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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-24-2017, 04:20 PM
    Pete, per your PM to me, please send the BOX back to me for review. This thread is closed.
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    03-22-2017, 07:17 PM
    I'm casting the bullets, and as Chev. Williams says, it's bazillions of rounds per pound, so about the only real cost at this point is the primers. Say, three cents per. I can shoot lots and lots of these, having fun all the way. It also serves well...
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    03-19-2017, 10:52 AM
    Actually, my fingers fit quite nicely in the trigger guard for the Beretta 21a. It was well thought out.
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    03-18-2017, 07:13 PM
    I'm looking for a used Universal Charge Bar D for my MEC 9000. Getting set up to start offering reloading classes for shot shells. I have a basic MEC charge bar, and a bunch of bushings. Total pain in the neck to juggle all the bushings, and it...
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    03-18-2017, 03:31 PM
    While researching conversion kits, I found this thread: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?53715-Dillon-550B-Plate-25ACP kywoodworkr was generous to send me his home made dial plate with locator pin structures. Insert Image here...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-18-2017, 01:48 PM
    The quest for assembling 25 ACP ammo has taken many twists and turns. But, it's also put me in touch with a number of CastBoolits friends who have been very generous and helpful. It all started with a friend of mine getting a Sundance 25 ACP...
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    03-18-2017, 01:26 PM
    I am adding this tread to my references regarding my 25 acp project.
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    03-15-2017, 06:54 PM
    I use lead as close to pure as I can. It work hardens/softens less, is more stable, and less of it is needed to achieve final weight. It also flows perfectly in the jackets. It doesn't beat up on the tools.
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    03-14-2017, 05:45 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread HF Cut off saws in Swaging
    Thanks, Kevin, for following up with this, and confirming that the Malco product is OK. Pee Wee.... do we need (I'm sure we do) a couple of spares? If so, maybe you or Eddie should jump in on the group purchase.
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    03-14-2017, 05:42 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread Annealing Jackets in Swaging
    It doesn't require a lot of soak. Five minutes maybe. However, this kiln is all new to me, and I'll be doing a larger batch in this than ever before. So, to make sure that the inner brass gets up to temp, we may allow a few minutes, check them, and...
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    03-13-2017, 03:52 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread Books on swaging in Swaging
    Actually, depending on how many bullets you make, it CAN be a money saver! I have certainly made enough bullets in all of the sizes that I have tools for, to MORE THAN pay for the investment. Especially now that I also have Pee Wee and one other...
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    03-13-2017, 03:46 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread HF Cut off saws in Swaging
    Not likely. F&P was started by a Vietnam VET, and everything they offer is 100% made in USA. The owners son runs the company now. Their quality is impeccable. Will stand back and see how these Malco blades do. Chuckbuster, who has been in the biz...
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    03-13-2017, 10:45 AM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread Annealing Jackets in Swaging
    UPDATE to this discussion.......... Pee Wee, Eddie P, and I have recently purchased a Paragon Jewelry style kiln. It is an electric kiln, runs on simple 115 V, 15 amps, 600 watts, and has a full digital controller. It's capable of temperatures...
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    03-13-2017, 10:32 AM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread Books on swaging in Swaging
    Welcome, Adam. Want some great reading? Try reading this area of this forum. Sure, it will be time consuming. BUT............ This is the best source for the type of swaging that you asked about. (Using fired cases for jackets) Lots of info...
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    03-13-2017, 10:04 AM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread HF Cut off saws in Swaging
    The P/N for the saw we are using from F&D is: 15397-J156 The specs are: 15397-J156 Jewelers Slotting Saw Outside diameter:2" Thickness: .020" Hub diameter: 3/8" Teeth per inch: 24 Teeth per blade: 152 Whatever other blade you are...
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    03-11-2017, 10:01 AM
    Half Jacket bullets are old technology. They go back to the "early days" of reloading. If many of you don;t know, the reloading hobby that we know really started right after World War II, when returning soldiers were looking for a way to feed their...
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    03-11-2017, 09:36 AM
    Like driving a Mack truck to the grocery store for food? Yes, it can be done, but there are simpler and easier ways.
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-09-2017, 08:50 PM
    Here are a couple of videos I made on the subject of the fixtures: Here's the thread where I discussed where my pop through fixtures came from: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?217058-Trimming-Jig I'm using a high quality...
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    03-09-2017, 08:33 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread Table Top Kilns in Swaging
    Yes, I have. And, I have also watched the FOLLOW UP video by the same guy, and he advises that the steel fire extinguisher bottom (That's what was featured in the original YouTube video) is NOT the best choice. He suggests that a graphite/clay...
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    03-09-2017, 08:30 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread HF Cut off saws in Swaging
    I suggest that you get ChuckBuster involved in the group buy. If you don't know it, he works for a tool and die distributor in the Detroit area. He can get the best prices on everything of this sort.
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    03-08-2017, 02:46 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread Table Top Kilns in Swaging
    I am researching ceramic or graphite crucibles for the purpose of doing some brass castings. The Paragon will certainly get up into that range. I understand that we also need to use something like Borax (20 Mule team Borax) to use as a flux when...
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    03-08-2017, 02:35 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread Swagers Nightmare in Swaging
    When ever I cast for "cores" or core material, it's always dead soft lead. I used to extrude lead wire using cast lead bullets as the raw material. I used a ChuckBuster custom extruder set. The raw materials were always very soft on purpose. Even...
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    03-08-2017, 02:26 PM
    I get very straight cuts with my HF saw. 1) We cut for making 300 Blackout conversions. The brass gets trimmed again anyways after reforming the necks. So, squareness is not an issue. 2) We also cut 223 rem brass to make jackets for 9mm bullets....
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    03-08-2017, 02:21 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread HF Cut off saws in Swaging
    For the record, the HF saw cuts very cleanly with the saw blade we are using, and with the pass through fixture, we get very square cuts. There's no way that a tube cutter will cut as fast as we can go with the HF saw, with special blade and pass...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-06-2017, 07:47 PM
    One box going to RogerDat....
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    03-06-2017, 06:53 PM
    I have acquired a bunch of 12 ga hulls that are surplus to my needs. They are 6 point crimp and 8 point crimp (mixed) "universal" style hulls. The attached image is similar to what I have: I have four large flat rate boxes. I will send them...
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    03-03-2017, 12:21 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread Table Top Kilns in Swaging
    We gave our Paragon a test run, and it quickly heated up to 1800 degrees. It's fully CNC controllable. Heat steps up, and down, and hold times. It will work perfectly for our annealing needs. Have to fabricate a stainless steel mesh basket to...
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    03-03-2017, 12:14 PM
    I originally bought the ceramic pins under BTs suggestion as a way to bright clean swaged bullets in my Dillon vibratory tumbler. I placed the ceramic pins in the dry tumbler (obviously, no other media), and sprinkled a little water on them, and a...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    02-26-2017, 11:43 AM
    This is the size I bought. Works perfectly https://www.amazon.com/Ceramic-Tumbling-Media-Polishing-Non-Abrasive/dp/B01JUBQEYU https://www.amazon.com/Ceramic-Tumbling-Media-Polishing-Non-Abrasive/dp/B01JUBQEYU
    18 replies | 958 view(s)
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