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  • Bama's Avatar
    05-24-2019, 09:17 AM
    Had same problem with 38/357s. A few months and it abou drove me crazy. Had been using some old die sets . Bad thing it was not everyone , just about one or two in every other cylinder full. Save out about 50 bad one s. And a shooting buddy gave...
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    05-23-2019, 07:18 PM
    Never require anything other than cleaning, just run a brush through and a clean patch on ones I had used for years
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    05-22-2019, 09:12 PM
    The only problem I have had is on a couple I had to clean the inside hole other than that I have not had a problem using Lee shell holders!
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    05-22-2019, 04:29 PM
    Lee torrent is my go to press, andI load a little more than your. Amount in just 1 of 15 + calibers. Torrents are cheap. I threaded 308 cases and screwed them to a board which is a perfect torrent holder for the ones not in use. The only draw back...
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    05-21-2019, 02:38 PM
    I went through the same issues. I first went with the lee. After making a stop to limit arm movement it stopped bending the safety. Schield. I used it for two years with good results although I did start using a glove when doing large quantities...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-21-2019, 12:41 PM
    Doing a partial cure where the powder flows then an under cure of 200 degrees is not following any powder manufactures specifications. A shiny coating is absolutely no indication of a properly coated & cured polymer. It is no skin off my nose...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    05-20-2019, 07:27 PM
    When I got my first lathe, I had a relatives 38/40 but could not find bullets for it. I was relatively new to hand loading and dummer and poorer than a rock. Decided to make my own mold. Well it took a while but it was one of the most positive...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-19-2019, 08:57 AM
    I realize a lot of people swear by Lee Molds so I won't get into bashing, but I will say I personally have tried them, I don't like them and don't use them because Lee quality control is just not acceptable for me. There are other Lee tools I think...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-18-2019, 08:41 PM
    Some seem unable to comprehend that friction is a big factor in velocity. The fact is the polymer jacket produces less friction than a metal jacket, plated or lubricated alloy, so there is a gain in velocity. I would also mention with less friction...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-18-2019, 08:33 PM
    Al, I have heard so many touting oversized bullets being more accurate, but I have yet to see any real test data to prove this theory, just opinions. As far as my testing, and I admit limited testing, but oversized bullets shot large groups. ...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-18-2019, 07:53 PM
    If you a handgun capable of accuracy you should have no problem getting PC 9mm loads to 1-1/2" and under at 25 yards. If a PB gas check is installed perfectly with a flat base you might see a slight improvement, but I seriously doubt it, and...
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    05-16-2019, 07:44 PM
    When it comes to gas checks I don't know anyone more knowledgeable on the subject than Charlie Darnall the designer and maker of the FreeChex gas check making tools. Charlie will tell you a gas check is not needed on a properly coated and cured PC...
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  • MaLar's Avatar
    05-14-2019, 12:55 PM
    MaLar replied to a thread My casting shed in Special Projects
    Fraid so no family just wife and I. She is kinda the boss!
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    05-14-2019, 11:18 AM
    MaLar replied to a thread My casting shed in Special Projects
    I have the roof finished and started insulation and sheet rock inside. Built a riser for the turkey fryer I use to melt and cast from, it was to low. I have been busy with plumbing the house and getting ready for the electrician. We're having...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-10-2019, 11:25 AM
    Everyone who is concerned about their health or the health of those around them should be concerned about lead dust, because personally, I don't think dying is the worst thing that can happen to me. I keep hearing it ain't rocket science,...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-09-2019, 11:56 AM
    Actually, I think you are lucky. For powder coating I would really like to have my molds drop undersize to allow for my coating. There is no advantage of having to move a mass of metal. I have heard by many that they get better accuracy by...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-09-2019, 11:38 AM
    If you plan on using a tumbler dedicated for powder coating I would suggest making some modifications to get the best results. All the tumblers I have tried are too aggressive, so I modified a small tumbler, by removing the bowl, and replacing...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    05-08-2019, 09:31 PM
    Called bits and bolts container. A plastic container that holds 6 to 8 lbs of 45 or 38 bullets. And they stack, a great handy space saver
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-08-2019, 06:50 PM
    I tried using straight tumblers back in 2012 for PC (I owned 3 tumbler) and found even my small Lyman to be too aggressive and that is the reason I constructed my own tumbler, which has a lid. I agree with Smoke the darkening you see are fine...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-08-2019, 06:16 PM
    I won't say Smoke's powder is better, what I will say is he is selling a quality powder that has been tried by many on this site, including myself, and found to do an excellent job using the tumble coating method, which most here use. If you are...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-08-2019, 11:17 AM
    Sorry, I did not make my post clear, as I started by attempting to answer the UV question then jumped to an alternate method IR curing PC, which came out confusing. They are two different curing processes. Curing PC using Ultraviolet light can...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    05-07-2019, 02:53 PM
    +one for accurate. Great to deal with
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-07-2019, 01:38 PM
    Thanks for the post, now I know and will give chrome a try. BTW: they look great!
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-06-2019, 08:28 PM
    Ditto what edp2k said. Powder coated cast shoot very well in an AK out to 50 yards. The problem with full power at longer ranges is not the rifle, but the lopsided cast bullets.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-06-2019, 08:22 PM
    I would also ditto on the crown advice. One problem is the carbine & the Garand were cleaned using a steel rod from the muzzle so a damaged crown is likely. I would also ditto a really good job on cleaning the barrel.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-06-2019, 08:04 PM
    If you like the looks of lead you might give one of the chrome powders a try, looks great, but it may need to be sprayed as I have never tried a tumble coat. I will do a test and let you know.
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    05-06-2019, 06:26 PM
    Years ago when I was scuba diving in Australia one of the local divers came up to me and said, "You guys may not know it, but Aussies love Texans, because your sense of humor is as warped as ours is". Well I guess you found us out too.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-06-2019, 06:15 PM
    Yes, Lloyd powder coating can be cured using ultraviolet light of the proper wavelength and it does a terrific job as you can open air cure objects too large to go into the oven you may have onhand. To purchase ready made infrared units for...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    05-06-2019, 05:05 AM
    You definitely have problems with your coating. Your coating is too thin and not bonded. You didn't mention if you sized the bullets. I would have thought just the sizing process would have indicated problems. You cured at 400 degrees for 20...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    05-05-2019, 05:13 PM
    Bama replied to a thread building a new bench in Special Projects
    I made mine with two pieces of MDF. Unfinished not good but using non building sander sealer it is hard. And does not absorb grease or moisture. I use these in machine shop area, wood working area as well as loading benches and have never seen a...
    24 replies | 894 view(s)
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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
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