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    11-18-2017, 08:21 PM
    How long was the mold in the pot? Aluminum melts at about 1200 degrees.
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    11-16-2017, 12:39 AM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Lee .357 Bulits in Cast Boolits
    358-140 SWC my favorite also. In .38 special it is hard to beat for accuracy. I haven't tried it in .357 magnum loads but I'm guessing it'll do OK.
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    11-14-2017, 06:46 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread BBs. in Coatings and Alternatives
    You should have just paid the 30% shipping sucharge and saved a 150 mile trip. Or just scavenged half the BBs from you exsisting setup. I've bought BBs once and each time I try a new container I just take some from old containers. I've PC'd where...
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    11-13-2017, 09:27 PM
    Who doesn't it work for? I live in Iowa where it can reach 100% humidity outside and 70% or higher inside with the AC on. I can get powder coat to work. It just takes some extra effort. The quality of the PC has a huge effect on how well it...
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    11-12-2017, 11:18 PM
    Why? Shake and bake works just fine. Adding extra stuff would be asking for problems with the powder adhereing. I do not want to be baking contact cement or any of the other items at 400 degrees. How's this... Don't try it. You're only...
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    11-12-2017, 01:56 PM
    3.7 grains of Bullseye behind a 124 grain bullet should feel like a realatively light load. It's close to a starting load and probably around 26,000 to 27,000 PSI. It should be enough to cycle the gun but I can feel a big difference from my loads...
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    11-11-2017, 05:02 PM
    I'd try a shorter OAL. Like 1.13 or 1.14. Sometimes It can make a difference. I use the Lee taper crimp die but only the body portion to help remove any flare from expanding the case. Cast bullets should have a larger diameter than jacketed...
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    11-10-2017, 12:09 PM
    Baking the powder coat can have an effect on the hardness of water quenched bullets. I've heard that PC'd bullets shoot a little faster than traditionally lubed bullets. I can't imagine there would be much of a difference on expansion.
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    11-09-2017, 05:35 PM
    For 45 ACP (I assume that's what we're talking about here...) i use the Lee dies for seating and "crimping". With the seating die adjusted most of the way down it actually removes most of the flare created from the expander. I use the body of the...
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    11-05-2017, 11:14 AM
    Tell him I'll pay $.60 per pound:grin: I consider anything under $1.00 a good price. At $1.00 per pound you're paying $.022 per 158 grain bullet. Obviously cheaper is better, but 2 pennies per bullet is fine with me.
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    11-05-2017, 11:10 AM
    Without knowing the makeup of your lead stash it's hard to recommend anything relevant. Combining it all into uniform mix would be the first thing that come to mind. What types of ingots do you have? Are wheel weights still unmelted wheel...
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    11-03-2017, 04:48 PM
    I usually cast one day, coat the next day and size the next day. I've done all 3 steps in the same day before and I've also separated the steps out by weeks. I've never noticed any benefit or detriment. I've got bullets that were cast last...
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    11-02-2017, 11:15 PM
    My question was directed towards the original post. I've loaded the 158 grain Lyman 358311 using old load data. The problem I've had with those bullets is that the internal taper of the case swags down the base of the bullet. I was able to...
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    11-02-2017, 12:10 PM
    Where did you get your reloading data from? All the published data I see has lower maximum charges, this includes Lyman and Hodgdon's own website. Regarding the primers - I'd just try some of more recent manufacture and see what happens. Also...
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    10-31-2017, 12:40 PM
    Start her off with shooting .38 special or maybe even a 22. You can move up from there. There's no need to start with a 44 Magnum even if that is the desired end result.
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    10-30-2017, 09:29 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread First Mold in Cast Boolits
    NOE has a number of 8mm molds. Everything from lightweights to heavyweights and a variety of shapes from spire points to round nose bullets. His 453-200 SWC, an HG68 clone, clone is my favorite 45 ACP mold. If your on a budget I'd go with the...
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    10-30-2017, 11:11 AM
    Only do one cavity at a time. Most mold makers have abandoned the trough because it doesn't really help much and is kind of a pain. Keep the mold tilted so the lead runs away from you and start at the far end of the mold.
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    10-28-2017, 01:11 PM
    I have a WFN bullet that has a fat ogive and has problems in my GP100 using .357 brass. I trimmed a box of brass back a smidgen - basically split the difference between 38 and .357 and now the rounds work just fine. Just make sure to mark the...
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    10-24-2017, 02:13 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread WTB AR lower. in Swappin & Sellin
    I'd call around to local shops and see who has the cheapest. Buying from the forum means you're going to spend as much on shipping and FFL fees than a cheap lower should cost.
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    10-24-2017, 12:28 PM
    I guess that depends on how you define cool. I know I'd rather have a STEN and a 1,000 rounds of ammo over a Liberator and a couple rounds... While neat the Liberator was intentionally a cheap throw away gun.
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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