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  • Bama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:27 AM
    With bottle neck the chamber and the way you size your brass has a big effect. I typically shoot Savage rifles and use an RCBS presion mic to set my sizing dies to match the chamber for once fired brass. This procedure reduces the amount of brass...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    12-12-2017, 06:23 PM
    You can always PC for added thickness.
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    12-11-2017, 11:50 PM
    Bama replied to a thread Arsenal Molds in Casting Equipment
    I may have been lucky in that none over two weeks. All mine have been outstanding. presistion made and bullets drop well best I have used (most accurate). easy to deal with and pricing reasonable.
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    12-10-2017, 06:29 PM
    It also works by adding a small strip of copper flashing around the bottom cross pin--not required to go all way around just shape of horse shoe. This shim will take up the wear in the linkage and make ram bottom out.
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    12-09-2017, 03:38 PM
    Randy C. +1 for the 6x45. Almost no recoil, uses very little powder and is very accurate. With all the AR guys, you can pick up all the brass you would ever need at most ranges. It is simple to load--great caliber.
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    12-09-2017, 10:32 AM
    In my many years dealing with Grainger one thing is a given; You will definitely pay for what you get. The majority of electronics are being made in China even if they carry an old well known USA brand on the box. Seeing most here are looking for...
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    12-08-2017, 08:22 PM
    Fishoot, I chuck the bushing in lathe and use a dermel in a tool holder with a small stone to set the taper the I use dermel by hand with a rubber/abrasive tip to polish area where taper meets bushing bore. You just about have to do a small taper...
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    12-08-2017, 07:20 PM
    Hey Guys, I didn't mean to stirr up such an issue. I was trying to get some insight into something I thought I was seeing. I put my gas checks on with a small mallet and a fitted nose punch. I reamed a piece of shafting the same size as an "as...
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    12-08-2017, 06:40 PM
    Look at a 6x45 6mm in a 223 or 556 case. With the popularity of the AR you can usually pick up all you would ever need. Case forming is a no brainier, just lube case and run it through a full length forming die, add primer and you are ready to...
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    12-07-2017, 08:14 PM
    Ditto on not worth the effort. Why fool around with low velocity short range loads out of an AR, just shoot a 22 LR instead.
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    12-07-2017, 08:00 PM
    If you are looking for something off the wall or a very special color, I do like the company I first started out with Prismatic Powders, but you do need to know what you are buying as all powders are not the best for coating bullets. However, if...
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    12-07-2017, 04:34 PM
    I have not tried that bullet design but I have swaged a number of bullets. In younger days I would take a 38 gr wad cutter and swage to a 38 HB wad cutter. I would also swage a 45 RN to the same nose shape as HG 68. I quickly learned tat if I did...
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    12-07-2017, 12:49 PM
    I agree a tumbler will set powder when a coolwhip container won't. Problem is most tumblers are too aggressive and have too small of a bowl. That is the reason I used a tumbler base; removed the bowl and replaced it with a 5 gallon #5 plastic...
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    12-07-2017, 12:15 PM
    Yes, electronics are terrific, wonderful problem solvers and work savers ................. until they flood! Just ask the tens of thousands of car owners in Houston whose vehicles went underwater.
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    12-06-2017, 08:34 PM
    I had same problem with H4895. I resolve it with a factory crimp and a increase in powder. Still get a little with Temp variations with powder and barrel.
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    12-06-2017, 04:22 PM
    I will ditto the induction on cooking food. I use induction and a cast iron fry pot in my outdoor grill/kitchen. It heats up quickly and fries great, but wouldn't recommend it for a lead pot. Years ago, before I got my RCBS Pro Melt I used a...
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    12-06-2017, 04:12 PM
    Sorry can't see the photos, nor have I been able to post photos. I don't have a clue to what has changed but it would appear there are problems within the site as others are having the same problem. To answer your question; I used brass for my...
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    12-06-2017, 04:03 PM
    I installed a PID on a 30" wall oven I converted for powder coating. The all digital oven had a bad control panel, which would cost $$ to replace, so I got it for free. Cost me about $60 in parts to set up the PID to control the two 220V elements....
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    12-06-2017, 11:22 AM
    The oven cycle time is comprised of the bring-up time plus the dwell time for a proper powder cure. The bring-up time is the time required to attain the desired substrate cure temperature of the part. The dwell time is the time required to hold the...
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    12-06-2017, 10:35 AM
    Vac seal sounds like a good idea and I use it on many things, like my molds, ammo, seldom used tools, etc. but trying to get a fluffy fine powder where it will not be picked up by the vacuum tube is something I have not figured out. Moisture and...
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    12-05-2017, 05:06 PM
    It may be worth talking to service dept. at RCBS about a replacement ram. I recently broke the handle on mine (over 40 years in my posestion) and they sent a new one at no charge. If you get the right contact in service they can help.---Mine was...
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    12-04-2017, 09:56 PM
    Check Cabelas, Believe I saw something on a sale and there was a rebate also on the 12fv's
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    12-04-2017, 09:45 PM
    Bama replied to a thread are savages good guns? in Factory Rifles
    They are a good guns. You may want to read some of the projects in the savage shooters forum. It is easy to change barrels and calibers with the savages. With the relatively inexpensive pre threaded barrels and replaceable bolt heads, if you...
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    12-04-2017, 09:28 PM
    Have friend who ask for help. His daughter is right handed but left eye dominant. She is wanting to start shooting. The question is should she be taught to shoot left handed or taught to use non dominant eye? Which and why. If you have any...
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    12-04-2017, 05:08 PM
    You can stop the occasional spent primer on the floor with a piece of 1/8" copper folded in ring with a tab that fits into the primer slot to keep the spent primers from getting out of the ram. the ring stops just short of the bottom of the shell...
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    12-04-2017, 04:42 PM
    Same problems with fingers and wrists. World cheapest Trimmer really has resolved that problem. Got one for every caliber (not much more than lee systen. Put it in drill press and can go through 500 or so in short order. Cutter is sharp enough...
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    12-04-2017, 04:34 PM
    Using Mothers Wash and wax with Carnauba wax, dash of citric and teaspoon of dawn. They do get clean. I had been using tumbler for rock tumbling that helt about 1 1/2 gas. Just got too heavy to be lugging outside to hose to wash out brass. Also...
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    12-04-2017, 11:29 AM
    My hat is off. Sounds like good logic. I am about to start down the rabbit hole of precision subsonic 300 Blackout. I was planning on doing Hi-tec but may try the stand up now. Great post IMO. I would suggest you check out the posts from...
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    12-04-2017, 10:43 AM
    If you have the extra bucks I would suggest the Eastwood Dual Voltage Gun instead. It's a better gun than my HF, especially if high humidity becomes a problem. Additionally, if you are going to shoot multiple colors, inexpensive extra bottles are...
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    12-04-2017, 10:26 AM
    I have been powder coating since 2012 and in all those years I have tried just about everything, including the dump method. When PC is heated the polymer turns liquid and does not stay in place, it flows and this is my problem with the dump method....
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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
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