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  1. 7 minutes ago, Billy Boots, # 20282 LTG-Regulator said:

    Perfect.  Thanks Marauder.

    Bet you still have some Mule Camp results around.  

    I remember "our boys" would head to Mule Camp and we went to Rabbit Ridge.  Check on the way home as to who did what.

    Of course.

  2. To echo what's been said. 

    I really like CFE for 9mm and similar loads, but it is designed to work best with high pressures and gives some of the highest velocities of pistol powders.

    I haven't even tried it for 38 Specials due to that.


    Hope you can get some faster rate powder for the lighter recoil & lower velocities. 


    Ask around your club for someone who is loading 9mm, 40 S&W, etc and they may want to buy what's left or trade for Clays, Claydot, RedDot, AA#2, etc.

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  3. $ of us from work once rented a brand new Chevy (68 miles on it) in Philly and drove to New Jursey.  As I pulled off the interstate I thought saw the oil light blink.  Others said it was just a fluke, but I knew what it really meant.  When I got to the stop sign, the engine sounded HORRIBLE.

    Turned out it was 5 quarts short of oil!


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  4. Bison Bud and others gave good info.

    In general you can use any of the powders 1-35 for target type loads as we use.  I've used most of them with success for target loads in standard revolver loads.

    The faster powders work well for lighter loads (and lower velocities) and can generally be loaded at their minimum levels well, with a few exceptions.  You will notice that when it gets down to 40 degrees and below that the lowest loads become erratic.


    The relative slower powders can give higher velocities.  But in pistols,  all the powders will burn nearly all unless using 2" barrels.

    I have noticed that slower powders such as Unique can give a little softer recoil but may leave a little more residue, but that isn't a problem.

    For some reason some powders, especially titegroup, give a very sharp report and snappier recoil compared to similar powders.  But it is reliable and accurate, but not my personal favorite for Cowboy.  But I use it for 9mm and loads that need higher pressures.

    Get a good reloading manual that lists powders and loads and you will see how the powders give differing velocities.  You can also learn a lot by reading some of the powder companies web sites.

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  5. When I started I was traditional & Duelist.  That was before the 49ner category and before Gunfighter, as I think of it.  There was only a couple seniors shooting with a group of 50!

    Now I'm Cattle Baron and remember shooting with a young whipper-snapper named Santa Fe River Stan.

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  6. I used 3.4 grains of VV320 and it worked well.  As state it costs more and there are several other good, economical powders. 


    You have to balance "clean" with recoil and sometimes consistency. 

  7. From Badman Bullets FAQ.  (I've used their bulletsf)
    What are the advantages of shooting Badman Polymer Coated Bullets?
    Let's compare the difference between Polymer and plated bullets.

    * Plated bullets have a soft core (8-10 BHN) with a strong copper outer finish. They perform well at mid velocities or higher end lead velocities but can be rather expensive to shoot and can wear your barrel out faster. Plated bullets also have speed restrictions of less than 1,500 fps.

    * Badman Polymer Coated Bullets have a strong lead core (16 BHN) with a durable 2 layer baked on Polymer coating finish. They perform extremely well from low to high velocities. We have personally tested our .452 diameter 250 Grain RNFP bullet to 1,800 fps with great results. Compared to plated or jacketed bullets they are less expensive, as good as or better and they don't foul your barrel.

    How fast can I shoot the Badman Polymer Coated Bullets?
    As fast as you can pull the trigger. LOL Seriously though, these bullets can be pushed out to 2,200 fps with great results as long as they are loaded properly.

    Do the bullets smoke when being fired?
    No. You will notice a dramatic reduction in smoke compared to standard lubed bullets as there is no wax used in the making of this bullet. The Polymer is the lubricant. Please Note: You may still experience some smoke when shooting these as this comes from the powder you may be using. Some powders smoke more than others.  Check out this Video demonstrating the durability of our Polymer coating under extreme heat

    Can I use the polymer coated bullets with real Black Powder?
    No... the polymer is not intended to be used with real BP... but they will work with black powder substitutes.

    Can I shoot these in a polygonal rifled barrel?
    Our bullets perform the same as a plated or jacketed bullet and work well in polygonal rifling leaving the barrels clean.

    Do I need a gas check with our bullets?
    No. The polymer coating is very durable and can withstand high pressures without compromising performance.

    Do I need to apply wax lube to them before loading?
    No. The Polymer coating is the lube. Nothing else is required to load them.



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  8. From Eggelston Bullets FAQ
    Q: How should I load polymer coated bullets?

    • Work up loads based on data for hard cast lead or plated bullets of the same weight.
    • Always gauge or test chamber your cartridges to ensure proper O.A.L. Some of our bullets are shorter than typical lead or plated bullets, and use a shorter C.O.A.L as a result.
    • Use of 'Factory Crimp' dies is discouraged, but careful testing can yield successful results.
    • A light taper crimp is the preferred method for crimping, if the body or base of the bullet is squished by too much crimping the result may be poor accuracy and/or keyhole issues.
    • Flair the case mouths enough that the polymer coating is not being shaved off during bullet seating, this is crucial in preventing leading.
    • Unlike regular hard cast lead bullets, fast burning powders such as Titegroup will work exceptionally well with EM Polymer Coated bullets.
    • As always, start light and work up to more powerful loads.
    • Visit out Articles section for much more in-depth information!

    Speeds up to 2700 fps.  Above 2600 evidently smokes more.



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  9. Widdow's modification makes the Marlin sing.  I found that I could do well with the regular slicked up Marlin, especially if I used cartridges loaded to the 357 Mag length.  It was slightly faster than most folks could shoot it.  I got a lot of positive comments.  But when I tried to speed up more, I found a "speed limit" of .39 to  .40 second splits.  Any faster and I got hangups. 

    So I switched to the 66 and 73 with short strokes and was able to get .2 second splits pretty easily.

    Then tried one of the guns Widdow and crew had done and it was just as fast as my short stroked 73.  So they got around the issues that caused the "speed limit."


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  10. On 1/1/2024 at 6:44 AM, Texas Jack Black said:

    For lead .004-.008 less for jacketed  buy a feeler gauge and check.  More for a 22  .Try some different ammo.


    Happy New Year

    What he said!

    Some guns have a gap of only .002, but most have slightly larger just in case.  Most fall in the range Jack mentioned.  .01 or above is a little too much .


    Try to slip a peace of 20 lb paper between the front cylinder & the barrel,  If that works, try 2 sheets.  Each sheet should be about .003.


    Also, put in an empty cartridge in the cylinder and have the hammer down to test.  If there is any "cylinder shake" that can make a slight difference.

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