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  • OS OK's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    What does your taper crimp measure at the case mouth? I think you may be pushing your round out of the case some with the primer ignition and getting poor starting ignition pressure. With the round moving forward and creating more space behind...
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    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    I always had improved grouping with T/C Hawkins and Civil-War era Enfield .58 muskets after glass bedding the stock/barrel channel solid the entire length. Stopped the flyers and the shooting groups with 2-3 shots together, and then 2-3 shots a...
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    Yesterday, 08:11 PM
    God's blessing on everyone and their families as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
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    04-19-2019, 08:23 PM's been this way for along time now, I suppose that there's just one forum left where NEWB's are welcome & encouraged, they have no fear of being berated and we try to bring them up with sound advice and plenty of links to the 'primer' type...
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    04-19-2019, 12:52 PM
    We have lots of Newbs that come through this forum but many are afraid to post...for whatever reasons. What would be your best couple of tips for them? Think about when you first got started...what tripped you up or what was hard for you to...
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    04-18-2019, 01:21 PM
    As already suggested really clean the mold! I long term store all my molds with gear oil and sealed in a vacuum bag. When I break out a stored mold I first spray with a product called "Oil Eater", brush it down with a hot tap water rinse a couple...
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    04-18-2019, 08:39 AM
    .35 Remington is very, very underrated by those who have never used one. I have taken deer and wild hogs with Marlin .35 Rem. rifles and .35 Rem Super 14 Contender, and it gets the job done great.
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    04-17-2019, 01:35 PM
    Just had my little sister Rhonda, 63yo out from Tehas last summer...took her for a ride in the mountains...every time I reached into the V Rod for a little throttle she'd scream & giggle. I stopped and ask her if she was afraid...she said..."no, I...
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    04-17-2019, 11:09 AM
    I would end up with almost 3k of bullets, probably looking good, but all would be undercured as there is no 120V toaster oven on the market that is going to increase the substrate temperature to 400 degrees with that kind of a load in 10 minutes....
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    04-17-2019, 10:20 AM
    Sizing for many of us has gone through a metamorphosis...searching for the easy way to get the monotonous sizing chore done quickly. Here's the rest of the story... ‘SIZING CAST PROJECTILES’ . . . From Lube-Sizing to Lee push through to an Upside...
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    04-17-2019, 09:46 AM
    I have liked it all from the start...still do. Every step is important, every step matters & I don't have that need for instant gratification.
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    04-16-2019, 07:31 PM
    Vinegar is very slow to work so if you make a 50/50 mix with white vinegar and standard 3% hydrogen peroxide it will work much better and a lot faster. Use caution in handling.
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    04-16-2019, 06:29 PM
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    04-16-2019, 12:59 PM
    With a non-convection oven I would suggest doing a single rack of bullets at a time. Convection is not a miracle worker, but the moving air does help in eliminating cold spots. However, when I cook with 5 full racks holding almost 3K 9mm bullets...
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    04-16-2019, 12:36 PM
    The smash test tests the bond and elasticity of the coating, but does not indicate the hardness of the polymer. An undercured bullet will pass the smash test. Charlie Darnall of Freechex actually came up with an idea that is quick & easy. And...
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    04-16-2019, 12:19 PM
    Glad it worked for you, thanks for your reply. I also use the wide pencils on the flats and sharpen the standard to a fine point to get into the bands. Not only does graphite eliminate sticking bullets and most of the small lead deposits, the fine...
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    04-16-2019, 10:12 AM
    After the home cobbled mini-bike... there was for a while but it was a dog. Now after many different bikes over the decades, there's this...
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  • Hickok's Avatar
    04-16-2019, 08:30 AM
    Hickok replied to a thread Prayers for my sister in Our Chapel
    And Amen.
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  • OS OK's Avatar
    04-14-2019, 06:37 PM
    I would guess the table at about 60 pounds but theres 100 pounds of lead sitting underneath on two crossbraces...the table doesn't budge or rock. It sits on 3 legs like a tripod and each loading press sits above a leg, you'd have to tip all that...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    04-13-2019, 12:55 PM
    Or you could just put a serviceman's glass mercury thermometer in the oven, which is going have more accuracy we need for PC.
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    04-13-2019, 12:26 PM
    If you want to get into PC and do it Right! Elvis is not where you want to go. Elvis is indeed a guru, but not for PC.
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    04-13-2019, 12:22 PM
    Ditto what OS said!
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    04-13-2019, 12:13 PM
    In 2012 when Sandy Hook made getting any quantity of components impossible. I had been shooting in the IDPA so I was used to going through three to five hundred bullets a week. I went back to casting, rebuilt my old Lyman lube sizer and then I...
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    04-12-2019, 02:11 PM
    Knowing what I know, if my old Pro Melt died I would search to find a used one or look into making my own pot. For the dollars a good pot costs it would easily pay for the needed materials and it doesn't look like it would be that difficult to make...
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    04-12-2019, 12:40 PM
    A top quality PC'd cast requires a little extra effort, requires paying attention to details and following well established guidelines and of course using a quality PC product. Our less than stellar results are from taking shortcuts, using...
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  • Hickok's Avatar
    04-12-2019, 11:27 AM
    Very good information.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    04-12-2019, 07:53 AM
    So much easier to cast a cheap K thermocouple (about a buck each) into a bullet and use a cheap digital K type thermometer (about $5) to monitor the temp. Since I cook multiple racks at a time I monitor the middle rack, which starts to flow last,...
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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