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    Yesterday, 08:13 AM
    Yes, I've had days like that. I usually do have very good casting sessions, but it seems that the best times it's raining outside and somewhat cool. I cast under my carport that is open on 3 sides, more or less, and won't cast in wind. I don't know...
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    05-27-2020, 03:20 PM
    They do for some specific cases I believe. Mainly the BPCR cases. It doesn't take long on the Vertex and it's repeatable as long as you have the dwell time figured out. I should say, as I believe has been mentioned, that the flame length (the...
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    05-27-2020, 02:53 AM
    Yes. I started with the socket and torch method and graduated to the Vertex Annealer. What was your question? Will the cases last longer (more than likely). Will the loads be more consistent (depends on your loads and how many times the brass has...
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    05-25-2020, 10:00 PM
    Yeah, I've got a bottle of it. It'll turn lead fouling white and you can see exactly where it is. I'll apply it with stong qtips and keep rubbing the fouling and thats about all it takes. I use quite a bit of SharpShooter products and they work...
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    05-22-2020, 09:49 PM
    I'll bet your typing fingers were tired after that post Contender. All good points. I'll admit I consider buying a RBH as a beginning with no expectations of it being good enough out of the box. The last 2 I bought were worked on before they ever...
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    05-22-2020, 08:22 PM
    DHDeal replied to a thread Sprue Plate Pivot Wear in Cast Boolits
    I do love my MP Molds, but I wish they had the same type sprue plate stop as Accurate Molds from the factory. I modified most of mine just that way using the same screw as used for the sprue plate pivot (McMaster-Carr). I can now run them with a...
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    05-21-2020, 09:03 PM
    I forgot about VZ Grips. You have to like G10 (and I most certainly do) but every pair I've seen mounted looked like a nice fit. I've put a pair for my M60 357 Magnum in the cart a few times, but never follow through. I'm going to go look right...
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    05-21-2020, 09:02 PM
    I forgot about VZ Grips. You have to like G10 (and I most certainly do) but every pair I've seen mounted looked like a nice fit. I've put a pair for my M60 357 Magnum in the cart a few times, but never follow through. I'm going to go look right...
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    05-21-2020, 04:03 PM
    I have little to no talent for grip making, so unfortunately for me I have to have them fitted. It's not inexpensive but at least they fit the frame as I want. In my case the revolvers I have fitted grips on are all single actions. I can just take...
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    05-19-2020, 12:58 PM
    I believe that's called reinventing the wheel and I'm guilty of it. I usually do things like this when I can't get the specific product any other way though. Those tiny .22" cast bullets must be something to handle! I consider the .32's to be a...
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    05-19-2020, 07:42 AM
    I've commented about 30 caliber bullets and GC's before and noticed that particular size shank (.284" supposedly) causes more problems than the larger sizes. A .22 can only be more entertaining! I have one specific .32 caliber mold that had a...
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    05-19-2020, 07:14 AM
    Is he ladle casting or using a bottom pour? Those big heavy bullet molds cast great, but like some heat. To me it looks like dirty alloy and possibly a rusty/dirty mold. While I don't have that mold from your picture, I do have the Lyman 457132...
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    05-18-2020, 08:12 AM
    An example of the above good answers is when I cast bullets with 20/1 and my COWW/pure + tin, the bullets will be different sizes even after run through the same die, coated with the same PC, same mold, etc.
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    05-16-2020, 08:29 AM
    For me it's probably more often than not when the GC bullets are really crimped in. Luckily I don't have to pull very many bullets.
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    05-16-2020, 08:16 AM
    I read this thread each time there is an update (and thanks for keeping it going). Due to tests here and articles over the years, I tried AA9 and now have some Bluedot for the 327. With my 2 molds for the 327 (MP Sledgehammer and Accurate...
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    05-14-2020, 08:40 AM
    I got mine many years ago when Springfield was the choice for affordable pistols for building a custom (Colt's were way more $$$). When they started already putting a beavertail grip safety, extended thumb safety, and Novaks in an affordable...
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    05-13-2020, 07:31 AM
    I agree completely with your last sentence! That 10mm is a different breed of cat though. Not a bad cat, but one that you might not be expecting (it won't use a litter box and it claws ALL of the furniture). I don't own a 10mm myself and don't...
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    05-11-2020, 03:05 PM
    DHDeal replied to a thread Sooty case mouth 9mm in Cast Boolits
    I think that a couple good answers have been already been posted. When I begin a work up and am at a lower charge (safety you know) the cases will have more soot on them than when I get further "up" on charge weights. For my own thought process I...
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    05-10-2020, 02:41 AM
    For jacketed rifle bullets a lot of times you can polish the inside of the stem and that should do it. I shoot mostly Berger Hybrids or VLD's and those long noses will usually not come in hard contact with the stem. However, a bullet shaped felt...
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    05-09-2020, 04:59 PM
    Agreed! I prefer less meplat than a WFN style, but pushed the WFN can surprise you with accuracy.
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    05-09-2020, 03:22 PM
    That one looks like a bevel base. No LBT molds here, but plenty of Accurate and MP molds. All of mine have a shape similar to the LBT profiles (more of a LFN profile really) and the bullets from them shoot fantastic.
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    05-09-2020, 01:45 PM
    I'll take the scope. PM sent.
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    05-08-2020, 12:47 PM
    I also have one of the old one's (plum colored? always thought it was brown) and it will probably out last me. Anyway, occasionally I will take it apart and wipe down the insides and the drum. I have tried using a spray dry graphite but that always...
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    05-07-2020, 08:46 AM
    I'd just toss those already cast back in the pot. I'm very picky about the bases and won't accept any wrinkles. Contrary to what many do, I'll cull as I'm casting. Usually if a base isn't perfect the bullet won't be either, and just push that...
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    05-06-2020, 08:43 PM
    It depends on the cartridge of course. If it's a relatively small case, say a 327 or 357, I'll go .3 grain increments and if it's one of the larger cases I'll go .5 grain increments. I'll also say I won't waste my time on a bullet that I can't get...
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    05-05-2020, 07:06 PM
    I have read where you have more than a few MP's, and didn't realize this one was not a HP mold. Yeah, I would have thought a solid would be easy too. FWIW, you really don't have to have a milling machine to do what I did. Pull the blankety blank...
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    05-05-2020, 03:41 PM
    Don, I have to run my alloy hotter when using my MP Molds. I try to keep it close to 750 but when pouring my first casts, I will usually let it get up to 775 (which can cause tinning on a newish mold). I only ladle cast and tend to pressure cast....
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    05-04-2020, 08:12 PM
    I do like Flitz and Semichrome for polishing a dull surface. You got that nickel bright!
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    04-30-2020, 09:07 AM
    As DougGuy mentioned (and you can measure it) the Ruger Bisley grip does have less "room" behind the triggerguard. Also Contender mentioned a Jack Huntington Bisley and how well it handled recoil and no knuckle busting. Having a JRH gripframe (SBH...
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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