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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    I got a 6 cavity Lee mold last week. I was dreading trying to get it up to temp. Washed it with dawn than a sluice with the high alky rubbing alcohol. I was pleasantly suprised, retained about 320 bullets out of an hours casting after culling. Could...
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    Yesterday, 11:13 PM
    They also make a "bomb proof" gas block that uses both set screws (and you can dimple) then a roll pin across the underside. ...
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    10-13-2018, 10:52 AM
    Somebody was talking about ABS accumulating static quickly. Got me to thinking about our vacuum system at work, it is schedule 80 PVC I think, but any time you need to change a filter it will zap you good when you touch it. Was thinking about making...
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    10-13-2018, 10:26 AM
    About catching bullets :-). Here we have a product sold to stuff pillows a person might make, they call it "polyfill" ...
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    10-06-2018, 11:06 AM
    Any gunsmith can do it probably. Most would advise against it due to the potential for bore size changes due to stress relief from the machining. If you decide to proceed anyway as I said most smiths can do it. All that is involved worst case is...
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    10-06-2018, 10:31 AM
    You can speed up elvis, it is comical somewhat but you get the info twice as fast :-). it is under settings, 2x is about right :-)
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    10-04-2018, 11:36 AM
    Well some cartridge names are bore and others are caliber. .218" is the minor dia of many .224" barrels, hence the 218 bee and the 224 Valkrie can share the same bullets :-). Then some stuff is rounded up or down too. The 6.8SPC and the 270 both use...
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    10-04-2018, 10:06 AM
    Here is another option here if Grizzly does away with the tools I have not. The inserts are a lot more expensive, and only have 2 corners instead of the 3 the grizzly offer. ...
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    10-04-2018, 09:52 AM
    The guys who taught me about gage pins always told me that it takes .0002 to allow a pin to go into a hole. I was also taught that a "minus pin" say a .375 could be from .3750 to .3748 in the case of ZZ pins. So if you have whole and half and...
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    10-04-2018, 09:35 AM
    I bought a new Grizzly lathe, it came with these tools included, they really work nice and the inserts are not terribly expensive. Knowing how to grind a HSS tool bit is a good thing too, they work great for a lot of things as long as we are not in...
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    10-04-2018, 09:05 AM
    I would look at the .365-102-1R or the 356-125-2R...the 102 is the shorter of the two. My XD-45 pistol will not properly feed any bullet that has a semi-wadcutter shoulder. It even views the nose-shoulder junction of a truncated cone bullet with...
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    10-01-2018, 11:56 AM
    I guess I would try a cast LEE round nose first :-). The "ring" you are seeing is the throat which is closer to the case than the leade ?? I know the XD pistols have a reputation for having a very steep leade angle, some have reamed them to a...
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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