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    Yesterday, 02:24 PM
    Any of the bigger compound leverage presses will work ok with the right technique. If you have a press that will FL resize a .50 BMG case it should be easy to size most hunting and target rifle brass. When I get cases that require more than a...
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    09-18-2017, 07:13 AM
    Part of the cost of using once fired brass are the losses that come from culling of defective cases. Buy large lots of a single headstamp from a police range and sort it. There will invariably be some odd headstamps anyway. Toss out the defects...
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    09-17-2017, 06:17 PM
    They may not have people that are cross trained. There are few Lymans and many Weavers and different people work on different makes.
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    09-17-2017, 01:09 PM
    Iron Sight quotes most people 14 to 16 months. I would never ever send anyone anything that took that long to turn around.
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    09-17-2017, 01:06 PM
    Be careful buying cheap scopes for any autoloader that will be shot a lot. The banging of the bolt back and forth will knock the cemented lens cells apart. About 25 years ago at the dawn of the AR craze a guy had one at the range and he was having...
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    09-17-2017, 12:47 PM
    For more consistent sizing you can size bottle neck cases once slowly then partially with draw from the die and spin the case about 1/3 turn. Size again slowly with about 3 to 4 seconds of dwell at the top of the stroke. Repeat the sequence for a...
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    09-17-2017, 04:50 AM
    I bought a hundred rounds of USGI 30-06 ammo in the early 1970s and everyone of those cases had off center flash holes. In order to avoid the inevitable bent decapping rod I just removed my decapping pin and knocked out all the primers with a Lee...
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    09-17-2017, 02:27 AM
    You have to stand by the fact that speed is not necessarily superior too. You cannot miss fast enough to win a gun fight so to speak. I do know that I produce cases with a much more consistent shoulder position than any factory. I know this...
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    09-17-2017, 01:58 AM
    If you examine the drawings for SAAMI standard chambers and ammo both have tolerances. The shortest acceptable ammo in the longest acceptable chamber can result in the ammo being .010 shorter than the chamber. It is pretty routine for new...
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    09-17-2017, 12:25 AM
    Anyone with any experience with the .35 Remington and the .30-30 knows they will find a large percentage of backed out primers with full power factory loads. These backed out primers get that way from moving the shoulders backward even though the...
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    09-16-2017, 09:17 PM
    The shoulder can be moved in either direction depending on what firing process produces the most force - the fired primer or the fired powder charge in the case. It is easy to see shoulders blown forward in the .303 British because the chambers are...
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    09-16-2017, 03:04 AM
    You may have the shoulder set back since you also have protruding primers. You would need a case gage or Hornady tool to measure the location of the shoulder. The primers protrude because when they fire they cause high pressure in the primer...
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    09-15-2017, 09:50 PM
    I bought a large supply of Winchester LR primers during the Clinton shortage. They have been excellent primers in a wide assortment of loads and rifles. I think they are at least equal to Remington but not quite as good as my favorite Federal...
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    09-15-2017, 07:29 PM
    In a low pressure load the primer pops and the case is pushed forward until the shoulder or rim stops the forward travel. This also makes the primer back out. With a low pressure load the case walls expand and grip the chamber. The pressure inside...
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    09-15-2017, 06:22 AM
    I use a Brown and Sharpe Best Test dial test indicator mounted on a magnetic base with a fine adjustment. You stick it to the base of the press frame and place the indicator contact on top of the machined surface that the die lock rings contact....
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    09-15-2017, 05:43 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Lee safety scale in Reloading Equipment
    You can offer to sell a LSS for the cost of postage and never get a taker. The LSS is hardly a great in any characteristic. If you started loading before Lee put the LSS on the market you will have experience with a better scale no matter who made...
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    09-15-2017, 02:13 AM
    You need to look again at your Hornady Tool because if your's measures correctly it will be the first one ever manufactured that did. Your calibration using 2.000" is a false calibration. If you check the inside edge of each bushing bore you will...
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    09-14-2017, 09:20 PM
    The original poster and practically none of the people here run REAL ammo factories. If you ever bothered to measure factory ammo and brass you will find that it DOES vary in length from the head to the datum circle. You can find that variation...
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    09-14-2017, 01:24 AM
    You need to find a way to stop the cascade of mistakes since one seems to lead you to make another error. If you slow down the press operation the cases will have more time to creep when sized and take on the internal dimensions of the die. If...
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    09-13-2017, 11:36 PM
    Mine does not have those parts either. I bought it new in 1976. There is nothing that prevents the leaking out the bottom. The pressure screw has to be able to turn and the pressure screw head on the bottom end of the screw has NO O ring or gasket....
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    09-13-2017, 09:08 AM
    The harder a copper alloy is the cleaner it machines. When annealed it is gummy to cut and tends to stick to the cutters at high speed. I always form cases, cut off and then trim before annealing.
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    09-13-2017, 01:54 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Dumb Noob Questions in Cast Boolits
    In recent years Lee improved his mold designs by using steel bullet nosed pins and bushings to align the mold halves. This single design change should make Lee molds a much better and longer lived product. When you buy molds be sure you get...
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    09-12-2017, 10:20 PM
    That might be the A3 which has a frame like an A2 but has a ram like the Rockchucker.
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    09-12-2017, 10:18 PM
    The RCBS A2 has never been a cast away press. It has been THE premium press for most shooters until the RCBS A4 somewhat displaced it. I suspect you do not form cases or swage case heads.
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    09-11-2017, 11:17 PM
    If you release the pressure on the press handle a little with high pressure on the lube screw you will avoid forcing lube under the bullets. Cutting a shallow dish in the top of the pin and drilling a hole through it will vent off the lube lube but...
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    09-11-2017, 11:02 PM
    The best attribute for low light use is a low magnification scope like a 2.5X to 3X. The Europeans hunt a lot at night under moonlight from stands. They often use huge 6X56 scopes. I much prefer a small objective low magnification scopes for...
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    09-11-2017, 10:27 PM
    It must be a very late A2 since it does not have a top bushing. It seems they often bring about $50 less than the equivalent earlier A2s with the bushing.
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    09-10-2017, 10:55 AM
    http://rcbs.com/RCBS/media/RCBSMedia/PDFs/Instructions/English%20(EN)/A-2_Press_Instructions.pdf
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    09-10-2017, 10:06 AM
    I don't know why you would have a hard time picking out a scope for your rifle. Leupold makes the compact 3X9 Rimfire scope with the extended focusing capability on the objective. SKU 110827 I have the Leupold compact 3X9 scope without the EFR...
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    09-10-2017, 12:15 AM
    45-70 dies vary quite a bit internally even within the same brand. I have dies that have a 3/4" long straight sizing section for the case mouth. I have others where the parallel section is only about .400 long. Take a look at the inside of...
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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