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    Yesterday, 11:18 AM
    A metal powder measure is conductive so any static charges will always be on the outside of the measure. A static charge is all the same polarity. Like charges repel each other. As a result the like charges will alway go to the outside surface...
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    05-21-2017, 11:39 PM
    That is for a common Mark X commerical Mauser. You can probably toss the safety and use it on any common M98 or FN Mauser with a bolt sleeve type safety.
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    05-21-2017, 02:12 PM
    Check out this thread http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?332734-H-amp-R-1871-Throat-Reaming
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    05-21-2017, 01:42 PM
    Here are the SAAMI standards for the .303 British chamber and cartridge. One of the problems with Lee Enfield chambers is that they are significantly longer than loaded cartridges. The Brits did not seem to document these chambers either. If...
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    05-20-2017, 11:58 PM
    If you have a lathe you can easily pick up the thread on the barrel shank. With the barrel dialed engage the half nut and let the carriage run by the threads. Stop the lathe with the half nut engaged. Move the cross slide in and the compound...
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    05-20-2017, 11:28 PM
    I think you will find the Shikari has 38" twist rifling. You might find that at BP velocity it will not stabilize a very heavy bullet. Sort of the worst of all worlds.
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    05-20-2017, 11:22 PM
    I decap all brass with a hand punch so I never have problems knocking primers out. That includes hundreds of S&B brass. I have had primers stretch out like you describe but they were US military crimped in primers.
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    05-20-2017, 11:04 PM
    The high cost of factory .410 ammo causes the demand for the Lee loader in .410. I had one but never had a .410. The truth is paying $100 is not too bright when you can buy a used MEC for less money and the MEC is a much better loader.
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    05-20-2017, 01:35 AM
    This page has a listing of most of the stuff Lee has made including the 410 loaders. The .410 tools usually go for $80 to $110 each. http://leeloaderdata.com/
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    05-19-2017, 02:25 AM
    If you can figure out who made the sight you might be money ahead so send it back and let the manufacturer repair it. There has to be a screw that you can back off in one of the straight knurled knobs. Once the screw is backed out the other knob...
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    05-17-2017, 08:50 AM
    I have never heard of anyone using one of those. I guess you can use one if you are determined to load a few shells but if the goal is load a shootable quantity of ammo such as for skeet or trap you need a much better loader. In this case better...
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    05-16-2017, 06:17 AM
    I don't know how you can expound so long on the subject if you are not a high volume loader. Anyone can load a few round every year for 40 years but that hardly qualifies having the experience to know everything about case sizing lubes. I know for...
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    05-16-2017, 05:51 AM
    Lyman started listing CUP pressures in manual #45 sometime around 1970.
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    05-15-2017, 08:25 PM
    You need a little thicker skin. Lee has to live in the market place like everyone else. Most of the people that beat up Lee's stuff were reloading long before Lee started making 7/8-14" dies. So in general those people know more about reloading...
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    05-15-2017, 06:02 PM
    The best micrometer deals come off of ebay. I bought my first mikes in 1968 and I collect mikes too. You can often buy a Reed, Tubular, Scherr or Scherr Tumico for less than $15. These are excellent but older mikes and they are all different...
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    05-14-2017, 10:04 AM
    That is a Googled photo. I think I have 5 of the old Lee tools and good selection of the shell holders. I really like them considering the original price was about $1.50 at the local Gibson's Discount Store. I should have bought one for every...
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    05-14-2017, 09:53 AM
    I have seen broken down 45-70 ammo from that era and it had a common paper tube in the case used to take up the air space.
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    05-14-2017, 12:45 AM
    Original Lee hand primer with screw in shell holders.
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    05-13-2017, 02:24 PM
    The 45-70 is several different rifles depending on weight, action type and twist. The lighter single shots like the Ruger #1 and #3 or H&R will beat you up with the heavy 500 grain bullet. Their one turn in 20 inch rifling will handle the heavy...
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    05-13-2017, 02:26 AM
    Your experience loading the 45-70 is incomplete since you are loading the Marlin which is restricted to lighter bullets and short overall lengths. The 45-70 was designed for use in single shots which do not really have much of a length restriction....
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    05-10-2017, 11:09 PM
    With SR4759 it is not possible to double charge a case using my most common loads. Plus I have the flexibility of using even lighter or heavier loads since a little air in the case is not going to hurt anything. Yes the charge window is narrower...
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    05-10-2017, 08:20 PM
    I have a lot of case trimmers accumulated though years of buying components and presses with other items thrown in. I have used the Hornady, Forster, Wilson trimmers and the old Lee piloted trimmers. My choice by a mile is the Forster. I...
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    05-09-2017, 08:52 PM
    jajajajaja Many here were loading 30 years in 95. That is long before Lee put his stuff on the market. Perhaps you have never pulled a cast bullet with a damaged base from a sorry Lee expander. Perhaps you are only a pistol ammo loader. Perhaps...
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    05-09-2017, 02:00 PM
    My BI code 1997 Pedersoli Sharps has the identical chamber. You have the same chamber as the SAAMI drawing. http://members.saami.org/ManualsStds/CC_Drawings/Rifle/45-70%20Government.pdf I have owned a total of 11 45-70s at one time or another...
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    05-09-2017, 01:50 PM
    Your BH date code for 1996 is correct. I have a Pedersoli Sharps date code BI for 1997. It seems that your chamber casts might be pretty accurate since Pedersoli goes out of their way to make the muzzle section of the bore a little tighter than...
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    05-09-2017, 12:17 PM
    Do your loads not have accuracy goals? Let accuracy be your goal. Case life is excellent even if you have to size a little. I prefer a little bit of friction to keep the loads assembled during handling and transport. Both 5744 and SR4759 produce...
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    05-09-2017, 12:07 PM
    Not true at all. Many BP shooters like to believe and preach that because of their bias but for the most part they have not done their homework. I shoot very accurate smokeless loads and there is not much special about the loading process. ...
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    05-09-2017, 11:53 AM
    Not so fast. I don't clean my brass and it is not necessary with your smokeless brass either. For everyone on the planet that is not a black powder shooter cleaning brass is not a strict necessity. For black powder shooters it is a necessity. ...
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    05-08-2017, 12:10 PM
    Lee supplies a .308 shell holder for the .35 Rem and 6.5 Carcano when they are clearly a poor fit.
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    05-08-2017, 12:32 AM
    The thread for the small grease zerk fitting is a 1/4-28. That is the standard quarter inch fine thread.
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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