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    Yesterday, 11:40 AM
    I've been able to match .22 LR, .38/357, .41 Magnum, .44 Spl/.44 Magnum and .45 Colt in lever guns. The one that has been elusive for me has been .32 H&R Magnum. The easiest has been 9x19 in semi auto pistols and carbines. I've also matched the...
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    Yesterday, 11:35 AM
    ReloaderFred replied to a thread Hammer swage die in Swaging
    Consistency would be a big issue with this. When I swage bullets on my CSP-1 press, I know I'm using the same amount of pressure each time I pull the handle. Keeping the handle in the full travel position for the same amount of time on each bullet...
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    Yesterday, 10:22 AM
    I just set the trimmer (Dillon 1200 motor driven) to the trim to depth and run them through. They're going to stretch the next time they're fired, so I don't worry about it. The reason Federal crimps their primers on .223 is they do so many...
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    09-18-2020, 08:17 PM
    The alloy of this solder is: 63% tin, and 37% lead. That should answer all the questions, and no more discussion, please.
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    09-18-2020, 08:07 PM
    I'd use a powder more in the range of Unique or Win. 231/HP38. Those are recommended by Speer for their shot capsules, so there's probably a good reason for it. Reduced velocity normally results in tighter patterns in handgun shot loads, at least...
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    09-18-2020, 08:02 PM
    I use the top half of an old propane tank for target practice to allow it to vent all the propane out before cutting it in half. It's safer that way, and more fun, too.... Hope this helps Fred
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    09-18-2020, 04:35 PM
    Don't strike the side plate!!! You want to strike the grip frame below the side plate, which in effect moves the frame away from the side plate. Like Groo said, you hold the frame in one hand, and strike the grip frame from the same side the side...
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    09-18-2020, 04:21 PM
    A quick way to cut large chunks of lead like that is to spread out one of those cheap blue tarps and place the lead in the middle of the tarp on a couple of 2x4's to keep it off the ground. Use a Skilsaw with an old carbide blade, or any other old...
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    09-15-2020, 12:36 AM
    I have both the Springfield handguns you mention. The older .45 XD had a barrel design that wouldn't allow for the feeding of SWC bullets. As long as you stick with Hollow Point or Round nose, then it will feed and fire all day long. At least...
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    09-14-2020, 09:49 AM
    This thread has run it's course, and is closed.
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    09-13-2020, 11:23 AM
    It would melt the lube on the inside the same as on the outside. I believe it would just make a mess and be a waste of time. Hope this helps. Fred
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    09-12-2020, 06:17 PM
    Saeco dies are threaded on the bottom, too. Hope this helps. Fred
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    09-12-2020, 11:46 AM
    ReloaderFred replied to a thread test in Testing Area
    If you posted in S&S, those posts don't count towards your post count, and neither do any posts in The Pit or the Testing area. If you could PM me with a reference to where you posted in the past, maybe I can help you. Hope this helps. Fred
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    09-11-2020, 01:42 AM
    Hollywood Gun Shop made swaging dies in .357" diameter for sure, since I have them. I'll have to check my other Hollywood swaging dies to see if any of them are bigger than .357" diameter. Hope this helps. Fred
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    08-30-2020, 08:55 PM
    I believe there's a slight difference in the thickness of the mold blocks, and the shims make up the difference. This makes the mounting holes in the keys the same distance apart for both brands of molds. The theory is you won't have to adjust the...
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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