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  • Bent Ramrod's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:17 PM
    Have you looked for a copy of Modern Reloading, by Richard Lee? He doesn’t specify his moulds exactly, but there is a plethora of data in there, covering powder charges and all boolit weights, cast and jacketed, from lightest to heaviest. I’m sure...
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    Yesterday, 11:43 AM
    The “V” is a code letter used to identify the manufacturer of the cherrie used to cut the mould cavity. Lyman no longer makes its cherries in-house, but buys them from outside toolmakers. The “913” is an assembly number to ensure that the blocks...
    8 replies | 163 view(s)
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    09-23-2020, 11:14 AM
    I was on there a few days back and it was fine. If you just get the “Forum Has No Content” notice, you probably need to re-log in or reregister. Happens to me occasionally. If it doesn’t accept your password, get in touch via e-mail with the...
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    09-22-2020, 12:09 PM
    I don’t know which is the most “popular,” but the most user-friendly one is the 1860 Army. Easy to cap with your fingers; the leverage for squishing the balls into the chambers is superior to any other model, and the cylinder arbor holds enough...
    37 replies | 809 view(s)
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    09-20-2020, 01:36 PM
    I smoke most of my aluminum moulds and have sprayed them with Drop-Out, that NEI stuff and other graphite preparations when somebody gave me a can to use up. I don't do this so the mould will “release” the boolits. Sticky cavities need...
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    09-17-2020, 10:40 AM
    IIRC, there was a guy named Bob Roller who made extra-thick sprue plates for Lyman SC moulds. Don't know if he’s still in business now, but you might do a search.
    5 replies | 185 view(s)
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    09-16-2020, 12:06 PM
    Looks like a Yankee mould to me, with handles upgraded with Lee wood and ferrules. Not a bad idea, actually. Original Yankee handles were pretty much straight dowels, rounded on the bottom ends, and held to the mould tangs with a circle of wire....
    6 replies | 185 view(s)
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    09-14-2020, 12:07 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 25-25 Stevens in Single Shot Guns
    No doubt Ideal made them, since they made a #3 tool for .25-21 and .25-25. I have the tong tool but have never seen the accompanying drive in/out FLS die.
    3 replies | 280 view(s)
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    09-12-2020, 01:48 PM
    A friend and I used to shoot “birdshot .22’s” as kids a lot. These were the kind with the shotgun crimp in the brass. Pretty pointless exercise in a rifled bore, as the rifling spun the shot and the centrifugal force coming out the muzzle put...
    8 replies | 283 view(s)
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    09-09-2020, 08:56 AM
    Sorry, thought you were talking about the loading tool. I use my #5 measure all the time for BPCR loads. Most charges stay within 0.5 gr, can get closer by judicious use of the knocker.
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    09-08-2020, 04:08 PM
    I used mine, with the accompanying integral-handle Ideal 457124 mould, for my Garrett Sharps carbine in .45-70. It neck-sized the shells, sized and seated the boolits, re- and de- (after I made a replacement for the missing punch) capped the...
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    09-08-2020, 11:51 AM
    The factory didn't checker the 23s. The fleur-de-lis checkering was a very popular custom style. Nice job, too.
    4 replies | 227 view(s)
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    09-08-2020, 11:17 AM
    It’s at moments like those that you’re glad you kept your messy old hand gear change lathe, instead of upgrading to a nice, modern, convenient quick-change gearbox. You’ll be a long time finding “30” on the plate on a QC box when you want to make...
    11 replies | 427 view(s)
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    09-03-2020, 09:45 AM
    The real driver, leave us face it, is cheap, giveaway money; more abundant all the time. On the other hand, there is only a finite number of discontinued items, whether they be acreage, Van Gogh paintings or Lyman 310 sets. It only stand to...
    42 replies | 2249 view(s)
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    08-30-2020, 12:18 PM
    A little WD-40 on some 000 steel wool should get the surface rust off the guide rods. Some sewing machine oil on the rods and the lever pivot screw and you should be good to go. The return spring looks OK to me. All it has to do is hold the lever...
    27 replies | 1057 view(s)
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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