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    Yesterday, 12:13 PM
    The FA press looks like a better design than the COAX but that is normal. The guide shafts are much heavier. Usually design iterations make for better and better designs. Name almost any mechanical device that does not get better over 50 years of...
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    Yesterday, 11:17 AM
    One of my experiments was to cast bullets with the sprue plate about .03 to .04 off of the stop pin. That way I could tap it toward the stop pin then away from the stop pin to shear the sprue. When doing that the bullets released a little better and...
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    Yesterday, 09:12 AM
    Ok guys I appreciate the input. My mold has been scrubbed and degreased multiple times and still appears like new. I have never tried the graphite pencil trick. I have not tried smoking this mold either. This is my one and only high dollar...
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    Yesterday, 08:56 AM
    Only one powder? I would consider quitting the pastime. I want it my way or no way. I think Unique is pretty good for a range of handgun ammo and is good for 20 ga shotshells. 12 ga needs Red Dot for high volume target shooting otherwise buy...
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    Yesterday, 08:40 AM
    EDG replied to a thread idiocy of the gun industry in Our Town
    This is a strange topic. 1. I started shooting with a common Daisy gun when I was about 8 or 9. Everything was iron sight then and I didn"t read about guns for several years. My dad never owned and was never interested in fire arms. I moved to...
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    Yesterday, 01:53 AM
    I would not build anything on Krag brass unless you already have a lifetime supply. It looks like domestic production has ceased. There is no reason for a foreign manufacturer to make it either.
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    12-17-2018, 12:45 PM
    The 6.5X53R Dutch Mannlicher cartridge is close to what you want. The case is made by trimming .303 British brass to 2.110 long. It is almost identical to the 6.5X54 Mannlicher-Schoenauer except a rim is added. You can pretty much use 6.5X54...
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    12-17-2018, 12:16 AM
    I have a mold that I have never been able to get work well. 1. Made by Steve Brooks 2. Casts .462 bullets using COWW and 20 to 1. 3. Style is 512 grain Government RN. 4. Forward bands are .454 getting larger to last bands. 5. I have 2 ladles....
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    12-13-2018, 03:14 AM
    You might want to plan on a lot of down time if you pull rims off. You will spend a lot more time and money mailing your die back and forth than the cost of better case lube or another FL die. There is no avoiding good case lubrication.
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    12-11-2018, 08:21 PM
    A friend of mine bought a .375 Win in a Ruger #3 carbine. He loaded maximum pressure loads of Reloder 7 and the 220 gr Hornady. He also tried some other loads with 300 grn Sierra spitzers. Due to the small case the ballistics were not anything...
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    12-11-2018, 07:34 PM
    You quench the brass to prevent the heat from annealing the case head. If your annealing is so quick and uniform that the head never gets hot then quenching is just to permit handling without burning your fingers.
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    12-11-2018, 07:59 AM
    A little lube on the neck an shoulder hurts nothing but you cannot just apply it blindly. A tiny bit too much will build up in the die and dent or crease your cases. I don't know what others experience is but it appears the vent holes don't do much...
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    12-10-2018, 02:02 PM
    About primer reliability. Most ammo companies also are in the military ammo business where reliability is a matter of life and death for both the customer and the company. The only way to test energetic materials like primers is destructive...
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    12-10-2018, 03:58 AM
    I have not shot a whitetail in about 20 years. I found that hunting was not a good reason to be a shooter since I did so little shooting while hunting. Target shooting, plinking and accuracy testing offer me a lot more shooting. If you only reload...
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    12-08-2018, 10:22 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Master of arms in Our Town
    I can't stand the goofy dress of the judge in the leather hat. I bet that sorry show does not make it a full season.
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    12-07-2018, 01:09 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Sierra Load data in Reloading Equipment
    What are you going to do if there is a typo? I know that in my Sierra first edition manual there was at least one error where 4320 loads were listed with the same powder charge as 4350. The cartridge was the 30-06.
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    12-06-2018, 05:01 AM
    You need to check a number of things to find the cause of the accuracy problem. 1. Slug the bore for size to make sure it is not oversize. 2. Make sure there are no tight or loose spots in the bote by pushing several soft cast bullets all the way...
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    12-05-2018, 09:40 PM
    You would sell these faster at an accuracy forum like Accurate Shooter. In addition you might do more research on the prices. Most in demand reloading dies will only bring 60% to 75% of the lowest retail prices found on the net.
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    12-05-2018, 11:07 AM
    Yeah but why? Is the chamber longer or just the throat? Does it really affect accuracy? .444 brass measures .464 diameter just in front of the rim. .44 Mag. brass measures .450. .445 Super Mag brass is the same diameter as .44 Mag brass but...
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    12-05-2018, 09:28 AM
    EDG replied to a thread No RTV. Do I dare. in Our Town
    Some engines used to specify RTV at the corners of the intake manifold and where the oil pan rails met the front and rear oil pan end gaskets. With cars having an oxygen sensor RTV. Is usually a no no.
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    12-05-2018, 09:06 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Lighting in a shop in Our Town
    The US government has published standards for industrial lighting. The color of a shop is also important for minimizing eye strain. You might research industrial engineering references for over all lighting. Even with quality lighting you will...
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    12-05-2018, 07:43 AM
    If your chamber is longer .445 SM brass can be cut to fit. If only the throat is longer you need to cut the chamber deeper. But before you cut cut anything you need to try seating out the bullets. In your single shot you are not restricted to...
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    12-05-2018, 02:13 AM
    Attend a BPCR silhouette match and talk to the competitors. I am sure you could find a shooter willing to meet you for some shooting. If you ever go to central Texas let me know. I can certainly arrange for you to shoot paper targets.
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    12-03-2018, 02:23 AM
    I have an opposite sort of item. RCBS made a wedge for the RCBS jr press. It was a large aluminum wedge intended to tilt the press back. I have one that I got cheap but I have never used it and in 50 years of reloading and reading about reloading I...
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    12-03-2018, 02:17 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Little Dandy in Reloading Equipment
    I like using any RCBS measure with the metal spouts. It seems you get powder bridging with the plastic spouts. There is not much to using them. Your time would be better spent actually using them.
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    12-03-2018, 01:50 AM
    A full set of .250 Savage case forming dies has 4 dies and a reamer. 1. #1 form die 2. #2 form die 3. .250 Savage trim die 4. .250 Savage reamer die 5. A .250 Savage reamer These dies are short enough and large enough for almost all .30-06...
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    12-02-2018, 04:07 AM
    I think I read the ram thread is 7/8-14. One guy solved this by installing a RCBS ram prime shell holder adapter in the to of his ram and locked it inplace with a die lock ring.
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    12-02-2018, 03:56 AM
    I don't think your method would work that well with soft bullets without gas checks on the base. I used to load Speer's swaged lead bullets for my .357 and .38s. It always took a better expander than Lee's to prevent damage to the bullet bases.
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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