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    Today, 12:26 PM
    I remember when I was a kid the story was that .32 specials would get worn bores and start keyholing boolits. .30-30 never did. Any truth to that?
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    Today, 12:01 PM
    It seems to me that a .25 hornet is not a straight-wall case. Has a slight taper. What caliber would it be if straight? Saami specs say it would hold a 6.5mm boolit. I don't guess that would increas performance and .25 boolits are more common...
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    Today, 11:05 AM
    No, but I used to load 20 ga shells with popcorn. Dump out the shot, pour out half the powder, replace the wad and fill with unpopped popcorn. We had a local dog that liked to do his business in our yard. Caught him one day as he was squatting. ...
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    06-16-2021, 08:00 PM
    Must be light boolits. I regularly see variations of between 1% and 2% of the boolit weight.
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    06-16-2021, 07:55 PM
    Don't. The comments were meant to help. By saying you want to anneal the entire case you have helped them help you.
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    06-16-2021, 07:44 PM
    I have a few things to say. I am now 74 years old. I retired from a successful business at age 47. Wife and I had taken up sailing in Alaska, had bought a couple sailboats in a row, and left from Seward in June 1995. We headed south planning to...
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    06-15-2021, 07:41 PM
    I have been using unsized and powder coated boolits in my levergun in .357 Magnum. It's a Marlin with Microgroove rifling so I shied away from cast boolits for a long time. Someone on this site suggested using boolits sized to .360" in Microgroove...
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    06-15-2021, 02:14 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread lee Mold TL356-124-TC in Cast Boolits
    Two percent is not bad when you look at it that way. The few really light ones did go back in the pot. All the rest are mixed together. I should have practice ammo for a while. I thought about the percent of variation when casting 200 gr....
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    06-14-2021, 08:49 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread lee Mold TL356-124-TC in Cast Boolits
    Interesting... I cast a couple hundred and then took the time to weigh them. As expected some had visible casting flaws like wrinkles in the nose. The result is that this mould makes boolits that weigh 128 grs with COWW. Most, like 70% weigh...
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    06-14-2021, 07:32 PM
    I would say |Hoppe's went to great trouble to make a new bore solvent that smelled like #9. Still call it #9, though, don't they.
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    06-14-2021, 07:18 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread lee Mold TL356-124-TC in Cast Boolits
    Yep, sometimes it's fun - like when you're working with a wildcat. In this case it's my carry pistol. I don't carry with handloads. They are just for practice.
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    06-14-2021, 12:49 PM
    My mould arrived for 9mm boolits. I scrubbed it up today with a toothbrush, dishwashing liquid, and water. Then smoked the cavities with wooden matches. I have my lead pot heating right now with the mould sitting on top warming. Pot is full of...
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    06-07-2021, 08:15 PM
    Two things are missing on that holster. They are quality materials and reinforcement. The materials problem may be solved when your boy builds something with better stuff. I have made a few holsters and such and what I have discovered is that...
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    06-07-2021, 07:29 PM
    I have been monitoring several sites for smokeless powder and primers. I have ordered and received powder. No primers yet. You have to watch them regularly and be ready to act. You will pay a Hazmat fee - normally about $20.00 per order. I have...
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    06-07-2021, 07:14 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread Winchester Model 64 in Leverguns
    That is a nice looking 64. Looks like what Winchester called the 'Deer Rifle' but are often called 'Deluxe'. Either name fits. I like the better wood, the full forearm, and the checkering. They bring a premium price. Not as much as a '64...
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    06-07-2021, 04:43 PM
    Jim22 started a thread Winchester Model 64 in Leverguns
    I have wondered for a long time about Winchester's model 64 rifle. Same action as the model 94 but with a longer 24" barrel and a pistol grip stock. Most I've seen also had half magazines. I am sure they were made in several calibers - .25-35,...
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    06-07-2021, 04:20 PM
    FWIW I am loading a .357 MAX rifle with the Lee 200 gr gascheck. I am using both COWW metal and Lyman #2 alloy. Lubing with Carnauba Red and sizing to .358". The rifle is a Henry single shot that started llife as a .357 Mag.. I have had high...
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    06-02-2021, 08:20 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread LEE Ergo Prime in Reloading Equipment
    I tried Lee's Bench primer for a while. It has a problem in that the covers come loose and the primers jam up by getting sideways. I have one of their earlier square tray auto primers but it does the same thing - but to a lesser extent. I was...
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    06-02-2021, 07:57 PM
    If you carry a handgun for protection - whether for two or four legged bad guys - you need to practice like crazy. The pistols mentioned are all capable. Maybe not the .22. The thing you need to do is to hit a softball every time at whatever you...
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    06-02-2021, 07:38 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread lee Mold TL356-124-TC in Cast Boolits
    Thanks, all. I really appreciate the input. Certified Cajun learned me a couple things about Lee's nomenclature. I am looking for a practice boolit. I normally use 115GRJ's for carry but cannot find a mould in that weight. 124 is as close as I...
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    06-02-2021, 07:26 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread Casting h p problem in Cast Boolits
    I ordered a 2 cavity aluminum HP mould from NOE. It arrived but I haven't cast with it yet. A little intimidated. How many of the tips for brass moulds also apply to aluminum? Put it on a set of Lee handles.
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    06-02-2021, 07:19 PM
    I ain't much into speed. I find going fast always magnifies the troubles. YMMV.
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    06-02-2021, 07:16 PM
    I was a Junior in High School at Belleville High School in Belleville, IL. I met a guy my age named Kieth Metzler. He and his younger brother were reloading using Lee Loaders - including shotshells. I still remember him seating the over powder...
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    06-02-2021, 07:04 PM
    The Lee shallow groove 9mm boolit mould was available at Mid South so I ordereed it. I haven't cast for the 9mm cartridge yet. This mould is designed to produce a 124 gr. nominal flat point boolit. I have never used anything with grooves this...
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    06-02-2021, 03:04 PM
    When we lived in Alaska we smoked our fish using native alder. I had one of those long-handled tree loppers that will cut at least an inch diameter green alder. Cut into pieces an inch long and use it green. Made good strong smoke. We had lots...
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    06-02-2021, 12:52 PM
    A Lead Sled with 75 lbs of steel on it to keep recoil off his shoulder. How many people have done that and broken the rifle stock through the wrist?
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    06-01-2021, 05:08 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread Some old 22 ammo in Vintage Ammo
    Be careful. I know what Abunai means as well. Heh. Jim
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    06-01-2021, 04:53 PM
    Have many of you encountered a digital powder scale becoming stupid? I have three digital scales and one balance beam scale, an old Herter's. One of my digital scales became wierd. It would tell me that the batteries were too low. It uses two...
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    06-01-2021, 01:34 PM
    Before I put away what has beeen working for me and spending a bunch of moolah on new guns, reloading equipment, and suppressors I would find someone who has a few suppressors I can try. My experience is limited but what I do know is that...
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    05-30-2021, 06:16 PM
    Welcome to a good story teller. I enjoyed it - but it was too short.
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I cast bullets for years when I lived in Alaska. Got away from it but am now coming back.
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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