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    09-18-2018, 04:25 PM
    My guess is that with all things that are dropped through the air, they all reach a "terminal velocity" based on the density of the air and the size/shape/weight of the falling object. When people skydive they only reach about 120 miles per hour. ...
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    09-15-2018, 10:37 PM
    I thought the drop tube length was to increase the velocity of the powder kernels so they jarred the surrounding powder into better and more compact shape, allowing more powder to fit in a case in a more dense arrangement. What you are suggesting...
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    09-09-2018, 04:59 PM
    I have been reloading ammunition for awhile, and reading all the threads on this site for awhile, and I keep seeing references to the "LEE Factory Crimp Dies". What are they for and what makes them different from all the "normal" die sets I have...
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    09-08-2018, 02:46 PM
    They are real common on farm machinery also. Especially plows and wear facings on plow parts. So you might try a store that specializes in farm types of equipment like Orscheln or Tractor Supply, or any of the tractor dealers like Case/IH or...
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    09-07-2018, 02:06 PM
    I use a dedicated Antique Pacific C press just for the manner in which you describe loading short pistol cases. For the short stroke parts of the reloading I just let the handle come down and stop in my lap or on my leg while my two hands are...
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    09-07-2018, 12:43 PM
    I have been collecting some older Pacific C presses through the years, and wonder if anybody knows of a source for those straight bicycle-like handle grips for the 5/8" diameter operating handle rods common to these old presses. They don't have any...
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    09-05-2018, 04:00 PM
    I agree with Fishman. Keep them both set up for different lubes and report back in a year on which one you like the best. Or maybe you will find out that both of them do acceptable duty in the resizing/lubing room.
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    09-05-2018, 03:44 PM
    I do have the New Lyman 4th Ed, but never looked all the way in the back of it. I will have to go get it off the shelf and take a look. I have been using it way more than my old Lyman 3rd Edition since it has way more loads for more modern...
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    09-05-2018, 03:37 PM
    Well, I have a pint bottle of that stuff in the shop and I thought it was something special for putting spark plugs in aluminum heads of airplane engines. And just last week I was wondering what to put on that LEE 356-125-2R mold sprue plate to...
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    09-05-2018, 02:24 PM
    Wow! Its a left handed copy of a S&W. Is your mother left handed?
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    09-04-2018, 02:04 PM
    Are you sure you are not "limp wristing" the gun? My wife sometimes has this problem as she weighs about 95 pounds and stands 4'-11" tall. And always seems to have trouble getting her 9mm Luger plastic pistol to eject properly. But me at 6'-8"...
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    09-04-2018, 12:20 PM
    DonMountain replied to a thread 356 Winchester brass in Leverguns
    I don't think they made more than a couple of these rifles, along with the 307 Winchester. Unfortunately I bought a "set" of them thinking I was going to upgrade from my 30-30. But, my wife kills her 3 deer with the 356 every year. At some...
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    09-03-2018, 12:49 PM
    I have a pre-WW-II European semi-auto in 380 with a really tight chamber that needs bullets sized to 0.355". Otherwise the rounds won't even chamber. But I think if you size those 32 ACP bullets with that 0.355" die you might have trouble...
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    09-02-2018, 03:07 PM
    Has anybody compiled a list of RCBS/Lyman cast bullet profile nose punches that fit the LEE Molds? When I get a new LEE mold I always seem to be searching around to see if any of my other mold nose punches will work. I am using an RCBS LAM-II for...
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    08-24-2018, 04:00 PM
    I do for more long-range rifle rounds like 30-06, 308, 243 and etc. Not for a 9mm round. I am starting to think that it would be more beneficial to me to just throw all of these "range pickup brass" away and purchase 1000 of the 380 brass from a...
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    08-24-2018, 01:55 PM
    Its not just at the mouth of the case that I have the problem of too large of a diameter. It is all the way down to the bottom of the seated bullet. From the case mouth to the bottom of the projectile measures the same case diameter of 0.376",...
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    08-23-2018, 02:06 PM
    I have not tried loading these 0.355" cast projectiles in a 9mm Luger. I bought this mold (LEE 356-102-1R) specifically for loading 380 cartridges. I load my 9x19 pistols with cast projectiles of 115 grains, which seems more appropriate. And...
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    08-23-2018, 01:57 PM
    So, if I apply more taper crimp, and a 0.355" cast is already too small, where will the taper crimp make up the reduction in size? Will it decrease the case thickness? Or will it reduce the lead projectile thickness even smaller than the already...
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    08-23-2018, 01:51 PM
    Since I would have to size my cast bullets down to maybe 0.350" or 0.351" in order to fit these MAXXTech brass and still get them to load in my pistol chamber, do you think I will be able to hit targets at 50 Meters like your super accurate custom...
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    08-22-2018, 01:56 PM
    My LEE 356-102-1R mold casts at 0.357", which are too large for the chamber of my pistol. I size them down with a 0.354" RCBS sizing die in a LAM-II for sizing and lubrication using 2400+ lube. The projectiles, after sizing measure 0.355" in...
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    08-21-2018, 02:21 PM
    I did full length size all of my 380 brass in a new Hornady die set with "Titanium Nitride" sizing die. After seating the bullets, and having several of them not seat in the pistol when attempting to shoot them, I brought them back to the reloading...
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    08-21-2018, 02:11 PM
    No, they do not have a "shelf" inside the cases. But it appears like the primer holes in the bottom of the cases are very small so that most of them caused me trouble decapping them when the primer hole was just a few thousandths off-center. And...
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    08-21-2018, 01:43 PM
    I bought a 1000 rounds of range brass to reload lead projectiles for my 380 handgun. Loading up several hundred of them after testing loads, I have a recurring problem with brass of the MAXXTech brand fitting into the chamber of my pistol due to...
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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