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    Today, 09:47 AM
    Just wondering if the brand of primer you are using is the cause and not the brass? I have had this problem a few times when I was forced to use something other than CCI. I have always had fewer/no issues with them than any other brand. It seems...
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    Yesterday, 09:48 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Got hit last night in Our Town
    Sorry to hear this but glad you were not seriously injured. See a doctor, if just to have a record if anything turns serious.
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    07-23-2017, 09:56 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Walmart find in Casting Equipment
    Let it get a coat of rust on it. It will dump easier.
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    07-23-2017, 09:47 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Tin in Cast Boolits
    David and Firefighter about covered it. New pure tin can be bought, but its pricy. I get good bullets with straight clip on wheelweights without adding any tin. Range lead can vary much more and may require some tin.
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    07-23-2017, 05:25 PM
    Weekly bump. Still hunting for these.
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    07-23-2017, 05:07 PM
    I would definitely spring for the full set. In my experience bottle neck cases are more likely to stretch than straight wall cases. I'm not a big fan of neck sizing. In factory rifles I have seen little or no improvement in accuracy. I have a number...
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    07-23-2017, 04:01 PM
    Thats not a bad deal, really. You can cull the iron and zinc as you pull them so you will be buying only lead weights. If you are young and healthy enough this could be a good deal for you.
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    07-23-2017, 10:08 AM
    I wish I had done this back at the beginning. I have too much of a stash to ever get them all marked now. I've had a few get mixed up over the years. 55 gallon buckets get brittle over time and split. I stack them in plastic milk crates now, so...
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    07-23-2017, 09:48 AM
    lightman replied to a thread I'm tired, a rant. in Our Town
    Thats what I was thinking. I know several people that have had this done. I'm sorry to hear about all of you guys having health problems. Having your mobility impaired is bad enough. Adding chronic pain to things is even worse.
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    07-23-2017, 09:18 AM
    I went back and read the #1 and #8 post again. Those problem cases have to have something in common that we don't know about and that you don't remember. It seems that there is a possibility that you used other primers than CCI. That could be the...
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    07-22-2017, 02:14 PM
    Good on You! You probably still have plenty. I'd probably put up more resistance over the Kubota.
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    07-22-2017, 06:48 AM
    Congratulations on the Score! Gotta love summer in the South! Its gotten hot here too, in the last week. We have had a pretty mild summer though. That could be a good source for you. Take the Guy a box of doughnuts, get you a set of wheelweight...
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    07-22-2017, 06:33 AM
    I would be interested in this too! Please post the info if you are able to find it.
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    07-22-2017, 06:30 AM
    Well, I got it back together yesterday afternoon! Marlin39A sent me the correct size rings (Thanks Brother) for the pressure nut and I found the correct size "O" ring for the bottom seal at the Case/International dealer, after trying 2 different...
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    07-22-2017, 06:11 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Rounded bands ok? in Cast Boolits
    Good Deal! Every mold has a "personality". Sometimes its easy to get one up and running while other times you have to juggle temp and casting speed. Its a challenge for even an experienced caster sometimes. Once you cast a perfect bullet you're...
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    07-22-2017, 06:04 AM
    The old standby 230 grain round nose is hard to beat. Its not sexy and it does not cut nice sharp holes in paper targets but it just plain works. My favorite is the H&G68 or one of its many clones. I don't know if it will work in your Springfield...
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    07-21-2017, 08:40 PM
    Thanks, I thought so. I put them at about 10cents ea plus shipping.
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    07-21-2017, 08:27 PM
    I use a Sinclair hand priming tool. Its a little pricy but its very exact and the feel is great. Before that I used the original Lee tool. I actually have worn out several of those. I like to hand prime vs bench prime because I can do it while in...
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    07-21-2017, 07:48 PM
    Sold to Rich. Thanks Rich!
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    07-21-2017, 02:08 PM
    I have for sale an odd lot of jacketed bullets. I'll take $57 shipped. USPS Money Order or Personal Check. I have described them as well as possible. The Sierra's are in Sierra boxes. The others are bagged individually. 1. 52- 30 Caliber 178...
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    07-21-2017, 10:23 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Rounded bands ok? in Cast Boolits
    I need to do this myself. I saved a Ziplock bag of selected rejects from a recent casting session for this purpose. Maybe I can get around to it when it starts cooling off. I can cast a near perfect bullet and I struggle with the idea of accepting...
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    07-20-2017, 10:38 PM
    Finished tumbling my working stock of 44 magnum brass and started sizing and tumbling my working stock of 9mm brass. Took a break and hit 2 parts stores and an implement dealer looking for "O" rings to rebuild my Lyman 450. Tested an ingot for...
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    07-20-2017, 05:17 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Death warmed over.... in Our Town
    Thats good news! Hope you're on top of it now. Welcome Back!
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    07-20-2017, 07:11 AM
    In a 15# drum, like a Thumbler Model-B, I use about a 9mm case of Lemi-Shine and a "splash" of Armor-All Wash and Wax. You need to adjust your Lemi-Shine to match your water hardness. Tumble time varies depending on how dirty the cases are. Cases...
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    07-20-2017, 06:53 AM
    I think it was made in Czechoslovakia. I have not used any of this although I have picked up some.
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    07-20-2017, 06:47 AM
    lightman replied to a thread die selection in Reloading Equipment
    I'm not a big Lee fan and I don't have very much Lee equipment, but its a little cheaper than the other brands and will let you get into reloading with a smaller investment. It will work. They are not machined as nicely as the other brands, if thats...
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    07-20-2017, 06:12 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Rounded bands ok? in Cast Boolits
    I'm pretty picky about my bullets and strive for perfection. Some of my friends say I'm too picky. I would remelt them. I expect my cast to shoot as well as factory, and they do. It sounds like your temp is too low, either the alloy or mold temp.
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    07-20-2017, 06:04 AM
    $2 a pound for unknown lead is about 4 or 5 times too much, in my opinion. A chunk weighing 190# is going to be hard for some to deal with. You can cut it with a hand saw, easy enough, or any number of power tools. You can also whittle pieces off of...
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    07-19-2017, 10:25 PM
    I've got a Harrells, my original RCBS Uniflo, a Dillon, A RCBS Chargemaster and a set of Lee Dippers.
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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