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  • Le Loup Solitaire's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:08 PM
    Cast iron needs/should be heated up and cooled down slowly or it can/may crack. As well, it does not like to be hit/struck specially when hot. That includes tapping. Dutch ovens that have a logo cast into the bottom; that is where the bottom is...
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    Yesterday, 07:58 PM
    The Lyman pots (and Saecos) were made in the sixties and they were good working solid pots. They can be cleaned up, restored and will work well again. The Mcmaster Carr source is still active and you can find any part that you need. LLS
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    09-14-2014, 10:14 PM
    The Lee 309-120R shown by the OP is an excellent choice for the 30 Carb. It is very similar to the RCBS design;both can use a gas check if you wish. I use the RCBS in my 30 Carb and in the Ruger revolver for the 30 Carb. I have used it as well in...
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    09-13-2014, 09:27 PM
    I had a similar situation back in the day when I could not get 405 brass and had to make them out of 30-40 Krag cases blown out to be straight. Problem was they finished up 1/4" short. They worked ok, but I had to make sure that the front of the...
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    09-12-2014, 11:16 PM
    Saeco used to give one away free as part of a pot purchase. Don't remember if RCBS did that too or Lyman for that matter. A Lee you had to buy. I agree that nowadays prices for ingot molds have gone crazy along with everything else. Folks make very...
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    09-10-2014, 11:02 PM
    The mold is not ruined. It has to be adjusted as advised by those who have already responded. If you have difficulty in doing what has to be done or you do not succeed then simply send the mold blocks back to RCBS and they will either do it for you...
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    09-09-2014, 10:25 PM
    I would suggest working with increased heat and getting 1-2% tin into the alloy after making sure that the mold cavities are well cleaned. I would use a good solvent like acetone to make sure that any hydrocarbon based substance is thoroughly...
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    09-09-2014, 10:13 PM
    There is in my opinion nothing wrong with the first bullet pictured. There has to be a mark/point visible where the alloy flows into the bullet cavity. If it is level with the bullet base or even close, and it is centered as shown, it will not...
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    09-09-2014, 09:51 PM
    I'm in.
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    09-08-2014, 06:11 PM
    Just got email notification and TCB. Get 'em while the gettings good,,,,,,,, Thanks Al.
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    09-07-2014, 12:38 PM
    I would like to adjust my order: 7. Hamish - 1 2C, all GC. 1 2C, all PB. 1 Top Punch. Interested in Gas Check purchase with moulds. Thank you sir,,,,,,
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    09-06-2014, 08:25 PM
    From the Lee manual....30 grains 4895 with a 250 grain bullet= around 1500 fps. LLS
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    09-04-2014, 08:38 PM
    I have been using the Lyman #350482, an original single cavity from back in the day. It is out of production now but is easy to copy. It runs about 250 grains and looks like an overgrown 311291. When loaded to around 2000fps which is around factory...
    6 replies | 286 view(s)
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    09-03-2014, 10:04 PM
    The M28 S&W or Highway Patrolman model was made in a 4 inch and 6 inch version. It is identical to the M27 S&W structurally except for the M27 having a target trigger and hammer and deep blue finish. Both models are well made solid revolvers built...
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    09-02-2014, 10:07 PM
    Lyman pots were made by the same firm that made Saecos and they were all good solidly built pots that worked well. They are easy to fix if something goes wrong. Glad to see that you salvaged the one you have shown. A suggestion for cutting down on...
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    09-02-2014, 09:57 PM
    RCBS handles are very well made, but they want to be paid. Lee molds are also very good and considerably cheaper. They may need some tinkering with to get them to fit some molds, but they work very well. I switched to Lee and had to do a little...
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    09-01-2014, 10:10 PM
    With 170 grain cast bullets like Lyman 311291 or 311041, anything from 25 to 30 grains of 3031 will do a good job, depending on exactly what loading your particular gun likes. Never tried with 150 grain bullets so can't comment on that. LLS
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    08-31-2014, 10:46 PM
    Bob was a registered friend of mine on this forum and he did in fact pass away some time ago. LLS
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    08-29-2014, 10:01 PM
    A reciprocating saw with a demolition blade will work as will several other others, but there is always the issues of flying chips, dust, clogs and kickback. I have found that the best way to get through huge chunks of lead is with a log splitter....
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    08-29-2014, 09:52 PM
    The muffin pan shown in post #1 is a knock off done by anyone's guess. It is a copy of a design that was originally done by Griswold and then Wagner many years ago. It is a 6 holer version of a much larger 11 holer made by both companies, in both...
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    08-29-2014, 09:23 PM
    Molds need to be pre-heated or else you have to cast for a while to get them up to working temperature. Its somewhat of a nuisance to watch a long string of wrinkled bullets to do that. With the alloy and the mold at the correct temp it is not...
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    08-28-2014, 09:30 PM
    Works just as well as my RCBS. The "built in knocker" feature is helpful in maintaining consistency if you knock/bump the throw at either end. Mine came with an aluminum drop tube that never got/gets dirty. Its a well built, good quality measure. ...
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    08-28-2014, 09:03 PM
    I have four H&G molds for the 45ACP and have used straight WW metal for them over the years. Included are the 230 grain RN (#34) and the #68. They shoot well and there is no leading either in revolvers or autos. Never bothered to quench or bake...
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    08-28-2014, 09:30 AM
    Looking for a 16ga 2 1/2 or 2 3/4" press. Lee Load All would be fine, or whatever. Money is tighter than usual, really would like to trade if at all possible. I have GOBS of fishing tackle, especially big plastics for musky/saltwater. Other...
    1 replies | 98 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
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