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  • Bama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:45 PM
    The higher velocities will probably require you to add copper to your alloy or the centrifugal forces will cause bullet to self destruct. I have gotten 2750 FPS using a neck sized lee 200gr pced bullet in rr ar 10.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:43 AM
    That will work and was the way I found controled vibration works better. I don't know about the HF, but my Midway & Lyman tumblers had a 1/4"-20 threaded rod holding the bowl, so it was a simple thing to unscrew the rod, remove the bowl and...
    19 replies | 508 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:36 AM
    Amazon has many to choose from , but you need to pay attention to the grid size and sheet size. Just search: "Baker Cooling rack". Houseware stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond where you can take in some of your cast and check the grid for size for fit...
    19 replies | 508 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:22 AM
    The problem with cast rifle bullets is if you want to shoot full power loads at ranges over 50 yards is the bullets come out of the mold lopsided. A lopsided bullet is an unstable bullet that will start to wobble as distance increases and once...
    9 replies | 337 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:04 AM
    I use and would recommend Smoke's powders, simply because every power he sells has been tested by an untold number of bullet coaters scattered across the USA, so you know the powder will work and is capable of giving excellent results. Off course it...
    7 replies | 177 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    09-13-2019, 10:32 AM
    Seven years and at least 50K+ of coated bullets was the mother of a lot of innovation.
    19 replies | 508 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    09-13-2019, 10:16 AM
    You are correct, in my modified tumblers the mass rotates with the bullets constantly turning in the powder due to the vibration. The Black BB's do not bounce around, but also rotate adding a gentle impact and cushion to the bullets as well as...
    19 replies | 508 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    09-12-2019, 01:49 PM
    Good to know, but I suspect they are not heavy like the BB's? The weight seems to make a difference and the reason for the black one's.
    19 replies | 508 view(s)
  • MaLar's Avatar
    09-12-2019, 12:35 PM
    I have one that cast right for size, was wanting one to powder coat. Mine has been used once. tell me the size yours casts. will trade.
    0 replies | 64 view(s)
  • MaLar's Avatar
    09-12-2019, 12:32 PM
    MaLar replied to a thread Remingtom 552 in Rimfire Area
    I have one and love it. Never had a problem with it. I bought it a long time ago was looking for an adult sized 22 seems most are for kids, and I'm a fairly big guy.
    23 replies | 352 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    09-12-2019, 08:35 AM
    Plastic bags not holding up in a tumbler is proof positive of what I am saying about straight tumblers being too aggressive. Of course I only had 4 tumblers to try when I first started, so I base my statement on that. As far as coating, start...
    19 replies | 508 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    09-11-2019, 02:24 PM
    Yes, I use black Crossman BB's. My first try with a vibrator tumbler was with my big Dillon 2000; it worked but way too aggressive. When first experimenting with tumblers in 2012 I found by pressing down on the bowl I could reduce the...
    19 replies | 508 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    09-11-2019, 10:36 AM
    Lastborn, I would highly recommend getting into powder coating. I got into PC in 2012 because I was shooting in a weekly IDPA match when Sandy Hook made the shelves bare for ammo & components. I had lot of powder & primers, but my 5K of bullets on...
    11 replies | 431 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    09-11-2019, 10:05 AM
    Attached is a photo of my modified tumbler. The reason for the modification was I, like others have found using a straight vibrator tumbler had too much vibration. By tightening down on the support all-thread rods I can adjust the vibration. The...
    19 replies | 508 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    09-11-2019, 09:45 AM
    If one is making gas checks for a bullet designed for a check the thickness of the check material is extremely important if the check is going to crimp, seal and have a completely flat base. If the check does not do all those things then one would...
    41 replies | 6381 view(s)
  • MaLar's Avatar
    09-08-2019, 09:55 PM
    Not in the loading room but moved all my lead and alloy from the garage to my casting shed. 2200 lbs of lead doesn't look like much until you carry it up a flight of stairs.
    7978 replies | 698961 view(s)
  • MaLar's Avatar
    09-02-2019, 03:11 PM
    MaLar replied to a thread Bore Butter in Muzzleloading.
    https://www.dixiegunworks.com/index/page/product/product_id/9705/category_id/578/category_chain/578/product_name/LA1500+LAMB+TALLOW
    25 replies | 644 view(s)
  • MaLar's Avatar
    08-24-2019, 05:33 PM
    Here I am shooting my 45-350 rifle. https://youtu.be/Ol2XI4CuCXc
    20 replies | 1379 view(s)
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    08-21-2019, 01:29 PM
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    08-21-2019, 01:25 PM
    Having trouble loading photos
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  • MaLar's Avatar
    08-21-2019, 01:22 PM
    I only lube my black powder loads now. Here are some photos of my rifle the light doesn't show how pretty the wood really is. I'm going to try some basket weave carving on the stock next.
    20 replies | 1379 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-20-2019, 03:36 PM
    If you need to give a boost to having your bullets drop out of the mold just use a #2 pencil and color the cavities and other surfaces with pencil lead. The very thin coating of graphite causes the bullets to drop. In addition it helps keep those...
    35 replies | 1541 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-20-2019, 11:11 AM
    When you really get down to it are you going to store a press or leave it set up? Once set up the press footprint is not all that different between progressives, it is the vertical height and what you hang on the press that makes a difference. I...
    67 replies | 2621 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-20-2019, 10:47 AM
    You mean there are casters that still smoke molds? I though that went out about the time the buffalo did. What on earth for?
    35 replies | 1541 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-20-2019, 10:39 AM
    I think you summed it up nicely, what works for one local might or might not work for another. Whatever works best for you is the way to go.
    21 replies | 1212 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
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