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Casting and Reloading / Headspace in 308
« on: July 27, 2020, 07:45:53 PM »
I have a question about head-space in a 308. I am loading Starline brass for my AR-10 and will be loading for my M1A soon. My children purchased me this AT-10 (Sig 718 I think) and its a beautiful rifle and shoots great. I do not want to do anything to hurt it.

I am working with a batch of 20 pieces of Starline brass (new when I started) I have fired them 4 times so far. My fired cases show me 1.628 and the M1A show me 1.631 head-space. From what I read I do not want a lot of extra head-space and I am using RCBS Small Base Dies for semi autos. When I size my brass I clean off the lube and measure it and the head-space is all over the place. Most are around 1.625 which is fine but some are as low as 1.620 (threw that one away) and as high as 1.627.

Is this normal? am I just worrying to much? After this firing I annealed them and cut 2 of them open to check the condition of the cases and they were fine no case head separation (Looked bran new).

I know I can not come up to the head-space that the brass is at after firing but how low can it go safely? I want my brass to last but I really do not want to blow up the rifles (or me).

If anyone has the time to educate me I would be thankful I have received some good advice on what bullet to use with what gun over the years and I have read enough post here to think there are some real wise people here.

Favorite loads / M1A Socom
« on: June 16, 2020, 09:20:56 AM »
I finally picked up a M1A I have wanted one for years. I found a deal on one, its the short SOCOM version but I like it (purchased it a wood stock what can I say I like wood).

I want to shoot some powder coated cast lead out of it. I have 2 NOE moulds I am wanting to use. I have worked up a load for my 310-165-FN GC It shoots fine but its the only mould I have ever had problems with. I have to smack the handles at least 10 times for each drop on the left side. I have cleaned it and smoked it and have used it at least 10 times. It just will not break in.

I have another mould its a 314365 198gr SP it drops with my alloy at 204 grains. I was looking around the internet and I found a load people are using for the 1903 (God I would love to have one of those!) and they are using 16gr of 2400 powder. I loaded 2 up and first shot it through my Ruger American bolt gun (If I was going to blow up a gun I wanted to blow up a less expensive one) it shot fine and hit the steel target. I tried the second one in the M1A and it shot fine and hit the target but no function at all. The case has no pressure signs if fact the primer is round so I increased the powder charge twice in 2 grain increments. I stopped at 20 grains, still shot good hit the target but no function.

My question (I finally got to it, are you still awake?) does anyone have a load they have used in a semi auto for a 200 grain bullet in a 308 rifle that may allow me to shoot and function in my M1A ? This bullet mould is not gas checked so I do not want it going to fast, I would like it under 2000fps.

Thank you for any help you can send my way!

Favorite loads / Load Data for HTC459-354-FN in 458 SOCOM
« on: December 23, 2018, 10:54:04 PM »
Does anyone know where i can get some load data (a place to start and a max would be GREAT for this mould NOE HTC459-354-FN used in a 458 SOCOM? I can not seem to find any. I am just now starting using QuickLoad software but I am not ready to just start using powders it recommends. I tried it with one load I know what powders to use and it did not suggest either one of the powders the loading manuals told me.

Casting and Reloading / 450 Bushmaster what mold should I get?
« on: March 18, 2018, 05:03:26 PM »
You guys have helped me in the past and I am here asking for heal again. I just came home from the gun show and I pickup us a 450 Bushmaster (Ruger Bolt Action). I want to cast for it and I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion of a mold that would work well with it? I am just going to play on the range with it and blow up milk jugs.

Thanks for any help that you send my way!

HTC225-100-FN  Would this work with Trailboss for a subsonic in 223?

I have a 77 grain bullet from another company (looked here first but did not see it) it works but the mold is hard to use a LOT lower quality than a NOE (I am spoiled). I saw the HTC225-100-FN  and it is smooth. The smooth are my favorites for powder coating.

Has anyone loaded this? I do not care about feeding in a AR I shoot them out of a Bolt action. Kind of a replacement for 22 and with the suppressor the 77 grain is indeed silent but hits the steel enough that I can hear it fine.

Thanks for the help!

I have a NOE 311-115-RN and I have casted up a few hundred of these beauties with Gas Checks and powder coated them. My question is they now weigh 119 grain. Can I still use the load data for 115 grain bullets? Normally when I can not find exact load data I just go with data from a heavier bullet. Should I worry about using load data for a 115 bullet when these are 119 grain?

I have read that a lot of people use H110 powder for the 30 carbine but its not listed in my Lyman Cast Bullet handbook at all for the 30 carbine.

Thanks for any help you can send my way.

I picked up a Ruger American Bolt Action rifle in 308 Winchester. I am going to try some of my bullets I cast and powder coat of for my 30 ACC Blackout (HTC309-153-SP).

I wondering if anyone has a gas checked NOE mould recommendation for the 308 Winchester? I am not hunting just playing on the range.

Thanks for any info sent my way!

I just ordered a CVA HUNTER 45-70 25IN any suggestions on a bullet mould for it?

I am just going to target shoot with it for now. I got some brass for the 45-70 a while ago and I just wanted to cast and handload for it so I found a new single shot rifle for less than 300$ so I jumped on it. I purchased 2 boxes of ammo (I will now have 50 pieces of brass after I shoot it up).

I am kind of leaning towards a 450 grain or 500 grain bullet (I have data for then in my Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook but the 450 is a Lee mould and the 500 is a Lyman but I would rather just start with a NOE mould.

Thanks for any help you send my way.

Casting and Reloading / Question about the NOE store
« on: August 23, 2016, 09:08:04 PM »
I am not trying to be a smart ass or anything like that but again and again I visit the NOE store and find them out of a lot of molds. I am looking for one for 300 Blackout and around 150 grain, the gooks call for .309 but my mold I purchased from NOE for the Sub Sonic is .312 and I just size them down. Today I had to order a LEE mold and I know it is no where as good as the NOE molds I have but I just did not want to wait any longer.

I will keep checking back and will end up replacing the LEE with a NOE but it sure would be nice if they were just instock.

Group Buy Discussions / 300 Blackout Around 150 grain Boolit Mould
« on: August 22, 2016, 07:05:04 PM »
I looked around the store and did not see anything in stock for the 300 Blackout. I think around .309 to .311 and around 150 grain. I have a Lee mold (I had to because the NOE website showed out of stock) The Lee mold is dropping boolits to fat in the nose area and I have to load a shorter COL and I do not want to compress the powder. I also am spoiled and just love NOE molds.

I am using H-110 powder and they show 1785 to 1901 FPS so I think I would want a gas check. I powder coat.  I have loaded some of the Lee but I do not like the boolit touching the groves (AR-15). I have tried 5 of each and found 15 grain gave me 1861 fps and 15.8 grain gave me 1903. The 15.0 (starting load) gave me my best group. I am only plinking with these I don't hunt anymore. 

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