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    Today, 04:25 AM
    Kinda like a Hog Contest ain't it. I got a good laugh out of a couple of those things. The Dardas is the answer to a question nobody even thought of. Why on Earth?
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    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    I use many different translucent colors and they cover very well. Gotta remember that the translucent's by definition have a lot of clear in them so they will be, well, they'll be translucent. I have got into the habit of mixing some clear in...
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    Yesterday, 03:00 PM
    DHDeal replied to a thread PC Test in Coatings and Alternatives
    Not to take anything away from the good advice posted, but if you try the poly beads Dragonheart mentioned, don't plan on PCing any hollowpoints. I got a container of poly beads from Amazon after reading about how good it works for PC, and dumped it...
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    Yesterday, 01:52 PM
    Should be on the way in the next day or so. Don't worry about the shipping.
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    Yesterday, 02:23 AM
    My mold is a BACO JIM444530E mold @ .450" + patched with my paper (.444" slick and weighs 527 grains +/- with 16/1). I could send you 20 or so. Just PM me your address. They chamber perfectly in my CSharps 1885 45/70. Don't know the age of your...
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    02-17-2020, 12:26 PM
    How many might you need, and what rifle (mainly what's the bore/groove)?
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    02-17-2020, 11:13 AM
    CW makes a very good point about Tom @ Accurate Molds. Nowhere else that I'm aware of, does someone let you change his/others designs, creates a model of it in his catalog, and makes then ships that mold in about 5 days. My last one was a change to...
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    02-17-2020, 11:00 AM
    Someone asked earlier in this thread aboit putting an abrasive in the PC. Curious if this would work with a thread choke? I'm not going to be the Guinea Pig as I don't have a thread choke available to try it on (thank goodness), but it wouldn't be...
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    02-17-2020, 10:49 AM
    Nope, they don't. I'm not really smacking the handle bolts hard anyway but the leather mallet doesn't harm anything. I doubt a small deadblow hammer could do any damage either. It's all about what your hand gets used to...
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    02-17-2020, 10:29 AM
    This data is good stuff. My heaviest is the Sledgehammer and I'm in a battle with it due to gat gas check shanks (we'll see when I get the NOE GC expander). My new Accurate Molds 31-126D shows promise. I have read about Brian Pearce suggesting SP...
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    02-16-2020, 08:26 PM
    That's what we are referring to when we say "BB's". It's easy to think we're talking about the metal .117" BB's, but it the plastic airsoft one's used in PC. They are just the right size to stick in the big hollowpoint's that a MP mold makes.
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    02-16-2020, 06:36 PM
    I deal with the same thing as you, just not as large of a diameter bullet. My MP 432 bullets will get about 1 in 20 that stick in the HP. I just flick it out with a finger nail. In a 45 I probably could not. Someone mentioned poly beads in...
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    02-16-2020, 05:51 PM
    Far from the expert, but depending on alloy, you might not get away with one sizing die. I know from my casting and sizing that a softer alloy (20/1 I use as this example) will not spring back and will be smaller due to this. My harder alloy WW +...
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    02-16-2020, 01:11 PM
    No experience with a 41 Magnum other than a short affair with a Redhawk before I knew my butt from a hole in the ground. It cost too much to shoot then and I didn't have the money to buy reloading gear (this was in the mid 80's). Now I'm kinda...
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    02-16-2020, 09:08 AM
    You dimaprok are in an ideal situation having a gas check maker. It does add another complexity to the whole cast bullet thing, but with a check maker you don't worry about shank size much. I read about thinner gas checks (thinner than .015"...
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    02-16-2020, 08:31 AM
    I haven't read that particular article, but that is the general consensus. I started sizing to throat size as soon as I started casting handgun bullets as I had read so many threads stating that if you wanted accuracy and clean barrels you should...
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    02-15-2020, 05:49 PM
    I did, it just added a certain something. I assumed that spellcheck might have got you. I wasn't intending to be a spelling/diction nazi, I just found it funny.
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    02-14-2020, 07:55 PM
    I know you meant "bowls", but reading it with "bowels" sure does make it seem like PC is not fun.
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    02-14-2020, 07:53 PM
    Since I only PC now, I have a Rubbermaid container (heavy duty one's) with BB's for each color. All I ever do is add more powder.
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    02-14-2020, 07:07 PM
    Strangely I didn't have any issues with pentas but I did coat them with pencil lead first. That and the pins were HOT. I do prefer the large HP pin better and the bullets come off most easily.
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    02-13-2020, 08:20 PM
    I've read many posts over the last few years with people asking about undercured PC and with the exception of the possibility of bad PC (probably not an issue and bad PC is just when it doesnt cover I suppose), it seems temperature is the main...
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    02-12-2020, 07:57 PM
    That mold casts a fat shank plain and simple. I have a new one that does the same myself and it's a 32 cal that calls for a .284" ID gas check (30 cal of course). Not really germaine to your problem, but after I found out my beautiful brass mold...
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    02-12-2020, 07:21 PM
    Acetone works as described and shotgun wad cleaner should get it out too. Brownells sells some powerful wad cleaner and it will wipe shotgun wads out quickly. It depends on what you have available. The Kroil, Iosso, bronze brush gig obviously...
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    02-12-2020, 07:09 PM
    I ordered and received the one referenced from Amazon. It works better than what I was using for sure. I'd always used a wooden mallet but they would start to disintegrate after a while, then started using a delrin headed mallet. It still works...
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    02-11-2020, 10:42 PM
    Isn't that the truth about Smoke's clear. The Prismatic Powder high gloss powders have a lot of clear in them, translucent I suppose, and they are slick too.
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    02-09-2020, 11:42 PM
    Isn't that just the truth! Need to cast more so I can coat more seems to be a theme. Gotta new mold so I need to cast with it so I can coat more....
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    02-09-2020, 11:09 PM
    DHDeal replied to a thread PC Test in Coatings and Alternatives
    I have never used Powder by the Pound powders so can't help there. Smoke's and Prismatic Powder work well for me. I agree with the others in that you weren't going to get a good coat without something in the container for the bullets to rub...
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    02-08-2020, 09:14 AM
    Pacecars, When I first saw your thread, I skipped it for whatever reason. When I read it this morning I thought it was just to early for popcorn, so I had coffee instead. I personally balanced myself on top of the fence as I could see both sides of...
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    02-08-2020, 08:43 AM
    HS6. Start at 10.5 grains and see what you get. My favorite load is 12 grains with 250, 260, and 290's. While the 290's are a stouter load than the lighter bullets, it's still what I consider a medium load (subjective I know). At the level I load...
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    02-08-2020, 08:20 AM
    I had the same issue with a Freedom Arms 44 Magnum. When I called FA about it, the gunsmith told me to either keep checking screw tightness everytime, or wrap a layer of teflon tape around the screws. I did ask about using Loctite and was told...
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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