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    Yesterday, 05:26 PM
    Good advice on the vise setup and center punch. If you have access to a numeric bit set, for hand drilling in aluminum just go down one size. Your hand wobble will more than make up for it. If this concerns you, keep in mind you can always...
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    Yesterday, 05:13 PM
    Wow. I'm a 788 aficionado, and I've never seen that failure before, or even heard of it.
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    Yesterday, 04:28 PM
    Wow, how far RCBS has fallen. A green 25# PID pot for under $200, and the reviews are so mixed that casters hesitate. Their previous US non-PID model was so good, people were buying over PID choices.
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    Yesterday, 03:21 PM
    Guy at the range let me shoot his S&W Sigma he was selling. Couldn't give it back fast enough.
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    12-08-2018, 12:20 PM
    I use the NOE expander even where it is not necessary... or even not usually necessary. If an occasional case has more resistance then the rest, I know something's up with that case.
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    12-08-2018, 12:15 PM
    I think the OP blamed Marlin more than SAAMI, which would be correct. Manufacturers drive SAAMI standards, not the other way around. It took Marlin decades to correct the 444 twist to allow for easier stabilization of 280-300gr. Another decade or so...
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    12-07-2018, 11:10 PM
    You don't have to MAIL a receipt. You can email a picture of the receipt. In my recent experience with Lee (which would be... this past week) my replacement was in the mail THE NEXT DAY after I complied with their request. While I have had my...
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    12-07-2018, 10:47 PM
    Unless it doesn't melt. Which was the OP's problem. Then you have to wait for it to dissolve. Which is why I said dissolve and not melt.
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    12-06-2018, 08:42 PM
    They made a big splash a few years back offering Chinese made iron presses at less than aluminum prices. Then the reviews came in. Cast lower linkages breaking, 2 piece ram issues, ram vs die alignment issues. A few vendors are still trying to...
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    12-06-2018, 12:26 PM
    Forget oil, it only adds stink. Fluxing helps alloy the metals and separate dross. That's something you do at the end of the run. But you need something to prevent oxidation during the long and hot run while the Superhard dissolves. That's...
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    12-06-2018, 12:15 PM
    I've had good, bad and indifferent service from RCBS, Hornady, Lee, and Lyman. However in every case I've been able to resolve issues, either for free or low cost, using patience and persistence. I haven't had any problems with Redding but had good...
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    12-06-2018, 12:00 PM
    Lapping is an option, especially since it is casting rather small (typical for a modern Lyman). Some more tin and pressure casting with a ladle might give you another .001"... maybe. If you decide you have nothing to lose, you could always try...
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    12-06-2018, 09:25 AM
    Your lapping was so gentle I very much doubt you messed up the mold. I agree with Rcmaverick and others that the post lap pic shows cold mold casts. While bringing up the temps will fix the appearance issue, it may not help the sticking issue....
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    12-05-2018, 02:56 PM
    Purty. At 3 hours I see noticeable roughening of the mouth, so I am backing it off to 2 hours. This is with a Thumbler's Model B. YMMV. I just got an $11 timer to run my tumbler. No more "oops forgot" for me. Hmm maybe I need one on my lube...
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    12-05-2018, 02:49 PM
    Like Taterhead I am leaning towards seating damage during the loading process. Pulling a few loaded examples might confirm this.
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    12-05-2018, 01:21 PM
    Do NOT use Chlorinated brake cleaner (often marked "Synthetic") for anything that will be heated. Very small amounts can make you very sick.
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    12-05-2018, 12:57 PM
    I got a pleasant email today, apologizing for not inspecting the replacement mold, and saying I don't have to return it, they were sending another that would be inspected. That was quickly followed by a shipping notice for the replacement, with the...
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    12-04-2018, 08:22 PM
    I'm biased towards bushing / insert dies, but another alternative is a custom made die. I think Lee and Forster will still make dies to order, at least they did until recently. In order to get the right dimensions, you have to load a few dummies,...
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    12-03-2018, 09:59 PM
    After a busy week and a rather fun family weekend, I got some free time Sunday evening with the new Lee 170, and it has the exact same issue. Today I filled out the inquiry form on the Lee Precision website, and asked them to advise me on what to...
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    12-03-2018, 09:52 PM
    rking22, ulav8r is right, just rechambering won't help, the barrel has to be set further back against the breech in some way. As an expediency, headspacing on the shoulder (AI or not) can be done, as long as you don't share brass with another...
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    12-02-2018, 01:54 PM
    Dull a drill bit... Chinese generic 115pc, Black &Decker, Sears, deWalt, Chicago Latrobe, Norseman... 118, 135... HSS and fake HSS, Cobalt, Nobium... There are a lot of quality levels out there.
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    12-02-2018, 01:41 PM
    Article: "the very hot .221 Rem Fireball." Lol what does that make the current .223 offering? Not for me, as others here have noted. But it will make someone happy. Over $1K, profit margin is huge, probably to make up for the fact they won't sell...
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    12-01-2018, 10:11 PM
    Check on the insurance rates of a cj-5 if you plan to put it on the road. That might talk you out of it!
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    11-30-2018, 08:30 PM
    I have that old Simmons shotgun scope. It dates from the 90's and was made in Korea. It has survived countless large caliber high recoil shots. Then Simmons moved production around and quality went up and down. All the best were discontinued...
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    11-27-2018, 07:31 PM
    Abunaitoo, Your thinking is correct. Most case stretch comes from the sizer ball. And mostly because the neck is sized too small. But the real problem here is a reloader that refuses to learn and try new things. Perhaps he was taught to always...
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    11-27-2018, 07:19 PM
    Heap on the sawdust, put the lid in, leave it at 700 for an hour, check, redo with fresh sawdust if necessary. The super hard will dissolve slowly in the oxygen free environment, not so much melt but dissolve. As one poster here put it, like a...
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    11-27-2018, 06:53 PM
    Size water quenched wheel weights within 3 days and they are not too bad. After 2 weeks it can be tough going.
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    11-27-2018, 06:43 PM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread cell phone shopping in Our Town
    Tracfone and straight talk use Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Lately T-Mobile, which has the poorest nationwide coverage. However if you buy a CDMA model phone, you get Verizon service. If you get a GSM phone, you get T-Mobile unless you...
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