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    10-18-2017, 03:22 AM
    Motor replied to a thread Anti stink gas checks in Gas Checks
    I use Harbor freight red in everything from .380 to 500 S&W magnum and don't gas check any pistol bullets. I've never noticed any smell from the PC. But in an attempt to answer your question, I have to ask, can you gas check boolits that were not...
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    10-14-2017, 11:10 AM
    It should be fine. I've used a lot of 06' GI brass. I even converted some to .280 Rem for my match rifle back when I couldn't afford to buy .280 brass, actually it was still called 7mm Express at that time but finding either in bulk inexpensively...
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    10-14-2017, 10:58 AM
    748 is ok for 55gr but I have to agree with the other's who suggested H-335 for both the 50gr and the 55gr. Save the 748 for later. ;) Motor
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    10-13-2017, 10:39 PM
    I haven't found the need for a gas check on a PC pistol bullet yet. That's everything from .380 to 500 S&W at over 30,000 psi. I'm also finding that being at groove diameter is sufficient. Being under is still a no no. Being a little over is...
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    10-13-2017, 10:30 PM
    All I can say is so far from my own personal experience the PC boolits are shooting as clean as jacketed or plated. My alloy is typically in the 12-14 BHN range. I'm using HF red PC. Motor
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    10-13-2017, 10:26 PM
    I have written about this several times. Before I started powder coating I was shooting a 440gr Lee from my 500 S&W using 13gr Unique. The load is amazingly accurate. Since it was a basically low pressure load I didn't gas check them. Even at this...
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    10-13-2017, 02:41 PM
    Actually the proper way to "crimp" auto pistol ammo is to remove the mouth flare only. You are not applying an actual crimp. The tool you are using is called a "crimp" die only because that's the type of function it uses. Most people don't...
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    10-13-2017, 02:13 PM
    I admit I didn't read all of the posts after this one yet but felt compelled to reply to this. Before I started using powder coating I cast all of my 9mms with 15 BHN alloy and sized them like many others do at .358" The combination of size and...
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    10-13-2017, 01:54 PM
    Motor replied to a thread I hate you all in Cast Boolits
    Talk about watching your lead pile shrink. Try feeding a 45-70 and a 500 S&W !!!!:groner: Motor
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    10-13-2017, 06:11 AM
    Motor replied to a thread I hate you all in Cast Boolits
    I actually just recently started to cast for my 45-70. I also powder coat so I wanted a non-gas check design. The idea was to make a load that kicked less than a top end 300gr JHP (this is a Marlin 1895) but still had some punch. The Lee 340gr...
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    10-09-2017, 12:23 AM
    Back on topic. I just started loading cast for my 45-70. I chose the Lee 340gr and am very happy with it. The load is not mild but still kicks less than a 300gr HP at 2100 fps. (Marlin 1895 Guide Gun) I'm sorry but I simply don't see a smooth...
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    10-09-2017, 12:15 AM
    Only quoted this because because my cousin's daughter (yes I know she's my cousin too) has just recently grew out of her Hodgdon youth load in 7mm-08 that she's been using since old enough to shoot. I used the Sierra 115gr HP for her. I honestly...
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    10-05-2017, 02:36 PM
    Just start with it backed off and slowly adjust it down. You can look down into it from the top and visually monitor the gap between the fingers. Plus the tool has good "feel" you will be able to tell when you actually start to close the case mouth....
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    10-05-2017, 04:53 AM
    You can use a little Teflon pipe tape as well I believe. There is no need to fear most Loc-Tite products. Most normal ones will let go if heated. It's actually amazing how many different ones they make. Motor
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    10-05-2017, 04:46 AM
    I agree. The collet type FCD is very likely the best tool Lee ever marketed. It's funny how many people use them yet don't fully understand how they do what they do. Just one fun fact: The crimp is applied to exactly the same position in...
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    10-01-2017, 08:52 AM
    Back in the day we used to hunt rats around the hog and chicken lots at night with standard 22 lr rat shot and it did a fine job on them so I think anything within reason out of a 44 mag. would do fine. If you have the ability I would load up some...
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    09-30-2017, 02:05 AM
    Different pistols will tolerate different alloy hardness as well. Before I started powder coating I cast all my 9mms 15 BHN. I've cast 38s as low as 8 BHN. I basically cast different alloy hardness to suit whatever I was casting for. With powder...
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    09-30-2017, 01:37 AM
    I did what the poster above did with my Lee 160gr 2R TL and that is to file a flat nose on it. I initially did this for a tube magazine. The flat is about .220" on a 30 caliber boolit. When I started loading for my MAS 7.5x54 I did side by side...
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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