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    Yesterday, 03:32 PM
    Brother-in-laws gun! :bigsmyl2:
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    Yesterday, 03:31 PM
    405grain replied to a thread Dumb questions in Cast Boolits
    There are no dumb questions: just dumb answers. The smaller a bullet mold is the harder it is to cast with. I'm sure that there are 17 caliber molds, but at that small size it might be better to look at swaging instead of casting.
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    Yesterday, 01:26 PM
    Larry: Nice picture. Question - The speaker on the front of your jeep; are you using your jeep as your predator call? That's such an awesome set up, but I'd get in so much trouble with something like that. I'd have it hooked up to a PA system so...
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    09-23-2022, 06:54 PM
    405grain replied to a thread Bench belt sander grit in Our Town
    I just retired this July from being in charge of two different machine shops. I had a 6"x 48" belt sander in both shops. For 99% of everything I used those sanders on I ran 80 grit wet/dry belts. The bulk of operations were de-burring and...
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    09-23-2022, 06:35 PM
    I got the Lee C312-155-2R for use in 7.62x39, and it works well in that application. This bullet should also work in the 7.62x54R, 303 British, 7.65x53 Argy, and the 7.7 Japanese. I haven't actually cast with this mold in a couple of years now...
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    09-23-2022, 06:25 PM
    I've experimented and tried lots of stuff. What I've found that works the best is 45-45-10 made from 45% Johnson's paste wax, 45% White Labs Xlox, and 10% paint thinner. I keep this in a small glass bottle. Over time it separates a little, but a...
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    09-23-2022, 06:13 PM
    Thank you Larry. I downloaded this information years ago and have it on pdf. I also saved the thread where a guy was making claims of velocity & accuracy that were defying the laws of physics, and you conducted tests to see if it was possible. ...
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    09-22-2022, 04:57 PM
    Thanks Larry: that's what I was thinking. It only seemed like a good idea until I started looking into it. I've been having good results with 2400 so I'm going to try increasing the load in 1/2 grain increments until the accuracy starts to drop...
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    09-21-2022, 08:57 PM
    Wolfdog: There's an easy way to see if you're chasing your tail on this. You're shooting a 40 grain slug at around 1300 fps. A 22lr solid roundnose is also 40 grains, at about 1200 fps, and is made from the softest alloy this side of pure lead. ...
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    09-21-2022, 04:08 AM
    I've been using the Lyman # 429640 Devastator, powder coated & gas checked, with 21.0 grains of H110 as a hunting load in my 10.5" Superblackhawk. I think that this would also be a good load for carbines.
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    09-21-2022, 03:59 AM
    I did some research and found out that blue dot becomes position sensitive when used in small charges in medium sized rifle cases. Too much shot to shot variation in speed. I'll look at other powders.
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    09-20-2022, 09:29 AM
    I stand corrected. Anyway, loads that work best in the pistol are usually also good in the carbine.
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    09-20-2022, 09:20 AM
    Like others, 10 grains of Unique under a 245 grain SWC has been one of my staple 44 mag loads for decades. I've shot two hogs with that load. I also like 13.0 grains of HS-6 because it burns cleaner than Unique, and the performance is similar.
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    09-19-2022, 11:43 PM
    Since the 1911 pistol that the 45acp was invented for is a straight blow back action, any standard published 45acp loads should work well for your application. I have a 45acp bolt action carbine, and in my experience pushing to higher velocities...
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    09-19-2022, 01:02 PM
    Is that Peter Rabbit or Pewter Rabbit? :bigsmyl2:
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    09-19-2022, 12:52 PM
    Be careful with phosphoric acid. I use it to make Parkerizing solution. It will take the blue right off of gun parts. It may be a good cleaner, but you'll need to be extra careful not to get any on the barrel or receiver.
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    09-19-2022, 12:39 PM
    I was neck sizing the PPU cases from the last batch of 6.5x55 that I shot, and as I was using a single stage press I had some time to let my mind wander. A couple of ideas started to take shape in my feeble brain. The first one was regarding...
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    09-18-2022, 02:27 PM
    405grain replied to a thread The best pump shotgun in Shot Guns
    I carried a Remington 870 when I was in the Navy. It was a nice shotgun, but the one I'm saving my nickles and dimes for is a Mossberg 590 retrograde. I like all the features and the mechanics of this shotgun.
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    09-18-2022, 01:57 PM
    Decades ago I had a Forster hollow point kit, and used it to hollow point RCBS 44-245-SWC bullets for a pair of 44 magnums. Even with an air cooled 50/50 alloy of coww & pure I don't recall ever seeing any expansion. The regular semi-wadcutters...
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    09-18-2022, 01:46 PM
    I've used the electrolysis method to clean a nasty 8mm barrel before. The barrel was a take-off from an action that I was sporterizing, and rather than toss it I decided to experiment with cleaning it just to see how it would work. I used a TIG...
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    09-18-2022, 01:01 PM
    I was thinking the same thing as iron brigade: If the #266469 is casting small for your bore, try doing a shake-n-bake with some powder coat and see if that gets you a better fit. I've been powder coating 30 caliber #311299 and #311284, and that...
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    09-18-2022, 12:44 PM
    I forgot to mention something that's kinda important. The bolt lugs on P14's and M17's, and the lug abutments on the receiver, aren't flat like the ones on a Mauser. The Enfield's have a very slight helix to them that cams the bolt just a little...
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    09-18-2022, 01:29 AM
    Bingo! john.k nailed it! You've got the modified cocking piece that's used for a "cock on open" conversion. Here's a photo of a P1914 bolt. Both the P14 and the M17 are "cock on close", just like small ring Mausers. For these to work properly a...
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    09-17-2022, 06:40 PM
    Even though the parts for the P1914 and the M1917 are "similar", they're not always interchangeable. In fact, of the three manufacturers: Remington, Winchester, & Eddystone, not even all the parts for the same model rifle are interchangeable. The...
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    09-17-2022, 01:07 PM
    SoonerEd: I am not the guru that you seek. I am but a student with much to learn. Climb the mountain and speak with the High Grand Master of the 6.5x55 cast load: ...
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    09-17-2022, 12:50 PM
    It's a top punch. You use this part in a luber/sizer to push the bullet through the sizing die. The contour on the punch matches the nose of your bullet, so you won't get any deformation from pushing the bullet into the die while sizing or seating...
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    09-17-2022, 02:58 AM
    Today was the first range day I've had in quite a while. To start with it's a 90 mile round trip to go to the range, plus this is the first couple of days in forever that it hasn't been over 100+ degrees. The weather was nice today and there was...
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    09-16-2022, 08:56 AM
    I agree with Nobade. The actual casting isn't difficult, but sometimes getting good performance is. The particular cartridge that comes to mind for me is 6.5x55 Mauser. Casting bullets for this cartridge is as straight forward as any other, the...
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    09-14-2022, 09:57 AM
    It's worth a try - you've got nothing to lose. I was coyote hunting once using a squeaky toy to sound like a rabbit in distress. Within a few minutes there was a rustling in the brush and out popped a bobcat. (I let it go) You never know what...
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University of California Research & Development Engineer. Navy veteran. Hobby gunsmith. Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.
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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