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    Today, 01:18 PM
    I can't be positive that no one makes or has never made adjustable molds but I've been casting and shooting with other casters since '65 and have never heard of such. No one deliberately makes out of round bullet molds but they do happen. I have...
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    Yesterday, 02:29 PM
    Those few verses do wonderful things to my tired ol' heart and busted up spine. I know of no other scripture that's as uplifting and beautiful to contemplate. Come quickly Lord Jesus!
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    Yesterday, 02:14 PM
    Guess I'm a bit slow; what is your point?
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    11-26-2019, 12:38 PM
    Not me. ??
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    11-25-2019, 04:22 PM
    I've played quite a bit with .357 and .44 mag shot shells. Best results - by far - have been .44 and cases formed from modified .303 Brit. shells cut to near cylinder length and blown out for the extra shot volume. With my best .44 loads and...
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    11-25-2019, 03:45 PM
    IF that thing slept in my gun safe I would put it in the hands of a (shot) gunsmith to ream the 16 ga. chamber to 2 3/4"; then it would be simple/safe/easy to shoot factory (and normal reloaded) loads in it.
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    11-24-2019, 12:44 AM
    jimkim replied to a thread Midway mold prep in Casting Equipment
    I don't use it in the cavities. I use it as a sealant when I store my moulds. It seems to do a good job as an oxygen barrier. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    11-21-2019, 10:30 PM
    I found about the same variations ... until I tried withdrawing the cutter head and reinserting it to complete the trim of each case. After I learned how to get consistent lengths from my Lyman Universal I measured and loaded a box of perfectly...
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    11-21-2019, 09:45 PM
    If you do that you'll quickly learn about the leverage advantage of the compound toggle actions that quickly drove the old simple toggle presses out of the market. Your old massive cast steel (IIRC) press is a good one and will still do...
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    11-20-2019, 01:40 PM
    You're looking through the telescope of time the wrong way; those prices wouldn't look so nice if your income today was also the same as then. Fact is, in terms of an average worker's hourly wages then and now, most things are better made and less...
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    11-19-2019, 06:07 PM
    The reason I have long had a sturdy 3" swiveling machinist vise at the left end of my loading bench is that I can mount occasional use tools to a wood block and quickly grip them firmly in place. (case trimmer, bullet/neck concentricity gage,...
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    11-17-2019, 06:23 PM
    Decades ago we had case trim dies which were fast to use excellent in repeatability when the user kept his shell holders clean. Then other brands began to offer the hand cranked lathes. That's a bit sad because the trim dies were (IMHO) all that...
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    11-16-2019, 09:47 PM
    Digital scales are the current "shiny object". Everyone loves and recommends their wonderful digital scale - until it craps out. It's worth mentioning that many digital owners recommend having a beam scale around just to keep their digitals...
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    11-13-2019, 07:04 PM
    Acids do little for "cleaning" cases but acids do react with oxidation (tarnish) on brass surfaces and then the tarnish can be wiped off easily. Most any acid will do the job. I prefer the mild acidic acid (3-5%) in common white vinegar because...
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    11-13-2019, 06:06 PM
    Ditto. I believe anything within 1/10 grain (that's .1, not .01) of powder for anything is as precise as it need be. I can't fathom why any experienced loader who understands about the unavoidable manufacturing variations within any single...
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    11-09-2019, 06:29 PM
    Warm stiff lubes cheap and easy. Find a used (ladies) hair dryer in a thrift shop for not much. Lay it along side your lubrasizer and let it blow warm air at the reservoir.
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    11-08-2019, 08:45 PM
    Ideally, the magnetic damping vane will be more or less centered in its gap, not for accuracy but to prevent accidental contact with the frame during use. Bend the vane so it runs right and move on, it's not critical. The thing that IS critical...
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    11-08-2019, 06:04 PM
    That was some scruffy looking stuff but all brass will look that way if we remove the surface crud and polish it a little. There are two visible types of brass (or copper) crud. The first is a dark/black surface tarnish which is ugly but...
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    11-08-2019, 05:01 PM
    There are moving parts in Lyman's excellent lubrasizers so there is a moderate learning curve to correctly adjust and use them. A few tips: Getting lube on the ogive? The bottom screw adjustment is too low; screw it up until the bullet's fully...
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Like rifles, handguns and shotguns, in that order. Have a personal 100 yd range/bench at home,
South Western NC
hunting/loading/fishing, wood/metal work, SCUBA, photography, Bible study, wife/kids/grandkids
Am "retired" from electronics & safety officer in space programs


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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