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    Today, 09:37 AM
    I “press” them out, rather than “knock” them out. No pops, but I’ve never tried to remove live, crimped-in primers, which might be a whole nother story. I remember reading Elmer Keith’s marveling about the abuse primers could take without...
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    Yesterday, 11:23 AM
    They’d sell more of them if they put “Tactical” in the description somewhere, too.
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    Yesterday, 11:11 AM
    The cam over really comes into its own with full-length resizing of heavy, heavily-loaded, high intensity cases and range pickups fired in sloppy chambers, X-Treem case forming and bullet swaging. The top-dead-center stop is especially valuable for...
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    Yesterday, 10:55 AM
    I think KAL only makes moulds for patched boolits, 38 cal and above. You might check with Steve Brooks. He makes adjustable grease groove moulds, but I don’t know how small a caliber he gets down to. My admittedly limited experience with...
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    11-15-2018, 12:11 PM
    I have three original High Walls whose groove diameters are all at least 0.379”. Had to get a special mould from Accurate, but I think Lee makes an oversized mould too. Both slightly oversized clones of the Ideal 375248 250 grainer. I was...
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    11-15-2018, 11:00 AM
    There are a lot of what my old Formulations Mentor used to call “Fruitcake Formulas” out there for gun cleaning—mixtures containing ingredients for no discernible reason, and from which no particular effect can be expected. Like the famous...
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    11-14-2018, 05:04 PM
    I got an extra from Triple K. Might have to grind the sharp edges off the bottom plate, and it sticks out further than an original, but it fits and works.
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    11-13-2018, 09:50 PM
    Very sorry to hear of your loss. Friends of mine bought a little house for their son up there while he attends Chico State and bought the smaller place next door so they’d have somewhere to stay while they visited him. (He has roommates, and...
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    11-02-2018, 09:15 PM
    I have a blued one. They are tiny, almost as small as one of those NAF mini-revolvers. A Colt.31 “pocket revolver” is large by comparison. Haven’t shot it in a while. It shot low, as I recall, and the accuracy range was feet rather than yards. ...
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    11-02-2018, 08:42 PM
    Naramore’s Principles and Practice of Reloading Ammunition has a section on how to develop loads with unknown powders. I would second earlmcks’ advice that you check the stuff for homogeneity. If it’s a mixture of sticks, flakes and balls,...
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    10-28-2018, 05:01 PM
    I have three sets, two .22 caliber, nearly complete (except for the jacket draw die), and fully accessorized, and one .25 caliber which has the two-piece die and the ram punch. The first two were $15 each on the Remainders table at the local gun...
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    10-28-2018, 11:02 AM
    It might be better to revive the old term “case mouth reduction” to cartridge cases formed to hold paper patched boolits after seating, and stop using the word “crimp.” “Crimp” has always implied rolling over the mouth of the case into...
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    10-25-2018, 07:52 PM
    The shell holders for the front stations are the J-type like for the Tru-Line Jr. The one for the right-hand station should have a spring “gate” on it, putatively to allow one primer at a time out of the Prime-O-Matic primer magazine and over onto...
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    10-21-2018, 11:50 AM
    Nice catch. The equipment available today enables the shooter to crank out rounds of ammo like sausages. But inspection, at every step of the process, is still critical. I still use a single stage press, or an occasional turret, in all my...
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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