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    Yesterday, 02:26 PM
    I tried soaking the cap with powder solvent, and scraping it out with a pick. It was probably hard packed powder and bullet lube packed in there, and it didn't even want to be scraped out with the hard tip of a small pick. but anyway, after...
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    02-16-2020, 11:32 AM
    I thought of trying something else that seems to be a pretty strong cleaner. I am in the process of cleaning splattered concrete from a slab pour off of the adjoining brick wall with Muriatic Acid. It comes in a plastic jug and I have been putting...
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    02-15-2020, 10:01 PM
    What is "Simple Green" and where might I purchase it? I don't know what it is?
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    02-15-2020, 07:21 PM
    I have an old "Lyman Products" bullet removal hammer made by the Quinetics Corp. with a screw-on plastic hammer cap that is getting the threads all filled up with some sort of debris, so that the cap is hard to screw on. Of course, when it was new...
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    02-13-2020, 03:03 PM
    The Lee factory crimp dies are necessary for new reloaders that cast lead projectiles and don't have a bullet sizer/lubricator. Often the projectiles from-the-mold are too large in diameter to actually fit in the gun chamber when loaded in a case. ...
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    02-10-2020, 01:43 PM
    Ok, good information. I always have a 12 gauge standing by to shoot squirrels with. I'll have to get a bag of #4 shot special for the Armadillos. I keep several hundred #5 shotshells loaded for the squirrels. Armadillos are next.
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    02-10-2020, 01:35 PM
    I never wear "Jungle Boots" when working out on the farm this far North. I like my Red Wing Steel toed lace up high top boots. Those steel toes are a must when trying to hitch up equipment on a tractor. But, on the other hand I have no protection...
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    02-10-2020, 12:51 PM
    Here in Mid-Missouri we are starting to get a lot of land damage and erosion started by Armadillos digging holes all over the fields and woods, and my wife's gardens. Occasionally I see them out digging just as its getting dark, but still light...
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    02-07-2020, 01:17 PM
    Could these be some sort of cartridge length gauges used to measure the chamber length of a rifle for setting up the reloading press dies?
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    02-06-2020, 06:46 PM
    How heavy are these rifles? I always think of Winchester 94's as being a really lightweight and handy woods gun. And the ones I have are exactly that!
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    02-05-2020, 01:42 PM
    I have a bunch of old 5 gallon sheet rock mud tubs I keep my shotshell casings in, all stacked up in the corner of my reloading room. I often just put one on either side of me as "tables" to hold my reloading supplies. Casings and bullets.
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    02-05-2020, 12:44 PM
    I am basically a slob and just let the shavings, and primers, and powder go everywhere. But I do like a clean reloading table and floor, so I bought one of those little rechargeable vacuum cleaners like you use to clean your car, and it works...
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    02-05-2020, 12:39 PM
    I noticed in your second picture that you have a Griswold pot sitting there. Was that part of the gift you received? My grandmother did a lot of cooking in a pot exactly like that from about 1925 on as she received it for a wedding gift. When she...
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    02-05-2020, 12:20 PM
    I thank everybody for your help and recommendations with all of this die cutting project. I got the die mounted in the three-jaw chuck a couple of days ago and started from the end after adjusting the cutting tool to the center of rotation and then...
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    02-04-2020, 02:17 PM
    The ones that didn't work are: CBC, GeCo, PPU, COR-BON, GFL, AGUILA, HRTRS, PMC, S&B. And there may be a few others I didn't see in my reject brass bucket. The best brass I have that shoot well are: Star-Line by far (most accurate loads...
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    02-03-2020, 10:38 PM
    Well, thats what I did this afternoon. It took me about two hours of careful manipulation of the lathe controls and a lot of cutting oil and I got the die cut down to the correct length. Without any problems and it cut just fine. Looks nice and...
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    02-03-2020, 10:55 AM
    I am not that good of a machinist! And how would I machine the spring that is part of the die set?
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    02-01-2020, 10:37 AM
    Are you all talking about the 32 Automatic (7.65mm Browning) cartridge? I don't find any references to a 32 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) cartridge? I have been loading for a 32 AUTO (what my reloading dies are marked as) for awhile and agree with...
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    01-31-2020, 02:11 PM
    I toured both the Starline and the Sierra plants in Sedalia a couple of years ago, when my wife took me there for a surprise visit for my birthday. I did purchase some factory reject bullets from the Sierra plant and they shot pretty well for me. ...
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    01-31-2020, 01:47 PM
    On the Pacific dies I have, they bottom on the case holder and have a finite length up to the rolled edge of the shotgun shell. So the normal dies for 2-3/4" length shells have a certain distance from the bottom of the solid die shell up to this...
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    01-31-2020, 01:20 PM
    It must be the same set of thread files I have also. And they work very well as thread gauges too to figure out how many threads per inch an unknown bolt has. That and a bolt diameter gauge determine all you need to go purchase a new bolt when...
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    01-30-2020, 03:18 PM
    I have discovered some of them in purchased range brass of 45 ACP, 9mm Luger and 380. When reloaded with projectiles sized to fit the bore of my guns, these AMERC brass don't fit in the chambers. Unless you have really loose chambers in your guns,...
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    01-30-2020, 03:10 PM
    Everybody needs a set of those square thread files. I reach for them before I get out the die set. They are really good at restoring threads that have been damaged or bumped or rusted. When you live on a farm with some old equipment the files are...
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    01-30-2020, 12:11 PM
    I appreciate all of the input on this issue and you all have given me some valuable information on the 45 ACP Rim VS non-rimmed cases. I don't own any semiauto pistols in 45 ACP anymore as I have gravitated to shooting revolvers. And this old S&W...
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    01-29-2020, 01:29 PM
    I have a S&W 1917 ex military revolver chambered in 45 ACP and have been using the "moon clips" to load it. Since the pistol was designed for rimmed cartridges and not the straight-wall types, I was thinking of purchasing some of the Rimmed 45 ACP...
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    01-29-2020, 01:20 PM
    This old Greener shotgun does have steel barrels on it, and is in surprisingly good condition. Hence, my desire to reload for it. I do a lot of reloading for modern guns with 2-3/4" and 3" chambers for trap shooting, squirrel and turkey hunting. ...
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    01-28-2020, 07:57 PM
    The exterior of the die is 1.000" in diameter and the interior diameter is 0.800". So the wall thickness of the die is approximately 0.100". Plus or Minus a few thousandths of course. I will go out and check for hardness with a file. The piece I...
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    01-28-2020, 04:30 PM
    I have been working on deer loads for a recently purchased Remington 783 in 308. One of the children purchased this rifle as a package with scope and plastic stock for the two grandchildren to use for deer hunting when they visit. One of the...
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    01-28-2020, 04:03 PM
    My brother-in-law gave me an old WW Greener 12 gauge shotgun with 2-9/16" chambers, and I am trying to modify a purchased 12 gauge die for this length. So I need some help from all of you machinists. I purchased a die for 3" 12 gauge shells I...
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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