Casting Session

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Johnny Breedlove posted this 14 November 2009

I did a little casting yesterday. I spent about 4 hours including setting up and warmup. I cast 400+ from a Lyman 225415JS 49 gr. double cav. mould and 400+ from a double cav.  RCBS 7mm 145 gr. Sil. mould. The actual weights were 55 gr. and 152 gr. I used my Lyman thermometer and was casting at about 750 to 800 degrees. The thing I noticed was the 22 bullets were nice and shiny and the 7mm bullets were some what frosted. The only thing I can come up with is that the 7mm mould stays a lot hotter than the 22 mould. The 55gr. weighed + or - .05gr. That  22blt. will shoot a 1/2' group from my 223 super 14 barrel at 25yds with factory open sights. I really haven't shot it on paper much farther than that. Hopefully I will get time to try it at 100yds. later on. I'm still working on some loads for the 7mmblt. for my 10” TC brl.

I will be going into the Hospital on the 24th. I Have had a stint in my heart for almost 10 years now and am having some problems. The heart Dr. thinks my stint has failed so I have to have a angiogram to determin if they can put a new stint inside the old one. Otherwise they will do a bypass. Not looking foward to doing any of this but it looks better than the alternative.

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KenK posted this 14 November 2009

I love casting 22 bullets.  It's not too hard to get the mould hot enough and it seems like I can go about as fast as I can go without getting it too hot.

Good luck with the doctor.  Both my parents had heart problems so I probably will have that to look forward to myself.  I was reading something not too long ago that said the bypass tended to be a better long term fix than stints are.  Howsomever, according to my dad, getting that chest cracked open was no fun at all.

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hunterspistol posted this 14 November 2009

    I see you're using the same set up in 7mm, a 10” barrel scoped.  I tried the 145 grain RCBS and found that it wouldn't go past 100 meters very well. I don't mean to rain on your parade, you may get it to work for you.  I then tried the 135 grain Lyman and found the longer bearing surface (all I can figure out) ups the velocity. Even managed to hit paper at 200 meters with it, just not group yet.  It's a great TC caliber to work with, it's fast, accuarate, and fun! It's a lot of fun.

     One of these days, I need to try a .223 or 22-250, love the 22 Hornet but, just doesn't go very far.

     Good Luck with the heart specialist, hope to see you back around here very soon.

Ron

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Johnny Breedlove posted this 14 November 2009

I have the 135 gr. Lyman also, the only thing I have tryed with it in the 7mm TCU was unique and I got very erratic velocitys with it. I think I will try H4198, only because I have 5 new containers of it. I got those at Cabellas in Phoenix about 2 months ago They were $18.95 a can. Last Tuesday they had raised thier price to $21.95 a can. My local gunshop gets 27 a can and $43.00 a thousand for primers. I really need to put a good scope on the 10” TCU but when I shoot with a scoped handgun I have to use a rest as I can't hold it steady enough. At my age I should probably be using a rest anyway. I don't hold much of any thing very steady any more. The group I mentioned "was” shot with a rest.

I do get plenty of encouragment from my wife about this heart thing but I do appreciate the encouragement from the forum also.

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72coupe posted this 14 November 2009

I have had several stents put in. The last one I was off work 2 days.

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tturner53 posted this 14 November 2009

JB, good luck with the doctor thing, I hope it goes easy for you. Keep us posted, on the loads too. Tim

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jhalcott posted this 15 November 2009

  I have 3 (10,14 &21") different length 7T/CU barrrels ,EACH is different as to what loads it prefers. I have tried 112 grain to 175 grain bullets in each. None appreciates the load/s for the other. I have the 135 grain Lee “soup Can” mold and THAT is the closest thing to an “all around” bullet I've found (so far)? I STILL have to use a different powder or charge though.

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Johnny Breedlove posted this 15 November 2009

jhalcott: I have been thinking about getting the Lee 135 as I like the looks of it better than my 135 Lyman. Of course looks does not mean a good shooter. I had a 155gr. 38 357 RFN single cav. Lyman mould this was a long time ago and befor I had any kind of measuring device or even knew anything about slugging a bore. No mater how I loaded that bullet it would key hole. It was a very pretty bullet it was probably undersized. I did sell it. I'm quite sure someone knew how to take care of the problem.

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giorgio de galleani posted this 15 November 2009

Good luck,Johnny,I have three stents in one of my coronaries,and hope they'll last a long time,As an MD myself I have seen a lot of people with  multiple stents  and then bypasses installed.All with success.

When I was an inmate at Montescano,Italy, ,post surgery rehabilitation center, I have seen people pedaling on bycicles and running on the tapis roulant ,that had survived well the most frightening operations,today our coronary surgery is considered ordinary easy routine.

I hope your bigger problem will be your ability to preview weather changes with your surgical scars,after the successful bypass operation.If it will be necessary,of course.

 

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giorgio de galleani posted this 15 November 2009

PS

I too have the 6 cav Lee soup can 7mm bullet.

It shoots very well in a 7X 57 Mauser made by Steyer,with a pistol scope ,Scout  Rifle style.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Giorgio.

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jhalcott posted this 15 November 2009

The Lee 135 7mm bullet shoots well in my 708 and .280 also. It doesn't do as well in my 7BR XP100 though. I could use it for deer hunting at ~100 yards ,BUT ...

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Johnny Breedlove posted this 17 November 2009

Giorgio: Thanks for the pep talk. I am also in constant A-Fib and hope this is not a big factor while being under the anesthetic. I did have a shoulder operation three years ago and had A-Fib at that time. The only problem I had when I was waking up was that the nurses had to keep telling me breath Mr Breedlove breath. (Sleep Apnea)

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