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    Yesterday, 09:46 PM
    Hick: Two things. First: I love going over to Winnemucca in the spring to shoot sage rats. Everybody there is so friendly, and the scenery around Paradise Valley is amazing. Winnemucca's a great place! Second: when I started out with PC on...
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    Yesterday, 04:42 PM
    I've been all over this. I prefer bore riding boolits because of the accuracy, but when you powder coat them the nose gets too fat to chamber. I machined a nose sizing die, and discovered that it will make the nose the right diameter, but that it...
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    08-12-2022, 06:49 PM
    Great post. I put together a 6.5x55 Swede using a Turkish Mauser action and a 6.5 barrel from Numrich. I've only had it to the range once, and it shot surprisingly well. The photo is a 10 shot string at 50 yards. I pulled the one low shot. The...
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    08-11-2022, 06:23 PM
    I despise opening a barrel channel. It is my least favorite of gunsmithing tasks. It takes forever. Chiseling, sanding, scraping - so tedious and boring. But, it is a necessary evil of the smith, so do it we must. I have found a hack that has...
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    08-11-2022, 06:10 PM
    I've used blue dot loads with jacketed bullets in 223. These are reduced velocity & noise rounds for varminting in settled areas. They are not low pressure loads. The issue when using blue dot is that pressure and performance are good so long as...
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    08-11-2022, 05:33 PM
    405grain replied to a thread Recipes for One in Cookin' Recipe's
    Being single (wife passed on a couple of years ago), this is the reason that I don't think I'll ever go elk hunting. Did the math. If I ate a whole pound of meat every single day it would take me two years to finish it. Elk sausage, elk stew, elk...
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    08-09-2022, 08:54 PM
    Wolfdog91: It has become painfully obvious to us old timers that shortages of ammunition and reloading components usually occur in cycles. During favorable times it is always advantageous to stock pile things like powder, primers, brass, etc. I...
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    08-08-2022, 07:41 AM
    A couple of years ago my younger brother moved to a new apartment on a 2nd floor that didn't have a patio or a place for him to cast. He had his reloading stuff set up, but his boolit supply was starting to dwindle. I took pity on his situation...
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    08-08-2022, 07:25 AM
    I don't shoot 300 Savage, but I do form 30-06 brass to make a different cartridge. When I'm making a different cartridge I use military brass because it doesn't have a cartridge designation on the base: just two or three letters and a date. I...
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    08-06-2022, 08:29 AM
    A PSL-54 is the sniper type rifle that youngsters mistakenly call a Dragunov because they saw one in a video game or in an action movie. In the movies it's usually carried by one of the villains. :drinks:
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    08-06-2022, 08:11 AM
    panhandle: First things first. Go online and download a free copy of "From Ingot to Target" by Glen Fryxell. This is an excellent source of information about cast bullets, and will answer many of the questions that you'll want to ask as you...
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    08-04-2022, 04:22 PM
    Hold the phone! Your sizing to .308"? That may be one of the reasons that your getting leading. With cast bullets it's usually best to size about .001" over groove diameter. If the bullet is under sized hot, high pressure gas can blow past the...
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    08-04-2022, 03:53 PM
    The hardest recoiling rifle that I've ever fired was a Winchester model 70 in 358 Norma Magnum. This particular rifle kicked significantly more than a 458 Winchester magnum that was built on the same action. The reason that the 358 was such a...
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    08-01-2022, 07:48 PM
    pertnear: Thanks for posting those pictures. A jig like that would be just the ticket for making the extractor cut when rebarreling an 1874 Sharps replica.
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    07-28-2022, 08:28 PM
    Try looking at bullet molds for either the 32-40 or the 32 Winchester Special. These will most likely have a flat meplat for use in tubular magazines, but some "target" 32-40 designs might have a more pointed nose. The only one that a quick...
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    07-27-2022, 07:33 PM
    DougGuy: A very handy link! I'm going to save that for the times Karens (both male & female) try to give me a ration for shooting sage rats (ground squirrels) and NOT eating them. They're a huge farm pest that multiply by the thousands and...
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    07-27-2022, 07:22 PM
    405grain replied to a thread h110 for .223 ? in Cast Boolits
    H110 is excellent for steep loads in both 357 and 44 magnum. I agree with others here that a fast pistol powder like unique, red dot, green dot, etc. would be better for your application. These double based pistol powders do not require a filler...
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    07-27-2022, 06:50 PM
    I haven't tried it in the 308 yet, but the RCBS 30-180-FN would give you the heavy weight slug that your looking for with a big meplat. I'm concerned that I might have to seat the boolit with the gas check below the neck in order to chamber the...
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    07-20-2022, 02:42 AM
    When reloading with any cast bullet, I always make seating and crimping a separate operation. If you try to seat and crimp all in one stroke it can shave the lead (or powder coat) off of the driving bands. This will cause barrel leading, and...
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University of California Research & Development Engineer. Navy veteran. Hobby gunsmith. Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.
Modesto, Ca.
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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