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    Today, 12:45 AM
    In my collection of old ammo, I found a partial box of 32ACP and a partial box of 38-55 rounds. Notice the knurl (cool word) in the 38-55 case. I have no idea how old any of the rounds might be.
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    Yesterday, 10:55 AM
    I have a Lee 32ACP seater die on the way that will crimp the case, and I ordered the Lee factory crimp die that you mentioned (Amazon - $16). Kinda like wearing a belt and suspenders. I even thought about removing the decapping pin from the S&W...
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    Yesterday, 09:27 AM
    I read a review somewhere that said it didn't work on the 32ACP due to the case length, but if you have one, and it works, problem solved. I have the seating die on the way that should do the same thing. If the case headspaces on the semi-rim,...
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    04-04-2020, 10:13 PM
    I cut a case in half and sure enough, it headspaces on the semi-rim, though a full case, if too long, doesn't allow the rim to sit as it should. I trimmed 20 or so to the correct length, and they seat correctly. I also slugged the bore, something...
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    04-04-2020, 08:07 AM
    I found an old post on another forum where the 32ACP is discussed. The poster said that European 32ACP brass (factory loaded ammo) is thicker (S&B, Pvri Partizan, Fiocchi, and Geco), so European 32ACP bullets measure .309", while American brass...
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    04-03-2020, 08:26 PM
    Great info. There's a whole other world in the details that I never know about. I ordered a Lee 32ACP seater that should be here on 4/22.
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    04-03-2020, 07:34 PM
    If I didn't have OCD before, I have it now. I tested 7 of the 32 ACP rounds and 2 creeped inward too much. But, when I retested those two rounds, they didn't push in any further. So, basically, are the rounds that creep too much unsafe? What if...
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    04-03-2020, 06:48 PM
    Does the "push test" change with different calibers? Is the same amount of pressure used for, say, .45?
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    04-03-2020, 05:36 PM
    I think the 32 ACP cases are too short for the S&W Long dies, and I don't see a Lee 32 ACP crimp die available. I've been loading and shooting the rounds for a year or so with no problems, but, for some reason (too much time on my hands?) I started...
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    04-03-2020, 03:31 PM
    I use the 32 S&W long Lee dies to load 32 ACP but I can't get the die to crimp. I use a 32 WSL expander die, which works fine, but how do you crimp the 32 ACP? Is a crimp even needed?
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    04-01-2020, 12:41 PM
    I'm looking for info on disassembling (and later assembling) the bolt on a Spanish Destroyer. I have the bolt out of the rifle, I have the extractor off, but how do you remove the firing pin? On second thought... Realizing that I could most...
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    03-18-2020, 11:32 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Remington in Muzzleloading.
    Put a cap on a nipple (if it has to be pushed down, and doesn't fit all the way on, it's too small; if it is loose, pinch it on) and fire it off. Nothing wrong with a strong mainspring - a weak one can be a problem. If the nipple flash holes are...
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    03-16-2020, 09:14 AM
    I bought one recently. I fired it, using 1.1 grs Bullseye and .321 roundballs sized to .311 (flat on top and bottom). Fun gun. I bought the brass from Midway. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1021324587?pid=785492
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    03-13-2020, 02:26 PM
    Triple 7 is 15% hotter than BP. I use the vegetable spray PAM (or a cheap substitute) for lube. But, and this is important, you must clean your gun very well after using PAM. I completely strip and clean my BP guns so it's not a problem. I found...
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    03-13-2020, 02:18 PM
    Battis replied to a thread GoodRX in Our Town
    One thing about GoodRX is that they will not tell you if you can get the drug cheaper somewhere else. I was all set to buy a drug through GoodRX that my insurance no longer covered, and for the heck of it I called my regular pharmacy and asked them...
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    03-07-2020, 11:55 AM
    Cutting out for the mag well wasn't too hard. I have a Dremel tool and a Rotozip, but I can't find the depth setting attachment for either. I put the Dremel carving bit in the drill press, set the depth and moved the grips under the bit, which for...
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    03-07-2020, 11:32 AM
    I like the contrast - the grips go well with my purse...I mean holster. I used a Dremel carving bit in my drill press to cut out the back of the grips to fit over the mag well. I bought them from LS Grips. Good price, well made.
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    03-06-2020, 09:29 PM
    I bought a set of carved wooden grips cut for the ambi safety. They arrived today and they look really good, but...there's no cut out for the Rock Island mag well. No big deal - I'll cut it out with a Dremel. Yep, I could send them back but I...
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    03-06-2020, 09:24 PM
    2 bad coils, solenoid for torque converter, and the throttle body (not the sensor - there is a difference, right?) and it runs great.
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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