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  • John McCorkle's Avatar
    03-24-2020, 02:44 PM
    I'll throw in for a brass 3 cavity go NLG gas check Sent from my moto g(7) power using Tapatalk
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  • John McCorkle's Avatar
    03-10-2020, 11:11 AM
    I've cast loaded and shot a TON of 9mm...and am still tinkering with it to get it just right. Powder coat is a dream...shake and bake method is cheapest and most effective for general use. I use the Lee tc120 that @tazman referenced...
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    03-06-2020, 09:05 PM
    Thanks and thanks to everyone else here too....I can't tell you how much I enjoy this forum and it's members... awesome group of guys man Sent from my moto g(7) power using Tapatalk
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    03-06-2020, 08:24 PM
    Mostly the powder through was an expedient way to go...I think I paid 6 bucks for 2 plugs and shipping (first one as with most of their spare parts was free) I have a Lee pro 1000 press so only working with 3 stations means I need to expand and drop...
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    03-06-2020, 06:28 PM
    So alot of assumptions here I prob need to level set before I try to answer all the wrong questions... 1) it's not an expensive die set ...it's a Lee 4 die carbide 9mm set...you MAY be able to find cheaper dies but not by much and all that to say...
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    03-06-2020, 05:08 PM
    So did a second/third polish with 1000 grit and tormek and wow it's slicker than snail snot now...mic shows .3565 (reduction of 3 ten thou) which won't change much for the bullet swaging in the case Tons of difference in feel now when expanding...
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  • John McCorkle's Avatar
    03-06-2020, 03:06 PM
    So, put in some work on the expander stem with the 1000 grit paper and hit it good with my honing/stropping compound (product called tormek found at woodcraft for honing chisels - I use it to home straight razors)...stuff is great Mirror polish...
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    03-06-2020, 02:35 PM
    I would agree with you if not for tons of guys here using this exact setup with none of the issues I am seeing... I wouldn't have thought to use the 38sw expander from Lee if not for others using it with great success, which is why I'm curious what...
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    03-06-2020, 12:06 PM
    You know what...I think the stem roughness may be at least part of the problem if not the problem now that I think about it .... Something else I noticed but thought little of until we are discussing it here are little brass shavings like hair...
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    03-06-2020, 11:53 AM
    When I ordered from Lee I got two, I may try to polish the tooling marks smooth on this one without changing the diameter much if any and see if that makes a difference. My larger concern is that I don't have a lathe and don't want to polish...
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  • John McCorkle's Avatar
    03-06-2020, 11:37 AM
    No but not sure I would get a consistent read with the amount of tear/rupture on them after they split Sent from my moto g(7) power using Tapatalk
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    03-06-2020, 11:36 AM
    So originally when I first got the plug the "feel" of it was very sharp... meaning, entering the sized brass case mouth would result in a snag fairly often ...so I took it out and slightly reprofiled the leading edge of the expander with...
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    03-06-2020, 10:55 AM
    Sort of what I thought, it's surprising and I've never seen anything like it before. I haven't heard others who have either. I think I could prob use one shot or any number of lubes but I don't think others here do/have and I'd like to not make...
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    03-06-2020, 10:14 AM
    Also this, this AM I am processing through a batch of 9mm that was previously expanded with the original plug (original Lee 9mm powder through expander - I pre prepped alot of brass in stages) These have yet to give me a split...I've only...
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  • John McCorkle's Avatar
    03-06-2020, 10:11 AM
    Looks like a .3568-357 ish Sent from my moto g(7) power using Tapatalk
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  • John McCorkle's Avatar
    03-06-2020, 09:36 AM
    No it's all over the place, Speer, Winchester, sig, Remington Federal...all of em. Wish there were a pattern Sent from my moto g(7) power using Tapatalk
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    03-06-2020, 09:33 AM
    I've seen them split in firing before but it's typically a small fissure on the side maybe 1/8th below the mouth and about a 1/16th long. When it's a crack in firing it's shown carbon scoring in an hour Glass shape in relation to the crack as the...
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  • John McCorkle's Avatar
    03-06-2020, 02:16 AM
    Hi all I've reloaded 9mm for a while with boolits and am only now taking the advice of so many here and using a larger expander that reaches deeper into the case body to make sure the boolit isn't swaged while loading... hoping to see good...
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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
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