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    Today, 01:37 AM
    Always possible to have a batch where something went wrong but I have never heard of any particular year giving "fit" problems. I've been using CCI primers (not exclusively but they would be the majority of my primers) for close to 50 years and they...
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    04-24-2017, 01:10 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Clip on WW lead in SOLD!
    I'll take two boxes -- pm on the way.
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    04-24-2017, 12:53 PM
    pm me your address armoredman -- I have a batch of fresh cast (Linotype) sitting in a tub while I experiment to determine whether to lube 'em or powder coat 'em. The ones I pc I do the pc first and then size/check in my Star. If I put on the checks...
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    04-23-2017, 11:03 AM
    No matter how you have cleaned 'em, the first time you use a Lee mould you'll need to do quite a few throws before you quit getting the effects of whatever oil the Lee folks use in their manufacturing process. If you are still getting...
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    04-22-2017, 10:46 AM
    I'll take 2 lbs, pm on the way...
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    04-20-2017, 12:38 AM
    I have the 24" octagon bbl Rossi in 44 mag. Properly sized chamber so easy to load for. A bit picky in the COAL department, so doesn't give me a lot of leeway for bullet seating. And it doesn't like the 300 grain LFN bullet that is my favorite in...
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    04-18-2017, 10:40 AM
    First thing to do is run the 303 cases far enough into some 30 cal die (I'd probably use a 308 Win size die since I don't have 303) to make sure the case necks are perfectly round and have no dents in them like they always do when you get a batch of...
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    04-17-2017, 01:59 AM
    If you just wanted maximum velocity you'd be using Lil' Gun, so I'm assuming you want something that gives reasonable velocity with a somewhat compressed load. So if you've used 4198 you are already the expert on this type loading -- RL 7 is about...
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    04-17-2017, 01:46 AM
    Yeah, I'd say those will do! Real fine looking bullet you have there mongoose. I have been doing fine with a 25 cal bullet with shake 'n bake harbor freight red that don't look nearly as pretty (evenly coated) as yours. I powder coat the entire...
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    04-17-2017, 01:31 AM
    My most accurate .25 cal cast bullet platform is a 222mag/25, which I believe is also called 25 TCU. But the heaviest bullet I shoot is the 90 grain Lyman 257312. My favorite is the 70 grain FNGC from the Arsenal 5-cavity. By coincidence I just...
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    04-16-2017, 12:38 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Seating Gas Checks in Gas Checks
    Since I made my initial post I have heard from several other folks who also use Oklahoma Rebel's technique. I have about 20 moulds that take gas checks and there are maybe two of them that would work fine with the Oklahoma technique in the Lyman...
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    04-16-2017, 11:59 AM
    The only powder I ever thought "went bad" was from those old metal IMR cans. Partial cans of 4227 and 3031 -- they had a rusty dust that appeared when I poured them in a powder measure. I didn't have a lot of either so I disposed of them but now I...
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    04-12-2017, 11:45 AM
    Thanks much Big Mak! I had gone through about 12 pounds of Lino with the 6-cavity Lee (about 2 1/2 hours of casting -- that's one bee-you-tiful mould), so there was somewhere north of 1600 of those 50 grain pills in the pile. So Mak, what...
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    04-11-2017, 12:31 PM
    I don't know about other brands of checks but I have four different 22 cal moulds and after I put on the Hornady check as I size .225 you aren't going to pull off that check without two pairs of pliers. Don't need no stinking glue. And so far my...
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    04-10-2017, 12:44 AM
    I looked at your load in QuickLoad and it thinks 14 grains would put you between 35 and 40K psi (depending on seating depth) and around 1750fps. QL thought your 12 grain load would push it at around 1600 fps, 32K psi. so a comparison to your actual...
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    04-07-2017, 10:53 AM
    I shot the Lyman 257312 for many years in my 25/20's. Fair accuracy. But the single-cavity mold has become a real drag for a fellow whose back starts hurting after about an hour at the melting pot. NOE didn't have their 5-cavity listed as "in stock"...
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    04-06-2017, 09:03 PM
    earlmck started a thread Seating Gas Checks in Gas Checks
    I haven't shot a million gas checked bullets, but I've surely shot many thousands. And all of them produced pretty much the same way: sit down with a bunch of cast bullets and a box of checks, get the check facing cup up and press in a bullet base....
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    04-06-2017, 10:55 AM
    earlmck replied to a thread 360-180wfn questions in Cast Boolits
    I use the LBT version of that bullet as my primary bullet for full-power 357 loads for GP-100 and Rossi lever. With gas check for the lever and without for the revolver, although the revolver doesn't object if I use the GC -- it just doesn't give me...
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    04-06-2017, 10:42 AM
    About 40 years ago I broke the tip off the firing pin on my original Borchardt (it is a 22 hornet which is my primary sage rat shooter, so gets a goodly amount of shooting every Spring). Had to disassemble it to get at the firing pin at that time...
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    04-05-2017, 11:46 AM
    If you are figuring on getting the Hornady auto-drop powder measure with the L-N-L press, it doesn't use the powder-thru dies: it has different length inserts in the drop mechanism depending on whether you are loading rifle, small rifle, or pistol...
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    04-03-2017, 04:57 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Hornady one shot? in Boolit Lube !
    One Shot is the only way to go for us progressive press folks. But you gotta let it dry before using or you can stick a case (yes I learned this the hard way). And it doesn't take very long to dry, but it isn't instantaneous!
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    04-03-2017, 12:08 PM
    I'll take the CE Harris mould -- that looks perfect for my 300 Savage. PM inbound.
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    04-03-2017, 01:27 AM
    I have three molds that are a bit tight in the butt for gas check seating. For two of these I have the dies to run them through the Star sizer; poke bullet down to a bit below level with top of die, slide gas check over into position, and give the...
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    04-03-2017, 01:11 AM
    Hodgdon's max load for a 170 grain jacketed is 36 grains of the LVR and around 2400 fps. So at 30 grains of LVR you are a looong way from high pressure problems whatever COAL you use; you need have no concern on that front. I am impressed that LVR...
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    04-01-2017, 01:14 PM
    Yep I hear ya' John H; that describes my place in life also, except I'm an old retired guy and I really don't need to be pushed hard. I have taken a liking to the little 117 grain bullets that I make for the 32/20's. I just size 'em on down to...
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I prefer levers, pumps, and single shots, but don't feel too abused when stuck with a bolt or auto..
Prineville, Oregon
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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