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    Today, 05:19 PM
    While you may not find actual "full power" BP loads if your loading 45 colts already there isn't that much extra cost to loading black. The dies will work fine, the primers you have also should work, Bullets a good cast bullet on the softer side...
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    Today, 12:45 PM
    I drop the charge add wad and compress then use the case to cut the wad from the sheet. Wad holds powder in and the grease cookie is seated with a hand seater with light pressure. I also punch a small hole in the cookie before eating with a needle...
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    Yesterday, 11:23 PM
    A few passes with a file should remove it. If these are a square edge you might cut a bevel on the edge with a lee chamfer tool or file to ease into rifling better and help it to center up easier.
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    Yesterday, 08:48 PM
    Most don't, Later on in the shops I worked we were given a basic emergency kit for use. A pair of nitrate gloves, a wrapped sanitary napkin. and a small container of purells type waters soap. Usually the first guy there didn't grab it but the...
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    Yesterday, 08:22 PM
    Emmerts is 50% beeswax 40% unsalted Crisco 10% canola or olive oil. Improved cut the oil to 5% and add 5% anahydrous lanolin. Met beeswax and Crisco ( modern version of Tallow) in a double boiler and add oil and lanolin stir and blend for 5 mins. ...
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    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    Lyman 50th has some data for smokeless duplication loads. SPG manual has some for Black Powder.
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    Yesterday, 03:50 PM
    When accidents happen remember to protect yourself also Blood and body fluids are carriers. Wash very good with disinfecting soap as soon as possible. Any thing with these on them like clothing should be destroyed. Area and other items need washed...
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    Yesterday, 02:35 PM
    Zinc can be a bear to cast in the home set up. Higher melt temp and slightly different flow characteristics. Die casting machines casting zinc parts have a shot tube that fills the moulds cavities under pressure at a fast rate. Our zinc ans mixh...
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    Yesterday, 02:27 PM
    Or simply fire form a couple cases with no bullet a charge of powder and inert filler with a light wad and measure the cases ID after to see what it will take. Keep in mind you want a little "extra" for bullet release when firing (.001)
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    Yesterday, 12:14 PM
    I also save the patches I use to wipe lube off the bases of bullets. I keep them sealed in a snack bag. After cleaning and drying the bore, I use one to protect the bore. A couple passes with the bullet lube impregnated patch then a dry clean patch...
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    Yesterday, 11:17 AM
    I use the water based cleaners for BP also usually Ballistol mixed 20 parts water to 1 part ballistol. This does okay on any lead deposits but if lead is stubborn I may after the ballistol use some shooters choice kroil oil mix to remove it. Ive...
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    11-14-2018, 11:44 PM
    The old mix for pack hardening ( case hardening) was bone charcoal and leather. this was packed in a container and heated to temp then container and all was quenched. The packs burning or smoldering kept oxygen out so very little scale formed when...
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    11-14-2018, 09:23 PM
    I usually go out to eat after a Drs appointment if possible. A nice set down meal ( I don't have to fix) seems to help some.
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    11-14-2018, 08:39 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Where to reload? in Our Town
    I have thought about a small enclosed trailer for several uses. I is I would put a bench across the front end for loading at the range along with some tools for repairs and adjustments. It would allow me to haul my all terrain chair easier and out...
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    11-14-2018, 07:25 PM
    Another thing to help extend the life and or serviceability of the cast iron pots for lead melting is to warm them before going full blast on the heat. Cast Iron dosnt expand well and starting out full throttle localizes the heat intensifying the...
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    11-14-2018, 05:32 PM
    Read the stickies here, Ask questions. The lyman cast bullet handbook is a very good source of information. Another if you belong to a range or club put a note up asking for bullet caster to call you and ask for hands on help. Adding your location...
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    11-14-2018, 05:15 PM
    Zinc bullets were being experimented with some in ISPC. The idea was the lighter weight in the same basic bullet style would lower recoil for the timed events. As I remember accuracy was never that great.
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    11-13-2018, 01:16 PM
    I started in the trade around 1976. My personal mikes were brown and Sharpes for years. For gage work I had mititoyuo digitals These worked well for me. A lot of the shop measurements were made with a height gage and stacks of gage blocks. Mikes...
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    11-13-2018, 12:47 AM
    I have seen guys that hammer these out get every thing close to form ten "blend" a piece of 1/8" or 3/16" D2 round stock for the cutting edge.
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    11-12-2018, 09:16 PM
    Was Looking thru Dads tools today. ( he was a tool and die maker) These were split 3 ways. All the usual for a tool maker from the 60s to date, A lot made by him and my grandfather. Boring bars, cutters, a block for grinding threading and groove...
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    11-12-2018, 11:55 AM
    Paper is mildly abrasive ( probably around 2000-2500 grit) it will polish slowly. A few well wrapped bullets may help smooth the bore, but to see the effects may take 50-100 rds. I have done a barrel break in with paper patched bullets and it...
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    11-11-2018, 06:52 PM
    Several little tricks that help are if you don't have one pick up lead thermometer to maintain temperature in a consistant range when casting. Set the mould on top of the pot to preheat or use a hot plate. Hold only the mould handles when pouring...
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    11-10-2018, 11:39 PM
    You might be able to lock a washer between 2 nuts for a stop on the case mouth if the nut will fit inside the case mouth. Depending on the compression it may be hard on a drill press rack and pinion/spindle. Off the top of my head a 1/4" nut is...
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    11-10-2018, 10:23 PM
    With a heavy wad like the 060 thick harder materials it should be okay, with thinner lighter wads it may allow the edges to fold up around it. .410 is roughly 050 small or .025 on a side.7/16 or .440 would be better. The head on a 3/8 allen head cap...
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    11-10-2018, 07:01 PM
    I modified a lee to be adjustable for length. Drill and tap a 8 32 hole thru the 1/4" hex and base. make or obtain 2 8x32 flat point set screws. run in to base flat point up One is the stop for the pin the other locks it in place. You can now adjust...
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    11-10-2018, 06:47 PM
    I have made Belding and Mull tubes that Pacific shouldn't be much different. Online metals sells mechanical seamless brass tubing by the foot. The Belding and Mull iuuses 1/2" od tube for outer tube. 1 foot of .500 X .030 wall ( .437 ID), 1 foot of...
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    11-10-2018, 06:21 PM
    There are ways to "polish: those dings out, with out a reamer or cutter. A brass ball, round headed screw, round nosed bullet of the appropriate diameter can be used with valve grinding compound. A wood dowel can be turned up with the same profile...
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    11-09-2018, 11:13 PM
    Well Im a belt and suspenders guy here. I also do this a little different than most. I fit the handles and mark when seated to full depth with a wrap of tape. I then spot drill 3 blind holes down them on three side maybe a 1/8" deep, a groove cut...
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I was a NRA High Power rifle competitor for 20+ years with the service rifle also Long Range. I am widowed and Have Multiple Schlrocis. Im just getting into Black Powder Cartridges and cast rifle bullets now. Also have shot alot of handguns Ipsic and Bowling pins with cast bullets.
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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