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Old October 17, 2011, 06:23 AM   #676
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Wow.....

Just wow. Makes my shoulder hurt just looking at them.

Can't wait for the after action report when you try them out on game...
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Old October 29, 2011, 03:40 AM   #677
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Remember these from above-Well 2nd picture is penetration tests with
them. Over 2000 for 320 gr weight in plastic cases..
3rd picture is an all aluminum version without brass center
from penetration tests. 198gr at about 2500 in plastic cases.
Now the locked on bases are not burnt and the reason I understand
is they use a thin card between seal and powder, up inside the
seal cup.This info and testing by US-S group in the EU.
The plastic cup seal out there might benefit from that, like
card disc inside the cup of the BPGS and similiar seals.Ed




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Old November 4, 2011, 11:35 PM   #678
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Thanks to rattler for the old time pictures,
and the guys really like them.
Some info about the early days of slug guns;
In my Greener's book he states that rifled,
choke bored 12ga paradox shotguns with slugs, heavier powder
charges than shot loads, could hold what amounted to
about 5 inch pattern at 100 yds.

And still had 1800 ft lbs energy at 100yds.
And that is with guns with lighter, weaker barrels
than we have today, so our work is a good extension
of what the early big bore guys did.

Many have success with all kinds of high-power slug designs and
with extra power, have pushed the reliable range of 12ga slugs/bullets
from 75 yds to over a 150 yds. Here is picture from a 1926
Manton catalog showing many brass case old slug loads.
Notice the 20ga one, I guess hotrod 20s are old hat as they say.
Both Pictures from lancaster and CptCurl on Nitroexpress.

2nd picture are saboted slugs, called the SAGA, from Spain,
next to a Brenekke on the right..AS far as I can find only
sold as loaded rounds. They look great to reload with.Ed



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Old November 5, 2011, 08:34 AM   #679
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The Super Magnum Explora and The Fauneta look like Crayons.
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Old November 8, 2011, 05:20 AM   #680
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Here is a picture of 8bore elephant guns from
my Greener book.ED

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Old November 8, 2011, 07:16 AM   #681
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Not a great photo, but here's an 8 bore I got to see up close.
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Old November 8, 2011, 04:00 PM   #682
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I saw the you tube video of grandpa's 8 ga. So it appears you've been off your meds now for 5 + years. What fun!!! And people say a 12 ga isn't a bear round. Ha ha.
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Old November 10, 2011, 09:13 PM   #683
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You put the **** to them and 12ga with hardened lead
slug will turn a bear inside out, like our 600gr at 3000
load in 12ga FH....Ed
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Old November 13, 2011, 08:51 PM   #684
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You can see videos of various 8bores.4bores, etc,
by guys from around the world on You-Tube.ED
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Old November 19, 2011, 08:21 PM   #685
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Here is picture of an early falling block for big bores
called the Field I think. Looks like some other
side levers, looks like lever works forward.

And speaking of falling blocks next picture is the
start or 'fixins' so to speak for the next step
up, for my 2bore. Same design as the 4 and 8
bores only wider.

I am now getting 2.25" OD barrel reamed
out to the two bore size.
And a square hole for breach block done
in that hunk of 4130 steel.

Other experimenting, a while back, when I made
my 585 Short HE from Gibbs cases, I also made a
620 Short HE from Nyati case, of the same design,
IE, head spacing on the mouth and extractor.
Using 600NE .620" diameter bullet and 2.7" long case.
Case could be shorter or longer like the 585 one.
Didn't do much with it as its sides were very straight
only .010" taper of both sides together. Whereas the
585 Short HE had .027" total taper both sides. And any
Nyati brass I got, went to make my 585HE cases..Ed





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Old November 26, 2011, 05:12 PM   #686
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Now that bridges the gap!
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Old November 26, 2011, 05:21 PM   #687
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That would be whats called a Hepburn Action:

http://csharpsarms.com/catalog-detai...urn-Rifle.html

The 1879 Hepburn-Sharps was pretty much the pinnacle of single shot rifles. The action was beyond unbreakable and now C Sharps will custom make you an 1879 Hepburn in pretty much any caliber you wish.
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Old November 28, 2011, 10:32 PM   #688
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First is picture sectioned Explora case and slug, showing how
they kept weight down so that it could be stepped up in
speed in older doubles, with just short rifling section at muzzle,
that didn't have real heavy barrels. Second picture from Greener
book here, is of older 4 and 8 gauges.

Third picture shows steps of making 4bore case, one inch bore,
from 20mm. 2nd in picture is case with base turned and swaged
to size which leaves base smaller than rim, for rimmed case.
Then 3rd case has top expanded to take 1" diameter slug.
last shows the thickness and strength of finished case.

Testing factory 20ga Hastings sabot slug 3.5" hotrod loads, and
reloaded with 20ga SPW identical slugs, 390gr, goes about 2200
from 30" heavy barrel. Load was 75gr of 4759.
Factory is about 1900. For regular modern barrels you could
do with 65 gr and get about 2000.Ed





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Old December 3, 2011, 08:31 PM   #689
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Some info about our slower powder reloads in plastic and
brass cases with shotgun primers for modern 12ga guns.
I now prefer the IMR 4759 over 4227 as we have had
some delayed firing problems when the loaded cases get
real cold with 4227..And with slower powder loads use
magnum primers.

A side note,in same vein, you know I now use FED239
mag primers in my 8ga and 4ga, but we find they they really
solve the real cold gun, ignition problems, in muzzle loaders
using black powder substitutes, with shotgun primer
inline guns. We tested 50cal and a primer sold especially
for ML when fired,no powder, only saw a tip of the flame
out the barrel, a FED209 mag about 4" flame, buta Fed 239
Mag primer about a foot of flame.

Some more info from the old days, here is picture of
a variety of slugs being promoted and used a century ago.
And 2nd picture Paradox cases old and new.Bottom one is a
modern version sold by H&H for slug hunters.Ed



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Old December 3, 2011, 09:50 PM   #690
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Ed ........


Quote:
Some info about our slower powder reloads in plastic and
brass cases with shotgun primers for modern 12ga guns.
I now prefer the IMR 4759 over 4227 as we have had
some delayed firing problems when the loaded cases get
real cold with 4227..And with slower powder loads use
magnum primers.
I happen to have used 4759 for experimental rifle reloads with hard cast lead bullets and have quite a lot of it. Just interested re what loads you have found useful with that for 12G plastic hulls (whether compression formed or not etc) - and whether shot or slug etc. If you can supply some examples it'd be very interesting.

To avoid any risk of posting load recommendations publicly just PM me with any info if you could. I have an 870 mag so can use 2 3/4" and 3" too.

Still enjoy your periodic offerings over the (many) years!
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Old December 14, 2011, 02:57 AM   #691
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We've posted it all over so no problem out in public-
600 gr Dixie full bore slug, 90gr 4759, 1800 24" barrel.
This is a lab tested load, and works in all modern guns.
With medium heavy weight barrels. Not for barrels less than .900"
muzzle OD.

We are always looking for way to shoot 8 and 10s
using easy to get components,cheap, without buying
loaded rounds for big bucks, if available at all.

In 8ga falling block, plastic got 930gr hollowbase
slug to 2300, It is a slug for 10 ga that we expanded
base a little to fit tight in 8ga wadcup. On the left in
picture. At 30 yds 3" group. Just with open sight,
About like the 10ga sight bead. There is enough hollow in
the base it flies pretty good from 8ga smooth barrel.

Along same line, in my 10ga 32" smooth bull barrel with a
750 gr .69cal hollowbase Dixie MZ slug in VP100
10ga wadcup about same speed and same accuracy.
Nice to just get a box of slugs that is in stock,
and a 2cent cent wadcup and Fed 3.5" 10ga plastic cases
and be shooting cheap.And the cases roll crimp nice
down to these slugs.

And also the hotrod 20 ga 3.5" Hastings factory loads in
a smooth barrel moderate weight 20ga shoots about
same accuracy even though they say for rifled, but that
SPW slug/wad combo has enough plastic and seal on the back
and to shoot like aBrenekke. The new 28ga Brenekkes
out of 28ga NEF modified choke barrel shoots same at 30yds.
Scoped guns and good eyes would shrink groups.Ed

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Old December 21, 2011, 01:32 AM   #692
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A different, interesting style, of 12ga slug, from Russia.
First picture loaded round, in plastic, roll crimped.
Second, two types of slugs they have on the same base.
Base for rifled barrel, little smaller diameter than the front.
Looks like the roll crimp locks against
the edge of the base. Neat idea, and it could have a
flat meplat slug on the front of the base like
the US-S brass slugs fron Greece are on the
plastic bases that I have here. They must use a crimping
die with a deep hollow up in the middle. We have thought
of taking a roll crimper and putting a deeper recess
in middle to load longer nose slugs further out so as to
have more room for our slower powders.ED



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Old December 21, 2011, 02:18 AM   #693
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Hey, great work, great posts. I've been watching this for a while. Hotrodding a gauge, that is something else. The army accelerated saboted darts to very high speeds in tests.

Anyway, have you seen those Latvian Hexolit 32 slugs? If not, search for 'em and tell me what you think. The slugs are steel and have fragmenting petals. They also make a Monolit model that is just a solid steel slug, a flat brush cutter. Be interesting, to say the least, to see what YOU could do with it.

I've got some of the Hexolit 32's, mostly for giggles, and to say they look nasty is an understatement.
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Old December 21, 2011, 05:22 AM   #694
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I've seen picturs,e they look wicked.Ed
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Old December 21, 2011, 02:17 PM   #695
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Is it really safe to have a bullet protruding out of the shell as it is in the picture above? if that's the case, why can't we use .50 BMG bullets in a saboted load? Great bc, sectional density. it would make an excellent hunting round.
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Old December 21, 2011, 04:34 PM   #696
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It would be safe in singleshots. Might be hard to
feed from mag as the crimp shoulder might catcg.
Way earlier in this thread I have picture of a
discarding sabot with a shortened bmg bullet.
I cut off the back of the bullet to fit down
in sabot and ended up
with 600gr spire point, 2nd in pic..Ed

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Old December 28, 2011, 12:41 PM   #697
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Here is picture of 4 long cases of
RIP's on the AR forum.
Top being a Rocky Mtn Cartridge
3.5" turned brass 20ga. In 20ga
getting these and lengthening chambers
allows use of the 3.5" 20ga plastic also.
Some factory guns are 3.5"

Next a RMC 3.5" turned brass 12ga.
Chambered for these you can use
3.5" 12ga plastic also.Some guns are
3.5" from the factory.

3rd down our 3.85" 12ga FH we made from BMG brass.
Bottom a RMC 3.85" turned brass 12ga FH case.




Next picture shows one of the old ways they locked slugs
into paper cases. Many old slugs had a wide deep groove
which made it possible to crimp that way.You can
see one of those slugs in the picture.




Testing 490gr 12ga full bore Lee style slugs in 3.5"
plastic at 2200. Works in the long barrel rifled NEF and
the Khan 12ga 3.5" auto smooth bore.

In same guns the 570gr US-S brass slug with
locked on base at 1900 in 3.5" plastic worked also.
It is great to see a smoothbore slug like the US-S
that is accurate as most full bore slugs from
rifled barrels.Maybe they will be imported soon
from European Cartridge.Ed
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Old January 5, 2012, 10:12 AM   #698
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Here are couple more pictures of longer bullets
in sabots, loaded in plastic cases, with the
roll crimp down against the sabot. Both are
ideas tested by European Cartridge in Greece,
who make the US-S slugs. Both longer bullets
pictured have the locked on base that their
other US-S slugs have, for smooth bore accuracy.
2nd picture shows a deep hollow roll crimper
for doing slugs like these.Ed



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Old January 7, 2012, 03:07 AM   #699
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Ed, your posts are entertaining & fascinating as always. Thank you for taking the time to keep us updated.
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