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  • wquiles's Avatar
    06-16-2018, 08:46 PM
    Ahh, so the same boolit but with standard lube grooves - cool thanks!
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    06-16-2018, 09:36 AM
    I have been searching but it looks like no-one makes this mold now-a-days, right?
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    06-15-2018, 02:42 PM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread Robocalls in Our Town
    I have the most fun with the credit card / balance transfer ones; I say that my card is in my desk in the other room if they can wait a minute, then set the phone down for 4-5 minutes. If they're still on the line, I say I have the card etc. When...
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    06-15-2018, 10:13 AM
    Pretty neat old boxes; if they were mine I might drop a line to Nosler to see if they might be interested, if they have a historical display at their Bend facility. Leupold has a modest display of some of their earliest equipment at their facility...
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    06-12-2018, 07:09 PM
    A 'rimfire' friend of mine has the Ruger American and says its the most accurate rimfire he's ever shot - and at a very reasonable price on top of it. I bought his Savage MkII FV-SR (irony there); while its a good shooter, it really lends itself...
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    06-11-2018, 10:38 PM
    I have made several custom seater parts for my dies. My preferred material is 12L14 "leaded steel", as it machines easily and is more than strong for the job.
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    06-11-2018, 10:35 PM
    wquiles replied to a thread Homemade? in Reloading Equipment
    Nice!. I really like my PM lathe. Except for 1 or 2 DIY cutting tools in my lathe, 99.9% of the lathe and milling machine cutters are all insert-based. I got a very thin parting bar that I have been using with the same insert for a couple of...
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    06-10-2018, 11:19 PM
    wquiles replied to a thread Homemade? in Reloading Equipment
    For the boring of the hardened RCBS die, I used a solid carbide boring bar with inserts, on my PM 12x36 manual lathe.
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  • Kestrel4k's Avatar
    06-10-2018, 12:15 PM
    I have an older Diana M27; its fpe is only 7, even professionally rebuilt with a new mainspring. It is an extremely smooth shooter and not hold-sensitive at all; I helped set up a friend with a newer M35, and was somewhat disappointed to see that...
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    06-10-2018, 08:27 AM
    wquiles replied to a thread 308 cast loads in Cast Boolits
    I am using a NOE neck expanding insert with my Lee die, and I am getting good neck tension and very consistent overall cartridge length on finished rounds, but definitely something to recheck. I don't have anything soft enough, so I might have...
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    06-09-2018, 12:11 PM
    wquiles replied to a thread Homemade? in Reloading Equipment
    For two of my cast bullets, I opened up a Lyman and an RCBS sizing die. The Lyman I did with the polish method as it was .431" and I needed it .432". The push pin I left alone: This is the body after the slight polish job: For the...
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    06-09-2018, 10:22 AM
    I have done one RCBS and one Lyman so far. The Lyman I did with the polish method as it was .431" and I needed it .432". The push pin I left alone: This is the body after the slight polish job: For the RCBS, however, I opened up an...
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    06-07-2018, 06:23 PM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread Primers???? in Our Town
    Only very limited experience across all the brands, but have gravitated towards Winchester (on the hot side), and S&B (on the mild side). During load development, I have often gotten better results from one of the two - a good thing of course. ...
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    06-06-2018, 03:54 PM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread PCP vs BRAKE BARREL in AirGuns
    Hello Fly, One reason I have not gotten into the PCP game is the cost - I greatly enjoy my inexpensive springer (used Diana M27) and single-stroke pneumatics (Daisy 853 rifle & 717 pistol). In stock form, none of these have values in excess of...
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    06-05-2018, 07:25 PM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread My first M1 Garand in Our Town
    Oh not at all; merely enjoying the conversation - one of my favorite gun topics. :)
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    06-05-2018, 05:18 PM
    Just a quick post, as others will write more certainly. I put much effort into trying to get a 'nitro piston' airgun to shoot accurately, to no avail. And those def. have a muzzle blast, so the newer models w/ a suppressor would be an improvement...
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    06-05-2018, 04:45 PM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread PCP vs BRAKE BARREL in AirGuns
    No PCP's here, but do have a healthy collection of break-barrels & single-stroke pneumatics, in both rifle & pistol. I do keep coming back to my break-barrels because I enjoy the simple rhythm of cocking & shooting - no bolt manipulation or extra...
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    06-05-2018, 04:35 PM
    Will take 6 and 8 please .357 & .44Mag, carbide sets. Pm to follow
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    06-05-2018, 12:22 PM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread My first M1 Garand in Our Town
    Certainly some of the features are /outdated/ - internal magazine (not JCG's fault) and full-length oprod; but as far as a battle rifle goes, its overall performance doesn't get left behind in any meaningful sense. So overbuilt - all that steel -...
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    06-05-2018, 09:27 AM
    wquiles replied to a thread Homemade? in Reloading Equipment
    Nice arbor press!
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    06-05-2018, 09:06 AM
    wquiles replied to a thread 308 cast loads in Cast Boolits
    I have been sizing to .309" with a Lee push sizer. Perhaps I should try sizing to .310" instead?
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    06-05-2018, 09:02 AM
    It "is" possible, but as others said above, the grooves hold very little lube. Here is a Ranch Dog 308 hunting bullet. These were sized .309" with a Lee push through sizer die, then got 2x coats of White Label's X-Lox. The one on the right was then...
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    06-05-2018, 08:46 AM
    wquiles replied to a thread 308 cast loads in Cast Boolits
    My actual allow composition is a mix of hard cast from various vendors, some pure lead, tin, etc., but with water dropping from the mold I get about 20-22 on the Lee hardness tester. I got the barrel cleaned afterwards, and found what I felt was...
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    06-04-2018, 03:15 PM
    Kestrel4k replied to a thread My first M1 Garand in Our Town
    Humbly beg to differ on the 'obsolete' part; ;) The Garand; truly my very favorite rifle design. :)
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    06-02-2018, 09:37 AM
    wquiles replied to a thread 308 cast loads in Cast Boolits
    Well, finally make great progress with my 308 cast loads :) I skipped the Lee Factory Crimp die, seated the bullets to touch the rifling which resulted in a shorter overall length (too long before!), and I am using my new RCBS Luber with White...
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  • wquiles's Avatar
    06-02-2018, 09:21 AM
    The other recent thread on this problem was mine - you can read and see photos here: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?360180-Got-my-new-RCBS-lube-sizer-today-and-got-a-little-extra
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  • Kestrel4k's Avatar
    05-21-2018, 03:30 PM
    Yep, wish I had kept my Dad's #10; some Red Dot & Blue Dot loads in the older Speer manuals that I can't find anymore. I expect that I could find more useful loads that were dropped if I happened to have a few manuals side-by-side. Rather...
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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