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    Today, 04:46 AM
    Dave at CH4D responded to an email that I sent about the product and said that it was a "bullet swage die with a bullet ejector". He said that the bullet ejector was last made in the 1980s.
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    Yesterday, 05:57 PM
    After I saw the "SWAGE" when I was cleaning it today, I wondered if the top lever was just for pushing the bullet out after reshaping a lead core, so I took one of the Lee 358-105-SWC bullets that I had sitting nearby and used it to see what would...
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    Yesterday, 02:55 PM
    Well, I just finished disassembling what I thought was a primer pocket swagger and brushed it with a brass brush and mineral spirits. The die body says "38 357 SWAGE" on it.
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    Yesterday, 11:04 AM
    Yeah, it does look like their logo, so I sent them an email to see if they can tell me anything about it. I looked on their webpage and was not able to find anything that looked like it. All the primer pocket swaggers that they have these days...
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    Yesterday, 10:40 AM
    I've never had a primer pocket swagger to examine, so I'm just kind of guessing that is what it may be. Here's a cropped portion of the original photo with maybe more detail...
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    Yesterday, 03:45 AM
    Stumbled across an ad on Craigslist today for a box of old reloading equipment for $25. It looked a bit rusty, but I figured it was worth a gamble and I told the guy I would take as long as the press still moved / wasn't rusted/frozen up. He was...
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    11-16-2017, 09:19 PM
    NavyVet1959 replied to a thread Homemade? in Reloading Equipment
    Well, there are some people who mount presses at an angle tilted forward a few degrees to make it easier to operate while seated in lower height chairs. Your design was apparently to rotate the press a few degrees clockwise so that you wouldn't...
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    11-15-2017, 02:26 AM
    Well, I made it back from Las Vegas. Didn't spend a single cent at any of the shows, bars, or gambling. I did end up buying a buffet meal at the hotel I was at, but only because they had a 50% off deal for vets for Veteran's Day. Spent a bit of...
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    11-12-2017, 02:32 AM
    MaLar replied to a thread Best woman in the world!!! in Our Town
    Seems some of us are so blessed. I have been for over 41 years.
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    11-08-2017, 03:06 AM
    From a practical standpoint, it would provide just as much "security", but the rules explicitly say a "locked hard-sided container". There's an issue with locked zippers being...
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    11-07-2017, 08:08 PM
    They're all supposed to be working from the same rule book, but my experience is that it is quite a bit different going though the different airports. I seem to remember reading on one of their sites where they were supposed to verify that the gun...
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    11-07-2017, 07:38 PM
    Actually, according to the United website, it says that if you use a TSA lock, it can speed up the check in procedure. I've never seen anything on the TSA or the airline's sites to say that you cannot use a TSA lock on it. On my normal plastic gun...
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    11-07-2017, 07:05 PM
    Well, someone was asking for a photo in a previous post (which I don't see right now, so maybe he deleted it), so here's what it looks like from the outside. It's nothing special since it was just a quick-and-dirty conversion, but it's probably a...
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    11-07-2017, 06:41 AM
    With a truly securable hard sided suitcase, you end up adding to the weight of the luggage and the payload thus goes down. For example, a Pelican 1615 weighs 14 lbs and I've seen other models that weigh up to 24 lbs. A running joke about the...
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    11-06-2017, 08:01 PM
    No, as I mentioned inside the original post, it's for inside another piece of luggage. I'm in Las Vegas right now. IAH's procedures have changed a bit since the last time I remember flying out of there with a handgun. Last time, I just had to...
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    11-06-2017, 05:46 AM
    I'm taking a flight this week to Las Vegas and wanted to bring two of my handguns with me -- my carry gun (a RIA mid-size double stack M1911 that has been converted to .38 Super Cooper) and a .357 mag revolver for some shooting where I don't have to...
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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