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    09-17-2017, 07:17 PM
    I'm with Taylor, try a propane torch on the spout. When I'm casting occasionally the spouts on both my RCBS and Lee "freeze" up. I keep a Dremel gas torch handy (small pin-point flame) and a few seconds of that usually clears it up.
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    09-16-2017, 07:06 PM
    I have to agree with gpidaho, they obviously don't make good barrels as getting five bad ones in a row is ridiculous. It also doesn't say much for the "effort" they're putting into making sure you are looked after. You've given it a good try, and...
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    09-16-2017, 06:41 PM
    C'mon, Mike, you know you an do it :-D. Open the case, desolder the relay and solder in two wire links. I have the utmost faith in your abilities.[smilie=s:
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    09-15-2017, 11:03 PM
    Mike pretty well sums it up - if you try asking all those questions of a seller I reckon you'll have a long wait for an answer (assuming they even know the answers). I have one, the name escapes me at the moment, that I bought off ebay. It's dearer...
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    09-14-2017, 12:27 AM
    MAGA, I've noticed there is some outgassing while cooking (plus I can smell it!) so I do mine outside, under cover. I did some inside a small shed once, next to an open door, but I prefer it outside. As long as you're in a well ventilated place...
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    09-09-2017, 06:42 PM
    "Range scrap is pretty soft". I guess that's going to depend on the range itself where it comes from? If it's used by every man and his dog (public range?) then yeah, it could have anything in it. At the range where I collect mine as far as I know...
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    09-09-2017, 06:16 AM
    Hmm, PC crowd won't like that :lol:.
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    09-08-2017, 06:45 PM
    True. I use a plastic garden sieve that I bought at Bunnings and find most of the .22 falls through the holes, just leaving .38/9mm.
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    09-05-2017, 07:28 PM
    Dan, if the coating is done correctly and you can scrape it off with a fingernail what you're probably doing is taking off a fine sliver of the lead itself as well, easy enough to do if the alloy isn't hard. I use recovered pistol range scrap and...
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    09-02-2017, 07:18 PM
    Funny, I keep saying that too. :lol:
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    09-01-2017, 09:05 PM
    Grmps, good to see you keep a neat and tidy bench too :lol:. I need another bench just so that I can find room to do things!
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    09-01-2017, 03:06 AM
    First thing I did with the Lee PPM was pull it apart and rub graphite on the moving parts. Second thing was to make a better, more rigid support for it.
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    08-31-2017, 09:59 PM
    Yep, swap the cold and damp for the heat and damp (as in high humidity).:) Here in the Adelaide Hills it can also get cold and damp, but if the weather's a bit on the unco-operative side I warm the oven a bit and stick the trays in there for a...
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    08-30-2017, 06:52 PM
    Someone posted that picture on my thread (which made me feel slightly better after my mishap), but yeah, I couldn't figure out how that could happen.
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    08-28-2017, 07:26 PM
    Trying to look on the bright side, every time I go near a press I'll remember this and be careful.
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    08-28-2017, 07:39 AM
    dverna, I've found the boolit feeder on my Lee Loadmaster is great for keeping fingers out of the way! Pity I can't use it on the turret press. (Hmmm......??). Just took off the band-aid and had a closer look. Swollen and stiff, but it looks like...
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    08-28-2017, 02:46 AM
    I don't think there's been any damage done (I hope). Hurts like hell if I knock it, just waiting for it to stop weeping (which is probably good 'cos it should carry any gunk out with it). Slightly swollen at the moment. I cringe when I look at the...
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    08-27-2017, 06:52 PM
    Putting your finger in the way is NOT a good idea!:( I was decapping some .44-40s yesterday, using my Lee turret press. I still don't know how it happened, but my left index finger ended up on top of the case, resulting in the obvious - the...
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    08-27-2017, 06:44 PM
    Me too, I've been using a PPM with BP with no issues. Manufacturers are saying not to because they don't want to be held liable if someone does something stupid.
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    08-24-2017, 06:24 AM
    It sounds like you just soaked them? Not tumbled, vibrated or put in an ultrasonic? I doubt if soaking alone will ever get them clean.
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    08-23-2017, 02:45 AM
    Mate, full marks for your tenacity! I can understand where you're coming from as I've sometimes done similar things (as a matter of principle). You must really want this rifle, however, to put yourself through this. Me, I would have cut and run in...
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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