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    Yesterday, 07:17 AM
    If you question the voracity of what is posted, then when someone measures concentricity to .001" you get a useless answer as well.
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    07-11-2020, 04:37 PM
    Ruined 15lb of 1-40 lead for my black powder stuff. I forgot what was in the pot and added an ingot of Lyman#2. Dumb.
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    07-11-2020, 04:30 PM
    Lee was not a benchrest guy so not surprised to see they lack the knowledge in that area. If you are loading for 6PPC I'd expect to see a set with Wilson, Forster and/or Redding competition dies. Along with coax and arbor presses. I've seen a...
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    07-11-2020, 08:42 AM
    Problem is the manufacturers have been shut down for a while in many states.
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    07-08-2020, 03:22 PM
    Some of us don't want to spend extra money on a portion of the hobby that we may not like. So, a really cheap oven does the job for a few small batches. Mine still holds temp and since I only bake 30-40 bullets at a time it works for me. I think...
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    07-07-2020, 10:04 PM
    I'd rather ask them what size groups they are shooting. ;)
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    07-07-2020, 01:51 PM
    I do not consider Lee stuff only for beginners or the ham fisted types. Just not true. Interesting that Lee has provided replacement parts for anything I have worn out. The other side of that is I have yet to wear out any dies and have not had...
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    07-07-2020, 01:19 PM
    After a couple other test series I have settled on a load of 28.2gn of Varget with the A31-210E bullet, powder coated and gas checked. Just this morning went out and shot a 10 round 1.85" group at 200yd followed by a 5 round 1.1" group also at...
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    07-06-2020, 09:49 PM
    One trick you might try for bench resting lever actions. Use your off hand to hold the fore end and then rest your hand on the bench rest bag. Made a big difference when I was shooting model 94's and my muzzle loaders.
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    07-06-2020, 09:44 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread NOE back order in Cast Boolits
    LOL I think we ordered at the same time!!! I also had a set of those mold handles that were shown as backordered. I sanded off the sticky finish and stained them myself.
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    07-06-2020, 09:42 PM
    Well....yes!!! I do. Whether it is a new fly rod or reel or both. Or a bait casting rig or spinning reel. And just today I had to run 50miles to Cabella's to replace a bunch of crank bait lures that I had lost due to fish, rocks, trees, etc. ...
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    07-06-2020, 09:30 PM
    I have to say that I mostly use Lee dies as well, for over 40 years. I have also used Lee presses for just as long. And, yes, loading pistol cartridges with carbide dies is wonderful. No case lube ever needed. The taper crimp dies work well too....
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    07-02-2020, 09:16 PM
    If you want some more fun try paper patching. There is a good sticky on this up above.
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    07-01-2020, 10:16 PM
    As long as the bullet fills the grooves completely you should have no gas cutting, GC or no GC.
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    07-01-2020, 05:30 PM
    Yes you could. It probably has a faster twist so could shoot heavier bullets as well. Hornady Great Plains for example. Or you can go a bit 'wild' and shoot something like the Lee .500S&W bullet (450gn). Or even learn to paper patch bullets...
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    07-01-2020, 05:14 PM
    That, in a nutshell, is why it is best to slug your throat and bore so you can size your cast bullets to fit your rifle.
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    06-29-2020, 10:21 PM
    Yes it is.
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    06-29-2020, 05:54 PM
    Do both. The bore section touches in the bore and the rear driving bands are engaged into the rifling when chambered.
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    06-28-2020, 10:26 PM
    After shooting .357 Mag in a Contender I can say that it was not that difficult to get 1" groups at 100yd. About the same difficulty as shooting the .223 barrel on the same frame. As stated above, when trying to get better groups than that you...
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    06-28-2020, 10:04 PM
    First, bore riding is a bullet with a nose that rides on the bore, ie, touching the lands but not engraved into the grooves. It 'rides the bore' as it is chambered. The bore is defined by the 'tops' of the lands. Second, yes, the bullet should...
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    06-23-2020, 08:30 PM
    I've had some that were difficult to chamber and they still shoot well. FWIW, I usually determine where the lands are by 'coloring' the bullet with a Sharpie. When my bullets are sized to just fit in the bore the thickness of the Sharpie makes...
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    06-23-2020, 11:58 AM
    Forgot. This is great info too. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?13425-Cast-Bullet-Loads-for-Military-Rifles-Article&p=151130&viewfull=1#post151130
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    06-23-2020, 11:51 AM
    I agree, there is no danger from lead fumes as the vapor pressure is so high. I use a P100 respirator but mainly for dust and fumes from the flux. When casting I don't wear it.
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    06-23-2020, 11:46 AM
    I loved my old Lee turret. Father-in-law and I tried just about everything to break one, including some mild swaging. Never missed a beat. My Loadmaster is great for me, but, it did require some mods to work well, mainly in the primer feed (which...
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    06-23-2020, 07:28 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread Average weight in Cast Boolits
    Yep, bulk bullets will do that. I compare my .308 bullets to the Sierra Match Kings and Hornady A-max. The SMK's are usually +/- 0.1gn, the A-max's are +/- 0.3gn.
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    06-23-2020, 07:24 AM
    If you want some light loads... http://www.gmdr.com/lever/lowveldata.htm
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    06-22-2020, 10:23 PM
    Yes, you probably have to seat them deeper. Unless the Lyman manual info is for that exact bullet then the OAL is meaningless. Cast bullets in general vary so much in dia, ogive shape and taper that each one will require a different OAL. I use...
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    06-22-2020, 10:11 PM
    FWIW, I don't think I've ever had a 'bad' powder. I've had some that were 'dirtier' than others, like 2400. But, when they perform well the extra residue doesn't bother me.
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    06-22-2020, 06:03 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Average weight in Cast Boolits
    I've never had cast bullets that close in tolerance. Most of the time mine are a 2 or 3 grain spread. Just as an example, the last batch of 210gn .308 bullets I cast were between 209.5 and 211.8. I sort into groups of .5gn, eg 211.0 to 211.4.
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    06-21-2020, 07:42 AM
    I am a bit cheap when it comes to this kind of stuff. When I needed a new single station press I went to the gun shop we had in Albuquerque and bought a used one. It happened to be a Lee that I got for $20. Despite being aluminum it has done...
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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