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    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    I've had a 12ga. Load All II for a lot of years. It works just fine for me. That said It hasn't been used to the full capacity that it's capable of. I've never loaded it up with shot and powder and just use it for special tasks. I will load a few...
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    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
    I learned a little buckshot loading lesson this week myself. Ten Lee .311 RBs in a 2 3/4 shell, Win WAA12R (Red wad) over 38gr. Blue Dot will bite when the stock isn't held tightly and in the proper position. I tried a left hand hold as I'd about...
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    Yesterday, 09:32 PM
    LB and friends: I have to admit to being slow to catch on at times. I picked up a fifty cal. muzzle loader a short time back and have sent a few RBs down range with it. I feel I have a bit of understanding of the proper use of patches in the rifle....
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    05-22-2018, 11:36 AM
    I have the case hardened, octagon barreled Henry in 45-70. Love it. It will handle any load that I feel inclined to shoot. (Upper end Marlin loads) I keep my rounds to around 28,000 or under but some of the custom ammo commercial loaders recommend...
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    05-22-2018, 11:29 AM
    No Krogers out here in Idaho so no comment on that. I used to get five or six gun magazines delivered to the house until it became apparent (Maybe just to me. LOL) that I either knew more about the gun in the article than the writer or I just...
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    05-22-2018, 10:36 AM
    Just me and my personal thoughts but I've been mad at Hornady and their equipment ever since I purchased one of their Apex shotshell presses about twenty years ago. I can't even remember what it was I was mad at the Ex-wife about (same time frame)...
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    05-20-2018, 09:21 PM
    Dan: I don't have the 45 but I do have the 40 S&W five shot C.A. The C.A. system of rimless case loading without moon clips is slow and a bit of a PITA but other than that, nice enough little revolver. Gp
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    05-20-2018, 10:15 AM
    Thanks to all for the comments and advice. I'm no stranger to the Mec 600 Jr.s, I own two. I just didn't think I'd be using enough 410 shells to justify a $220 loader. $220 worth of 410 shells would most likely last me a LONG time. That said,...
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    05-20-2018, 10:00 AM
    centershot. As stated above I'm no expert on RBs or just how much a RB might bump up on firing but with the alloy being WW and the cushioning of the wad stack or shot cup, I personally doubt it bumps up much. Someone more knowledgeable should...
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    05-19-2018, 05:46 PM
    centershot; There are a lot of things I don't know about loading slugs, rb's and buckshot, a big reason for starting this thread. I will say that I'm beginning to suspect a few things and I believe you are on the right track. Measurements add up...
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    05-19-2018, 04:04 PM
    I've been looking for some tooling to reload .410 shells. Something less expensive than the Mec 600 Jr. Seems like all the Lee Loaders in 410 that are available on Ebay have broken or missing this or that and sellers still want one hundred dollars...
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    05-19-2018, 11:51 AM
    Wow! I'm going to have to buy a couple more beers for my friend that gave me 6 bars. He was going to make fishing sinkers out of it until I said I'd like some for bullet casting. Even with my babbit being just over 1/2 lead it still has a lot of...
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    05-17-2018, 12:51 AM
    My bullets turn out much better bottom pouring. Too many rejects using a ladle Gp
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    05-16-2018, 10:11 PM
    Hogtamer: I hadn't thought about the new regs. in some states. That's a good idea. I would like to have one of the old wingmasters. Great guns and lots of after-market upgrades. I'm a little P.O.d at Remington right now (Whole different story) so I...
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    05-16-2018, 08:10 PM
    It's sort of laughable considering the crude version of female anatomy I called my S.I.L. when he bought one for sighting in his 300 ultramag but I went to the local Sportsmen's Warehouse today and picked up a Caldwell Lead Sled 3. It's set up to...
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    05-16-2018, 05:05 PM
    My CZ 527 7.62X39 slugs a tight .301X.312 and has good accuracy with either .313 or .314 cast bullets. Gp Edit: The owners manual for the 527 says it will not shoot .308 bullets worth beans. They were purpose built to take advantage of cheap...
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    05-16-2018, 01:14 PM
    Cap'n Morgan: That stick set-up is nice! At the price a poor rednek like me might opt to just mount the shotgun on a surplus tripod for the Ma Deuce. Gp
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    05-16-2018, 01:07 PM
    Hogtamer: Worse than that! It's a Savage-Stevens Break barrel and in that light gun heavy loads kick like a mule. Our county shooting range has stand-up shooting benches and I'm shooting off my rifle front rest and leather shooting rest under the...
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    05-16-2018, 09:55 AM
    I will add that if you are stuck on using copper and don't want to use aluminum other than being self-sufficient there's not a great savings over commercial checks. Vendors here at Boolits sell checks at a very reasonable price. Gp
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    05-16-2018, 09:50 AM
    I make up checks in a variety of sizes from .010 to .016. One size does not fit all. For my use, .012 seems the best compromise. When you cut flashing for the checks it's a fine line between too large and to small. Contact the folks at Coil &...
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    05-15-2018, 11:36 PM
    It's been my experience that it takes a lot more to kill a primer than handling them with your fingers. I don't think any of us prime after cleaning the bacon pan or frying French fries and if we do most of us would wash up first. Gp
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    05-15-2018, 11:27 PM
    223 Rem. 9X19 and 40 S&W most everyone is up to their **** in. Other than that you can almost always find a friend in need. Gp
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    05-15-2018, 11:21 PM
    Great! Good for him. I've been using copper hard babbit to sweeten my alloys for a couple years now. It doesn't take much so you have a lifetime supply most likely. Gp
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    05-15-2018, 11:15 PM
    BT: They came out the end. LOL. All my shots were low and a little left. I've got to figure out some sort of sighting system that's better than the front bead and top of the hammer or up-grade to a shotgun with a sight rail attached. Gp
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    05-15-2018, 11:03 PM
    BT: Those look good. Having never sprung for a Lyman RB mould before, I was surprised at the size of the sprue bump on my new .735 RB and wondered if one should attempt to remove it. So far the few I've loaded I put the sprue forward in the hull...
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    05-15-2018, 10:49 PM
    I'm new to this, so if I state the obvious or ask something "Everyone knows" please humor me. My smoothbore 12ga with the cylinder choke installed slugs .731. The Lyman .735 RB mould drops a ball at .737 with SOWW alloy I have. The chokes I bought...
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    05-15-2018, 10:36 AM
    Dragonheart; We are in full agreement as to the spitzer bullet being a poor choice for nose sizing. I wish I wasn't such a computer "Tard" I'd like to show a picture of the custom ram that Richard D. turned for me on his lathe. It looks pretty...
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    05-15-2018, 01:00 AM
    gpidaho replied to a thread .223 brass... in Cast Boolits
    The crimp can be trimmed out with a countersink. I prefer to swage them out. Gp
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    05-14-2018, 10:30 PM
    I have about 30 lbs. of copper hard babbit I use in alloying bullets but it's a little over half lead so wouldn't work in your application. I'll follow with interest. Gp
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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