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    07-17-2019, 12:25 AM
    8mmFan replied to a thread what size truck in Our Town
    Whatever you do, take my dadís advice and donít ever buy a truck with a 5í box. Get a full-size. Wish I had taken his advice every time I want to put a topper on my F-150 and use it to sleep in the back instead of a tent on hunting trips. 8mmFan
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    07-17-2019, 12:17 AM
    I flat love wearing boots. I have to wear dress shoes for work, but any other time I can I wear boots. Shorts, jeans, church in the winter, whenever I can I wear boots. I just flat like them. I have broken in more than I care to remember,...
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    07-17-2019, 12:00 AM
    8mmFan replied to a thread online handle/username in Our Town
    I’ve always really liked the 8x57 Mauser. I like reloading for it, shooting both jacketed and cast in it, hunting with it, souping it up with hot reloads, etc. It’s just a great, great cartridge with a lot of history. I’d probably have felt the...
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    07-16-2019, 11:55 PM
    8mmFan replied to a thread Please pray for my son in Our Town
    Blackthorn, what are the first names of your son and daughter? Every. Single. Night. We say our prayers with our kids. There is a place in our prayers for “God Bless all the sick children and their families, including xxxx, xxxx, xxxx, xxxx,...
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    07-12-2019, 03:56 PM
    Lar45, I’ve always only used Lee Liquid Alox, tumble lubed, on all bullets. DonH, it’s hard to say what the alloy is, as I just kind of toss in what I’ve got into the pot. I DO have some segregated pure lead around, as well as some segregated...
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    07-11-2019, 09:59 PM
    So far we have always used a .22. This year, however, I suspect we’ll use all manner of cast bullets with cat sneeze loads. 7x57 and 8x57 for sure. Always used safely, of course - no shots fired up at all. We have plenty of opportunities to...
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    07-11-2019, 09:18 PM
    The last follow up to the original thread... I got out the metal detector and found one of the original two LEE 7mm Soupcan bullets. It wasnt’ hard to do as it had gone through the boards and cut a trench and then burrowed further into the...
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    07-11-2019, 07:09 PM
    Exactly!!!
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    07-11-2019, 06:59 PM
    Thanks Redhawk, that’s what I needed to know. And just to bring the whole thread full circle, and give LEE their due, I measured two sized and LLA’d bullets, and they are right at .323 and .285, respectively. There is a tiny amount of play in...
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    07-11-2019, 06:34 PM
    My bad...I put the photos in the wrong order.
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    07-11-2019, 06:30 PM
    Guys, I got my new micrometer in the mail. Now, am I reading (and measuring) this right? These are PRE-SIZER, meaning, I have not run them through the sizing die yet. I am measuring them on the widest part of the bullet. In the first photo,...
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    07-10-2019, 10:23 PM
    Thanks, guys. I’ll make some softer bullets and give it a shot. RED BEAR, I do water quench every bullet I cast. I’ll make some 50/50 bullets and air cool them and see what happens. The reason these are loaded with Bullseye is for...
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    07-08-2019, 11:34 PM
    Put me down as another huge fan of the LEE six cavity molds, and of LEE Precision. I have the six cavity molds for 9, 45, and the 7mm ďsoupcanĒ rifle bullets. I just started this last weekend to use the 7mm rifle mold. Just like the 9 and 45...
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    07-08-2019, 10:48 PM
    Today we completed a penetration test on dry pine boards that were sandwiched one behind the other and held together with workshop clamps. The shots were fired at appx. 10 yards. The 8mm LEE 170g RN was fired from a 8x57 Yugo Mauser with a 23.5”...
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    07-08-2019, 12:15 AM
    Oily - There’s some resistance - nothing crazy like the LEE Karabiner bullets I’ve cast, but certainly a little. Wayne Smith - I know you were simplifying, but you’ve got a point there. In a different situation I’ve got (A 1908 Brazilian Mauser...
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    07-07-2019, 11:56 PM
    Red Bear, you’ve motivated me to dig out that LEE hardness tester and give it a go, again. I also like the idea of melting ALL the lead I’ve got into one big amalgamated mash, and just using it all together. It probably would make more consistent...
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    07-06-2019, 10:42 PM
    HaHa. Good laughs on these last two posts. BedBugBilly - I will be happy to post some of the results with these bullets. I might have stated earlier - I’ve used this mold and these bullets before, and they do just fine. Nothing spectacular,...
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    07-06-2019, 10:31 PM
    Yes, as someone above said - it’s kind of funny how many people there are that do it all differently. I have no idea what the hardness of my bullets is; I wish I did. I have the LEE hardness tester but I don’t know how accurate that is. I...
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    07-06-2019, 03:48 PM
    I just bought a Scherr & Tumico 0-1” used micrometer on Evilbay for $19. I will report back on this thread, once I get, with the measurements that it gives on these bullets. Thanks guys.
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    07-06-2019, 03:38 PM
    MDI - don’t get me wrong: I wasn’t looking to toss mud at LEE. I was looking to see if I was legitimately misunderstanding my process or results. I have had literally, NOTHING ever go wrong with a LEE piece of equipment that wasn’t user error. ...
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    07-06-2019, 03:33 PM
    Have never used anything but LEE trimmers. They have always worked great. A little tedious, maybe. But they work and are cheap.
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    07-06-2019, 11:40 AM
    Thanks guys. I’m going to get a decent micrometer. I should have one around the house, anyway. When we’re talking about a game where thousandths of an inch can make a difference, well...best to be able to measure it. I’ve also held off...
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    07-06-2019, 11:33 AM
    Just to be clear, Larry - re-size them almost immediately, and THEN let them age 7-10 days before shooting? Or let them age 7-10 days, THEN re-size? The only reason I’m asking for clarification is that I did see somewhere that boolits expand...
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    07-06-2019, 11:24 AM
    Ah. Thanks for the tips, guys. That makes sense.
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    07-06-2019, 11:22 AM
    Got it, Hossfly. That makes sense. I am starting to fool around with a lot of “cat’s sneeze” loads in the 30-06, 8x57, and 7x57. Maybe with those I should start thinking about air cooled drops. All of those loads do get a gas check. Thanks for...
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    07-06-2019, 10:35 AM
    As posted just now in another thread, I have water-quenched almost every bullet Iíve ever cast. Is there any reason not to? Thanks, 8mmFan
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    07-06-2019, 10:34 AM
    Good Morning Everyone. I hope everybody had a great Independence Day. Among other activities my sons and I celebrated by casting up a bunch of Lee 8mm 170 RNís for the Mausers and some Lee .45 RNís for the 45ís. The metal was just mixed...
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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