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    Today, 11:43 AM
    Whatever allows you to produce good bullets. 170 isn't very hot. My $5 thrift store plate only has an on/off switch and it runs at 300*F. This works to warm up the mold pretty well. After I start casting the mold never touches the plate...
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    Yesterday, 05:51 PM
    Guns can shoot projectiles.... who would have guessed?
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    12-13-2017, 01:36 PM
    If you're going to take the time to hand ream the primer pockets you might as well sort by headstamp at the same time. I grab 10 or more ziploc baggies and label one for each popular manufacturer. Blazer, R-P, WIN, etc. Any odd ball brass gets...
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    12-12-2017, 10:02 PM
    Generally I cast one day, powder coat the next day and size the next day. So most of my bullets are ready to load. However I have a box with a variety of bullets that I've cast and never got around to doing anything with.
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    12-12-2017, 11:32 AM
    In the title of the thread you state that you want a mellow load, but the one you settled on is over 20% more powder than Alliant's data suggests...
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    12-05-2017, 12:23 PM
    I was thinking the exact same thing after reading the thread. 2400 is one of the top magnum powders and has been for decades. Surely if any of this were true there would be some evidence of these negative traits.
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    12-04-2017, 01:05 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Culling in Cast Boolits
    I'd probably reject those but i'd be willing to bet that 95% of people (myself included) wouldn't be able to see a difference when shooting. Like mdi mentioned above my post - the base is the most important. I recycle anything with a deformity...
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    12-02-2017, 11:23 AM
    I said buy lead. There are many shops I could go buy primers at and have them in hand within half an hour. If was out of lead and wanted to cast today I don't have any idea where I'd buy lead. I hate mailing lead and finding it locally isn't...
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    11-30-2017, 07:16 PM
    With those skinny little bullets it can be difficult getting the mold up to temp. Smaller bullets means more aluminum to heat up and less hot lead to heat the mold. Running the alloy hotter or at a faster pace can help.
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    11-30-2017, 12:22 PM
    A quick Google search indicates load data in Speer, Lee and Laser Cast loading manuals along with plenty of info online. Since you'll be shooting them in a revolver you can always seat the bullet long. Seating the bullet so that the air space...
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    11-27-2017, 08:24 PM
    Seat the bullet so it functions in the gun. 1.21 isnt that short. Plenty 45 ACP bullets are loaded to shorter OAL lengths. Have you ever looked in a 45 ACP case after you drop the powder in? It's not like 9mm where changing .05 can make an it...
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    11-27-2017, 01:46 PM
    8 cavity aluminum .358 with lube grooves. No HP kredig81 at gmail . com Any idea on how many sign ups are needed to get into production?
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    11-26-2017, 03:39 PM
    NOE has a Keith SWC called 432-277. I just did a google search for Lyman 429421 and most of the molds are around 250 grains. NOE's weight is listed as 264 grains. Based on those results I'm guessing most 300 grain molds aren't going to be...
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    11-26-2017, 03:31 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread .02 cents 22lr ? in Rimfire Area
    Ammoseek shows some American Eagle at $.036 and Aquila under $.04. I'm guessing this is the new normal. Maybe down to $.03 per round eventually. $.02 just doesn't seem possible this day in age unless is a loss leader advertisement to get people...
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    11-26-2017, 11:52 AM
    It sounds like you're satisfied so that is great. Personally I find all their marketing to be suspect. 1911 inspired design... you could tell me it has a Glock inspired design and I'd be more likely to believe you. I find it odd how they...
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    11-26-2017, 11:26 AM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Sorting Brass in Reloading Equipment
    Usually once a year I sit down and sort out all the 9mm I've collected. It's a hassle but I always find a handful of .380 cases that were missed when first sorted. Additionally I think it is a good idea to sort out any crimped primer pocket brass...
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    11-26-2017, 11:08 AM
    Nice! Sounds like a good time. 45 Colt is a great round to start on. Factory rounds aren't cheap and reloading it is easy.
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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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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
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