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    03-27-2020, 08:11 AM
    Started with a Lyman 10# bottom pour, a Lyman 450, and Lee DC molds for 38 and 44. Been through several furnaces over the years as well as molds and currently use a Lee 20#, Lyman 450s/RCBS LAM II, Lee 6 cavity molds for 38, 40, 44, 45 LC and 45...
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    03-25-2020, 02:52 PM
    Flyer just came in mail, powder and primers no HAZMAT over $150.
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    03-25-2020, 08:38 AM
    Rich/WIS replied to a thread Rcbs LAM II in Casting Equipment
    onelight, using similar set made by Irwin that are labeled Vice-Grip on the handles. Not sure where I got them but they work, was just wondering if there wasn't a better solution.
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    03-24-2020, 11:42 PM
    I'll take #1, PM sent.
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    03-24-2020, 11:29 PM
    Rich/WIS replied to a thread Preheating mold in Cast Boolits
    Cheap WM solid top hot plate set a hair below medium with a cover made from a Danish Butter Cookie tin. Cut a notch out of one side of the tin big enough for the mold handles to stick out. Plug it in when I turn on my Lee 20# pot and in about 20...
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    03-24-2020, 09:04 AM
    Tilting back changed the center of gravity on the handle and linkage to help keep the handle from falling on its own. And yes Virginia, if the handle falls and your fingers are in the way you CAN drive the decapping pin through your thumbnail.
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    03-20-2020, 09:56 AM
    Rich/WIS replied to a thread Pumps are fun! in Rimfire Area
    Had a Model 250 lever action, was my first .22. Shot the daylights out of it for years before the locking recess in the top of the alloy receiver wore out. Sent it back to Winchester and they replaced the receiver for free. Shot it some more and...
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    03-18-2020, 01:27 PM
    I cast these for my buddy to use in his Henry lever action. By the time I got this mold I was out of the 38/357 revolver business so can"t speak as to its accuracy in a handgun, but my buddy is quite satisfied with the accuracy in the Henry.
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    03-18-2020, 11:56 AM
    Two groove 03A3 barrels show up on the CMP Forum regularly, four groove very seldom. Might want to post in the WTB sections there.
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    03-18-2020, 07:57 AM
    Rich/WIS replied to a thread Rcbs LAM II in Casting Equipment
    Winelover, was thinking of those, had a set I left with my son when I moved. I already modified the sizer to use a ratchet wrench and a socket of that type would fit as I don't use the T- handle. When I asked the question was hoping some...
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    03-17-2020, 09:00 AM
    Rich/WIS started a thread Rcbs LAM II in Casting Equipment
    Had an original that stripped out the die lock ring threads and returned it to RCBS for repair and instead they sent me a LAM II as a replacement. Sturdy as all get out but refilling the reservoir is a real PITA compared to the older model (or...
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    03-16-2020, 10:38 AM
    I used a brass drift punch when I did it although had to use a 1# hammer as the 8oz hammer I started with didn't work. The mold was cold but when I went to make further adjustments the mold was hot and the pin moved with a light blow. Anyone doing...
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    03-15-2020, 11:07 AM
    Success! Following advice from another forum member was able to adjust the pins, needed a final tweak after the first test cast but now sizing all the way around. Never knew you could adjust a mold that way but it worked a treat.
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    03-14-2020, 09:32 PM
    Sized at .452 there is a section that is not touched by the sizer at the parting line on opposite sides of the bullet. Had a PM with advice on adjusting the mold and tried that and will try casting some more tomorrow to see if it helps.
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    03-14-2020, 06:15 PM
    No movement, checked that when I was prepping the mold before casting. I have several Lee six cavity molds and the others work fine.
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    03-14-2020, 05:10 PM
    Frustration meter has pegged. Cast up a large quantity Lee 452-255 RF and went to start sizing. Seemed like they were being sized unevenly. Thought at first it was the old Lyman 450 I was using but tried the sizing die in two other sizers,...
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    03-14-2020, 10:16 AM
    Unless its a straight plinker go with adjustable sights, you can adjust to match your loads and they are easier to see. Seeing the sights is an issue as you age unless you were born lucky as far as eyesight is concerned. Have had a number of...
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    03-13-2020, 08:39 AM
    Only one I am familiar with was the target version a friend has. Functioned fine with ball and WC ammo and was accurate. Had adjustable fiber sights but was also available IIRC with adjustable patridge type. Only negative was it had a rough...
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    03-13-2020, 08:20 AM
    Not sure if it was mentioned but be sure to lube the pins the handle rides on, either aluminum or copper anti seize will cur friction on the handle. Only takes a small amount but prevents binding as the handle moves up and down.
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    03-12-2020, 11:52 AM
    Guys, he has a 25 Krag, not original 30/40.
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    03-12-2020, 09:55 AM
    There are noticeable differences in the width of the driving band and length of the portion forward of the driving band. Are you sure these are the same bullet? Even if the bullet were deformed on impact don't see how the driving band would get...
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    03-11-2020, 09:40 AM
    Rich/WIS replied to a thread Melting Lead in Casting Equipment
    Keep it simple and cheap to start with, you can always upgrade as you gain experience and add stuff you find you need. The turkey fryer is a good idea as it will allow you to smelt (in a dedicated pot) and also cook with the original pot. The...
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    03-11-2020, 08:55 AM
    When long term storing molds and pot used regular gun oil, forget the brand but it came in a pump spray bottle. Applied it liberally and put the molds back in their boxes and wrapped in VPI paper from IIRC Brownells. Stored by the government...
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    03-10-2020, 08:01 PM
    Have used the RCBS 243-095, a Lyman whose number I forget that was modded to a PB 75gr for mouse fart loads, and the NOE 246-105 in three 243's. Currently only have the NOE mold as the 75gr PB didn't shoot well in my current rifle and the NOE is a...
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    03-10-2020, 11:24 AM
    Used to harvest range scrap at my last club, sifted it through 1/4 in hardware cloth. Backstop was sand but there was a fair amount of broken clay birds and wads as it was also used for the weekly sporting clays event. Usually sorted out the...
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    03-08-2020, 10:01 AM
    Looks like a Lee Ram Prime II die but the cut-away portion seems too large to hold the arm that connects the die to the primer tray, although it may just be the pictures. The punches standing upright and the ones laying down look like parts for...
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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