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  • DonMountain's Avatar
    05-17-2018, 08:16 PM
    Have you measured the loaded cases with an accurate micrometer and compared the dimensions with the SAMI limits? I had a similar problem with an old 380 pistol with a tight chamber and the projectiles were commercial cast with an applied powder...
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    05-16-2018, 12:08 PM
    My references to "cleaning my hands" before priming and my problem with "Fail To Fire" with setting primers on 9mm Luger range brass I think has been mis-interpreted here. I just said that I washed my hands before handling the primers as a...
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    05-15-2018, 03:27 PM
    I have been reloading for 40 years or so and have used a 6" dial caliper for measuring case lengths and a Starret 1" micrometer for measuring projectiles and case dimensions where I need more precise dimensions. But I drool over the set of...
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    05-15-2018, 03:09 PM
    I have an RCBS AmmoMaster press and at first look I thought that maybe it had a mechanical stop also. But with a much closer look at the linkage and how its designed it also "cams over", although it is almost indistinguishable from just hitting a...
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    05-15-2018, 02:50 PM
    I don't much care for having to handle the primers by hand to load them, but if I keep my hands clean and set my primers inverted in one of the primer turning trays so I can pick them up easily to set in the primer cup it works very well. And the...
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    05-15-2018, 02:41 PM
    No. Towards the end few years they were made "overseas" and then dropped from RCBS's lineup with new mechanical scales offered.
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    05-15-2018, 02:36 PM
    My 1917 loves these boolets and has never, ever had a problem feeding them. I always get all six to shoot just fine. Maybe you just need to get a newer gun. Those older 1911's just don't work like a much newer 1917 model.
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    05-14-2018, 01:49 PM
    My guess is Lyman intended customers to also buy their Ram Prime unit: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/709884/lyman-ram-prime-priming-system I use an RCBS version of the Ram Prime unit to set primers to a precise depth on an old (1940's)...
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    05-14-2018, 12:33 PM
    I agree with the Lyman 452460 guess, as this boolet has the two lube grooves. I have the similar RCBS 45-201-SWC which has only one lube groove and shoots very well in my firearms.
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    05-13-2018, 08:20 PM
    If you don't have a cam-over type of linkage on a press, how would you ever know if you pushed the handle down far enough to set the headspace dimension correct for your rifle? It seems that if you set the die to bottom out on the shellholder, how...
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    05-10-2018, 06:07 PM
    So, how much were they asking for this treasure trove of ammunition reloading tools?
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    05-05-2018, 08:35 PM
    What was the first model of reloading press from Pacific where the handle was pushed down to raise the caseholder ram to the reloading die? I have one of the earlier black C presses where the handle is pulled up from hanging straight down to raise...
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    05-04-2018, 10:41 PM
    That .358 bullet might be a bit small for a .458 rifle bore.
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    05-03-2018, 11:41 AM
    These are the ones I like in my Moisen Nagant rifles: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/222507/hornady-interlock-bullets-303-caliber-and-77mm-japanese-312-diameter-174-grain-round-nose-box-of-100 these are much heavier than those little tiny 150...
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    05-02-2018, 05:19 PM
    DonMountain replied to a thread Rocky Raab? in Cast Boolits
    I wonder if that Lyman 311359 of about 115 grains with gascheck would work for this in my 30-06, 308 and Swiss rifles. I think I need to try this since I have a bunch of them already sized and lubed for my M1 Carbine!
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    05-01-2018, 10:08 PM
    I have used an RCBS LAM-II for 25 years or more, and find it convenient to swap dies and set it up for other bullet sizes if you aren't going to do more than a 1000 or two at a time. If more then that I would prefer the Star. The Lyman 4500 is...
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    05-01-2018, 01:34 PM
    So, you are suggesting that I just size my boolits at the crimp stage to fit in my gun's chamber rather than doing it in my lube sizer so the boolets fit properly along with the brass in my overly-tight chamber? My bet is this gun was just produced...
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    04-29-2018, 12:39 PM
    Should I buy another RCBS 354 die or a Lyman 354 die? Or, worse yet, should I buy tooling for my mini-lathe and start making all of my sizing dies myself? No, that sounds like too much effort! It would be easier to just go over to Walmart and buy...
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    04-29-2018, 10:30 AM
    That is what I believe also. The problem for me is, I thought this was the solution a long time ago and purchased the RCBS 355 sizer die to get a 0.355" diameter sized bullet. And instead this die produces 0.3565" diameters that still don't fit...
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    04-28-2018, 06:43 PM
    I pulled a jacketed bullet out of a new, WaLmart bought box of PMC 380 ammunition, and the bullet measures from 0.354" to 0.355" in diameter as I rotate it and measure in several places. And the loaded factory ammunition measures 0.372" in diameter...
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    04-28-2018, 03:16 PM
    I am back to work on reloading the LEE Cast projectiles (356-102-1R) 102 grain supposedly designed for the 380 that I cast about 2 weeks ago. I put them through the RCBS LAM-II with a 355 sizing die to size and lubricate. And today started loading...
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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