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    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    Thanks to all of you for your most helpful responses. Really. pcmacd
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    Yesterday, 10:21 PM
    Has not anybody found this program useful? I can't hardly cast w/o it? Dudes. I am a retired Hewlett-Packard Systems Engineer. I don't screw around with people's computers.
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    03-26-2020, 06:46 PM
    pcmacd replied to a thread 8x58R Danish in Cast Boolits
    In an ancient rifle, I agree with your assessment on propellent speed. However, in US 30 Carbine, 7.62x39 SKS Russian 1953 DOM, Hakim 8x57 JS, Swede 1896 6.5x55 and other "more modern" centerfires, I have shot gas checked bullets, very hard cast...
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    03-26-2020, 04:49 PM
    Thanks for your inputs. This is making me think I should use 45/90 brass. I can turn the rims easy enough. Do both the RCBS and CH4D allow one to size a 45/90 w/o first trimming it?
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    03-25-2020, 10:51 PM
    Conundrum. Making 8x58RD brass.... I have used a digital 6" caliber to measure the rim thickness in my arsenal sporterized Gustaf Rolling Block chamber, mfg'd 1871, chambered 8x58RD. I get 0.0695" to 0.070" for what will translate into...
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    03-24-2020, 11:59 PM
    I have read so much conflicting information here that I have started a new thread so as to not get lost. I've got a Gustaf 1867 Rolling Block in 8x58R Danish. The bore looks like a tar pit (carbon!), but we shall overcome. I've got the LEE...
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    03-16-2020, 08:23 PM
    Thanks for your offer of help, sir. I had no time to take you up on it previously. Problem solved! What city did your grandfather live in? Did he sell bullets? I'd wager he did. I'll finish the story if/when you respond. tanks mac
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    03-16-2020, 08:16 PM
    Well... I've finally gotten packed and moved from The People's Socialist Republik of Kalifornia, to Arizona, Where Free Men Dwell. Recently purchased a couple of Bulldogs in 44 SPL and put that mold to work. I guess I just never got it hot...
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    03-16-2020, 07:51 PM
    pcmacd replied to a thread PID Unit in Casting Equipment
    I've updated my post. Y'all are indeed correct, and that Auber looks to be an awesome value.
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    03-11-2020, 04:35 PM
    pcmacd replied to a thread PID Unit in Casting Equipment
    Are these truly PID (proportional integral derivative - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PID_controller) controllers or just a setpoint controller? A PID would be overkill for this application. A pid would not likely blink on and off as the...
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    03-11-2020, 01:22 PM
    Oopsie....
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    03-10-2020, 11:51 PM
    432. No, really, I have cast lots of four and six cavity molds w/o issues.
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    03-10-2020, 11:33 PM
    I have read over and over by "professional" gun writers that jacketed rounds create more pressure than do cast loads. ~~~~~ Don't believe everthing you find in the Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook. I've shot very hard, gas checked cast bullets of...
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    03-10-2020, 10:44 PM
    I paid $300 for an unfired, NIB 4" Trooper MK III three years ago from a private party in 357 Magnum. The blue so dark and deep, and is unlike any other weapon I own. I would not even begin to describe this handgun as "plain vanilla?" ...
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    03-10-2020, 10:23 PM
    pcmacd replied to a thread Sighting in a peep sight? in Leverguns
    I have a set of "ignition wrenches" I purchased from Sears 48 years ago. Even though Sears is not around much, they sold the brand. Ask at an Ace Hardware. Or any number of places that now carry Craftsman. I used them for the first time in 30...
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    03-10-2020, 09:32 PM
    Mine was manufactured 1946, when the original/only owner was 18 years of age. It is in astounding condition - 98% (maybe more, modern firearm), only problem is a couple of spots of truly ugly carbon fouling in bore, which is otherwise as new. I...
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    03-10-2020, 08:08 PM
    Got it. Took off the stock. With flashlight determined that, indeed, forward is "safety off" and put it there. Wiggled and jiggled trigger with muzzle down. Out it came. Disassembled bolt and it was clean as a whistle inside to the...
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    03-09-2020, 10:06 PM
    I've a 510. Belonged to my beloved neighbor who passed a few years ago. It almost looks brand new on the outside, but the bore needs all manner of work. I can't get the bolt out. Safety forward, safety back, pull trigger. Nothing. Nada. ...
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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