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By the summer, I want to put all my bullet development to rest with my Marlin 1894s. I started my final testing cycle today by pouring my first TLC359-175-RF, a bullet designed specifically for the Marlin 1894C which is chambered in 357 Mag.



This bullet is designed to fit the OAL requirements of the Marlin (1.59") while balancing weight with terminal performance. As soon as the bullets are lubed, the shooting will start. I have a couple of other fellows working with the bullet, Steelbanger and Tom Myers. Tom will be looking at the bullet in wheel guns. Once the testing is complete, any changes will be made if necessary and my inventory will be ordered. Notice the "Factory Crimped" cartridge. In addition to this and a few other bullet designs, I will be offering collet type Factory Crimp dies for the 1894 cartridges starting this summer. If these are being used as a rifle cartridge, I want to treat them as such.

My work with the 1894 chambered in 45 Colt has come to a close and tomorrow the TLC454-290-RF will be available in my store. These bad boys have received the Factory Crimp treatment as well.



I did manage to take a nice sow last week at 75-yards with the my 1894S and the bullet. This gas checked design along with some velocity and pressure behind it, knocked her right off her feet. She is Jimmy Dean's Hot now, quite tasty!



My 41 Mag design, the TLC411-255-RF, should be arriving in the next 30-days. Luckly, the hogs are running wild on the Ranch so there is plenty of test material.

You can find my bullets for the 1894 Classic Limited seriesl; the 218 Bee, 25-20 Win, and 32-20 Win on my web site as well.

The TLC359-175-RF is not currently listed on my website. When the testing is complete and inventory order, it will be added with complete information.
 

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RD,

Thanks for the update. Nice looking boolits! I still haven't had the oppurtionity to use your TLC411-255-RF mold yet. I return home this summer and going to stay home for awhile and do some casting and reloading. Looking forward to this years hunting season and will go out for whitetail, hogs and black bear with the Marlin, God willing.

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Me and my 94-C can't wait for that TLC359-175-RF.Also like the idea of the collect factory crimp die. Keep us posted.....Terry
 

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I've continued to work on these carbines throughout the spring and into the early summer. I realized that I had not killed a hog with the 1894FG (41 Mag) and the TLC411-255-RF last week and rectified that last night. Shot this in the food plot below my house about midnight. I originally went out into the milo and was surrounded by hogs but it was too dark to see anything. Came back to the house and had told my wife to shine our light in that direction, figuring it would allow me some light despite the distance. Went back out, it worked like a charm, enough light to sort them out. I shot this fellow at 90-yards hitting immediately behind the shoulder on one side and the bullet junction of the neck/shoulder on the other side. He went down with a thump!



The picture, to get the rifle in, just doesn't do justice to the size of the hog. I took this picture from my Driod before I started to clean it. The winch is at the upper limit and the boar's snout is just off the ground. I could not get a scale between the lift and hog without his head still on the group. A big dude dropped on the spot by a sporty little cartridge!



Here is the "medicine"...

 

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Well, it is tough times, Michael. Fella has to save money where he can, even shooting hogs. Congrats on the Hogs and the testing. Those are all some darn nice lookin bullets. Look quiet effective. That 175 looks like it might be a good match for my 2 Maxi's as well as the 357 mag. DP
 

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RD,

Thanks for the outstanding field test. Can't wait till I start casting for mine.........


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Nice photo!
The TLC359-175-RF looks really good, I am convinced that the bullet will perform exceptionally on my swedish roedeer. :)
I intend to order a lot of stuff from the RD, to 357M, 30-30W and 444, but I'll wait until you're done with the 175 bullet.
Btw, there is no "special" crimping tool to .30?, or does it work with the usual Lee factory crimp to .310 and .311?

/ Crow
 

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Found out this morning that I got a good two good shoot throughs with this bullet! Two more dead hogs for a total of three with the single shot!
Yeah right. :eek: :p ;D
 

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Ok, thanks ! :)
 

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RD, you are the man. plain and simple.

In case I missed it....what is your go to powder for the little .357 Marlin(s)?
 

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Heavy Metal Guitar Hero said:
RD, you are the man. plain and simple.

In case I missed it....what is your go to powder for the little .357 Marlin(s)?
For the 357 Mag, H110 or Lil' Gun. I have two rifles here, one seems to like one and the other one likes the other. Velocity performance is about the same.
 

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RD releases not mold before it's time.. ;D
 
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