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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    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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  • km101's Avatar
    10-06-2020, 05:47 PM
    Had a similar problem with my 60-15. One hole had a .015 constriction about .030 from the end of the cylinder. The other 4 holes were fine. That hole appeared to not be fully reamed. Sent it back to S&W and they fitted a new cylinder, no charge....
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    10-06-2020, 05:25 PM
    km101 replied to a thread White Label Lubes in Boolit Lube !
    Iíve used Carnuba Red for almost 10 years now with never a problem. Works great! I cast for .380 to .45 and most everything in between. Pressures range from 750 FPS in .38 wadcutter to about 1450 FPS in .44 mag. Carnuba Red handles them all with no...
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    10-04-2020, 08:09 PM
    You'll get your best answers by mentioning the caliber.:bigsmyl2: Hope this helps. Fred
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    10-04-2020, 08:02 PM
    It's right here: I've found exploded rounds near old campfires in the past that looked like Kevin's round. I also had a .357 round fall off the top shelf in...
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    10-03-2020, 11:28 AM
    If you cut off a plastic 12 gauge shotgun shell above the metal base, it will just fit inside the 7/8-14 threads and provide a "thread protector". I cut a few slits in the portion sticking out of the top of the press and flare them out to hold the...
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    10-02-2020, 03:11 PM
    Checkmate is the only brand of 1911 magazines I'll use anymore. They just simply work, whether in .38 Super, 10mm or .45 acp. I've tried all the big names, but had trouble with all of them, but never a hitch with Checkmate magazines. The last...
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    10-02-2020, 01:00 AM
    When a primer detonates, the pressure of the detonation drives the primer back out of the primer pocket and against the bolt face/backing plate. When the powder burns and creates pressure, it drives the case rearward and reseats the primer into 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