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  • Walks's Avatar
    Today, 03:39 AM
    That good pressure seal is why I use only REMINGTON BRASS in light loads. Starline is too hard & doesn't give a worth while gas seal. If your cases are that dirty & you ain't shooting BLACK POWDER, then you have a very poor or non-existent gas...
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    Today, 03:25 AM
    I'd dump the RUGER & send your 1911's to a COMPETENT GUNSMITH that can do a GOOD ramp/throat job, get some new QUALITY mags. Then a few springs from 11lb up to 17lb. Prep & load your brass on a quality single stage press with good dies from one of...
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    Today, 02:42 AM
    Can't you wait ? Last mold I ordered was out of stock, took just 3 weeks to get it.
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    Today, 02:33 AM
    Don't you swab out your bore's/chamber's after every stage? HAR TRIGGER taught me that back in 1989. When I decided to try BLACK POWDER, after about a year of Men's Traditional Class. Taught me how to load BLACK in Cartridge & gave me a homemade BP...
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    Today, 01:44 AM
    I shot A LOT of SKEETER LOADS growing up, for the same reason SKEETER did. Brass for .38 spl was a whole lot cheaper & more plentiful than .357 MAGNUM CASES. We always kept our brass for those loads clean, sized, expanded, and primed. Ready to...
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    06-16-2018, 11:34 PM
    LEE doesn't list the "soupcan" anymore. Or you could go lighter: ACCURATE, 31-125, F OR FG
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    06-16-2018, 11:15 PM
    Walks replied to a thread What a workout in Cast Boolits
    A good mold shelf makes all the difference. moving the molds as little as possible helps too. I fill the mold, move it 6-8" to the left, set it down. Pick up the filled mold next to it, move it 12-15" to the right (other side of pot) knock off...
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    06-16-2018, 10:54 PM
    Walks replied to a thread Hot plate temp in Casting Equipment
    350 degrees according to my BRAND NEW IFR. I've kept the knob turned to #4 (1-5 MAX) for 30yrs, use a cast iron diffuser plate for mold warmup and keeping hot while I fill the empty pot and switch to second pot. As far as BALL'S & MINI'S for...
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    06-16-2018, 11:33 AM
    Walks replied to a thread Bore Butter for lube? in Boolit Lube !
    I use T/C Bore Butter or LYMAN Black Powder GOLD in an old LYMAN 450 to lube & size Bullets for Black Powder Cartridges. I cast, then lube & size in the cool winters here in SoCal. Then the bullets are stored in the garage fridge. If I loaded & then...
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    06-16-2018, 11:20 AM
    I own 9 S & W DA Revolvers. All are pre-1980 guns. I have put more rounds down range through them and 5 COLT DA Revolvers in the past 60+ years. Never have I had a revolver of ANY KIND "DOUBLE" on me. Only time I've heard of anything like this...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    06-16-2018, 09:56 AM
    That's the right way to do it. Also notice the notch on the front of the cock. If you guns don't have that, get out a file or Dremel and do it. It directs fragments away from the eyes, and helps split the fired cap for easier removal.
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    06-15-2018, 01:01 PM
    Not in California. All cartridge firearms that ammo can be made for, are considered the same as modern.
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    06-15-2018, 12:53 PM
    SMOOTH & SHINY Balls are a good thing.
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    06-15-2018, 12:48 PM
    Grew up on a STAR & LYMAN 45. When I started my own reloading setup 43 yrs ago I bought a LYMAN 450. Added an RCBS about 10 years later for Black Powder Lubing. The LYMAN 450 has had a Heater since they came out 25-30 yrs ago when they 1st came out....
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    06-15-2018, 12:30 PM
    Walks replied to a thread Robocalls in Our Town
    I get calls from local construction companies ; "We spoke to you last year,,,,,,,,yada,yada,yada?......... If all my Dr's, Insurance Co. & Phamacies could understand the CONCEPT of calling my cellphone, I'd just rip the house phone out a the wall.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    06-15-2018, 10:50 AM
    Yep, they do that. People around here open the hoods of the vehicle when camped in the back country. The pack rats prefer enclosed spaces
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    06-14-2018, 03:09 AM
    I grew up loading the old LYMAN #454190 & #42798 &40143 that had no crimp groove. We seated & then crimped seperately over the edge of the ogive. Could always tell we had a good crimp by tapping the loaded/crimped round, bullet nose hard on the...
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    06-13-2018, 04:06 PM
    Back in the day when I could still see well enough, my SSM 5 1/2" would group 1 1/2" at 25yds from a rest. Factory .313 throats, .312 bore. guess I just lucked out. Sized the SAECO 325 to .314 and never looked back. Did that because that was the...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    06-10-2018, 11:30 AM
    I didn't find much, if any difference in the roughened balls. Both the smoothbores I have at the time shoot like rifles, so what would I do with a bit more group tightener? If I am on target, they are going to hit.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    06-09-2018, 08:55 PM
    I don't think it was made for trade, as the gun has much nicer engraving than the Chief's grade guns.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check