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    Today, 05:54 AM
    EDG replied to a thread die selection in Reloading Equipment
    I am a very tough shopper and I rarely buy new dies. For a common die set like the 8X57 I would normally expect to find a used set of RCBS on ebay for about $20 plus shipping if I am patient. If I am in a hurry I might pay $25 plus shipping. I...
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    Today, 05:43 AM
    They did not have a Lee Classic Cast for $35 or any other price in 1971 when I bought my press. Whoever gets to the market first often gets a big advantage. In 1971 Lee was still marketing whack a moles.
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    Yesterday, 09:23 AM
    price reduced to $35 delivered
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    07-18-2017, 10:53 PM
    Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum We skipped the light fandango Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor I was feeling kinda seasick But the crowd called out for more The room was humming harder As the ceiling flew away When we called out for...
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    07-17-2017, 02:13 PM
    Sold pending funds I have a set of standard .300 Win Mag (not Short Win Mag) Redding dies for sale in the original box. The decapping rod knurling has plier marks on it other than that the dies are like new. Price is $35 delivered to the USA in...
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    07-16-2017, 01:26 AM
    The inside of your electronics came from the same place all the other stuff comes from. All of it will wind up in the trash in about 2 years when the next big deal is released. Buying top of the line electronics keeps you at the leading edge...
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    07-16-2017, 01:19 AM
    You cannot reload the cartridges.
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    07-15-2017, 11:21 PM
    Apparently you are very uninformed about the guts of all your electronics. All most all chips and discreet components come from Asia.
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    07-13-2017, 10:47 PM
    In real life I am an engineer and it gives me a good basis for my opinions. Lee first made presses about 20 years after I started reloading with one so I have quite a bit more time using a press than Lee does. Any engineer can tell you that die...
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    07-13-2017, 01:42 AM
    .22 Hornet rifles would have been a heinz 57 mix of Savage 322 and 219, Winchester M70s and M43s, reworked M-22 Springfields, rechambered 22 LR falling blocks and any number of other guns not of high quality origin. I would not be surprised if some...
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    07-13-2017, 01:08 AM
    Iron Sight used to charge a flat $75 fee for even the most minor repair and the lead time was 14 to 16 months. I passed on them due to the long lead time. L&K wanted something like $150 to completely rebuild my Redfield 12X fixed scope though...
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    07-12-2017, 05:59 PM
    Not really. My 1971 press has been subjected to hard use up to splitting of forming dies and nothing on the press has ever failed. What is wrong with reevaluating your press when it breaks?
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    07-10-2017, 09:24 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 35 Whelen Break in in Factory Rifles
    No one here can tell you about the finish of your barrel. However you can let your barrel tell you. Shoot a few rounds and clean by wiping with a patch moist with a little Hoppes. Look for jacket fouling in the bore. If you find none shoot a...
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    07-10-2017, 12:18 AM
    EDG replied to a thread 50-90 brass? in Black Powder Cartridge
    Widener's had them for $.50 each and then changed the entire web site. None of the Starline cases showed up on the new site.
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    07-10-2017, 12:16 AM
    Are these the best groups? What do the worst groups look like?
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    07-07-2017, 01:40 PM
    I used Bullseye in Remington .30-30 cases and only about 50% of the cases blew out without wrinkles at the shoulder. I will not repeat the charge I used because I was attempting to blow out the cases with no filler or bullet. The charge used was...
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    07-06-2017, 01:17 PM
    I have several Pedersolis and they do not have any throat at all. They have the SAAMI standard chamber which has just a 45 degree chamfer at the front of the case that goes right into the beginning of the rifling. Depending on the design of the...
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    07-05-2017, 06:40 PM
    I shoot .22LR on up to the 45-70 so I need a scope that can spot the smaller bullet holes. I currently have a 22X Bausch and Lomb Elite x 60mm and a Swift 15x to 60X x 60mm 841 Telemaster. Neither is that great a scope in reduced light or past...
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    07-05-2017, 04:59 PM
    EDG replied to a thread The Remington 788 in Factory Rifles
    Uninformed critics often ruin a subject by bad mouthing an item they do not understand. The 788 bolts and receivers were designed to be manufactured on automatic screw machines. The 788 bolt could be turned complete less the cocking notch, gaps...
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    07-04-2017, 05:42 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Lee Ergo Prime in Reloading Equipment
    I got one of the earlier versions of the Ergo prime in a trade and tried it out a little while. For all the extra design and cost of tooling for the die castings I think it is a dud tool that will soon be gone. Lee just can't seem to design a tool...
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    07-03-2017, 01:49 PM
    Die cast aluminum is not very strong or ductile so it will break easily especially when hot. Die cast aluminum is an economical process resulting in very low prices but the design should compensate for the strength of the material by making the...
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    07-02-2017, 06:59 PM
    The 40-60 form die and the 40-60 trim die are both a little smaller at the base than WW 45-70 brass. Maybe .001 to .002 is all. The rim diameter for the 45-70 is smaller than the 40-60 Win. I think all the rounds for the 1876 Win have some what...
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    07-01-2017, 06:13 PM
    You should exercise some care picking the right 45-70 brass to form the cases. The 40-60 Win (and the 40-65 longer Win) can be formed from 45-70 brass if you pick brass that has smaller head diameters. Original rifles sometimes have chambers...
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    06-26-2017, 08:24 PM
    The RCBS cowboy seater is .380 in the bullet guide section.
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    06-26-2017, 04:10 PM
    Start out with a certified alloy if you can. If you can't buy a certified alloy do the best you can with pure lead and tin added to wheel weights. Verify the hardness. You diameter has to be large enough to work and the proper hardness. The weight...
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    06-23-2017, 03:23 PM
    Not only is the expander larger but the inside bullet seating guide diameter is also larger so that you can seat a larger bullet.
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    06-23-2017, 01:47 AM
    Your cast bullet loads will be fine if your pressure does not exceed the limits for jacketed .30-30 ammo. If you use the thinner brass use a .38-55 FL sizing die. The .38-55 die is .005 smaller inside than the .375 die to compensate for the thinner...
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    06-22-2017, 03:53 AM
    The 1:20 twist is very good but I do not like the 2.225" long case in the Marlin. The .444 case is too long for the Marlin lever gun with heavy long round nosed bullets. Those bullets just hang out of the case too far and will not work through the...
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    06-22-2017, 03:29 AM
    You need to find a twist calculator and use the cut and try method to find the optimum twist for a given length of bullet. I think you will find that a 20 inch twist is too fast except for really long bullets.
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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