• Oddly enough, bulk purchase Hornady 55gr SPBT with a moderate load of anything appropriate for this cartridge is a great shooter. My iron sighted weapon will place three in a 1.75″~2″ circle merely aiming 6 o’clock at 100m on a good day and I can see well enough to make it happen. My right eye will, on occasion, blurr at times. I then shift to…[Read more]

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  • Butch Wax replied to the topic AR Buck in the forum The hunt!!! 5 months, 1 week ago

    Really impressed. And yes, I understand “stupid accurate” very well. Got a couple rifles and a couple pistols like that. The other few are of “average intelligence”.

    And I applaud your hunting with an AR15. Went out with my grandkids on their ranch a few weeks back. Grandson put me in “a box”. It tilted. Creaked and groaned worse than I did. When…[Read more]

  • I thank you for the thought. I’ve just got some 69gr Sierra HPBT. Will be loading some tomorrow afternoon so I think I’m covered for the moment. Don’t want to get too long of bullet that prevents magazine use.  The Windham did really well with 60gr V-MAX.

  • Yes sir, I agree 100%.

    Loaded some 60gr V-MAX by Hornady with some RL15 and some with IMR3031. Both loads were just “put together” for a quick test, but the 60gr bullet was tight. Especially with the 3031 load.


    My granddaughter’s Windham carbon fiber AR15 has a 1:9 barrel. It’s pitiful with 55gr bullets as well. The 62grFMJ PPU factory and…[Read more]

  • Just came back in from my range. Shot several 55gr FMJ factory loads st 50yds. 4.5″ and scattered. Loaded up a mag with 62gr FMJ factory loads by PPU and tried again. Confidence in the load allowed for sight correction. Rounds #4,5&6 were fired when final zero (#4) hit true. #5 & #6 were fighting for the same hole.


    In my old police days, we…[Read more]

  • Now I don’t know if I should drop and do 20, go wrap the weapon around a tree, or ask my dog for a date!(old school Ranger humor).


    55gr PMC Bronze factory load sucked. 55gr Federal stunk too.

    New dies will be here Fri. Used to load this cartridge long ago when I had a great Armalite AR180 back in the 80’s. Magnificent weapon. Was a 1:12 bore…[Read more]

  • Ok. I’ve hated the M16 since Vietnam. Didn’t carry one either. Flash to today, and like a good grandpa, I got an Anderson Manufacturing AM15 Optics Ready model to use when my granddaughter shoots her Windham Carbon fiber model out at the ranch. Mine is well made and such with a 1:8 bore. It sucks with 55gr rounds. I mean won’t hit true at 50 yds…[Read more]

  • Butch Wax replied to the topic A good deal on lead in the forum Wishing for……. 8 months ago

    I’ve just about quit casting all together due to the cost of GOOD alloy being so high and buying stuff filled with zink off the net. I no longer trust anyone I don’t know.  Local recycling outfits in my area will not sell to the public. Tire shops won’t talk to you.

    So now I don’t cast for my 44 or my 45’s, I buy copper plated bullets instead.…[Read more]

  • Well, I’ve had enough of the LLA wonderment to last. Between the long dry time, sticky cases from the lube migrating all over them, and further, I’ll stick with conventional lubrication.

  • Haven’t seen a self-contained type as you described. The model I have uses a 1/2″ I.D. vinyl tube, and the spent primers all drop into the tube and fall into whatever you choose to contain them. But it doesn’t require it to be removed from the press. Yours sounds like a different design.

    Again, the design of this device is quite clever. Aside…[Read more]

  • Tried it. Very time consuming and was not more accurate either. The need for a drying rack. An oven dedicated just for bullets. Oven racks just for bullets. And so on.. Counter productive is the best way I can describe my experiences with it.


    Same with LLA. Time consuming and inconvenient. I returned to the old Lyman 450 and size and lube…[Read more]

  • Laptop repairsWhen this laptop began to act up, I repaired it my way. A 45 is such a handy tool in this age of computers. :-

    Got it figured out. Notifications. Ok.  The phone thing messes me up sometimes. I’ve replaced one already when it became a projectile launched at Mach 2.7 across the living room one night….  Seriously, I despise computers and will n…[Read more]

  • Pardon my being computer stupid, but what is the bell & number in an orange circle for at the top of the forum stuff? I clicked on it and went to my own page thingie.  I’m just an old horseback cop and soldier. Don’t know about this fancy computer science stuff!:-P

  • I know it looks funny, but it sure beats primers shooting out all over the place!;-)

  • I mainly use an old Lyman Spar-T turret press for decapping and sizing pistol cases. The rest I often finish with my 310 tools. Keeps the arthritis away. 😉  But I had no primer catching tray and they naturally go shooting off everywhere. I found this device on eBay and figured why not?

    Made on a 3-D printer and fits into the priming arm slot…[Read more]

  • <p style=”text-align: left;”>Clever idea. The plastic clip on the old RCBS Jr broke ages ago. I bent some coathanger wire to fit the slots. It worked, but your use of the innertube appears to hold the tray tightly on the press. No doubt, much more secure from the accidental bump that knocks it off.</p>

  • That sounds like a good bit of extra work to get a bullet in the right size. I was thinking about less work to achieve the desired results.

    The 200gr RNFP in the 45Colt casts and sized well. No issues with it at all. That spurred the purchase of the longer 255gr. Both bullets are very accurate and cast well over size for conventional sizing and…[Read more]

  • Butch Wax replied to the topic Spoke too soon. in the forum Cast Bullets 9 months ago

    Bore is .451″. ACME 200gr RNFP at .452″ leave no trace. Mine, cast from my scrap crap at .452″ lead the first couple inches. 8gr Unique and a 200gr bullet is far from “a hot load” either. Its the alloy…. Everything that I have bought, unless it comes from Rotometals, is garbage. I no longer trust anyone else selling alloy.

  • Butch Wax replied to the topic Spoke too soon. in the forum Cast Bullets 9 months ago

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Well for me its an issue of being an endeavor of diminishing returns. Last few years lead has become more difficult to obtain, and yet when you can find it the metal is often contaminated. The so-called clip on wheel weights are oftentimes a disastrous mixture of usless debris. Resources in my area are nill. Not one…[Read more]

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