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  • Bookworm's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:33 PM
    Last time I caught a glimpse of George, he was trying to snag .380 brass before it even hit the ground. I'm telling ya, George can be a scourge. On the other hand, he can be a lifesaver too.
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    Yesterday, 03:29 PM
    Did inventory on primers. I need to order about 10k Large Rifle. I also need to organize my primer storage places. I've got them all stored together now, I need to put SP here, LP there, LR over yonder. That sure would make it easier to...
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    09-20-2019, 06:22 PM
    Look at the structure of the metal in the 4th pic. The grain is so large, it looks like chunks. Almost looks like it's facets of a cut gem. Breaks along a fault line. I would be concerned about that boolit shattering on impact with bone. ...
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  • Bookworm's Avatar
    09-20-2019, 06:15 PM
    If George is on the rampage, locking the liquor cabinet won't help. There's not a lock that George can't defeat, not a booze bottle he can't empty.
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  • Bookworm's Avatar
    09-19-2019, 03:33 PM
    I'm seeing more Fe and fewer Zn weights. Seems the wheel weight makers are using the cheapest available materials. Of course, Pb ratios are shrinking too. Eventually it won't be worth sorting the bucket if it on the get the few Pb weights.
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  • Bookworm's Avatar
    09-19-2019, 03:28 PM
    Bookworm replied to a thread Sawdust in Casting Equipment
    Something I've always wondered: The slot one makes in a piece of wood whilst cutting is called a 'kerf'. Why is the detritus from the cut called 'sawdust', and not 'kerfwaste' ? Has anyone else ever wondered about that ?
    15 replies | 558 view(s)
  • Bookworm's Avatar
    09-19-2019, 03:21 PM
    Summer keeps hanging on here too. The heat won't loosen up, making me grumpy. I'm tired of the heat for this year, still in the 90s daily. Too hot to go render my range scrap, I've got 2 buckets of CWW, and I need to cast some 312-185-1r to...
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  • Bookworm's Avatar
    09-19-2019, 07:19 AM
    Lee Classic Cast turret for most work. A Lee cast iron single stage for the rest.
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    09-14-2019, 03:41 PM
    I'm pretty sure that Alley Oops' axe was stone.
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  • BrassMagnet's Avatar
    09-11-2019, 12:55 PM
    Lyman Third Edition Cast Bullet manual has a chart listing the top punch for most of the moulds. Lyman Fourth Edition Cast Bullet manual has a chart listing the top punches for moulds still in production (not many!) and also top punches for moulds...
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  • Bookworm's Avatar
    09-11-2019, 07:01 AM
    Bookworm replied to a thread slag in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Don't be in a hurry to scrap that dross, or slag as you are calling it. I rendered several hundred pounds of assorted lead, mostly CWW, but had some SWW and plumbers lead too. I saved all the dross, and rendered it separately into ingots. I...
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  • Bookworm's Avatar
    09-10-2019, 05:39 PM
    Are you two brothers ? 'Cause you sound like my "Irish twin" brother and myself bickering. When we were 10.....:shock:
    21 replies | 873 view(s)
  • Bookworm's Avatar
    09-10-2019, 03:25 PM
    Primed and neck sized 60 pieces of 7.62x54r brass; which I shot at last months military bolt gun match. Washed and bleached out my ice tea pitcher. Thing had stuff growing in it..... On the plus side, chances are good I'm immune to jungle...
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  • Bookworm's Avatar
    09-10-2019, 08:25 AM
    So would I.
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  • Littlewolf's Avatar
    09-08-2019, 03:20 PM
    if you look in older ideal manuals at the 310 ref chart the mold has a seating stem that works with it. such as the 450 seating stem is used with the 225450 mold that is used in calibers from the 22hornet and 218bee through 220swift or the 414 stem...
    14 replies | 368 view(s)
  • Bookworm's Avatar
    09-08-2019, 09:07 AM
    Bookworm replied to a thread Cutting lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I once came up with a counterweight, a bit over 100 pounds, in a rectangular chunk. I used a reciprocating saw (Sawzall) with a pruning blade - a very coarse-toothed blade. I used wax on the blade to lube it, and later used 30 weight oil. ...
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  • Bookworm's Avatar
    09-08-2019, 09:00 AM
    I regularly anneal copper checks - usually I just lay them out on a piece of thick ceramic tile and go over them with a propane torch. I can anneal several hundred in 10 minutes or so. Annealing really makes a difference in seating/sizing the...
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  • Bookworm's Avatar
    09-07-2019, 03:14 PM
    I'm going to have to try some 300MP. I purchased a pound some time ago to try out in my 44's, but have yet to get there. I'm looking at these results and thinking of moving that powder back up to the front of the cabinet.
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  • Bookworm's Avatar
    09-03-2019, 07:26 PM
    Around here, a typical refurb MN. will go for about $200-250. That's a round receiver (post 1931) model. Tula arsenal models go for the higher end of that. The "hex" receiver models (pre-1931) are mostly converted Dragoon rifles, and will...
    23 replies | 842 view(s)
  • BrassMagnet's Avatar
    09-02-2019, 11:42 AM
    Just make sure you don’t fail at being retired! Some of us fell off the wagon and applied for another job.
    15 replies | 1291 view(s)
  • Bookworm's Avatar
    08-31-2019, 06:55 PM
    I have also dealt with Peter at Lee Precision, and have nothing but good things to say about my interactions with him. Having said that about Peter, I can say that about everyone at Lee with whom I have had dealings. They are always...
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  • Bookworm's Avatar
    08-31-2019, 06:45 PM
    Bookworm replied to a thread Been awhile.... in Cast Boolits
    One or two MOA is most certainly good hunting accuracy. Come to that, is wasn't all that long ago that a rifle capable of MOA accuracy was a prize. Sounds like you have a good load there.
    3 replies | 252 view(s)
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    08-31-2019, 07:18 AM
    Bookworm replied to a thread Been awhile.... in Cast Boolits
    Looks good. I'll be looking forward to the chrono results.
    3 replies | 252 view(s)
  • Bookworm's Avatar
    08-31-2019, 07:16 AM
    I reloaded for many years, but never got in on shooting lead - mostly because of the lubing question. I didn't own a lube-sizer, and the instructions from Lee for tumble lube couldn't be more ambiguous; really, what does "dribble a small amount...
    15 replies | 539 view(s)
  • Bookworm's Avatar
    08-30-2019, 06:01 PM
    Bookworm replied to a thread 197lbs score in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Any lead is good lead. Looks like you have a good price average going too! As Lightman stated, it's out there. Ya just gotta find it
    13 replies | 588 view(s)
  • BrassMagnet's Avatar
    08-30-2019, 10:02 AM
    Search for the Lee Loader forum and you can find a link to load data. Then you can just download, save, and print it. I should have them saved. PM your email address to me and I will send it.
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  • Littlewolf's Avatar
    08-26-2019, 09:12 PM
    to my knowlege rcbs is the ONLY one that never made a more than 2cav mold
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  • Bookworm's Avatar
    08-25-2019, 05:49 PM
    Yep, Lee Collet neck sizing die. The cartridge designation should be stamped in the collet.
    37 replies | 1684 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