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    02-15-2020, 10:15 PM
    I've never seen or heard of any reaction between Titegroup and PC-- and I use lots of PC pistol bullets with Titegroup. Does it depend on the type of powder used in PC? (I use Smoke's clear).
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    02-12-2020, 08:07 PM
    A spare gas plug or one of those special devices that allows you to partially open the gas plug. I bought a spare gas plug and drilled out the valve-- Some people don't like hot 30-06 brass flying in their direction at a range. With the drilled...
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    02-12-2020, 07:55 PM
    A heavier bullet will tend to give higher pressures than a lighter bullet (It takes more pressure to get the heavier bullet moving). So, if you have data for a heavier bullet, it is normally OK to use a lighter bullet. You should still start at...
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    02-11-2020, 08:10 PM
    I use Lyman handles for my RCBS molds. I had to file down the thickness slightly-- but they then work fine for both Lyman and RCBS.
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    02-06-2020, 10:15 PM
    My Enfield slugs at 0.312- It loves the Lyman 314299GC and also an old plain based spitzer mold that drops at 0.311 that I powder coat to 0.313.
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    01-30-2020, 11:42 PM
    The reputation that cock on closing is fast has a lot to do with the British and the Enfield. The British thought it was faster. Can't say if that is true or not-- but a British soldier had the record for some time for fast accurate fire with a...
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    01-30-2020, 11:24 PM
    Amazing-- someone just invented the cartridge! Next thing you know someone will come up with the brilliant idea of putting a bullet in it too.
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    01-28-2020, 09:51 PM
    Cock on opening got to be "standard" because, in the late 1800's, Mauser switched their design from cock on closing to cock on opening. The literally tens of millions of Mausers built for countries around the world pretty much established the...
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    01-26-2020, 09:19 PM
    It also depends a little on how much you plan to size. I've got a couple of molds that cast several thousands above what I want-- ones I usually size in two steps. I size those as quickly as I can after casting, before they harden, just to make...
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    01-25-2020, 10:12 PM
    And.............. if sizing damages the coating then shooting them will not be a good idea anyway. anything a sizer damages will likely get deposited in the barrel and not be fun to clean out.
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    01-24-2020, 04:18 AM
    Not only will 38 LC work in a 38 Special, but very well. There was a scandal of sorts some years ago in 38 Special competition shooting because some competitors were using 38 LC brass. Supposedly, since the 38 LC brass is shorter the competitors...
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    01-24-2020, 04:09 AM
    I bought a lot of Hunter Supply pre-lubed cast bullets when I started reloading, before I took up casting. They did good. I also bought a lot of Bear Creek supply bullets. I still buy Bear Creek, for their moly coated pistol bullets, but cast my...
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    01-24-2020, 04:02 AM
    Your bullets should not look rough with PC. Powder coating , properly done, produces a very nice smooth finish (which is why powder coating has been used for metal parts long before bullets). I haven't tried, HF-- but with Smokes powder my bullets...
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    01-24-2020, 03:50 AM
    I just run an old test tube brush up into the die and turn it a few times. Takes out enough lube so that seating depth stays good, even though its not really clean. My way you might have to run the brush up into the die a few times for a box of...
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    01-20-2020, 09:56 PM
    Good point-- but if you put a tight lid on the container when you shake it the dust does not fly (I've checked that out when I coat). it also helps to tap the closed container on side a couple of time before taking off the lid-- just to settle the...
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Retired Chemical and Nuclear Engineer. 1954 M1 Garand, CZ 527 FS (223 Rem), S&W Model 64 (38 Special) and a few other things. I cast and reload for all. Signed up because I like this forum.
Winnemucca, NV
Target shooting, reloading, golf, teaching
Retired Engineer, Retired HS Teacher, Retired JHS teacher


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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