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  • swheeler's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:17 PM
    I'll bet you find a bunch! Your bullets look good, sharp lines no rounded edges mold temp looks right on the money. When you get the crud out of your pot you will be making some nice bullets, good job! edit: could it be in your "range scrap"...
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    Yesterday, 01:10 PM
    Quite impressed with one guy owning both SN#1 and #2 from 1936 and in that original shape. They probably should go to Cody!
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    Yesterday, 01:06 PM
    I bought a set of the Pachmayr gunsmith screw drivers years ago, they are better than hardware screw drivers, but not much. I would say the hardening was inconsistent with bit tips breaking off while others bent. I replaced them with the small set...
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    Yesterday, 12:56 PM
    Actually, I've noticed that I seem to get almost NO copper fouling in my CF rifles when I shoot jacketed after a 'few'...maybe, 25 or so...rounds of PC'd. Bill
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    Yesterday, 12:55 PM
    I think you are on to something there. Sometimes emptying the pot and giving it a good scrubbing does wonders, I use a ss cup brush in a drill, do it outside and wear a mask and nitrile gloves. What looks like a clean pot can yield a tablespoon full...
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    Yesterday, 12:41 PM
    Speaking strictly of Lee products for .30 cal., both the 312-160 and the 309-200 have proven satisfactory for me. The 312-160 is the only boolit I load for my M1916 Spanish Short Rifle in 7.62x51 while the 309-200 is my 'go to' for the .30-40 Krag...
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    Yesterday, 12:31 PM
    What I see on the ball and nose of bullets are inclusions/ dirt/debris/dross, you need to flux really well. The flashing around the base usually can be prevented by keeping the base of the that pin lubed so the cavity halves close around it...
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    01-18-2020, 11:30 PM
    Several years back, there was a lengthy thread about replacement of heating element/thermostat of those old Saeco/Lyman pots. As I recall, a suitable replacement element was obtained from W.W. Grainger but don't remember details as I had already...
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    01-18-2020, 11:12 PM
    1) Not good for heating elements to run an empty pot for any length of time. When casting, I try to keep pot at least 1/4 full and when changing from one alloy to another I unplug pot before draining whatever is left into an ingot mold. 2) ...
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    01-18-2020, 01:32 PM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread chain cover in Our Town
    You might try your nearest farm supply store. The ones around here sell polyvinyl tubing...like used for milking machines and similar...in several sizes by the foot. Bill
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    01-18-2020, 01:06 PM
    Bought my D2000 sometime in the early-1980s...still going strong...and still under warranty as it was purchased before Dillon discontinued covering tumbler motors. Bill
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    01-18-2020, 12:58 PM
    You've disassembled about as much as needed for simple cleaning. So far as the inside of the pot, soaking with penetrating oil followed by a wire brush and a rinse with brake cleaner spray should be adequate. That 'blocked' drain is most likely...
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    01-18-2020, 12:30 PM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread I feel naughty... in Our Town
    In my modest collection of CF sporting rifles, there are only two that are solely fed on jacketed: the .243 M700...acquired during the Nixon administration...and the Ruger #3 .22 Hornet that I bought while they were still in production. Neither...
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    01-16-2020, 11:22 PM
    Have tried both the Lee 450-500 and the Accurate reproduction of the original Gov't .45-70-500 boolit in my Trapdoor carbine with both BP and smokeless...not a lot of fun with either. Day that I was test-firing my first '.45-55-500' loads another...
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    01-16-2020, 11:06 PM
    Loctite 28654 Form-a-Thread might work. Specs say it's good to 300F but I've used it to repair damaged spark plug threads on aluminum heads of air-cooled small engines...like chain saws and push mowers. Only other option I can think of (without...
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    01-16-2020, 10:53 PM
    As stated in a another recent thread, I've found that electrician's wire-pulling lube a valuable assist in push-thru sizing of PC'd boolits. If you're planning to size two or mre calibers, you should probably take a look at NOE's sizer...
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    01-16-2020, 10:41 PM
    Sometimes, I'll do Gatorade bottles, painted 'survival orange' and filled with water, at 300 shooting off buffalo sticks with my .38-55 Highwall. Never fails to impress the guys with scoped ARs struggling to keep five shots on one of the 12" gongs...
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    01-16-2020, 11:11 AM
    I load the 8mm Maximum to about 1800 fps, 252 grs checked and lubed, one shot at 50 yds on 1100 pound cow bison DRT. Shoot a deer in the left front shoulder and it will exit right rear ham, looks like they been harpooned with half inch rebar.
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    01-16-2020, 10:58 AM
    swheeler replied to a thread 4759 in Canister & Surplus Powder
    I'd buy it at that price. IMR SR 4759 a bulky powder that works well in reduced loads, maroon/plum colored can though not green, that's a different powder ends in a 6;-)
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    01-15-2020, 10:39 PM
    Appears very similar to the old Lyman/Ideal 457124...which is what I shoot in my H&R Trapdoor with both BP and smokeless. If that NOE is anything like the Lyman, you'll also find that something around 12-13 gr. of Unique will duplicate BP...
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    01-15-2020, 08:43 PM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread Pet Loads heads-up in Our Town
    Mine's a 5th Edition (1990); two-volume set and a number of the calibers appear to have been updated from earlier additions. Vol. 1 covers .22 Hornet thru .30-40 Krag; Vol. 2 covers .30-06 thru .50-70 Gov't for rifle and .32 ACP to .45 LC for...
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    01-14-2020, 12:55 PM
    +1 on Smoke's Clear. I began powder-coating about four years ago and, in that time, have experimented with a number of powders, including the HF's and several of Smoke's colors. It could be that my technique has improved with practice, but IMO his...
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    01-14-2020, 11:48 AM
    I'm with Popper on this. My Savage M10LE produces sub-2 MOA at 2150 fps out to 300 but the boolit I'm using (Arsenal 309-188RN GC-PC) was designed for PC. Driving band and bore-rider nose drop .309 and .299, respectively, from my home-brewed Lyman...
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    01-13-2020, 03:31 PM
    Somebody has big dreams!!!!
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    01-13-2020, 01:20 PM
    +1 on Emmert's Improved. All of my BPCR boolits...for use with either BP or smokeless...are pan-lubed with Emmert's. I have found, however, that adding just a touch of Murphy's Oil Soap to the mix seems to make for a smoother blend. Bill
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    01-13-2020, 10:06 AM
    Nope Methodist
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    01-12-2020, 10:07 PM
    I posted this before on HV muzzle loader 3800 fps. Not a mauser action but BAT...........https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_9OGOMMytc
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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