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    Today, 03:49 AM
    300leonidas: The 30-40 Krag is a versatile cartridge that has been shown to work really well with lots of cast loads. Tell us what bullet/powder combinations you've been shooting and then people can make more informed assessments about what might...
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    Today, 03:28 AM
    Having the dies shortened like this, and pushing the shoulder back, probably created too much headspace. Before you reload those fired cases I'd recommend that you take a paper clip and bend it into a feeler tool to reach inside the case to check...
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    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    405grain replied to a thread Seating this bullet in Cast Boolits
    Winger Ed's post is pretty graphic, but the danger of taking a lackadaisical approach to handloading is real. If a bullet is seated too deeply, or in the case of autoloaders, the bullet is a loose enough fit that it gets pushed back into the case...
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    Yesterday, 09:44 PM
    405grain replied to a thread Seating this bullet in Cast Boolits
    Whopper Stopper: Cast bullets aren't like jacketed bullets. When you're seating cast bullets you need to be careful not to shave lead off the sides of the bullet. A 3 die reloading set usually has an expanding die that puts a slight flare on the...
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    Yesterday, 10:36 AM
    As a general rule, you will probably get your best accuracy with cast bullets under 2000 fps. You can go faster, and by doing load development you can find the point where accuracy drops off. But, if you begin your loads at too high of a velocity,...
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    Yesterday, 09:55 AM
    405grain replied to a thread wads for checks in Gas Checks
    In Phil Sharpes Complete Guide to Handloading (yeah, I know it's really old), there's a section about using grease wads. This is where you insert a disc shaped card wad over the powder in a straight walled pistol case, then put a thin disc of...
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    02-06-2023, 01:27 AM
    405grain replied to a thread where did it go? in Cast Boolits
    I tried accessing that site yesterday and no bueno. I really like that site, and it has provided lots of useful information. This couldn't possibly be linked to some gangland shooting because they have those there every day. Perhaps this means...
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    02-06-2023, 01:15 AM
    The RCBS Cast Bullet Manual is an excellent source for information. I bought a copy just for the cast loads for 7mmTCU. However, this book was written back in the day when loads were tested with a copper crusher instead of a transducer. The...
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    02-06-2023, 12:55 AM
    ulav8r: I have no issues. Sharing information is what this site is all about. 2152hg: That's some beautiful bluing, and very fine craftsmanship. Please explain the "proper techniques", as I and others haven't had good results with the express...
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    02-05-2023, 08:27 PM
    I'm not a moderator, just a regular guy. Don't worry about it. You'll get some replies on general topics here, but this site has so much information that you can post on specific areas of the site and get lots more responses from people that are...
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    02-05-2023, 02:37 PM
    Krh1326 replied to a thread WTS Wts / wtt in Swappin & Sellin
    MODS: I messed up the title, and canít figure out how to edit that part. Thanks, got itÖ Thanks Kenny
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    02-05-2023, 02:10 PM
    Krh1326 started a thread WTS Wts / wtt in Swappin & Sellin
    Cleaning up my shop, and have some stuff to sell/ trade. 1) TruGlo TFX ( Tritium & Fiber Optics Extreme ) for 1911 5” Govt .45 ACP. #TG13NV1A Green Dots w/ White front focus ring. New / opened package / did not install. ( I went with ...
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    02-05-2023, 11:38 AM
    Recycled bullet: You might get more responses to powder coating issues if you post questions about it in the "coatings and alternatives" section. There are lots of suggestions there about powder coating issues. When I'm coating pistol bullets I...
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    02-04-2023, 11:46 PM
    Doing a convert from word isn't letting me import photos to pdf. I'm not going to spend the time trying to debug that, I'll just post the photos here and describe the action. There are two different Mark Lee products; Express Brown and...
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    02-04-2023, 08:10 PM
    First off, to the OP: you've got a very nice rifle. Thanks for posting about it. I just came across this thread so I've got some answers for the first few posts on it. The original stock broke at the forward action screw, and the action screw...
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    02-04-2023, 07:38 PM
    I've done a write up on how to do this on a different forum. I'll see if I can convert that info into a pdf. I'll post here to let people know when I've got that done, then they can PM me and I'll send them the pdf.
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    02-04-2023, 07:22 PM
    Fishoot's the guy that taught me how to do this rust blue with the Mark Lee products. Use the "plum brown" not the rust blue. The rust blue leaves a thin blue with a hint of bronze color. This might suffice on small parts like safety thumb...
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    02-04-2023, 06:44 PM
    I haven't looked into it because the idea just popped into my head a minute ago. When we cast lead bullets we alloy them to give them different properties than pure lead. What metals could we alloy with zinc to do things like make it heavier, or...
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    02-03-2023, 04:26 PM
    Thank you guys. The rifle is a VZ-24 that's chambered in 7x57 Mauser. The bullets that I was shooting were rcbs 7-168-Sp. I powder coated just the driving bands, then swirl lubed in 45-45-10. The charge was 28.0 grains of IMR-3031 with a 1 grain...
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    02-03-2023, 05:43 AM
    For longer than I'd care to admit I've had a personal goal of shooting five rounds into a 1" group at 100 yards with cast bullets. Several times I've come close, but today I finally did it. I know that lots of people have done this, and even...
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    02-02-2023, 01:12 PM
    When I'm chambering a barrel I gently pinch the extractor collar tight, then wrap a small piece of wire around the extractor attachment lugs so that it won't spring open. So long as you keep the attachment lugs aligned with the raceway the bolt...
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    02-01-2023, 06:01 PM
    I'm not even going to jump in on the zinc coin controversy. But I was thinking, aren't consumable anodes like they put on boats made of zinc? Besides those lousy newfangled tire weights, zinc anodes might also be a source for zinc.
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    02-01-2023, 01:36 PM
    I did just talk to Dave , and they are taking orders, and they do appreciate the business. Email: mattesonmachineshop@gmail Web: https://www.mattesonsmachineshop.com/ His are single stroke style. I have and use, .22 , .30 , 9mm/.38/.357 ,...
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    02-01-2023, 12:33 PM
    Dave is up and running. Still repairing shop, and home, but under control. I had ordered three plainbase checkmakers , two days before Ian hit. I received them and they are awesome. He set them to run beer/soda cans…. In 9mm/38&357, in .40 SW and...
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    02-01-2023, 12:26 PM
    I no longer shoot any cast boolits, with out checks. Now, being retired, I have the time to fiddle around, and do what I want. I will not say that pb checks have improved my accuracy, as I am still a terrible shot, lmao…. But I will say that my...
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    02-01-2023, 01:55 AM
    Question answewed: A 1936 Mexican Mauser takes a Timney trigger model # M98FN. This is their product number 201 trigger.
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    01-31-2023, 08:59 PM
    405grain replied to a thread Perfect boolit? in Cast Boolits
    The Lyman #311466 is listed in the ballistic charts in the back of the 3rd edition Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook, but their data only goes up to 2300 fps. The bullet has a ballistic coefficient of .250. At 2300 fps it will transition from sonic to...
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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