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    Today, 12:37 PM
    Guess I have to ask the question. Why? 450 Bushmaster is fairly common around here. Also seems to pop up in the S&S fairly regularly. Do you see an advantage to using 284 brass? Or is this just wanting to see if it is possible? I've gone...
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    Today, 12:45 AM
    Best use of a chronograph was a tumble test 25+ years ago, a couple of guys were on the range with a chronograph they had borrowed from a buddy. These guys were HARD core trap shooters. Their definition of an accurate rifle was hitting an 8"...
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    Yesterday, 11:44 PM
    Never have tried to move from small to large primer, it will be interesting to see if someone chimes in who has done it. I'm surprised no one else has asked this question with current weirdness in components. I'm fooling with the best...
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    06-22-2022, 10:50 PM
    I've formed a fair number of cases over the years, upfront I have never done this one. So this is pure guess work. On other cases, I've had better luck when pushing a shoulder lower on a case is to straighten the case out closer to a straight...
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    06-21-2022, 10:58 PM
    I have never fire formed 30-30 AI but I have taken 30-30 out to 38-55. I believe I used 10 grains of Unique, 1/4 sheet of toilet paper over the powder, filled the case up with the screenings from under a buddies grain dryer(did I mention I'm...
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    06-21-2022, 10:28 PM
    Biggest improvement for me would be a better internal search engine. It changed a while back and I don't believe it works as well as when I started 5 years ago. A lot of my searches are done from outside the forum but specifying cast boolits in...
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    06-20-2022, 08:08 AM
    Whack-a-Mole dies are popular with the survivalist types. Depending on the caliber can go for, at times, silly amounts of money.
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    06-19-2022, 10:55 PM
    Look up Lyman M-die. It's designed to do exactly what you need. RCBS I believe has a similar die. Lee makes a generic expander that sort of works. It just flares the very mouth of the case. Most cost effective is the Lee expander body with a...
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    06-19-2022, 10:29 PM
    Annealing will certainly help with case life, not as much as you would like, most of my hornet case lose has been from burn through about half way up the neck as opposed to brittle neck splitting. Next cause of case lost is case head separation....
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    06-19-2022, 09:52 PM
    Like it right where I am. Last Sunday, skeet league in the AM, visit a long time friend in the early afternoon then drove up north to a buddy's place for Sunday evening. Beers and bonfire. Monday went to a big bowling pin shoot @ Central Lake...
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    06-19-2022, 09:08 PM
    Shot trap today with 700X from a black steel can. It's been a year or two since it was in steel cans. Shot skeet and sporting clays last summer with Winchester primers that were in boxes with machined wood dividers. Every one went BANG! Shot...
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    06-19-2022, 08:47 PM
    Is it bad powder or a bad can? I had a can of powder I thought had gone bad, was about to throw it out and decided a closer look was in order. Dumped it into a different can and looked at the original can very closely, the inside of the can was...
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    06-18-2022, 08:18 PM
    If an airgun will whack an iguana at distance, I think a bb gun would probably be adequate for Chip and Dale up close and personal. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv6t3NZyy2Q
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    06-18-2022, 07:14 PM
    I've melted a bunch of range scrap with wood. I took a propane tank that was bigger than the standard 20 pound, don't remember what size it was. Cut the bottom off, flipped the top over and welded 3 legs on it. Threaded the valve out and...
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    06-17-2022, 10:36 PM
    May not have to be specific Texan shellholders. I have a number of 60's-70's vintage RCBS shell holders that have the larger through hole. Post what you have and what you are looking for in S&S, you may get a trade that will work for you. ...
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    06-17-2022, 10:10 PM
    It's surprising the uneven distribution of components across the country. Here in Michigan, powder started filtering back into the gun shops last fall. There were a couple that never ran out completely. Currently all the shops have a pretty...
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    06-17-2022, 01:05 PM
    By the cup? Well I guess we do use recipes in loading:kidding:
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    06-16-2022, 09:06 AM
    This! Knew a crazy old dude who went to war on ground moles with a 450 Nitro Express and other such implements of mass destruction. He would sit in a lawn chair in the front yard, when the dirt moved he shot. Claimed you didn't have to hit...
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    06-16-2022, 08:41 AM
    https://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?443113-500-450-No-1-BPE Check post #14, I'm just starting playing with 209 primers in Berdan cases. It may be a solution to your problem. Other people have done it successfully, for light loads...
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    06-15-2022, 10:48 PM
    If I still had a memory I could list the specific upgrades I did to my Mark II. I remember: Extended bolt latch lever Extended magazine release Firing pin
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    06-15-2022, 10:10 PM
    Wax plug should work, and I'm not sure you'll shoot your eye out with an enlarged flash hole, there are a number of threads here that debunk the story that you'll blow up your gun with enlarged flash holes. One on a different forum but I suspect...
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    06-15-2022, 08:03 AM
    After a good night's sleep, 30 caliber may be taking it up further than you need, I'd be tempted to try 260 Remington or a 270 Winchester expander first.
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    06-14-2022, 10:03 PM
    Bought 2 pounds of SR4759 for $35 each out the door from a gun shop in Mid-Michigan. New old stock, I don't use a lot of it and I've got a lot of other powders, like more than I suspect I can burn up before I can't shoot anymore. I just...
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    06-14-2022, 09:44 PM
    I would not anneal first, usually when you anneal you get the shoulder soft enough to crumple. Try a couple of cases in a full length hornet die, SLOWLY. Into the die until you feel resistance plus .050", back out and turn the case a quarter turn...
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