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Old October 17, 1999, 05:12 PM   #3
Art Eatman
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Join Date: November 13, 1998
Location: Terlingua, TX; Thomasville, GA
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I seem to go to my Sierra books more than the others. The external ballistics tables are very useful. I have Hornady & Speer books, as well as an old Lyman lead-bullet book and a slew of modern pamphlet-type data.

About OAL: In my rifle reloads, I first seat the bullet and see if it "grabs" on the lands. If not, I check to see if it fits in the magazine. Whatever length which fits the magazine, and almost touches the lands is "just right" for me. I don't think I've ever measured the OAL of a rifle cartridge.

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