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  • rbuck351's Avatar
    Today, 12:28 PM
    Because there is something over 20yds away that I want to shoot and I also left my rifle and my shotgun in my other pants. Sounds like you are dealing with folks that can't shoot hand guns worth a **** and think that hitting a barn with a handgun...
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    Yesterday, 02:37 PM
    I'm with fn1889m on this. Anything that speeds up the process for a beginner also increases the possibility of a nasty oops. Buy used and recoup IF you won't ever need a SS again.
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    Yesterday, 02:20 PM
    rbuck351 replied to a thread rossi 92 sights? in Leverguns
    My Puma 92 in 454 has no factory holes under the rear sight so I made my own safety plug and drilled and tapped it for a screw with a small disc brazed on the end. Works very well. I do have the scope base from NOE so one of these days I will drill...
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    03-16-2019, 10:45 AM
    4 come to mind. The 40 Short and Wimpy, might as well have a 45acp. The 300BO. any 30cal can be loaded to do the same thing. The 22mag, it's cheaper to shoot a 22H and you get more everything. And last the 9mm, most aren't very accurate and that...
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    03-15-2019, 11:39 PM
    rbuck351 replied to a thread Lyman Spartan in Reloading Equipment
    Mine is a Lyman AA. It's the one I use for load development and rifle rounds. I have 15 or so presses and it's my favorite non progressive.
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    03-15-2019, 01:41 AM
    I'd give $200 for it in a heartbeat, probably $300 as I have a spare 4" barrel for a 28-2.
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    03-15-2019, 01:03 AM
    My dad brought a Russian TT33 back from WWII. He gave it to me around 1975. I found some 30 mauser dies and reloaded some of the few 30 mauser cases I had. I couldn't find any more boxer brass so I made some from 38 spl brass. Neck it down, trim to...
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    03-14-2019, 08:06 PM
    I have a Star progressive loader as well as a bunch of other presses. Is there anyone here that would recommend a newbe starting on one of those? I would not. I also have 3 of the Lee Pro 1000s. I have made them work but would never recommend one of...
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    03-13-2019, 11:02 AM
    Any used single stage cast iron press with compound linkage and a primer arm. This press you will keep forever. By the time you get loading figured out you will know what you want next. That and a decent manual scale and a couple (or more) of...
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    03-11-2019, 10:39 PM
    I have tried them, They suck in a 16 twist. Might be ok in a 9 twist.
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    03-10-2019, 11:43 AM
    If is a steel pot, I would braze it with regular brass rod. I aluminum, I would lathe a new bottom spout from aluminum and have it tig welded. Should be a permanent fix. Probably cost as much as a new Lee 20 lb pot unless you can do some or all of...
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    03-10-2019, 11:27 AM
    rbuck351 replied to a thread Bull Plate? in Casting Equipment
    Cyl head temps on aircooled engines normally run under 400 deg with 375 being about the usual upper limit wanted. Most oils start giving up at about that temp. Also head temps much higher than 375 will start to detonate the fuel mixture which will...
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    03-06-2019, 01:01 PM
    I used to hate the mess of the lube sizers but with the Star that isn't an issue any more. The lube goes in the groove and no where else. They still smoke when fired but I don't shoot indoors so I don't care. Short of tumble lubing, I believe the...
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    03-06-2019, 12:27 PM
    My Puma 454 (Rossi clone) gets 1980fps with the Lee 320gr and a case full of Lilgun. It weighs 6.1lb empty and 6.9lb loaded with 10 rounds. The recoil pad it came with is a good thing. I have only used it once on a deer using a Sierra 300gr pistol...
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    03-04-2019, 08:24 PM
    I bought my 550b about 20/25 years ago and am still waiting to need warranty for anything Dillon made.
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    03-04-2019, 12:22 PM
    Birchwood casey case cleaner will take the black off a case that has been in the woods for many years in just a few seconds. Looks real funny at first but shines up very well with a quick polish with steel wool or tumbler. I use the lee case trimmer...
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    03-02-2019, 12:44 PM
    I'm also a 35cal fan. Either the 35rem or the 358win. Molds are available arould 100gr to around 300gr. Brass for the 358 is easy to get or make from 308. J bullets from 110gr to 250+. Lots more stomp for bear than the smaller calibers yet no more...
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    03-01-2019, 12:54 PM
    Carry it slung muzzle down???
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    03-01-2019, 12:49 PM
    No, not at all and I have shot a bunch of 38 loads in the 2.5/3grs of BE. You aren't harsh at all but a 38spl is hardly a bigger pistol case. I used a poor choice of words and yes you can certainly double or even quadruple a 454 with Nitro 100 or...
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    03-01-2019, 01:40 AM
    Buy an RCBS lubesizer from someone on the S&S forum here and have them it ship it to you. Shouldn't cost more than $150/$175 US. Still a bit to shellout. PC is relatively inexpensive but should work well. The least expensive is to pan lube. A little...
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    03-01-2019, 12:23 AM
    dverna, a double charge can happen in any cartridge if you use the wrong powder. Using Lilgun in the big pistol cases it is difficult to get too much in let alone a double charge. If you want to load light in the big pistol cases, Trailboss is a...
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    02-28-2019, 12:34 PM
    Why would one hot rod the 45 Colt in a lever gun when you can buy the Rossi 454. I know it handles a 310gr cast at 1980fps using Lilgun without a whimper. Paco Kelly has data for somewhat higher velocity but I stopped here as the recoil is already...
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    02-25-2019, 12:49 PM
    I close my Lee with open palms. On bigger cases like 300H&H or 416Rem, I put the press and my hands between my legs and squeeze with both legs and hands. It makes sizing the big ones very easy.
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    02-25-2019, 02:45 AM
    Ultimate accuracy is not the only game in town. For the competition hand gun shooter this "ultimate" press would be almost useless. Also not much use for a trap shooter or three gun or cowboy action or a number of other shooters that don't need...
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    02-24-2019, 03:33 PM
    Although PC is slower than my star, it will make a boolit larger. I have a few Lee nose rider molds that are too small on the nose rider part and PC can fix this. If it wasn't such a pita to stand up the long skinny boolits I would probably use it...
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    02-24-2019, 11:59 AM
    My m92 is in 454 Casull and has worked well from day one. I haven't bothered with smoothing it as is was a little stiff but smooth when new. I replaced the safety with a home made peep and it shoots as well as my old eyes can see using iron sights.
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  • 45-70 Chevroner's Avatar
    02-23-2019, 08:49 PM
    That was my answer also, I think the boolit is to long.
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  • rbuck351's Avatar
    02-23-2019, 03:08 AM
    Very nice looking press but two questions. Will it load more accurate ammo than what the bench rest folks are using and can you prime on it?
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  • rbuck351's Avatar
    02-23-2019, 03:00 AM
    My loading room is about 8'x12" with 2 loading benches and wall to ceiling shelves. I have only three of my dozen or more presses set up and probably 30% of my brass, powder, bullets and other loading stuff in the loading room. I have a small amount...
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    02-22-2019, 02:45 AM
    Can you prime on this thing?
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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