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    04-24-2017, 11:16 AM
    On another forum a guy posted that he had just rechambered his .220 Swift to the AI version. His question was "Can I use the existing seating die to seat bullets in the .220 Swift AI case?" I asked if he had done any planning when he started...
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    04-21-2017, 03:42 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Die locking rings in Reloading Equipment
    True because the lead is not elastic. When it is smashed against the threads it just stays there wedged tight until you hit the ring right on top of the set screw. The nylon is not my idea. Lyman used nylon balls under their set screws back in the...
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    04-21-2017, 06:24 AM
    Pour it full of stick powder. Make sure it is level with the scale zeroed. Set your desired charge. Double check with check weights. Push the round black button and it will trickle the entire load into the pan until it is balanced and then it...
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    04-21-2017, 12:13 AM
    I don't think so. If you have a die to push the shoulder back like a .250 Savage die all that happens is you get formed brass.
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    04-20-2017, 10:04 AM
    Why do you claim that? The laws of physics say otherwise. If you use 70 grains of black to get 1300 FPS you will blow about 20 or 30 grains of unburned black powder out the muzzle. This extra weight of powder wasted just creates more recoil...
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    04-20-2017, 09:53 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Die locking rings in Reloading Equipment
    Some dies and die sets do not require precision settings or high quality lock rings. Straight wall FL dies don't for example and you can use almost any old ring. Some dies need to be locked but setting them is not tedious. That includes a...
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    04-20-2017, 09:31 AM
    Not really. You can measure the dies and find definite differences. The average reloader will not care much but they are definitely different and accomadate a larger bullet in the seater that you cannot seat in the standard RCBS die. This is...
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    04-20-2017, 12:17 AM
    The Cowboys dies that I own have a larger expander, and a larger seating die. The larger seater allows a larger bullet to slide up into the seating section of the die. Most people will never find the seating die difference without a small hole...
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    04-18-2017, 10:38 PM
    You could sell or swap the 6.5 for 7.35. I think Grafs has 7.35. Otherwise you can get a tapered expander for a .308 cal cartridge and polish it down to to .298, Lee makes nice long tapered expanders for their 7.35 dies too. Take the tapered...
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    04-18-2017, 08:23 PM
    When you form cases from .303 brass for the Type 30 set the shoulder location so the bolt has to close with a little friction. This will keep you set up for zero head space in the old timer. If you are getting blow back your loads may be too light....
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    04-18-2017, 12:51 PM
    When you so this much work on a case, never use fired .303 cases always start with new brass. There is one exception. If you have a bunch of crappy old .303 cases use them to develop the process. It is no big deal to kill a few .303 cases since they...
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    04-15-2017, 08:28 PM
    Most old break open shotguns have cast iron frames with huge firing pins. Those firing pins are aimed right at your face with a hammer gun and a high pressure rifle round can blow them back at you.
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    04-15-2017, 05:09 PM
    I shoot my 45-70 #3 with my hand around the outside of the lever. I also shoot 300 grn cast bullets at about 1100 for very little recoil. The heavier bullets are fired in heavier rifles.
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    04-14-2017, 04:38 AM
    Does it leak with all dies or just one? I have some Lyman dies with a crummy chamfer that leak. They just need a new chamfer machined with a lathe. If all of your dies leak you might pulls out your die and melt the lube out to check the seat for...
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    04-14-2017, 01:16 AM
    About the cases that are hard to chamber. I had this problem when I first started reloading and never understood it for years. I started reloading with a C press and had quite a few cases that chambered hard. Later I bought a Rockchucker and the...
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    04-13-2017, 10:04 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 30-30 lead reloading ? in Leverguns
    Two of the best places to get up to speed are the Lyman reloading manual and the Lyman cast bullet manual. You appear to be looking to buy bullets. That may be a handicap since you will not be able to customize the bullets for your rifle. Check...
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    04-13-2017, 09:24 PM
    Since Lyman does not have the expertise of manufacturing powder, primers, jacketed bullets or cases I do not consider them a primary manual for jacketed bullets. I do rely on their data for cast bullets. Over many years use I have slowly adopted...
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    04-12-2017, 11:36 AM
    EDG replied to a thread 1891 Argentine Mauser in Military Rifles
    There is an old chamber reamer drawing around for a 7.65 Mauser reamer supposedly ordered by Winchester that has a note in the margins that says the 1891 Mauser had .010 longer head space than the 1898/09. I have both rifles and they have the exact...
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    04-12-2017, 03:14 AM
    EDG replied to a thread 1891 Argentine Mauser in Military Rifles
    That is correct. Lee dies are too long in the body by about .010. I have both and 3 of the 1891s. All of the 1891 have exactly the same chamber length so I can use one die setting to FL size cases for all 2 rifles.
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    04-12-2017, 12:41 AM
    Many of these threads continue collecting totally unsupported anecdotes about totally irrelevant horror stories instead of objective ways to make the right decision. Rather than study and analyze, the unwilling to test types say throw it away. ...
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    04-12-2017, 12:24 AM
    Many quality saw blades have a wave set such that it is not really possible to easily grind off one side of the blade to make it safe. Rather than do that I modify a blade to fit my saber saw and drop a washer over the case neck to protect the top...
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    04-11-2017, 02:05 AM
    I edited my table in the post above because I omitted the DATA. :killingpc
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    04-10-2017, 07:29 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Saved by Lee in Reloading Equipment
    I have been using a Lee hand punch and base since about 1971. Since using it I have never bent or broken a decapping rod or pin. Even it cannot deprime a berdan but it does not break before I figure out that something is wrong. I have lots of...
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    04-10-2017, 03:17 PM
    Since these are US property the Phils probably spent nothing taking care of them. Indifferent storage in a tropical island nation will probably result in a lot of rusty junkers to be cannibalized.
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    04-10-2017, 03:00 PM
    I have pulled down the Swedish practice ammo with the short steel cup bullets. That powder was not pink or orange. Since I only broke down 110 rounds I did not try to salvage it. If I had 4400 rounds at about 15 grains per round I would have at...
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    04-10-2017, 12:30 AM
    6mm 100gr round Nose 99 pcs I would like these if you can accept paypal.
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    04-09-2017, 11:59 PM
    It is true that it is an old cartridge and the neck sizes but the die was new production bought about 15 years ago when BPCR was at its peak. You might be overlooking the fact that ALL of my trim dies size the body. That includes a RCBS .30-30...
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    04-09-2017, 11:46 PM
    The original RCBS lube sizer was derived from the Lachmiller lube sizer and they are painted with the green wrinkle paint. They have a through hole. The lube compression screw passes through the casting from the bottom similar to the Lyman 450.
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    04-09-2017, 11:30 PM
    For those that complain about spent primers there is another simple way. Get one of Lee's punch and base sets for .22 CF and .30 CF. Use an 8 oz dead blow hammer to knock out your primers away from the hand press. You don't have primers and...
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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