Saturday, January 10, 2015

Some data reminds me that someday, it'll be warm again

And I'm looking forward to it

If you are there when a terrorist attack occurs,

it's going to be a lot different than a robbery gone bad or any of the other usual concerns.  Bane has a list, one piece being

As we have seen with active shooter situations, the police are minutes — sometimes many minutes — away for an "event" that is measured in seconds.
Unlike more common street crimes, there isn't a "build-up" or "lag time" between the initial contact and the situation escalating to lethal violence. Killing is the point of the exercise, and it will begin immediately. This also means that "pre-event indicators" that serve us well in normal times are pretty much worthless here. The big pre-event indicator, as Gabe Suarez notes in the article linked above, is people in balaclavas with battle rifles.
And they may not all arrive in one car, or at the same time. They may have accomplices scattered throughout the city, or waiting for them at a different locations or meeting the initial aggressors at a certain time, etc. The point is, you can't know!
Nationality, age, sex, assumptions whatsoever even make sense. We've already had a situation where a concealed carry holder was killer because he failed to register, or ignored, the woman behind him. Hey, Hayat Boumeddiene is cute as a button; so is a pigmy rattlesnake.

There's four more.

True, the bastards

It appears the AR-10 project is not going to happen

in that cartridge.

After various tries, found a gentleman at Black Hole Weaponry who thought it a very interesting idea and was willing to do the barrel work, and brought up a couple of questions, one of which is what's ended this.  Question was on working the rimmed case with a AR-10 bolt & barrel.  I've been using some ideas for this and the magazine from looking at a PSL; rimmed cartridge in a semi-auto rifle.  So I finally had a chance to look at it again, and field-strip it to get pictures of the breech
They do it by having the breech extending back from the receiver a bit, and being tapered, with a cutout for the extractor.  And I'm informed that, to keep the timing correct(gas port in the right place, etc.) doing this on a AR would be difficult.  At best.  Plus you'd still have the problem of the bolt face impacting things it shouldn't.  Which means this idea isn't going anywhere unless I or someone else has a genius thought on how to get around it.

Ah well.  Now I have a perfectly good AR-10 upper I need to do something with.  This requires thought.

Because one must not be seen as insensitive toward the bastards

lest one be called names by the PC-ruled:

Free Speech isn't.

A million firecrackers... that's a lot of smoke

Friday, January 09, 2015

Yeah, it's still cold out there, and I'm tired of it;

I want some warm weather to relax in for data study

Early metallic cartridges

were often two-piece construction: a solid base, with the rest of the body made of thin sheet brass wrapped around a mandrel, then the seam soldered closed and this trimmed and soldered to the base(sometimes brass, sometimes cast iron).  For instance,

this is an early .577/.450 cartridge for the Martini-Henry rifle.  You can see the wrinkles in the sheet-brass body from the forming process; ugly, but it worked.

Which gave rise to a common problem, primarily when a lot of shots had to be fired in short order: the barrel, especially in the chamber area, would get hot.  Really hot.  Enough so that, if you didn't space your shots enough, it could cause the solder to soften, which meant next time you worked the action the extractor could rip the base off.  This is Bad, as you couldn't load until you managed to dig the body of the case out of the chamber.

When they figured out how to economically and cost-effectively form cases from solid brass(and later from steel) it ended the problem.

And yes, that's a paper-patched bullet.

This isn't just "Why you're not Officer Friendly anymore", it's 'Why people hate your guts'

'Disgusting' doesn't even begin to cover this.  You've got one clown who shouldn't have been wearing a badge in the first place; you've got another who does NOTHING to improve the situation, but damn sure helps make it worse.

And the reaction from the union:
"How about this: Listen to police officers' commands. Listen to what we tell you, and just stop," he said. "I think that eliminates a lot of problems."

"I think the nation needs to realize that when we tell you to do something, do it," he added.
Well, Mr. Jeffrey Follmer, it's kind of difficult to 'do what we tell you' when the fucking moron with the badge jumps out and SHOOTS YOU WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING.

Follmer, you're a nasty little bastard making excuses for murderers, and if you had any sense of honor or shame- well, no worries there, because you don't, do you?

Apparently John Boehner gets the sads

when people call him things like 'backstabber' and 'betraying bastard'.  Not enough to stop being those things, but being called them(I'm skipping 'squish' as that's far milder than what a lot of people call him).

And this "How dare you vote against me!  I'll punish you!" bullshit...  Loathsome bastard.

The NYEffingTimes once again demonstrates their journalistic integrity.  Or what passes for it there.
Instead, she told French news media, the man said, “I’m not going to kill you because you’re a woman, we don’t kill women, but you must convert to Islam, read the Quran and cover yourself,” she recalled.
“Don’t be afraid, calm down, I won’t kill you,” the gunman told her in a steady voice, with a calm look in his eyes, she recalled. “You are a woman. But think about what you’re doing. It’s not right.”
This is not an 'error' or an 'edit'; this is a flat-out lie, a falsifying of the facts by the Times because the truth doesn't fit their agenda.

How do you censor the images those men died defending and then say “Je suis Charlie” with a straight face? And more to the point, how do you do it when those images are at the center of a major international news event? Steyn makes the same point here as Ross Douthat did yesterday. It’s one thing to reject a cartoon of Mohammed on grounds of poor taste or poor skill. That’s an op-ed decision. It’s another thing entirely to refuse to publish it when it’s part of the lead story in every paper in the western-speaking world.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Yeah, Mr. President, don't think the hashtag thing

is working.
Nigeria’s militant Islamists have carried out a second attack on the key north-eastern town of Baga, an official has told the BBC.

Boko Haram fighters burnt down almost the entire town on Wednesday, after over-running a military base on Saturday, Musa Alhaji Bukar said.

Bodies lay strewn on Baga’s streets, amid fears that some 2,000 people had been killed in the raids, he added.

Proper response would seem to be "Montel who?  And we care what he says why?"

'Hottest year ever' my ass.  And yeah, the Roman and Medieval Warm Periods weren't a 'local phenomenon'.

It’s one thing to reject a cartoon of Mohammed on grounds of poor taste or poor skill. That’s an op-ed decision. It’s another thing entirely to refuse to publish it when it’s part of the lead story in every paper in the western-speaking world.

What? The poles aren't melting?

They lied to me?!?
THE North and South Poles are “not melting”, according to a leading global warming expert. In fact, the poles are “much more stable” than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought. For years, scientists have suggested that both poles are melting at an alarming rate because of warming temperatures – dangerously raising the Earth’s sea levels while threatening the homes of Arctic and Antarctic animals.
But the uncertainty surrounding climate change and the polar ice caps reached a new level this month when research suggested the ice in the Antarctic is actually growing.
"Coasts are not about to drown: Women, Children and Mann hardest hit"

He does not word it nicely:
But it would still have done no good, those who oppose the right of the people to keep and bear arms, that is, the liars and apologists for tyranny protest, because gun ownership was not widespread among European Jews. True and that’s where the U.S. is different, and why we’re not going to let such weaklings and worm-tongues screw it up for the rest of us. Just look at what a handful of desperate but determined Jews with a pathetic collection of weapons managed to do in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, and then extrapolate.

"If every Jewish and anti-Nazi family in Germany had owned a Mauser rifle and twenty rounds of ammunition AND THE WILL TO USE IT, Adolf Hitler would be a little-known footnote to the history of the Weimar Republic," Zelman once told citizen journalist, blogger, and Three Percent movement founder Mike Vanderboegh. That commitment and that will are sorely lacking in Jewish betrayers of the slogan “Never again,” false leaders and their idiot followers whom Zelman contemptuously referred to as “bagel brained.”

Brave JournalismThe kind we've come to expect.
And Donohue, you can kiss my ass.  Free speech includes offensive speech, like it or not, you bastard.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The leftist definition of 'free speech':

anything that upsets or insults(who decides that?  Guess who?) or belittles someone somewhere someHOW is 'hate speech', and not covered.  Therefore should be banned.

They've got a link to the authors twitter page; International law has absolute authority, People have the freedom not to be insulted or defamed, etc.  Basically, 'The UN should control anything it decrees as 'hate speech', but don't worry, you still get to speak.'  I'd add 'For now'.

From her piece, I'll just give you four of her solutions:
  1. Speech which offends, insults, demeans, threatens, disrespects, discriminates against, and/or incites hatred or violence against a person or a group of people based on their race, gender, age, ethnicity, color, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or sexual activity, gender identity or gender expression, disability, language, language ability, ideology or opinion, social class, occupation, appearance (height, weight, hair color, etc.), mental capacity, and/or any other comparable distinction. In cases where hate speech is aggravated – such as incitement to genocide – prison sentences should be even longer.
  2. The spreading of misinformation, including climate change denial, denial of war crimes and genocides (especially Holocaust denial), conspiracy theories, anti-vaccine propaganda, and general nonsense.
  3. Anti-feminist, anti-multicultural, anti-immigration, and/or anti-equality ideology.
  4. Insulting, disrespectful, and/or offensive speech in general and speech that violates the dignity of people. This would include, for example, jokes about tragedies along with insults and derogatory/disrespectful comments about any person, group, place, or thing.
My, doesn't she have a laundry list of things to ban?
Ok, I have to throw in #7 as well(no, it's not the last one):
 Speech that opposes any human rights. This would mean that anyone saying that hate speech shouldn’t be against the law would be prosecuted, since hate speech is universally recognized as an injustice and a human rights violation. It would also include propaganda for war, which is illegal under international human rights law.

I leave commentary to you; this "I know what's best and should be allowed" wannabe tyrant is beyond my ability to properly deal with.  Maybe I can send this to Larry Correia and let him eviscerate it.

Let's have a little more offense while we're at it

From Larry Correia

Public figures are worried about men in balaclavas blowing up their house for talking. Regular folks are worried about the social justice crowd slandering them as racist hatemongering bigots for talking. Either way, people aren’t talking, and that’s stupid. The “religion of peace” needs to get its house in order. Do you really believe that is going to happen while the only people who can speak freely are militant imams and everybody else is cowed?

About France: some have, but sooner or later a whole bunch of people are going to remember Charles Martel was, what he did and why.  And it's going to become very bad for muslims in France.  And some other places, I'd guess.

From someone directly involved, what happened to the M16

and how it was 'fixed'.

Found thanks to Weaponsman

From one of the islamists (formerly Great)Britain is giving oxygen to:

Freedom of expression does not extend to insulting the Prophets of Allah, whatever your views on the events in Paris today!
Got news for you, you scrofulous pimple on a pigs ass:  Yes, it does.

 "It is a judicial error! I am Mohammed, the prophet!"
St. Peter: "Definitely: GUILTY!"

Lots more stuff linked here

Tab clearing

Not your standard priest, it seems.

No, the ME doesn't wear high heels and such at the scene.

They're surprised Cuba isn't living up to the deal?
And the reason is Obama is a pussy who LIKES communist dictatorships, he won't do a damn thing.

Speaking of dictatorships, the PRC is living down to its past.

At least Sharpton was screwing one of his own people this time, instead of everyone else.

I hope Duke loses it's ass over this and the other cases.  They deserve no less.

Any politician who pushes crap like this should be considered an enemy agent:
• The deployment of tear gas shall not be allowed unless the governor has declared a state of emergency and a neutral third-party agency (such as Amnesty International) is on the scene to certify that the tear gas will be deployed in a humanitarian manner.
• If the governor declares a state of emergency due to civil unrest, the governor shall concurrently contract with a neutral third-party agency (such as Amnesty International) to immediately report any abuses of human, civil, and constitutional rights to the Missouri and United States attorney generals.
AI is neutral?  Really?

Ammo with bi-metal bullets; some serious examination.

And from the genius of Howard 'Don't call them muslim terrorists' Dean,
The interesting thing here, is we talked about guns the last time in regarding the United States, regarding how guns get in the hands of the kind of people that kill the two police officers here two weeks ago. France has tremendous gun control laws, and yet these people are able to get Kalashnikovs.
Gee, Howard, you think maybe the bad guys don't OBEY those laws or something?

No, he'll never get the idea; he'll just push "This time it didnt work(again), so we have to do it HARDER!"

From our brave "We love free speech, except-" administration a couple of years ago:
“We are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the prophet Muhammad, and obviously we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this,” Carney told reporters during a midday press briefing at the White House.

“We know these images will be deeply offensive to many and have the potential be be inflammatory,” Carney said in a prepared statement.
They're probably advising the French government to find some way to throw a few of the papers employees in jail, to try to appease the terrorists.

Considering the banlieues, they won't have to go far to hide out

and rearm.

And I'm sure that, at any moment, we'll hear about how these people 'are not really muslims' and so forth.

And this:
Benoit Bringer, a journalist with Agence Premiere Ligne who saw the attack, told the iTele network he saw several masked men armed with machine guns. He said two officers arrived on bicycles, then — apparently unarmed — they left.

A reporter for Britain’s Telegraph newspaper in Paris told Sky News that the first officers to arrive fled after seeing two or three gunmen armed with automatic weapons and possibly a grenade launcher.
Bicycles are fine, especially in a city like that; but UNARMED?

Now the question is: how soon do we hear about how we must censor ourselves because it's the papers' fault they upset the poor dears to that point?

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

You'll have to excuse me while I demonstrate my horror at this situation

by laughing my ass off.

These brilliant people pushed Obamacare, some of them helped write the mess, and now they're whining when it does exactly what we knew it would?

Maybe they should go whine to their fellow elite Gruber.

More Why You're Not Officer Friendly Anymore:
On a national scale, the Wall Street Journal studied data from more than 100 of the country's largest police agencies and found the internal data added up to "about 45% more than the FBI’s tally for justifiable homicides in those departments’ jurisdictions" and also noted that "nearly all police killings are deemed by the departments or other authorities to be justifiable."

The Tribune cites one federal effort to create an "Arrest-Related Deaths" report, by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), "but when an audit found too many deaths missing in the BJS national data, the program was discontinued. No data after 2009 will be available." Translation: the government tried to find out how often its agents were killing its citizens, failed in its mission, and promptly gave up.

Why?  Because Cuba knows Obama's a pussy.  And actually wants to make things easy for communists.  So those people will rot in a prison while the State Department assholes play "We don't have an update on that."

The other day Weasel Zippers published a racist group #blackbrunchs' manual

on how to screw with people. This angered the clowns,
Yeah, right.
They didn't, and the site was hit with a denial of service attack. 

They're back up, and have this on just what kind of morons we're dealing with.

Back when Occupy was turning into a caricature, guy I know was insisting I should like them because 'they're against the bailout' and a couple of other things.  I pointed out I had a problem marching with people carrying communist banners and 'kill capitalists' and so forth.  Oh no, he insisted, 'that's just a few people', until I posted some of the pictures and stories.  Same guy damn-near hates the tea party, because 'right-wingers'.  Pointed out that the big part of the movement is 'Government, get out of our lives', and that fits right into a lot he believes.  Fat chance; he WANTS the .gov completely controlling health care and the border open, because 'cares'.

There'll never be a meeting there; he'll yell with the other SJW types out 'Get your laws out of our uterus!' but he only means laws that DON'T take money from people to pay for other peoples' abortions and birth control.  His big problem is "If the .gov(run by the right people, of course) was just ENOUGH in our lives, all would be wonderful!"  And there's not a chance of me buying that crap.

One more reason why so many don't trust the cops anymore: if the friggin' federal government can't get them to report all shootings, what else might they be hiding?

Monday, January 05, 2015

Sometimes it's not the mask slipping,

it's just the normal arrogance and bigotry showing.

'Elitism and superior intellect'.  Right.

So if an Israeli troop rapes a Palistinian woman it's a war crime,

but if he doesn't rape her it's proof of evil political purpose...  These people are insane.

My my, isn't this some interesting background on some of the civil rights people and actions?

And that's all I've got this morning, the urge just isn't there.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Remember, Obama said Afghanistan

was 'the war we have to win'.
He's got a funny damn way of proving it.

A old piece from Michael Williamson on 'things some people think they know about the war'.  Which includes something that always must be kept in mind about the UN:
The Useless Nations objected to us going in because they knew we'd figure out they were on the take.

Then there was the corruption over the oil for food--seems everyone except the Iraqi people benefited, including Annan's relatives. Funny, that.

So a UN mandate is worthless. They're whores
And whoremongers.  And thieves.

Gee, I wonder why the media doesn't talk about this...
Or this.

And I'll believe all the 'war on women' clowns actually believe it when they're yelling louder about this than about the shirt a scientist wears.

Archeological find in Turkey; this could be interesting.

I'll close this with something the daughter sent me on the subject of allergies:
I worked in an upscale Mediterranean place in Baltimore. One night I got a two-top with a woman in her 40's and her younger son. I started talking her through the menu and describing options (standard server script) and finally started talking about our artisan pizzas. She immediately interjected with "NO I can't do pizza! I have an allergy." I obviously inquired as to the type of allergy and how serious it was, to which she responded, "I have a crunchy allergy."

Now, I don't usually lose face, but I'm almost certain I looked, at the very least, deeply perplexed, so she tried to clarify: "Anything crunchy I am allergic to." I assumed she meant she has sensitive teeth or something, but this was a nice place, so I was required to make allergies known on every ticket, which resulted in our executive chef screaming to see me every time I rang some plate of crunchless whatever.

At the end of the meal they order dessert which was a custard, but it had a crispy "tuille" or cracker in it so I warned her, to which she responded, "Crispy is fine, it's crunchy I'm allergic to."

The big lie that informs all the little lies

the media-industrial corporations tell is uniform, taught in the schools, and pushed at every kid and adult who has even a modicum acquaintance with formal schooling. This is because the ideals of Marxism have slid into our society and become the “overculture” of the elites. Not only through Marx, himself, mind. He fit neatly into a matrix of despising the present and your countrymen in favor of the past and the exotic, which had been propagated by all the custard head romantics heading back to the eighteenth century. But the Marxist lie was absolutely manipulated and shaped by the USSR who infiltrated just enough of the media-industrial complex to create the sense that all the good people were hard left.
After that, it’s not needed to tell people what to say, they can deduce how to shape the narrative from their oikophobia and their “hierarchy of victims.” Once you know whose victimhood trumps whose, you know how to shape the narrative. You also know only the “oppressors” can be villains.
.. well, the idea that women are more peaceful or worthy of ruling than men goes out the window. So does the idea that feminism is about equality of opportunities. So, might the idea that women should ever have been let out of the drawing room and fainting couches, if it weren’t that some of us still insist on using the brains we were born with and in public, to boot. (The feminists can thank us later, if all women don’t end up treated as lunatics or children or lunatic children. Or they could thank us later, if they weren’t so busy acting like lunatic children.)
She do know how to piss them off, do she not?

Tab clearing

Some leftists have gotten the idea, too: just because someone is of a type you don't like, doesn't mean the .gov will tell the truth about what happened.

Yes, I know, the bitching about the Brown grand jury is idiotic; the piece is still a step forward.

“We’ve long worried about the government’s use of [Stingrays, which] masquerade as a legitimate cell phone tower, tricking phones nearby to connect to the device in order to track a phone’s location in real time,” the EFF wrote in a blog post today. “We’re not just worried about how invasive these devices can be, but also that the government has been less than forthright with judges about how and when they use IMSI catchers. This year, the public learned just how desperately law enforcement wanted to keep details about Stingrays secret. … The results are shocking.”
What?  Cops lying to judges and lying about what they're doing? 
No, I'm not surprised either.

Show this to your favorite windmill fetishist, and laugh like hell.
As Britain shivers under a blanket of snow and ice, it has emerged that offshore windfarms have been idling to prevent icing up – and drawing electricity off the national grid to do so. Critics have pointed out the “folly” of having windfarms idle in a cold snap, but industry experts insist that all forms of power generation involve some electrical input.

Just what the hell DID happen there?

Al Sisi is a brave man.  Considering what he's saying, I doubt he'll live long.

'Microaggressions' my ass, pull up your panties and deal with it.

Fighting a campus kangaroo court:
That’s good. But until you cost people jobs and reputations — that is, do the kind of damage to them that they’re perfectly happy meting out to others — you won’t bring this to a stop. You won’t see justice in this setting without a healthy measure of fear.

I haven't written much about shooting lately,

so I ought to catch some of that up.
The arm/hand has been healing up nicely, with some odd quirks.  Like the area where the surgery was done has occasionally had a twinge, or a bit of soreness, but the wrist/hand gave me hell for a while.  Then the wrist was much better, and the hand improved.  Oddly, two fingers are still not up the snuff, but getting better.  All of which made using the right hand for shooting(or much else) from damn-near impossible, to difficult & painful, to a bit difficult, to just a bit of remaining difficulty. 

This included rifles, as getting hold of the grip(straight, pistol, didn't matter) flat hurt for a while, eased to "I can make five or ten shots, and that's it", to just the occasional twinge from those two fingers now.  Handguns, for most of that time, forget it, that was left-hand only. 

And no, I did not have a suitable left-hand holster.  Dad does some leatherwork, and modified one he'd made so I could use it.  Fast reloads were out of the question, very happily life continued without me having to use it.

As it is, pistols with stout recoil- like my Officer's Model with carry ammo- are still a problem, the right hand does not like that still.  It's not really the fingers, it's the hand where it takes the recoil push that gets upset after half a dozen or so.  Which is MUCH improved from a month ago, let alone two.

One of the interesting things I've learned is the Crimson Trace grips have another use: they tell me when those fingers aren't gripping as they should, since the button is right under the second finger, so if you're not properly squeezing the laser doesn't come on.  Which has helped a lot with dry-firing.  Which has forced me to work those fingers more, which has helped them improve.

Considering how long recovery has taken(possibly in part because I just don't heal as fast as I used to), you might be wondering of it was worth it.  Yes.

That pinched nerve had reached the point that it not only caused some numbness and tingling- which was getting worse- but it was screwing with my grip strength too.  No more tingling or numbness, and the grip strength is mostly back.  Yeah, it was worth it.

Getting more into shooting("Finally!", everyone cries), I do have a piece I'm working on on a particular subject, but it's not ready, so for now I'll cover an experiment with the X-Treme copper-plated 7.62 bullets.  Same ones used to work up those practice loads for 7.62x39.  I wondered how they'd work in 7.62x54r for the same purpose, so loaded some up* using 15.0 grains of 2400.  That load because the standard for 150 to 180-grain bullets in that cartridge is 16.0, and since these are 123 grains and I didn't want to overdrive them, I dropped it a grain as a starting point.

Short version, works fine.  With iron sights at 30 yards(weather's been cold and/or nasty enough no outdoor range for a while, which also means no chronograph readings) I'm getting about 1" groups with nice, clean holes; considering a so-so rest and not the best light, quite satisfactory.  Add in low recoil, and it's great for a Mosin for some general practice at an indoor range.  No sign of copper fouling in the barrel or other such problems.  True, haven't fired a lot of them, but no indications of any difficulties in the bore.

Occasionally, that flat nose is a problem as it didn't always want to feed smoothly(possibly a quirk with this rifle).  Just on general principles I wish these bullets had a smaller nose, but if this is the worst problem encountered I won't bitch too much.  Which does bring up a thought, wonder if you could size these with a Lee bullet sizer to .309, and if so how it'd work in .308 or .30-06, maybe .30-30?  Probably have to lube them a bit, but I think I'll give it a try.

Yes, I know X-Treme makes 150-grain plated for .308 bores; I'm just wondering... 

As a general reference, I've used a lot of their plated pistol bullets over the last few years, with no problems of fouling or whatever from them.  And their 110-grain roundnose for .30 Carbine work well, too.

Another company that makes plated bullets is Berry's; I've used a bunch of theirs, too, and they were the plated I started with.  Zero problems, good quality stuff.  In cartridges like .38 Special I usually use the X-Treme because they can be had with a cannelure for roll-crimping; with bullets for semi-auto where you use a taper crimp, or wadcutters where you crimp over the front edge of the bullet, they both work beautifully, so find which has the best price and grab them.  One more plug for a company: T.J. Conavera carries both X-Treme and Berry's, and sometimes has the best price.

The one thing I see as a possible problem with plated bullets is in pistols, more specifically .38 Special.  If you're used to using low-end loads with 148-grain cast wadcutters, remember that even though the plated are a lot softer than standard jacketed, they're harder than cast, so a bottom-end cast load might not give enough velocity to push these harder bullets out.  Borrowing from the Berry's page on wadcutters:
When loading for these bullets, you need to use data that will attain 800 fps as a minimum.  Most of the data for this bullet weight was created using a dead soft lead projectile with velocities under the 800 fps and will not work for a this bullet at those lower velocities.
I'd imagine the same is true for X-Treme, and I've been loading accordingly.

That about catches this up, so if you'll excuse me, I need some tea.

*The standard practice load I've been using in this and a number of other cartridges with those weight cast bullets came from Cast Boolits; if you're using cast bullets or thinking of starting, go look the place over, it's a treasure trove of information.
And working the lever on a loading press was a "No you won't!" thing for quite a while, too.