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  • Winger Ed.'s Avatar
    Today, 03:58 AM
    Interesting project. If emptying and sifting the Lead back out is a hassle, and ya don't want to get better and faster at it- I'd just let it fill up more so I didn't have to do it so often.:bigsmyl2: Besides, if sand can catch boolits,,, then...
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    Today, 03:41 AM
    We used to have a indoor range in town that had a plate of salvaged battleship armor about a inch or so thick as a backstop. It was angled at 45 degrees or so, and had a sand pit under it at the base. Nobody ever mentioned that a bullet had ever...
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    Today, 03:02 AM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread Alloy temperature in Cast Boolits
    I don't own a thermometer. I start off with the old Pro-Melt turned almost all the way up with the mold sitting on top. I start casting, as the mold finishes heating up and the boolits have a little frost on them, I turn the pot down a...
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    Today, 02:53 AM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread Bulk Swaging in Swaging
    As Darth Vader would say, "Impressive". Remember, any job worth doing---- is the perfect reason to buy more power tools.:bigsmyl2:
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    Today, 01:41 AM
    Get your powder & bullet situation figured out, and magnum primers will do fine. My go-to LR primers are Winchester. The label even says the are for standard or Magnum loads. My favorites are GI pulls of 147FMJ and 150 spire points with WIN748...
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    Today, 01:36 AM
    It's more or less a issue about barrel & magazine length, and the style of stock. Just for myself, I lean towards rifles rather than carbines, and a pistol grip stock rather than the straight grip. The newer ones have a cross bolt safety, but I...
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    Yesterday, 11:56 PM
    Back when I had a mini-14, I had steel magazines for it, and there was no way magazines for it and a AR interchanged. I'd heard of the plastic ones that would, but never had one to try out. You might be able to modify AR mags to fit, but I'd...
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    Yesterday, 11:30 PM
    I've thought about swaging my own from time to time just for myself & a few buddies. And certainly admire anyone else for doing it. However; As a for profit business--- that's not for me. 1. I figure my head to head competitors would have...
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    Yesterday, 11:15 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread A thanks . in Our Town
    We need a bigger word than that for what I felt then. Our range master is a great guy too.... I could see it in his eyes, but as I was leaving the range last week, he didn't even tell me to be sure I had everything I came with.
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    Yesterday, 11:13 PM
    I was in our local guy's place a couple weeks ago and the powder selection was a bit slim. They were out of the favorites, like 748 and IMR 4350, but things that don't usually move well in our neighborhood were there. I grabbed one of the two...
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    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread A thanks . in Our Town
    Hey,,,, I'm right here ya know... Last year I had two or three armloads of stuff at our private member's club range. I thought I had everything but didn't exactly inventory it as I packed up to leave. Got home- 25 miles away, and later on as...
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    Yesterday, 07:39 PM
    Do a search for "the load" or 'Red Dot in rifles". There are several sights and pages on it.
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    Yesterday, 07:36 PM
    I've heard scrap yards are buying it for 25 cents a pound. For the last few years most new tire weights are Zinc, and with the scrap price on it being so low and labor intensive to smelt the clips off of them--- make your best deal, but you...
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    Yesterday, 05:31 PM
    I couldn't figure it out at the time. I've absent mindedly left my pot on over night, and not seen anything like that. All I'd ever seen before was the usual skin of gray or sometimes sort of a gold color. After a few, maybe a couple of...
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    Yesterday, 05:10 PM
    I'd be curious to learn how it works for ya. I didn't think cast would do well in a AR since I've heard ya can't pump them up very fast for what a gas gun likes, and still cycles, and there is an issue for me with those little bitty gas checks....
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    Yesterday, 04:04 PM
    I've got different magazines I found, and grabbed when they were cheap, from everywhere-- except pulling some out of the trash. They're a mix of everything, young and old. I load that RCBS 195 SWC short, little, stubby looking thing that has a...
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    Yesterday, 02:30 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread Seating depth. in Cast Boolits
    For cast, unless you are up into the wild end of a powder charge, .015 here or there ain't that big a deal if they still chamber OK. Unless you're loading up to go fire for the Bianchi Cup, I wouldn't worry about it. Without doing a lot of...
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    Yesterday, 02:22 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread A thanks . in Our Town
    It's a small, close community. I found years ago, even on the range, rather than trying to sabotage or undermine their competitors-- Shooters are more than glad to help, and even coach each other. I'm still not sure if it is from the goodness...
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About Winger Ed.
growing into being a crusty geezser/oldfart.
Just outside Gun Barrel City, Texas
shooting, veterans affairs.
I fix things


As often as not, I offer sarcasm rather than advice.

OK people. Enough of this idle chit-chat. This ain't your Grandma's sewing circle.
EVERYONE!! Get back to your oars. The Captain wants to water ski.

It wasn't playing the blame game, finding fault, and complaining about every little thing that made America great.
It was God, guns, and guts.


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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