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    Today, 10:16 PM
    243 .... the truth is, all of this was a case of discovery by accident. The mould dated from my .32 Special days. More recently, I had put together a .32-40 and dusted off the old mould. Results were uninspiring. I had earlier had some success in...
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    Today, 07:37 PM
    243.... Thanks for the documentation of your investigation re effect of alloy on bullet sizing outcomes. I had certainly wondered at what I had been experiencing. Nice to know I am not alone. I use #U321297HP cast bullets in .30-30. I...
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    09-19-2021, 10:15 PM
    Lithgow Small Arms Factory in Australia rebarreled 600 Dutch Mannlichers to .303 in 1941 (?) (Reference: Skennerton) to aid logistical cooperation in the East Indies. Unfortunately the Japanese sank the ship, so the rifles never got delivered. I...
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    09-14-2021, 06:24 AM
    Quilbilly - note the Lyman data shows increased PRESSURE as well as increased VELOCITY for cast versus jacketed. Cast may indeed be more slippery but they're also generating more pressure, suggesting a better seal perhaps. Both factors could be at...
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    09-13-2021, 07:10 PM
    My experience with 170 gn .30-30s has been that cast gas check bullets chronograph about 100 fps faster than published data for the same powder charge with the same weight of jacketed bullet. Likewise with published data, e.g. Lyman #46, 170 gn...
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    09-10-2021, 06:30 PM
    BB: Marlin is 1949 Rippletop 336A with four groove cut rifling, twist 1:10". Bullets are hard - about 10% non-lead - and .3125". I've considered the filler angle but not tried it in the Marlin. I did try it in my Savage with full loads - 2 gns...
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    09-10-2021, 02:50 AM
    Thanks for the response BB. You have given me food for thought. I too have found the lower velocity (subsonic) rounds, with bullets seated into the rifling, have not been a problem. My interest is in making the higher velocity/pressure gas check...
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    09-09-2021, 05:58 PM
    I have used 473AA in .32-20 rifle and subsonic 120 gn .32-40, loaded as per Unique. It shot as well or better than anything else in that class I have used, and I would use it by preference again.
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    09-07-2021, 11:52 PM
    OP75: Definitely not in that league, but how much "spare" chamber length are we talking in your case? I'm looking at about .100" for my 336A, which I suspect you would not tolerate in CBA competition. I consider an acceptable five shot group at 50...
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    09-07-2021, 09:39 PM
    Hick - I don't trim .30-30 either, except if something gets a bit uneven on the mouth. Cases destroy themselves well before they reach chamber length, typically after about 2.060" case length. More recently I have been following a couple of...
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    09-07-2021, 04:07 AM
    Shortly after posting, I found this from the CBA - Frank Marshall claims 1/3 reduction in group size with full length necks in .32 Special and .30-30. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-e&q=short+case+necks+with+cast+bullets
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    09-07-2021, 03:14 AM
    My Marlin 336A Rippletop .30-30 has a chamber length of 2.153". My Savage 99 (including some spare headspace) measures 2.121". Others I have measured run all the way up from 2.060" (a commemorative M94 Musket). This leaves quite a gap for gas to get...
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    09-01-2021, 02:28 AM
    I owned an early M1905 9x56 carbine with 17.7" barrel., SN 20XX. I credit (?) it with a substantial part of my hearing loss. I would be better disposed to a rifle version of the M1905. Other than the noise, it was a great unit. There is absolutely...
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    08-31-2021, 06:05 PM
    Wilderness replied to a poll Spent Primers in Cast Boolits
    Yes. Quite a while ago a friend was making what he called "bullet pens", making up a Christmas order. The material choices were definitely extravagant. The plan was to drill into the back of a fired 7.62 case, solder in a (new brass) .30-06,...
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    08-30-2021, 08:49 AM
    Wilderness replied to a thread Brass Catcher in Military Rifles
    TG - is your catcher for range or field use? I needed a brass catcher for my Savage 99 .30-30 so I wouldn't be distracted chasing brass when I should have been shooting more pigs. Starting point was an oblong plastic ice cream container with a...
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    08-30-2021, 08:13 AM
    Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide 50:50 is also useful for cleaning lead smears off sprue plates and the tops of bullet moulds - usually caused by cutting a sprue too soon. I keep a little bottle of the mix and a cotton bud (Q-Tip on that side of the...
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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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