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    Today, 03:09 PM
    A lot of it is personal preference. I ladle pour. I have bottom poured, but I find I enjoy ladle pouring, while bottom pouring is just work. I don't like having to fiddle with a bottom pour pot to get it to work right. A ladle pot is...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 01:49 PM
    I only have 2 presses, a Rockchucker and a 550. They are mounted on opposite ends of my 9ft bench, leaving the middle open for scales, loading trays, powder measures, bullet sizers, ect. I have owned a few other presses but I just don't have the...
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    Today, 01:43 PM
    Sorry Bud! Life is tough! :drinks: At least I didn't influence you to buy a boat or airplane!
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    Today, 12:39 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Idaho shake in Our Town
    It's got to be a little scary when the ground under you feet starts to shake. I hope all of you guys in those areas are ok.
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    Today, 12:03 PM
    You always post a lot of interesting stuff. I broke or wore out several of those Lee hand primers. That old Ideal lube brings back memories!
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    Yesterday, 06:21 PM
    I just don't know right now. The Lyman has mixed reviews. The ProMelt11 had so many problems that they too it off the market. You still see an original ProMelt for sale from time to time. Magma Engineering makes a nice pot. But its a 40# pot and...
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    Yesterday, 06:13 PM
    Glad you were not injured more seriously. I'm another that does like you, melting lubed bullets. But I slip them in with a spoon and have a BBQ lighter ready in the other hand. Stay on top of those burns and watch for infections.
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    Yesterday, 06:05 PM
    Today was nice here too, and tomorrow is forecast to be more of the same. Then the rain will be back for a few days. The Wife went for a short walk here in the neighborhood and sat in the driveway for a while. It needs to dry out here. The...
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    Yesterday, 03:23 PM
    Okay, PC, I have all required to give it a try thanks to a member here who helped me with a little starter kit. I am planning to learn it and use it, but I do not want to use it as a bandaid or a crutch. I like traditional lube and loading for...
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    Yesterday, 02:09 PM
    Just a thought. I think you mentioned being a Lineman in another post? May one of mine about pole top pins? If so, there has to be a piece of channel laying around from a regulator platform or a platform mounted transformer bank!!! Maybe a junk air...
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    Yesterday, 01:57 PM
    I have had the same experience with 5 gallon buckets but my acid has not been exposed to the sunlight. At least not on my watch. It won't be any big deal for me to just set the gallon jug of acid in a 2 gallon plastic bucket. I'm not going to pour...
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    Yesterday, 08:51 AM
    Thats going to be a heck of a job! Please post what you come up with. I recently was given several hundred rounds of ammo that had been wet and was corroded. By the time I had pulled the bullets and dumped the powder from all of them I was Royally...
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    Yesterday, 08:43 AM
    I've never broken one but I have had less trouble with proper fit using RCBS than with some of the other brands that I have used. Just to add, I had some headspace problems once when I mixed the shell holder and die brands. This was a long time ago...
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    Yesterday, 08:37 AM
    This was my experience the only time I tried it. There was enough difference that it messed up my rhythm, or cadence. I remember being thankful that it was a borrowed mold and not mine.
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    Yesterday, 08:27 AM
    Concrete works great but my ole back appreciates things being saw horse high! I didn't used to bother me but now I'm a lot more conscious.
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    Yesterday, 08:18 AM
    Lead from race car counter weights can be about anything. Pretty often wheel weights were used just because of the close association between race cars and tires and wheels. Most non casters don't know much about zinc and theres no real reason for...
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    Yesterday, 08:03 AM
    I smelt using 8 different Lyman type molds made from cast iron. My heat sinc is a piece of 1/2 in by 6 in flat steel bar stock, about 6 ft long. It does help cool the molds. It eventually gets hot but by then its time to refill the pot. My 8 molds...
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  • Bazoo's Avatar
    03-31-2020, 08:06 PM
    I've not tried powder coating. I know it would solve my leading issues. Right now it's a pill I just can't swallow.
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    03-31-2020, 06:57 PM
    I've never seen any of that but if you have a lot of it available it would be worth getting it analyzed.
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    03-31-2020, 06:41 PM
    I beg to disagree. The amp load at the end of the run is a major part of the voltage drop formula.
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  • Bazoo's Avatar
    03-31-2020, 06:41 PM
    725, Looks like they cut the forcing cone at 15 degrees. Doug, I'll check it and report back. MSM, the bit of leading I got, is worlds better than I did have.
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    03-31-2020, 05:25 PM
    So I fired 30 shots with minimal leading. Leading right at the beginning of the rifling, could still see the rifling, and it brushed out with about twenty strokes. So, first thing I'm going to try is adding more tin to my ww alloy. Then Ill...
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    03-31-2020, 05:16 PM
    Jonp, sorry I missed your question. Yes I slugged the barrel the first to round. It was .430 and my throats were .433/.434. The issue was severe leading.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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