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    01-14-2018, 08:54 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Budget Bullet Puller in Special Projects
    Very nice! I do the same thing but hadn't thought of the wire stripper-- Your method won't ding the bullets.
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    01-13-2018, 09:28 PM
    In a pinch I use Winchester Small Rifle primers in my 38 Special and 357 Magnum with no issues. They seat just fine in the primer pocket and work fine too. I've also used Small Pistol Standard primers in my 223 Remington bolt action with equal...
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    01-11-2018, 01:29 AM
    Hick replied to a thread Wadcutter brass (38 spl) in Cast Boolits
    The differences between wadcutter brass and regular brass (if there is any real difference other than the cannelure) seems to be so minor that I don't bother to separate them-- I load either one with whatever bullet I chose on any particular day. ...
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    01-11-2018, 01:20 AM
    Hick replied to a thread Unique and 30 06 in Cast Boolits
    Can't speak to Unique, but I regularly reload subsonic loads (1000 fps) for my M1 using W231 or 700x-- barely 7 grains for the W231, standard primers, and NEVER enlarge the flash holes. Somepeople recommend drilling out the flash holes, some others...
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    01-09-2018, 09:11 PM
    I just pour a bunch of checks on the counter top-- press the bullet base into the check by and run it through the Lee sizer. I do look to see if they are square, but don;t even bother with the mallet. I've never had any trouble with checks doing...
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    01-06-2018, 07:55 PM
    Hick replied to a thread molds for 32 win spl in Leverguns
    I use the Lee 324-175-1R with Ben's Red or NRA Lube, and also the Lyman/Ideal 321427 (same lube). Both do a nice job in my 1949 vintage Win 94 in 32 WS.
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    12-30-2017, 11:55 PM
    Bingo!-- I think Multigunner got it. With that clue I looked at a few drum magazines and see something that looks just like what I found. The drum I found on line has flat-bottomed parts that look like cartridges that follow behind the loaded...
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    12-30-2017, 09:34 PM
    Primer end is just flat-- no features and no extractor groove.
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    12-29-2017, 08:06 PM
    Found these things at the range today-- Caliber looks like 5.56 Nato or 223 Remington. they look similar to snap caps, but no extractor groove and they are linked together. I'm baffled-- anybody know what they are for??
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    12-24-2017, 09:26 PM
    I've posted this other places-- but I'll do it again here so you can find it. I have to do all my reloading in the corner of my den (small home). I bought an 18" x 30" desk at Walmart (the kind you put together from a box). I covered the top with...
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    12-24-2017, 09:11 PM
    I have my reloading stuff on a small, cheap, 'walmart' desk (about 18" by 30")-- the kind you buy in a box and put together. I screwed a small angle bracket to the top back of the desk and into the wall-- and it holds great even when I put a lot of...
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    12-24-2017, 12:54 AM
    Hick replied to a thread Winchester information ?? in Leverguns
    Another source might be Bert Hartman (e-mail is he's associated with the Cody Museum in some way and replied with info about my Model 1894.
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    12-22-2017, 05:10 PM
    I once received a batch of 30-06 brass that was used for pressure tests-- once fired during testing. I have over 10 reloads on them now-- the testing mark gradually fades as the brass adjusts to fit the chamber, and repeated examination (outside...
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    12-20-2017, 06:40 PM
    I'll admit I know very little about this subject-- but the engineer in me wonders if the pressure it takes to drive a round ball down the barrel might not be lots higher than the pressure it takes to launch shot. Will the breech take the pressure??
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    12-20-2017, 06:32 PM
    For doing lots of cases I prefer the Lyman hand-held primer pocket reamer. The trick is that I drop the case nose first into the chuck of my hand drill, put the tool in the primer pocket and use the drill to turn the case. Quick and easy and very...
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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