wolf, I guess that aside from the fun of it, the thing to do is look at all the ingredients you have to work with and consider what cannot be self-generated in this hobby. Powder, primers and .22 rimfire ammo are going to be "the wall" for most...
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    04-24-2022, 10:43 PM
    The problem is that the melting point of antimony by itself is almost 1200F - or almost double that of lead, and almost three times that of tin. This is why we seek it pre-alloyed. What you buy and what you mix of course depends on what you're...
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    04-24-2022, 02:38 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread The 9mm AR in Factory Rifles
    Try cleaning an HK sometime.:dung_hits_fan: Nice thing about an AR is its guts are pretty accessible. I'd be inclined to run a blowback version pretty wet with CLP so I'd be wiping sludge rather than chiseling out baby diamonds. My Ruger PCC...
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    04-24-2022, 02:21 PM
    Take some sample rounds with various cast bullet designs, as well as some military ball FMJ and coat the bullet and first inch or so of the case with a dry erase marker. Cycle them through your gun being sure you check both sides of the magazine. ...
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    04-23-2022, 07:27 PM
    So, baby steps. Got the 24", 1-10", CZ .30-06 to the range yesterday for my first .30XCB experiment using H4831SC and 2500+ lube. Bullet alloy was 1 part Lyman #2 to 2 parts linotype at about 19BHN. Lapua brass. Primers were Federal Gold...
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    04-20-2022, 09:38 PM
    Some good early preliminary results. . . My Retired Old Man Of Leisure got out to the 100 yard line to zero a new peep on his recently-acquired '95 Winchester in .30-40 Krag, and he loaded up some cast-long-ago .30 XCB's cast of air cooled WW+2%,...
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    04-20-2022, 09:11 AM
    I've been running my 4" GP100 in a DeSantis Thumb Break Scabbard and it rides very close and comfortable. Unfortunately, not an option for a 6" Python - - but maybe give their Dual Angle Hunter a look.
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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