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    12-16-2018, 04:14 PM
    I've never tried a tumbler. It seems like over kill to me. Plain old shake and bake works just fine. I've never had problems with cold. It's humidity that can't make it a problem for the powder to stick.
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    12-16-2018, 02:34 PM
    Powders look similar but usually not identical. It shouldn't be to hard to determine if 2 have been mixed. Dump a bunch out onto a paper plate and look at it closely to see if all the kernels are identical. If so it's probably not mixed. If...
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    12-16-2018, 12:04 AM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Moulds at Cabela's in Cast Boolits
    I've never seen a mold for sale at a retail location. I asked at Sportsmans warehouse, Scheels, and Bass Pro when I started casting and no one had ever seen one for sale. Im guessing even back in the haydays of H&G molds most sales were done by...
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    12-15-2018, 12:19 AM
    With traditional lubed bullets the interior of the silencer will catch a whole bunch of lube and will require frequent cleaning. With coated bullets you should be fine.
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    12-15-2018, 12:17 AM
    Good luck with S&W, but I'm almost positive they'll say stick to factory ammo and you'll be fine. I'm guessing .500 throats are the standard. I'm pretty sure I've heard .012 is their thereshold for the barrel cylinder gap. Like others...
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    12-13-2018, 03:32 PM
    What's the status of the Translucent Copper?
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    12-10-2018, 01:36 PM
    Assuming the powders are kept in climate controlled conditions they'll probably out last you. I wouldn't worry about which powders sell out first. Worry about which powders you'll use the most and run out of first. You can order a 4 lbs can...
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    12-09-2018, 11:17 AM
    Are you a beginning reloaded, caster, or just new to cast 9mm? What diameter were the 120 gr. bullets? 1.05 is starting to get pretty short, but you can go a little shorter assuming you are using starting charges. If the round chambers, but...
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    12-08-2018, 09:22 PM
    Your post makes it sound like you believed 1.169 was the recommended OAL for 9mm. 1.169 is the Max SAAMI OAL. The reloading manuals state the OAL they were using. Seating a bullet deeper will result in more pressure. Often times people are using...
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    12-08-2018, 08:25 PM
    1.169 isn't the recommended OAL, it's the max OAL for 9mm. No hollow point or truncated cone will work at all 1.169. Most bullets with that kind of profile will be 1.1 or less. For some bullets 1.05 is the max.
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    12-02-2018, 04:17 PM
    I learned that MiHec 8 cavity molds can knock out a lot of quality bullets very quickly. I picked up 2 of them this year and they have been nice additions to my mold collection. Great for 9mm rounds that seem to devour bullets very quickly.
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    12-02-2018, 12:34 PM
    I don't believe there's any definitive rule. As long as the rounds chamber and shoot with acceptable results you're doing it right. You can have light crimps, moderate crimps and heavy crimps. Any one of them could be correct depending on the...
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    12-02-2018, 12:59 AM
    reddog81 replied to a thread pressure concerns in Cast Boolits
    2-3 grains in bullet weight difference is insignificant. 4-5 grains is starting to matter but can still basically use the same data assuming the bullets are the same shape. Personally I might back load down if shooting out of a lightweight snub...
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    11-27-2018, 11:43 PM
    There's no need to clean with acetone. There's no need to preheat to 140 for 4 minutes before swirling if using the appropriate materials. For me the long part of the process is individually placing each bullet onto the tray. I'm sure I could...
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    11-24-2018, 03:07 PM
    Parts can be found at Numerich AKA gunpartscorp.com however those parts generally come from "parts guns" and won't necessarily be in any better condition than the well used parts on your gun. They won't sell you broken parts but there's no...
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    11-23-2018, 04:04 PM
    I bought $100 worth of random stuff this morning from their site. The deals on some of the RCBS reloading items are crazy. I got 4 small pistol primer tubes for under $8 total. They are normally like $10+ each. I got a couple of random seating...
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    11-22-2018, 06:35 PM
    With handguns the balistics aren't so much the problem, however the ability to hit what you're aiming at is much more difficult. Most people have trouble hitting a 8.5" x 11" piece of paper at 50 yard with a handgun. It's much easier to shoot a...
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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