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    Today, 02:08 PM
    To get brass that won't eject you likely did exceed 60k psi. Rugers are strong -- I'm guessing you did indeed have a double charge. You just have to be double extra careful when using a powder charge that leaves lots of room for a double charge -- I...
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    01-15-2018, 01:04 PM
    Arsenal mould for 68 grains feeds my 25/20's (and a few other quarter-bores). I do like this mould a lot. My 25/20's never shot great with the Lyman 257312 which throws about a 90 grain boolit for me, though the other rifles do well with this...
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    01-14-2018, 02:07 AM
    Many years ago I tried this with a 219 Improved Zipper (for which you start with a 38/55 case made from a 30/30 and put in your filler piece for which I used .223 brass). Worked well, but I concluded it was still much more work than it was worth....
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    01-14-2018, 01:52 AM
    Shipped promptly, beautiful clean ingots and very well packed.
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    01-13-2018, 12:57 PM
    I'll take it Tom. pm on the way...
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    01-13-2018, 12:32 PM
    I've not used Dillon machines, but I'm pretty sure the 550 doesn't have enough stations to do your reloading steps that way. I could do that with my Hornady machine fairly well with the nuisance part being switching from small primers to large...
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    01-12-2018, 01:04 PM
    Nice report, Forrest. Thanks!
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    01-12-2018, 01:36 AM
    earlmck replied to a thread 32 40 in Case Forming / Re-forming
    You shouldn't need to anneal to do the forming, though you should probably anneal afterwards. Before you begin the forming step make sure you run your new brass over a neck expander button so that the neck is perfectly round with no dents. Any dent...
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    01-10-2018, 02:03 AM
    Very nice looking rifle -- glad you rescued it. I'll bet that hasn't been shot very much.
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    01-10-2018, 01:54 AM
    In a pinch you could, with a little lathe work, turn off the rim and cut an extractor groove in 32 Special brass. Or 30/30 brass for that matter, with a little neck expansion. But as texassako said -- good old Graf's is selling the real meal deal so...
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    01-08-2018, 02:54 AM
    earlmck replied to a thread Curiosity in Cast Boolits
    1) If bottle neck cartridges needing F.L. sizing I spray on lube (Hornady One-shot, or homemade version thereof). 2) Size/deprime 3) Bell/prime, place in loading block 4) Charge w/powder 5) Visually inspect powder level under good light 6)...
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    01-08-2018, 02:12 AM
    Wow! You musta' been in a really really cold spot if a 6-cavity Lee throwing 300 grain boolits took very many throws to warm up. I cast in a cool garage and my 6-cavity Lee warms up in 4 or 5 throws using a 52 grain 22 boolit. When I cast the bigger...
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    01-07-2018, 03:18 PM
    You are quite right about the Arisaka bores: I guess this is another one of QuickLoad's funny little quirks. Just hit the "OK" button in the pop-up and it will calculate just fine for you. QL predictions seem to be reasonably close for my Arisaka...
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    01-07-2018, 02:59 PM
    A few years ago I did some primer testing to see what it took to set off a primer (screen-door springs pulled back with a fish de-liar:-o). The Federal did take significantly less strike than any other I tested. Winchester was next but not much...
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    01-07-2018, 02:49 PM
    Most Unique loads are going to have a goodly amount of air space, so I don't know what the tec guy was talking about. That 4.5 grain load would leave plenty of room to make an accidental double-charge -- do you suppose that was what he was worried...
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    01-04-2018, 12:04 PM
    When I asked my rifle (in this case a 35 Remington) which it liked best it showed me a distinct preference for PC first, then gas check. Which was the opposite of what I expected. But I didn't size a second time after I PC'd the gas checked boolit...
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    01-02-2018, 03:52 PM
    Note what HangFire says: you are not going to get any pressure problems because of larger cast boolet diameter until you hit that point where the larger diameter boolet causes the case neck to be large enough that there is insufficient expansion...
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    01-02-2018, 02:51 PM
    If you like the boolet just get the same one in the Lee 6-cavity. The 6-cavity Lee is an order of magnitude nicer than the 2-cavity. And man, can that 6-cavity shuck out the boolets!
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    01-01-2018, 01:57 PM
    All those old Alliant flakes -- Unique, Bullseye, the dots -- meter about the same (fair to poor) although a measure with the small diameter drum improves things a lot and if you don't have one now you need to get one. I've replaced Unique with...
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    01-01-2018, 01:48 PM
    I'll take that last box of SOWW. pm on the way.
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    01-01-2018, 01:08 AM
    I have 8 of their 6-cavity moulds and all are excellent. Guess I have been lucky. Yeah, return that thing and make them shape up the quality control process a bit -- I may want to buy another mould from them one of these days.
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    12-28-2017, 08:32 PM
    If the boolet fills out ok then the sprue hole being off center is no big deal. At one time I played with positioning the sprue plate clear over past the edge to reduce the size of the cut-off, thinking I could improve accuracy with less sprue cut....
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    12-28-2017, 08:22 PM
    My 300 Savage's do OK with whatever I feed 'em but mostly they get the 120 grain Lee "soup can" with 10.5 grains of Green Dot for about 1700 fps. This lighter boolet gives more boolets per pound of metal and I am mostly just ventilating tin cans...
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    12-27-2017, 01:16 PM
    We have a wonderful selection of powders of overlapping burn rates made by different manufacturers and in different configurations. So if you are one of those reloaders who feels the need to weigh every charge you have absolutely unlimited...
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    12-27-2017, 02:19 AM
    My 50-some year old RCBS A2 press handles primers fairly well -- they usually drop through the ram and into the garbage can I place underneath. Do I gather that RCBS went backward from a design that worked well enough to garner a "C" grade, or even...
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    12-26-2017, 02:00 AM
    I think you are just having bad luck: I regularly have items show up from gunshops that are "in state".
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    12-25-2017, 10:17 PM
    James, at that velocity a number of boolits shoot fine without the gas check -- you might give some a try just to see. Leading will not be a factor; the gas check starts being necessary for accuracy (depending on boolit design) somewhere around 1600...
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    12-25-2017, 01:21 PM
    I have done both ways and since I push them through a Star it doesn't matter that the pc makes a tighter fit because the Star will handle it. I can't explain it but my rifles seem to prefer (tighter groups) the ones I pc first and then check. This...
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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