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by JimT
Tue May 21, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges
Replies: 19
Views: 214

Re: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges

mickbr wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 12:04 am
Sorry JimT , I though it was in a lever action. :oops: Nice cartridge though. Anyone ever put it into a lever?
It would be easier to get it to feed the bullet on the left ... and it is pretty accurate ...

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by JimT
Mon May 20, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges
Replies: 19
Views: 214

Re: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges

Wow 480 this would scratch my 50 cal itch. How do I get one, who wants money? Gary Reeder (www.reedercustomguns.com) built the originals. He has the tooling to ream the chambers and everything else. You would have to supply him a base gun to work on. And you would have to make the ammo from scratch...
by JimT
Mon May 20, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges
Replies: 19
Views: 214

Re: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges

octagon wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 6:39 pm
I think that 480 Achilles would be real good on some wild turkeys :D I've always thought a pistol killed Turkey to be a fine trophy.
Back in the 1980's I took a Turkey Hen with my .45 Colt single action Ruger.
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by JimT
Mon May 20, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges
Replies: 19
Views: 214

Re: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges

GunnyMack wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 4:33 pm
Gotcha, wasnt sure if they were cut down rifle cases.
That is a W I D E metplat for sure- lots of shock & awe for whatever critter is on the receiving end!
I have only used it to take a Javelina and a Sika doe. It worked just fine.
by JimT
Mon May 20, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges
Replies: 19
Views: 214

Re: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges

Or the "480 what the heck"?
by JimT
Mon May 20, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges
Replies: 19
Views: 214

Re: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges

Which bullet is that? The heel is so slight with the alox on there that it's hard to tell it's heeled at all. Clearly not the hollow base bullet from that mould in the other thread. It's one designed by Aaron Bittner when we were developing the gun and cartridge. 290 gr. Flat Nose Heel. https://jim...
by JimT
Mon May 20, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges
Replies: 19
Views: 214

Re: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges

GunnyMack wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 11:03 am
Jim what is the parent case?
.45 Colt
by JimT
Mon May 20, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges
Replies: 19
Views: 214

480 Achilles ... Making Cartridges

I made some 480 Achilles cartridges the other day. It takes a bit of time to get them cut and cleaned up. I began by trimming them close to length with a sharp tubing cutter. https://jimsthoughtshome.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/cimg6207.jpg https://jimsthoughtshome.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/cimg62...
by JimT
Sun May 19, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Let's talk .30 WCF heavy cast boolits
Replies: 10
Views: 179

Re: Let's talk .30 WCF heavy cast boolits

Bill ... Sixgun is correct. I shot these on the White Buffalo at the Whittington Center ... 1123 yards (1025 meters). They retain their velocity well.
by JimT
Sun May 19, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Let's talk .30 WCF heavy cast boolits
Replies: 10
Views: 179

Re: Let's talk .30 WCF heavy cast boolits

RCBS #30-180-FN cast bullet sized .311" and using Hornady gas checks - all lubed with Apache Blue. All loads assembled in WW cases with CCI Large Rifle primers Fired in a Model 94 Winchester Carbine Chronographed 15 fee from muzzle to first screen Powder Charge .... Velocity .... 50 yard Average Gro...
by JimT
Sat May 18, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I just got emailed a flyer from Gander Mountain ......
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: I just got emailed a flyer from Gander Mountain ......

Ruger LC9S (the small frame Ruger 9mm) for $199. How does Hi Point fight that? And more importantly how do I not buy one? I don't need one but geez …… $200? Over the life of the pistol that's like 20 cents a month! Wm Not if you shoot it like a lot of folks. It would be more like .002 cents a month...
by JimT
Thu May 16, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Managed to cast a few
Replies: 18
Views: 222

Re: Managed to cast a few

Bill ... I did not mean to hijack your thread! But no, not too many people write about the stuff they do in private. :D Some of it can get you into trouble. But your comments on the Lee Alox reminded me. It has a lot of great uses.
by JimT
Thu May 16, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Managed to cast a few
Replies: 18
Views: 222

Re: Managed to cast a few

I fired in a Ruger .45 Colt Blackhawk 7 1/2" - using WW cases with CCI LP primers - 22 gr. H-110 and the Speer 300 gr. PSP bullet. The bullet was seated out of the case as far as possible, crimping into the bottom crimp groove. NO LUBE Load #1 - 974 fps Load #2 - 815 fps Load #3 - 1003 fps Load #4 -...
by JimT
Thu May 16, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Managed to cast a few
Replies: 18
Views: 222

Re: Managed to cast a few

Lookin' good Bill! Years ago I did some tests using Lee Liquid Alox .... coated jacketed handgun bullets in .45 Colt and 454. I found it increased accuracy and velocity. I got the idea of doing that when I pulled some Winchester SilverTip .45 Colt bullets and found they had a grease groove with lube...
by JimT
Wed May 15, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lead hardness testers
Replies: 10
Views: 227

Re: Lead hardness testers

Yes, I have the LBT. I am not sure how old it is but it is simple, strong and will last .. I can attest to that. I think I have had it since the 1980's, but it could have been in the 90's.
by JimT
Tue May 14, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who on here is old enough to remember......
Replies: 16
Views: 364

Re: Who on here is old enough to remember......

When I was a kid in the 1950's we shot rat at the dump .. also shot all the glass bottles we could find. It was a great time to be a kid.
by JimT
Tue May 14, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How many of you
Replies: 29
Views: 583

How many of you

shoot every day? How many shoot every week? How many shoot every month? How many shoot once in awhile, whenever you can, but it's not easy for you do so? For most of my life I have been blessed to live where I could shoot any time I wanted to ... I could step out of the house and shoot off the front...
by JimT
Tue May 14, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sixgun open sights for hunting
Replies: 17
Views: 384

Re: Sixgun open sights for hunting

JimT, this replacement for the Ruger from Fermin Garza has a hint of backward rake, like the one on your Bowen. Anyone use these? I had not seen them before. https://fermincgarza.com/shop?olsPage=products%2F2-dogs-custom-tla-style-front-sight Yes. Some of The Shootists have them on their guns. Nice...
by JimT
Tue May 14, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: magnums
Replies: 13
Views: 405

Re: magnums

Selection of a wide range of cartridges and loads allows for any of a wide range of theories, advantages and limitations you like as long as the choice will get the job done. Yessir! As far as is possible, match the bullet to whatever you are shooting with it. You can't blame the gun if the person ...
by JimT
Tue May 14, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: magnums
Replies: 13
Views: 405

Re: magnums

We killed truckloads of deer with the .243 over 12 years in the mountains of southern Arizona. Very little meat was ever lost. Used nothing but the 95 gr. Nosler Partition bullet. Never had to shoot one twice, even out close to 300 yards. Any "bloodshot" meat where the bullet went through was soaked...
by JimT
Mon May 13, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: can 44-40 be loaded heavy in modern levers?
Replies: 17
Views: 443

Re: can 44-40 be loaded heavy in modern levers?

From John Taffin http://www.reedercustomguns.net/forum/images/uploaded/201904071514565caa13f08493d.jpg http://www.reedercustomguns.net/forum/images/uploaded/201904071515285caa1410b31c9.jpg http://www.reedercustomguns.net/forum/images/uploaded/201904071516055caa14352863c.jpg http://www.reedercustomgu...
by JimT
Sat May 11, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Memories
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Memories

Javelina season was upon us in Arizona. A number of us had put in together for the H.A.M season (Handgun, Archery and Muzzle Loader). We were all hunting with handguns and decided to make a party of it. Everyone camped out at my place so we would be ready for the Big Hunt. I had scouted the area nea...
by JimT
Fri May 10, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Handgun rests for load workups
Replies: 19
Views: 296

Re: Handgun rests for load workups

For years I shot all sixguns ... including the Linebaugh and the Freedom Arms guns ... using a rolled up piece of carpeting on the hood of my International Scout. That was my machine rest. It worked well for me. The Scout was high enough and the carpet roll was big enough that I could stand up fairl...
by JimT
Fri May 10, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Newbie bullet casting help please! RForte61
Replies: 13
Views: 197

Re: Newbie bullet casting help please! RForte61

Here is a link to a free copy of one of the best books on casting, molds and alloys that has been published ... CAST BULLETS by Col. E. H. Harrison.

http://www.nzha.co.nz/wp-content/upload ... lets-s.pdf
by JimT
Thu May 09, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sixgun open sights for hunting
Replies: 17
Views: 384

Re: Sixgun open sights for hunting

I have been so far. When I shot the elk it was overcast and raining slightly ... I like more light of course but you use what you have. Those sights of Bowen's show up real well for me. Everyone's eyes are different of course so I would say experiment and see what works for you.
by JimT
Thu May 09, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sixgun open sights for hunting
Replies: 17
Views: 384

Re: Sixgun open sights for hunting

over 60 years of shooting handguns I have tried most every kind of "iron" sight for the sixgun including the peep rear sight and the shallow v with a bead front sight. None are as accurate as the standard Patridge sight. I do whatever I have to in order to be able to see the sights. I have used diop...
by JimT
Wed May 08, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question for the American members regarding serial numbers.
Replies: 16
Views: 381

Re: Question for the American members regarding serial numbers.

Whenever I have done that it was because I didn't want anyone to know. It was not a stolen gun as I have had it since I bought it. Just because.
by JimT
Wed May 08, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MAY YOU HAVE A
Replies: 9
Views: 390

Re: MAY YOU HAVE A

765x53 wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 12:14 pm
It would be somewhat analogous if we celebrated "Battle of New Orleans Day".
You don't celebrate that?! :o
by JimT
Wed May 08, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: S&W Frame lock
Replies: 11
Views: 448

Re: S&W Frame lock

To those of us who modify firearms to fit our own needs/ideas .. or have them modified ... the placing of a lock in a firearm is no big deal. We were probably gonna do something with it (or have it done for us) anyhow.
by JimT
Sun May 05, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MAY YOU HAVE A
Replies: 9
Views: 390

MAY YOU HAVE A

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by JimT
Sun May 05, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good thoughts appreciated. Update.
Replies: 45
Views: 516

Re: Good thoughts appreciated

Bill .. you have my prayers that Papa God will be with you .. that He will divinely guide the surgery .. and that He help you with a speedy recovery. I pray for His help for you in all areas in Jesus' Name.
by JimT
Sat May 04, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on this bullet, for .45 Colt?
Replies: 12
Views: 331

Re: Thoughts on this bullet, for .45 Colt?

The LFN's from LBT actually do pretty well at long distances. The WFN's have to be pushed really hard to get long range accuracy. I was shooting a 5 gallon bucket at 300 yards with the LFN's from the 454. They were accurate enough to hit it. The problem was, I wasn't always as accurate as the load I...
by JimT
Sat May 04, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on this bullet, for .45 Colt?
Replies: 12
Views: 331

Re: Thoughts on this bullet, for .45 Colt?

I used some of these back in the day. They shot well in the 454. The meplat is large enough they were good on game also. If you are not going to use the bullet for killing game but want long range accuracy and velocity retention, a more pointed/rounded nose without a flat is much better. I had LBT m...
by JimT
Fri May 03, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rare view of a nesting falcon
Replies: 9
Views: 253

Rare view of a nesting falcon

It is a beautiful sight to see one nesting high up in a majestic Eucalyptus tree! I've seen many remarkable nature photographs over the years but this photo of a nesting falcon in an old tree is perhaps the most remarkable nature shot that I've ever seen. Please send this to your older friends, sin...
by JimT
Thu May 02, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Plated Bullets vs. Cast Bullets
Replies: 3
Views: 241

Plated Bullets vs. Cast Bullets

The talk about Berry's plated bullets gave me an idea .... https://jimsthoughtshome.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/cimg6149.jpg Lee 225 gr. RN .45 ACP cast ... alloy 10 BHN and a Berry's 230 gr. plated .45 ACP https://jimsthoughtshome.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/cimg6152.jpg Placed nose to nose in a vi...
by JimT
Thu May 02, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Got some chronographing done before the weather changed this AM
Replies: 6
Views: 152

Re: Got some chronographing done before the weather changed this AM

Nath wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 4:52 pm
The 125grn bullet is matching 30/30 light bulleted loads.
Yessir. It will do it.
by JimT
Thu May 02, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Laffs making the rounds
Replies: 10
Views: 347

Re: Laffs making the rounds

I got stopped in my old Pinto one day and the Officer said, "I clocked you at 87 mph. Why were you driving 87 mph?"
I answered, "Because it wouldn't go any faster! I had it wide open."
He did think that was funny.
by JimT
Thu May 02, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Got some chronographing done before the weather changed this AM
Replies: 6
Views: 152

Re: Got some chronographing done before the weather changed this AM

Bill in Oregon wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 3:14 pm
Well I am sure impressed with WC820!
It has always worked well for me.... it's just Military Surplus H110. WC820 .. H110 and WW296 are all the same powder. The WC820 is just a lot cheaper to buy.
by JimT
Thu May 02, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Got some chronographing done before the weather changed this AM
Replies: 6
Views: 152

Re: Got some chronographing done before the weather changed this AM

Unique works well in .... well ... most everything. It is unique. :D
by JimT
Thu May 02, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Got some chronographing done before the weather changed this AM
Replies: 6
Views: 152

Got some chronographing done before the weather changed this AM

I had some handloads for the .357 I wanted to check ... ran them through 3 guns ... EAA Bounty Hunter 4 3/4" barrel .... Armi San Marco 7 1/2" barrel and the Rossi Model 92 24" rifle. https://jimsthoughtshome.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/chrono-results.jpg https://jimsthoughtshome.files.wordpress.com...
by JimT
Thu May 02, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It's been raining on and off today and in between chores I cast a few bullets.
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: It's been raining on and off today and in between chores I cast a few bullets.

Rimfire McNutjob wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 10:58 am
I edited my earlier post too late for you to see my mold question. Is there a source for the Huffaker molds? That bullet looks fantastic for this application.
Sorry but I lost track of him years ago.
by JimT
Thu May 02, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Smart Slide
Replies: 19
Views: 400

Re: Smart Slide

Exactly Joe.
But these days gimmicks sell.
Doesn't matter whether they work or not. As long as they promise results that should actually come through training.
by JimT
Thu May 02, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It's been raining on and off today and in between chores I cast a few bullets.
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: It's been raining on and off today and in between chores I cast a few bullets.

Rimfire McNutjob wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 8:52 am
I've always wanted to get a 3-1/2" to 4" bird's head SAA done up in 480 Achilles.
That sounds like fun. Shortest I have seen is 4 3/4" .... looked good.
by JimT
Thu May 02, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It's been raining on and off today and in between chores I cast a few bullets.
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: It's been raining on and off today and in between chores I cast a few bullets.

BrianSH wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 8:32 am
Wacha gonna use to light duh fire?
(Load data)
The .357's will be loaded with WC820 (military surplus H110) ... 1200 fps loads.

The Achilles with Unique ... 6.5 gr. for about 850 fps.
by JimT
Wed May 01, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It's been raining on and off today and in between chores I cast a few bullets.
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: It's been raining on and off today and in between chores I cast a few bullets.

Bill in Oregon wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 8:06 pm
Jim, I confess those Achilles bullets make we want to attach a Greenie Stick-M cap to the nose and feathers to the rear ...

:lol:
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by JimT
Wed May 01, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It's been raining on and off today and in between chores I cast a few bullets.
Replies: 9
Views: 200

It's been raining on and off today and in between chores I cast a few bullets.

The first are for .38/357 https://jimsthoughtshome.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/cimg6129.jpg 160 gr. SWC These will be sized .358" https://jimsthoughtshome.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/cimg6123.jpg The others are for the 480 Achilles. https://jimsthoughtshome.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/cimg6139.jpg T...
by JimT
Wed May 01, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How is NATH from England doing ? ? ?
Replies: 32
Views: 787

Re: How is NATH from England doing ? ? ?

I HATE it since the government made it mandatory that sights be harder to see!
by JimT
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Update On The Situation In Pemba
Replies: 1
Views: 131

Update On The Situation In Pemba

A short video by my friend Liz in Pemba

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8xYaKU ... 6-71368379