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    Yesterday, 08:41 PM
    If you go about developing your own loads, without some cartridge/powder data, something WILL bite you at some point. I have had a couple experiences, while working with wildcats, surplus powder, or oddball cartridges where data is Very limited,...
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    01-26-2022, 01:05 PM
    Depends on where you are. ~ $150 around here. Bolt gun: I do it myself, and be careful doing it. Measure measure measure, and in reaming take the last little really slow, fitting and measuring often. You can get very close to min headspace,...
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    01-26-2022, 12:25 PM
    I have seen warnings in publications before that Brass for blanks is annealed differently than that used for loaded cartridges, and should not be repurposed for loaded cartridges due to soft base/body. It may be that someone says that they have...
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    01-26-2022, 12:05 PM
    I believe that the Lyman 429244 is not really a "true Keith". It is fairly frequently called a "KT", and I believe this to be a Keith Thompson. I understand that this is a Thompson Modification of a Keith design. Not that it affects...
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    01-25-2022, 12:35 PM
    Some alternative powder selections, and data from "nearby" development that I have done (i.e. different bullets of weight Similar to this NOE 360-313-FN-AX2) might come in useful in your development, so I will list below. These were from use in a...
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    01-25-2022, 11:48 AM
    This might help, and certainly in no way is meant to offend: Underlying all this is Statistics and what they are meant to provide as a tool of mathematical assessment. Small sample sizes (really, in many practical matters that are even...
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    01-25-2022, 07:51 AM
    Forrest r: This is interesting work you are doing w/ the 44 bullets made from 40 short & weak (S&W, :) ). I have considered same. If there is detail on a different post as how you made these (tools needed, etc.), can you share post or key words...
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    01-24-2022, 09:44 PM
    I do like both, but find the pressure data in #4 for non Lyman castings (when existent, not on every bullet) quite helpful. I tend to find each new manual somewhat hard to pass up though...
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    01-24-2022, 10:49 AM
    50/50 Mixture of ATF and Marvel mystery oil works well to unstick piston rings as well, but I've never used it on a gun. I just mention it because of my automotive experience w/ it as a penetrating oil. My experience was back when LV & ULV trans...
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    01-24-2022, 10:44 AM
    I guess you'd have to define "short". Just what are the measurements that are getting the brass labeled "short", and do you know (being pick ups) that they came from factory loaded ammunition? Hornady does make Spitzer bullets for the 444 &...
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    01-22-2022, 05:17 PM
    There are ships waiting going both ways, into & out of US ports. I know of examples from my place of work, 60+ days transit time on a ship across the pacific rather than 2 weeks.
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    01-20-2022, 07:42 AM
    I do use the small Frankfort scale. At times, it gave me trouble, so I "figured it out". 1) Keep cell phones away from it (probably goes for all of the electronic scales). The RFI from the phone will cause wildly erratic readings. 2) Yes, keep...
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    01-19-2022, 11:48 AM
    In a discussion of Non Spinal Column bullet wounds, I do think it matters a Lot what physiological state the animal is in (adrenalin, oxygen level, heart rate, blood pressure, etc.), as to how far it may travel after receiving a particular fatal hit...
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    01-17-2022, 07:38 PM
    It happens that published ballistic coefficients are sometimes incorrect, and it may be due to modeling or other factors. Not that I want to "bad mouth" any company, but it USED TO BE that the Barnes published BCs were way off. Maybe they...
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    01-17-2022, 04:51 PM
    It is the same. "WCF" = Winchester Center Fire.
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    01-16-2022, 10:48 AM
    Meant to add: I never ran any GC bullets in the Linebaugh guns, and don't see any need to myself. Everyone has their preferences though.
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    01-15-2022, 10:18 PM
    I've had 3 Linebaugh guns. My first a stainless barreled 475, on a case colored Ruger Bisley. 8" barrel, no sites, 2x Burris posi lock. I shot a Lot of 400 gr LBT LFN over 30 gr W296 F155 2" @ 50 yd for 5, and 385 gr Golden Bear JHP over 31 gr...
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    01-15-2022, 03:24 PM
    In my thoughts, Couple things to keep in mind on things like articles such as what prompted the discussion: Magazine writers most often like to write things that sell the magazine. Not so much to inform you, more so to sell the advertising space...
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    01-14-2022, 01:58 PM
    I had very good results myself w/ the 311291 w/ 32 gr Surplus 4895 (mine had velocities gr -gr same as IMR 4895 that I used to have), and 311644 w/ 26.5 S4895. Me, I wanted presures in the 30K-ish range, and these worked well. Shot some at 100,...
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    01-14-2022, 08:02 AM
    When making the minor modifications I have had to do to get a few 98 mausers to feed Ackley cartridges and a 416 Taylor, I started with mocking up the modification in reverse: If I thought the rails needed widening, I temporarily narrowed the box...
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    01-12-2022, 03:08 PM
    45-230A -- total length = 0.595" 45-230F -- total length = 0.610" Take the difference (i.e. do math) if you want dimension between two features -- such as if a bullet design you like has a crimp groove for a revolver.
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    01-12-2022, 11:07 AM
    So, one time several decades ago I decided to take a 17 Ackley Hornet on a trip w/ me to visit a friend 550 miles away. I was forming brass at the time, never sighted the gun before the trip, and thought shooting outside w/ my friend who also...
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    01-12-2022, 10:24 AM
    Thank you for the informative link.
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    01-11-2022, 08:46 PM
    Probably should have posted this here, rather than the other forum post that prompted it, so I will copy/paste: Larry, Thanks for posting the 35 pressure data. BTW: I had used WC680 for a while w/ 180 Hornady SSP, but stopped. It shot well...
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    01-11-2022, 06:12 PM
    Larry, Thanks for posting the 35 pressure data. BTW: I had used WC680 for a while w/ 180 Hornady SSP, but stopped. It shot well (31 gr, 1965 fps w/ WLR from 14" TC w/ brake), but the brass would stretch. I pirated the data from extrapolation...
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    01-11-2022, 10:31 AM
    The link to maker bullets is interesting. Probably bears looking into. Certainly I never heard of them before, and they do offer a 35 Rem 200 gr (presently out of stock, but whose products aren't now?). I'd be careful about looking at...
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    01-10-2022, 10:54 AM
    Good going. Any pictures? Pretty hard for a deer to stop a 405gr 45 cal... :)
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    01-09-2022, 10:33 PM
    Looks like Mountain Molds is still in business. 2022 date on website: I do have a mold from him made round about 10 years ago, and I hold that mold very dear.
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    01-09-2022, 03:41 PM
    Yes, it is true that an auction will tell you about market price. It does however tell you Nothing about thinking choices of bidders at the auction. I am firmly convinced that much of this is panic buying, and nothing more. But that is not 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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