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    10-27-2020, 01:45 PM
    The area his shop is in was impacted by the fire, but it's been out for several weeks now. I believe their shop was spared, and they're back to work. Any work interruption caused by the evacuation would put them further behind than they were...
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    10-21-2020, 08:48 PM
    One of those "aha" moments! I'm glad you got it figured out and now that Star will make your life easier. You'll be amazed at how fast that little machine can size and lube a whole big batch of bullets. Fred
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    10-18-2020, 03:50 PM
    While not scientific, and probably not the most accurate, I've done this for expediency when making a friend some bullets for his .38 S&W revolver. He needed some .361" bullets, so I bumped up some .358" diameter bullets and then ran them through a...
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    10-16-2020, 07:11 PM
    My guess would be the pilot not fitting correctly, and possibly too much pressure. Check the fit, as country gent suggests, and also apply a small amount of case lube to either the pilot or the inside of the case, making sure there's some on the...
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    10-15-2020, 12:39 AM
    Balloon head cases aren't as strong as solid head cases. You can see that from the cross sectioned cases, since there's less brass in the base. They pretty much quit making balloon head cases when just about everything was switched over to...
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    10-13-2020, 09:33 PM
    I've had pretty fair luck removing stuck media by removing all the media from one of my vibratory tumblers and putting the brass back in that has media stuck in it. I turn the tumbler on and let them clang and clatter for awhile, and that will...
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    10-13-2020, 09:26 PM
    I use Magma lube for most of my handgun bullets, and even some rifle bullets. Make very small adjustments with the top punch. You can also use the method suggested by Magma for adjusting the top punch. Here's the link: ...
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    10-13-2020, 05:14 PM
    We have an antique coffee grinder, and it didn't work at all. Coffee beans are pretty hard, and corn cob is really soft. It takes a special process to grind it, along with specialized equipment. It's just easier to buy the fine grit, as the 20/40...
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    10-13-2020, 02:00 PM
    You most likely won't find a satisfactory method of grinding the corn cob you have to a smaller size. Been there, tried that. I buy a 40 pound sack of 20/40 corn cob from about once a year, since I have four tumblers that run most of...
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    10-10-2020, 01:02 AM
    Like several have mentioned, a light lubing will make the sizing chore extremely easy, even with carbide sizing dies. Any spray lube will work, but if you only have a lube pad, then lube about every fifth case and you'll be amazed at how easy the...
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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