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    Yesterday, 08:53 PM
    The blank guns I've seen are regular ammo firing guns. There is blank powder, very fast and special blank crimp dies that close the case mouth with a 5 sided crimp.
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    Yesterday, 08:32 PM
    The 429421 I have uses 3 ball end alignment pins. Take the mold off the handles and see how the pins fit. Sometimes the handles create the misalignment, sometimes that creates a wear pattern. The female alignment part is a hole in the mold block and...
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    Yesterday, 10:34 AM
    I left the bottom ring for stability but added a wind screen. I bought a long handle 4 inch diameter stainless frying strainer from Smart and Final restaurant supply for $4 and roll the jackets against the side. As the lead melts out the jackets...
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    Yesterday, 09:40 AM
    Petit Jean is available at Walmart here. But it has gotten so expensive that I only buy it as a treat every now and then. I normally use the Great Value Thick Cut. I really like Wright bacon, but the grease is more watery. It's also pretty...
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    02-22-2020, 08:15 PM
    That Lee sintered steel is Hard! Use good high speed steel or cobalt drill bits.
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    02-22-2020, 08:06 PM
    I have the STM kit. I use Dawn to clean and rinse in Armor All to reduce tarnish and spotting. Dawn and Armor All will fight each other if combined. Running the media separator full of water gets the pins out faster.
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    02-21-2020, 08:51 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    I bought the Hitachi auto feed screwgun and 3,000 senco screws for my home and shop. Corners are tricky but in the field they work perfect and it's as fast as you can go. Turns a tedious job into a pleasure. Reviews of the Senco and Hitachi both...
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    02-20-2020, 10:44 PM
    I have a HEPA filter in my shop vac so I don't breath what I vacuum from the bench.
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    02-18-2020, 08:37 PM
    Air Heads! I water drop everything! Except hollowpoints which drop an inch or so onto several layers of old towel. I get zero dings on air cooled and a very few on water dropped.
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    02-17-2020, 02:01 PM
    You wouldn't want his gravity.
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    02-16-2020, 11:00 PM
    The new copper plated zinc pennies should work too then. Zinc is what they use on boats to save the propeller.
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    02-16-2020, 10:05 PM
    The original post is elsewhere but Miha asked another member if he could repair his own mold. My problem was different as my alignment pins drifted out and the mold would not close. I think it was tapping the hinge bolt to release the (503) Boolits...
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    02-16-2020, 09:27 PM
    I cross pined the 6 cavity MP Mold today. The closest standard pin size to what Miha uses is 3/32 so I drilled 4 holes and installed 4 roll pins. It's a deep hole for that size drill so I used cutting oil and cleared the bit of chips regularly...
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    02-15-2020, 10:44 PM
    Good for you! That's a heavier ingot than I would have thought.
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    02-15-2020, 12:26 PM
    I would suspect Lee sells more handles than RCBS and Lyman combined making Lee the standard. Especially since all the independent mold makers use them. RCBS and Lyman are right there with Kodak and IBM for loosing market share.
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    02-10-2020, 09:46 PM
    20 pounds was the target before the accountants and engineers got to it. It's like horsepower or mileage on cars. You Always get less. LOL I had 2 Lee 4-20s and did well with them.
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    02-09-2020, 08:25 PM
    I tried pushing the pins back today with a milling vise and it wasn't enough. Maybe with heat it might work. I started the oven, had other thoughts and used the 20 ton press cold. That worked but took more force than I would have imagined. I...
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    02-08-2020, 11:14 AM
    Mine are 7 inches so they don't stick above the rim of the pot too far. I angled the ends 7 degrees so the ingots would fall out. I used 2 inch angle and 2 inch flat strap both 1/8 thick and get 5 pound ingots. 1 inch angle if it's 1/8 thick is...
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    02-08-2020, 12:05 AM
    On sinkers over 50 pounds OSHA requires the label "Team Lift" showing two caricatures lifting the sinker. [smilie=l:
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    02-07-2020, 11:20 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Hire 2 sheetrockers and have it done in a couple hours. Lids are hung with special benches you stand on. Hold the sheet in place with your head while you get the first few screws in. A couple rockers can have it done before you can set up any of...
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    02-07-2020, 10:36 PM
    I would measure the throats. Smith usually has enough distance to the throats but every gun is different and Smith had tight throats for a while. I reamed all my throats .4313 that weren't larger already. My 629 throats were .428. Only my Colt has...
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    02-06-2020, 09:33 PM
    A belated Happy Birthday! This buy turned one year old 2 days ago.:guntootsmiley:[smilie=p::happy dance:[smilie=l: I tried to find fireworks but there were none down here.
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    02-06-2020, 09:22 PM
    They look like lube heaters. An Ohm Meter will tell you the wattage. Mine was 20 watts.
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    02-06-2020, 12:00 AM
    All of these are roughly WW+ 1% or a bit more Tin. There are lubed, I pulled a couple from each box. MP 503 .432" 260 g Arsenal 503 .432" 255g Lyman 429421 (lapped to .432") 252g BC 1103 244g I load them all the same.
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    02-05-2020, 10:40 PM
    The forward drive band is longer and is actually inside the throats of my Colt. The 503 was designed after the 44 Mag and has whatever improvements Elmer came up with. I like the MP Molds/Dale 53 503 clone, the Arsenal 503 clone and the out of...
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    02-05-2020, 11:17 AM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Bench issues / ideas in Cast Boolits
    The last 2 benches I've routed a recess in the bench to set the press (Rockchucker) back from the edge. This puts the tray of cartridges closer to even with the ram and puts both about the same distance from my body.
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    02-04-2020, 11:34 AM
    Sunday I built shelves from scrap plywood. I used 1 1/8 for the shelves and 5/8 sides so they can handle lead. Monday I went through all the casting and reloading gear and put it on the shelves. The brass tumbler has it's own shelf with all it's...
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    02-02-2020, 10:18 AM
    frankenfab replied to a thread midway did it again in Our Town
    It doesn't stay at the PO. I goes through the PO to your mailbox.
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    01-31-2020, 11:17 AM
    Isn't Japan the only country that still hunts whales?
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    01-30-2020, 08:49 PM
    Yep and they pack lighter than a full set of dies. I've got 2 that cover 16 pitches.
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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