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    01-23-2023, 08:59 PM
    I doubt that this is really a problem. The round has a very slight taper. As long as the brass is first sized small enough, and then expanded using a plug (~0.356"), the ID of the brass at the front of the round will be adequately consistent to...
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    01-20-2023, 01:56 PM
    P Flados replied to a thread Primers.. in Cast Boolits
    The above is the easy way to get started, but you end up with corrosive primers and their stuff is not ideal for larger volumes. A little over a year ago, I got started into non-corrosive primer reloading using EPH-2x as prompted by...
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    01-20-2023, 02:04 AM
    The smaller diameter near the base for 223 is not great but is not a "deal breaker". The bigger problem is that standard 223 brass will be too short after fireforming. Short is bad for a round that headspaces on the mouth. Starline 350L...
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    01-18-2023, 08:36 PM
    A while back, I purchased a 16" 300 BO barrel to replace the 8.5" one I was using with a braced AR. I figured the cost of 16" barrels would skyrocket with what ever ruling came out. Now I have the choices of tossing the brace, using the brace...
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    01-11-2023, 04:02 PM
    I do not think that Ruger makes a fixed mag model and the one in the photo does not look fixed mag. For New Jersey, buying a lower and permanently installing a magazine seems to be an option around the AWB. ...
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    01-11-2023, 02:15 AM
    The thread started years ago, but look at the title. Milsurp availability is poor at the moment, but folks are finding and trying stuff. The topic remains relevant as new Milsurp purchases are made. Getting reports back on use of odd-ball stuff...
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    01-11-2023, 12:14 AM
    Using PP 2000 / PP 3000 as a burn rate reference seems right according to the info I have. SW Long Rifle also seems pretty close. Using data for slightly faster powders for comparison is generally accepted alternate option. This would be stuff...
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    01-10-2023, 01:07 AM
    I briefly considered the Yeti before I settled on the 357AR Max. Any AR-15 set up to run rounds based on the 308 is pushing the platform. Special high strength bolts are required. The folks that play the wildcat game at Mad Dog also seem to be...
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    01-08-2023, 03:21 PM
    Before going custom, I recommend you check out the NOE bushing system. He has a really good selection of bushings. https://noebulletmolds.com/site/product-category/bullet-casting-reloading/sizing-tools/bushings/ If you get something and then...
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    01-08-2023, 03:02 PM
    I recommend checking out https://palmettostatearmory.com/ and https://www.bearcreekarsenal.com/. I like the idea of going with a "Generic" platform. For entry level, generic platforms do just as good (including function, reliability & accuracy)...
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    01-07-2023, 05:01 PM
    From the video I pulled some info & sorted those that were full recommended vs not into groups: Full recommended Eastwood Powders: Full Gloss Clear: http://www.eastwood.com/hotcoat-powde... Orange: http://www.eastwood.com/hotcoat-powde......
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    01-07-2023, 04:31 PM
    I hear you on your resistance to paying more for shipping than for product. Well at least I found you a link to a video source for some Eastwood choices that should work.
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    01-07-2023, 03:28 PM
    I looked at Eastwood and Prismatic for on-line choices when my local source went dry. Have you checked to see if Prismatic is available? If so, one of the two I tried worked real good and was reasonable for cost. RAL-4005 purple goes on fast and...
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    01-03-2023, 10:10 PM
    I ran you a Quickload table. Without knowing details, I left desired pressure at the QL default, used a 21" barrel and set the seating depth at one bullet diameter. Given that the 6.5 Carcano is only rated at 41336 psi, be warned that an...
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    01-03-2023, 09:22 PM
    Add 30 fps to the previous table. FYI, I run 9.5 Unique under a PC Lee 120 in 357 Max as a "range practice" / "just shooting" load for a Dan Wesson model 40. IMO Unique makes for nice mid range loads in the Max. It should also work well for a...
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    01-03-2023, 12:19 AM
    You left out some details. Barrel length and AOL do matter. I threw together a table with the default values that popped up. Cartridge : .350 Legend (SAAMI) Bullet : .358, 200, LEE C358-200-RF Useable Case Capaci:...
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    01-01-2023, 09:32 PM
    For a 35 cal lever gun, go for the 360 BH (35/30-30 shortened to 1.8"). Factory ammo, reloading dies, standard chamber reamers and probably Starline brass will be available. My take on the new pecking order for 35 cal deer guns: For...
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    12-30-2022, 09:10 PM
    Selecting or designing a heavy bullet for a subsonic application is an interesting subject. There is a recent thread on doing just this for a 44 Magnum application at...
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    12-28-2022, 07:15 PM
    It is fun to chip in and help someone do something that you either 1. Did yourself, but know it could have been done better, or 2. Kind of wanted to do but never got a round to. It gets to be even more fun when an effort goes to completion and...
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    12-28-2022, 06:52 PM
    For something like a normal Full Power 44 or 454, the heavy crimp really helps with the "magnum pistol" powders typically used. With the extra heavy bullet and with powders like Titegroup, Red Dot, Green Dot & Unique, I see less concern about...
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    12-28-2022, 06:19 PM
    I have made a bunch of custom NLG molds with no crimp groove. I can get a little amount of roll crimp without a problem. However, if I misadjust for a something more like a heavy roll crimp, it can be easy to get a bulge in the brass. I...
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    12-28-2022, 02:47 AM
    The 380 drawn by 475AR looks to be easy to get good looking loads for lever gun subs. And FYI, standard 45 ACP loads can run over 3000 psi for muzzle pressure from a 5" gun. Cartridge : .44 Rem. Mag. (SAAMI) Bullet ...
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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