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Greetings Gentlemen ... and Trevor,
Just wanted to write you guys another quick thank you note for all of the quality information you provide via your podcast.
The last time I wrote you was in regards to your casting series of episodes, thanking you for setting me down that road.
As a quick update to that, last night I shot my first deer using my own cast projectiles. I've hunted many deer in the past using reloads and store bought projectiles, but this is the first time I have used a round custom tuned to my rifle using a projectile created by my own hands.
I ended up going with a 300 gr .458 projectile out of my .45-70, pushed by a mildly compressed charge of varget. Unconventional I know, but my load development this summer combined with some penetration testing indicated it should work quite well for my application.
Boy did it ever! I was able to put that pill right through the doe's heart from about 70 yards. Once the high velocity medicine was administered, she walked about 10 yards and sat down for good. Short of a headshot I don't think I could have asked for a more ethical dispatch. The entrance wound was about the size of my thumb and there was virtually no blood shot meat.
I have always processed my own game and this time was no different, but somehow it just felt slightly more honest and rewarding knowing I had a direct influence over every single portion of this hunt.
Thanks again guys, keep up the great work,
-Chad in Canada
Episode 127 "Glock (unsupported chamber) Bulge" Range Brass
I think that it was episode 127 that the dreaded bulge was being discussed, you touched on many of the methods of getting rid of it that I've explored / researched. Some of the range 9MM pick ups I gotten have had the problem and I was asked if I could help someone in Boise Idaho with their problem with this as well. I've no reloaded 300-400 or so with the problem and repaired 100 or so of already loaded ( Boise) rounds using a "Lee Bulge Buster". As you identified on your show and as Lee says it's good for Lee Factory Crimp Dies (380 ACP, 40 S&W, 10mm Auto, 41 AE, 45 GAP, 45 ACP, 45 Win Mag) notably missing is the 9MM Luger. As I researched this for a fix to the 9mm I found a forum, link, or some where stumbling around on the on the internet that is you use the 9mm Makarov crimp die to pass the 9MM Luger through you could fix the bulge.
Upon reading this I searched and found the SAAMI specs on both rounds and compared the overall diameter knowing that the bulge is at the bottom 1/3 or so of the case. the base diameter of the 9MM Luger is .3910 and the 9MM Makarov is .3915 base diameter is 9mm Luger is .394 and .392 for the Makarov. All dimensions were so close that I thought I would give it a try.
I then checked all of my reloads and the repaired Boise rounds in a Midway case gauge and an EGW gauge and all fit with bulge removed, of the 400-450 rounds that I shot through and 2-XDM-9's, a Beretta 92FS, and an S&W - M & P 9MM all have performed well.
As I value all of the opinions, comments, and experience of all the hosts / regulars on the show and find your show to very informative, entertaining, and fun to listen to.
Please let me know what you think of this is either unwise or unsafe please let me know as I have another 1000 brass prepared this way awaiting reloading.
Keep up the good work....
Subject: Chronograph results
I was chronographing some rounds through some handguns this weekend for the first time and I got some discrepancies I was hoping you could help me explain. All rounds were using the same powder, same press, same primers, same powder feeding system and using the same brand brass for their caliber (Titegroup, Federal SPP, Hornady L-N-L AP press, Hornady Case Activated Powder drop).
Using a Ruger GP100 38 Special I got a low-high difference of 48.7 fps (670.0, 719.9, 708.7, 681.0, 714.7, 718.7)
Using a 1911 5" 9mm I got a low-high difference of 12 fps (1131, 1139, 1133, 1133, 1143)
These are the second results with the GP100, I thought the first ones were wrong due to the setting sun and deleted them (stupidly) but I got similar results.
Is it because I am using a revolver vs a semi-automatic that I am getting this low-high difference in velocity?
Any tips on how I could make my revolver rounds more consistent?
On a completely different subject, I can't adjust my GP100 sights enough to match my point of impact, the POI is high. Is there anything I can do in my reloading practice to try to make them meet or should I just go buy a different sight? (38 special: titgroup, Federal SPP, 158gr FMJ truncated nose)
Thanks for the great show,
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