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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    05-28-2020, 09:30 PM
    The slide can be pushed back far enough to unlock the firing mechanism, but it's an awful chancy affair to try it, since it takes very close contact with the firearm at the instant the trigger is pulled. Hope this helps. Fred
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    05-28-2020, 02:02 AM
    You're not going to shoot those rounds through your gauge, which is set up for minimum specifications. The true test is the chamber they're going to be fired in. If they fit the chamber, then you're good to go, as long as all the rest is within...
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    05-25-2020, 12:28 PM
    Bigjake, I've had the CH the longest, and have used it the most, and it's permanently mounted to my bench, so I'd probably have to say I prefer the CH. I've only used the Corbin a couple times and it works fine, but I had it mounted to a piece...
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    05-25-2020, 10:26 AM
    You use a cannelure tool to apply a crimp groove, if desired. I have two, a CH and a Corbin. The CH is pictured in the photo: Hope this helps. Fred
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    05-24-2020, 10:21 PM
    Not enough difference to worry about. I've shot hundreds of my swaged bullets from cartridge cases in .357, .41, .44 and .45, and I see no difference at all in the barrels of any of them. The cases are annealed dead soft prior to swaging, too. ...
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    05-22-2020, 02:12 PM
    To the OP's original question, I have, and use, both the Lyman and RCBS Ram Prime tools. They both work the same and are of the same quality. I really like them for precision primer seating. Just pick the one you can obtain at the best price. ...
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    05-17-2020, 02:29 PM
    I've regulated sight of several SAA clones for particular loads at fixed distances. I just take a bunch of the preferred ammo and a sharp fine file to the range and start shooting. I take a little off the front sight and shoot again. I repeat...
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    05-17-2020, 02:24 PM
    The Uberti rifles and carbines are prone to rusting inside the magazine tube, so you might check that after you take the spring and follower out. I shoot Cowboy Action, so a lot of my fellow shooters have Uberti rifles and pistols, and for some...
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    05-15-2020, 11:05 AM
    My present Rockchucker is a RC II, which RCBS sent me to replace my original Rockchucker that I literally wore out. The current Rockchucker has the 1" ram, but since I've got two other presses more suited to swaging, it remains a reloading press. ...
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    05-15-2020, 01:00 AM
    I'm making hollowpoint bullets, so I don't really want them to close up too much, or they won't open up when they hit something. I mashed the ram on my Rockchucker swaging bullets, and RCBS sent me a new one. I was at the limit of what the...
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    05-14-2020, 11:01 AM
    ReloaderFred replied to a thread Core bonding in Swaging
    Here's the old ceramics kiln I use for this job: Hope this helps. Fred
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    05-14-2020, 10:51 AM
    ReloaderFred replied to a thread Core bonding in Swaging
    It's possible to bond cores to jackets without the use of flux, but it involves high temperatures and a "soaking" period. These cores have been melted into the jackets at 1,125 Degrees F, and soaked over night while the kiln cooled down. The only...
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    05-14-2020, 10:38 AM
    Bruce, Here's a photo of my tall Star, next to my Star copy: Notice on the copy how the carrier casting was made, and on the base, the screw hole positions are just off enough that it won't fit on a heater base. Whoever made it, used a...
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    05-14-2020, 10:20 AM
    I swage with CH Swaging dies and the point form die produces a perfectly formed bullet, so I've never had the need to use the rounding die for that purpose. I've used it for other things, but not that. Here are the steps I use: These were...
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    05-13-2020, 11:38 PM
    This is one of BTSniper's early notching dies, which includes a rounding punch for forming the nose of the bullet: Hope this helps. Fred
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    05-13-2020, 11:36 PM
    This is another view of the same die, which in this case is a CH4D Blank forming Die: Hope this helps. Fred
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    05-13-2020, 11:34 PM
    This is what a notching/blank die looks like: They don't form the hollowpoint. What they do is produce the notching of the jacket, similar to a Hornady XTP JHP bullet. Hope this helps. Fred
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    05-12-2020, 12:44 PM
    The Kingsford plant is located in Springfield, OR, just off Hwy. 126, which is the main highway between Eugene and Bend. Every time we go east, we pass that plant, and the huge piles of raw material are wood, not coal. They make the briquets out...
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    05-10-2020, 12:46 PM
    Yep, that's the tall one. Mine is Magma stamped on the base and requires the O-ring on the die, or it will leak. Once the O-ring is in place, it doesn't leak at all. For some of my Star sizers, I use teflon plumber's tape around the top of the...
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    05-10-2020, 11:16 AM
    I have thirty or forty original Star top punches, so I size either base first, or nose first, depending on the bullet. Some styles work better base first, and some work better nose first. I have various Star sizers set up for different bullets and...
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    05-09-2020, 12:05 PM
    Only the Model 39 magazine is going to fit in the magwell of the Model 52, since they're both single stack handguns. The Model 59 is a double stack handgun (14 rounds), and won't fit in the magwell of the Model 52 (or Model 39). As for making...
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    05-09-2020, 01:18 AM
    ReloaderFred replied to a thread Top punches in Casting Equipment
    You can also use a hot glue gun to form the top punch to the bullet. Just coat the bullet with wax, or some other release agent, and form them together. When I do this, I use my drill press, with the motor not running. It helps with alignment of...
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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