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    04-19-2018, 12:21 PM
    I don't know why Lee insists on making seat/crimp dies so that they just barely work with minimum length brass but that has been my experience with them. Maybe all the makers do this. But you can rapidly shorten the die on a bench grinder, and since...
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    04-18-2018, 11:36 AM
    I don't have a 444 so can't speak from experience. I did look at your cartridge with QuickLoad and it says a full case (100% load density) would happen at 16.5 grains TB and right at 1300 fps and still be well under 30k psi. So bstone5's 12 to 14...
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    04-17-2018, 12:50 PM
    I have one Hoch mould and it turns out a beautiful 58 grain 22 cal boolit, once I figured out it needs contact with the pour spout on my bottom-pour pot to fill perfectly (it is the only mould I have that needs contact). I don't know if that is a...
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    04-13-2018, 12:32 AM
    Just before Easter one of our local groceries ran a sale on picnic hams for $1.29/lb and pork loins for $1.69. So I grabbed a couple of each and made them into breakfast sausage that I think came out extra nice. Now I really have to try these...
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    04-11-2018, 12:19 PM
    Your 10.5 grains 2400 with the lighter boolit is a low-pressure load and using the same charge with the 70 grain boolit still produces a low-pressure load (25k psi or so says the QuickLoad). I'd be thinking of using similar charges of 2400 to those...
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    04-09-2018, 03:54 AM
    If it was a Smith I might worry a little but -- a Ruger? Nah -- shoot 'em.
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    04-08-2018, 11:12 AM
    Doonered, either of those powders will do the job for you, depending on what you are trying to achieve. I haven't shot anything that heavy (my heaviest mould casts up a 60 grain round nose). I'm assuming that's a gas check boolit and you are aiming...
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    04-08-2018, 10:54 AM
    Hmmm -- QL says that is around a 30k psi load, so those pistol primers should not even be close to giving up from pressure. And when I have used pistol primers that gave up because of more pressure than they were built for, the "fail" was to pierce...
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    04-07-2018, 01:28 AM
    It's going to be hard to find loading data specifically for the Remington series of rimless cartridges, but since the 30 Rem has exactly the same case capacity as 30/30 and 32 Rem has exactly the same case capacity as the 32 Special, and the...
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    04-04-2018, 12:29 PM
    The top cap is just a cap and doesn't have a nut to hold it down. The main cap pushes the lube stick: when you load a stick of lube you first turn the lube screw counterclockwise until the main cap comes out and you pull it out when it gets totally...
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    04-04-2018, 12:11 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Case Trimming in Cast Boolits
    Like ikarus says, get the Lee Quick Trim Deluxe with the drill adapter. This gets the trim and the in/out champfer done all in one pass. And Lee doesn't advertise it but you don't need an adapter for every cartridge -- you just need the one for the...
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    04-02-2018, 11:21 AM
    Old style Lyman checks would work without running through a sizing die but the checks Lyman makes now are a crimp-on style similar to the Hornady. You can get them seated on the base of the boolit by hand, but you then have a base significantly...
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    03-31-2018, 02:01 AM
    Chris, those dies you made me a few weeks ago with the five rows of closely spaced holes for my Ranch Dog and Loverin style boolits are working great. That is just the ticket for getting those close, multi-grooved boolits lubed in one pass. (And...
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    03-31-2018, 01:52 AM
    Wow! QuickLoad dang near paid for itself right there. That looks like a load to go with.
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    03-31-2018, 01:45 AM
    earlmck replied to a thread Applying Gas Check in Gas Checks
    What you want to happen is for the boolit base to be flush with the bottom of the gas check by the time the check enters the sizing area of the size die. If you are lucky and have the right sort of fit (loose fit is good) you set the check and...
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    03-27-2018, 02:00 PM
    You'll know after a trip to the range whether the Lyman #2 works for you (I would bet it will) . But if it doesn't, I have bought wonderful wheelweight based ingots from several different folks who advertise on here when they have a new batch to...
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    03-27-2018, 01:51 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread alliant 2400 in Single Shot Guns
    QuickLoad thinks your 24 grains should give a bit over 1600 fps and still under 22k psi. So QL thinks you have a nice mild load there, for whatever you think that's worth.
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    03-23-2018, 11:34 AM
    That's the thing I love about our conventional lubed boolits: shoot 'em all day long and then you don't need to rush home and scrub the bores and apply a rust-resisting coating. They already have this coating after shooting cast/lubed boolits.
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    03-23-2018, 11:26 AM
    I don't know about the electrostatic spray gun technique: I use either shake 'n bake or vibratory tumbler technique and then I dump coated boolits in a plastic spaghetti colander I got from the wife and shake and sift until all loose powder is gone....
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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