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  • Zbench's Avatar
    Today, 10:58 AM
    Zbench replied to a thread Lead Wire Extruder Design? in Swaging
    .35MM? Are you making fishing line weight? That is only .014"! You are thinking about this the wrong way. Stroke isn't that important. Drive cylinder diameter is. If you had a 6" diameter billet, you don't need a lot of stroke as it's the...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:15 AM
    What type of tackle do you use to catch deer??????????? Is a mandatory deer check being established in the area? Not at this time. The DNR’s primary focus for response is...
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  • sigep1764's Avatar
    01-14-2019, 02:44 PM
    Cleaned my reloading bench and storage. Picked up 1k Winchester small rifle primers to try, 2lbs of W748, and a Dillon Quick Change for the 550. Dug down deep and made the budget stretch without touching "house" money.
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  • fatelvis's Avatar
    01-14-2019, 11:42 AM
    I think this is just a classic example of aiming “about a foot” above, when it’s actually 4 feet. I totally understand this, given he is using the stock sights ( they seem HUGE compared to the “tiny” target), and the 3” barrel. Any kind of precise...
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  • sigep1764's Avatar
    01-14-2019, 10:28 AM
    I've seen their machines in Youtube videos. Very impressive stuff, said to be capable of very high production rates and last many moons. Entry price is a bit steep, but I suppose the time saved would be the trade off. If a person were to be shooting...
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    01-14-2019, 10:17 AM
    sigep1764 replied to a thread Casting for Glock17 in Cast Boolits
    Its been my experience the tuncated cone or TC shaped boolits work better in my Glock pistols. My first mold was a 356 120TC but that one dropped 355 with straight wheel weight alloy. I now have the 358 120B mold from Accurate. Its a clone of the...
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  • sigep1764's Avatar
    01-13-2019, 10:41 PM
    300 rounds of 223 loaded today. Ran out of W748. I really need a quick change kit, im whooped.
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  • lathesmith's Avatar
    01-13-2019, 09:39 PM
    Lot is sold to macomber! PM to follow shortly....
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  • lathesmith's Avatar
    01-13-2019, 07:19 PM
    Hi Poppy, yes, I would sell the turrets separately, they would run $22 shipped.
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  • lathesmith's Avatar
    01-13-2019, 03:25 PM
    Hello all, I have for sale here a nearly new Lee 3-die set in 223 Remington. Includes shell holder, and I'll also throw in a Lee rifle charge die that's stamped "LEE-RIFLE-L4". I'm not exactly sure about this die, but I used it with my Lee Auto-disk...
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  • Zbench's Avatar
    01-13-2019, 11:46 AM
    I'd encourage you to read Corbin's excellent online book at swaging where he does give away quite a few trade secrets. For instance, your bullet stems which come to a knife point won't stay that way for long, the very thin piece of steel gets...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-13-2019, 03:13 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread 45-70 in Our Town ...
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  • sigep1764's Avatar
    01-12-2019, 09:13 PM
    All on the Lyman! I need a quick change for the 550, but just blew my little cash stash I had on a new PSA AR kit. I sold a couple 6 months ago to free up cash for my new truck. Now gotta build it back up.
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  • fatelvis's Avatar
    01-12-2019, 05:45 PM
    Thanks for all the input guys. Another question for you: Do bevel based cast bullets perform as well as the plain based bullets, with the square heels? I ask, because most retailers offer BB boolits, and I am hesitant to buy them. Sent from my...
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  • sigep1764's Avatar
    01-12-2019, 04:52 PM
    I did a second casting session today, about 600 boolits. Better, but not there yet. It likes the boolit furthest from the sprue plate hinge filled first. No matter the lead temp, the sprue is hard cutting, I think cause the boolits cool so quickly...
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  • sigep1764's Avatar
    01-12-2019, 04:21 PM
    Cast 600 227-75 Nato boolits with it snowing outside. Gotten 12 inches so far here in St. Louis. Have a three day weekend so I plan on loading all of them up today and tmro and shooting them on Monday.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-11-2019, 05:04 PM
    These are very nice. Been using them for a long time.
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  • Zbench's Avatar
    01-11-2019, 01:54 PM
    I have a Corbin S press, Might Mite (H press) and a CHP-1 Hydro Press. I didn't buy any of them new. Keep your eyes open here and other venues. They come up for sale regularly and you can save a lot of money (like I did)
    15 replies | 426 view(s)
  • Zbench's Avatar
    01-11-2019, 11:34 AM
    If BT is not an option, consider Corbin. As I understand it, RCE is a one man shop and he is retiring. Corbin employs half a dozen die makers and makes an excellent product which is supported. Check out Coincidentally, the two...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-11-2019, 02:02 AM
    Light strikes could be a sign of long headspace. Same for the primer appearance. The primer backs out with the case forward than get reseated under pressure.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-10-2019, 06:19 AM
    I load for a lot of different rifles in the same caliber bottleneck cases mostly for long range competition. I prefer the Redding or Forster micrometer and neck bushing dies. For 223 and 308 I run Dillon carbide sizing dies. For handgun it is...
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  • sigep1764's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 11:18 PM
    Savage has the Model 25 Walking Varminter. Pretty nice looking gun with a Boyds Stock, but the plastic wears so well...
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  • sigep1764's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 11:01 PM
    I prefer Redding and Dillon, but I do have a couple Lee sets.
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  • sigep1764's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 10:40 PM
    Winchester 94 30-30 AR15 in 5.56 90's to early 00's Winchester Model 70 in 270(its an M70 at a good price and I love mine) CZ75 or variant 223 bolt gun, Axis or Howa Marlin Model 60 Some of these I own and love, some are on my list. Ive sold...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 09:32 PM
    You can order some here for $13.00 per 100
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  • fatelvis's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 06:10 PM
    I see a couple of you guys state that the GC designs tend to group better than the PB boolits. Do the rest of you agree with this observation?
    41 replies | 2055 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 02:38 PM
    I was thinking more along the lines of a chemical analysis using a mass spectrometer or whatever analysis equipment would be best for the task. Until the 1880's BP was the only viable option for BP and the manufacture of it would be at it's...
    33 replies | 1125 view(s)
  • sigep1764's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 10:09 AM
    I believe Accurate and NOE have heeled molds in their catalogs for a whole lot cheaper than $200, most likely nicer to boot.
    5 replies | 172 view(s)
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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