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    Yesterday, 03:27 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread PC Test in Coatings and Alternatives
    I have 2 ESPC guns having first purchased the Harbor Freight gun. Late, I picked up the Asian copy of the Craftsman blow dryer type gun. The HF gun worked great but required a lot of setup and adjustment of the compressor and such. The blow dryer...
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    02-19-2020, 11:55 PM
    Larry I think it was? escapes me now Bullet Swaging Supply Inc. PO Box 1056 303 McMillan Rd. West Monroe, La 71291 edit-Larry Blackmon
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    02-18-2020, 08:48 PM
    Guillotine type toenail clippers for the pooch works great. Rolling 00 between two steel plates quickly trues up the ball but letting the tumbler do its work without media helps spread the graphite too.
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    02-16-2020, 12:23 PM
    I still have to wonder if your neighbor that borrowed it, couldn't put it to good use.
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    02-15-2020, 03:13 PM
    What he said, they hold their zero . . . That is if the 'lens' is properly secured. I had 2 that the lens shifted upon firing. Talk about frustrating! Once I figured that out, I seated/sealed the lenses on all of the similar open reflex sights with...
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    02-15-2020, 03:01 PM
    Back in the day, I never needed a lube sizer heater, having only used Javalina. But, I started out pan lubing before I got the Lyman. As stated above, melt the lube off and simply resize/lube with the Lyman. I did get a Lyman heater for the 450...
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    02-15-2020, 02:45 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Glock barrel leading in Cast Boolits
    This is going to be a tad long, please bear with me, I'll get to 9mm through a Glock factory barrel eventually. The first pistol I purchased for myself was a S&W 459 in 1985. I wanted a 357 but my brother had talked it up so much I bought one. He...
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    02-14-2020, 06:01 PM
    I'm of that same school^^^^^^^
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    02-14-2020, 05:06 AM
    Sure, smelting the copper jackets can be a potentially hazardous pain, it can be done. A simple foundry is not a problem, lots of youtube videos on the subject. It would seem the problem might be for cleaning the jackets. Think, you are already...
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    02-14-2020, 04:51 AM
    For the OP, I regularly push 223, and 308, to 2250 to 2450, the latter being 223 with a plain based boolit designed smooth sided just for PC. Lee 358-125 RF has the same profile as 125 FMJ 357 SIG rounds. I was given some factory SIG rounds and...
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    02-14-2020, 03:08 AM
    I got the same type of marking on a 30 cal boolit. I use Lee dies, and followed recommendations here. I took the seating plug and reformed with a dremmel and a die grinder, then used JB Weld to finish it off. I didn't mind the marks left before, now...
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    02-14-2020, 02:57 AM
    After learning the PC process, much reading on this site, and on the PC site for manufacturers. My oven takes 5 minutes to heat up when filled with 2 trays of boolits of 200 to 250 grains. I load the oven, turn it to 400 degrees (checked by...
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    02-14-2020, 02:35 AM
    Some years ago, I bought a 69 RB mold and some wads for it. The wads are cupped on both ends so it looks like it is basically double ended. Before loading the RB I put in a scoop of corn meal, an idea from my early black powder days. Anyway, the...
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    02-14-2020, 02:20 AM
    Back in the late 1960s, I remember Dad, my Uncle, and the 2 other guys on their team, complaining about shooting reclaimed shot. It was all they could get during the Viet Nam era. They shot enough in competition that they could tell the difference...
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    02-13-2020, 04:54 PM
    I'm another one who uses lemon juice. I decap and wash brass with Dawn. I don't like dirty brass in my clean press. Pistol or rifle, I do a second wash with Dawn and lemon juice. I strain but do not dry my brass, it goes straight into the tumbler...
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    02-13-2020, 04:34 PM
    I like that the boolit is generally running heavier than 200. This boolit profile would make a great candidate for HP modification and hopefully still weigh 200. Of course, at ACP speed, the RF should do just fine on 'vermin.'
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    02-13-2020, 04:25 PM
    Sometimes a boolit is the proper 'pill' for idiots who need euthanizing. You know, the 'idiot' who walks into the Shooter's Grill in Rifle CO, where the staff all open carry, except the underage staff, and expect to rob the place. Yup, proper...
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    02-13-2020, 04:11 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread First time casting in Cast Boolits
    Those boolits look terrible and are probably highly contaminated. Send them to someone licensed for proper disposal through a process called Argentine Mauser 7.65x53 MM. No special fee, send them to me. I will even spare you the trouble of encasing...
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    02-13-2020, 03:50 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread .356-95-RF in .357 in Cast Boolits
    I haven't tried them in 357 brass, just 38 SP. At the time I bought that mold, I was using it for 380 ACP and 9 MM, and had purchased the Lee 358-125 RF and the 358 158 RF for use in 357 SIG and 357 MAG respectively. Since then, I haven't played...
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    02-13-2020, 03:44 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Couple of questions in Cast Boolits
    What Fred said. I got my 1991 Plain Jane Springfield 1911, parkerized even, in 1987. Lee 452-228-1R, dies set to factory ball specs by taking a ball cartridge to set the dies. Didn't have any means of actually measuring back then. Right out of the...
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    02-13-2020, 03:05 PM
    I never thought of using dryer lint instead of Dacron. My wife would kill me if I got into her quilting stash. Still, dryer lint is consistent, can be weighed and measured, and is pretty abundant after laundry day. I don't shoot 375 H&H, but have...
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    02-12-2020, 03:16 PM
    "A friend of mine brought over some frozen Bronto Burgers, he said he found in a specialty meat shop near Siberia . . . The store said they had the World's Record Cold Cut Collection!"
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    02-11-2020, 08:36 PM
    I haven’t hand poured mine since the mid 1970s but remember briefly trying to put the spigot on the sprueplate and holding it snug. Years later I was putting the spigot of a bottom pour on the plate in a similar fashion. Problem was the spur was...
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    02-11-2020, 07:05 PM
    Lots of great ideas, inspiring. I already have a range hood from a remodel, and so fan/light with speed control. I intend to use sheet metal as heat shielding as well as for ease of cleanup. I really don’t plan to cast a lot in the Rockies as I...
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    02-11-2020, 05:19 PM
    It really depends on the powder coat paint, I have read Harbor Freight may have harmful ingredients. Still, the jury is out, but I started with HF flat black with ESPC. Now, I use Prismatic Powder exclusively. Smoke sells powder here and I have...
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    02-11-2020, 05:07 PM
    The PC ‘jacket’ does not act the same as copper as it is very thin and takes less to disrupt the coating. However, that thin layer is very tough, very slick, and does operate like a jacket. Certain semiautomatic cartridges suffer damage during...
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    02-11-2020, 04:52 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread 1st Reloading Question in Cast Boolits
    Bryan, you picked a great cartridge to start with, one of my favorites. I’m glad you were able to get answers to help sort out your issue. Regarding your dad. Last month, he lifted up a prayer request for us to pray for him. I messaged him to...
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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