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    Today, 06:26 AM
    Member in a recent thread suggested using wax as a fill to bring existing Lee dipper down to desired volume for a given powder. I would think fine adjusting to the amount of wax would be easy. Do overs would be easy, and a little time in hot water...
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    Today, 06:00 AM
    First experience with DHL and group buy and your products. So a learning process for sure. Since I have most of the "basic" molds I need to load calibers I need I'm starting to look at more premium or specific molds. I have a feeling this new...
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    Today, 05:52 AM
    It is true that it is "her" money and her decision to make. No doubt about that. Which matters to the degree you consider this a potential long term committed relationship. Lot of couples work from a basis of "your" money, "my" money, and "our"...
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    Yesterday, 03:18 AM
    Saw with very course teeth. Yes a log splitter has been used to chunk up lead before with reported good results. Or attach cable or chain and lower into pot. Lower more as it melts. Ladle out for ingots as pot gets full. Some have mentioned...
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    Yesterday, 03:09 AM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Dumb question??? in Leverguns
    Buy the Lee universal expander but... it is just a cone shaped die that puts a flare in the case mouth. You can swap that cone shaped expander for an NOE Expander plug and get very consistent mouth size and case neck dimension. Consistent neck...
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    Yesterday, 02:55 AM
    I use brake cleaner to clean dies, have really only had to clean with solvent the ones that I bought used, or those that get tumble lube bullets run through them. PC bullets are clean enough that I can pretty much just take apart the die and wipe,...
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    Yesterday, 02:47 AM
    Get used to it. At least 1/2 the time in the last 20 some years of marriage I have been ignored, presumed wrong, or my favorite "ok but it wouldn't hurt to ask the guy at home depot what kind of..... to use". My answer has become ok but if you are...
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    Yesterday, 02:38 AM
    I missed the part about needing a phone number, and the email from MP molds asking for the phone number was sort of buried in wife's email activity. For DHL I guess a phone number is required.
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    01-14-2019, 02:24 PM
    Some caution makes sense. You know what they say about "can't unring that bell". Once you do say something for good or ill you can't unsay it and have to live with the other persons response. Scrap yards and tire stores have not been a problem. ...
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    01-14-2019, 12:33 PM
    Not only is owner husband sort of a prick but sort of clueless too. Muzzle loaders use plain soft lead balls. I would not be surprised if some of those rendezvous folks cast for smokeless cartridges too where they could use the tin but I would be...
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    01-14-2019, 12:13 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Babbit in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I have heard of folks getting non-linotype alloy in that pig form. Don't want to overstate the alloy good or overstate the potential for bad to the OP. Pigs have been found that were great or not so great or almost a scam. I think most have been...
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    01-12-2019, 05:02 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Babbit in Lead and Lead Alloys
    In form that is a linotype pig. Should be a hard alloy running 4% tin and 12% antimony. Bet it rings if struck with that hammer. Those "ears" that make the hole will break off if they are struck hard because the alloy is fine grained and hard...
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    01-12-2019, 04:52 PM
    Yep 1/2 & 1/2 is 50/50 tin/Pb and a most excellent score. Especially in the commercial form that makes identification easy and positive. Download the alloy calculator from the sticky in this forum. You would just enter the weight of lead on one...
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    01-12-2019, 04:43 PM
    Corporate chain tire stores can't sell you WW's seek out the independent tire stores. Expect to pay at least what the scrap yards will pay for the WW's. I find offering even 5 cents a pound more is enough to give them a reason to sell to me rather...
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    01-12-2019, 02:26 AM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Lee Dippers in Reloading Equipment
    I like the wax idea. Adjustable, lasts as long as needed I would guess, no harm done going back to original. Slick. After all most of us have some wax or paraffin around for smelting or ML lube. As long as one has a dipper larger than the size...
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    01-11-2019, 01:29 PM
    You can look online at the powder company web site and may find your answer in the load data they provide, but really you need at least one or two cast bullet reloading manuals. Lyman is a good one as is the Lee manual. The cast bullet manuals...
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    01-10-2019, 11:16 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Ladle vs Bottom Pour in Cast Boolits
    That is the model I sort of had my eye on. People have added weight to the front handle so that it gets a more positive seal. Something as simple as slipping a large nut on the handle can make a difference from what has been said. Assuming you...
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    01-10-2019, 04:57 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Ladle vs Bottom Pour in Cast Boolits
    I use the Lyman little dipper, similar to the RCBS ladle. I started with a ladle and it worked. I feel comfortable working above the pot and find that the ability to pour excess and to control the way the pour is delivered. Pressure pour, swirl...
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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