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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    Today, 02:02 AM
    You're not going to shoot those rounds through your gauge, which is set up for minimum specifications. The true test is the chamber they're going to be fired in. If they fit the chamber, then you're good to go, as long as all the rest is within...
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  • Mike W1's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    Let me make a few phone calls and see what turns up. Do appreciate your kind offer.
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    05-26-2020, 10:16 PM
    There's a good one but another 10-12 miles further. And rarely go to that town. Could call I guess.
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    05-26-2020, 08:46 PM
    There's a couple pretty good hardwares in the about the 20+ mile radius. One in particular that I do haunt when I'm over there but wasn't looking for brass ones at the time. Maybe the dog and I are going to have to do a little road trip. Fairly...
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  • Mike W1's Avatar
    05-26-2020, 06:07 PM
    Does anyone know of a source to purchase a FEW of these. I can find some online but I'll never have a use for a 100 of them. Thanks.
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    05-25-2020, 12:28 PM
    Bigjake, I've had the CH the longest, and have used it the most, and it's permanently mounted to my bench, so I'd probably have to say I prefer the CH. I've only used the Corbin a couple times and it works fine, but I had it mounted to a piece...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    05-25-2020, 10:26 AM
    You use a cannelure tool to apply a crimp groove, if desired. I have two, a CH and a Corbin. The CH is pictured in the photo: Hope this helps. Fred
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    05-24-2020, 10:21 PM
    Not enough difference to worry about. I've shot hundreds of my swaged bullets from cartridge cases in .357, .41, .44 and .45, and I see no difference at all in the barrels of any of them. The cases are annealed dead soft prior to swaging, too. ...
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  • Mike W1's Avatar
    05-24-2020, 03:19 PM
    I drilled my mold to take a 1/8" TC and use my VOM to read the temperatures. Last couple days have been experimenting with the PID settings for my hot plate with the goal of finding just where it needs to be at so the mold is at it's preferred...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    05-22-2020, 02:12 PM
    To the OP's original question, I have, and use, both the Lyman and RCBS Ram Prime tools. They both work the same and are of the same quality. I really like them for precision primer seating. Just pick the one you can obtain at the best price. ...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    05-17-2020, 02:29 PM
    I've regulated sight of several SAA clones for particular loads at fixed distances. I just take a bunch of the preferred ammo and a sharp fine file to the range and start shooting. I take a little off the front sight and shoot again. I repeat...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    05-17-2020, 02:24 PM
    The Uberti rifles and carbines are prone to rusting inside the magazine tube, so you might check that after you take the spring and follower out. I shoot Cowboy Action, so a lot of my fellow shooters have Uberti rifles and pistols, and for some...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    05-15-2020, 11:05 AM
    My present Rockchucker is a RC II, which RCBS sent me to replace my original Rockchucker that I literally wore out. The current Rockchucker has the 1" ram, but since I've got two other presses more suited to swaging, it remains a reloading press. ...
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    05-15-2020, 01:00 AM
    I'm making hollowpoint bullets, so I don't really want them to close up too much, or they won't open up when they hit something. I mashed the ram on my Rockchucker swaging bullets, and RCBS sent me a new one. I was at the limit of what the...
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    05-14-2020, 11:01 AM
    ReloaderFred replied to a thread Core bonding in Swaging
    Here's the old ceramics kiln I use for this job: Hope this helps. Fred
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    05-14-2020, 10:51 AM
    ReloaderFred replied to a thread Core bonding in Swaging
    It's possible to bond cores to jackets without the use of flux, but it involves high temperatures and a "soaking" period. These cores have been melted into the jackets at 1,125 Degrees F, and soaked over night while the kiln cooled down. The only...
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    05-14-2020, 10:38 AM
    Bruce, Here's a photo of my tall Star, next to my Star copy: Notice on the copy how the carrier casting was made, and on the base, the screw hole positions are just off enough that it won't fit on a heater base. Whoever made it, used a...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    05-14-2020, 10:20 AM
    I swage with CH Swaging dies and the point form die produces a perfectly formed bullet, so I've never had the need to use the rounding die for that purpose. I've used it for other things, but not that. Here are the steps I use: These were...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    05-13-2020, 11:38 PM
    This is one of BTSniper's early notching dies, which includes a rounding punch for forming the nose of the bullet: Hope this helps. Fred
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    05-13-2020, 11:36 PM
    This is another view of the same die, which in this case is a CH4D Blank forming Die: Hope this helps. Fred
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    05-13-2020, 11:34 PM
    This is what a notching/blank die looks like: They don't form the hollowpoint. What they do is produce the notching of the jacket, similar to a Hornady XTP JHP bullet. Hope this helps. Fred
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    05-12-2020, 12:44 PM
    The Kingsford plant is located in Springfield, OR, just off Hwy. 126, which is the main highway between Eugene and Bend. Every time we go east, we pass that plant, and the huge piles of raw material are wood, not coal. They make the briquets out...
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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