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    06-29-2022, 06:29 PM
    9mm cases headspace in the pistol on the mouth-- that is, the front of the case hits the little step in the barrel. What that means is that the crimp on a 9mm is just enough to leave the case straight-- not smaller than the bullet. You expand the...
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    06-29-2022, 06:20 PM
    Hick replied to a thread 88 octane gasoline in Our Town
    The octane number is related to the ability of the engine to avoid "knock" which is when the fuel ignites too soon in the cylinder (the heating of the fuel in the compression stroke causes the fuel to ignite before the piston has moved far enough to...
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    06-28-2022, 07:04 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Which CB for 45 acp in Cast Boolits
    Lee 452-200-RF with Ben's tumble lube
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    06-23-2022, 12:58 AM
    Hick replied to a thread primers in Frequently Asked Questions
    last I looked there were plenty of primers if you are desperate-- places like gunbroker have them available although some are as high as $200/1000. That's still only 20 cents per round.
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    06-22-2022, 08:12 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Primers in Our Town
    I just recently found Small rifle primers at Natchez shooter's supply (online) $95/1000 plus hazmat/shipping. 5k limit per customer
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    06-19-2022, 11:00 PM
    I have a nice mold from a friend that has no gas check shank and very light lube grooves - pretty much a recipe for leading. So-- I pc the bullet. I have run this bullet well over 2000 fps with no leading issues, and get as good accuracy as...
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    06-19-2022, 10:53 PM
    It depends on what cast bullet diameter works in your rifle to prevent leading. If you have sized them to 0.308 the bevel is probably enough. But if you size 0.309 or larger a flare will usually work best.
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    06-19-2022, 07:49 PM
    My two win 94's have no difficulty with CCI #34 primers (or with any others, for that matter)
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    06-19-2022, 07:34 PM
    once every winter whether they need them or not-- bore snake after each range trip
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    06-18-2022, 07:07 PM
    Hick replied to a thread No use for FMJ in Our Town
    I use lots of FMJ in my 223 rem-- but for one special reason: My favorite 55 grain FMJ load at 400 yards just happens to have the same zero as my favorite cast load at 100 yards (open sights). So its just a case of whether I feel like going to the...
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    06-15-2022, 07:47 PM
    HP-38 will also work with the lee 309-170F. I use 7.0 grains for subsonic (1050 fps), 12.5 grains for 1500 fps. I use them in Garand 30-06 in non-cycling mode (treating it like a bolt rifle) and get groups under 3" at 100 yards.
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    06-13-2022, 07:24 PM
    I recently got my hands on some CCI #34 "For 7.62mm Ammunition Large Rifle Military Primers" (plain white box) and tested them also with cast loads in 30-30, 32 WS, M1 Garand, 7.65 Mauser and 303 British. They worked well in all the rifles and...
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    06-11-2022, 07:08 PM
    Odd-- the Lyman Cast bullet handbook is chock full of loads for small amounts of fast powders in rifle cases. Guess nobody told them its a problem.
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    06-10-2022, 07:09 PM
    I put apertures front and rear-- they don't have to be small. The eye naturally centers in circles. Its a scope without glass.
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    06-07-2022, 09:16 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Investments in Our Town
    and nobody is trying to pass laws to take away your stock market investment
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    06-05-2022, 07:28 PM
    Rained each morning, but miraculously stopped just about the time we got everything set up. A little downpour late this afternoon-- but otherwise great! Lots of good shooting.
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Retired Chemical and Nuclear Engineer. 1954 M1 Garand, CZ 527 FS (223 Rem), S&W Model 64 (38 Special) and a few other things. I cast and reload for all. Signed up because I like this forum.
Winnemucca, NV
Target shooting, reloading, golf, teaching
Retired Engineer, Retired HS Teacher, Retired JHS teacher


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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