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  • David2011's Avatar
    02-21-2020, 07:15 PM
    Almost all of my cast boolits are used for USPSA matches. I air cool and drop them all into a pile but they only fall two inches max. I don’t cut the sprue until the lead is firm. Post drop handling is far more likely to damage them than dropping...
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    02-14-2020, 01:22 PM
    The first question has been answered. “Boolits” is a term that distinguishes our hand poured monolithic lead based projectiles from mass produced copper shrouded projectiles for the commoners. Maybe I embellished a little.
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    02-13-2020, 12:08 AM
    Likely the best post.
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    02-12-2020, 02:05 PM
    As an IT professional and many years prior, a professional photographer I have a few rules for myself. 1. Store nothing in “the cloud” or any services outside my control. 2. Post to Castboolits and the other forums I frequent directly from my...
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    02-12-2020, 01:52 PM
    Dillon presses and accessories typically sell for about 80% of current retail regardless of age, as long as they’re in good condition. Should I decide to sell my 29 year old 550 it would sell for more than I paid for it new. I used to shoot...
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    02-12-2020, 04:52 AM
    As someone who grew up in Texas, it’s fun to read the experiences of others. As a Boy Scout I had plenty of exposure to live armadillos. When camping you can hear them tearing roots out of the ground at night.
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    02-11-2020, 02:10 AM
    If you hadn’t posted it again I wouldn’t have seen it so thank you! Noteworthy was that the pigs were cooled by spraying them with water from below (mold bottoms) and above, directly onto the molten lead. Many here would have newcomers believe...
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    02-09-2020, 08:07 PM
    Refer to OS OK’s pictures in post #2. The lines of print are Linotype. The large blocks with the “Y”, the flag and wreath are things generally seen in foundry type. Back when grocers had flyers delivered to your house they bought the flyer...
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    02-07-2020, 04:52 PM
    Thanks for all of the help! I removed the barrel, it was easy since it is a pinned barrel. The threaded shank measured .490 so I used a .500 collet in a collet block in the 4 jaw chuck. I turned a snug fitting plug to use to indicate the bore and...
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    02-07-2020, 03:17 PM
    Those 2 tools cost $200, I only paid $350 from the gun!
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    02-06-2020, 11:38 PM
    It looks like it was dropped and landed on the muzzle on a rock with a sharp corner.
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    02-06-2020, 11:05 PM
    I thought about removing the barrel or using a faceplate and an angle plate in the lathe.
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    02-06-2020, 10:38 PM
    Bought a S&W Model 60 with a pinned barrel that has a ding on the muzzle. I have not closely examined it yet to see if it raised metal inside the barrel but I would like to regrown it to get rid of the ding. Any suggestions?
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    02-06-2020, 10:21 PM
    Make a pinch trim die and cut 22LR brass!
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    02-06-2020, 09:23 PM
    Sorry; I just saw this a year later. Correct spec 6.5x55 cases are as you described but American cases from Remington have a .308 case head. The web area is still full 6.5x55 diameter. I converted a Yugo 48 to 6.5x55 and liked the way the...
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    02-06-2020, 04:05 PM
    Something to think about IMO is setting minimum bids. On Fleabay I’ve seen items get no bidding if the minimum bid is close to the item’s value. I bought a Dillon 650 and accessories for the minimum bid about 15 years ago. The minimum was right...
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    02-04-2020, 01:40 AM
    How big is the pot that came with the fryer? Probably 5 gallons. It will surely hold the weight of a turkey and 3-4 gallons of oil. You could melt all of the lead you currently have in 50 or so pound batches in less time than you can fabricate...
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    02-04-2020, 01:31 AM
    Not only call your game warden but get to know them. They’re regular people and enjoy contact with good guys. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know several as a Hunter Ed instructor.
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    02-04-2020, 01:27 AM
    I ordered 4x4x4 cardboard boxes from Uline, much like what commercial casters use. Also ordered 4x4x8 boxes for brass storage.
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    02-04-2020, 01:14 AM
    My semi-auto .22 pistol’s front sight got loose every time I shot it no matter how tight I tightened it. Finally after a range session I took it home, cleaned the front sight screw and its threaded hole with a brake cleaner type gun cleaner. One...
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    02-04-2020, 01:00 AM
    I’ve shot a ton of that load with 148 gr WCs. No velocity but if the sun is behind you then you can watch them go down range. SWAG is 650 FPS based on another load that I know is 645-650 FPS.
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    02-04-2020, 12:43 AM
    David2011 replied to a thread 45acp LSWC, Fail in Cast Boolits
    Before giving up on 1911s, please consider what can easily be accomplished with one. It can be an incredible powder puff shooter. You can put a lighter than stock recoil spring in it and shoot low velocity loads with the 200 gr swc. I would go...
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    01-31-2020, 06:38 PM
    There are many discussions here that cover using various alloys to manipulate the as-cast size of boolits. Some will cast bigger; others smaller depending (iirc) antimony content. With that much antimony I would expect the shrinkage you describe. ...
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    01-31-2020, 05:55 PM
    He said, grinning from ear to ear. Glad you liked it. Powder puff .38 loads are some of the best fun I’ve ever had with firearms.
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    01-31-2020, 05:41 PM
    David2011 replied to a thread soliciter call in Our Town
    We’ve made an interstate move to our retirement house and thought we would get a landline once we got settled. As time passed we realized that the solicitation calls had almost stopped and we no longer want a landline. Our carrier doesn’t have a...
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    01-31-2020, 01:06 AM
    The Little Crow trimmers are very good. I bought one for .223 before the adjustable ones were available.
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    01-31-2020, 12:43 AM
    Don’t throw them away. Just sell them as scrap.
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    01-31-2020, 12:32 AM
    The Lyman 452374 is essentially identical to the original .45 ACP bullet shape and casts easily. If you can find an old mold in good shape that would be the first choice in my book.
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    01-31-2020, 12:20 AM
    While I’ve used as little as 2.3 gr of Bullseye with 148 gr WCs that might be too little for your 125 gr boolits. At 2.7 gr it should kick like a .22 with great accuracy and buckets of fun.
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For the most part I shoot handgun combat. I use a 1911 and a Dawson built STI Edge in .40 S&W.
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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