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    Yesterday, 03:13 PM
    There is a hole in the center that people use for lights or a camera. I am just not sure if it will be close enough to see in the small 223 cases. From the little playing around I did last night I need to be just about perfectly overhead to see my...
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    Yesterday, 02:53 PM
    That looks good. The only problem is lack of overhead space/stations on the 550. For 223 I seat/crimp in one station right now, all other calibers I use all 4 stations. Even on 223 I would have to seat in station 4, it would be kind of awkward to...
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    Yesterday, 11:20 AM
    Have any of you added a camera to your press for a visual powder check? If so what did you use and does it help on bottle neck cases? I run a Dillon 550 and finally got some led light strips and a backup camera, newer model of one that I have...
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    09-20-2020, 09:23 PM
    I have ordered from Titan a time or two, and need to remember to order from them more often. I fall prey to the Amazon affliction too often. Ordered late Wednesday night, they called Thursday to confirm address, package arrived Friday....
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    09-17-2020, 05:05 PM
    This is why JMORRIS built an automated primer pocket size sorter for his 1050. I wonder if the APP can be modified for this somehow. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    09-17-2020, 05:00 PM
    I bought the APP for case prep, bullet sizing and PP swaging. From what Iíve read it can work, but requires tinkering, and a 3D printer gets a lot of use in modifying one. So I consider it a nice parts kit and a winter project, just like many...
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    09-17-2020, 04:53 PM
    The copper washed are visually identifiable, Iíve only seen them on rifle cases, particularly 7.62x54. They donít look like brass, but donít look like steel either. The brass over steel look just like brass, not sure how they would reload. I just...
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    09-17-2020, 12:08 AM
    I already ordered everything. Took 2 vendors to get everything, Titan and Midway, some things even went out of stock from this morning. The press is supposed to have the 3 shell holders. I got the extra swage rod just in case it is a consumable....
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    09-16-2020, 10:44 PM
    There are several SP 45acp. Federal, win, Speer, CCI probably more I donít remember. I have a container of them under the bench. About 5-10% of my range pickup is SP. And donít forget the brass plated steel cases. I now run a magnet over...
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    09-16-2020, 01:54 PM
    And for the record it appears not all FC 223 brass is crimped. I thought I had checked the primer pockets before trying to seat a primer and it seems I did. I have two different FC headstamps- FC 223- not crimped, PP tool fits easily FC yr...
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    09-16-2020, 01:39 PM
    I think I have decided to try the Lee APP for both swaging brass and sizing cast bullets. Might get one in by next month, like everything they are out of stock or long delivery dates. Probably get a better case trimmer too, I am leaning towards...
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    09-16-2020, 10:45 AM
    I want to buy a Lee APP for case prep and bullet sizing to complement my Dillon 550 and Lee single stage. Reloading/ casting for- 38spl, 380, 9mm, 45acp, .223/5.56 loading/casting (except .223) Can anyone sanity check my shopping list, or add...
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    09-16-2020, 09:08 AM
    FC was just a test after trying mixed headstamps. They are separated out, not part of the mixed headstamp batch. I separated out LC and then the 3 most numerous headstamps, FC, RP, PMC. Thanks for the heads up, I hadnít checked/prepped the...
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    09-16-2020, 12:18 AM
    I have only loaded LC 5.56 brass before for .223/5.56, no issues seating primers as long as I reamed the primer pockets good. Tonight I tried loading mixed headstamp brass and had a heck of a time getting primers seated, some wouldnít seat at all....
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    09-14-2020, 09:18 AM
    Just looked up the powershot, arrow 5700. Reviews on Home Depot were almost half one star reviews, 506 out of 1300 reviews. Consensus- they break easily. Arrow T50HS (same style) gets a 4.6 out of 5 out of 1000 reviews. But is out of stock at...
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    09-14-2020, 09:07 AM
    Maybe the power shot changed or we got cheaper models, would have been in the 7-10 year ago timeframe. That is the type we all loved, but broke easily. Actually worse than broke, wore and started jamming more and more, really frustrating. And...
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    09-14-2020, 02:49 AM
    Any suggestions for a new range stapler? Just had another one fail, a Stanley. It wasnít very powerful, couldnít drive staples into wood very well for putting up cardboard backers, but was more comfortable to use. Adjustable and used at highest...
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    08-30-2020, 10:58 PM
    Are you sure it was really smokeless before? I noticed during that shortage period some ammo had changed powder. Federal American Eagle (red box) was one of them IIRC. The stuff smoked and smelled like Russian ammo from several lanes away,...
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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