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  • Green Frog's Avatar
    05-09-2021, 02:01 PM
    A lot of the reason for reloading is about doing something interesting. I can’t imagine any reason for using the stuff we’ve been seeing here as a sole way of loading shotguns short of running ahead of the Zombie Apocalypse. OTOH, it looks like it...
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    05-06-2021, 10:48 AM
    Wow, just wow! Well done BBMF1! Looks like you picked a real winner. Congratulations. Froggie
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    05-06-2021, 10:44 AM
    Unlike many career officers in all branches of the military, Patton was a soldier first and always. Any skill that was applicable to being a good and effective soldier was, in his mind, worth study, practice and mastery. Many were his detractors...
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    05-06-2021, 10:39 AM
    I would be most interested to hear from anyone who tries this and whether they are successful. It’s doubtful any manufacturer will tool up to make a dedicated speed loader for a model that was discontinued about 80+ years ago. I’d love to have a...
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    05-06-2021, 10:33 AM
    I am amazed that with all of these responses so far no one has suggested you visit the German Arms Collectors’ website where lots of real experts on German Guns of all sorts hang out. In addition, there are lots of enthusiastic owners and shooters...
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    05-06-2021, 10:26 AM
    Kinda reminds me of the mess around my loading bench only I have no charring and no real excuse! I feel your pain kywoodwrkr. Let us know what you find out, please... I’m interested in another cylinder for my Blackhawk 8 Shooter in 327... I’d like...
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    05-06-2021, 10:16 AM
    I’m sorry, but seeing this after several posts for Belding & Mull powder measures is sorta like suggesting you purchase a Volkswagen to replace a Porsche. You could go get the groceries in both, but the trip would be a lot less enjoyable. I’m not...
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    05-06-2021, 10:10 AM
    The market demand for anything Hollywood (reloading, that is) seems to be trending upward steeply. Whether it comes from users, collectors, speculators, or whatever remains to be seen. Whether the demand and high prices will continue also remains...
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    05-03-2021, 07:16 PM
    A clean shop is the sign of a depraved mind! :mrgreen: I mostly lost out on dental lead since they’ve gone to mostly digital “X-Rays” now. Back when it was plentiful my late father was purchasing agent for a commercial sheet metal operation and...
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    05-02-2021, 11:57 PM
    Yesterday, I cast close to 1000 125 gr. TC bullets for my brother’s 9mm autos and revolver. Today I sized about half of them. I hope to finish them up tomorrow. FWIW Dale53
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    05-02-2021, 01:23 PM
    If you are serious about precision, you owe it to yourself to try that B&M! Until the advent of the Culver-type micrometer measures it was the preferred measure for many of the benchrest crowd... still is for many of them. You’ll need a solid...
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    05-02-2021, 08:51 AM
    Now I have t gather the energy to go down to the basement where the reloading stuff is in a jumbled mess. Hopefully this afternoon. Froggie
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    04-30-2021, 10:24 PM
    PS to last: I was shooting all plain based lead alloy bullets (25:1 lead to tin) in 32 caliber, 32-40 and 32/357 Dell.
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    04-30-2021, 10:16 PM
    When I was shooting rifles in Schuetzen events, I was delighted if, at the end of the day, my first two patches through the bore looked like that. Unless there is significant lead still ironed into the grooves of your barrel, I’d say you are good...
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    04-30-2021, 03:24 PM
    When he passed away over 30 years ago, my grand uncle, a retired machinist and amateur gunsmith left one of those to my father. Upon dry firing the hammer broke off in the middle. We got it welded back together and trued up so it “works” but I...
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    04-30-2021, 03:14 PM
    I’ve seen it written that the current Blackhawk 30 Carbine cylinder will take a 32-20 round with no alteration, but it would already be too big at the base for a 327... you can’t “ream it smaller.” :( Froggie
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    04-30-2021, 10:41 AM
    My favorite 327 FM performance story involves the Federal high performance loads, the ones with jacketed base and a lot of exposed lead hollow point and the little teat of lead in the HP cavity. I shot one of these at a liter sized plastic soda...
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    04-30-2021, 10:28 AM
    Thanks for the further info, Winger Ed. Sounds like you guys had as thrilling a discovery as the opening of Al Capon’s safe on that TV show. So it didn’t actually go to Texas during the War, but much later when acquired by a museum there from its...
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    04-30-2021, 10:14 AM
    They’ve followed me home for years too, abunaitoo! I decided a while back I needed to thin the herd but they don’t want to leave! ;-)
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    04-30-2021, 10:11 AM
    My thought, along with previous posters, is that you got a SH with a flaw in the steel. If you had gotten a steel case stuck in the sizing die, I would understand the break, but I’ve never heard of a steel case 45-70! I’ve never seen a RCBS shell...
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    04-30-2021, 10:01 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Powders for 38-55 in Cast Boolits
    If you can find some IMR 4227 (probably in a dusty old can on a neglected shelf) that will work well. Likewise somebody might have a can or jug of the long discontinued 4759. This powder will really work well in the 38-55. In this day and age of...
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    04-29-2021, 02:03 PM
    OK, it’s a year and a half in. What is the current order count? Is this anywhere close to coming to fruition? Has Mihec put it on his work schedule yet? Green Frog
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    04-29-2021, 01:49 PM
    Prior to the Blackhawk Eight Shooter there was also a six shot Blackhawk 32 H&R built with a second cylinder in 32-20. I’ve heard of several of those having their H&R cylinders reamed out to 327 FM. It was a part of a special run sold through the...
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    04-29-2021, 01:36 PM
    I’d be curious as to how it got from VA to TX... maybe at the end of the “Recent Unpleasantness” it, along with its contents, was loaded onto a train before the Fall of Richmond and hauled to South and West for “safety.” Froggie
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    04-29-2021, 01:28 PM
    I’d just finish the original high wall project I started in the early ‘90s... it has a 32-40 and a 45-70 barrel and DSTs with a Schuetzen stock as well as a “Special Sporter” stock with Model 70 style butt plate. I still plan to add a 22 RF barrel...
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    04-29-2021, 12:52 PM
    It would be a short program, Mr Sailorman! Once it was bolted to the bench, you probably wouldn’t want to move it. In fact, if you doubled up on the number of holes as many have, you would just change shell holders, turn the turret, and pull the...
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    04-29-2021, 12:42 PM
    I guess this would have made sense to somebody watching every penny and literally having to go in baby steps, but a Model 234 makes a lot more sense in the long run if you wanted a turret. Froggie
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    04-28-2021, 12:42 PM
    Did you get the 8 Shot Blackhawk? That’s what I have and it’s a Stud Hoss! I can use it as my test gun and feel safe that I won’t overstress it shooting anything I would want to put in it. Froggie
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    04-28-2021, 12:23 PM
    The AR to 9mm thread below reminded me. I bought a 22 LR conversion for my AR a couple of years ago and promptly got busy on other things and forgot it. It was sold to me as a “Military Surplus” unit and came with an insert to go into the standard...
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    04-28-2021, 11:10 AM
    I would actually like to have my 9mm TC die size a little smaller at the base. Some of my round don’t quite fall to full depth in my max case size gauge because they’re still a bit fat at the base after FL sizing with my old RCBS TC sizing die. I...
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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