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    04-23-2017, 12:04 PM
    My observation is that those who learned/started with a ladle are still using it. Those that began with bottom pours are still of that persuasion. It soon becomes a habit with the method you learned first. Like many others I have purchased the...
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    04-23-2017, 11:00 AM
    Pour melt generously into a cleaned HOT mold until you get frosting. That means pouring and dumping fast without inspecting the product. Then reduce the frosting by, 1. cooler melt, 2. slower pace, 3. using a damp rag. You likely created your...
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    04-23-2017, 10:28 AM
    I've worn coke bottle bottoms since I was 5. Since having cataract surgery, I only really need them for close work. I first found the ringed brass when a primer only partly tore and I couldn't remove it from the SH. I found the rest while...
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    04-22-2017, 02:52 PM
    It's time for us to start thinking of the next generation of caster if they are to exist. Those of us who have cast for years and have ample supplies need to make sure that our stash doesn't end up as scrap, when the time comes. Those new...
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    04-22-2017, 01:17 PM
    It's just hard for me to toss brass with such a minor defect and remember that I paid for them. It's not like a serious dent or a creased mouth. Dad taught me to salvage anything usable. He said todays plastic junk was built with disposal in...
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    04-21-2017, 04:05 PM
    When all WWs are returned to the likes of INTERSTATE BATTERY and it causes a higher demand for all the other sources, you'll be glad you spent the time and built a stash. Most all casting can be met with CO WWs. Most other alloys need hardeners and...
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    04-21-2017, 02:52 PM
    My daughter is in the garage waiting with the clippers right now. She cuts mine, my Grandsons, and her Godsons every couple weeks.
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    04-20-2017, 11:31 AM
    I started casting sinkers in "58 and reloading in "62. Both led to boolits in "63. There was only one other reloader that I knew of, and had to learn from what little I could find in print and the mistakes I made. There wasn't a LGS and I had to...
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    04-19-2017, 12:01 PM
    Dross and trash in the valve will cause any pot to leak. The RCBS and Lyman valves are a little better finished and less likely to leak, but that's no guarantee. Care and provisions should always be taken beforehand in case there is a major spill...
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    04-19-2017, 10:44 AM
    As long as I can understand the info your trying to convey, I don't care what word or phrase you use. Failing that, I'll ask you to rephrase it. No PC police here. Using a colorful phrase to emphasis a thought often makes me pay closer...
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    04-19-2017, 09:28 AM
    My Granddad was a barber and taught Dad to cut his after hours. I'd go with Dad and we would trade cuts. My Son resisted the urge and always wore it long as a rebellion. Now my Daughter cuts mine and my Grandsons. Mine used to be extra thick and...
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    04-19-2017, 08:35 AM
    My first this season checked out an empty feeder. Shame on me, but this is a little early. Both feeders are now full.
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    04-18-2017, 10:44 AM
    Easiest answer is to try a case and see if it will chamber. There are tolerances that might allow it at least one reloading cycle. Eventually you'll wind to with brass that's too big to feed reliably.
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    04-17-2017, 09:41 AM
    I recently processed 1.5K 556x45 with the LC HS and over 1% were lost to the "pop a top" primers. They were really frozen in place. I know that isn't a big deal but any suggestion to reclaim them would be appreciated. These were probably range...
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    04-16-2017, 06:01 PM
    Reinventing the Fred Flintstone wheel.
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    04-16-2017, 05:42 PM
    Frankfort Arsenal hand deprimer No offence Sasquatch-1, but that's another case where age causes a different insite. Twice I upended it and dumped primers on the carpet. True, it's self contained and does the job, but the grip required caused...
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    04-16-2017, 11:10 AM
    Must be the poisonous gasses escaping from the San Andreas Fault that makes everything there cause cancer. They're the only ones with the fault and only they get cancer from even the air. It even causes mind altering to some as in LA and San Fran.
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    04-16-2017, 10:34 AM
    The 2 LYMAN thermometers I have are both off by 50-60 degrees. One to the plus and the other to the negative. Regardless of the brand name stamped, they are likely made on the same (TelTrue) machinery. Some have the ability to adjust and others...
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    04-15-2017, 09:51 PM
    So is there a difference other than the color? Mine are yellow, and all but one are still fasten together. They all seem to be just a little too big for my chosen load.
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    04-15-2017, 09:38 PM
    Last year I had to pay a locksmith to come open my S&G lock. Cost me $350. plus $50 for the new (I doubt it) lock. If he would have had to drill it to open, that would have been an additional charge. I seldom open that safe and the discs in the...
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    04-15-2017, 02:06 PM
    Invarible there will be a primer or two, escape my press and wind up in the bucket with the brass. Nearly always they wind up back part way in a pocket. Just like a smaller piece of brass always nests. All tumblers have a way of doing this.
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    04-15-2017, 02:00 PM
    The 10 ring,,,,, Oh,,,,,paper plates with a black dot. I do almost always hit the plate and often remove the black dot.
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    04-15-2017, 01:47 PM
    I haven't tried it yet, but the LED 12 V lights available from china will last forever on batteries and produce lots of light to reflect on sky screens with even light. The intensity is variable with the voltage. Besides that, they're cheap.
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    04-15-2017, 01:07 PM
    Funny how the older my eyes get, the smaller the difference between primers are. ;) Learn which HS to pay particular attention to as you deprime. I deprime 45 ACP with a LEE universal tool and separate them before any other process. I also have a...
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    04-15-2017, 12:49 PM
    Slightly rounding the very tip of the pin will help also. Just removing the edge of the tip is enough. Another tip is to taper the end of the shaft on a LEE universal deprimer to allow easier entry into 223 case necks. This will remove some case...
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    04-15-2017, 12:32 PM
    My 6yo unit also has the older list. It is possible that the new producer may have found it expedient to make small un-noticed production changes, that necessitate a change to the paperwork. Neither list, nor that of any other tool, can be held as...
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    04-15-2017, 11:50 AM
    The pit is exactly what you make of it. If you go there with a chip on your shoulder, it will be quickly removed. If you don't post, nobody really knows your there. If ya ask a question, you'll likely get opinions both good and bad. It's all up...
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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