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    04-07-2020, 05:08 PM
    If shooting cast in your 308 interests you then work with it and see just how well it can shoot cast. You may find it can shoot them very well. If it shoots them well enough it might get your boys interested in trying cast in there 30-06's. It...
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    04-06-2020, 11:54 PM
    ulav8r, you may want to read Green Frog's post a bit closer. He decaps and FL sizes at#1, He expands and charges at #2. He primes off the press between #1 and #2. Leo
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    04-06-2020, 11:34 PM
    So nobody knows the part number for the RCBS Cowboy die set .430 expander. Oh well. Leo
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    04-06-2020, 11:23 PM
    Oyeboten, if you use an expander the same size as your bullet you will get very little neck tension. With a stepped expander like NOE or the Lyman M expander you want the smaller number to be about .002 under bullet diameter. This gives you about...
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    04-05-2020, 10:03 PM
    They look like swaged bullets not cast. Swaged bullets come out smooth sided. Then groves are rolled into them. store bought full wad cutter bullets look like that. They may have some sort of wax as a lube. Like 22 RF bullets have. Leo
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    04-05-2020, 01:17 PM
    Even with antimony water quenching is erratic. The time difference between pouring and quenching varies. If your molds drop perfectly then the variations diminish. Anything that happens to allow one bullet to cool off more than another causes...
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    04-04-2020, 12:13 PM
    It's not hard to make a template. Set your press on a piece of cardboard, like an old cereal box. Use a pencil, put the point down in the mount holes. Draw a circle. Lift off press. Now you have a template. I Another guy on here made plates...
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    04-04-2020, 11:28 AM
    The Dillon Primer Pocket Swage is a good tool for removing the crimps on cases. That's what it is designed to do. It does nothing to remove primer residue or uniform pocket depth. Primer pocket uniformers are a cutter. The cutting is done just on...
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    04-04-2020, 09:32 AM
    You could always do a chamber cast of the die to measure. Leo
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    04-03-2020, 05:08 PM
    NOE plugs are not expensive. I got both the sizes of 44 cal. That way I can try both and see which works better. NOE has a Forum. Have you tried reading through the posts there to see if anyone has any ideas? Or possibly contact NOE and ask which...
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    04-03-2020, 04:50 PM
    44magLeo replied to a thread Lee APP press in Reloading Equipment
    I spent some time thinking about the APP press. I figured I ought to get one now when the price is not so much. I ordered it yesterday. If things go well it should be here by Wednesday or thereabouts. When I get it set up and use it a bit I'll...
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    04-03-2020, 04:31 PM
    My guess is that winelover has a rifle like mine. It has a bit larger bore and throat size than most revolvers. Mine likes bullets at .434. My molds drop bullets at about .4345. These shoot very well as cast. Just lube and load. No sizing. Leo
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    04-03-2020, 04:19 PM
    I'm in the like to feel them seat camp. Even if your primer pockets are not all the same depth the primers are all seated so the anvil and cup are both firmly in contact with the bottom of the pocket. I do have a Sinclair Primer Pocket Uniformer....
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    04-01-2020, 08:03 PM
    I picked up an older set of RCBS steel dies for 44 Mag. I heard that RCBS made a larger expander for the Cowboy dies, but when I called RCBS, the person I talked to said they were all the same. Then I looked it up in the parts book and saw they...
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    04-01-2020, 07:43 PM
    On measuring your slug with 5 grooves I think most any gun smith or machine shop can do it. With your .457 chamber mouth I would try a .457 or slightly larger as a first try. NOE can make a mold to your specs. It just may take awhile. They keep...
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    04-01-2020, 06:18 PM
    Well as I see it for a company to get so many complaints it has to be a popular company. As others have mentioned the outsides are not as pretty as other brands but on the inside where it counts they are. Beauty is as beauty does. Lee has many...
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    04-01-2020, 05:37 PM
    Those I don't have mounted on a board to clamp to my bench get put back in the original box it came from the factory in. These I can stack up out of the way or on a shelf. Those on boards get set on a shelf with a dust cover over them. Leo
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    04-01-2020, 04:08 PM
    I think you can use a spacer ring that way. You may still need to adjust the dies to match your case length. If you have one set of 44S/44M dies Why buy another set of 44S dies? I was looking at the RCBS parts list. For the 44S, 44M and 44-40 the...
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    04-01-2020, 03:13 PM
    I agree on the heavy work of case reforming and some case sizing. For tough jobs the tighter fit is better. As mentioned some have different inner hole diameters and work best with that brands priming tools. Some brands are thicker from the...
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    04-01-2020, 02:59 PM
    I have quite a few of those plastic 30 cal cans from Harbor Freight. Most I got with a coupon so they where not much cost. They are not chap, just inexpensive. Big difference. I also have cans like them from other places. Some Plano some with store...
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    03-26-2020, 10:21 AM
    The multi hole gauges seem like a waste to me. Most have only one hole I would use. So the others are wasted. I only have a few guns. Only one I bought a gauge for. My 91/30 Mosin Nagant in 7.62x54R. I picked up some once fired brass. After full...
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    03-22-2020, 10:00 AM
    I don't know anything about Dillon or any progressive press. I do know that the Lee FCD is not very length sensitive for crimping. As the case enters the die the shell holder hit the bottom of the collet. This pushes the case and collet up into...
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    03-21-2020, 11:57 PM
    Most pistol bullets used I target work are not very hard lead. Jacketed are pretty much pure lead cores. Store bought swaged lead bullets are pretty much pure. If you get much jacketed rifle bullets, target versions hove pure cores. Some hunting...
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    03-21-2020, 03:04 PM
    You shoot in a pistol league, check with the range or ranges you shoot at. They my let you mine the berms for boolits. If not they may do it themselves to use or sell. Some have companies come in and do the berms. They may get part of what gets...
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    03-21-2020, 02:54 PM
    When you first start pouring ingots your molds are cold. This lets them be shinier. As the molds heat up the ingots don't shine as much. Same happens with boolits. Leo
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    03-21-2020, 02:26 PM
    The first C type presses were slanted back. Why I don't know. Perhaps ergonomics played a part. I don't think clearance was much of an issue. Most benches the top hung out past what was underneath them. Because C presses were this way it follows...
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    03-20-2020, 06:33 PM
    Plain old Scotch tape works for checking head space. Measure the thickness of the tape. Take a case and add one layer to the case head. Try to chamber the case. Go easy. If it chambers ok then add another layer. Repeat till the case won't...
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    03-20-2020, 03:10 PM
    It might work, but I have to ask one question, Why? 30-06 is about the easiest brass to find. No need to form 270 into -06. If you have a lot of 270 and no -06 then find someone to swap with. Leo
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    03-20-2020, 02:48 PM
    My mistake. For some reason I was thinking the 43 Spanish was a straight walled case. Just disregard my last post. I did look at the link mdi posted. Yours should look like that. Leo
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    03-20-2020, 12:21 PM
    I'd contact Lee. it sounds like not only a poor made part, but the wrong part at that. From the pin most any smooth angle should be ok. The cylinder section should be just under your bullet diameter. With a .439 bullet the diameter of this...
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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