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Group Buy Discussions / Re: Mold Blueprint Archive?
« on: July 12, 2014, 12:39:07 PM »

One additional thought on formatting this beast:  clear listings of weight for the different variations on a given design would be HUGE.  I've often been a mite puzzled on some of the RG listings as to whether the weight provided is the HP or solid variant.

Group Buy Discussions / Mold Blueprint Archive?
« on: July 12, 2014, 12:06:52 PM »
Now that we have a dedicated NOE forum, would it be possible to have a locked, Swede Access Only page that contains the blueprints for ALL the NOE molds - not just the current/recent runs?  Listed in order of caliber, then weight?  Maybe notes as to tooling status and "last ran"?

My thought is that this would be extremely helpful for folks looking to start an interest thread.  These reference pages would be great for either launching a re-run, or as discussion points for variations on diameters, drive bands, lube grooves, etc...


Archived Buys / Re: 363 150Gr. RN (38 S&W)
« on: June 30, 2014, 07:43:25 PM »

I'm in a holding pattern on this one until I get the related barrel back from being sleeved and take measurements on the new bore. Hoping a  .360 will do the trick.

What are your thoughts on tossing this down a 30" single shot at subsonic speeds?

Group Buy Discussions / Re: original profile .38 S&W 146gn
« on: June 29, 2014, 12:00:09 PM »
Maybe I'm wrong, but I think this would be redundant to the .360/.363 150 grainer running in the Active Buy section, which was launched for the very purpose of providing a lightweight bullet for the old top-breaks.  Sure, you could scoot the bands back a wee bit to make it more like your profile, but. . .

My thoughts on "leaving as much room for black powder as possible":

1.  For hot-rods in the .35-.36 caliber range, there are far better chassis to build on than the .38 S&W.  Not much to be gained by trying to convert a tiny jewler's hammer into Mjolnir.

2.  The great majority of .38 S&W guns you encounter are older than dirt and weren't very sturdy when new.  The Webleys, Enfields, and Victory Smiths are another matter entirely, and for those, we have Swede's 200 grainers.

Crimp grooves - yeah, I like 'em as they give you versatility beyond the light kicking rounds that are fine with just a taper crimp. The current GB should be workable in most any .358-ish cartridge.

There's probably no reason you'd NEED to roll-crimp on a blackpowder .38 S&W, so you could seat the GB 150 farther out and gain your capacity that way.

Casting and Reloading / Re: 453423 Loads
« on: June 28, 2014, 12:50:31 PM »
Getting about 820fps out of 4.4 grains of Titegroup in a stainless 5" Springfield.  More concerned with feeding experiments than group size right now, but it shoots to the sights inside of 50 yards.

Casting and Reloading / Re: Mould temp and cast size?
« on: June 28, 2014, 12:47:15 PM »
I've got to figure the cavities are shrinking as the metal of the mold heats up and expands.

Which leads me to guess that the largest possible diameters would come from cooler molds (larger cavities) and hotter pots (best fillout due to longer period to returning to solid)

Group Buy Discussions / Re: .45 / .455 hollow base
« on: June 28, 2014, 11:34:11 AM »
The Mk.2 and Mk.4 are the sort of items you're likely always to be able to shift as a stock item, particularly cos the RCBS 1-cav is so darn expensive.

I'd have to agree with this.  The RCBS was the first mold I ever purchased, right after my dad got us into casting with his equally odd hexagonal Whitworth rifle mold.  I had no knowledge of the greater "casting community" at the time, so as far as I knew the RCBS mold from Midway was the only semi-authentic option.  I cranked out about 700 of the little buggers in one setting, but it made for a VERY long day.  The day I landed the MP group-buy leftover was a very happy one indeed.

The Webleys are a good example of what you might call a "gateway drug" that gets people hooked on casting.  We buy them because they're historic and cool, but quickly realize there's little ammo or suitable components and start looking for options.  Even then, many probably won't shoot much because single cavities for anything but a buffalo rifle are maddeningly slow.  The MKII bullet at the very least is one you'd want to keep a few of constantly on hand in 4-hole configuration ( though brass may be the better medium).  Military collectors are a tight knit bunch - word will get around.

On that topic, you might give some thought to offering a small selection of more "generic" hollow-base profiles in the common diameters of the 19th Century.  This could gain you serious "hero points" among the folks with worn throats, pitted bores, "Frankengun" mismatches of barrel and cylinder, or just weird original barrel/cylinder specs like the Webleys.

Group Buy Discussions / Re: .45 / .455 hollow base
« on: June 12, 2014, 09:14:58 PM »
I'd possibly be interested in the 220grain MKIV.  If you can figure out how to do the MKIII Manstopper, HELL YES!  .453-.454 would be ideal for me - both my MkVI's are .452 in the throats.

Swede, it looks like stoats' blueprints are pretty straightforward, but I have a couple options in 265 RNHBs if you need samples of those.  PM me if needed.

A couple thoughts/suggestions:  The skinny lube grooves can be a BEAR to get good fillout on. While it flies in the face of tradition (and what do we shoot Webleys for, if not tradition?), you might consider making  this slug with one large lube groove and a crimp groove in the appropriate location.  Offhand, I would probably get rid of the first band up from the base, increase the thickness of the second band, and taper the front of it into a proper crimp groove.  Same amount of lead, just easier to cast.  The lack of the skinny band might also help the base expand. . .just guessin'

Group Buy Discussions / Re: H&G 51 - NOE
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:28:00 AM »
Found a keeper of an original mold.  Sample bullets should be on the way to Swede soon.

Archived Buys / Re: 287 168Gr. SP (RCBS)
« on: June 07, 2014, 11:00:30 PM »
Hmmm. . .a disturbing lack of love for this thread since we first kicked the ball. :o

Group Buy Discussions / Re: H&G 51 - NOE
« on: June 05, 2014, 10:44:57 PM »
Here's a pic:

I'll see if I can hunt down some sample slugs.

Group Buy Discussions / .416 Rigby, anyone?
« on: June 04, 2014, 08:25:42 PM »
Would a run of 400 RNFPs interest anyone?

PB?  GC?  I'm not normally a fan of combo molds, but this might be a reasonable place for it; some days the inner masochist wants the full elephant rifle experience, and others, not so much.  I'd be after 4 or 5 cavities.

Something you might consider Al:  on African rounds like the Rigby and the big .458 magnums, cartridges can be loaded on both sides of the gas check threshold as well as both sides of the shooter comfort threshold.  Making a 4 cavity mold with one of the cavities gas-checked or a five cavity with one or two gas checked would give most folks a nice ratio of maximum practice to heavy hitting when needed.

Group Buy Discussions / Re: H&G 51 - NOE
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:42:45 PM »
There's a fair chance you could catch me in a moment of weakness if this one were available.

Group Buy Discussions / Re: 452 200Gr. SWC (RCBS-452-200-SWC)
« on: June 04, 2014, 12:32:48 AM »
Al, or other interested parties. . .

The obvious question here is "THIS, or the HG68 clone?"  I'd be interested in hearing opinions of merits from one to the other.

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