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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    I'll take #9. Sent from my SM-A515U using Tapatalk
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    03-03-2021, 08:36 PM
    The big A4s were massive (and costly) but not well suited for much jacketed bullet swaging and were overkill for common reloading work. The "A"s were BIG presses but, being neither fish nor fowl, the smaller and cheeper Rock Chuckers soon killed...
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    03-03-2021, 08:17 PM
    Nosler's first large numbers of bullet jackets were made on automatic screw machines, a kind of automated lathe. I doubt today's partition bullets are any better projectiles but they are surely faster and less costly to produce now. We have...
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    03-03-2021, 02:45 PM
    Yeah, you are. But, as Swee'pea once suggested, it's not my fault. :) (For you confused younguns', it's all an old insider's joke.)
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    03-02-2021, 01:55 PM
    1hole replied to a thread Ohaus Lyman M5 in Reloading Equipment
    Don't know if they all used the same weight but I suspect they do; it's exactly 260.9 gr. for mine. Not only does it make the expanded scale read from 500 to 1005 grains, it makes a great test weight. Just before I started reloading (in '65)...
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    03-01-2021, 05:44 AM
    Maybe. Most (all?) sizers are case hardened. Even with a carbide tool that's hard to cut. I've had good luck on sizers with grinders tho, once you're thru the case the interior is quite soft.
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    02-28-2021, 07:55 PM
    I'm old and like a LOT of light in my loading room, suggest you consider a couple of overhead LED "florescent" type light fixtures. Last I looked - just a few months ago - Walmart had 4 ft. LED fixtures in their home furnishing department for about...
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    02-28-2021, 07:07 PM
    No, don't do that. All dies AND shell holders are made to produce ammo to the same dimensional specifications (SAAMI, i.e. the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Maker's Institute) and they all do that quite well; any die/shell holder that is "in...
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    02-25-2021, 10:48 AM
    You KNOW that very few people today will have a any idea of where that came from! ;)
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    02-24-2021, 12:23 PM
    Your little Partner is a good tool even with it's alum alloy body but it's obviously not some 30 pounds of cast iron. (Many people love to pee on Lee's supposed "pot metal" presses but don't bat an eye at the Partner; I guess because it has green...
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    02-24-2021, 11:57 AM
    It isn't florescent lights per se that cause digital scale problems, it's the magnetic field produced by the lamp's ballast that causes problems. Your light fixtures are far enough away that there should be no problem. LEDS cause no magnetic...
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    02-24-2021, 11:50 AM
    That's a great practice.
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    02-24-2021, 11:42 AM
    Mike, the best thing you can do for your beam scale is get it further OFF the bench top because your head is too high to easily read the scale correctly; I believe that one mistake accounts for 90% of those who claim their beams are "too slow". A...
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    02-24-2021, 11:22 AM
    No need to call an electrician. Static builds on dry insulators that rub together; that includes most hard plastics, glass, rubber and some fabrics such as silk and wool. We can kill static charges with a modest wipe of a damp fabric and soap....
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    02-23-2021, 09:19 PM
    1hole replied to a thread Outboard Motor in Our Town
    Years ago I got us a well used but sound camper trailer that my wife could be comfortable to watch TV, do her knitting and be warm doing it. I got a small Honda 1KW AC generator with a 12 V DC output for my deep woods "semi-rough it" camp. I...
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    02-23-2021, 03:21 PM
    Right. Up to about the 1920s, big industrial managers tended to view employees as disposable parts on some sort of assembly line. Labor unions because necessary for desperate employees to limit the abuses of many big companies. Politicians...
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    02-23-2021, 12:36 PM
    Your thought is correct. Hertz is back and forth electrical cycles per second expressed in silly terms; we use 60 per second and others use 50. There are no restive (heat, incandescent lights) devices made and few inductive ones (motors,...
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    02-23-2021, 11:47 AM
    I love my cast iron tea kettle for melting scrap lead. It was well rusted - and therefore cheap - decades ago at a flea market; I've seen similar Chinese new ones at Harbor Freight for not much. Of course any modest size cast iron pot will also...
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    02-22-2021, 09:01 PM
    Nope, I was laffingly referring to my surprised self after my first stuck case. Your remover photo looks a lot like my first one. I believe every reloader should have a case puller of some kind if only for the peace of mind it provides.
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    02-21-2021, 06:48 PM
    STUCK! Why do you say it's stuck? Ripped the RIM OFF! Some 55 years ago, when I was a reloading noob learning on my own, I first had massive .30-06 lube dents from a small bottle of RCBS' STP oil (nasty stuff, Imperial or Hornady "Unique" is...
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    02-21-2021, 06:09 PM
    THAT is the answer for quickly/easily leveling-supporting a utility OR a camper trailer.
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    02-20-2021, 09:43 PM
    Okay. ????
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    02-20-2021, 09:39 PM
    Agreed. Ignorance about what our opponent is up to and teaching is never a spiritual or intellectual strength. Satan has always used "good sounding" lies to lead people astray, that means a serious Christian Bible student needs to know his own...
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    02-20-2021, 12:34 PM
    It doesn't take a lot of lever pressure to squeeze form a thin neck to the die's mandrel and no amount of additional pressure is going to get necks any smaller than the mandrel allows. Lee designed that collet neck die's alum top cap to serve as...
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    02-20-2021, 12:21 PM
    It can be done much simplier than that. Get a cheep cone shaped grinding stone wheel with a 1/4" shaft from Walmart and chuck it in a drill. Lightly push the wheel's point into the top of the collet and grind a short taper in it. Then use the...
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    02-20-2021, 11:12 AM
    Photo tripods are often found in the various thrift shops for not much. I got my chronograph (PACT Pro) in '95 and it's still doing fine; I've never understood why so many folk choose to shoot theirs. I mean, it's quite easy to set one up for...
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    02-19-2021, 07:25 PM
    Valid question. Seems most folk have read so much about press flex they assume it must be true; not so much! I doubt if more than 1 or 2% of reloaders actually have the proper tools to check press flex or know how to use them if they do. If...
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    02-19-2021, 06:06 PM
    Have you looked at Redding's massively strong Ultra-Mag?
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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