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    01-15-2019, 04:54 PM
    Stupid question - where do you find the appropriate springs?
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    01-15-2019, 04:44 PM
    I enjoy casting but, after 15 to 20 pounds out of a Lee 20 lbs pot I get bored. I know I've done 25 lbs before, of course 350 grain bullets drain a pot much quicker than 115 grain bullets. I've probably done 700 to 800 bullets in a single...
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    01-15-2019, 12:33 AM
    I just tried on my RCBS Rockchucker with a lee die and did 25 in a minute and it took 1:25 to do 39. You got me beat!
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    01-14-2019, 02:05 PM
    At the point when you've replaced 2 hammers/sears everything else on the gun is probably worn out... Anyone with that much experience shooting 1911's should be telling others which parts one should stock up and the expected service life of the...
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    01-13-2019, 12:03 PM
    The rifle primers aren’t going to change much of anything. If you only want people who will validate your question you might not have anyone answer the question. If you think the rifle primers will work better, try it out. You aren’t going...
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    01-13-2019, 11:55 AM
    The recoil spring should be replaced every couple thousand rounds or thereabouts. Other than that it’s hard to recommend a handful of items that might fail. Once you start buying all the parts that might fail you’d be better off just buying second...
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    01-12-2019, 05:06 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread SP Boolit in Cast Boolits
    They look neat, they shoot accurately, good penetration, something different. I’ve got the 135 grain one for .38 Special/.357 and it’s a interesting bullet. The only problem I had with it is that it is difficult to seating and not distort that...
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    01-10-2019, 04:15 PM
    If my shoes cost $50 and I can make 1,000 trips back and forth to the toaster oven, each bake requiring 2 trips, each bake making 300 bullets. How much additional cost should I add per bullet for the wear and tear on my shoes?
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    01-09-2019, 09:11 PM
    First it’s .356 bullets through a .351 bore and now it’s .362 bullets through a .357(presumably) bore. Both will probably work and there are hundreds if not thousands of threads on those topics, however if I’m going to take the time to cast, lube,...
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    01-07-2019, 04:09 PM
    The UK was desperate for guns at the start of WW2 and gave $1 Million to produce a sub machine gun in 9mm. That project was a failure and S&W ended up sending them a bunch of 38 S&W revolvers instead. That's the short version of the story I'm...
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    01-06-2019, 02:14 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Too much technology in Our Town
    You’re lucky the chip was lost in a place where it could be found. The auto makers care about making as much money as possible. My car doesn’t even have a oil drain. You need a pump to suck out the oil. Just another step to get people to go...
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    01-06-2019, 02:02 PM
    It’d be simple to recreate the tool. However there aren’t commercially available barrels or shrouds so I’m not sure what the point would be.
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    01-06-2019, 11:59 AM
    There’s a thread over on The High Road forum right on this exact topic. Someone posted a photo from an old S&W manual showing how the factory does it. It’s in the revolver subforum. It’s the first post right now. They use a wrench that...
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    01-02-2019, 01:34 PM
    9mm is probably the most finicky of the common handgun rounds. Not only that, but the pay back for reloading 9mm is noticeably less than something like 45 ACP. After casting for a couple of years I finally decided to take the time to develop...
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    01-01-2019, 04:55 PM
    You probably don’t want .451 for 45 Colt. .452 or .453 will probably work better.
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    01-01-2019, 12:00 PM
    Unless the COWWs were made from Linotype there’s else something going on. FWIW I try to powder coat and size ASAP.
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    12-31-2018, 11:18 PM
    I shoot powder coat cast through my 4595 and don't have any problems with it, however I don't clean the barrel until it shines. I stop cleaning once crud stops coming out which is after 2-3 patches. The barrel still looks a little "dark" but it...
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    12-31-2018, 11:09 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Fireworks in Our Town
    Fireworks were illegal in Iowa for decades but recently the law changed and allows selling for the 4th and for New Years. The fact that they were banned didn't really matter as you could drive a couple hours and get anything you want in MO, SD or a...
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    12-31-2018, 12:38 PM
    The powders used in 45 ACP are the same powder that work well in rounds such as 38 Special, 9mm, 40 S&W all which use small pistol primers. The small amounts of powder used in 45 ACP will work fine with SPP's.
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    12-31-2018, 12:22 PM
    H4895 is the only powder I've seen and there has to be load data for a basis of the calculation
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    12-30-2018, 02:02 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread gun blew up in Our Town
    36 grains of titegroup is a pretty impressive load! Just looking at that gun it's fairly obvious that whatever happened was more than slightly over pressure. You don't blow apart the barrel and split the receiver like a banana peel because the...
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    12-29-2018, 09:35 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Complete noob tips in Cast Boolits
    But you do need to pay attention to what your mold is dropping. I almost always pay attention to the base of the bullet. Once my bullets are coming out good then 95% or more will remain satisfactory if the base has good fillout. You can get a...
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    12-28-2018, 08:30 PM
    Counter top?... you aren't planning on useing this inside are you. The smell from baking the powder coat is noxious and not something I'd want in my house. If done correctly the powder coat is stuck on pretty good. I'm guessing the turbo fan...
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    12-27-2018, 12:35 PM
    With a round ball your neck tension is very important. Crimp can just mess it up if not done correctly. When crimping lead the brass will spring back and the lead will not, leaving a loose bullet. The more you crimp the worse it gets. ...
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    12-27-2018, 12:08 PM
    6.2 grains Unique pushing a 180 grain lead bullet worked great as a target load for me. Yeah it's a starting load and you could probably get the same results with a 40 S&W, but I don't own a Colt Delta Elite or any Glocks in 40 S&W, so I'm fine...
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    12-27-2018, 11:57 AM
    Take a file and notch the sprue plate next to the bad hole. Then avoid that hole.
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    12-27-2018, 11:54 AM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Complete noob tips in Cast Boolits
    Experience does make a huge difference. I pretty much just pay attention to how fast the sprue is cooling and adjust based on that. I've got a thermometer but I couldn't tell you where it's at without having to look for it. Having a good...
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    12-26-2018, 12:39 PM
    There's lots of stuff that can be done, however that doesn't mean it's a good idea. 38 S&W from 9x19 cases falls squarely into that category.
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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