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    Yesterday, 07:55 PM
    Lee's collet die must be adjusted exactly as any other die is adjusted; screw it up or down until we get the desired effect. It must be adjusted down far enough for the collet to close but not passed the diameter of the mandrel. After that,...
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    Yesterday, 05:14 PM
    jimkim replied to a thread What is This Boolit? in Cast Boolits
    It looks like a Maxi Ball. https://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item/000152640616/single-cavity-rifle-bullet-maxi-ball-mould-number-454616-45-caliber-245-grain Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    Yesterday, 12:00 PM
    Absolutely true. And the difference between adjusted too far out and to far in can be as small as a quarter turn - or less. That means there is a learning curve to the best neck die ever made for SAAMI chambers but there are quite a few who will...
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    01-18-2019, 02:31 PM
    Do you mean the Lee "Loader" thing, i.e. the hammer operated hand die system? I still have a couple of those but only keep them for historical value, haven't used either one in decades. Lee's "Reloader" is an alum alloy C press, small but...
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    01-18-2019, 02:03 PM
    Do you mean the original Lee "Loader" thing, i.e. the hammer operated hand die system? I still have a couple of those but only keep them for historical value, haven't used either one in decades. Lee's "Reloader" is an alum alloy C press, small...
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    01-17-2019, 10:23 PM
    C-dubb, the Co-Ax is obviously an excellent press in some respects but so are others. With the Co-Ax, seems it's a "love to use it" or "hate to use it" thing and a lot of us do not love it. Just some personal thoughts for your consideration:...
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    01-17-2019, 09:46 PM
    Squid I think your compact and light ol' Spartan, modified or not, would probably do what your daughter desires quite well. But, DO change that shoot-up grip! Grip ... wish I'd had a pool ball, think it's closer to the ideal size for a...
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    01-16-2019, 05:32 PM
    Your question about the feasibility of converting an old Spartan to compound linkage is what I was answering. I assure you the concept is valid and easily doable and can be a fun project for a home shop hobbyist metal worker. Wish I had at least...
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    01-15-2019, 08:24 PM
    To each his own. I have always cleaned new firearms before use to clear out any left-over debris and did it to new dies when I began to reload in '65. Don't want any residual oil on my dies when beginning a new bench session so I don't "clean"...
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    01-15-2019, 02:25 PM
    Please delete
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    01-14-2019, 07:47 PM
    I'd love to but, as I said in my first post in this thread, I cannot. It's a very old mod (some 20+ years ago) and I never made a digital photo of it after I got into digital cameras, it just wasn't that important to me. Right now all of my...
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    01-13-2019, 09:53 PM
    I bored a 1/8" through hole to insure alignment of the swinging attachments, then drilled and tapped each side for 1" 3/8 NF machine screws - no side support has been needed and nothing has cracked. I would. With my lighter Spar-T press...
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    01-13-2019, 09:45 PM
    jimkim replied to a thread Bluing Dies in Reloading Equipment
    My advice buy or barter for a cheap set. Beadblast the exterior. You'll need to protect the cavity with something, so some experimentation will need to be done. Keep your temp between 285 and 300 F. The bead blasted surface should come out a matt...
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    01-13-2019, 08:03 PM
    I suppose if an original steel frame 310 were used to load maybe 200,000 rounds of unlubed cases it MIGHT acquire some measurable amount of wear in the sizer. It's not likely any 310 has ever reloaded that many rounds tho; I'd get it and smile! :)
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    01-13-2019, 07:49 PM
    Vickerman type seaters were easily available back in the 60s, as were a few clones, and the prices were high but not outrageous. But, by the mid 70s they were virtually all gone. Why? I don't know but assume the average reality - compared to...
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    01-12-2019, 09:27 PM
    I did the same thing. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    01-11-2019, 09:36 PM
    Amen. All of our commercial die makers stick to SAAMI size die specifications and that's a range, NOT a specific point; if everything's within that tolerance range that's as good as they can get. I once had a collection of nine .30-06 die...
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    01-11-2019, 08:42 PM
    I guess I put the last one in my cart this morning. I didn't buy it. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    01-11-2019, 08:32 PM
    This is a RCBS JR2 converted to compound linkage. This press was made as a proof of concept. It is not strong enough for serious reloading. I'm puzzled by some of your statements. Is it your belief that the original RCBS' JR 2 itself was/is...
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    01-11-2019, 03:33 PM
    The supposed limitations of modest size iron C presses are often exagerated and the supposed strengths of O presses are also over stated. Cast iron is not as massively strong or nearly as ridged as is assumed and a few minutes of testing a few...
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    01-11-2019, 01:14 PM
    I have two of the old style RCBS blocks. They work pretty good, but for handgun I mostly use empty 40 S&W Speer plastic trays. Most eveything I load fits in them. I like them because they are smaller than the rcbs trays, and I can fit four(more if I...
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    01-11-2019, 01:03 PM
    Check out Optics Planet. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    01-09-2019, 10:26 PM
    A galled carbide sizing ring can be easily cleaned - but not quickly - with a snugly fitted lap made of a strip of silicon carbide (black) "sand" paper, 400 grit or finer, wrapped around a short length of wood dowel that's chucked in an electric...
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    01-09-2019, 10:18 PM
    For general purpose dies, I like Lee. As far as premium dies go, Redding or Forster are top shelf. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    01-09-2019, 09:29 PM
    Sizer dies are case hardened. A file won't touch it and neither will a reamer. Be careful about annealing brass. It's very easy to get the metal much too hot and that will destroy the neck's "squeeze" grip. Once that happens the brass grain...
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    01-09-2019, 09:04 PM
    The toggle conversion can be done. I started in '65 with a Spar-T and finally drank the green Kool-Aid in '93 to get more rigidity and compound leverage to ease lever pressure. I determined to keep the faithful old Lyman for special tasks...
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    01-09-2019, 06:29 PM
    This is the Lyman I know. I had heard good things about them recently. It looks like they're slipping again. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    01-09-2019, 03:18 PM
    1hole replied to a thread Hornady dies in Reloading Equipment
    You bring up SAMMI tolerances that often gets overlooked when "comparing" die brands. Fact is, all of our die makers adhere to the specifications as well as they can - and they let precious few get passed inspection. All ammo is expected to...
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    01-08-2019, 02:35 PM
    I use my rawhide mallet. I've had it for seventeen years. I think they may outlast wood. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    01-06-2019, 08:11 PM
    I think that is a 311257. http://www.three-peaks.net/bullet_molds.htm Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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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