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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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    12-01-2018, 02:36 AM
    A grade 8 hexhead cap screw will have 6 bars on the head. They are usually black oxide finished. The high strength alloys are more sensitive to hydrogen embrittlement from the plating process so they are usually NOT plated. All the features of US...
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    11-27-2018, 05:39 PM
    You can speculate your life away or you can actually put a dial indicator on the frame an measure the deflection. In the late 1960s I started out with a Bair C press with large cobra style gussets on each side of the C. That press looked at least...
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    11-27-2018, 04:05 PM
    In the investment casting industry they often use an argon drip or line to provide a blanket of inert gas on top of the molten metal in the crucible. For our little pots a stainless steel disk could be floated on top of the lead. This disk will...
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    11-27-2018, 03:33 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 45/70 Accuracy Issues in Cast Boolits
    What I found that seems to work in all .45-70s as long as rhe bore is decent. If you have tight spots at sight or magazine hanger dovetails you may have problems with cast bullets. You can have tight places in the bore if a banded fron sight or...
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    11-27-2018, 02:48 PM
    When it comes to removing lime/calcium deposits I have used both lemon juice concentrate (citric acid) and pickling vinegar. An equal amount of both used to clean a CPAP with heavy deposits from limestone in tap water proved many times the vinegar...
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    11-23-2018, 03:48 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Primer Problem in Reloading Equipment
    The one way to get the primer sleeve out. The OD of the small pistol primer is 175. A #8 self tapping sheet metal screw will be .164 maximum. Just screw a #8 sheet metal screw into the sleeve. Then you can pull it out with Vise grips or push it out...
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    11-21-2018, 10:21 PM
    I had WWII surplus 4831 powder from an estate sale go bad in about 1985. I bought a lot of Remington 2 legged 61/2 small rifle primers at the same time. I am still shooting them. Both powder and primers were in the guys garage when he died. The...
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    11-21-2018, 10:07 PM
    Before you do anything to your die understand how it is designed. The neck is sized in a tapered area of the die neck. When the case is pulled back into the base recess to seat a bullet the taper allows the case mouth to expand. The neck sizing...
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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