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  • Mk42gunner's Avatar
    Today, 05:00 PM
    In the for what its worth department, the original AA 1680 and a Hornady 50 grain SX were an unbeatable combo in my first .222 Remington. A model 788. Robert
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    Today, 04:54 PM
    I already answered about buying safe queens, but the question lingered in my mind last night. Forty years or so ago, My best friend and I did a lot of coon hunting and trapping for fur. For those who haven't had the pleasure of following dogs at...
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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    That little thirteen dollar jar of colorant will last any normal person about three lifetimes, it doesn't take much. Robert
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    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    I have a Lee factory crimp die for the .38-55. Not because I think it is needed, but because I bought all my .38-55 dies as a lot (long term project). I made one dummy round with WW brass, put the die back in the box and haven't even opened it for...
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    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    I've never personally understood the keep it in unfired condition mentality. If it is unfired, just how sure are you that it will work if needed? Maybe it would be different if I had a closet full of $3,000.00 Korths, but I doubt it. Robert
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    Yesterday, 10:36 AM
    bruce drake replied to a thread 3D Printing in Our Town
    have patience and let the machine run! ;) I've done die boxes, ammo boxes, accessories for the presses and a ton of other items I've found on he web that caught my interest. a little addictive.. ;)
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    05-09-2021, 08:24 PM
    I never had a 96, have had a couple of M38's though. Both were very accurate rifles. Robert
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    05-09-2021, 06:42 PM
    This is precisely why I used to hunt through every "$5 Orphan die" box I found at gun shows. It is surprising what you can make work for low volume loading. Robert
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    05-09-2021, 06:33 PM
    There is a lot of length adjustment in the M die, between the 7/8-14 and whatever size the insert is threaded for. As long as you are loading the same diameter boolits, I would put good money on the same M die working for all three of your listed...
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    05-08-2021, 10:35 PM
    I saw this last night and was hoping someone would chime in that knows. My bet is that it is from Europe. It seems to me that most of the aperture rifle sights with lenses were used for target shooting there, so I am thinking it was used as a...
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    05-08-2021, 06:43 PM
    Rifles and pistols follow totally different rules when it comes to projectile weight. Its almost like comparing American League baseball to Rugby. Robert
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    05-08-2021, 06:39 PM
    I wouldn't bet on it being anything close to a 38-56 WCF, or even based on a .45-70. It may or may not even be based on a cartridge, belted or not, with a .532 head. With that being said, it is cheap enough right now to bid on as a donor action....
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    05-07-2021, 11:17 PM
    So a Colt with its 14" twist, IIRC, should do better at longer ranges than a S&W because of projectile stability, right? Maybe not to 200 yards, but it is something more to try. Robert
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    05-07-2021, 10:52 PM
    For such low volume loads as this, a person may be money ahead to buy one of the cheap Chinese lathes and learn to make their own. It would come in handy for odd ball H&I dies too. Robert
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    05-07-2021, 10:48 PM
    I actually saw mine yesterday, I may try it again in the next few weeks. If I do I will report back. Maybe ladle casting? I think I tried bottom pouring last time. We'll see how it goes. Robert
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    05-07-2021, 10:42 PM
    More likely a light projectile from a handgun will shoot low. Less recoil impulse. That's the theory anyway. Robert
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    05-07-2021, 10:38 PM
    I would say the 9x57mm rifle. Robert
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    05-06-2021, 07:48 PM
    I looked in both the Lyman 4th ed Cast Bullet Handbook and their 50th ed loading manual last night. No loads for IMR 4227 at all. Robert
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    05-06-2021, 07:34 PM
    I take the sprue plate off and lube the pivot area before starting, with aluminum anti-sieze compound on my six cavity Lee molds. Seems to last longer than any of the other stuff I have used in years past. Never had one break yet. Robert
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    05-06-2021, 07:30 PM
    I tried once. I got a single cavity Lee that is supposed to drop an 80 grain WC, IIRC. It may, but it is the most cantankerous mold to cast with I have ever handled. To slow filling = bad boolits. Too fast = bad boolits and molten lead spewing...
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    05-06-2021, 07:19 PM
    This is pretty much the way I do it too. For what its worth, I have three different Lyman 452460 molds (a nominal 200 grain SWC) two DC and one four cavity. They all run 206-7 grains with my particular batch of WW. Robert
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    05-05-2021, 06:16 PM
    Ten or fifteen years ago there seemed to be a lot of talk on the internet about using 32 gauge brass shotgun cases to use these guns as rifles. A search may turn something relevant up. H&R used their basic cast iron receiver to make quite a few...
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    05-05-2021, 05:57 PM
    I like using homemade scrapers from bent hacksaw blades. They don't remove much wood per scrape, but that also means I don't make huge noticeable mistakes in a hurry. Robert
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    05-04-2021, 05:04 PM
    Numrich/GPC had some a few years ago, don't know if they still do or not. Also don't know about their shipping with the current situation. Robert
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    05-04-2021, 04:46 PM
    I haven't shot lead through my microgroove .35, but plain old air cooled wheel weights worked fine in my microgroove .30-30 sized .311". I know I bought a .360" H&I die for mine, and my RCBS mold drops large enough for that, but life got in the...
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    05-03-2021, 07:56 PM
    I doubt any where ever made for the retail market, the .32-20 in revolvers were long past being made when speedloaders became a common thing. That being said, you might try asking HKS if they ever made any. Robert
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    05-01-2021, 06:10 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Advisable speed in Cast Boolits
    I wouldn't go for a hard alloy right at the start. With good fit and a good lube, something around wheel weight or Lyman #2 mix should allow velocities in the high teens or low 2,000 fps range. I wasn't casting for rifles when I had a .338...
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    05-01-2021, 06:03 PM
    That's about the load I was thinking of. I also recently received a Lee .319 RB mold, and still have most of a five pound box of Hornady singe O buckshot. I think fixing the single action mechanism in my Howard Arms revolver just moved up the...
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    05-01-2021, 04:57 PM
    I wonder how many people are going to try to get round from the chamber to go back in the magazine? The only thing I saw blatantly wrong for a 1911A1 was the right hand twist to the rifling. Although at least some of the commercial barrels...
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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