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    03-19-2019, 10:37 PM
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    03-16-2019, 10:14 AM
    There seems to be a little bit of over concern in the OP. While zinc in concentration is a bad thing and to be avoided where possible, three bullets in 47 lbs, of scrap is, in my opinion more worry than merited. In this slight amount it probably...
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  • MaLar's Avatar
    03-16-2019, 02:05 AM
    Never hit a hammer with another hammer or some hardened metal. They can shatter! I carry a piece of an easyout in my arm. Was tapping the easy out in a drilled broken off bolt in an engine block when the hammer head broke into pieces.
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    03-15-2019, 08:11 PM
    Can't say for sure it's the best, but my most used and personal favorite would be Alliant. The Dot powders + the RL powders. Pretty much covers anything I load. Gp
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    03-14-2019, 10:34 AM
    Never had mold handles split. I've had them fall off while casting (a pain in the other end). When I'm done casting I glue them back on with Red RTV.
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    03-14-2019, 12:28 AM
    I have the Lee 210 SWC Tumble lube design mould. Used in my 41 Blackhawk it works as well accuracy wise as my other 41 moulds that cost much more. I shoot a lot of them over 7gr, of TiteGroup powder coated. Good place to start the 41 mould...
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    03-12-2019, 09:34 PM
    Thanks for the education Longbow. I'm sure the USPS would have explained it in less than friendly terms when I declared to them the item being sent. I'm just way too used to and appreciative of the free and open attitudes toward guns and ammunition...
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    03-12-2019, 07:26 PM
    My choice for a beginner press would be what I learned on, that being the RCBS Rockchucker. Even better if you start with the package deal that includes the other basic tools. Powder measure, case trimmer, balance beam scale and misc. smaller items....
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    03-12-2019, 06:55 PM
    gpidaho replied to a thread Hull vise in Casting for Shotguns
    My homemade hull clamp worked but was pretty cumbersome, not as nice by far as Taylor's. I'd tired of using channel locks and bought one of the BPI clamps. I'm happy with it and it works well. Just not the nice personal touch like shown in the OP. ...
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    03-12-2019, 01:08 PM
    retread: Sounds like you have a very workable system worked out. One thing I sort of doubt is the need to run the tumbler for 20 minutes. With ShakenBake, thirty or forty seconds get the job done with quality powders. Try 3 or 4 minutes in the...
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  • MaLar's Avatar
    03-12-2019, 12:48 AM
    Just saw my first chucks today here in Pocatello.
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    03-11-2019, 09:45 PM
    I have some of these I could send you for tests if you haven’t tried them yet longbow The same slug as the segmented slug without the segments Fairly large hollowpoint Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    03-11-2019, 12:10 PM
    Most anything shooting related. I enjoy reloading and casting as much as much as shooting. Used to do photography kinda fell out of that. Couldn't keep up with the rest of the photo club I belonged to. Always buying the latest and greatest. ...
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    03-10-2019, 11:19 PM
    I voted other because BP loads get grease the rest gets mostly P.C. Got me thinking of selling one of my RCBS Lube-A-Matic's
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    03-10-2019, 11:14 PM
    I ran across several cans of Frankford Arsenal Drop out. I use it for bullet lube then lube with regular bullet lube. Sounds redundant but gets a bit more velocity with out leading.
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    03-10-2019, 08:08 PM
    Love the bass fishing in all of the Snake river in Idaho but my favorite would be Salmon fishing on the Lewis river at Woodland Wa. Gp
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    03-09-2019, 06:38 PM
    I own Mec, Lyman, Pacific, Lee, C&H, Texan and Ponsness-Warren presses. Of these the Ponsness-Warren is by far the better press. Gp
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    03-09-2019, 06:10 PM
    gpidaho replied to a thread estate find in Our Town
    A couple of months ago I did an article with Ed Harris's help in the CBA's Fouling Shot. I compared Bullseye and TiteGroup in reduced 30 caliber loads. (spoiler alert) It was a dead heat, enough so that they could be used interchangeably and...
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    03-09-2019, 12:47 AM
    I've got the BPI Short shell load data John. We can get together PM, Email or phone if someone else hasn't sent the information to you yet. Gp
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    03-08-2019, 04:17 PM
    gpidaho replied to a thread Great-Grampa Echo! in Our Town
    Wonderful, happy for you all! I have two great grandsons myself. We can't be that old can we? Congratulations! Gp
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    03-08-2019, 04:11 PM
    Very pretty stock. Nice job Randy. Gp
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    03-08-2019, 02:10 AM
    Shooters World (Lovex) powders work very well for me and at a good price. I've used Auto Pistol, Buffalo Rifle and Blackout so far but they won't be the last. Gp
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    03-07-2019, 10:40 AM
    After clarification , the deal seems worth doing. That is if I understand that you a getting 125# of the original 225#s Not a great money maker but if you have automated equipment or just enjoy the casting I can see this being good for both of you....
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    03-07-2019, 01:28 AM
    Looks like I've wandered way off topic again. Sorry Randy. Gp
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    03-07-2019, 01:21 AM
    6pt-sika. A lot of folks are making various roll crimping tools. Both hand crank and drill motor driven tools are available. I believe it's the Slugs-R-Us people that sell a composite crimping tool that gets good reviews for like eight or nine...
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    03-07-2019, 12:43 AM
    6pt-sika: You're welcome. Yes, same basic design with 6 rollers instead of 1 or 2. Not a complicated or expensive tool. I see them on Ebay regularly. Gp
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    03-06-2019, 11:51 PM
    I agree. I've made peace with the Noe nose sizers and I'm getting pretty fair results using them on PC'd noses but it's a lot of effort and I only do this with a couple of bullets that work so well in the application that it makes it worth while. ...
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    03-06-2019, 11:30 PM
    6pt-sika: Picture above just of the rollers. Tool sitting with the shaft in the drill press table. Gp
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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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