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    Today, 10:51 AM
    While I agree with you completely, the rules for a replica action that conforms to the American SS rifles of pre 1896 and exposed hammer and their named exceptions would have to be followed. I doubt Henry would ever build one.
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    Today, 10:40 AM
    I want to insert a word about the fairly new GRAF & Sons 30-40 Krag brass. A sample of cases weighted a bunch heaver than all the old lots of R-P 30-40 Krag brass I have used and the necks are running less uniform at 9-12" thousandths thick in each...
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    Yesterday, 09:21 PM
    Nobade is giving you good advice. You don't have to over think or engineer this. Mild steel will outlast us. I made a 0.409" expander about 20,000 - 24,000 rounds ago from 12L14 and it is still giving the exact same diameter necks as the day I...
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    09-16-2018, 07:10 PM
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    09-14-2018, 11:17 PM
    You had a bore diameter GG bullet that you had to further reduce the nose on?
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    09-14-2018, 09:12 PM
    Good for you. Percussion or flint? You really ought to shoot it sometime. It might hook you. They are fun and bring us back to more simple pleasures.
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    09-14-2018, 07:38 PM
    They work well. I have a mold in 40 cal. Just the base band is 0.409". The rest of the grease grooves are 0.400". It kinda makes a 40-50SS into a the powder capacity of the 40-70 SS. In real terms it is just a two diameter bullet with a odd ratio...
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    09-14-2018, 04:22 PM
    I think Dan Cash is giving you good advice. First, spend time (not much) learning how to pan lube with out using Kake Cutters and you are half way there. Order the right size LEE push through IF you even need a sizer. Often a given bullet design...
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    09-13-2018, 10:18 PM
    I picked one up earlier. It arrived, the box said REAL and had a picture of that trashcan with mini grooves looking bullet but the mold inside pours a hollow based Mini bullet of some kind. It is in the picture above. It does not shoot that well -...
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    09-12-2018, 10:40 AM
    Hmmm, you mean wads punched while overlapping holes aren't Okay???? -------------------------- You make a good point to anyone doing this for the first time in that if you get too close the last hole, the sides of your wads are not full and...
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    09-12-2018, 09:19 AM
    LDPE sheets; There is a sign shop or two here on Colorado's western slope that use it in some aspect of their work. I have ordered 4' x 8' sheets through them in the past without delivery charges. Very affordable. I keep a stock of 0.040", 0.060"...
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    09-12-2018, 01:10 AM
    The lee bullet is just a little large in diameter to make an easy fit into the muzzle of my rifle. At 0.543" it is a hard start. The T/C Maxi just goes in at 0.540" for the lower bands. The Lyman is smallest of all at 0.536" almost free falls to the...
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    09-12-2018, 01:03 AM
    I allready did that. We think alike. It did not shoot any better! Here are the three bullets I have been playing with...
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    09-12-2018, 12:59 AM
    Last winter sometime I picked up a used Lyman mold No. 533 476. It is a hollow based mini. Then for some strange reason I got the idea I needed to try the LEE HB mini. I do not recall the name of their bullet but it is similar, in a LEE way to that...
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    09-11-2018, 10:13 PM
    The back story is of a Lyman Great Plains rifle kit I built in the 1970ís. It had the slow RB twist of either 66-1 or is it 60-1. I knew but don't remember what they are now. It shot RB well enough and soon after I thought I needed a T/C Maxi-ball...
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    09-10-2018, 05:33 PM
    OldBearHair, did you ever get up to Huntsville north of you to shop at the Academy store back in the early eighties, when they started carrying firearms and reloading stuff?
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    09-10-2018, 05:30 PM
    Wow, that's a thought. And just think, I do a little part-time three days a week at a custom cabinet shop. Hmmmmmm. Might have to have a sit down with the boss and see about how we might do something like that so it can be boxed up and shipped via...
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    09-10-2018, 04:26 AM
    Great mold Grmps.
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    09-09-2018, 02:09 PM
    Screenshot
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    09-09-2018, 12:02 PM
    Google RCBS small base reloading dies. Scroll down to FAQ on reloading dies. RCBS provides the answer very adequately, and may even surprise may reloaders on this forum that not just semiautomatic actions are best served with (SB) dies, but also...
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    09-09-2018, 11:33 AM
    MOA replied to a thread Ppu brass in Our Town
    I used most of them all over the last 37 years. Fed, Wi, Rem, Star, Pmc, Horn, 3-D, Blk hills, and over the last 5 years PPU. So far no problens with PPU, in ANY respect. I still remember the first time I ordered aught six PPU brass from Graf's,...
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    09-08-2018, 03:34 PM
    Why not fill all the grooves? Maybe the large deep grooves hold more than will be needed but the Lube holds open the grease grooves (hydraulics) and keeps the bullet from deforming when the big red light comes on behind it. Equal parts of bees...
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    09-07-2018, 07:22 PM
    Well I know what you mean about the weather kinda taking over when you can do some casting. I too living in the south wait for winter to arrive to do most of my casting and smelting. The summers here in Mobile are just too wet and humid to do much,...
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    09-07-2018, 05:01 PM
    Well 6pt, looks like you have your hands full of shotshell loaders. It's a wonder I'm not in the same boat as you, I just love having good loaders. Start out basic and then you upgrade and can't get rid of the old loader. Can always find a reason to...
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    09-06-2018, 05:24 PM
    True, so true. Over all the years I've been doing this, only once, back in 91-92 did I have a dedicated space for reloading. All of 5 feet counter with storage underneath, and two tall cabinets one on the right and one on the left to keep components...
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    09-06-2018, 03:08 PM
    My three 16 gauge loaders. Someday if I ever get resettled I'm getting a room thats 12' x 24' just for reloading with two 24ft long bench tops on opposite walls. Sooooo tired of having to carry an clamp all the presses be they shotshell or...
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    09-06-2018, 02:35 PM
    6pt. My PW is from the late 70's. Before they were making the tapered final crimp dies. Just model 375. Now if you want 10ga dies it will come with the head attached. You can't just buy the dies, so its likely that there is something different about...
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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
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