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    07-15-2018, 01:42 PM
    The "widow maker" is the Winchester Model 11.
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    07-10-2018, 09:44 AM
    I would recommend buying the 6 cav mold. Clean it with dish soap or carb cleaner. Fill your pot with lead, lay the mold across the top of the pot and cover it like a tent with aluminum foil. Turn the pot to max heat, get a cup of coffee and come...
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    07-09-2018, 10:32 AM
    IMO you won't really know till you shoot more shots per group (at least 5, 10 is better) and more of each group. To really see any difference I would shoot at least five, 5 shot groups of each, alternating between the BHN's at the same time. I...
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    07-06-2018, 09:53 AM
    I've use the Chempak ProCustom which is a tung oil/poly mix. I've done 5 stocks with it and it's great to work with. My first stock was Truoil but I like the Procustom better.
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    07-04-2018, 04:29 PM
    If you know a "good" welder just have him run a bead on top of that sight, file to correct height and cold blue.
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    07-03-2018, 12:07 PM
    As Popper said this is old news. If you want to speed up the aging process use heat if you want to slow it down use cold. When sizing water dropped bullets I size them right after casting( much easier on my arm and sizer). If for some reason I...
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    07-03-2018, 11:56 AM
    I have not used CBlue but it is not supposed to be sticky. I'm a hard lube guy so I just use any container that holds 300-400 bullets that I can load from, mostly old 1 lb. whipped butter containers. I size and lube everything right after casting...
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    07-01-2018, 01:44 PM
    Sorry--I misread your post and thought you meant the bleed at the bottom of the reservoir.
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    06-30-2018, 02:52 PM
    If you take that nut off you will be able to empty the lube reservoir thru that hole. It also allows bleeding air out that occasionally gets trapped when changing lube sticks. If you pour melted lube in for refilling you avoid that problem...
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    06-29-2018, 01:52 PM
    fecmech replied to a thread Mystery group gremlin in Cast Boolits
    I had a 94 Winchester .357 with a very similar throat and an extremely accurate shooter. I would recommend you do away with the water dropping, size .359 if possible and generally keep the bullets fairly soft at the speed you are shooting. The hard...
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    06-28-2018, 01:49 PM
    A little tin in the mix(1-2%)would probably add the .001" you're looking for.
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    06-28-2018, 09:26 AM
    Another option is to taper crimp on the front drive band. I've been doing that for years and never had a problem with bullet movement during recoil.
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    06-27-2018, 09:52 AM
    If you look on the bottom fo the plastic container you will see the recycle triangle symbol. Under that symbol it tells you what plastic the container was made out of.
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    06-25-2018, 02:50 PM
    Works well in the 9mm with cast bullets at factory load levels.
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    06-25-2018, 02:25 PM
    I use something similar to the damp sponge. As soon as spru "flashes" I turn the mold over on a wet rag for about 1 second and then cut the spru. If the mold gets a bit overheated (longer times till spru flashes) I set the base of the mold on the...
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    06-23-2018, 02:21 PM
    That still may not be the answer. Model 19's from my understanding do not hold up well to the heavier .357 mag loads. My experience with BD is that it does very well in the .357 but only at the upper end of the pressure range. It worked very well...
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Retired A&P mechanic
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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