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    Shooting, Vintage motorcycles, Scouting
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    Richard Whatley
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    Short funny jokes

    Where does Dragon milk come from ? Cows with no legs.
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    Fun with guns

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    My new carry piece.

    That looks professional. Must be a Glock Foty !
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    Reloading recipes

    Power Pistol is made by Alliant Powder Co. Each of the powder companies post their own load data. Alliant has good load data for a 124gr bullet and Power Pistol that should get you safely started.
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    Why not AA2?

    The AA powders work really well. I'm experimenting with #2, #7 and #9. here's what I found... • These are great, clean burning powders if they are properly matched to the load • The fine grain size makes them meter really well • It typically takes 50% more to match similar speed powders. So it's not that economical. The cost per shot is on par with VV N3320. • #2 is so finely ground that it leaks from Lee and Dillon powder measures. Dillon had to introduce a special powder bar for #2 users. • Accurate uses only one powder container, and some of their powders are sold 12oz per can. So you thnk you're getting 1 lb but you're really getting 3/4 lb. All-in-all pretty much a wash. No clear advantage to using it. Still fun to play with.
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    Horrible accuracy, 115 gr plated

    First of all, it's generally conceeded that your best accurcy is going to come from 124gr bullets due to the longer bearing length / rifling twist rate. So you are fighting an uphill battle from the get-go. If you simply MUST shoot 115gr, then try some of the Berry Mfg 115gr Hollow Base which have an extended bearing surface similar to a 124gr without the added cost. (These are not currently available, due to the current bullet situation, but you might want to know that in normal times these type bullets do exist.) Secondly, you gave no hint of a load "workup". If you want to find what works best in your gun you need to make up a batch of incremental loads beginning at the "starting load" and working up until you find the "sweet spot". That "sweet spot" is different for every gun/bullet/powder/OAL combination. No one can do this homework for you. All the best !
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    Got another q for you guys is ....

    Hodgdon doesn't "make" anything, they are an importer and distributor. They started in the 50's buying mil surplus powder by the truck load and repackaging it for reloaders. These days they import foriegn made powders that don't have a presence in the US. My understanding is that in the case of W231, both Winchester and Hodgdon were importing it under different names. This overlap happened with several powders, which is probably why Winchester was keen to let Hodgdon handle all their powder distribution. In my area of the country, whatever the current price of HP-38, Win231 will always be $2/lb more.
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    9mm crimp question

    There is NOT a single number, and therefore there are numerous opinions to take its place. Taper crimp simply erases the belling (or "flare"). If you agree with that statement, then you must also agree that the perfect TC diameter is simply the bullet diameter + 2 case wall thicknesses. Bullet diameters and case wall thicknesses vary from brand to brand which is why a single number cannot be published. To derive your TC diameter you can physically measure those numbers, or you can simply seat a new bullet into the mouth of a sized, but un-flared, case. Since the TC is there to erase the flare, it stands to reason that if the flare was never there, then the resulting diameter must be the answer. This test generally results in a diameter from .375 to .379". If your bullet is pushing back in the case, then you need to polish the diameter of your expander down by .001" and try again.
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    Things that "fade"?

    It could be worse. It could be on the shirt itself.... How pleasamt.
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    My new reloading shed

    The builder is Korean. From the looks of things, he's one of the IL brothers.
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    Stop discrimination!

    I would not recommend wearing that shirt with a Malcolm X ball cap.
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    Horrible accuracy, 115 gr plated

    Now you are over-crimping. The crimp diameter should be 2 case wall thicknesses plus the diameter of the bullet. That should land you in the .375-.378 area.
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    Handloading Question

    You guys are thinking about this all wrong. If you consider that the books, caliper, powder, notebook, primers, bullets, etc (all the reloading gear) can easily be supported by the most rickty card table, then it's only the press that needs support. If that's the case, then the only reason to build a huge bench strong enough for King Kong is to blow lots of money. The stongest press support needn't be any more complex than a single 4x4 used as a leg directly under the press, capped by a 18" x 12" bench "top" anchored to the studs inside the wall behind. The leg prevents any deflection, the wall prevents any side-to-side. Simple and effective. And you can get your legs underneath it.
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    Primers

    There's a greater profit margin on whole ammo vs components. So the shelves will have to refill with ammo before components start to show up again. Then another year after that to start see the prices settling down.
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    Bad names for kids

    Worked with a lady who always wondered why guys were so standoffish. Her name... B.N. Payne
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