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    Yesterday, 08:22 PM
    I just went through this same issue myself with a new MiHec 360-640. I wanted the new Smokes Translucent Copper to be, well Copper. After one coat, which had a good coat, I went ahead and did one more coat. Too much of a good thing. After seating a...
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    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
    Yeah, a GC can be a bear to put on when the PC gets thick. When I started the PC thing a couple years back, I tapped them on with a delrin headed hammer. It worked, but wasted time. Since I have a couple lubesizers (LAM and LAM2), I use them to seat...
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    11-20-2019, 03:10 PM
    Fired up the pot again this morning to cast with the 432-640 mold. Cleaned it with denatured alcohol before putting it on the hot plate and waited for the alloy to get to 725 +/-. After 3 casts, it started to throw filled out bullets. I found this...
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    11-19-2019, 06:53 PM
    I just got in 2 MP Molds, a 360-640 4 cavity and a 432-640 2 cavity. Beautiful molds that took 5 days to come in from Miha. After heat cycling many times, I assembled with the pins on the opposite side from the sprue plate. After pouring lead all...
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    11-15-2019, 03:38 PM
    I think you'll find a binary mix (lead/tin pure) won't grow. I've been casting this mix for years for BPCR and after checking some that are stored in MTM boxes, they haven't grown. It's been years since they were cast. The pewter has other stuff in...
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    11-15-2019, 02:40 AM
    DHDeal replied to a thread Organ pipes? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I got a good laugh out of your last paragraph. I can see it now.....
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    11-13-2019, 09:09 PM
    I have a kind of love affair with HS6 in 357M, 44M, and 45 Colt. When you get it up to pressure, it's clean and accurate. I can't see where it won't work great for your application. It lives perfectly as my medium level accuracy powder though I use...
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    11-13-2019, 04:05 PM
    Just be glad you didn't load them and they were for a tight cylinder/throat gun. Though not a big deal, you'll be spending some more time with the bullet sizer won't you. I've got some loaded up (COWW) that were intended for a FA83 357 Magnum....
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    11-13-2019, 10:55 AM
    My 686 4" was purchased in 1985 and had the firing pin bushing issue. I didn't know it until I had the gun worked over by a good revolversmith a year or so later. I seem to remember that the problem wasn't prevalent until a lot of these guns were...
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    11-13-2019, 10:32 AM
    The mold I like the most for 45's is the Accurate #300E. It's a LFNGC style and has been accurate (pun works well here) in every revolver it's been shot out of. The Accurate website is a problem as it gives you too many choices. It's a one of these...
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    11-13-2019, 09:44 AM
    I don't know about that load. FWIW, the fastest powder I use for 45 Colt is HS6. I've worked up (more accuracy related than any specific velocity) to 12.5 grains using a 300 grain LFNGC. HS6 is usually listed as #43 and Unique is #32. I consider my...
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    11-11-2019, 11:39 PM
    One of my Freedom Arms 83's is a 454. I use an Accurate Molds 300 grain LFNGC style in it and I do PC. FWIW, I have only used the Redding profile crimp die for any of my FA83's. When I started with the 454, I had to add more crimp to keep those...
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    11-06-2019, 09:13 PM
    Man at the variables we have to deal with to make these shoot! It's great to see the results from bullets that haven't been dug out of a berm. What was your alloy for the "softer bullets"?
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    11-03-2019, 01:31 PM
    I have a LAM and a LAM2 that I mostly use now to seat GC or PBGC to my cast bullets before I PC them.
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    11-03-2019, 08:30 AM
    I ended up casting 125 bullets from the new mold yesterday. After getting measurements for the paper, I spent more time cutting patches and wrapping 25 or so. I made up a couple of dummy rounds with the PP approximately .200" in the case. They slide...
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    11-02-2019, 08:55 AM
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    11-01-2019, 11:43 PM
    Brent, DT mentioned the differences between old and new lots of Swiss. All of my Swiss is older. I stocked up a few years back and haven't shot through all of it yet. Heck, I've even got a few cans of old "Cartridge" left from when I started the...
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    11-01-2019, 08:34 PM
    Understand on just touching the patched bullet as far a sizing is concerned. That's another reason I went with the .444". It's easier to just barely size it than try to make it fatter. I'm not planning to buy more paper anytime soon and doubt I...
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    11-01-2019, 06:05 PM
    Jim, Out of curiosity, how much are you compressing to get 83 grains in the 45/70? Being used to GG in the 45/70 and using Starline brass, I've got to compress a fair bit (.200" ish) to get my Paul Jones bullets in the case. And that mold has the...
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    11-01-2019, 03:20 PM
    I guess I'm an odd duck out here and a little bit anal to boot. I use the Hornady dies for all of my revolvers. However, I use an M die for expanding, and a Redding Profile Crimp die for the crimp. This is for 357, 44, 45 Colt, and 454. I really...
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    11-01-2019, 02:56 PM
    1.460" and 528.5 grains in whatever alloy they used. I paid more attention to diameter than length. I've measured that paper time again and from what I've picked up here, I'd rather the bullets be a tiny bit large than small. They should turn out...
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    11-01-2019, 02:48 PM
    I'll check it. Standby...
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    11-01-2019, 01:27 PM
    Just figured this section needed a new post. After a couple months, I just recieved my new JIM444530E yesterday. I also ordered a new BACO expander plug for the bullet as all of my other one's are specific to GG. The new expander is a...
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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