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    Today, 11:36 AM
    I'll take it. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    Yesterday, 04:36 PM
    1hole replied to a thread H&i ??????? in Casting Equipment
    When I started, the #45 was the only lube/sizer. No mystery or hidden meanings about it, the H and I designations were how they were displayed and listed in Lyman's sales material. The early sizer dies had an internal stepped diameter change...
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    Yesterday, 04:16 PM
    Wow, that's an impressive pile of loading and shooting in one month! (Hope he has a good Dillon press with a reusable lifetime warranty!) ;) More seriously, I've read that steel reloading dies are expected to FL size something like ~ 250,000...
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    Yesterday, 03:54 PM
    Roger that. In my distant youth I knew a reloader who loved to wear cowboy boots with his pants legs stuffed in the top. He dropped a Lyman dipper full of bullet lead and some half of it funneled into the open boot top. His wife said he did...
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    Yesterday, 03:24 PM
    Given the high cost of shot I'd tumble (rotary) what you have to remove the harmless but ugly surface oxide. And the wax idea sounds good too.
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    04-03-2020, 05:08 PM
    Don't misunderstand what I said about hype; you are right, RCBS tools do work. What I meant is that Hornady, Lyman, Redding, Forster, et al, tools also work. Ditto Lee. I simply consider it hilarious that some folk actually think the reloading...
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    04-03-2020, 04:36 PM
    In my experience, all of the primer carbon buildup has been thin and brittle, mine doesn't build up on me. Seems seating and firing each new primer breaks up and blows away any previous carbon residue.
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    04-03-2020, 03:38 PM
    What we need as a mold hammer is something handy, durable, hard enough to work well and still soft enough to not damage the steel sprue plate and the mold handle's hinge. Hardwood sticks like fat dowel rods/hammer handles work pretty well and...
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    04-03-2020, 01:16 PM
    A roll crimp will also taper crimp. Just back it out until it's just engaging the taper portion of the crimp. It tapers first, then goes into a roll, on every roll crimp I've seen. One more thing, a 9mm die should only taper crimp. Sent from my...
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    04-02-2020, 06:08 PM
    Don't know if there's standard time limit to sale things like that. It could go overnight if you find a buyer that quickly. ??
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    04-02-2020, 05:13 PM
    Sooo - it isn't Christians, as such, that bother you but people in general? Cool shirt idea. People vary. Some folk are pricks, some folk are intellectual lumps; both are meaningless to me but I can still be civil even to them. But...
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    04-01-2020, 09:20 PM
    Been reloading since '65. In that time I've collected a few dozen shell holders from here and there flea markets. Lots of brands, many whom no longer exist and I have many cartridge duplicates. I can't tell any functional difference between the...
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    04-01-2020, 08:14 PM
    If I understand what's behind your question, it's what other uses another mounted press is useful for. ?? Well, how much bench space do you have? I mean, if you're cramped for room now it isn't likely another mounted press would be worth the...
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    04-01-2020, 07:00 PM
    Yep. Like, ALL of our loading tools are the result of decades of small improvements by many people; I don't think it's going to stop in my lifetime. For tool progression, the highly (over) hyped RockChucker press is now in what, it's...
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    04-01-2020, 09:19 AM
    You have something of a rage problem. You speak loudly but, sadly, I doubt that many Christians ever speak to you about anything.
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    03-31-2020, 03:15 PM
    Bad idea. The thickness of powder coat varies a bit but for cast bullets it hardly matters. But a case even a thou too large will make chambering difficult. Answers to questions not asked: Seems some folk don't understand that tarnished...
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    03-31-2020, 12:11 PM
    Starline makes good brass, use it. No one has a chart specifying what each handgun maker or alloy type "needs" by specific brand of cases.
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    03-30-2020, 09:35 PM
    1hole replied to a thread Case cleanning ! in Reloading Equipment
    Admirable but don't look at the "Made in ___" label on your computer. Or cell phone, or any other phone for that matter. Or portable power tools branded DeWalt, Millwakee, Porter-Cable, Skill, etc. (including most hand tools). Or your small...
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    03-30-2020, 09:21 PM
    Lee's collet locking nut virtually assures the locked decapper/expander is centered in the die. I like that, well centered is not common with other dies. I have threaded 1/8" of the top of those decap rods to put a nut on to prevent "pull-out" if...
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    03-30-2020, 01:57 PM
    1hole replied to a thread Cracked Lyman 45 in Casting Equipment
    In my opinion and experience, brazing is the best way to repair most cast iron fractures.
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    03-30-2020, 01:46 PM
    Carbide is highly resistant to normal wear, carbide case sizer rings last for hundreds of thousands of uses but case hardened steel bullet sizers are pretty durable too. Your new sizers are nice but I can't imagine lead bullets ever causing a...
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    03-30-2020, 12:31 PM
    God loves Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons (and non-believers) too, so Christians have an obligation to show His love to them. Showing love does NOT mean we have to pretend their errors may be worth hearing; showing a Godly love means we should give...
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    03-28-2020, 10:10 PM
    Any acid will have some effect on most metals. I love muriatic acid to quickly (hour or two) dissolve rust from things I want to salvage but I wouldn't use it on my cases, mostly because white vinegar is as strong as we need to remove the black...
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    03-24-2020, 08:20 PM
    Jamming a fired case into a FL sizer as far as we can make it go is a good idea ONLY if we're making ammo that will be as swapped around as factory stuff. One of the most significant advantages we handloaders have (but often overlook) is that we...
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    03-24-2020, 01:44 AM
    Liberty Tree, eBay, I'd try polishing the lifter surface first. You could compare it to your old one, and see if they have the same profile. Sent...
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    03-22-2020, 12:32 PM
    Ditto. I can understand that some folk really appreciate the fine surface machining of Redding, Forster, etc., tools. What I've never understood is those dummies who (LOUDLY!) proclaim Lee's tools to be "junk"! As you observe, Lee's tools work...
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    03-22-2020, 11:43 AM
    ALL crimpers work best when the case lengths are the same. Lee's FCD collet crimpers (rifle) are easily the least affected by modest case length differences; I wouldn't have any others. (Ditto Lee's collet type neck sizers.)
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    03-22-2020, 11:35 AM
    Those pullers that look the same are the same. What varies from time to time is the "alloy" of the plastic so some are more or less breakable than others of the same brand. That said, the most robust inertia pullers I've tried are made by...
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    03-22-2020, 10:41 AM
    We really can't discount obturation Bazoo, it happens. When big, heavy bullets like your's are seated over near max charges they WILL obturate and do so quite well. And when a bullet enters the barrel the bullet will be exactly what the barrel...
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    03-22-2020, 10:27 AM
    What you drop is obviously not what it's marked for so you have a right to be "confused". Only way that could happen is for the mold to be mismarked when it was made. That bullet should work great for a .303 British.
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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