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  • charlie b's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:56 AM
    Since my AMPCO nipples wear out in less than 50 rounds I suspect vent liners might go in 10 or 20, if that long. And, yes, I have considered mag spark conversions. If I shot my Lyman more I'd probably go that route. If you have a .54 with a...
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    Yesterday, 09:51 AM
    "all 2 cycle engines are demonically possessed." I spit water all over my keyboard :) Father-in-law was on diesel subs back in his Navy days. He and his engineering crew did a rebuild of the Fairbanks Morse diesels while underway one year...
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    Yesterday, 09:26 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread NOE top punchs in Cast Boolits
    NOE also has detailed drawings of their bullets. Just find the one that is closest to your bullets. Seating GC's base first does not guarantee they go on flat. You need to seat them first, then size. If you have a Lyman sizer then get their GC...
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    Yesterday, 09:12 AM
    We ran a home business for many years and I did my own web service. It took a lot of my time while my wife did most of the production (not bullets :) ). Just the inventory actions alone were daunting for a two person operation when you have many...
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    09-19-2020, 10:35 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Boolit weight in Cast Boolits
    Just load and shoot. Do start with lower than max pressures, but, this is not usually an issue for most cast bullet loads. And, you will not be at the same velocities as the book powder levels. Not a big deal. FWIW, Lee specs their molds for...
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    09-19-2020, 05:50 PM
    I believe Larry is referring specifically to the Hornady style gas checks rather than the 'straight side' gas checks that people can make at home. The difference is the 'edge' that Hornady puts on the gas check. When seated the GC is 'crimped' and...
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    09-19-2020, 05:24 PM
    My GPH percussion is very accurate with paper patched and greased bullets up to about 450gn. 80-100gn of powder means a lot of pressure. Even the AMPCO nipples wear out quickly. I can't imagine how few shots it would take to open up a vent liner.
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    09-19-2020, 05:18 PM
    ROFLMAO. Father-in-law was a master machinist so learned most from him, but, not nearly enough to be good at it. Just enough to make some stuff as I needed it. We also shared an interest in guns and reloading. He died before he could do one of...
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    09-19-2020, 04:50 PM
    If you are very careful you can do your own drill and tap for mounts. I did it myself a long time ago. Even had to contour the bottom of the bases to match the barrel. A good jig can be used even with a portable drill but a drill press makes it...
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    09-19-2020, 08:24 AM
    Yeah, that was how I ran when we lived out of town. Truck, 2 cars and 2 motorcycles, three trailers. And wife didn't drive much. Tools enough to fill a garage and do major projects. When I retired we decided to go full time in an RV. We had...
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    09-19-2020, 08:12 AM
    On another thread/forum there was a good write up about primers, SP, LP, SR, LR and magnums. One thing I didn't know was that for CCI their SP magnum primers were identical to their SR primers. Same amount of 'powder', same thickness of cup. The...
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    09-18-2020, 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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    09-18-2020, 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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    09-18-2020, 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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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