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    Today, 04:31 PM
    Stacked neatly in plastic containers with tight fitting lids. I place them base down , side by side and fill the bottom with one layer. Cut a thin cardboard divider and lay on top of the first layer, place another layer, neatly , base down and...
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    Today, 04:18 PM
    What you are describing is symptomatic of primers not seated fully into the bottom of the pocket. The first blow seats the primer fully into the pocket , then the second blow fires the fully seated primer. Using mixed brass gives you...
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    12-13-2017, 04:09 PM
    For grungy crud cleaning nothing beats acetone soaking and a tooth brush scrubbing . Gently use a 0000 steel wool pad for the stubborn spots . Gary
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    12-12-2017, 05:50 PM
    The new Lyman Ladles are reversible ! I just bought a new one. There are bosses on each side you can screw the handle into , can be used lefty or righty. Any ladle will clog if it is not kept hot. I keep the ladle bowl in the melting...
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    12-12-2017, 05:12 PM
    My go to load in 45 acp is a 200 grain cast SWC , Lyman # 452460 (or any other 200 grain SWC or truncated cone) air cooled wheel weight-lead 50/50 , sized .452 , over 5.2 grains of Unique. I've won a few G.I. 1911 matches with this load, it's a...
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    12-12-2017, 04:59 PM
    gwpercle replied to a thread Question bullet in Cast Boolits
    How do you know what round the OP is talking about reloading...You must have psychic powers ! :?
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    12-12-2017, 04:41 PM
    As for not releasing: 1. Run a Q-Tip all around the edges , any burrs will snag the cotton tip and can be removed . If the cavities edges are burr free. 2. Coat the cavities, top of block and underside of sprue plate with Liquid Wrench Dry...
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    12-11-2017, 06:59 PM
    If you have cleaned the cavities with acetone then the cavity isn't contaminated, might be a venting problem. The NOE's look well filled out so it must not be an alloy problem. After cleaning the cavities with Comet you might need to re-season...
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    12-10-2017, 08:27 PM
    Be aware that every company has it's own numbers for their own shell holders. Somewhere around here is a sticky of a shell holder chart showing each makers number for the calipers they fit. I know I made a copy of it once. Gary
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    12-05-2017, 03:08 PM
    Don't drop them on the concrete floor....they don't rebound well.
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    12-05-2017, 03:04 PM
    I did it the hard way: I made my own chart. I use dippers a lot , some are Lee's and some I made and needed to know what they measured out. I got out all my powders , all my dippers and my scale....worked out my dipping "technique" and went...
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    12-05-2017, 02:41 PM
    No cell phone. Call my house and leave a message on the recorder...I might call you back. Call my office and my secretary will screen my calls ....I might talk to you. If I want to talk to you I will call you on your cell phone. I've ...
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    12-04-2017, 02:08 PM
    Hot glue doesn't last....mine deformed in short order . A small ball of epoxy putty will last a lot longer. I have one epoxied seating stem that's 20 years old and I'm still using it. Gary
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    12-04-2017, 01:51 PM
    gwpercle replied to a thread .357 Desert Eagle in Cast Boolits
    Coonan 357 is a recoil operated system like the 1911, no gas system . Desert Eagle has gas system....might be wise to follow manufacturers advice. Gary
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    12-04-2017, 01:45 PM
    gwpercle replied to a thread Culling in Cast Boolits
    For me to keep them they : 1. Must have a perfect base, no voids or flaws. 2. Well filled out with sharp corners. 3. Only minor defects on sides/driving bands that will be mostly ironed out during sizing. 4. No flaws on nose. I used to be...
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    12-01-2017, 08:24 PM
    I use the C309-170-F in 30-30 (model 94 Winchester), 308, 30-06 and 7.5 Swiss . The 2 cavity mould drops them .310 with my alloy and I size them to .309 for all 4 rifles. They shoot just fine in all of them . Gary
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    12-01-2017, 07:42 PM
    My orange box still has the original Black lube in it...don't plan on using it but you never know. Us pack rats don't throw anything away....might need it someday. Gary
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    12-01-2017, 02:34 PM
    This stuff dates back a few years , according to the patent for it contains : Colloidal Graphite Calcium soap grease Beeswax Paraffin Powered Mica Common hoist oil #2 I still have a stick in that very box. Used it for years until I...
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    11-30-2017, 06:14 PM
    Rule #1 Never...I mean never ever...use load data off the net without verifying it in a published printed source. I cross reference with at least 3 different manuals or data taken from a manufacturers load data site. It is just too risky.......
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    11-30-2017, 05:45 PM
    Save that fine model 14 for target loads and target shooting...that's what it was made for. Buy a 357 Magnum to hot rod with.....something made for magnum, then you wont have to worry about damaging it. Heavy loads take a toll on a gun not...
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    11-29-2017, 08:32 PM
    I accidentally stumbled onto the Lyman version a few years ago....but discontinued designs are hard to find and most want more than I'm willing to pay. The NOE 452-231-SWC PB is a recreation of the Lyman and probably drops larger than .452. The...
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    11-29-2017, 08:07 PM
    It's OK, in the last 50 years I've used the kinetic puller on thousands of loaded rounds , most military with crimped in bullets. I've never had a primer go sounds risky but it really isn't. Get out your seating die and break the crimp...
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    11-29-2017, 01:13 PM
    gwpercle replied to a thread Leftover Turkey in Cookin' Recipe's
    GUMBO ! Around here that's the only way to use up the leftover carcass (makes good stock) add some andouille sausage, a little tasso and any leftover turkey that's some good eating . Gary
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    11-28-2017, 08:26 PM
    gwpercle replied to a thread RCBS Easy Melt in Casting Equipment
    Agree 100% . The Lee Magnum Melter with that 20 lb. capacity is a ladle casters delight. After getting mine and a new Lyman ladle (my 50 year old ladle handle was too short) I sent another member my bottom pour pot, he had lost his in a house...
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    11-28-2017, 08:07 PM
    gwpercle replied to a thread Fun new boolits! in Cast Boolits
    " Pretty Colonel, very pretty.....but can they shoot"
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    11-28-2017, 07:55 PM
    Heavy 41 cal. at handgun range , unless I'm shooting for big money prizes , they don't get weighed. Keep only boolits that are visually very good (very near perfect). I like complete fill-out with perfect bases. I do pressure cast mine with...
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    11-28-2017, 06:27 PM
    The truth is that 1R 45 design is not really correct for the 45 acp profile. Look carefully at a GI hardball load and you will see the bullet is tapered....the 1R 45 has no taper and the sides of the untapered boolit runs into the rifiling. You...
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    11-28-2017, 06:14 PM
    I found Comet to be extremely course , I don't know who first suggested it but after feeling the paste with my fingers I didn't use it on a Lee Mould. I first used JB Bore compound then I found cans of automotive rubbing compound and polishing...
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    11-28-2017, 02:44 PM
    No one is a cat person until one decides to adopt you...moves in and calls what was your house his. Then you're a cat it or not. I do like the fact they don't really need you to survive , they bury their leavings (unlike dogs)...
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    11-27-2017, 04:57 PM
    Clenzoil is another product that "reeks" works but I just can't get over the stink !
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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