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by Sporty
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Lever Action
Topic: Reloading
Replies: 42
Views: 717

Re: Reloading

Wouldn't the Lee Deluxe Carbide 4-Die Set for the .38 Special eliminate the need for a case gauge?
by Sporty
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Lever Action
Topic: Reloading
Replies: 42
Views: 717

Re: Reloading

That's a good kit similar to what I started with. I don't know about the digital scale--I went with an RCBS beam scale. You can probably skip the trim die stuff. I bought one of those before learning that pistol brass shrinks and really never needs trimming. Get yourself a Lyman case gauge to quick...
by Sporty
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Lever Action
Topic: Reloading
Replies: 42
Views: 717

Re: Reloading

Charlie at that range you run the risk of splash back. Hope you had some kind of shield of some kind. Yes you can damage most anything at that range including yourself. There is a reason why HP targets are set at 200 yards to start. Ive shot my .22-250 with 55 gr. going close to 3700fps at the HP c...
by Sporty
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Lever Action
Topic: Reloading
Replies: 42
Views: 717

Re: Reloading

Charlie if you are damaging AR 500 Steel then its not AR 500 Steel. I checked the invoice from two years ago and it stipulates AR500 for the chickens I damaged. They have the typical AR500 ping sound compared to the A36 we replaced. Maybe the AR500 chickens we have were softened with welding the ba...
by Sporty
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Lever Action
Topic: Reloading
Replies: 42
Views: 717

Re: Reloading

Let's get serious about reloading...nobody can afford to spend 10 minuets loading one cartridge with that Lee reloader. You're going to need 40+ cartridges for a match. You will NEED to invest a certain amount of money say about $150 to get started. So either do it or continue to spend $$$ trying t...
by Sporty
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Lever Action
Topic: Reloading
Replies: 42
Views: 717

Re: Reloading

AR 500 Steel would laugh at anything other than armor piercing ammo. Even AR 350 will take it. Your club is most likely using plain hot rolled steel. I would protest the metal used as not conforming to NRA rules. I've had this issue with clubs before and after much discussion it always turns out th...
by Sporty
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Lever Action
Topic: Reloading
Replies: 42
Views: 717

Re: Reloading

ppkny wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:51 am
Sporty: Have you tried Magtech: 357 MAG 158GR LFN Muzzle Velocity 1085. I used these a long time ago before I got into reloading.
ppkny
Yes and Magtech .38 Special 158 grain L-Flat at 984 fps. It did not group well enough at 100 meters.
by Sporty
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Lever Action
Topic: Reloading
Replies: 42
Views: 717

Re: Reloading

Why not try factory .357 mag ammo or .38 sp+P? It's not that much more than .38 sp. Subsonic ammo shouldn't be your goal. I have tried lots of factory .357 magnum but they were all too hot and damages AR500 steel. The only .38 Special +P I tried isn't made for tube fed lever action rifles. The bull...
by Sporty
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Lever Action
Topic: Reloading
Replies: 42
Views: 717

Re: Reloading

I gave another brand of factory .38 Special 158 grain Jacketed Hollow Point a try. The groups are unacceptable as are the muzzle velocities. Nothing I've tested has beaten the Geco .38 Special 158 grain JHP for precision & accuracy but the squibs are unique to that ammo brand. It's time to reload. F...
by Sporty
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Smallbore Rifle
Topic: What is considered and acceptable group?
Replies: 12
Views: 376

Re: What is considered and acceptable group?

The reason they want 1 MOA at 100 meters to hit the ram 100 percent of the time is because of all the variables: quick wind changes the spotter cannot call fast enough, wind changes that happen just as the trigger is pulled, that one round out a brick that was not quite the same as the other 499, v...
by Sporty
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Lever Action
Topic: Reloading
Replies: 42
Views: 717

Re: Reloading

Another Dang 9 wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:42 pm
Squib loads with Factory ammo? Sounds like something other than the ammo. Does it fire with a second or third hammer strike?
I can't shoot a squib again. You may be thinking of a misfire.
by Sporty
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Lever Action
Topic: Reloading
Replies: 42
Views: 717

Re: Reloading

Did you lighten your hammer spring? Can you post a pic of fired case and dude case primers? The new Winchester 1873 Sporter is all stock except for the lower front sight. I didn't see any difference in the primer strike. Maybe the Geco quality control manager will give me some feedback on his testi...
by Sporty
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Smallbore Rifle
Topic: What is considered and acceptable group?
Replies: 12
Views: 376

Re: What is considered and acceptable group?

Wouldn't ammo at 2 MOA from the bench theoretically hit a 1/5 scale ram every time?
by Sporty
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Lever Action
Topic: Reloading
Replies: 42
Views: 717

Re: Reloading

... a tumbler to clean your brass ... I got a 4th squib today in a match from factory .38 Special ammo. It was a new lot that was supposed to be a "known good" lot according to a Geco Quality Control manager. Now, I'm taking another look at reloading. A Vibratory Case Tumbler seems inexpensive ($40...
by Sporty
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Lever Action
Topic: Reloading
Replies: 42
Views: 717

Re: Reloading

Reloading is not difficult. I can do it and I taught myself BUT forget that Lee thing. They make some good stuff but that is not what you want. You need to get at least one reloading manual and READ it. It should explain almost everything for you. You probably don't know enough to ask good question...