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  • country gent's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:36 PM
    I think a Hard bump or pre load between shell holder ansd die is harder on the ring than no lube or even grit. The constant bump every stroke is working that ring and dies end every time and while not enough to hit it quickly the cumulation of...
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    Yesterday, 01:22 PM
    You might try stirring and scraping with a wood paint stir stick in stead of a metal spoon or tool. Let wood sit on melt a few minutes to remove moisture and then stir and scrap with it using a "folding" motion pulling lead from bottom to top and...
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    Yesterday, 10:14 AM
    I usually have some fun with these callers and play as any games as possible with them. I try to keep them on the phone as long as possible to keep them from bothering others. I to am disabled and medically retired and being ran to a phone for...
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    06-20-2017, 10:24 PM
    BCs arnt a solid thing either as they do change for the same bullet slightly with velocities ranges. I would think Larry G's are pretty close on my guess. I have the Lab Radar chronograph and it gives 5 readings down range to work with figuring BCs....
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    06-20-2017, 06:56 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Working up loads in Cast Boolits
    The biggest share of the garands were zeroed at 12 yds if I remember correctly for the 200yd zeros. THis was done at 12 yds with the bullet on the way up the trajectory path and then back on the way down at 200 it again was zeroed. This can be done...
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    06-20-2017, 06:46 PM
    Actually filling with very hot water and letting cool will create a reverse pressure or a vacuum in the jug. When canning or preserving things heating a semi sealed container and allowing to cool creates a vacuum removing oxegon. Filled with...
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    06-20-2017, 06:31 PM
    I have a vibra shine trickler that works on a vibration. It has a simple push button to operate it. It works okay but requires another 110 outlet near the bench. It is bigger in size than the older styles and has an adjustment for the feed or flow...
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    06-20-2017, 06:23 PM
    It may be trapped moisture that has seeped in while sitting or it may be the powder coating itself being heated above it burn point in the molten lead either can be a cause for concern. Melting the coated bullets down if there is smells I would also...
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    06-20-2017, 12:30 PM
    A small ding or low spot in the base can allow lube to flow under, a small radious on the base, to much heat on the lube, to much pressure, I have had gas check bases allow lube to push the punch down causing this. Basically anything that allows the...
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    06-20-2017, 12:00 PM
    My most consistant casting mold and one of the best shooting is an Old West mould made for me by Bernie Rowels in brass 2 cavity. It casts a 547 grn shillouette style bullet with 3 grease grooves. It normally drops under 1 grain variance and...
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    06-20-2017, 11:40 AM
    A lot of plumber used those over a burner for melting lead years ago. It was probably for lead or lino type in a printing place. while some plumbers pots were 25-50 lbs and the lino pots could be 100-200 lbs pouring from them was a problem the 2-3lb...
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    06-20-2017, 11:32 AM
    Freeze the carbide ring and heat the end of the die Your carbide ring shrank .003 ( that sounds like a lot for that size piece of carbide though) and the warmed heated end of the die should expand a couple thousandths also possibly giving you what...
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    06-19-2017, 05:50 PM
    It should work but the pans will have to be very level for the thin layer of water to remain consistant across the pans bottom. It should work very well though. I pan lube all my BPCR bullets and simply wipe the bases as I'm putting them in the...
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    06-19-2017, 05:37 PM
    My 357 Herret with the 110 grn Hollow Cavity sierras around 1900-2000fps really vaporized the cans of soup making a red ball around 3 ft in dia.
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    06-19-2017, 03:04 PM
    For the hydrolic effect your looking for a light hollow point moving as fast as possible will give the results desired. Something 110-125 grns with a large deep hollow point ( you need to dump all that energy and velocity into the water in the jug...
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    06-19-2017, 02:50 PM
    A lot has to be said for care and operation of the mould influencing life span of the tool. Over heating, beating, "quick coolings" rough handling, all contribute to life span. Keep the mould lubed as needed, prealighn blocks on a straight edge flat...
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    06-19-2017, 02:35 PM
    Mercury ( Out board boat motors) had a spray cleaner desighned to dissolve the carbon and burnt on oils greases in small motors that worked real well for dissolving carbon deposits. Its been awhile but I think its actual name was Mercury quick...
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    06-18-2017, 10:59 PM
    The carbides rings can be a press fit, a shrink fit, or crimped in. Brazed or silver solder could be used but would require things to be cleaned up again after soldering and might show as a heat ring on the end. If shrunk or press in place silver...
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    06-18-2017, 10:50 PM
    Another is babbit material it can be quite hard and is normally in those size ingots for pouring bearings, thrust washers, and wear plates. There were several alloies of Babbit for different uses also and manufacturers had their "special" blends.
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    06-18-2017, 11:34 AM
    country gent replied to a thread Chronograph data in Cast Boolits
    Uniflow and the lyman are good measures and with consistant operation can be very accurate measures. The lyman is the basis of several custom measures the Culaver and Harrels come to mind. The low extreme spread will make more difference at the...
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    06-18-2017, 11:23 AM
    Another plus to a proper cup point on the rod is that it tends to pull lead up and create a thinning effect on the bullet. How it was explained to me by the Otis demonstrator when I questioned how they work with just light taps. This was a jacketed...
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    06-17-2017, 10:49 AM
    Looking good there Don The 40-90 is an interesting cartridge and should work up to a decent load quick and easy in your skilled hands. Keep us posted.
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    06-16-2017, 10:07 PM
    A lot depends on where the crack is in the block and weather its oil, water ,return passage, or pressure. Ive seen some ground out to form a u shaped channel or even a dovetail and filled that did pretty good on return areas where on pressure was...
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    06-16-2017, 05:48 PM
    Buffalo Arms Company ( Baco) will show the compression stems they make for existing dies. The compression die does compress the powder and wad stack to desired depth and compaction in the case ( usually between .050-.200 compression depending on...
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    06-16-2017, 05:39 PM
    Remember on the form tool like the mould its a mirror immage
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    06-16-2017, 05:38 PM
    One plus is it wont take any special cutters to turn them up as lead even lino or mono type can be turned with plain unhardened cold roll ground up. I believe I would pour my blanks in rods .050 - .100 big in dia. ( this allows complete clean up of...
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    06-16-2017, 05:27 PM
    I dry wrap and then wipe with a very light coat of JoJoBa oil ( a light drop on finger or thumb will do 2-4 bullets depending on caliber. I wipe them then wipe with a cleaning patch ). I have used a light mix of lee water souluable sizing lube...
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    06-16-2017, 09:59 AM
    The mop dosnt have the "strength to polish a true hole and keep it true. A wood dowel with a patch wrapped toa snug fit and a stop set for depth will do a much better job Run the polish tool slow rpms and faster back and forth speed so lines cross...
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    06-15-2017, 08:36 PM
    In the manufacturers moulds as and most cherry cut moulds ( lathe cut are more consistant on the cavities depths usually.) Deptjh of the cavities can and dose affect affect weight a cherry set deeper weighs more and shallower less. Alloys with Lead...
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    06-15-2017, 06:38 PM
    I have the same having to feel the cases onto the compression stem somewhat. I did cut a slight 45* chamfer on the edge of a couple of mine 45* X .015 it helped some but if the case over hangs the chamfer it grabs
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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