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  • 44magLeo's Avatar
    09-12-2020, 06:37 PM
    If it's cast then it should be able to melt lead. I might try for a dipper in a large pot, like when rendering scrap lead into ingots. Or maybe just clean it up and hang on a wall. You can always tell visitors that's what you started your casting...
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    09-12-2020, 06:03 PM
    How common a case are those? If once fired factory brass Them chuck them. If you spent a few hours making them from something else then you may want to do a bit more testing. What those tests would be is not something I'm famililar with. A hardness...
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    09-12-2020, 05:44 PM
    Does your size die have a long tapered expander button? If so after you lube the cases how ever you do use a q-tip to swab the inside of the neck and size. This should expand the neck well enough to form. If not I might suggest getting this type...
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    09-12-2020, 05:23 PM
    I just had a thought, if your measure is missing the stock clamp washer, take the screw to a hardware store. Find a clip to fit the screw. Find a washer to fit on the screw against the shoulder. Find a larger washer with a center hole large enough...
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    09-12-2020, 05:06 PM
    These tools you talk about do not check the chamber. They check the ammo. That's why they call them ammo checkers. As far as some being tighter than others, so what, They are made to be within SAMMI spes. These specs have a tolerance range. ...
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    09-12-2020, 05:05 PM
    These tools you talk about do not check the chamber. They check the ammo. That's why they call them ammo checkers. As far as some being tighter than others, so what, They are made to be within SAMMI spes. These specs have a tolerance range. ...
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    09-11-2020, 09:47 PM
    Slightly less. I think the big thing with the more expensive pots is the flow control handle. On the more costly pots you have a long heavier handle that has a heavier knob. This longer set up has a lot of leverage That pushes the rod very firmly...
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    09-11-2020, 08:59 PM
    You might want to get a Lyman ingot mold as well. They cost a bit more but you make 4 ingots at 1 lb. each. The Lee makes two 1 lb. and two 1/2 lb. ingots. Using the Lee to make just two 1lb. ingots is slow. Making 4 at a time is much quicker. ...
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    09-11-2020, 07:04 PM
    On my scopes, cameras and chrono they use a 1/4 thread. I have not built one. I picked up a couple good ones on a close out at WalMart. Making it height adjustable and a solid base. Leo
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    09-11-2020, 12:10 AM
    A cabinet of that weight weighs less than a refrigerator. A lot of refrigerators get put on the second or third or more floors of a lot of buildings without any problems. Same with water beds. I doubt you will ever have to worry about the weight. ...
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    09-09-2020, 11:02 PM
    On the "rare" I think if they cruised the ads a bit they would find out the items they have are not so rare. 30-06 seems to be on there a lot, by the piece or set. Leo
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    09-09-2020, 10:30 PM
    44magLeo replied to a thread Homemade? in Reloading Equipment
    Thanks. I always like try to make something before I buy something. Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don't. I really like it when I use up some of the stuff I have around here. I like to think it of as part of the 3 R plan, Reuse,...
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    09-07-2020, 05:09 PM
    The 55 has three slides. When you slide out all three and look at the markings on the bottom of the largest slide, those are BP markings in drams. The markings on the other two slides are for the finer tuning required for smokeless powders. On...
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    09-06-2020, 06:02 PM
    Yes, these will throw a lot of heat if you need it. The larger heat source will melt the lead quicker, then can be adjusted down to where you want it for casting. I don't know how much heat that burner you showed in the pic produces. So I can't...
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    09-06-2020, 04:04 PM
    Filling the one lb. bottles is done exactly like mazo kid describes. You don't need a sun shiny day to warm the 20 lb. bottle. I have been filling my 1 lb. bottles that way for years. When I started I weighed them before and after. I gave that up...
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    09-02-2020, 06:13 PM
    The last half way deal I found on Ebay was a steel set of handles marked 257. They will work fine to go with any of my .473 size cases. $50 shipped. When I see something I think I want I set my max bid at what it's worth to me then ignore it till...
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    09-02-2020, 05:44 PM
    They can be addicting. My first set was for the 44S and 44M. I think some of the most accurate loads for the 44's have come from those dies. Neck sizing, M style expanders and the precise crimp they provide I think are why. I have acquired sets...
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    09-02-2020, 05:24 PM
    Unless they have them hid where I can't find them TOTF only has 11 sizes of expander plugs to fit the Lee die. Start at .377 and go up from there and are for Black powder cartridges. Very few have much use for most cartridges I use. Leo
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    09-02-2020, 04:38 PM
    From the reading I've been doing RCBS is replacing the RC in the kits with the Rebel. They may still sell the RC alone for awhile but I think they will stop production. Most manufacturers introduce new items then stop previous items so they can...
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    09-02-2020, 03:07 PM
    I have a spare set of the clamp parts. Came in a lot of stuff. I wanted some of the other parts and the price was good even without these extra parts. I think I'll keep them around. Anyone needing parts might want to buy some extra 55's for the...
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    09-02-2020, 02:46 PM
    Most any of the heavier O frame presses will do the job well. I like the Lee Presses. They have spent primer control like few others. They go down through a tube to catch them in a the tube or you can unplug the tube and direct them into a gallon...
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    09-02-2020, 02:30 PM
    I'm in the keep it group. If you sell it now you might regret it later, the value will probably climb signifigantly over the years. Then replacing it will be much more costly. It doesn't really take much room for basic reloading. A small stand can...
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    08-27-2020, 05:43 PM
    In my Marlin 1894 in 44 mag I can push the Lyman 429421 to 1900 fps with no leading and great accuracy. If your boolit is the right size it won't lead up the barrel. The snug fit of the boolit into the bore seals to prevent gases getting past the...
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    08-27-2020, 04:43 PM
    I was just on the310shop.net and they don't list the 40-82, they do list a 40-65 in a 310 die set. If they are both a straight wall cases of the same base diameter you might be able to use it as a neck size die. On your reloaded cases that won't...
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    08-25-2020, 04:38 PM
    Ideal made a Shell Sizer. Lyman continued making them. It is a round piece of steel with a full length sizer cut into it. It comes with a punch. You lube the case then carefully drive the case in the Shell Sizer. Flip the die over and use the punch...
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    08-25-2020, 03:03 PM
    I would build one. Get a sheet of 3/4 " plywood, Some places sell smaller pieces so you don't need to buy a full sheet. Two 1 1/2' floor flanges and a piece of 1 1/2 "pipe, at a length that will make the bench the right height. 6 or 8 1/4 carriage...
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    08-23-2020, 12:25 AM
    MDI, you might want to recheck your figures on the Lee dippers. In my set there is no 1.7 cc dipper. The Smallest charge on the slide rule with the set is the .3 cc and drops 2.8 grs of BE. I have never used charges that light for anything I...
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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