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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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    03-19-2020, 05:26 PM
    I have the big burner and cut off propane tank for processing larger batches of lead. I have the skimmer I used for ice fishing. It is stainless steel with a 5 inch round scoop and a handle about 2 feet long. I have tried several thing as a dipper...
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    03-19-2020, 05:01 PM
    I might suggest instead is to visit Harbor freight and pick up one of their weed burners. When you first fill the pot and fire up your cast iron burner, fire up the weed burner and aim it down in the pot. This gets thing going very fast. Once...
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    03-19-2020, 04:35 PM
    There may be a bit of rust or other crud in the turret threads. Most any solvent on an old tooth brush will clean out most of it. A bit of oil on the dies lets them thread in easier. You may have to use a bit of force to tread a die in the first...
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    03-18-2020, 10:26 AM
    I've never had a case where I needed a small base die. I don't shoot semi-auto rifles except in 22FR. From what I understand military chambers can be cut a bit on the large side of the specs. This is done to help any cartridge made any where to...
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    03-17-2020, 07:42 PM
    I have never shot in any kind of competition or owned an auto loader other than 22RF. I think quality is more important than quantity. If I did any of the things I mentioned in the first line I might think differently. Leo
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    03-16-2020, 01:36 PM
    I don't know what you have for lead, but I might sort it out to separate the pure lead from mixed lead. Keep the pure seperate for now. The rest I would sort by batch. The ingots you made from one batch go I one pile. When you have it sorted out...
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    03-16-2020, 12:40 PM
    It's not hard to pour a small concrete pad to work on. A 4x4 foot pad is plenty. If you want a higher work plat from stacking a few cinder blocks is good. On you burner adding extra steel to the legs isn't hard. Find a place that sells metal. I...
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    03-14-2020, 06:30 PM
    When I went to that link it just showed some blurry writing. Nothing usable. Tried several times. Leo
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    03-14-2020, 02:07 PM
    Trying to size that much at once is a lot of stain on any machine. Doing it in two or three steps would be better. How hard is your alloy? Hard bullets are harder to size. Some alloys cast larger bullets than others. Often bullets fresh out of a...
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    03-14-2020, 11:41 AM
    perhaps one of your 311316 molds drops bullets bigger than the other, if so not bad to have both sizes. Leo
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    03-14-2020, 11:33 AM
    NOE makes molds like that. Not two different bullets but 1 with a gas check and another without. So I don't see any reason that it can't be done. I some ways I like the idea. With two cavities in the same one may be just enough different it may...
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    03-14-2020, 11:06 AM
    I didn't know about the t-shirts. Thanks. I tried to go to the t-shirt page, it's not working for me. Leo
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    03-14-2020, 10:58 AM
    How are the top punches held in the NOE adapter? I assume they slide in a hole then held with set screw. Is the threaded portion of the SAECO top punches too big to slide into the adapter? if so you could turn down the threaded portion of the top...
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    03-14-2020, 10:56 AM
    I have a Lee ingot mold. I had about 25 lbs. of a mix of 50/50 and 40/60 bar solder along with 7 lbs. of solder I had from previously. I melted it all down into one batch. I then used just the center two mold cavities of the Lee ingot mold that...
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    03-14-2020, 10:47 AM
    How are the top punches held in the NOE adapter? I assume they slide in a hole then held with set screw. Is the threaded portion of the SAECO top punches too big to slide into the adapter? if so you could turn down the threaded portion of the top...
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    03-13-2020, 04:06 PM
    Larry Gibson, Have you done pressure tests on rifle cartridges comparing lead to jacketed, as in 308, 30-06 and such. Leo
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    03-13-2020, 12:23 PM
    That sure looks like a Lee shell holder to me. I have a bunch that look like it. They work with Lee's hand trimmer. That shell holder screws onto a lock stud. It holds the case. The trimmer is a cutter that a pilot threads into. The pilot is the...
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    03-11-2020, 10:37 PM
    You can always harvest them. Bring them home and store them somewhere just in case. Better to have and not need than need and not have. Leo
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    03-11-2020, 10:32 PM
    44magLeo replied to a thread roof jack? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    More reasons than a few holes from nails why they don't reuse them. One if you reuse you can't sell a new one. #2 is the biggie, If you reuse you can't give them to a bullet caster. Leo
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    03-11-2020, 10:26 PM
    Your sprue plate could be dull. If you look close at the hole in the plate, A magnifier of some sort helps, It should taper all the way to the bottom of the hole. If there is any straight edge at the bottom you need to sharpen it some. I use my...
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I like cast boolits in my hand guns and rifles.
Lebanon, NY
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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