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    11-15-2017, 07:48 PM
    dikman replied to a thread PID thermocouples in Casting Equipment
    Probably not worth messing around with it (unless you've got nothing better to do). I use 4", which is the most common size I've found in HK/China, rated to 1300*. The PID has a menu to select the type of probe, but if yours already had a K then it...
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    11-12-2017, 12:58 AM
    john.k., I bought a couple of Lee Pro 1000's used (via the Hunting.net forum) at a good price, but eventually decided I needed a better progressive. Looked at Dillon, but the prices here made my eyes water! Looked at a Loadmaster, prices were still...
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    11-04-2017, 06:11 PM
    In the other post it was mentioned that the new RCBS won't be available until January and if the original ones are no longer available then RCBS stand to lose a bit of business. It also means that the value of used original ones could go up - if...
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    11-04-2017, 03:14 AM
    I do the same with the Pro 1000. I ran two for a while, but had ongoing issues with the primer feed. I finally sold one and bought the LM. Using the case feeder the Pro 1000 is great for quick de-priming prior to cleaning, but if you're new to this...
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    11-04-2017, 03:00 AM
    Bullets for the Festive Season :bigsmyl2:.
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    11-03-2017, 06:16 PM
    I agree. I would love a Dillon but here it costs over twice as much as a Loadmaster! I only use mine for.38sp and it now works reliably, the only time I have problems is when I don't keep an eye on case feeding and boolit feeding and run out.
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    11-01-2017, 06:08 PM
    I'm guessing that the HF bench will be cheaper than making your own (plus quicker to put into use), so could be a good way to start. The drawers will be useful, although if you mount a press in front of the drawers you won't be able to open them!
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    10-28-2017, 05:59 PM
    dikman replied to a thread Uberti 1866 Yellow boy in Leverguns
    Went to the range and put about 60 rounds through it. Only had 3 tight ones, but they still came out with a bit of effort, so it looks like it's the brass that's the problem. I was doing quite well until towards the end, I loaded 10 into the mag,...
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    10-28-2017, 05:32 AM
    Nicely done. Same basic idea as mine, other than my handle is a bit more complex [smilie=1:. I like the tray idea, I'm just picking them up one at a time at the moment but your idea would be much faster. I'll have to see if I can figure out how to...
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    10-26-2017, 07:22 PM
    dikman replied to a thread Lyman MAG25 in Reloading Equipment
    That's the sort of thing that usually happens to me! At least it's only $15, you'll forget all about it once you have it and start casting.
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    10-25-2017, 02:28 AM
    Problem is that no-one appears to have one of the new RCBS units yet so it's impossible to compare them.
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    10-25-2017, 02:22 AM
    dikman replied to a thread Uberti 1866 Yellow boy in Leverguns
    Ouch! Those aren't scratches, George, they're grooves! Mine has 2013 stamped inside on the tang. Of course, you have to remove the stock to see it.
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    10-24-2017, 05:32 PM
    Glad to hear it's finally resolved. From what everyone's been saying on here it sounds like a Henry might be the way to go if you still want a lever? I think you definitely deserve to buy a nice rifle after all this!!
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    10-24-2017, 05:29 PM
    dikman replied to a thread Uberti 1866 Yellow boy in Leverguns
    Thanks for the info Tony, as I said it's a bit like my diagnosis, extremely uncommon, it seems. I find it hard to believe that I happen to have the only one with a "deformed" chamber, so at this stage I prefer to think it's most likely a brass...
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    10-22-2017, 05:40 PM
    Wonderful painting, quite evocative.
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    10-22-2017, 05:34 PM
    dikman replied to a thread Uberti 1866 Yellow boy in Leverguns
    Thanks, as my doc said if you're going to have a cancer this is probably the better one to have! After nearly 200 years they still don't know much about it, but it's been cut out and all's well. I stripped the rifle (again) and polished the...
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    10-21-2017, 01:19 AM
    :lol::lol::lol:
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    10-21-2017, 01:12 AM
    dikman replied to a thread Uberti 1866 Yellow boy in Leverguns
    Could be. My revolvers are Uberti 1875's and I've never had a stuck case in them. The reloaded rounds slide in and out of the rifle with no problems so it doesn't appear to be grossly undersize. I wondered if the cases needed annealing. I know it's...
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    10-20-2017, 05:34 PM
    All looks very neat and tidy, OS. :drinks: I have PID's on the RCBS, Lee and my coating toaster oven. Wouldn't be without them.
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    10-20-2017, 05:22 PM
    dikman replied to a thread Uberti 1866 Yellow boy in Leverguns
    I'll reload the cases that I just used, keep them separate from the rest and run them through again, separating any that are tight but undamaged as they should still be fine in the revolvers. Looks like I'm going to have to do this with the...
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    10-20-2017, 03:01 AM
    dikman replied to a thread Uberti 1866 Yellow boy in Leverguns
    I responded to square butte's post, but my reply seems to have gone awol! I did wonder about the chamber, but I figured that because the rest of the cases worked fine that should rule out a chamber issue? If the chamber had some sort of...
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    10-19-2017, 05:32 PM
    Generally when we talk about smelting we're referring to large volume melting of dirty lead, to clean it up and make smaller ingots suitable for casting. A 6" pipe sounds more like a casting pot - is that what you're referring to?
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    10-19-2017, 04:50 AM
    dikman replied to a thread Uberti 1866 Yellow boy in Leverguns
    For anyone who might be interested, I went to the range today and put 50 rounds through it. 5 rounds were tight, i.e they wouldn't eject by just moving the lever down normally. Two required extra effort and 3 were VERY tight! Of those 3, one split...
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    10-19-2017, 04:33 AM
    dikman replied to a thread Uberti 32-20 1873 or 1866 in Leverguns
    I have an 1866 (Sporting Rifle, 24" barrel). From what I could find out there's not much difference between the '73 and the '66 other than the brass receiver - so given that, it comes down to which one appeals to you aesthetically. Me, I wanted the...
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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