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    Today, 09:08 AM
    Density of Lead near room tempreture is 11.34 g/cc, Tin is 7.265 g/cc, so Tin is 7.625/11.34 or just a smidge over 64% the density of Lead. Any Antimony in the alloy will throw off your calculation, it is 6.697 g/cc.
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    Today, 06:42 AM
    Cowboy_Dan replied to a thread Eclipse in Our Town
    I'll get a fairly full one at home, there is another in 2024 that will be an hour's drive East for actual totality, so I'll drive out to see that one. Of course I'm still young enough to expect to see 2024.
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    Yesterday, 06:34 AM
    Not familiar with the "easy expander" but if you don't have any luck you could always use the NOE expander in a Lee universal flare die. Works beautifully for me in all my rifle calibers, including the Blackout.
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    Yesterday, 06:29 AM
    OK guys, I have done a few hundred hand cycles (I try not to do too many when everyone else is trying to sleep). Every couple hundred I retry the reurn to battery test as outlined above. Before I started, I decided to see just how low I had to get...
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    07-15-2017, 08:52 PM
    Sorry, guys, hqven't had a chance to do much work on her yet. Just got switched to night crew and the change in sleep schedule is still getting to me. I have Monday (night) off, so I may get some work done then and retry her at the range soon...
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    07-11-2017, 07:08 PM
    I just did the slow hand cycling while looking in the magwell that 244 was talking about. I did see the vertical extension of the trigger bar dip down as it left the ejection port. Maybe mine is a bit too tall too?
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    07-11-2017, 06:40 PM
    When the firing pin safety is pressed I am able to push the firing pin forward, but I have to push it. Gravity will not pull it down with the removed slide oriented muzzle down. When I pull the pin back beyond a certain point the safety...
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    07-11-2017, 09:00 AM
    I have tried it with one round in the magazine exactly once, on the last of the factory rounds I brought. That was the one that stovepiped, so it did not lock back. I talked to my brother about this after I posted, and we noticed a squeak on the...
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    07-10-2017, 10:25 PM
    I finished my Polymer 80 Glock 17 build over the weekend and took it to the range today. I brought with me a set of cast loads to test and a handful of factory fmj's to start it out with a function test. Problem arose first time I pulled the...
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    07-06-2017, 10:53 PM
    They use it to pour bearings for their heavy equipment. As far as I understand, they have to be periodically removed and replaced due to wear. Probably only larger mills. Other large machines use babbit bearings.
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    07-06-2017, 08:46 PM
    I see so many of those plates at my local Goodwills. Quit even turning them over after third one, although I have seen them in several configurations (thicknesses, textures, &c.). Keep hunting, it seems to be boom or bust around here. Don't...
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    07-06-2017, 07:07 PM
    I've done it with some .44 Spl that I pulled the Gold Dot bullets from. I did notice that the crimps tended to slowly open after I loaded them, took about a week. Put another, harder crimp on them and all was fine. They were berdan primed, so I...
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    07-05-2017, 01:35 PM
    That's what I thought at first, but rereading that portion makes me think he is sizing the noses down so that he can seat them out further. Either way, I suggest sizing down that much be done in stages, probably 460 to 455 to 450.
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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