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    Yesterday, 07:41 PM
    Some are Bullseye shooters. Some are plagued by inaccurate firearms and can't seem to hit anything. It's just the fault of those pesky firearms!
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    02-15-2020, 07:28 PM
    I shoot primer propelled wax bullets. They can be shot from an automatic but they must be single loaded. Shooting these at paper will really help. Also if you reload. You can load up some minimum loads using lighter weight recommended bullets.
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    02-15-2020, 07:15 PM
    ATF and kerosene Also power steering fluid and kerosene May be same stuff in ATF and power steering fluud.
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    02-15-2020, 01:58 PM
    I make coffee every morning. I dump the grounds on newspaper and they are dried out by the next day. I save them up in an empty coffee can and use them for my shot loads. They blast the carpenter bees and wasps and unlike the loads that use grits...
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    02-14-2020, 12:43 PM
    Old thread, but lighter fluid, mineral spirits , and even gasoline will soften and dissolve wax bullet residue pretty easy and quick. Using it on a bore brush, it goes faster, then change to patches. Easy peasy.
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    02-14-2020, 01:31 AM
    Good for you! I always like to hear the scoffers getting educated!
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    02-11-2020, 05:19 AM
    Some of us just like to shoot. Others like to get more hands on and make the pellets and ammo. This is a cast boolit forum also.
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    02-11-2020, 04:38 AM
    You have to use a hot plate to bring your mould up to heat and then your pellet mould will fill out.And keep the pellet mould hot in between casts to maintain temperature. In fact I use the hot plate to bring all hollow point molds and pins up to...
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    02-10-2020, 06:33 PM
    Thanks guys. I enjoyed reading these thoughts on .303. I have the LEE six cavity 90 gr tumble lube swc. The darn thing has always thrown bullets .321. Not supposed to, but I always have to size them down all but erasing the tumble lube lines...
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    02-07-2020, 09:33 PM
    Open the ends of a cardboard box and throw a blanket over it. That breaks up the noise too when you shoot catsneeze load thru keeping rifle inside. You can put some straw on bottom of box and on sides inside. Finns used this trick against the...
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    02-07-2020, 03:22 PM
    Don't forget those hot glue bullets that are primer powered. They are fun loads too. They can have a bit of lead added and a grain of Bullseye or any fast powder and used for small game when they are cast using your larger size bullet mould....
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    02-07-2020, 01:48 PM
    I believe any ammo loaded in a cold area must be kept in a cold area till it is shot. I believe moisture from condensation will form inside the shells and make your powder wet and damp if this ammo is brought into a heated area. The ammo companies...
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    02-06-2020, 08:43 PM
    Used a dremel moto tool with a small mounted stone to polish/ grind the hole larger on the shell holders.Mine were hardened where the hole is and would dull a drill bit.
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    02-06-2020, 05:48 PM
    I use home made dippers to fill in where the LEE dippers fall short for the load I want. I just weigh up the load I want and select an empty case that will hold the load. I dump the pre-weighed charge into the case with a funnel. Then I just...
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    02-06-2020, 04:57 PM
    Alferd Packer replied to a thread What the floss? in Cast Boolits
    I found that instead of letting the lead flow directly into the sprue hole that just a little to one side of the sprue hole and make a bank shot of the stream into the hole makes a difference . First reduce the flow a little and then try it. It...
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    02-06-2020, 11:00 AM
    After WW2, the Japanese exported cheap tin cap guns to the U.S. The caps included with them came on yellow colored paper rolls and were made of black powder. They had the distinctive sulphur smell and were louder than american Kilgore company...
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    02-01-2020, 04:25 PM
    I use a card disk that I lay atop the wax before i press the shell down on it. When the primer fires, the blast hits the cardboard disk and pushes the wax out. The card disk is like a gas check and keeps the barrel cleaner much longer. YMMV One...
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    02-01-2020, 04:09 PM
    Always push unprimed cases into wax. Only prime them after wax is in case. Otherwise trapped air is compressed and makes wax creep back out of case before you shoot. Wax bullet can stick out end of cylinder tying up gun. It happens, though not...
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    01-31-2020, 03:46 PM
    I have NOE .25 pellet mould. I use it to cast pellets for primer powered loads in my .25 auto handgun. Just for fun! I can also add a half grain of Bullseye powder .
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    01-31-2020, 03:41 PM
    Alferd Packer replied to a thread RB in air rifles? in AirGuns
    I have the NOE 22 magnum mould with the extra pins to make a hollow base skirt, heavier than the swaged ones they sell. Then I can go heavier than that as the next shorter pin let's more lead in the cast pellet to make the skirt thicker. The next...
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    01-31-2020, 08:24 AM
    Any one concerned about wear on the rifling or wear at the muzzle from a cleaning rod can use a pull thru made from a istring and a patch . A string, about three feet long with a suitable small weight, a small paper clip or piece of bent wire with...
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    01-31-2020, 07:18 AM
    This is really an old thread, but worth reviving . I think there is quite a difference in the loads being talked about here. From primer power only to three and finally four grains of Bullseye. Also mixing wax loads, hot glue loads weighing 17...
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    01-30-2020, 11:06 AM
    I have used vaseline jell melted in with canning wax to soften to cookie cut out primer powered loads. Have to to experiment to find satisfactory ratio. Maybe try, 1/3 cup vaseline to one lb. Paraffin wax. That should make it softer. Maybe add...
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    01-28-2020, 01:59 PM
    I feel pretty much the same as you about that brand of ammo. Had one fail to fire and upon carefully checking, I found a crust of burnt lead that found it's way under the rim to cushion the blow of the firing pin. After removal of the crust, the...
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    01-28-2020, 01:45 PM
    Usually stamped into the case sizer. Unless not LEE or homemade.
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    01-28-2020, 01:38 PM
    When you hit the water on a lake at high enough speed you will break up or crumple like as if you struck a brick wall ! Similar to a skydiver whose chute failed to open.
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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