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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:41 PM
    I am a shooter that hunts. I normal shoot about 20,000 rounds a year. I like shooting so I shoot whatever as much as I want or need. The least shot is my smokeless muzzleloader. When I first got it I shot it a lot for load development. Now it's...
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    Yesterday, 02:13 PM These are not S&W or Schofield cartridges. The rim diameter is the same as the long .45 Colts, which is smaller than the Schofield rim diameter. These are true .45 Short Colts. The cartridge is listed...
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    Yesterday, 01:32 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Wts- gun books in Swappin & Sellin
    I will take the following. Pm will be sent later today. Handloader's Cartridge Conversion, well illustrated by Donnelly $15 Gunsmithing Made Easy (Hah !) by Towsley, Hardcover , great color pics , $10
    2 replies | 208 view(s)
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    08-08-2022, 10:29 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread in Our Town
    I was not aware of that. In that case I have used them with good results.
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    08-08-2022, 05:43 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread in Our Town
    I have not used them but the reviews are all good.
    12 replies | 296 view(s)
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    08-08-2022, 05:23 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Whiskey bottle wax??? in Boolit Lube ! The first bottle was dipped using wax heated up in a deep fryer on the Samuels’ stove. The formula for Maker’s Mark’s wax used today was...
    13 replies | 295 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-08-2022, 01:10 PM
    Lots of love and lots of hate for them. I purchased 20K of the small rifle mag. They have all be used. If they were still available I would buy more. Most of the hate is based on not understanding the differences between them and US. Most...
    10 replies | 210 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-07-2022, 05:16 PM
    Just put your Foster Slugs in a shot cup like they were designed to be used. Never seen a factory Foster Slug in a shot cup. Some history on the Foster slug here. Foster Slugs ...
    8 replies | 155 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-07-2022, 04:39 PM
    I know nothing of their M1 Carbines. I have seen some of their work on M1 Garands and M1A's. They did a good job with those.
    2 replies | 157 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-07-2022, 02:17 PM
    I have both and I much prefer the 686's. That being said most of my S&W's are pre-1993. I do own several of ECM barreled Smiths and I have no issues with them for cast. With the factory stock Ruger or S&W triggers its luck of the draw. Once you...
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  • fivegunner's Avatar
    08-07-2022, 11:19 AM
    Like others have said, Buy them both. you won`t go wrong.:D
    38 replies | 775 view(s)
  • Char-Gar's Avatar
    08-06-2022, 04:44 PM
    Texas dove hunting is my concern
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    08-06-2022, 02:07 PM
    I don't follow such things, but I am wondering how the current ammo famine has affected the availability and price of shotgun shells. Has this had any effect on bird hunting?
    22 replies | 480 view(s)
  • Char-Gar's Avatar
    08-06-2022, 11:41 AM
    With use, the pressure inside the case causes a brass migration/flow toward toward the mouth of the case. The cases get longer and the necks get thicker. That is why we must trim brass back and sometimes neck turn or ream the necks back to proper...
    13 replies | 237 view(s)
  • Char-Gar's Avatar
    08-05-2022, 11:21 AM
    To much case flare will prevent the case from moving back out through the handles. All of us that used the 310 tool have to learn that lesson the hard way. When adjusting the dies, we have to go a smidge, then another smidge and still a few more...
    6 replies | 189 view(s)
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    08-05-2022, 11:11 AM
    Char-Gar replied to a thread Odd headstamp on .38 in Vintage Ammo
    IIRC Markell was the only commercial cast bullets that could be ordered nationwide. They had a line of copper washed cast bullets they called "Golden Arrow" bullets. I used quite a few of their .357 SWC HPs in my Colt New Frontier SA in 357 Mag. I...
    7 replies | 402 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-02-2022, 10:54 PM
    For the firearm/ammunition combination I don't agree. Once you add the shooter to the mix it becomes much more true. More recoil requires better form to shoot well. The M-14 I used in service rifle competition was much less tolerant of form...
    41 replies | 1004 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-02-2022, 08:36 PM
    I would recommend finding a buddy that has one and use it before you purchase. Some people love these presses and some people not so much. I have two. Got my first in the early 80's. I am strongly in the "not so much" camp. I have a bunch of...
    48 replies | 974 view(s)
  • Char-Gar's Avatar
    08-02-2022, 03:04 PM
    The Lyman M die has a .355 expander and is made for jacketed bullets. This can be too small for less than rock hard cast bullets. The Lyman 310/Tru-Line Jr. expanders came in .357 and .358. I used them with the correct adapter in my reloading...
    13 replies | 496 view(s)
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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