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  • Drew P's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    For those that don't need or don't want to use the bushings you need to purchase this special "hornady lnl bushing setting tool". Hornady will probably send you one for free because they are that great but otherwise most hardware stores sell them. ...
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    10-16-2017, 11:58 PM
    If any mods could change the title of this to ďcooling ingot MOLDS with waterĒ that would be great. I feel like itís a bit misleading and I donít want to cause anyone to misunderstand. I tried to change it but I donít think I have permissions.
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    10-16-2017, 11:55 PM
    Sign up an account at “uship” and make a listing. It’s a bidding system where shippers are connected with carriers and see what they say. I’ve had very competitive prices before.
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    10-16-2017, 03:09 AM
    I was thinking of this as I smelted 700 lbs of lead yesterday. That small box of dros left over surely contained a few boxes of 45acp worth of lead, but I was happy to remove it from my property rather than expose my self to it yet again for maybe...
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    10-15-2017, 10:44 PM
    Wow I had collected more lead than I had realized! Well, Fridayís 407lb score was really what set me over the top. Iím good for a few years, maybe more lol
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    10-15-2017, 06:30 PM
    Yes thank you grmps i was not clear about thinking. Not surprise to anyone who know me lol. No I’m not talking about cooling ingots, they can take as long to cool as they like I’m not waiting on them. What I want to speed along is the time from...
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    10-14-2017, 10:56 PM
    Do you guys use water to cool ingot molds when smelting? I find that setting them in about 1/8” water on a surface will cool them safely (I think) and greatly streamlines the process but I’m concerned my fancy new noe aluminum molds will crack from...
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    10-13-2017, 10:47 AM
    If you find a local jewelry buyer they sometimes have the machine to scan. They did mine for me for free.
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    10-12-2017, 04:33 PM
    Doesn’t washing and fussing with dross increase your exposure to bad stuff and also contaminate your property?
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    10-12-2017, 12:57 PM
    As a lifelong tig welder I can relate. Recently a fellow contacted me about making a device to cut almond roca that his relative makes for the "medical" industry here. So, this was special roca lol. I'll neither confirm or deny how I was...
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    10-12-2017, 12:26 AM
    Itís not my issue, you just donít get it, yet. But, maybe there is still time for you ;)
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    10-11-2017, 09:32 PM
    You're welcome for the sale, I'm sure it was due to me ordering one literally the day before lol. Yeah I did see that one but I was a bit nervous about the lack of the step down toward the nose. Plus, 150 just seems to be a good overall weight...
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    10-11-2017, 12:15 PM
    They make a grooveless 174gr?
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    10-11-2017, 12:14 PM
    Yes I’m hooked on the hitek coating. Some folks say it’s best to have a traditional mold anyway rather than a dedicated coatings bullet but these grooveless jobs do have some advantages like longer bore bearing surface and a slightly rear heavy...
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    10-11-2017, 02:45 AM
    And I like it! Drops five of these per pour, nice and round and .310 base, .301 neck. I’ll get some coated up and tested ASAP
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    10-10-2017, 02:20 AM
    maybe you should try it before knocking it ;). These are much lighter duty presses, and much less expensive. They might not be up to the tasks that heavier, more expensive presses are, but they are just the ticket for some work. Sounds like he...
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    10-10-2017, 01:42 AM
    But you can buy two Hornady for the price of one 650. If price is a factor.
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    10-08-2017, 06:34 PM
    I suggest a little device made by a member here sold on eBay called the "sleazyject" it's an auto case ejector made for classic cast SS and turret presses
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    10-06-2017, 10:10 PM
    Nobody has ever saved a dime reloading. If you read to the contrary then they are deluded. Lol. I spent maybe 2500$ on ammo before starting reloading. Now that I reload, it will be several decades before I will be in the black again! But,...
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    10-06-2017, 12:55 AM
    Ordered this one for 308win and maybe 300BO
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    10-05-2017, 07:07 PM
    Oh ya, one thing that’s nice to do is the “arbor shim mod” it tightens the press up considerably.
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    10-05-2017, 06:54 PM
    Hornady warranty is on par with Dillon. No sweat there. The bushings are a great feature you can use or not use, your choice. The only downside on the machine imo is the primer system is a little vague and not super reliable, although it works...
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    10-05-2017, 05:34 PM
    I shoot full auto PC. I think it does more cleaning than gumming.
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    10-02-2017, 01:25 AM
    Hurt my back to use it. Was fatiguing on the arms. Spent primer cup was weird and stupid. Awkward die access. No priming system. Very heavy. Greasy. Linkage doesn’t press down in line with die- naturally wants to misalign. Poor spent...
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    09-28-2017, 11:09 AM
    If they really bug you you can use a pair of channel locks to really jam them down in the press effectively making them permanent installed. I've even heard of people using glue to mount them.
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    09-28-2017, 01:56 AM
    Exactly! This is why jmorris's invention is better than their formula because it measures actual force at the END of the stroke where 95% of the work is being done. The rest of the travel is simply moving the ram, and case into and out of the die. ...
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    09-25-2017, 01:37 AM
    I'm sure there's a lot of things at Walmart that I need to buy. Just don't know they are there!
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    09-25-2017, 01:23 AM
    Man I hated mine. So glad I sold it. But yes it takes the bigger thread is it 1-1/4?
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    09-23-2017, 07:47 PM
    Cool. Yeah I figured it was common knowledge lol. But it was news to me. I like the heat retention stones idea. I had thought about placing a thick steel plate above the heat elements to block the IR off the hot element and even out the temps but...
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  • Drew P's Avatar
    09-23-2017, 12:40 PM
    Have you tested yours to see how long it actually takes to settle on set temp?
    17 replies | 711 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