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    Today, 10:56 AM
    Slam fire due to bad HS I assume. IIRC, I tossed that brass but saw no damage to it. I've gone through >500 rnds since then, no problem. Found case a LONG way from incident. Also had a total case head separation in 40SW. Recovered the case head,...
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    Yesterday, 08:14 PM
    Sorry, that is a myth. DPMS (pre-buy-out) factory 308 carbine. Shoulder just a hair too long. 40.5gr 4895 under a 165 cast. Safety ON and trigger NOT pulled. Nice chunk of concrete missing. Nothing through my shoulder, did take a long time...
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    Yesterday, 02:27 PM
    dimaprok 50yds ~170 fps 185gr GC with BLL. I'm not that great a shot but I don't see any 'fliers' there. At least it was below 100F that day. Gray powder is tin, brownish is zinc.
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    Yesterday, 02:03 PM
    Just not going to happen with an AR. And when YOU have had one - OOB - , you will believe that even the design can be beat. It is NOT a myth. I agree that you MUST do a chamber check on a FTF in ANY gun.
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    09-17-2017, 10:55 PM
    Look at the thickness of the broken steel at the bottom of the carrier!
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    09-17-2017, 10:36 PM
    I've bought 'once fired' and found it wasn't. IIRC amscore uses a stepped brass vs tapered case. If actually from a range it's probably ok. I did use an FC 40 that blew the case head off, known & recalled but somebody used it.
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    09-17-2017, 07:34 PM
    I'll swag it. Dirty chamber at shoulder and a poor carrier. Seen too many that have very little metal at the mag lip area. OOB fire. Case blew out through the feed ramp, took out extractor & bottom of carrier.
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    09-17-2017, 03:01 PM
    I tried the lead in the pot thing, got tired of cleaning lead off. Got tired of cleaning the candle gunk off the cases too. Just use the torch and my fingers.
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    09-17-2017, 02:59 PM
    So it appears the primary problem is with LP that have a small flash hole and large area under the primer. The tolerance of any chamber/ammo will allow the primer to move relative to the case. The primer MAY get smashed back into the pocket. ...
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    09-16-2017, 07:53 PM
    popper replied to a thread Stirring the pot in Casting Equipment
    Old putty knife & slotted SS spoon from WW.
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    09-16-2017, 02:00 PM
    Had the wet problem from a burst pipe. Mostly rifle & pistol. So far they are fine.
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    09-16-2017, 10:22 AM
    Note to self - do NOT used enlarged flash hole brass for standard loads! I used to shoot a lot of light loads in 30/30 thin brass (but it is rimed H.S.). Never noticed the problem even when I (mistakenly) used magnum LRP. It is the delay between...
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    09-15-2017, 02:04 PM
    Don't know if it is really set back as I think of. Primer pops, pushed the case back to the bolt and the powder charge pushes the shoulder FORWARD. Opening up the flash hole is an attempt to get the powder to light right away. Head space is the...
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    09-14-2017, 10:27 PM
    Thermoset. Uk
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    09-14-2017, 02:57 PM
    Melted some culls today, yesterday I processed a hundred 30/30 cases and several hundred 40sw, primed & ready. Actually spending time to learn all but drum parts of 'Apache' (Jorgen Ingmann) without the overdubs. Venture's release helps some. ...
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    09-14-2017, 12:05 PM
    There is a story (true) of a kid shooting a B.B. with 12ga slug, bear got a bite on the kid who had to basically walk to camp to get rescued. A wounded (3 legged) pig gets 100 yds in ~10 sec., bears are faster. 00 do anything but tick them off...
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    09-14-2017, 10:59 AM
    I got pure to work in a hot load for 180gr. 40sw by adding Zn, ~1% with a tad of Cu. PC helps but just barely,AC. They will drop shiny, heavy & small so PC should help. Best solution though is to get some superhard, cast into boolits and add as...
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    09-13-2017, 11:17 PM
    Big hatchery at Branson. Fish are pretty soft/ squishy.
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    09-13-2017, 11:03 PM
    Interesting loading got BO.
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    09-13-2017, 02:12 PM
    IIRC you can only get a certain 'type' in EU, TFIG. Check with your local paint manuf. for non-architectural powder. Their distributors may be able to tell you which distributors sell to the PC shops - unless you want 55gal drums of PC.
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    09-13-2017, 02:05 PM
    Bloodman - WD from the mould is 400F to 32F(?) from an alloy that is liquid, ~700F. Grain structure changes with cooling. Fast cooling 'freezes' the grain, locking it's structure. Reheating will allow the structure to 'unlock' some. So - casting...
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    09-13-2017, 01:44 PM
    Way too thin a coat. Should be a couple thou. & NOT see through. Wait til you get a thicker coat before honing the sizer. You an double coat, just cook til gloss then STOP. Cool & recoat. Cook normal. ACWW should be hard enough but I don't...
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    09-12-2017, 02:38 PM
    Sulfur in you alloy is GOOD, hardens the alloy. As a process, it STINKS. and will continue to stink if you recycle those culls. Some Zinc is good, hardens the alloy too.
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    09-09-2017, 02:02 PM
    popper replied to a thread Equifax data breach in Our Town
    IT managers are just computer installers. No idea of computer (or any type) security at all.
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    09-09-2017, 01:59 PM
    Naw, still on the Texas Gov. Back in the 70 they passed laws making taking a rifle to the range illegal. Meant to keep you from leaving your rifle in the window of the P.U. Mostly big city PD against anyone having a gun. Don't believe? Go check...
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    09-09-2017, 11:03 AM
    Range scrap is pretty soft and MAY not WQ at all. Normal age hardening can increase BHN a couple points. My post 9130 shows you can add 0.5-1% Zn to range scrap that has a tad of Sb and get an alloy that doesn't need to be WQ. I added Zn to pure,...
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    09-09-2017, 10:43 AM
    Turn down the pressure AND volume(little knob on the HF gun) to get a dusting spray from the gun. 15-20 psi from the compressor and then adjust the knob.
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    09-08-2017, 03:13 PM
    I posted this on another thread but I'll put it here too. Made an alloy with 0.8%Sb/0.5%Cu/1% Zn. Hitek'd coated 165 gr for 40sw - AC, just BLL on 185 gr GCd 30/30. Both worked fine, no WD needed. My normal poor levergun shooting. ~1800 fps. ...
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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