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    09-15-2017, 12:31 PM
    The aluminum will work fine for ingot molds, providing the walls are thick, similar to cast iron's thickness. I have several 8 pound ingot molds made from aluminum channel that work great. Hope this helps. Fred
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    09-10-2017, 01:56 PM
    I have so many Stars that I just leave some of them set up for bullets that I use the most of, so I don't have to adjust them. A couple machines are for small lots, or special bullets for one reason or another. Lathesmith makes the nuts you're...
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    09-10-2017, 12:03 PM
    You're going to drive yourself nuts, or break something, so you need to download the manual for the Star Sizer from Magma: http://www.magmaengineering.com/PDF/Star_Sizer.pdf This page will also help you: ...
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    09-08-2017, 04:08 PM
    Thanks, deepwater. All taken care of. Fred
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    09-08-2017, 11:27 AM
    Kyle, I need two more roller handles for the Star machines. If deepwater takes one, I'll take the other one. If he passes, I'll take them both. At one point, before your move, we talked about an upgrade for the handles on the earlier...
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    09-06-2017, 12:32 AM
    Sometimes it's amazing how elastic brass can be. I've had new Starline brass stick to the expander tight enough to pull the case in half, leaving the top half of a .38 Special case firmly stuck. I used a Dremel Tool with a cutting disc and...
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    09-05-2017, 06:17 PM
    It will be like Christmas when it gets there......... Fred
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    09-05-2017, 09:28 AM
    I would contact Smith & Wesson and see what they say. Sometimes they feel benevolent............. My Model 57 was my duty gun for many, many years, and the bluing shows honest holster wear from the Hoyt holster. I'm just going to leave it that...
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    09-04-2017, 07:36 PM
    I use the same system as dragon813gt uses, only my plastic boxes are bigger. I've got quite a number of years collection of sizing dies and top punches. It really makes it much more convenient to have them all in one place. Hope this helps. ...
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    09-04-2017, 07:31 PM
    The lube method is different than what you're used to with the RCBS. The bullet doesn't sit on a rod and depend on the seal to keep lube off the base. The alignment between the lube ports and the lube groove do that. As long as the bullet is...
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    09-04-2017, 07:20 PM
    I had one of my Star Sizers repaired by Magma. They charge "time and materials" for repairs, plus shipping back to you. An aluminum bracket had broken on mine, and if I remember correctly, they charged $65.00 for the repair, which I consider...
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    09-03-2017, 09:46 PM
    The bullet is aligned with the holes the lube flows through, with the lube holes in the middle of the lube groove. At the bottom of the handle stroke, the lube pump is activated and the lube is pumped into the groove, and only into the groove. ...
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    08-24-2017, 01:34 AM
    1960's and 70's on your boxes. I was buying them new like that in the mid 1970's when I was shooting a lot of PPC matches, and used them for the 50 yard line. Hope this helps. Fred
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    08-21-2017, 11:59 AM
    All kinds of handgun ammunition is made with a cannelure on the case, especially in straight wall revolver and pistol rounds. A cannelure can be on either a bullet or the case. It's rolled into the surface of each with a wheel. Several companies...
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    08-21-2017, 10:40 AM
    It's called a cannelure. In this case, the purpose is to prevent bullet setback. Other cannelures are used to identify a particular loading, etc. I'd just load a few rounds and make sure the primers are OK. Primers are hard to kill, so they're...
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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