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    Yesterday, 10:47 PM
    Used Lee sizers for quite a while, but, I like the NOE better. I especially like that they have nose size dies for my rifle bullets.
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    Yesterday, 03:08 PM
    I really hated 4bbl carbs of almost any kind. A bad solution for big power from huge engines on the street. SU's and the various motorcycle carbs were simple to work on. Sync work could be a bit frustrating if you had 4 to do. I got rid of...
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    Yesterday, 02:48 PM
    A gunsmith drilled and tapped the barrel of my Garand for a scope mount. He used Leupold bases and fit them to the radius of the barrel. They work really well. I did have to 'inlet' the top handguard to fit around the mount. What I liked about...
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    09-17-2020, 10:44 PM
    Had the SWC, TC and RN molds from Lee many years ago. The SWC worked well in most pistols. Some you may have to play with OAL to get it to feed reliably. I didn't like the std groove TC as it had a bevel base. The Lee sprue plate over time would...
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    09-17-2020, 10:29 PM
    You are right. It had over 100,000 miles on it a few years later. It was my last motorcycle too. Got rid of it just after I retired for good.
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    09-17-2020, 06:30 PM
    Rebuilding carbs is fun isn't it :) I had a Moto Guzzi T5 (850cc) that I put a lot of miles on. Rebuilt the carbs on it at the 50,000mi mark. New rings on the pistons, adjusted valves, replaced rear end gearbox, rewired it when I put in a new...
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    09-17-2020, 06:26 PM
    Just all about having fun. Rebuilding old rods is fun. I thought about making one from scratch, but never went forward with it. That before I refinished one. The refinishing was touchy enough that I was glad I didn't try making one. The good...
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    09-17-2020, 06:11 PM
    That's the point. I saw people use it in bullets back in the 80's. Not a new idea.
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    09-17-2020, 05:52 PM
    If you need a 5x magnifier to see the flare I don't think it will be a problem unless you are shooting several hundred yards, like with a .45-70. My rifle bullets get a gas check, seated square to the bullet base. Take your bullets and shoot...
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    09-17-2020, 01:58 PM
    No fiberglass for me. A guy came up and want me to teach him to cast with one. Heavy, slow (8wt so not surprising). My CF rods are 4wt (8.5'), 5wt (9ft) and 7wt(9ft) depending on where I am fishing. And I like the modern fly lines. On really...
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    09-17-2020, 01:43 PM
    Thermocouples have been used for decades in bullet casting. Yes, in bullets too. We used to do that when heat treating to make sure the bullet interior was up to temp. That was in the early 80's. And, it wasn't our idea. I think we got the idea...
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    09-17-2020, 01:37 PM
    Are you measuring the overall case length or shoulder to mouth? Those trimmers don't care what the overall case length is, only the relationship of neck to case mouth. If they are sized slightly differently before using the trimmer then the OAL's...
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    09-17-2020, 01:32 PM
    I experienced quite a few squibs before I found the cause on my progressive (Lee Load Master). Turned out the powder measure was not retracting correctly. So, minor fix with a spring and have not had one since with a pistol. When loading rifle...
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    09-17-2020, 12:21 AM
    Had no idea anyone made sp cases for the .45. Oh well. Haven't done that....yet :) Didn't know about copper wash on steel either. I now pick out weird headstamps. Still have to check for crimped primers too.
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    09-16-2020, 09:27 PM
    Mine was a '71 Spider. Mechanical fuel injection. The 75's had electronic FI so your seller must have retrofitted his. Ran well but it was eating the 2nd gear syncro and rust was becoming an issue. Sold it and got a 70 240Z. Mistake as I was...
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    09-16-2020, 09:10 PM
    When learning about different primers someone posted information from research they had done. One of the more interesting things they learned was that CCI small pistol magnum primers were the same as their small rifle primers. Same cup thickness,...
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    09-16-2020, 09:02 PM
    This reminds me of a reloading session I had with .45acp a while back. Went to prime a case and, bam! Turns out there was some mfg who made .45acp with small primers. First time I ever saw that. Gotta check all your brass before reloading.
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    09-16-2020, 07:33 AM
    Yes, FC is crimped. I have found some commercial federal that were crimped as well. These days I ream out the primer pocket of all .223 brass that is range pickup. The measuring tools are ok, but, it doesn't take very much ridge to make...
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    09-15-2020, 11:34 PM
    The two bullets you list (Lee 200 and 311299) are both bore riders so your accuracy will depend on how well the nose section fits your rifle, as well as the base. I've never tried that type of bullet with polygonal rifling before so you may become...
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    09-15-2020, 11:22 PM
    This thread finally got me off bottom dead center with my Garand. Had never reloaded for it but kept a boatload of Lake City brass I got from a bulk purchase of ammo at CMP many years ago. After loading up some 168gn Amax and getting decent...
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    09-15-2020, 10:11 AM
    Looks better? :) But, I am biased cause I love the look of the Python.
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    09-15-2020, 09:56 AM
    Nice pick in cars!! I was inches away from buying a TC when in high school. The kicker was rust, so did not get it. Mine were all more modern, Alfa Spider, 240Z's and such. Last wasn't really a sports car, Subaru WRX, modified a bit (>300hp). ...
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    09-15-2020, 09:49 AM
    I do not water quench, but, I do use harder alloys. Mostly Lyman #2. Using lino I would not quench. I believe the fliers from powder coating are due to the uneven coating on some bullets. When you reach higher RPM's this shows up more. What...
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    09-15-2020, 09:39 AM
    PS note that you should not exceed max loads for your rifle :)
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    09-14-2020, 10:23 PM
    I use 8gn of Blue Dot for my plinking loads, only cause I have a bunch of it around.
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    09-14-2020, 10:20 PM
    Find a case volume that is close and use that data. I use the .30-30 data for my .308 http://www.gmdr.com/lever/lowveldata.htm
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    09-14-2020, 08:35 PM
    PS this kind of thing is why I thought about going back to a cap and ball rifle. Accurate enough at 100yd and not hard on the shoulder.
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  • charlie b's Avatar
    09-14-2020, 08:31 PM
    Good job, actually great job for a first time casting. Yes, you could try for faster. Just keep increasing the load until the groups open up.
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    09-14-2020, 08:23 PM
    For plain base bullets usually need to remove any flashing before sizing or coating. My cast pistol loads used to run neck and neck with jacketed as long as they fit the bore correctly. Is it possible you are sizing too much as well? Would also...
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    09-14-2020, 05:37 PM
    LOL, yep. We lived a couple of places where I was 'stuck' with ranges that were only 100 or 200yds. Not much shooting fun for me. I gave my last sports car to my daughter. Just no fun to drive a hot car anywhere near the speed limit. Also...
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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