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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:10 PM
    He's right about the bolt tool as it's difficult......almost impossible......to disassemble it otherwise. It's not impossible, but unless you really like blood blisters and have a lot of time on your hands..it's totally doable! Ask me how I...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:43 PM
    And... source an M1 Carbine bolt tool too if you continue to shoot steel cased ammo, cause you'll need it!
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    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    The Lyman 311359 and the RCBS 30-115SP are your friend here. The steel cased Russian ammo is not so much your friend, hard on the extractor. N-110 is the best powder I have ever used in the M1 Carbine. H110 and IMR4227 runs a close second place. I...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    I got an LBT almost 30 years ago and have friends with the LEE and Cabintree. I like the very quick direct readout and great repeat-ability of the LBT.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:40 PM
    I grew up on the east coast (S.C.) and if I ever did have to move back east of the Mississippi, it would be there. Had to drive east about a year ago to pick up my son from the Camp Lejune area, couldn't get out of all that congestion and **** fast...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:01 AM
    That bullet is a great deer bullet, I and several others on here have used it successfully with no excessive meat damage. You cast it way too hard, pushed it too fast and shot something that wasn't realistic at point blank range and then call the...
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    Yesterday, 10:57 AM
    The .22 LR drought got me to looking at other things and was what got me into casting for the .22 Hornet, I bought a Hornet specifically to do that. In retrospect, I might have done better trying to do it with my .223. My old Savage 110 has the...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:29 AM
    This is my thought. I have a few sinker molds, one that casts egg sinkers and one that casts tear drop sinkers, both of various weights. I think I have a jig mold somewhere too from the days I used to use a lot of light jigs (never did get...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:48 AM
    "If the United States had a rectum it would be Iowa" Not even close. I'd happily live anywhere in the Midwest over pretty much anywhere on the eastern sea board.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-17-2018, 10:28 PM
    Been giving this project more thought and just read this one again. I have a Harbor freight tool stand, cost $5 and has that cross piece. I also have an old Pacific C press I got for $15 that sizes on the up stroke. I think this is coming...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    03-17-2018, 02:21 PM
    Your round balls should be cast from pure, or pure with just a touch of tin for fill-out if needed.
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    03-17-2018, 11:46 AM
    Yes, swapping & selling is a good place to look. Please, no more offers to sell on this thread.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-17-2018, 11:32 AM
    This is the show in Wichita I referenced; https://www.visitwichita.com/event/chisholm-trail-antique-gun-association-gun-show/22602/ Best big gun show I have been to in years. Lots and lots and lots of reloading and bullet casting stuff, never...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-17-2018, 09:30 AM
    I used a short .54 barrel on my Hawken one year and killed a little buck with it. Used a TC Maxi Hunter mold and yes, it did indeed kick hard. I was young and dumb and probably used way more Pyrodex than was necessary, especially given the ranges...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-17-2018, 08:45 AM
    Dad gave me a big ol' drum of Alcan 120 I have been using up for a couple of years now. I managed to find enough load data (120 was never real popular in anything it seems) to figure out it burns like Red Dot, so I have been using Red Dot starting...
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  • Buckshot's Avatar
    03-16-2018, 08:53 PM
    ...............I'd picked this mould up many moons ago and haven't even warmed it up yet. I'm in the process now of inventorying all my moulds and would like to know what this one is supposed to be. Looks like a 30/31 cal, maybe 160/180 gr RNGC. ...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    03-16-2018, 08:33 PM
    I have never even tried T7. I guess the main reason I don't care to try it is that it has a reputation for leaving a nasty "crud ring'. Not saying it is doing that with your rifle, but it might be. I've had such good success with Goex 2F, that for...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-16-2018, 08:03 PM
    I went to a gun show in Wichita last weekend with my Dad. It's one that seems to cater to old and antique stuff, not table after table of black rifles and automatic pistols, maybe that's the difference. Nothing out of the ordinary, no protests,...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-16-2018, 07:38 PM
    I had been using the Lee universal die to load .38-55, apparently, it wasn't cutting it. I do use it pretty much all the time when loading cast rifle bullets. These dies made a huge difference.
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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