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    02-14-2020, 01:26 PM
    That would be true with progressives too. Dillon desiged their seating and crimp dies with this in mind. The die bodies stay locked in place on the tool head. By removing a clip, the die internals are easily removed for cleaning. Then they are...
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    02-13-2020, 08:24 PM
    It is the same mindset, i.e. to know that the ammo is done right. Die setup is similarly crucial. The sensitivity when seating primers on my progressive is very high. Easy to feel the primer starting, bottoming out, and then the slight bit of crush...
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    02-12-2020, 07:55 PM
    Like jmorris, my rifle ammo takes two passes through the presses. One for sizing, the other for loading. I have sized a few thousand rifle cases on the progressive, but love the very consistent shoulder bump from the Rock Chucker. I can say...
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    02-12-2020, 01:20 AM
    That's right. What gets lost sometimes is that the depth of the heel is what is important in terms of volume underneath the bullet. Different profiles of a similar weight will locate the heel at different depths inside the case, keeping COL...
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    02-11-2020, 11:50 PM
    Base to top of crimp groove is 0.360". Bullet length is 0.675". Top of crimp groove, in this case is the bottom edge of the top band as it angles into the crimp groove. So .360 would be the max depth that the heel would seat below the case mouth.
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    02-11-2020, 02:52 PM
    Are you looking for the "KT" specifically, or the currently branded 38-150-SWC? I don't know if there are dimension differences between the two, but could certainly get a measurement for the latter when I return home this evening.
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    02-11-2020, 02:28 PM
    Taterhead replied to a thread Noe? in Cast Boolits
    Same. Never a reply to electronic communications. Phone is answered promptly and questions are always addressed in a helpful and courteous manner.
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    02-11-2020, 02:16 PM
    GENERALLY, revolver COL is easy: seat to the top of the crimp groove. This assumes that the cylinder is sufficiently long to accommodate COL. THEN, do the appropriate load workup. As you've found, most all bullets will call for a different COL....
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    02-10-2020, 03:16 PM
    Very cool. Congratulations!
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    02-10-2020, 10:51 AM
    That is interesting to know. My experience being a small, anecdotal sample of 3-4 handles (all of which mate fine with your mold). Yours being a statistically significant sample size! Thanks for that insight. Something for me to look out for in...
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    02-10-2020, 02:50 AM
    I'm not convinced that's true. The older mold with conventional screws from post 14 will attach just fine to any of the RCBS molds I've purchased new in the past 3 years. Perhaps there are some production tolerances that have caused issues for you?
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    02-09-2020, 08:19 PM
    Taterhead replied to a thread Ack! in Casting Equipment
    The numbering system is pretty straightforward. For example, if the bullet were 309: Select an expander size that has numbers that straddle the bullet size. E.g. 311x307. The first number will give a M profile flair of the case mouth of .311 (a...
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    02-08-2020, 07:33 PM
    Lee 6 cav. But I find the NOE clones of the Lee design to be of very good quality vs the Lee.
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    02-08-2020, 05:51 PM
    Congrats on the new mold. I have a more recent version of that profile, the 38-150-SWC. It casts a great bullet. For the benefit of a visual, here is a pic of the two different styles of handle attachments. The left is newer, circa 2016. The...
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    02-08-2020, 05:21 PM
    That is a cool old boolit profile. I just love to lool at picks of cast boolits. EDITED TO ADD: Plus that bullet loaded into that case just looks proper!
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    02-05-2020, 12:53 AM
    VERY nice score. That will make a few boolits.
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    02-05-2020, 12:14 AM
    Man, cool story and some nice gear that you habe there. That press looks pretty rugged.
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    01-29-2020, 04:15 PM
    I agree wholeheartedly that Glocks don't tolerate undersized bullets. Stock Glocks consume the majority of my cast bullet reloads. YMMV, but I have found less than acceptable neck tension when expanders are the same diameter as bullet diameter....
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    01-21-2020, 11:15 PM
    Yeah, the ticket is an expander plug that is about 1-2 thou smaller than bullet diameter. The sizing die undersizes the neck ID (as the OP has stated). The expander of appropriate size and length will open it back out to the needed ID and depth of...
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    01-20-2020, 10:49 PM
    RCBS and Redding are interchangeable. RCBS also says that their dies are compatible with Wilson and Hornady bushings, sonI believe them to be interchangeable. As far as I know, Forster are not similar.
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