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    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    DocSavage replied to a thread 6.5 grendel in Factory Rifles
    Surplus H335 anb BLC2. Was hoping to get some loads using cast bullets. Got the regular Lyman jacket and cast bullet manuals plenty j loads but nothing for cast. 126 gr gc sized .266 dia. Did managed to reform a 7.62x39 case to make a dummy round...
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    Yesterday, 02:42 PM
    Unfortunately my tech stills leaves a great deal to be desired on posting pics. I tried reforming 7.62x39 brass using RCBS dies and ended up just crushing cases. Forgot to mention gas checks are from Sage's.. my experience with Lee molds has been...
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    Yesterday, 02:20 PM
    After playing with the mold fo the last couple of days finally got the mold broken in. Last night I gave the mold a good cleaning with Dawn dish detergent,readjusted the sprue plate and smoked the mold. Out of the 90 or so bullets I cast 15 didn't ...
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    Yesterday, 08:23 AM
    DocSavage replied to a thread 6.5 grendel in Factory Rifles
    Right now the state is on a lockdown non essential businesses are closed including gun shops and shooting ranges despite the Feds saying otherwise and the order came down that the order has been extended to May. Who knows I might get to pick up my...
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    04-02-2020, 10:41 AM
    I set my blocks on top of the pot to preheat plus I'm not used to casting bullets that are this small .266 up to this point 9 mm was the smallest I've cast.
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    04-01-2020, 02:16 PM
    Well out of the lot of 75 I cast only 5 were usable by my standards,lot of wrinkles in the nose area. Going to try increasingly the alloy temp hopefully the increased alloy temp will transfer to the mold giving me a better looking bullet. Sized to...
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    04-01-2020, 11:50 AM
    I've been casting my own for 4 decades but not in this small in caliber. I cast 30,9mm,357,10mm,40 cal rifle,44,45 pistol and 45 rifle so this is a new adventure. Going to use them in a 6.5 grendel. Mold is a NOE 127Gr gc. Wish me luck.
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    03-31-2020, 07:38 AM
    I'm not an electrician so when the OP says an extension cord I think something premade with plugs on both ends. 250' of that doesn't sound like a good idea,that said a generator for tools,12 volt light system from a deep cycle battery and a solar...
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    03-30-2020, 07:57 AM
    DocSavage replied to a thread Unlimited overtime in Our Town
    The last job I worked was in a tool crib in development. That crib was opened 7 days 2 shifts. Depending on work load fair number of 10 hr days and weekends. For me that was 5am to 3pm weekends varied made for a great paycheck and jacked up my...
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    03-29-2020, 02:23 PM
    DocSavage replied to a thread Tygon tubing in Reloading Equipment
    I have other presses tha use the same tubing and have the same problem the end of the tubing tends to curl upwards ,the spent primers aren't going into the trash they get stopped at the curve and pile up then I have to uncurl the tubing and hope...
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    03-29-2020, 01:12 PM
    DocSavage replied to a thread Tygon tubing in Reloading Equipment
    Well my semi brilliant idea worked but rather than using dowel I polished a piece of brass rod and put some NuFinish on it . While the tubing was hot connected one end to the press slipped the other end thru my bench,inserted the brass rod and now...
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    03-25-2020, 09:06 PM
    I've sent handguns to both manufacturers and gunsmiths and have'nt paid more than $85 thru UPS or FedEx have had some arguments about sending a handgun need to be an ffl etc but usually a phone call to higher ups solved the problem.
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    03-25-2020, 01:34 PM
    DocSavage replied to a thread Tygon tubing in Reloading Equipment
    I have a length of brass rod that's 5/16 diameter the tubing is 3/8 dia so I don't worry about the rod sticking.as the tubing cools
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    03-25-2020, 01:26 PM
    DocSavage replied to a thread Rcbs LAM II in Casting Equipment
    I use a large adjustable wrench works fine,actually once started I can remove the reservoir nut by hand.
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    03-25-2020, 11:12 AM
    DocSavage replied to a thread Tygon tubing in Reloading Equipment
    Didn't scroll down far enough to see that but adapting an empty Gatorade bottle is another idea.
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    03-25-2020, 09:46 AM
    DocSavage replied to a thread Tygon tubing in Reloading Equipment
    The Redding has a stud for lack of a better word that looks like the connector for air powered tools the solo cup idea won't work but thanks for the idea.
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    03-25-2020, 09:24 AM
    I have a spare Dillon carbide die I don't need it's the old style but I'm not sure if it's 44 mag or 45 Colt if it's 45 Colt you can have it for postage. Actually if the die is 44 mag rather than 45 Colt same offer to anyone else.
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    03-25-2020, 09:08 AM
    DocSavage replied to a thread Tygon tubing in Reloading Equipment
    Thought about the weight idea but my reloading bench is set up with RocDock system attached to a Dillon strong mount with a hole drilled to allow the tubing for spent primers to go into my trash can. Just had a flash of idea for using an empty soda...
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    03-25-2020, 08:48 AM
    I have a Redding Big Boss/BB II that has a short piece of tubing with a plug to catch spent primers works okay but fills up quickly. I have some tygon tubing on hand long enough to go into a trash can under my bench problem is that it wants to...
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    03-22-2020, 12:13 AM
    Big difference in casting techniques going from aluminum to steel/iron. Iron is going to take awhile to get up to temp,I have 1 4 cavity mold and have to use an external heat source to get it to working temp. Have to admit I'm spoiled using NOE and...
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    03-19-2020, 11:21 AM
    My dies are marked on the box 45 Colt/454 Casull. 45 acp carbide die will be a bit small in the diameter compared to 45 Colt but you'll still need a 45 Colt seater die. I prefer a good roll crimp for heavy 45 Colt/454 Casull over a taper crimp.
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    03-18-2020, 09:04 AM
    RCBS makes a mold in 6.5 mm,Saeco does as well but it's a special order which means hold on to your wallet. Not a fan of Lyman unless their quality has improved. Had their molds decades ago and any problem was met with can't help you buy a new mold.
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    03-18-2020, 08:09 AM
    I'm in the process of getting a Howa mini action and plan to cast for it the $64 question whose mold and what weight seems to work best. Have to admit I'm partial to NOE.
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    03-17-2020, 08:43 AM
    DocSavage started a thread 6.5 grendel in Factory Rifles
    Giving serious thought to a Howa miniaction in 6.5 grendel 20" heavy barrel anyone have one and opinion on how they shoot j words and cast bullets,best powder etc. Thanks for the input
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    03-11-2020, 08:50 AM
    Regular gas 23-25 cents a gallon 100+ was 6 - 10cents more. There was one company that sold unleaded gas and I think the name was Amoco. Cigarettes 25-30 cent a pack and pretty much anyone could buy them. This was from 1955 to the early 70s...
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    03-11-2020, 08:03 AM
    How are the No 3s to shoot the metal butt plate and light weight must make them painfull with light to factory loads. I've had No 1s in 45/70 heavy load would beat you into submission in short order with near 458 mag loads.
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    03-11-2020, 07:55 AM
    I've never had a problem with 5.56 brass,I use standard Redding dies with a carbide expander ball. I do use a case gauge but I got that when I had problems similar to the OP's but I use a 650 to reload my 223/5.56 so there is a slightly different...
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    03-11-2020, 07:14 AM
    DocSavage replied to a thread Barber shave in Our Town
    One of the things I'd like to try the problem is barbers are in short supply around here and the few that are not even sure if they learned how to use a straight razor in barber school. Come to think of it wonder if any cases of barbers going...
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    03-09-2020, 10:39 AM
    Yes I did,I got hooked on the paper back reprints. Dying to see how the proposed Doc Savage movie with Dwayne Johnson will be.
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Been shooting/reloading 40+years. not a hunterbut I don't object to those that do
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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