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  • GARD72977's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    The only reason to buy Lee product would be you cannot afford RCBS or Redding
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  • GARD72977's Avatar
    07-14-2019, 11:50 PM
    I do this because it's my normal casting rutine.
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  • Jeffrey's Avatar
    07-14-2019, 11:00 AM
    The "reduce" part of the procedure is this. When a substance combines with oxygen, this is referred to as oxidation. When a substance (metal) is already oxidized and we want to get back in its metallic unoxidized state, in our case we have a pot...
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  • Jeffrey's Avatar
    07-14-2019, 10:47 AM
    Don't know where in the world you are, but tin exists in two forms: "white" and "grey". White tin is the form with which we are most familiar. Grey tin occurs when white tin is cooled to -58* F, -50* C. Grey tin is a powder. Could your tin have...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-13-2019, 11:55 PM
    Dropping COWW into melted lead (bad idea, btw) is very different from dropping boolits into water. COWW can get water between the steel clip and the lead WW. It is hard to get rid of that water. Dropping cold (100 is still cold) WW into a...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-13-2019, 10:17 PM
    David2011 replied to a thread H&g #68 in Cast Boolits
    If you encounter that problem again you might take a look at the intersection of the ramp and the chamber. I've seen a lot of barrels where those two machined surfaces were not blended which leaves a sharp edge. The sharp "corner" will dig into...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-13-2019, 09:54 PM
    Packed 200 pounds of brass to move to the new house. Only 5 gallons of .38 Special and 2 big buckets of .45 ACP to go.
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-13-2019, 09:50 PM
    In most Texas chili contests you can't have anything solid or identifiable other than meat in the chili. Beans in the chili are an immediate disqualification. Pieces of garlic, onion, peppers, tomato or anything else will also get you...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-13-2019, 08:26 PM
    David2011 replied to a thread Traeger Grills in Our Town
    Kind of an aside quandary here. We've finally booked a moving company to move us from SE New Mexico to Baytown, TX (greater Houston area). My smoker is home/professionally built to my specs and has a cooking area about 20"x36". It's built from...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-13-2019, 03:48 PM
    I have loaded a fair amount of snake loads using gas checks as well but in .45 Colt so there was lots of room for #9 shot. At 10 feet the pattern density was good and it was effective on rattlers but I wouldn't trust it on bigger animals. If...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-13-2019, 03:34 PM
    I've dried a lot of deprimed brass in the New Mexico summer sun. An hour or two in the sun and it's so hot it feels like it was just fired so no issues with condensation. It's not 85 in the summer, though. Mostly high 90s; sometimes HOT. Summer...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-13-2019, 03:26 PM
    In my shop there is a mix of many manufacturers. The presses are RCBS, Dillon and Ponsness Warren (shotshell press). Dies are RCBS, Lee, Redding, Pacific, CH, Lyman and probably some other one offs. Molds are Lyman, RCBS, Lee, Saeco, H&G and NEI....
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-13-2019, 02:35 PM
    Another Smoke's fan. I started with his products and am so satisfied that I have no need to try anything else. Besides, one of his colors matches the grip of the pistol in my avatar. What more could I want?
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-13-2019, 02:30 PM
    I hate to hijack but have to ask, have you done anything to your Blackhawk, cylinder throating in particular? I have a few Ruger single action revolvers so I'm always interested in making them shoot better.
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  • GARD72977's Avatar
    07-13-2019, 01:49 PM
    I will take Lee Loader 12 ga
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  • deltaenterprizes's Avatar
    07-12-2019, 06:42 PM
    interested! PM sent!
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  • Powersgt's Avatar
    07-12-2019, 12:21 PM
    Closing down, call if interested.
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-11-2019, 10:07 PM
    My original Pro-Melt was dripping as well. I told RCBS I could change the pot myself and they sent me the rod and pot, no charge. I don't remember exactly how long ago this happened but it was in the 3-5 year range. Not a drip since, though.
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-11-2019, 09:16 PM
    You're right. Nothing DESIGNED to do that. A commercial caster I know got a .429 mixed in with his .401s using an automated air powered Star. The star sized that .429 to .401 but it was way long for loading into a .40 case.
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-11-2019, 01:48 PM
    Those tracks would probably work best with the tools mounted on plates that all have the same front to back hole spacing.
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-11-2019, 01:36 PM
    Yep. To see where the COAL variation is coming from, measure the OAL of the bullets before you load them. They are not all the same length so measuring off of the ogive is the only way to accurately measure unless the bullets have all been...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-11-2019, 01:27 PM
    Have you considered using interchangeable mounting plates? My powder measures and bench priming tool are mounted on 1/2" aircraft ply which is available at craft stores and hobby shops. They all have the same mounting hole pattern and the bench...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-11-2019, 01:22 PM
    After 25 years in IT I would recommend a USB hard drive over a flash drive 1000 times. Flash drives are OK for transferring data but too risky for using as backup. I've had to try to recover too much data from flash drives that have become...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-11-2019, 01:13 PM
    David2011 replied to a thread CCI bench rest primers in Our Town
    They're probably '70s-'80s. I know they were packaged like that in the '80s. Not sure when they went to the current very dark blue packaging. I was visiting with Jimmy Mitchell, the 1911 'smith, at an Area 2 USPSA match. We were talking...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-11-2019, 01:00 PM
    David2011 replied to a thread Go-RILLA tape! in Our Town
    In order to move my RC airplanes, reloading equipment and other items from New Mexico to the Houston area I made a big plywood box for the bed of my pickup. For waterproofing I bought a silver plastic tarp, cut it to fit and taped the seams with...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-11-2019, 12:48 PM
    David2011 replied to a thread Hello, new guy!! in Our Town
    Glad to have you aboard. Be aware that there are FFL and State Department/Commerce Department regulations on making and selling ammunition components. The Federal Firearms License isn't expensive but the export license/tax, required even if you...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-10-2019, 11:33 AM
    Employees at the Cabela's near Houston told me that all inventory is dictated by Bass Pro and shipped whether it is appropriate for that store or not. The store is close to Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, both prime saltwater fishing areas. ...
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-10-2019, 11:07 AM
    Prayers that the memories of your father's illness fade and the memories of him being vibrant and healthy fill in quickly. I am truly sorry for the emptiness you are feeling right now.
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  • BABore's Avatar
    07-10-2019, 05:22 AM
    I'm shooting the same bullet cast from hardball alloy and Hi-Tec coated in my PC9. Using HS-6 with outstanding accuracy. That bullet will hold plenty of lube for a 16 inch barrel.
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  • David2011's Avatar
    07-10-2019, 03:14 AM
    It's one of those things that just can't be done.
    79 replies | 20345 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
GC Gas Check