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    07-11-2020, 11:59 PM
    The molds going together and the action of the sprue cutter combined seem to be a little rougher on aluminum molds than steel molds. I work my Master Caster pretty hard, and when I'm in the mood, my casting sessions may last up to eight hours, with...
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    07-11-2020, 06:00 PM
    The "wings" are called mounting keys. Aluminum molds will work, but it's hard on them. I have a couple of them, but they heat up too fast and slow down production. As for using a mallet on a conventional sprue cutter on the Master Caster, you...
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    07-10-2020, 10:53 AM
    A member of my club has a .44 Spl. bolt action rifle with a suppressor on it that is built in Bend, OR. When he shoots at 100 yards, all you hear is the "whoosh" of the bullet going downrange and the sound of the bullet hitting the target. It's...
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    07-10-2020, 12:06 AM
    They buy a lot of their electrical stuff from Grainger, but by the time you spend a couple of hours on Grainger's website looking for it, you'll probably be better off just ordering a new one from Magma. Hope this helps. Fred
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    07-05-2020, 06:58 PM
    I use them on occasion. They work in both the Swage-O-Matic, and with C-H Swaging Dies to make half jacket bullets. Hope this helps. Fred
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    07-05-2020, 09:30 AM
    I use Lil'Gun for 185 gr. loads in .357 Magnum for my Marlin rifles, where it gives a little over 100 fps more than the maximum charge of H-110/Win. 296 for the same bullet weight. I haven't used it in my revolvers, but I'm going to give it a try...
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    07-03-2020, 12:00 PM
    ReloaderFred replied to a thread Thank You in Our Town
    You are more than welcome.:drinks: A lot of us started long before there were computers (1963 for me), and we learned the old fashioned way. I didn't know anyone who reloaded, so I read everything I could find on the subject and used the old...
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    07-02-2020, 10:08 AM
    I have molds from Lyman, RCBS and Saeco converted for use on my Master Caster. All are double cavity, since that's what my orifice is, and I have no need for a single cavity orifice. The small block Lyman molds heat up pretty quickly, which...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    06-20-2020, 08:43 PM
    Starline has 9x21 brass, which might fill your needs. You can use standard 9x19 dies to load it by just backing them out 2mm for the belling and seating dies. Hope this helps. Fred
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    06-20-2020, 06:46 PM
    The 9x23 Winchester is indeed a high pressure cartridge, and the brass is much thicker than 9x19 brass. I have two 9x23 Winchester handguns, and it's a powerful round. It would require a stronger recoil spring, among other things, and would...
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    06-20-2020, 04:06 PM
    It's a very small niche business, and hard to make a living at. The dies are time consuming to make, and sometimes get messed up in the tempering stage. C-H discontinued their swaging dies due to this issue, and they were the last source of...
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    06-20-2020, 10:57 AM
    In the late 1970's, I was rangemaster for our department, and we had about 500 Model 59's in service. The largest PD in the county had another 200 Model 59's. Standard practice during qualifications was to shoot the string, operate the safety to...
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    06-19-2020, 07:47 PM
    Nickel is harder than steel, and for that reason alone I don't use nickel cases for swaging bullets. I don't know for sure, but I believe Winchester uses tin for their silver bullets. They used to make their Silver Tip handgun bullets from...
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    06-17-2020, 12:22 AM
    I have nine Star sizers, one knock-off of the Star, and a Magma Sizer. Only the Magma uses O-rings. Hope this helps. Fred
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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
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