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    Today, 01:36 PM
    Before you ruin the die, watch the video from Magma on how to remove shot from the die: Hope this helps. Fred
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    Today, 01:29 PM
    I've got a .400 Cor-Bon barrel for one of my 1911's, but haven't shot it in awhile. I had the best luck with bullets in the 150 to 165 gr. range, and I didn't care for the 135 gr. loads at all, at least in my pistol. Forming the brass is easy. ...
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    03-22-2018, 02:43 AM
    I doubt he's going to answer you. He last visited the forum in August, 2016, and this thread is from 2012.
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    03-20-2018, 01:10 PM
    The rings around the internal circumference are intentional, to hold the plastic powder hopper in place. I also have six powder measures mounted on my bench and none of them use a powder baffle. As long as I keep a reasonable amount of powder in...
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    03-18-2018, 10:31 PM
    More case volume, using the same powder charge, reduces pressure. It's reduced case volume that increases pressure with the same powder charge. Hope this helps. Fred
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    03-18-2018, 06:09 PM
    I've found the Hornady split rings to be the easiest to change adjustments with. They do require an Allen wrench, but I keep one with a handle (SnapOn) on the bench anyway, so it's just a matter of reaching for it and making the adjustment and...
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    03-17-2018, 04:09 PM
    I don't need a freight scale, I have a counting scale.........:bigsmyl2:
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    03-17-2018, 01:45 PM
    I just count the strokes while I'm pulling the handle (there's really nothing else to do:razz:) and after every 100+ bullets, I put a bullet in a small box next to the machine for that purpose. At the end of the casting session, I just count how...
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    03-17-2018, 03:39 AM
    I've added Altamont's grips to all my Ruger Blackhawks and Single Sixes. They're thicker than factory and give me a much better grip. This is the one I've got on all of them. Ruger Blackhawk Classic Panel Super Rosewood Checkered Fleur-de-Lis
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    03-17-2018, 03:27 AM
    My Rockchucker has the ball handle, and for that one, I bought the smallest baby socks I could find and just slipped one over the ball. That allows my hand to move a little and doesn't cause any pain. Hope this helps. Fred
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    03-16-2018, 12:54 PM
    Even with improved handles, and yours looks like a good job, I've found that a fingerless glove with a padded palm does wonders for my hand for long sessions on the press. I found mine online, intended for bicycle riders, and it makes it much more...
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    03-16-2018, 12:48 PM
    I've got bullet feeders on four of my Star Sizers, and I've got another six of them without bullet feeders. To tell you the truth, in my mind, it's six to one and half dozen to the other as to which method is faster. With the bullet feeder, the...
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    03-15-2018, 03:18 PM
    Before taking it apart, make sure your lube temperature is correct for it to flow. Also, check the Hycar washer that seals the lube reservoir pressure screw and make sure it's not allowing lube to leak around it. Hope this helps. Fred
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    03-15-2018, 12:42 AM
    Some bullets cast better than others, but I can't really explain why. For me, they all shoot the same, so I don't worry much about it, except for wrinkled bullets. Those get remelted for a chance to come out better the next time...... Fred
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    03-14-2018, 10:29 PM
    Mark2215, The line you're seeing is from the molds separating. One side is probably turning slightly as it opens and causes what looks like a second seam line. Those will go away on the bearing surface when the bullets are sized and lubed, but...
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    03-14-2018, 04:39 PM
    For new molds, all I do is clean and degrease them. I don't spray the lube inside the mold cavities, as it will cause wrinkles until it wears away. I spray the tops of the molds and the tops of the sprue cutters, but only when I've got bullets in...
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    03-13-2018, 01:17 PM
    ReloaderFred replied to a thread Swag o matic options in Swaging
    They can, and I do, but the Swage-O-Matic isn't strong enough to do it. For that, you need a stronger press. I've used .32 acp, .380 acp, 9x19 and .40 S&W brass for jackets, but those have been done on my Rockchucker, Hollywood Senior and Corbin...
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    03-12-2018, 03:52 PM
    ReloaderFred replied to a thread Swag o matic options in Swaging
    I've reshaped cast bullets and made half jacketed bullets on mine. I was able to pick up a bunch of old stock half jackets for a reasonable price on an auction site, so that will keep me busy for awhile. When reshaping cast bullets, I normally use...
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    03-11-2018, 07:20 PM
    I've had aluminum channel made into ingot molds that produce nice 6 pound ingots for the Master Caster. It works just fine for ingot molds. 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
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