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  • Black Jaque Janaviac's Avatar
    03-26-2020, 09:36 PM
    Yes. I shoot flintlocks so I always guard the plumbers lead jealously. Other stuff that looks like it might work - I will cast a few test balls. I know I can squish plumber's lead completely out of round in a pair of channel locks pliers. Wheel...
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    03-16-2020, 12:29 PM
    I have read some that suggests that alloy consistency can affect accuracy (not just hardness). So this has lead to me considering whether I should try to mix all my scrap lead into one consistent batch. Or if I should sort it and mark the batches....
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    03-13-2020, 11:16 PM
    I have heard of this - however that is not a problem in this particular instance. I am just wondering if backing off on the crimp might reduce pressures a tad.
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    03-13-2020, 02:57 PM
    Huh. I never saw that on Lee's website. Probably because I only have FCDs for either my revolvers or my autos. The FCD included in the 4-die set applies a taper crimp. But it is considered an FCD because it has the carbide sizing ring. But...
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    03-13-2020, 02:00 PM
    No I don't have a consistent alloy. Except for muzzleloader roundballs which I try to keep as close to pure as possible (plumber's lead). The rest is sort of a mish-mash of wheel weights, range scrap, and other odd scraps (once people learn you...
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    03-13-2020, 01:46 PM
    Yep. From Lee's website:
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  • Black Jaque Janaviac's Avatar
    03-13-2020, 01:43 PM
    I'm pretty sure the FCD that comes with the Lee 4-die pistol set is a taper-crimp die. It is certainly not a roll crimp - so I shouldn't be having any headspacing problems.
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    03-13-2020, 01:15 PM
    I recovered some 9mm bullets after the snow thawed and I can see an extra ring in the bullet that is from the case mouth. I use the Lee FCD and don't have any problem with leading at all. I do notice that during load development I get primer...
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    03-12-2020, 11:33 PM
    I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Laugh because I have a potential solution to accuracy problems or cry because there is yet another nit to pick. Trying to control the variables is like picking stick-tights out of a wool sweater. So is the...
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  • Black Jaque Janaviac's Avatar
    03-09-2020, 09:58 AM
    Reminds me of the time I was sitting in the back yard making paper cartridges for my .54 muzzleloader. They looked like huge doobies! My neighbor just had to come over and ask. He loves to shoot so it only started a friendly conversation. It...
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    03-08-2020, 10:25 PM
    A ray of hope! I experimented with the 95-rf some more. Along with following Tazman's advice I also found that gently setting the bullet on the case works better than jamming it on snug with my fingers. When I gently set the bullet on it seems...
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  • Black Jaque Janaviac's Avatar
    03-04-2020, 06:56 PM
    Sigh*** I tried sizing, and pluggin the concave part of the seating plug to make it flat - still seats the TL356-95-rf crooked. Guess I'll just stick with the 125.
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    02-28-2020, 10:29 PM
    I don't think there is any performance benefit in coating RBs. In a C&B revolver you'll shave off the coating, in a regular muzzleloader the coating never comes in contact with the bore since the RB is typically patched. That said, I started...
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    02-28-2020, 10:20 PM
    Between my son and myself, we've shot a number of whitetails with .357 leverguns. And we've shot a ton more with roundball muzzleloaders. If a 125 grain .45 roundball is adquate for deer out to 100yards there is no reason a .357 won't do just...
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    02-28-2020, 08:10 PM
    What sort of velocity for barrel length arebyou hoping to achieve? I use BE-86 and find it gets good velocities out of a 3.15" barrel. Also CFE-Pistol doe well. But out of a subcompact I am not expecting great velocities.
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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