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    04-09-2021, 02:49 AM
    I just figured out who I want to see compete in the casting Olympics: Elvis Ammo Vs Fortune Cookie
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    04-09-2021, 01:04 AM
    Should there be such a thing as a cast boolit competition? I guess you could go by caliber and duration in time vs quantity cast...
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    04-08-2021, 01:17 AM
    Wife said she wanted to wrap presents so she sent me to the reloading room... 150 40 S&W later I came back and now she'll do it tomorrow... :D Guess I'll have to go down there again!
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    04-08-2021, 12:17 AM
    44Blam replied to a thread AR BCG question... in Cast Boolits
    I've always bought my barrel/bcg together at gun shows where I can make sure that it'll work. Those guys almost always have GO NOGO dummies and you can sick that in the barrel and see if your bolt locks up... Now I've got to take those things...
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    04-07-2021, 01:39 AM
    44Blam started a thread AR BCG question... in Cast Boolits
    I bought a bold carrier group from Wilson Combat and it came with the BCG and a little plastic bag with an o ring.... What is that O ring for??? I've never seen an o ring anywhere near a bcg...
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    04-06-2021, 02:23 AM
    Should be fine. :) I'm shooting that TACO boolit in a 16" barrel at 1200 fps with a light spring from springco and it functions 100%. My twist is 1 in 8". My rifle functions with that spring at 1050, but it will not lock the bolt back. I've...
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    04-05-2021, 11:39 PM
    Yes. I had a hard time getting it to feed 100%. What I have done is: 1) I got a light recoil spring from springco. 2) My barrel slugs right at .355, so I am sizing to .356. (Sizing to .357 gave me some feed issues). 3) I am using a Hornady...
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    04-05-2021, 01:30 AM
    My load for 350 legend is the Accurate 36-180LG (without lube groves) and Norma 200. I get about 2050 fps with a very low ES (generally about 10fps). And the pressure is fairly low (~40k psi) so it doesn't wreck my brass... It is accurate and...
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    04-05-2021, 01:09 AM
    I shoot this boolit in 357 sig: http://accuratemolds.com/bullet_detail.php?bullet=35-125YG I size to .357 and when loading I keep the barrel around and plunk each one. With .357 sig, I use AA#9 and a full case of it. The boolit is gas...
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    04-05-2021, 01:02 AM
    On Saturday I went to the range with a buddy of mine. We shot some trap and then some pistol. We have a lot of fun. When shooting trap, we would have an unloaded shotgun with shells on our belt and you run up, grab it and start loading shells -...
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    04-04-2021, 01:39 AM
    I had an 8mm Mauser that I leaded the hell out of after just a couple shots. With a bore scope, in places you couldn't see the lands. It took 3 sessions of grinding away the lead with a copper choreboy covered brass brush to get it all out. I...
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    04-03-2021, 09:37 PM
    44Blam replied to a thread Complicated casting in Cast Boolits
    Pressure casting is tricky - I find that if I can still leave the appropriate puddle on the sprue it turns out well. But that is a tricky thing with the timing...
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    04-03-2021, 02:35 AM
    I use a redding crimp die for 44 mag - makes a PERFECT crimp into the grove.
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    04-02-2021, 11:59 PM
    That's what destroyed a lot of my brass - I didn't get the belt. My chamber must support more of the casing. But the bases were way out of spec and the primer pocket in a lot of them was so loose the primers would just fall out. The ones that did...
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    04-02-2021, 02:20 AM
    Loaded up 150 more 40s... Got an early start today. Realized that I probably need to do a 20-40lb casting session with my 40s I use for 40 S&W...
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    04-01-2021, 11:31 PM
    I saw a Lee progressive set with dies for 9mm on "sale" for $800 on Craigs List...
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    04-01-2021, 12:06 AM
    Be very careful with W296/H110. I screwed up about 200 cases with it due to over pressure. Notice how big the primer pockets are? I like a 180 grain boolit on top of Norma 200...
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    03-31-2021, 11:57 PM
    Started the "load all the 40 cal boolits" a-thon. Loaded 100 40 S&W - about 700 more to go!
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    03-31-2021, 12:49 AM
    Finished up the brass work on some 5.56 to 300 BO conversions... All of these had thick case walls, so it was resize, cut, trim, clean up the cut, turn the neck and refull length size... Lots of work for free brass...
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    03-29-2021, 01:29 AM
    Oh lord - here we go. If no gc works do it. If not, get some aluminum flashing and a Pat Marlin GC maker - make sure to get the right flashing.
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    03-28-2021, 10:03 PM
    I don't tend to worry about getting all covered up. The one thing I ALWAYS do is wear wrap eye protection. A little burn on the leg will remind you to be careful, a burn to the eye is a different thing.
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    03-26-2021, 02:56 PM
    44Blam replied to a thread Unusual Discovery in Cast Boolits
    I shoot a 125 grain gc boolit in mine at speeds up to about 2500 fps. With great accuracy and no leading. The twist of my barrel is 1:16 so you can push them pretty fast. The boolit is the accurate 35- 125 yg.
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    03-26-2021, 02:46 AM
    I've always shot GC boolits with gas checks. But I unless you are shooting full power ammo, it really shouldn't be a problem. I also have Pat Marlin's GC maker in all the calibers I shoot...
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    03-25-2021, 11:52 PM
    Tried out my KM neck turning kit and turned about 150 300 blackout cases that were made from brass with thick cases that won't chamber in my rifle. The KM neck turning stuff is really well made and thought out. It was easy to setup and works...
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    03-24-2021, 11:47 PM
    Sorry to hear GMB. SARS COV2 is a nasty bug. I did go into the garage and resized all those 30-255 Taco boolits and then powder coated some 40 S&W boolits. I got a TM neck turning kit recently and while I was waiting on the PC to bake, I...
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    03-24-2021, 01:46 AM
    With the alloy I typically use I can get about 14lbs of metal in my lee 4-20. I typically leave about 2-3lbs in it and then I tend to cast in 10lb batches. The other day I only had about 2lb in the pot from the previous session (my 40 mold was...
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    03-23-2021, 11:38 PM
    I like the Accurate 40-180BG for 10mm and the HTC402-188WFn BV1 for my 40 S&W. I shoot 10mm in a Ruger GP100 and 40 in a Glock 35 with a KKM barrel.
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    03-22-2021, 11:24 PM
    I didn't realize how dangerous slow bullets were until I was at a friend's house and he was shooting a 45 caliber air gun. Shooting 350 grain boolits at about 600 fps. I had some AR 500 plates and told him he could shoot it and he did. The boolit...
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    03-22-2021, 12:47 AM
    44Blam replied to a thread cast for .357 SIG in Cast Boolits
    I shoot the Accurate 35-125YG in my glock (with KKM barrel) and with a full case of AA#9, I'm sending those pills in the 1400 fps range. I also use this same boolit in my 350 legend and am sending it in the 2500 fps range under a solid charge of...
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    03-22-2021, 12:34 AM
    Cast just about 500 HTC-310-225 RN (TACO) boolits. :D And FINALLY figured out that mold!!!
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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
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