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    01-19-2018, 12:39 PM
    My 2010 Ranger 800XP is my workhorse. It has a cab and blade for plowing but I bought an old beater Ram 1500 for most of my plowing now. Still nice to have the cab for winter use hauling firewood. The other toy is a RZR 570 for trail riding. ...
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    01-18-2018, 11:11 PM
    Killing efficiency is not only dependent on bullet weight. But of course their hype is BS. I ponder how they measure it
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    01-18-2018, 05:56 PM
    I clean the receiver on my K-80 in an ultra sonic unit with mineral spirits. It is very effective. No way, I would ever take it apart.
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    01-18-2018, 05:22 PM
    Very interesting.
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    01-16-2018, 11:12 AM
    Just to be fair kmw, Lloyd did state he has owned both a pro1000 and a loadmaster so he has a basis for his opinion. Maybe he is not as good at mechanical things as you are, or maybe his expectations are higher, or maybe he has experience with...
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    01-16-2018, 10:43 AM
    I tend to chuckle when the coating guys talk about how fast and easy coatings are. If you still need to size, NOTHING beats a Star. I "lost" my first one in a divorce...My ex's new husband had a yard sale and likely got $5 for it...he is an idiot....
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    01-16-2018, 08:20 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Sams club closing. in Our Town
    One near me has 25% off. We spent $500 on Sunday. Some great values. Even their alcohol is discounted.
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    01-15-2018, 06:01 PM
    Bingo. If you must do any operation except for case cleaning off the press, the press is defective or not adjusted properly. Having owned 10 progressive presses, only one was a POS....an RCBS Green Machine. But I have never owned a Lee or...
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    01-15-2018, 04:50 PM
    Most of the pistol shooters I see will not have that problem LOL. When I build mine, I will use sand as the medium. I literally have tons of sand so I will dribble more into the top as the level goes down. I am fortunate in that I have a...
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    01-15-2018, 01:01 PM
    No 1 deserves our thanks as well. Thank you sir!
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    01-15-2018, 10:49 AM
    This post reveals the difference between a true Yooper and the slightly less demented Michiganders, of which I am one. If it is cold enough to have snow I do not shoot enough to justify reclaiming the lead. LOL Back to the OP. If you have a...
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    01-15-2018, 10:32 AM
    Caliber conversion costs are inconsequential in your case. Unless you plan on loading for 10 different calibers, ignore that disadvantage to the 650. I have owned all the Dillon machines. Two 1050's, a 650, two 550's and two SDB. I also had a...
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    01-15-2018, 10:08 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Boaz in Our Chapel
    Good luck brother. My fiancé and I had an infection that lasted about 6 weeks. I pray what you have is not that!
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    01-15-2018, 10:05 AM
    Jmorris here on this forum got one to work reasonably well. They do need tweaking if you are up to that. He is quite a talented guy and has a lot of experience with many reloading tools. He is also a Dillon guy. Best advice I can give is to pm...
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    01-14-2018, 09:12 AM
    Good point Lloyd on the magazine issue. This carbine is going to be a winner in whatever calibers they put out. For me, the 9mm makes the most sense as it will be a fun plinker gun and if the bolt is not to hard to pull back, a SD gun for the lady.
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    01-13-2018, 01:23 PM
    Alloy will have an impact due to differing shrink rates. Pure lead should be the most forgiving. Linotype the least.
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    01-13-2018, 12:55 PM
    Exactly...On any decent progressive, hand priming is a waste of time. But then I only load pistol ammunition on my progressives. I will be loading blasting ammunition for the AR’s as well this year. It will not be hand primed as I am not looking...
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    01-10-2018, 09:03 AM
    Contender nailed it. Too many times, we recommend guns based on our experience and training. I was such a fool. I doubt more than 1 person in 200 shoots as much as I do. Many of us here are in the same boat. We can shoot anything well as we...
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    01-06-2018, 10:55 AM
    Welcome You will never regret getting the Star. Yes, it will seat GC’s. Asking about lubes will open up all sorts of opinions. Many people make their own, but I never will. Lars45 is a vendor here “LsStuff”.....or something like that is...
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    01-05-2018, 11:19 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Retired and happy in Cast Boolits
    Also retired....nearly 5 years ago. Moved to a smaller place in God’s country. Have my own 100 yd range. Dealing with downsizing as I muddle along. Too cold to cast in the winter. That is a spring and fall activity for me. Actually...
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    01-04-2018, 09:59 PM
    We made 20 lbs of sausage with the Cabela’s grinder in my first post. We were pleased with the speed. Our first sausage was made with a grinding attachment on a Kitchen Aid mixer. World of difference. I have never used a commercial unit, but...
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    01-04-2018, 12:57 PM
    If you do this, some preliminary work may be needed as I believe there is a minor effect from a .1 gr difference in powder charge that will be affected by other variables. But that needs to be verified. For example, what is the effect of brass? ...
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    01-03-2018, 10:55 PM
    Not sure it matters much as I select the gun for the intended use. So I have both types. I use a 1050 to load the bulk of my pistol ammo....soon to be all. I added a powder check die.
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    01-03-2018, 10:18 PM
    You can speed up your testing by using a cooler to store your ammunition and a thermometer to check the temperature in the cooler. Freeze the first few batches. They will be your coldest samples. Add more ammunition after each string and wait...
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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