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    09-20-2020, 08:57 AM
    DHDeal replied to a thread Gas checks falling off in Gas Checks
    Yes the .017" would fit tighter after sizing due to the extra material. I don't know which issue is more of a PITA, skinny shanks or fat shanks. I've got molds of each persuasion. It helps you to think outside of the box I suppose and find a...
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    09-18-2020, 10:54 AM
    If it's a RBH, send your hammer to him at the same time. It's a quick way to a nice crisper trigger pull.
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    09-17-2020, 08:42 PM
    DHDeal replied to a thread Contaminants in Lead and Lead Alloys
    It is messy, but it is also worth it if you have enough WW's. I usually do a bucket worth at a time and will flux it twice before I pour ingots.
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    09-16-2020, 01:48 PM
    I use a couple "candy" colors from Prismatic Powders and like them. As you noted they have a translucent look but coat very well. Like your color and finish, mine turn out a high gloss which I also prefer. For whatever reason, a translucent PC can...
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    09-11-2020, 11:10 PM
    Kinda like a Freedom Arms 83 in 454. Great idea at the time, but turn it loose and....
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    09-11-2020, 10:16 PM
    I have this little fire breathing dragon. It's a heavyweight in comparison to the Scandium versions but it still is impressive from the back end. I shoot a medium level 357 load with a 158 grain MP Hammer GCHP at 1050 fps. Not fun exactly, but...
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    09-11-2020, 09:10 PM
    Pretty much. That being the case, I still don't ever see a copper check anywhere but in front of my steel. I have seen the aluminum checks between the rest and the steel. I have dug into the berm and found bullets where the check has come off,...
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    09-11-2020, 05:29 PM
    Both Sage's and Gator copper checks crimp on, or at least mash on. What I think you are asking is if they have the groove (ledge, teeth, whatever you might call it) around the top edge that bites into the GC shank. None of the many thousands of...
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    09-11-2020, 12:31 PM
    Tired of editing my earlier post. You can use what you want, but the Lee sizer dies are not expensive and a reloading press is much stronger than a lube sizer. $20 + shipping for a Lee sizer, more or less, and you're there. Don't like the size of...
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    09-11-2020, 12:14 PM
    Not gonna insult your intelligence here, but what alloy were those bullets? Next, how much are you trying to size them down. To me it sounds like a little of both my questions to you, hard as woodpecker lips alloy and fat bullets. An example I...
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    09-03-2020, 09:21 AM
    Curioushooter, Grip frame preferences are a very personal thing. Some won't have anything to do with the Ruger Bisley grip shape and some can't live with the standard. I'm a Bisley kind of guy. I doubt anyone can help you with this and suggest...
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    09-03-2020, 07:54 AM
    Out of curiosity, what type of gun is this? I suspect HS6 will be about prefect for the weight bullet and velocity range you are looking for. My only issue with HS6 is when I tried to go too low. Even then it gave decent accuracy, but it fouled...
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    09-03-2020, 07:38 AM
    I bought a pound when I started with 6.5 Creedmoor and was able to get some high velocities safely. Accuracy wasn't as good as H4350 and there wasn't that much of a difference in velocity. I was using Berger 140 VLD's fwiw. Are you running out of...
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    09-03-2020, 07:26 AM
    You probably don't need it tighter, though I like mine to not flop around. It's a Goldilocks thing for me, but I don't stress over it too much. Drop a tiny piece of copper wire in the locking screw as it'll keep the new sprue plate screw from...
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    09-03-2020, 06:24 AM
    DHDeal replied to a thread Need a harder alloy? in Cast Boolits
    Tim, I cannot explain the alloys as well as Outpost75 or Larry Gibson can by a long shot. I have used an alloy I mixed using a small amount of antimony (more or less 4 lbs of COWW and 20 lbs of 20/1) for PP bullets in my 40/65 using a Brooks 400...
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    09-02-2020, 03:27 PM
    I doubt bangerjim was flaming your post. He's been doing this since this PC thing started and has found what works for him and what time he's willing to spend. I, on the other hand, still enjoy trying new stuff. The great thing is if what I try...
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    09-02-2020, 03:09 PM
    And there is the problem the PC crowd must deal with: Overcolorness. Kullas appears to have a subgroup of the disease called Metalicitus. You can spot it by a desire to "try it and see how it goes" which leads to "I'll mix this in with it and see...
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    09-02-2020, 02:16 PM
    I haven't read this whole thread, but my experiences with shipping this year have been horrible. Items lost in the system a month (3 separate items), items being sent up and down the eastern seaboard before finding it's way here (a Brownells order),...
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    09-02-2020, 01:59 PM
    DHDeal replied to a thread Need a harder alloy? in Cast Boolits
    Kyle, I believe Larry Gibson nailed the issue you're having with the seating stem leaving deep marks on your bullets. For single shot rifles there's no need for much neck tension. Those soft bullets will not tolerate heavy seating force and will...
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    08-30-2020, 06:09 AM
    I did this after I was having an issue with flashing on the hole opposite the sprue plate screw. This was early last year and after running that mold and seeing how well it worked, I did the same thing all but the last one I purchased. I loved the...
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    08-26-2020, 08:01 AM
    As far as the set screw is concerned, if you really tighten it up, it can flatten a thread or two of the sprue plate retaining bolt. That'll make the bolt somewhat harder to remove. Next time either drop a small piece of 12/2 copper wire in the set...
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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