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Casting and Reloading / Re: Headspace in 308
« on: July 28, 2020, 07:35:30 PM »
Thank You for taking the time to reply with all this good information and even links to the drawings. I printed it and saved it. I have a set of Lee Dies I may try them and see what I get. I really do not understand why each case I resize does not have the same head space its all over the place. I just watched a video from a man called the Hornady Reloader and he said the Hornady Comparator is just that its not exact head space figures it just lets you compare it to something else. I have fired over 150 reloads in this rifle so far and no problems but I need to understand what I am doing and not just be lucky.

Thank You again for your great information and your time !

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!

Thank You for your time. I may just pick up on of the 60 grain smooth (designed for the coatings). The 77 grain mold I have from another company works and I have a good load worked up that is accurate but the mold itself if not very good. In one 2 hour casting I had to re adjust the top plate 3 times.

Thanks again for your time.

Casting and Reloading / Re: Mold for CZ 527 7.62x39
« on: December 02, 2017, 03:27:17 PM »
I do not know if you are still looking but I have a spare 314-129-SP in BRASS that I purchased by mistake. I have a problem with my wrist and it is just to heavy for me. I purchased the same in Aluminum and I get good groups with it out of my AK-47 with Accurate 5744 powder. I think its a waist for it to just sit unused.

Anything to trade? I shoot a lot of 30 cal stuff I like .310 to .312

I do not need a lot for it I would just like to see it get used.


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!

Archived Buys / Re: HTC310-247-FN (Blackout/Whisper) (15)
« on: October 27, 2017, 11:38:26 PM »
I would like a 4 cavity aluminum please.

I hope I am not to late I just saw this on Facebook.

Casting and Reloading / Re: Powder coating
« on: June 28, 2017, 10:34:56 PM »
I always size after I powder coat them. To each their own I guess.

thank you for the idea I will go check it out.

I will reduce the starting loads a little. I have read that H-110 does not like to be reduced. I also have some 1680 on-hand (8lbs that I purchased for 300 blackout and now I have the new powder made just for 300 blackout). H-110 is not even listed in the Lyman cast bullet handbook.

It says that N110 would be the most accurate and it lists 2 cast bullets using it. both Lyman, one a 115 gr and one a 130 gr. every powder they list shows a little less for the 130 gr compared to the 115 grain EXCEPT for the N110 its 10.0 starting for both weight bullets? All my local gun shops do not sell the N110 and I just got a order in from Powder Valley so I do not want to buy it from them because I do not need any primers and primers is what makes the Haz Matt fee worth doing.

With the 1680 it lists the starting load for the 115 grain is 14.0 and starting for the 130 grain is 13.5 grain.  I am thinking of 13.8 grain for my 119 grain bullets to use as a starting load.

The max is 15.0 (compressed) for the 130 grain bullet so I will stay under it for sure. I never do max loads. I am not doing anything except shooting steel or target shooting with it.

I wish I knew others in my area that reload so we could combine orders and share haz mat fees. I think that is one of the problems with shooting at my own range and not one at a company, I do not get to know people.

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!

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