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    09-22-2018, 08:05 PM
    In Wilmington and adjacent housing areas in New Hanover county, 99% of the flooding was due to poor drainage provisions by developers and/or just building in a bad place to start with. An example of poor drainage occurred very close to me. ...
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    09-13-2018, 07:22 PM
    Well it looks like the wind threat is now "typical" at worst. Inland flooding is going to be bad. For me, I spent today at home knowing that it may be my last day for a while with normal power. No real additional prep needs, so I spent...
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    09-13-2018, 01:56 PM
    I just checked my Lee 120 TCs & found that I load to 1.105" OAL. This has the case mouth fully covering the lube groove. I do seating and crimping (actually more flare removal) as separate steps. When I tried to do both at the same time with...
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    09-12-2018, 09:07 PM
    I do not have that boolit, so my AOL would not help. FYI, I had a real hard time getting 9mm boolit loads to work in my boy's glock. My hardest gun ever to get leading free boolit loads. Eventually ended up with a bigger than normal...
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    09-11-2018, 09:21 PM
    I have been a Wilmington resident since the early 80's. I also have been involved in some government promted (i.e. not fun at all) re-evaluation efforts for East Coast Hurricane risk. FYI, the experts still can not agree on worst case storm...
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    09-06-2018, 12:15 AM
    My main driver in starting down this path was trying to get better edges at the side to base junction. Many of my molds give me at least a little flashing on a small fraction of the boolits. Even with molds that do better than average for the...
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    09-04-2018, 08:47 PM
    50 lbs may seem like plenty at this point. It will be gone before you know it. If possible, I recommned that you search for local reliable sources such as tire stores, ranges that will let you gather lead, roofing contractors, or scrap...
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    09-02-2018, 11:00 PM
    Traditional swaging used soft lead to flow and help shape the jacket. With no metal jacket, dead soft is no longer needed. My recent efforts have been medium soft. Mostly range lead, with some lead from a local scrap yard that when blended...
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    08-30-2018, 08:20 PM
    Currently there is really not much of a market for mold + forming dies (I call them this to to highlight the "useable in any press" difference) that leverage off of the "no jacket" swaging concept. This is entirely understandable given the lack of...
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    08-29-2018, 09:21 PM
    Willbird, My nose forming punch was made from a piece a soft scrap steel. It is holding up ok partially because I am not pushing it too hard but also the die body is adding some support. I like the idea of no-jacket swaging where a big...
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    08-28-2018, 07:41 PM
    Casting to promote quality time at the range with your kids is one of the all time best reasons to be in the boolit game in the first place. In the last year & a half, I have been lucky. I get spend a couple of hours on most Fridays at the...
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    08-28-2018, 07:23 PM
    Standard wisdom is that having a uniform edge on the base is a big deal for accuracy. For any no-jacket swaging effort, I like the idea of the last or next to last swage going in base first to get this feature as good as possible. The only...
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    08-27-2018, 10:00 PM
    Willbird, I feel your frustration with the bases. Even when my punches were a pretty close fit in the dies, I would get the same thing. Now, I am trying to get the boolits close to final shape and a bit a little small on the OD before the...
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    08-25-2018, 09:28 PM
    FYI, Bartlet (www.gibrass.com) has WC844 & WC846 at decent prices. WC844 - 8 lbs for $99, WC846 for $109. The WC846 is just a little slower than WC844. Closer to BL-C(2), may be a little faster than WW 748. This is right in the middle of...
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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