Lee PrecisionWidenersInline FabricationRepackbox
MidSouth Shooters SupplyRotoMetals2Titan Reloading

  • Bama's Avatar
    05-24-2019, 09:17 AM
    Had same problem with 38/357s. A few months and it abou drove me crazy. Had been using some old die sets . Bad thing it was not everyone , just about one or two in every other cylinder full. Save out about 50 bad one s. And a shooting buddy gave...
    39 replies | 871 view(s)
  • Bama's Avatar
    05-23-2019, 07:18 PM
    Never require anything other than cleaning, just run a brush through and a clean patch on ones I had used for years
    41 replies | 862 view(s)
  • Bama's Avatar
    05-22-2019, 09:12 PM
    The only problem I have had is on a couple I had to clean the inside hole other than that I have not had a problem using Lee shell holders!
    41 replies | 862 view(s)
  • Bama's Avatar
    05-22-2019, 04:29 PM
    Lee torrent is my go to press, andI load a little more than your. Amount in just 1 of 15 + calibers. Torrents are cheap. I threaded 308 cases and screwed them to a board which is a perfect torrent holder for the ones not in use. The only draw back...
    70 replies | 1467 view(s)
  • Bama's Avatar
    05-21-2019, 02:38 PM
    I went through the same issues. I first went with the lee. After making a stop to limit arm movement it stopped bending the safety. Schield. I used it for two years with good results although I did start using a glove when doing large quantities...
    41 replies | 862 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-21-2019, 12:41 PM
    Doing a partial cure where the powder flows then an under cure of 200 degrees is not following any powder manufactures specifications. A shiny coating is absolutely no indication of a properly coated & cured polymer. It is no skin off my nose...
    77 replies | 10236 view(s)
  • Bama's Avatar
    05-20-2019, 07:27 PM
    When I got my first lathe, I had a relatives 38/40 but could not find bullets for it. I was relatively new to hand loading and dummer and poorer than a rock. Decided to make my own mold. Well it took a while but it was one of the most positive...
    24 replies | 851 view(s)
  • Hickok's Avatar
    05-20-2019, 12:10 PM
    Sorry for the loss of your good friend.
    32 replies | 632 view(s)
  • Hickok's Avatar
    05-20-2019, 12:08 PM
    Here is my bear story,....When gutting a bear and field dressing....they have a smell I just can't describe!!!:groner:
    13 replies | 533 view(s)
  • Hickok's Avatar
    05-20-2019, 12:04 PM
    Hickok replied to a thread 6:00 a.m. tomorrow in Our Chapel
    Hurry back Dennis, we have your chair waiting! Prayers for grace and healing!
    46 replies | 914 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-19-2019, 08:57 AM
    I realize a lot of people swear by Lee Molds so I won't get into bashing, but I will say I personally have tried them, I don't like them and don't use them because Lee quality control is just not acceptable for me. There are other Lee tools I think...
    8 replies | 191 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-18-2019, 08:41 PM
    Some seem unable to comprehend that friction is a big factor in velocity. The fact is the polymer jacket produces less friction than a metal jacket, plated or lubricated alloy, so there is a gain in velocity. I would also mention with less friction...
    10 replies | 292 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-18-2019, 08:33 PM
    Al, I have heard so many touting oversized bullets being more accurate, but I have yet to see any real test data to prove this theory, just opinions. As far as my testing, and I admit limited testing, but oversized bullets shot large groups. ...
    8 replies | 191 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-18-2019, 07:53 PM
    If you a handgun capable of accuracy you should have no problem getting PC 9mm loads to 1-1/2" and under at 25 yards. If a PB gas check is installed perfectly with a flat base you might see a slight improvement, but I seriously doubt it, and...
    12 replies | 443 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-16-2019, 07:44 PM
    When it comes to gas checks I don't know anyone more knowledgeable on the subject than Charlie Darnall the designer and maker of the FreeChex gas check making tools. Charlie will tell you a gas check is not needed on a properly coated and cured PC...
    12 replies | 443 view(s)
  • Hickok's Avatar
    05-15-2019, 11:06 AM
    Truly a handyman's secret weapon, along with vice-grips, duct-tape, and JB Weld. BUT, in the hands of Bubba.....a weapon of mass destruction!!!:bigsmyl2:
    37 replies | 1229 view(s)
  • Hickok's Avatar
    05-15-2019, 08:16 AM
    Ordered the Lee sizing die in .221". Now the wait begins until it arrives. Looking at sizing down the Speer Gold-Dot bonded 60gr .224" bullets and swapping them out with Tula 5.45 x 39 60 gr FMJ. The factory Tula bullets sure pull hard. I tried...
    4 replies | 198 view(s)
  • Hickok's Avatar
    05-11-2019, 07:43 AM
    Ru Shooter thanks for the good answer....why didn't I think of that???[smilie=b:
    4 replies | 198 view(s)
  • Hickok's Avatar
    05-10-2019, 03:55 PM
    Hickok replied to a thread 7.62X40 Load Data in Military Rifles
    Sundog, I can give you one tip when forming brass.....anneal the case neck and shoulder. Really helps case life and rejection rate. I really like my 7.62x40. It is like having an AR compatible 7.62x39.
    35 replies | 9121 view(s)
  • Hickok's Avatar
    05-10-2019, 01:28 PM
    Hickok replied to a thread 7.62X40 Load Data in Military Rifles
    Finally found 3 pounds of AA1680 and grabbed all 3 cans. (Cabella's in Charleston WV, thanks Steelshooter) Works perfectly in my rifle. Went back to standard weight buffer and the rifle cycles beautifully. Mine is the carbine-length gas system. ...
    35 replies | 9121 view(s)
  • Hickok's Avatar
    05-10-2019, 01:22 PM
    There is only one unforgivable sin, denying the gift of eternal life through faith and belief in Christ Jesus. He died for our sins on the cross, he paid the entire price of sin, and cried out "It is finished." If we turn away, or deny what He...
    50 replies | 1166 view(s)
  • Hickok's Avatar
    05-10-2019, 12:52 PM
    I have an Arsenal AK74 in 5.45 x 39. Great rifle and accurate. Just like to substitute some good soft-point/expanding bullets by pulling bullets from Tula or Wolf factory rounds. ( I know Hornady makes V-Max rounds but I want a better bullet). ...
    4 replies | 198 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-10-2019, 11:25 AM
    Everyone who is concerned about their health or the health of those around them should be concerned about lead dust, because personally, I don't think dying is the worst thing that can happen to me. I keep hearing it ain't rocket science,...
    21 replies | 936 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-09-2019, 11:56 AM
    Actually, I think you are lucky. For powder coating I would really like to have my molds drop undersize to allow for my coating. There is no advantage of having to move a mass of metal. I have heard by many that they get better accuracy by...
    19 replies | 646 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-09-2019, 11:38 AM
    If you plan on using a tumbler dedicated for powder coating I would suggest making some modifications to get the best results. All the tumblers I have tried are too aggressive, so I modified a small tumbler, by removing the bowl, and replacing...
    10 replies | 425 view(s)
More Activity
About Dragonheart

Basic Information

About Dragonheart
NRA Instructor, NRA Range Safety Office, NRA International Rifle Master, Concealed Carry Instructor, IDPA Member, NRA Life Member, TSRA Life Member, 2nd. Amendment Foundation Life Member,
Katy, Texas
Firearms Instructor, handloading, Bullet casting, woodworking, metal working, welding
Structural Appraiser, Lead Risk Assessor


Total Posts
Total Posts
Posts Per Day
General Information
Last Activity
05-21-2019 12:41 PM
Join Date

4 Friends

  1. Bama Bama is offline

    Boolit Buddy

  2. Hickok Hickok is offline

    Boolit Master

  3. OS OK OS OK is offline

    Boolit Master

    OS OK
  4. Vengenace Early Vengenace Early is offline

    Boolit Mold

    Vengenace Early
Showing Friends 1 to 4 of 4
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