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    01-13-2020, 01:19 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Duck shot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Thanks, I had no idea it was even close to full. I wish there was an alert or something when that happens. Thank you everyone for the input. I think I'll just put this shot on the back shelf. I don't load shotgun at all anymore, so shot of any...
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    01-12-2020, 08:17 PM
    fatelk started a thread Duck shot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I have a question for the shotgun guys here. It does seem a shame to melt down perfectly good shot into ingots, but what about larger sizes, like #4 and #2 duck and goose shot? It seems like there's not any real use for it anymore, since you can't...
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    01-11-2020, 04:20 AM
    fatelk replied to a poll Range Brass? in Reloading Equipment
    We were just at the range a couple days ago. As I threw some used targets into the dumpster when leaving, I noticed a bunch of brass in there. I see this fairly often. I picked out a few handfuls of 223 and 30-06 that I could reach, but a lot gets...
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    01-11-2020, 01:04 AM
    OK thanks, that makes sense. I've always been careful to avoid getting the brass hot enough to glow, but have wondered just how critical that really is.
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    01-10-2020, 07:42 PM
    That's pretty cool; I like it. I do have one question though. All the "experts" say that if you get the brass hot enough to glow, it's completely ruined and must be scrapped. I've wondered to what degree that's true. I see some pretty bright,...
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    01-06-2020, 10:10 PM
    I know a lot of guys use the method with a drill and socket, but all I've ever done is twist the case slowly in my fingers, wait for that slight color change and stop just before it would glow. It's super quick and easy, been doing it that way for...
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    12-29-2019, 09:29 PM
    fatelk replied to a poll Range Brass? in Reloading Equipment
    Brass is actually pretty tough and forgiving. I've had and seen brass fail in a number of ways. I just threw away a batch of 308 brass (7.62 NATO actually) that I didn't realize had likely been fired in a loose chamber (MG probably), and many were...
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    12-29-2019, 09:14 PM
    Regarding the Heritage one-year warranty; it's really not even much of a warranty. Anything goes wrong after you lay your money down, even an obvious factory defect, and it's on you to return it. They'll fix it for you, but you'll have to shell out...
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    12-29-2019, 04:56 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Bad primers? in Reloading Equipment
    Have you checked the mainspring strain screw, to make sure it hasn't loosened up and backed out? That could cause misfires.
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    12-29-2019, 04:52 PM
    fatelk replied to a poll Range Brass? in Reloading Equipment
    You can always be like a friend of mine. He is adamant that he won't load and shoot any brass that he didn't buy new, or shoot himself as factory ammo. Seems silly to me, but to each their own.
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    12-29-2019, 12:14 AM
    +1 on the Ruger. In my experience, it's a far, far better gun that the Heritage.
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    12-27-2019, 10:35 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Magazine chain fire test in Leverguns
    I don't mess around with popping uncontained primers, as they do have some bang to them. A friend of my grandfather once pulled apart a 12 gauge round many years ago, and for some reason set the primed hull on a fence and shot it with a BB gun. He...
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    12-26-2019, 04:33 AM
    Steel and brass are two very different metals, so I'm not sure what that tells us. I will say that I've tumbled a lot of straight wall cases: .30 Carbine, .44 Magnum, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 Colt, etc.. Some of them, especially .45 Colt and .30...
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    12-24-2019, 01:52 PM
    I’m not entirely convinced that it’s the tumbling; I just don’t know what else it could be. In my mind, the nearly 100% failure rate in widely mixed brass rules out an inherent brass problem. I had a batch of .222 ammo that all cracked the same...
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    12-23-2019, 03:28 AM
    I don't think it's the Lemishine. I've seen and had pink brass before, and that's not the case here. I've pulled nearly 1,500 rounds, and about 80% were cracked when I pulled them. The other 20% crack on firing, unless I pull and anneal then...
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    12-22-2019, 11:28 PM
    When I first got the tumbler, I kind of went nuts with it. I had this silly idea that the brass needed to be super shiny inside and out. It has a 3-hour timer on it so I ran it for 3 hours. The timer gets stuck sometimes, so I had some lots in the...
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    12-22-2019, 11:03 PM
    It's definitely something, but honestly I've been through absolutely everything I can think of and this is all I can come up with. Interestingly enough, I have some 45-70 that was also wet tumbled. We just shot 20 rounds a few weeks ago and no...
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    12-22-2019, 10:44 PM
    That's kind of what I was thinking, at this point. Sorry, I didn't mean to come off as quite so defensive. It's been a rough day, and I guess from past experience I expected a lot of people telling me how wrong I am.
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    12-22-2019, 10:21 PM
    I'm hesitant to post about this, because I know I'll catch heck for it, but here goes anyhow. I started a thread a while back about a bunch of .223 ammo I loaded a year or so ago, that was all cracking in the neck area when fired. I was trying to...
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    12-22-2019, 12:50 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Gas checks and rifles in Gas Checks
    Powder coating changed it all for me. I load plain base powder-coated bullets to about 1800fps in my M1 carbine, works just fine.
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    12-20-2019, 02:07 PM
    I just burned an 8lb jug of Accurate 2495. It was unopened, sealed. It was bulged like a balloon, and hissed when I opened it. I poured it out and burned a pound or two at a time. What a flame! It was recalled powder, and Accurate sent me a check.
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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
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