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    03-16-2018, 12:41 PM
    25/20 for cast for sure. And brass is not a problem: easily made from 32/20. Start with a perfectly round case mouth to avoid "wrinkled neck syndrome", and I like to neck down to an intermediate (I use 7mm because I have that handy) but I hear some...
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    03-15-2018, 12:15 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread gas check in Gas Checks
    As long as the check is made of thick enough material to squeeze down and grip the shank there is quite a lot of tolerance in size for good results. The real PIA is the "too small" check or "too large" shank that gives an overtight fit -- those can...
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    03-08-2018, 01:13 AM
    Dang fine moulds. My Lee handles fit fine; no fitting required.
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    03-06-2018, 02:19 PM
    You fellers who run these boolits with lots of close-spaced lube grooves know the standard hole spacing in our Star dies doesn't match up real well with the grooves, so we either accept the fewer grooves lubed or run them through a second time with...
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    03-06-2018, 01:17 PM
    Oooops! Belay that stoopid advice. I've been using a Star so long I forget that leaving off the gas-check is a real big pain if you are sizing with a Lyman or RCBS. Powder coated, though, might fix you up. When you get the mould give a try with...
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    03-06-2018, 12:58 PM
    Loaded revolvers for years and hornets for years but just for single-shots, so no experience with little boolits moving forward. Your revolver will soon tell you whether you need to crimp or not, but I'm betting you will need a crimp to keep those...
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    03-06-2018, 12:41 PM
    I just received two dies from Chris (Lathesmith) that he drilled for my Loverin/Ranchdog style boolits. 5 rows of holes spaced .06" apart. Great to be able to fill the lube grooves with just one pass! And he didn't charge any extra for the...
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    03-05-2018, 12:42 PM
    I've never had any problem shooting a long boolit like that with the gas check left off, so long as I keep velocities to plain-base velocities. Anymore I always opt for the gas-check version of a mould and then either check or don't check depending...
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    03-05-2018, 12:30 PM
    No, you won't burn all the powder in your 4" barrel (QuickLoad says about 75% burn depending on seating depth) but you will probably have enough pressure to burn reasonably clean. I'd say give it a try...
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    03-05-2018, 12:30 AM
    It's more "spread out" contacting the primer than the factory round nose bullet, of which deer hunters shoot about a jillion per year with no issues. And it has a lot less recoil. Shoot it and don't worry about it.
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    03-04-2018, 01:05 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Remington 141 in Factory Rifles
    Rem 141 in 35 Rem is one of my favorite rifles. One of the few rifle boolit moulds Lee makes in 6-cavity is their version of the RCBS 205 grainer, and my rifle likes it best of all I have tried. Get the rifle. Get the mould. Enjoy. And guys, the...
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    03-03-2018, 11:58 AM
    dg, for my Hornady press the shell plate for the 32/20 works fine for 327 Federal/32 H&R. Probably doesn't help you but it saved me buying another shell plate, and it might give you more options for a used plate.
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    03-03-2018, 10:25 AM
    Neo me lad, you're just gonna' have to try a Large Rifle primer in YOUR brass and see if it fits to below flush like it otta'. I've been loading these things for 30 years with at least three different brands of brass and they all take Large Rifle...
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    03-02-2018, 11:33 AM
    I have WW, R-P, and Starline 44/40 brass accumulated over the past many years. My brass all takes CCI 200 (large rifle) primers just fine and that is what I have always used. What planet are you guys on? On this planet the 44/40 is a rifle...
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    02-28-2018, 02:22 PM
    That boolit isn't stabilizing for you, no matter that your calculations say it "should" stabilize. And it is possible you can't drive it fast enough to stabilize in that barrel. Maybe time to add to your barrel collection with a 358 Winchester?
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    02-25-2018, 01:53 PM
    LVR is my best powder for velocity with good accuracy in the 30/30 and the 30 Remington, where it seems almost miraculous at being able to give nearly 200 fps over any other powder with the 175 grain bullet. But as soon as I use a cartridge with a...
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    02-22-2018, 12:35 PM
    Thanks for that note and link Tom -- Lee doesn't always have these available: I went ahead and ordered a couple this time.
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    02-21-2018, 07:25 PM
    With the Star I can size my favorite .314" 32/20 boolit on down to .309" for use in several 30 cal rifles and still have a good looking, concentric boolit. If I do the same in my Lyman she don't look near as purty. I think this is just because of...
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I prefer levers, pumps, and single shots, but don't feel too abused when stuck with a bolt or auto..
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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