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    05-21-2018, 02:30 PM
    Comments aren't allowed in S&S, but offers are. Hope this helps. Fred
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    05-21-2018, 12:58 AM
    I'm sure everyone has heard by now of the mountain bikers who were attacked by a cougar in Washington State over the weekend. One was killed, and one was badly mauled. When the police arrived, the cougar ran off into the woods, and they were able...
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    05-20-2018, 08:06 PM
    Yep, the bullet is too far down into the die when the lube is applied. You don't say what kind of sizer you're running, but if it's an "up and down" sizer, such as Lyman, RCBS or Saeco, then adjust the depth so the bullet isn't pushed so far into...
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    05-20-2018, 11:11 AM
    Doc, EMF sells the Pietta 1873 clone with an octagon barrel in their Alchimista III. Here's the link to give you an idea of what they look like: While I...
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    05-14-2018, 10:44 AM
    ReloaderFred replied to a thread .40 S&W as jackets in Swaging
    JimB, I watched a video Starline has on their website about how they make brass cases, and it shows a conveyor belt machine for annealing their brass between steps. I would estimate the soaking time is fairly short, which may be the reason for...
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    05-13-2018, 01:18 AM
    Did you list the same items twice: If so, you're going to need to clear up who the actual buyer is, since you've got two. Fred
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    05-12-2018, 01:51 PM
    Hydrashoks are pretty soft bullets, designed to open rapidly. I would imagine they would turn inside out at standard 10mm velocities. One of the few commercial 10mm loads that isn't loaded light is the Winchester 175 gr. Silver Tip load. It's...
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    05-12-2018, 01:46 PM
    I just shot several holes in the top of a couple of tanks with a .44 Magnum, above the weld line, and let them set for a few days. Then I cut the top part off with an angle grinder. I've done three of them without problems this way. For...
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    05-10-2018, 01:15 AM
    I have an M-A Systems Collator, and they're temperamental in my experience, and I doubt you'd get it to orient the button nose wadcutter with any regularity. Mine is an older one, but I sent it back to M-A to be refurbished, along with samples of...
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    05-05-2018, 12:33 PM
    I have the MEC 9000GN, and upgraded it to the electric motor. Since I really don't like loading shotgun shells, I put it off until I'm about out, and then dedicate a couple of days to just shotgun loading. My usual batch is 3,000 rounds, so the...
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    05-05-2018, 11:23 AM
    Jesse Ocumpah, (JES) only lives about 90 miles from me, and I sent him the whole rifle. He was attending a gunshow and a friend of mine hand delivered my rifle to him. I had it back in the mail 5 days later (Sunday to Friday), but that was several...
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    05-05-2018, 11:18 AM
    doghunter, You stole that press for $50.00. I paid $25.00 for my original used Hollywood Senior in 1963, but that included a set of Hollywood .30-06 dies, the shell holder and large priming rod. And I was a college student at the time, making...
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    05-04-2018, 09:28 PM
    I had Jesse rebore my Marlin 336W to .375 Winchester with the 3-groove. I shoot mostly cast bullets through it, and it groups them tightly. I believe he'll need the barrel in the action to set the headspace, but it's best to ask him. Hope this...
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    05-04-2018, 09:21 PM
    Like Ken says, that second hole in the Senior will accept a die. I keep a die in mine just to keep junk from finding it's way down inside the press. It wouldn't hurt anything, but I still don't want "stuff" down inside there. Did you get the...
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    05-04-2018, 01:26 AM
    That was one of the iterations of transitioning to DDNP (non-toxic) priming compound. With the much faster brisance of the DDNP, they were looking for a way to keep the primers from backing out so fast they would get smashed when the action of the...
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    05-02-2018, 07:15 PM
    ReloaderFred replied to a thread Making lead wire in Swaging
    Well, that should keep you busy for awhile. Will it cut different diameters of wire, or is it pretty much set up for just one diameter? Fred
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    05-02-2018, 05:16 PM
    I also carry my Model 625 in a Bianchi #5BHL holster. Not expensive, but good quality. Hope this helps. Fred
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    05-02-2018, 05:11 PM
    Most of the SASS 73's get fed a steady diet of 200 gr. RNFP bullets, since they're used on steel targets at relatively close distances, so there's no need to hotrod them. I don't know if that's what this one was used for, but I shoot with a lot of...
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    05-02-2018, 05:06 PM
    ReloaderFred replied to a thread Making lead wire in Swaging
    Boy, that old critter has been around for awhile, hasn't it? I'll bet it cranks out the cores pretty fast, too. Fred
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    05-02-2018, 05:03 PM
    I've got two Ultra Vibe 18's that I've had for over 35 years. The motor in the first one lasted over 25 years, and the second one lasted a little over 30 years before they had to be replaced. I've also got a Berry's tumbler, and the motor on that...
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    05-01-2018, 09:47 AM
    I've never had good luck with my infrared thermometer on lead. It will read dark surfaces fine, but not the shiny surface of lead. I found a BBQ thermometer that read to 1,000 degrees F for about 1/2 the price of the casting thermometers that...
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    04-29-2018, 02:40 AM
    It looks like your die is either shaving some brass at the base of that case, or the case was just expanded to the point that the sizing die needed to move it back quite a bit. This can be caused by a sharp edge at the mouth of the sizing die, or a...
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    04-26-2018, 03:02 PM
    Having witnessed first hand a 1911 and a S&W Model 59 go full auto, I wouldn't recommend it. The 1911 was in one of our Handgun Safety Classes about 6 years ago, and the Model 59 was when I was the rangemaster for our dept. back in the late 1970's....
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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