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    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    Echo, The large individual letters are usually called Foundry Type, also known as Display Type. They were used to add the local grocery store's name and the like to mass produced flyers that were sent to the printer with a blank header area. ...
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    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    Tripplebeards, You might read up on fluxing with sawdust. You'll be amazed at the difference in the results between candle wax and sawdust. Like Country Gent said, you can mix sawdust/wood shavings and candle wax as well.
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    Yesterday, 08:38 PM
    Your aluminum pan was probably tin plated steel. Molten lead adheres to it easily and instantly. I made the same mistake once trying to dump all of the alloy in my pot into what I thought was a small galvanized bucket - SWMBO's little decorative...
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    Yesterday, 02:18 AM
    Can't you feel when the primer bottoms out prematurely? Stop and fix the problem before popping a primer. Don't give up the benefits of the Loadmaster.
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    06-19-2017, 07:38 PM
    Love my Dillons and have had to develop loads when I didn't have a spare set of dies for the Rock Chucker. It's tedious but can be done. Easier since I got a Chargemaster. The RC will do everything I want and I have LnL bushings on every die I use...
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    06-19-2017, 07:01 PM
    Yes, the rubber washers keep the whole thing together. Definitely call Dillon.
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    06-19-2017, 06:28 PM
    David2011 replied to a thread Broken Die in Reloading Equipment
    Green Loctite will do a far better job than "Super Glue" or epoxy. Cyanoacrilates (all super glues) are very brittle. Epoxies will only hold onto carbide if it's roughened. Sounds like the adhered brass is the root of the problem.
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    06-09-2017, 06:56 PM
    They sold a bracket that you could use 3 Lyman molds. You may try looking for that also
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    06-09-2017, 05:16 PM
    You probably can't do it and still make Major if that is important. You need a slower powder that is known for its big flash. The flash is from powder burning after it leaves the barrel. I'll leave specific powder recommendations to others since...
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    06-09-2017, 03:29 AM
    Ken, you say every round is unique like that's a good thing. I want every round to be identical, the opposite of unique. Sparky45 is right. My criteria for choosing between a progressive and a single stage is the number of rounds I intend to...
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    06-09-2017, 01:25 AM
    Using a Magma Engineering Exercise Machine (aka Case Master Jr.) I push-through sized about 1500 .40 S&W cases (15 pounds at 99.9 cases per pound). I began to notice a different feel to cases as they went through the die. It slowed me down but I was...
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    06-09-2017, 12:41 AM
    The damaged and unknown primers got an epoxy marinade. I would think fairly hard to detonate now. David
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    06-08-2017, 06:34 PM
    Too bad you missed out on the Saeco. It's been my favorite for 35 years.
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    06-08-2017, 02:28 PM
    I have also read that many medicinal tubes were made of tin. Melt a little monitoring the temperature. That will tell you if it's tin or something else. Tin melts at about 450 F. Zinc melts at 787 F. Aluminum melts at 1220 F. Seems like every...
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    06-08-2017, 01:33 PM
    Lee calls it a "bullet punch." It snaps into the ram where a shellholder would normally go and pushes a boolit through the boolit sizing die. A little off topic but an alternate use for the...
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    06-08-2017, 01:01 PM
    The problem I've run into looking at other firearms forums is that I have become accustomed to the very civil way members conduct themselves here. The vast majority of other forums don't police or filter inappropriate crude vulgar language. Now,...
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    06-08-2017, 12:51 PM
    They have an "Undergoing Maintenance" screen with a clock (not running) on it.
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    06-07-2017, 03:57 PM
    Edwin, How has your dueling tree held up? We use them in Hunter Education just as reactive targets but at 25 yards. Many of the students have not fired a gun before the field day we have for them. At that distance the .22 rifles hit hard...
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    06-07-2017, 03:27 PM
    David2011 replied to a thread Table saws in Special Projects
    MaryB, This might be less saw than you want but it is portable, has wheels and the table has extension wings that will let you rip 24". It also has a short outfeed extension. I have an older version of the same saw that I picked up unused at a...
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    06-07-2017, 02:18 AM
    Ken, I've been using Randy Rat's TAC-X solid sticks. He's a member here and a vendor sponsor. Living in Michigan you may prefer the TAC-1 blend. I'm in the desert Southwest. TAC-X is blended for warmer climates and I have to use the heater...
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    06-07-2017, 02:05 AM
    Plate Plinker, Do you want to push the ram or operate the existing mechanism? Making a new handle to attach the air cylinder would require far less power than pushing the ram with no mechanical advantage. I think your 1.25" cylinder would have...
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    06-07-2017, 12:32 AM
    It can happen. Just in my STI (avatar pic) I've shot about 90,000 rounds in competition and practice. Zero factory loads. That would be about $28,000 in Winchester 500 round boxes. I have a very well equipped loading and casting room and could...
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    06-07-2017, 12:13 AM
    Frosting is not a problem in itself. As the mold gets hot the alloy cools more slowly. Slow cooling allows antimony crystals to form which manifest as frosting. I suppose it is possible to get the mold too hot with an under temp alloy bit not...
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    06-06-2017, 02:12 PM
    I took some community college courses in gunsmithing and later became the instructor. It was far more limited than the PTCC Curriculum. We just taught basic lathe and milling machine operation, blasting, polishing and hot bluing with the goal of...
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    06-06-2017, 01:38 AM
    David2011 replied to a thread Question on HBWCs in Cast Boolits
    Probably nothing new here but I like shooting HBWC (or FBWCs) so had to pipe in. When I was introduced to casting a few decades back that was the end of swaged HBWCs for me. Sounds like you need the brass to be as big as possible, controlled by...
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    06-05-2017, 11:43 PM
    Tested the rifle today. First 5 shots were about 1/2" left and 4" low at about 35 yards, 7/8"x3/4" group with a horrible military style trigger. Not great but at least it worked. A few clicks and I was dinging the ram silhouette at 200. It still...
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    06-05-2017, 10:47 PM
    The pink color is where the zinc has been lost and copper remains. In a gallon of water I use about 2 Tbs citric acid and a dash of Lemi-Shine 160 degrees. Since it works almost instantly the brass is removed after 2-3 minutes. Never get pink...
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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