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    11-20-2017, 01:28 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Quickload help? in Our Town
    38 Special, 5.6 grains Power Pistol, OAL 1.445, Lee 158 grain SWC O.665" long, 6" barrel: 14.6K psi, 950 fps. Note that if your actual bullet measures longer than this it could raise pressures rather dramatically in this case. 45/70 530 grain...
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    11-17-2017, 01:32 AM
    Time to heat up the 32 Spcl mould.
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    11-12-2017, 01:50 AM
    Get out the micrometer. Large pistol and large rifle primers are the same diameter of course, but they have different heights. My CCI and Federal LP primers mike 0.119 while my LR primer mikes 0.123". That's why you don't use LR primers in pistol...
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    11-10-2017, 01:05 PM
    Sheeesh guys! The beauty of Lee's customer service is that you don't need it, especially for a stuck case. Here's what you do and it takes a lot less time than packaging up the dies to mail back to Lee. 1) You have pulled the shell holder off the...
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    11-09-2017, 12:47 PM
    I have a feeling you have already answered your own question. If you were going to only shoot cast boolets and you didn't already have a 22 cal centerfire, the hornet would be your best bet. But the only advantage the hornet would have for your 50...
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    11-08-2017, 11:19 AM
    Lee is the best way to go. a) widely available in many cartridges (unlike Dillon). b) you never break a decapping pin with Lee. c) the decapping/expanding plug is nicely tapered so you can expand case necks from something smaller (as in making 32...
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    11-05-2017, 12:17 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread difficult to seat... in Gas Checks
    Another thing you can do --- heat the checks on a hot plate or some such (I have used the wood stove top but not everybody has that option). For big-butted boolets, the cool boolets pop into warm checks much easier. I have several moulds that...
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    11-04-2017, 12:27 PM
    The Star is great for seating gas checks. Nose first, press boolet into die far enough to be a bit below flush, push gas check into position and size. If I am sizing one that I feel doesn't have enough resistance to seat the check well I give the...
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    11-04-2017, 12:34 AM
    QuickLoad thinks your ideas of 13.5 grains Red Dot or 14 Grains Unique are right on the money. And nowhere near max pressures -- 28 to 32k psi area. Give 'em a try and see if either one or both don't work for you. The Red Dot has the advantage of...
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    11-03-2017, 12:37 PM
    I have a 180 grain LBT mould with the 2 & 2 configuration. For years I cast with just the two plain-based cavities because those are just right for my revolvers. Then I started shooting mostly with a 357 Rossi rifle and began using just the...
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    11-01-2017, 11:53 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread C&R sales? in Our Town
    Yes, he sends (or emails) copy of his C&R license; you mail direct to him. Deal complete.
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    10-28-2017, 11:20 AM
    The hornet is the absolutely perfect cast boolet platform. If you are a jacketed bullet shooter then there are a number of other cartridges better for your purposes.
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    10-26-2017, 12:33 PM
    Use one of the hard lubes that require heat so that when the bullet cools down the lube in the gas check shank isn't too big a nuisance. Or clean the lube off with your finger nail before loading. I have used both strategies -- now I have a Star...
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    10-26-2017, 12:23 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Rossi 92 rechambering? in Leverguns
    For your purposes you need to be able to use factory 454 ammo to make the hunting power factor and cowboy level 45 colt factory at the gun club. So yes, you need the re-chamber to 454. You will need to cut back the cartridge-stopping bump on the...
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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