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  • Taterhead's Avatar
    10-13-2018, 11:58 PM
    I have only been casting for a bit more than 2 years (been a reloader for far longer). Only about 250-300 pounds through the Pro Melt. To date, I have never lubed a bullet. 100% of mine have been coated, so far. HOWEVER, learning to lube bullets...
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    10-13-2018, 02:37 PM
    Taterhead replied to a thread Crazy idea check??? in Cast Boolits
    Tom at Accurate will cut a mold of your specifications in the material and cavity count of your chosing. But if cost is the concern, then it looks to be a doable and interesting project for one who has the tooling and wherewithal.
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    10-12-2018, 04:01 PM
    Off topic, so what I had written here originally is deleted. We're just going to disagree on a few points.
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    10-08-2018, 12:44 AM
    Not surprised. When I re-melt PC boolits in my pot, the lead melts and the "shell" of the PC floats on the top. Soft and collapsed, but intact. It is easy to scoop them off the top..
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    10-04-2018, 12:54 AM
    I have a PM inbound.
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    10-03-2018, 07:57 PM
    I have a number of stories like this. Last year they "Warrantied" die parts from the 1970s. No questions asked, except for, "what is your mailing address." I feel sort of guilty asking a question. I've had them send me tools that I didnt own, to...
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    10-03-2018, 12:41 AM
    What an epic project! Thank you for bringing us along. I really enjoyed lurking.
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    10-01-2018, 11:19 PM
    GREAT deal on a great press. Might be interested in die or shell plates if sold separately.
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    09-30-2018, 02:40 AM
    As stated above, the Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook #4 should be on the list. Also, the Loadbooks for each caliber will often still have the RCBS data. The powder companies often have data for a few cast bullets in handgun cartridges. Free online.
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    09-28-2018, 11:00 PM
    Taterhead replied to a thread NOE K31 bullet in Cast Boolits
    It is so nice when things work out that well. No doubt the paper will confirm that things are working well. Congratulations on the new mold! By the way, the K31 is a dang nice rifle!
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    09-27-2018, 08:31 PM
    Good advice overall, except that a crimp to .417 would be excessive. Anything beyond .422 with Starline cases will turn the case mouth into the bullet. No bueno. With a 401 boo lit, anything narrower than 423 is more than straightening the bell....
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    09-27-2018, 01:15 PM
    The size necessarily elongates the bullet since that diameter must go somewhere. You might also look at one of NOEs expander plugs. Stuffing a 403 diameter bullet into a 397 neck inside diameter is a lot to ask. The standard expander shank in the...
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    09-24-2018, 11:51 PM
    I've had only one experience with a Lee 2 cavity, so take my remarks as anecdotal... It is my poorest performing mold, easily. Going from it to, say an RCBS 2 cavity is plain silly in how differently they cast. I have another buddy that has probably...
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    09-24-2018, 09:30 PM
    Are you really sure that the groove diameter is .402? That would be an outlier based on reports of other G20 owners like myself. Mine is a touch over .400, so 401 boolits run great. The issue is that a 403 is going to be tight in the G20 chamber....
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    09-24-2018, 12:30 AM
    Really curious about that LBT profile. I have too many other 10mm molds, but you know that goes. Do you have any pics of the LBT, by chance? My favorite mold is another LBT in a 200 gr WFN profile. Regarding the Lee that is the subject of the...
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    09-21-2018, 01:16 AM
    My order was received promptly. They still have some goodies available, including plenty of Redding die sets and gun cleaning paraphernalia.
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    09-18-2018, 11:33 PM
    I scored some old powder and primers like that. I've been using up the Win Staynless and CCI primers from the same label. All go bang! In the same purchase, I got some Unique that is even older than the era pictured. It has been feeding 9mm, 38 and...
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    09-18-2018, 11:27 PM
    Taterhead replied to a thread What is it in Lead and Lead Alloys
    400 pounds. Wow. What a nice score! As others have said, that will enrich a LOT of lead. Could fetch some cash on the S&S forum when you get up to the requisite number of posts.
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    09-18-2018, 11:20 PM
    Might be a teensie bit too big for the Pro Melt. But I'm willing to try to make it work!
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    09-18-2018, 05:53 PM
    If a given groove diamter calls for a 401 bullet, then the minimum neck diameter of a loaded cartridge will be 2 x neck thickness + plus bullet diameter. That's the math. If that doesn't kerplunk, using a post sizer to facilitate chambering is...
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    09-18-2018, 10:45 AM
    I'm not sure why you'd want to iron out the bulging at all. Maybe your chamber is fussy about cartridge diameter. As you stated, the heel of the wider bullet might be evident, but that hurts nothing if the bullet is seated straight. If cosmetics...
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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