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  • rbuck351's Avatar
    10-20-2019, 01:56 AM
    I'm surprised they don't make 25/20. Lots of folks seem to be looking for it and they already make 32/20 on occasion. Shouldn't take much to change over. And they used to make 25/20.
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    10-15-2019, 01:56 AM
    Lead, tin, antimony are to easy for me to work with and cheap. I can make most of my cast boolits for less than 1 cent each. I'm not about to pay $1/$2 each for practice/target bullets. Also, I'm doing good to recover one out of ten bullets shot...
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    10-15-2019, 01:14 AM
    Yep early ones were like that. My first press ( about 1968) was a RCBS reloader special with dies in 38spl for $29. #1 die was sizer only #2 an aluminum body with deprimer and expander and #3 was seater crimper. Still have that set but don't use it...
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    10-14-2019, 01:03 AM
    I don't use the old Lee type nuts as they are never the same setting after removing and reinstalling them. With a set screw or pinch bolt they can be set once, the nut locked in place and they don't need to be readjusted again. I don't use any...
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    10-12-2019, 11:36 AM
    I bought a 7x10 return from HF cheap and found it to work well after doing a bit of aligning of the head and tail stocks. It is plenty accurate for what you need but the 7x10 has very little working room between centers and even less with a live...
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    10-09-2019, 01:15 AM
    I have a use for #57/157 primers. I have a lot of brass to trade in quite a few different calibers as well as lead. As shipping will probably cost more for the primers, I am willing to trade fairly well in your favor if you can get them shipped...
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    10-08-2019, 10:57 AM
    I have never been able to cast a decent boolit with a dipper so I use Lee 10 and 20 lb bottom pour pots. Yeah they do drip sometimes but a quick twist of the stopper rod and they stop dripping for a while. My first 10lb Lee I bought about 50 years...
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    10-08-2019, 12:49 AM
    Is there any way to legally ship those without costing more than they are worth? I'd like to have them but it's too far to drive.
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    10-03-2019, 11:24 PM
    My wifes Ruger LCR will lock the cyl after two or three shots using a 150gr lswc with +P handloads. I don't crimp 38s real heavy. I switched to a 121gr lswc std pressure load and that fixed things. She doesn't like the +P heavy bullet loads so I...
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    10-03-2019, 11:49 AM
    I have a JM 1894 Marlin in 44mag with scope that won't shoot jacketed factory ammo under 4" at 50yds and that is single loading. At least there is hope for yours. Not sure what to do about mine.
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    10-03-2019, 11:43 AM
    rbuck351 replied to a thread Happy 10/22 day! in Rimfire Area
    Years ago I traded for a 10/22. I put a 4x scope on it and went out to see how it would shoot. I tried 5 or 6 different kinds of ammo and it would shoot about 2" at 25 yds. Thinking the problem might be me, I then shot my Ruger MKI T which put all...
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    10-02-2019, 11:48 PM
    I recently got a bunch of 303 berdan cases and have converted them to shotgun primers then thinned the rims so they fit in both my 410s. Quite a bit of work but they should last forever.
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    09-29-2019, 02:35 PM
    Wouldn't be hard to turn it down to .810 if the rest is correct.
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    09-29-2019, 02:25 PM
    Making the 270gr j bullets is fairly simple. I fully anneal 40 S&W cases by putting them in a casting pot in the wood stove for a 1/2 hr or so. Then run them through a 410 sizer. Next Push them into a bottle neck sizer die, I use 308 win, till you...
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    09-28-2019, 11:15 AM
    I have shot only one load in my 41 Blackhawk with the 225gr cast in the 30 years I have had it. It's no longer recommended to use Blue Dot but that is all I used before the notice came out. So, I still use 16grs of Blue Dot for 1480 fps. A few years...
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    09-25-2019, 11:18 PM
    I have been using them for several years now. I made a wad cutter for my drill press to cut wads from cereal box type cardboard. I use an inverted 44 gas check over the powder then a wad, shot and another wad sealed in with silicone which works...
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    09-25-2019, 10:55 PM
    I have a rcbs collet puller with a bunch of collets but don't use it. I prefer the inertia puller and rap it on the concrete floor. Wore out a couple of the stock aluminum collets but never broke the puller. Never found a bullet it won't pull....
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    09-25-2019, 10:59 AM
    I have one that was given to me in 38spl. It works well until something happens but is a pita to get set up. It will dump powder whether there is a case there or not. It's difficult to replace a case once it starts on the press if is has an issue....
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    09-25-2019, 01:48 AM
    I guess I should have answered " No I haven't tried one of those loaders ". I don't believe that would have helped much so I offered a suggestion that works very well and is cheap. Didn't mean to offend anyone, just trying to help. He did say he...
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    09-24-2019, 11:19 AM
    I see your point. If jamming a bullet to rifling in a chamber with excess head space prevents case head separation, the case must be sticking forward and blowing back to the bolt. So would an extractor that held the case firmly against the bolt also...
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    09-24-2019, 10:39 AM
    I have a Lee whack a mole loader in 410 but find it easier to use 444 marlin cases. Get a 444 shell holder to deprime and prime on your press or a thin punch (nail with end filed to size) and a nut to set the case on and a bolt to reprime with. Cut...
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    09-23-2019, 01:00 AM
    I can't prove this but I believe a case moves to the bolt before it seals to the chamber. The case is relatively light and as soon as the pressure rises enough to push it away from the bullet it scoots to the bolt. I don't know how much pressure it...
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I have been reloading and casting since 1970. I have built a couple of homes and a # of add on's.
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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