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    Today, 12:07 AM
    Try putting a thin coat of dielectric silicon grease on the pin. That is my choice for lubing pins and sprue plates. I use 2 cycle motor oil on the mould pins, Gp
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    Yesterday, 09:15 PM
    Ajay: I walked into a local pawn shop last week with shooting friend Wes and spied a Ponsness-Warren loader just like the one on the cover of the Handloader magazine that you posted. The price marked seemed more than fair so as we do, I offered $40...
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    Yesterday, 08:59 PM
    Charlie: Seems there is a pretty steep price climb from the bottom to some of the better presses. Harbor Freight and Ryodi seem to be the exact same press and the Craftsman like mine is very close to the same. They likely come out of the same...
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    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    Mike: Thank you. Merry Christmas to all here at Boolits. Very good friends to have here and especially here in the Shotgun threads. Gp
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    Yesterday, 07:53 PM
    Ranch Dog: You might get luckier than I did but I bought and returned two of the Harbor Freight bench drill presses. Now they could fairly be called commercial egg beaters but with the run-out on the chuck was so bad in the examples I had they could...
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    Yesterday, 07:42 PM
    Mike: Sorry. I got called away in the middle of the discussion. I'll look over the Mec information. Thanks again for the link. Yes, 12ga. 2 3/4 would be what I load on this press. I should say that this press is one of many "vintage" presses that...
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    Yesterday, 04:24 PM
    Yes Mike. The press is in excellent shape and works well with my modifications but the part 100-34 is missing and it's an important part if the press is to be used as intended new. Thanks Gp
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    Yesterday, 04:16 PM
    Randy: I believe that the milling machine is a good idea, that 150RPM has to help. We use a similar process. Seating the wad, I use the wad tube that comes with the old Lee Loaders. I now own several different roll crimping tools as I've mentioned...
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    Yesterday, 12:52 PM
    OP: You stated that you have the same mould, but in iron on the way. It seems you have been very diligent with your cleaning attempts. It's been my experience that for what ever reason, some moulds are just a PITA. Send it off in an Ebay sale and...
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    12-08-2018, 05:24 PM
    skeettx; Thanks for the link. I'd been to that sight a couple of times before but missed one important point. As new the 100 came with a shell holding tube for use in conjunction with station 4 and 5. As press was purchased on Ebay this piece was...
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    12-08-2018, 04:02 PM
    Thank you Minerat for your reply. On the Model 100 (At least the way this press is set up) the crimp starter is at the rear of the machine, sixth station of six. Now for all I know, There may be two kinds of crimp start on this machine. Possible...
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    12-08-2018, 02:07 PM
    Do any of you have experience with the old Pacific DL Model 100 presses? I have an accumulation of old shotshell presses and enjoy refurbishing them. The Model 100 and possibly other older Pacific presses have a crimp station (4th of six) just...
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    12-08-2018, 01:12 PM
    Dang it! I have four different hull trimmers and now I NEED another. Thanks for the post. Gp
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    12-07-2018, 11:39 PM
    Randy: Be on the look out for a Lyman roll crimp tool. They have six pins. I have both the one and two pin BPI roll crimp tools, and my Lyman tool works best. Gp
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    12-07-2018, 07:23 PM
    I found a "vintage" C&H Loadmaster shotshell press. While it doesn't have the roll crimp feature it has interesting dies. There is both 12 and 20ga crimp stations and no pre-crimp is required. I loaded up 30+ 20ga. Lyman sabot slugs this morning and...
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    12-05-2018, 12:15 AM
    I cast some from mine the C358-260. The nose came out the same diameter as the driving bands. My Whelen has a long lead but I will still need to seat deeper than I like. The weight was close to 300 grains (don't remember right now).
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    12-05-2018, 12:09 AM
    Even though he got a few things not quite right it think it's pretty good.
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    12-02-2018, 12:31 PM
    My box of 38spl. arrived in yesterdays mail. All in good order. Thanks for the good deal D.D. Gp
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    12-02-2018, 01:01 AM
    gpidaho replied to a thread .31 Buck shot in Casting for Shotguns
    I tumble all the round ball castings I make, from #4 Buck up to .735 round balls in a Harbor Freight double chamber tumbler. About 3hrs. later you can barely tell where the flat spot was. On the larger balls, fifty caliber and up I sand the sprue...
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    12-01-2018, 06:32 PM
    gpidaho replied to a thread Disappointment.... in Our Town
    First time I saw that sign at a strip mall in Boise I hurried right in. LOL the English word sometimes doesn't mean what we think it might. Gp
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    11-30-2018, 10:28 PM
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    11-30-2018, 09:58 PM
    I have 240 pieces + or- a couple of good serviceable 7mm brass, Most once fired for sale. They are cleaned and primers removed. 97 + or- are WW Super once fired and are full length sized and ready to load. (I sold the rifle) $113.50 Shipped....
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    11-30-2018, 03:45 PM
    I picked up a 2 1/2" 7/8X14 bolt at a local machine shop. They had several in a bin. The charged me two dollars and yes, it was the coated hardened one. They said that it was a common size used in farm machinery as lug bolts holding on those large...
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    11-29-2018, 06:29 PM
    I have one of those Russian hand roll crimping tools. I is basically the same idea as the antique tools. Like the Russian hand press I bought, they work a LOT better than they look like they might. When the press mounted tools bottom out on a slug,...
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    11-29-2018, 12:22 PM
    I'm a little P.O.'d at big green at the moment. My last two purchases from them were not to my liking, horrid QC. I think I'll pass on these. Gp
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    11-28-2018, 05:24 PM
    Sending a PM
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    11-28-2018, 02:07 AM
    Here is some loaded 357 I made up Lee 358-158-RF cast from a six cavity mold. I like it. Tried shaking the tub on top of a wool blanket to make more static. The humidity was high that had been raining all night.
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    11-28-2018, 12:55 AM
    My new .319 Lee two cavity mould works just fine if not fast. The Lee moulds I don't like are the eighteen cavity ones. Cutting the wire sprue off is not only very slow, it is impossible to do cleanly. Until someone comes up with a decent buckshot...
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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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LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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