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    Yesterday, 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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    02-17-2018, 12:51 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread RCBS A2 press in Reloading Equipment
    I didn't know reloaders sold A2 presses -- I thought reloader's widows sold A2 presses. Don't know what they are bringing these days -- bought mine in 1962 for $50? and haven't needed another single-stage press.
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    02-16-2018, 12:50 PM
    I'm assuming they are pretty close to fitting, and you are using a Lyman or RCBS lubesizer? See if just putting a flat piece of metal across the top of your lube die doesn't then give you a platform for pressing on the check fully using the lube...
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    02-15-2018, 01:27 PM
    Yes, Arsenal gives us another great mould option. I have a very nice 70 grain 25/20 boolit in the 5-cavity from him.
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    02-11-2018, 01:59 PM
    Interesting... I have 3 cartons of Winchester primers that are plated. I thought I'd got them after I moved in 1999 but must have bought them earlier -- sometime in the mid 90's maybe if they quite plating in late 90's. These don't have enough poop...
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    02-11-2018, 01:49 PM
    My plinkin' load in the sp101 is 4 grains Red Dot pushing a 117 grain Ranch Dog 32/20 boolit. For sure you'd be OK with this powder charge and the lighter 90 grain boolit. Green Dot would want just a scosh more for the equivalent velocity -- like...
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    02-08-2018, 12:57 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Remove Live Primers in Cast Boolits
    Yes. Might want to wear safety glasses "just in case" but I've never had one go off when depriming and I've been doing it (occasionally) for 50 years or so...
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    02-08-2018, 01:54 AM
    That sure looks like it would work for PC. Since it is an Elvis Ammo design I'd guess you could go to Elvis' YouTube postings and find how the boolit worked for him.
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    02-07-2018, 01:21 PM
    That looks like it works like a champ. Don't think I'll ever need to use it (I have pounded boolits on through that got stuck because I didn't have quite enough powder when playing with "cat sneeze" loads, and it was no big deal). But I can see how...
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    02-07-2018, 12:46 PM
    No powder company is going to suggest loads exceeding about 105% load density. I'd guess there is one misprint in the COAL, rather than a whole series of errors in powder weight. Does inputting a more likely COAL into QuickLoad bring all the...
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    02-04-2018, 01:07 AM
    For what its worth I put this question to QuickLoad. First came up with a 150 grain wadcutter load of COAL 1.25" with the 3.5 grains bullseye, giving 15k psi. Then I reduced the water capacity of the case with no other changes and got 16k psi. So an...
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    02-03-2018, 09:33 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Knee replacement in Our Town
    "Watch out for the pain pills" isn't enough info. It's not addiction you need to watch out for -- it is CONSTIPATION. Dang near died of terminal constipation after the first knee replacement about 3 years ago. Was much smarter by the second which...
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    02-03-2018, 01:11 PM
    You have "Marlin Jam #1" which occurs when the carrier doesn't pop up soon enough to block off the chasing cartridge from getting slightly onto the carrier with the feeding cartridge. At one time I had pictures of the "fix" I'd done by JB-welding a...
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    02-02-2018, 03:54 AM
    earlmck replied to a thread Jeepneys gone! in Our Town
    If they let some politician get away with that, then those are not the Filipinos I remember. 'Course that was 50 years ago...
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    02-01-2018, 02:50 PM
    Good plan; that is a nice looking boolit, very similar to my LBT boolit I've used for years in 44 mag. Get the 6-cavity while you're at it (just 'cause you can).
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    02-01-2018, 04:45 AM
    Are you sure it won't stabilize? It stabilizes fine in both my hornet and k-hornet which are 16" twists. I'm not shooting them real slow -- my 8.5 grains Lil' Gun gives that boolit about 2300 fps. Killed a batch of sage rats the last couple of years...
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    02-01-2018, 02:30 AM
    Rod, I'm betting that rounding the necks will reduce your failure rate to dang near zilch. Give her a go. And dang, I wish you lived a little closer -- I think we might kinda' get along. And I'd take a few pounds of that 4759 off your hands. I...
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    01-31-2018, 02:19 PM
    Sausage gravy on -- most anything you can think of -- becomes dessert!
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    01-31-2018, 01:57 PM
    I forgot to mention that I start out by running a neck expander button far enough into the new brass to be sure the necks are round before starting the neck reduction, which seems to eliminate loss from creased necks. Though a loss of only 1 to 2...
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    01-31-2018, 01:49 AM
    I've been using the same procedure using a 7mm BenchRest as the intermediate neck reduction die. I don't anneal beforehand, but do anneal afterward. They seem to be fine 25/20's, and I have tried taking them on down to 218 Bee and it looks like that...
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    01-30-2018, 01:24 PM
    I thought about your problem a little more and think maybe I have it figured. Your #3 die is either faulty or is a seat/crimp die that should go with a 3-die set. What you want die 3 to do is just set the boolit to the correct depth with no crimping...
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    01-30-2018, 02:58 AM
    If you're buckling 44 mag cases like that you are waaaay overcrimping. Or missing the crimp groove. The buckling has nothing to do with the case expansion-- it is totally a crimp thing. On the brighter side, if it will chamber go ahead and shoot...
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    01-28-2018, 08:57 PM
    Even my little 222 Herter's brass is headstamped "HERTERS". I don't know what you have there.
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    01-27-2018, 08:35 PM
    Obviously you were running way too hot, and since you seem to be having leading issues I'd guess your powder coat is failing due to the "too hot" deal. But if you were really getting to 500 degrees in the oven you would see at least some of the...
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    01-27-2018, 08:22 PM
    Yeah! I like the way you think RNT. I owned a set of Hollywood .218 Bee dies for several years before I finally got a Bee. 'Course it helped that the Bee sizer makes a perfect neck sizer for 22 Hornets of which I have a couple...
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    01-27-2018, 01:05 PM
    That'll work just fine RNT. And if you wanted to get all the neck squozed down you could grind a little off the bottom of that 308 die.
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    01-26-2018, 09:35 PM
    My consistency in diameter and weight improved considerably on several of my multi-cavity moulds when I began incorporating an extra "tap tap" of the mold on the casting bench as I squeeze the handles closed. I wasn't getting any indications 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