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  • reddog81's Avatar
    04-27-2017, 09:09 PM
    What expander die came with your 45 die set? If you resize the Lyman die then it won't be the correct size for lead.
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    04-23-2017, 01:47 PM
    I always thought larger grain molds were much easier to heat up. If anything I have to use a slower casting pace to keep them from over heating. Little 32 ACP molds have the opposite problem. They take much longer to heat up and you must keep...
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    04-21-2017, 08:32 PM
    Measure the diameter of the 190 grain bullets. I'd guess the mold wasn't all the way closed for those ones. Usually there's not a 10 grain spread.
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    04-21-2017, 11:22 AM
    reddog81 replied to a thread 9mm/38spl in Cast Boolits
    I like NOE molds and own quite a few but I don't see any of their 38/357 molds working that well for 9mm. I have no idea what the intended use for the 357-150 Bulldog mold is. That design is quite different from your average mold - look at the...
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    04-20-2017, 01:23 AM
    It can be sized appropriately. Many people size 9mm to .357. It's a fairly common mold to use for 9mm. It's my choice over any of the other Lee designs. The biggest issue is that you have to use a kind of short OAL. Usually it won't work until...
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    04-19-2017, 06:13 PM
    Seat it so it looks appropriate and functions. I go for about the width of a penny or 1/16th an inch exposed. They are soft swaged bullets so you shouldn't be pushing them hard enough that seating depth would casue any pressure concerns.
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    04-19-2017, 02:47 PM
    Just get 500 of each type your interested in. It's not that hard to adjust a seating die and a box only costs $35 to $40. Figure out what you and your guns like the best and go from there. There's more load data around the 158 grain range, but...
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    04-14-2017, 01:06 PM
    I have printed out numerous pages of load data from Accurate, Lyman #48. It is so much easier to review 20 printed pages of data that all directly pertain to cartridges I load for rather than having to thumb through large volumes to find the pages...
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    04-12-2017, 07:06 PM
    I've heard wood will work. Figure out what dimensions you will need and make a form. It won't last for ever but it'll work for awhile.
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    04-12-2017, 05:43 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Practice duration? in Our Town
    What's your definition of short and frequent vs long and infrequent? Most people would consider 2 hours at the range a very long time, however I'd guess most people on this board would think 2 hours is average while some would say 2 hours is...
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    04-10-2017, 04:02 PM
    SS is a giant ponzi scheme. It works out great while the people paying into the system can support the recipients. Once the money going out exceeds the amount coming in the pyramid scheme will come crashing down. The SS trust fund is nothing more...
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    04-09-2017, 01:03 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Boolit design in Cast Boolits
    I wish you the best of luck with your project. I wish I had those tools and skill set. If it was me I'd try the .324 with a thick coat of powder coat. You should be able to get up to .326 pretty easily. A .329 mold sized down to .326 or .327...
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    04-07-2017, 05:23 PM
    With the wait time of an hour a speaker phone works wonders. Turn the speaker phone on, turn the volume all the way up and just make sure you stay within ear shot of the phone and you'll be fine.
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    04-03-2017, 12:57 AM
    How's do you measure throat size in your autoloader? The vast majority of people go for .001 or .002 over "bore diameter" which is often times incorrectly referred to as groove diameter. Tight groups are definitely possible but very rarely do I...
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    04-02-2017, 10:22 PM
    What do you mean? Ideally you want .001 or .002 over bore diameter if shooting a lead bullet. Most 32 ACP guns are small pocket sized guns shot at 5 to 10 yards. At these distances even a a poor fit bullet can get a 1 to 2 inch group which is...
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    04-02-2017, 08:50 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Backwards SWCs? in Cast Boolits
    I think it'd only work in a revolver. I've never heard of anyone loading bullets that way. I imagine if the accuracy was good someone else would have figured it out by now. If if you want more efficiencies with light loads you can always seat...
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    04-01-2017, 10:43 PM
    If those hollow base bullets are the ones measuring .365 you might be fine. Those are swaged hollow base wadcutters. If the .365 bullets are actually cast bullets that is way too big. Even if you owned a sizing die getting them down to an...
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    04-01-2017, 10:35 PM
    Is the mold closing all the way? Can you see light through the mold when closed? I don't think your bullets are out of round due to hitting a towel. As far as dropping into water I've only done it a couple of times. A 5 gallon bucket on the...
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    04-01-2017, 10:50 AM
    Using an alloy different from Lyman #2 will result in different weights. Your alloy is probably closer to pure lead and lead weighs more than tin and antimony. I'd try to figure out what the longest OAL wil chamber and function correctly in your...
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    03-31-2017, 04:49 PM
    The mismanagement with this company never ceases to amaze me. Somehow they managed to fumble into bankruptcy right smack dabble in the middle of the biggest gun buying panic ever. They could sell everything they produced at a premium price for...
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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
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