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    10-13-2018, 03:48 PM
    Started out with an empty 1 lb Tite Group powder container with # 2 on bottom . Had peeled the stick-on label off for easy marking if I decided to use the cannister for another purpose - always need empty containers with screw-on caps. It was just...
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    10-13-2018, 03:21 PM
    Why wait for chrome? Plain cast boolits with Smoke's clear gives you a plain cast boolit look with what is arguably the best powder coat that covers great every time. As far as getting good coverage is concerned, just do it in an...
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    10-10-2018, 10:48 PM
    I have two 9mms, one .38 Spl. and one .357 Mag. I use a Lee 125 gr. rn 6-cavity mould that drops right at .359 and weighs 130 grs. I polished out a .357 Star die to .3585, carefully checking along the way that up to that diameter the boolits would...
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    10-01-2018, 06:47 PM
    EDG: Thanks for the info. Stands to reason. If not fe, it will not rust. Big Boomer
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    09-30-2018, 08:48 PM
    Paper Puncher: It so happens that I do have one of those 147 gr. bullets left … sort of. I had forgotten about it. They were boat tails but in one of my mis-led moments, I cut the tip off some of them to identical lengths and hollow-pointed them. ...
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    09-28-2018, 11:25 PM
    Dragonheart: Thanks for the info! Big Boomer
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    09-28-2018, 11:08 PM
    curdog: After looking up the meaning of the S L on the cartridge case, I looked up the info available on the St. Louis ordinance plant and saw the very buildings you refer to on that web site. Thanks for the info. Big Boomer Wag: That's the...
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    09-28-2018, 04:42 PM
    EDG: Interesting! My old Marine friend mentioned earlier who gave me these bullets also gave me a gallon can of take-down gun powder, a gallon can of 150 (think they were actually 147) gr. jacketed bullets, and I don't remember how many of these...
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    09-28-2018, 01:33 PM
    Dragonheart: Thanks for the tip on where to get the 99% alcohol. Had looked in other places but never thought of auto parts store. Already have the anhydrous lanolin, now just need the alcohol. Wonder if the high %age alcohol will remove lanolin...
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    09-28-2018, 01:21 PM
    This morning I took a magnet to the two 50 caliber bullets and the bullet in the .30-06 round. The magnet was strong on the .30-06 bullet but not on the 50 caliber bullets, side or base where the jacket may be thinner. I had forgotten that I have...
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    09-28-2018, 12:37 PM
    Probably most of us started out on single stage reloading presses. I thought I jumped ahead of the crowd a bit by buying a Lyman Spar-T turret press - with five or six stations no less. Still have that press and still use it for reloading all...
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    09-28-2018, 12:19 AM
    I keep a magnet in my reloading room … but it never even occurred to me to use it to test these bullets out. Sometimes I overlook the obvious. What is that old axe, "If my head was not attached, I would lose it?" I'll check with the magnet and...
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    09-27-2018, 09:49 PM
    nicholst55: In this: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=us+army+30...pswhdbr4ks.jpg where the 6 .30-06 rounds are shown, the bullet is like the second from the right or the next to the last one. Seamless transition from the ogive of the bullet to the...
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    09-27-2018, 09:13 PM
    At my age and my wife's condition, getting out to the range is a sometimes proposition. I already gave my son all the "excess" guns I'm willing to part with at the present. Since I quit using conventional lube groove lube that I long ago put...
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    09-27-2018, 08:37 PM
    Pretty sure this .30-06 round does not contain a reloaded bullet ... it is not hollow pointed. The cartridge case really shows its age as does all the bullet except for the point. Thanks for the ideas of origin advanced regarding this round as...
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    09-27-2018, 02:55 PM
    Yesterday a young man gave me a .30-06 round of ammunition and two .50 caliber bullets he said were among his grandfather's "stuff" that he picked up and kept from WW II. The .30-06 round is head-stamped S L and across from the S L the number 4. ...
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    09-26-2018, 11:17 PM
    KenH: Right … fun while it lasted. Incidentally, that 5-shooter revolver is where my handle comes from. Every time I showed up at Northeast Kentucky Fish & Game Club, Ashland, Ky., someone would ask me if I was going to be shooting the "Big...
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    09-26-2018, 02:42 PM
    KenH: In the 1990s I was involved in "magnumizing" a Ruger Blackhawk sixgun in .45 Colt. I swapped the Blackhawk grip frame out with a gunshop owner for a Bisley grip frame, hammer and trigger on another Blackhawk that he had. He thought the...
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    09-26-2018, 11:11 AM
    RangerDan: I have that book and have read it time and time again, though it is out on loan right now. Good info. Also have some of Veral's boolit moulds. Big Boomer
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    09-22-2018, 05:54 PM
    A search of some of the older posts/threads will reveal that Winchester at one time produced some ammo with cartridge cases with enlarged flash holes. Do not remember the exact reason. I remember coming across them with range picked up brass and...
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    09-22-2018, 09:23 AM
    Lloyd Smale: After I got the 1st one through, I picked up a non-powder coated boolit that had already been lubed and ran it through the Star and continued to do that from time to time until I got them all sized. That eased things considerably. ...
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    09-22-2018, 08:59 AM
    Dieselhorses: Had the size thing pretty well worked out before getting into powder coating. Honed out my Star sizing dies to where the .45 ACP sizing die gives me .4525 and the 9mm is sized in a .3585 sizing die. Have been running fairly hard...
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    09-21-2018, 11:10 PM
    Learned a little something the hard way about BHN after casting a bunch of clip-on wheel weight boolits from a couple of Lee moulds, 9mm and .45 ACP. Water dropped them from the moulds then powder coated them, then dropped them into water again...
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    09-20-2018, 12:12 PM
    Like most of the posters in this thread, I see the value (read less cost) of using lead only in everything from .223 to .45 calibers. If I did not cast my own boolits (and powder coat), I would not be able to shoot as much as I would like. Casting...
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    09-16-2018, 09:48 PM
    Dragonheart: Did you mean 1400 psi or fps? I get fps but not psi. Big Boomer
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    09-16-2018, 09:13 PM
    Just got started here, too, and can't offer any suggestions on loads as yet. Started with 9mm, .45 ACP, .41 Mag. and .223. Have the boolits powder coated and ready to go but haven't gotten around to do the testing yet. Have non-powder coated...
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Retired Minister with Churches of Christ/Christian Churches in Ky., Ohio and WV. Grew up in the country, love hunting, fishing, target shooting, casting boolits for .357, .45 ACP and .45 Colt.
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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