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  • Bazoo's Avatar
    Today, 03:23 AM
    I have seen at least one reference to someone swaging .224 bullets on a lee hand press. How hard would it be? Would it be possible to do 30 caliber on the lee hand press? What about the Buchanan hand press, anybody ever try swaging with it? ...
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    Today, 01:51 AM
    I've polished several lee bullet sizing dies with fine sandpaper and polishing compound spun with a cleaning rod section in a drill. It helped a lot for the amount of force needed. I don't PC but I size them unlubed before tumble lubing.
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    Today, 12:31 AM
    Take pictures in natural light. Lots of them including a full length view from both sides. Be honest and use lots of detail.
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    Yesterday, 11:04 PM
    I've never used his press. I imagine it would be difficult to seat bullets if not set up on a hard surface. With the lee though it balances in the hand when open so it's easy to place a charged cartridge and bullet in place and move the handle...
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    Yesterday, 10:47 PM
    Not having access to a lathe, figuring out about reversing the decapping stem was a breakthrough for me. I'd not seen or heard of it before, but as EDG mentioned I'm sure I want the first to figure it out. The 30-30 die in question is a new die and...
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    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    I've has good luck out of duralast batteries from autozone. Got a tough one in an old bronco, and got one that's 6 years old in the mower. It sets a month or more sometimes and always fires up.
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    Yesterday, 10:25 PM
    BM don't know if you still have them, but you did have a set of new dies. I know! Thanks.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    Yes, I could furnish that info and it would be accurate.
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    Yesterday, 07:52 PM
    Choice of holsters are pretty limited for a 6 shot snub nose. For me, it's not the barrel length that is a factor in concealment but rather the thickness and the butt shape. I carried a S&W 642 a while and it concealed wonderfully. I carry a...
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    Yesterday, 07:14 PM
    I made a set of wood handles for a lee loader once. Fitted them and sanded the paint off below where they touched then JB welded them in place. I didn't like them as much as the unmodified tool so I sold it and bought another. For me it isn't...
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    Yesterday, 06:54 PM
    I just sanded the the edges with some fine sandpaper. It removed those little raised bits of paint and sharp edges. As for the shape itself I just tweaked my technique till it was more comfortable. I also polished my expander button and make sure I...
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    Yesterday, 06:39 PM
    I can remember the serial number on my carry gun and my 30-30. I keep all the numbers written on a piece of paper in my wallet. I also keep a list in the house in my papers.
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    Yesterday, 05:56 PM
    Part of my bench is covered with bullets and brass and sometimes other junk, but the center where I work always is clean. I've always worked that way in everything and it works for me. I always put my tools and dies back up either when I'm done or...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:49 PM
    Well I got out this morning and took some donuts by the tire store. The owner, a young fellow, has been asking me what I did with them. So I remembered to pick up a freshly cast boolit to show him. He was impressed that something that clean could...
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    Yesterday, 12:29 PM
    I hope it works out to be a good source for you.
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    Yesterday, 06:14 AM
    Its another rainy day here and looks like a good day to stay inside. I'll probably put another batch of brass in the tumbler and head out to the shop to sort that bucket of weights that I scored yesterday.
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    02-21-2019, 11:41 PM
    I have always got some fine scratches from my rifle dies. Ive tried steel wool on a bore brush spun in a drill, very fine sandpaper on a split stick, and scotch bright pad on a cleaning rod both spun by a drill. None of which really worked. It...
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    02-21-2019, 07:41 PM
    That was defiantly a nice score. In that picture, I think I'm seeing a few stubs of bar solder, a few lead anchors and some fishing sinkers. I probably would test the lead anchors and the sinkers for zinc and consider it to be soft lead. Good Job!
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    02-21-2019, 07:27 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Snow,snow and more snow in Our Town
    Us in the South have not had the snow that you Northern guys are getting but everyone seems to be having a worse than normal winter. We don't get much snow but our worst enemy is freezing rain. It can cause power outages that last for a week or more...
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    02-21-2019, 06:19 PM
    PM Inbound on #3. I'll take them. Thanks.
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  • Bazoo's Avatar
    02-21-2019, 05:29 PM
    Birch is strong enough. It can have weak spots if there is any burl or figure in it though. Plain grained birch is strong and tough.
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    02-21-2019, 02:03 PM
    It won't matter at all. The difference in alloy and lube will be more of an influence with regards to leading, accuracy, and performance.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-21-2019, 12:31 PM
    I just found a 3 gallon bucket of wheel weights by my garage door this morning when I got out. I have not tracked down the donor yet but the clue is the bucket! It appears to be a tire lube bucket which means I'll take a couple dozen donuts by the...
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    02-21-2019, 11:55 AM
    I was trying to remember who made those for RCBS. I think you are correct.
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  • Bazoo's Avatar
    02-21-2019, 05:24 AM
    It's common to have 7.62x39 ammo that measures .311 but run it through a .308 diameter bored rifle. If you look that up you'll find some threads and info about it. I was looking it up because I happen to have some .311 bullets and am thinking...
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    02-20-2019, 11:24 PM
    I use both large and small. Mostly large of recent though. If primers get scarce again come time they try to ban guns, I'll have more choices. I'd love to come across a stash of large primer 38's and 357's. I think they're neat.
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    02-20-2019, 11:19 PM
    Bazoo replied to a thread Help a newby out in Cast Boolits
    Agreed, very nice ingot moulds.
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    02-20-2019, 11:04 PM
    Maybe try a new recoil spring. Could be its weak and allowing the slide to cycle too quickly?
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    02-20-2019, 10:58 PM
    I find iron molds are a lot easier to keep the temperature in the sweet spot as compared to aluminum. Also, if you have a dab of lead you want to remove.... you can scrub it off with a brass brush or use a brass rod to pick at it. You'll scratch...
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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