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    12-08-2018, 02:11 AM
    Looks well made, but I confess that I'm not quite sure what I'm looking at. Could you please explain the construction?
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    12-05-2018, 09:19 PM
    Action pistol for me, USPSA style. Glock 34's are what I use in Production Division, using 147 grain slugs through factory barrels. I go through thirty thousand plus rounds a year, and it's a toss up whether having more time in retirement or old...
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    12-04-2018, 11:29 PM
    Finally loaded and shot this boolit. I HiTek mine, but went with the lube groove version, unlike the mostly slick sided MP and Accurate molds I got before. Still need to do accuracy testing, but I was pleased to find that I could load a couple to...
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    12-04-2018, 03:46 AM
    Have the Finns been invaded by Wally World too? I suprised they haven't declared war on us for violation of their sovereign territory by a foreign state. Still, good for us statesiders to have options. How do Sn sinkers stack up against lead free...
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    12-04-2018, 03:24 AM
    Salivating here... My hat is off to folks like CTG80, whose mechanical skills combined with ingenuity bring a lot to the table when it comes to solving practical problems. Looking forward to the time when you decide to put this in production.
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    12-04-2018, 03:08 AM
    I have the Bayou Classic double jet burner. A banjo burner might work as well, but I got this specific model on recommendation because it has the beefiest frame I've seen so far: ...
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    12-04-2018, 02:13 AM
    I loaded 400 rounds of 9 mm. But far more worthy of comment was that I had a powder spill. The powder measure retaining bolt worked loose and eventually the whole measure reared up as the empty case riding up the ram pushed on the powder/flare...
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    12-03-2018, 10:45 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Do you ever wonder in Cast Boolits
    I retired just under a year ago and also have more things I want and need to do than there is time for (and I'm not including then home honey-do's that have accumulated over the years). KnifeMaker, have you tried HiTek coating? High volume home...
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    12-03-2018, 02:09 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Do you ever wonder in Cast Boolits
    500 rounds of cast 9 mm would be a bit below average for a week's shooting for me (action pistol). Yeah, I shoot all of what I cast. Wel, that's not quite literally true. I'm a bit short now, and need to cast more, and am considering melting down...
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    11-30-2018, 04:46 AM
    Out my way the thrifts treat cast iron the way they treat pewter: it's all "vintage", and therefore priced in the stratosphere. Same at estate sales. At a local gun show a vendor apparently thought the same way; he wanted forty bucks for a Dutch...
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    11-30-2018, 04:37 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Rust in Lee 4-20 in Casting Equipment
    My casting pots, which mainly get beeswax for fluxing, are usually full of alloy, molten in use and solid in storage, so no way for me to see the side walls, but my big propane tank scrap pot is mostly empty between melts, where pine sawdust, pine...
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    11-30-2018, 02:06 AM
    If you have access to radiopharmacy lead containers, nearly all that I have gotten analyzed have 2.5% Sb or better, good for pistol alloy and used as such by many I have read here. For harder, higher Sb content alloys, I have still been able to...
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    11-30-2018, 01:25 AM
    Update #2: I made a couple new seating stems at different OAL's. They work perfectly with single head stamp brass, and nearly perfectly with mixed head stamps. The rare shaving of the latter, which were multi fired, went away with just a bit more...
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    11-28-2018, 03:55 AM
    Clever thinking. I am another one of those who doesn't think outside the box very well. I'd probably get nailed trying to run it in as contraband in a speed boat...
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    11-28-2018, 03:36 AM
    Cool! There are now about 160 molds on the list, and we all know it'll be worth the wait. Would that be Miha cutting a master, or him cutting each mold individually? Regardless, no doubt that if Miha gets personally involved, I'm sure we'll...
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    11-25-2018, 04:01 AM
    I use silicone spray as case lube. Works just fine. Of course, all the guns I shoot regularly, pistols, rifles and even the pump shotgun, don't have a single piece of wood furniture among them, so the wood finish issue doesn't affect me. ETA: I...
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    11-25-2018, 03:38 AM
    PSA has "Swamp People" 300 pack 36 gr MiniMags on close out for $13.99, free shipping for 5 or more.
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    11-25-2018, 02:19 AM
    I understand that part of the dross comes from oxides forming on the surface of the melt, I've also read that the hotter the melt, the easier it is for the oxides to form. Is the converse true, then? If I want to get the maximum amount of...
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    11-23-2018, 03:32 AM
    I had a home made ladle that I planned on using for casting large ingots of source metals for storing prior to final alloy mixing, but it was a jury rigged affair that never worked well. I ended up shelling out for a Rowell #5, which was well worth...
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    11-22-2018, 04:56 AM
    Even if somebody has something that looks the same doesn't guarantee that the composition is a match (I have a Federated bar that looks exactly like solder, but is actually Woods metal). Still, those dents make me think that it's pretty soft. How...
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    11-18-2018, 04:07 AM
    It makes sense to me that a crimped in primer might cause a problem. I've never had a problem decapping pistol rounds (using the primers for sub maximum load plinking rounds), but I think that I'll need to look over each case, looking for...
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    11-13-2018, 05:07 AM
    Lakehouse had mentioned early on that the foam molding process offered some flexibility. I would guess that plain with no text is simpler than creating a new design, but Lakehouse would be able to say for sure what's possible. I'd could go for plain...
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    11-13-2018, 04:53 AM
    Update: The custom molded seating stem works perfectly, but only at one OAL setting. No shaving at all with any type of brass, regardless of the number of times fired, and even sloppy positioning of the boolit over the case works, BUT, if I...
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    11-12-2018, 01:51 PM
    This I didn't know. So much to learn (sure, and it doesn't amount to anything except aesthetics, but it's just one of those little things that I find interesting).
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    11-11-2018, 03:00 PM
    Are you a member of a range that rents to agencies for qualifications and training? They leave stuff in the trash or on polite request. Brass and ammo cans are common at my range. No live ammo, such a pity.
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    11-11-2018, 02:49 PM
    The easiest is a dedicated tool like the one that Luckydawg13 describes. I have one called the MagClaw, sold here: It works very well and is easy to use (you get good...
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    11-11-2018, 02:29 PM
    The funny thing is that I've loaded a couple hundred thousand rounds in various pistol calibers on this press (rebuilt by Dillon more than once, bless 'em) over the past 25 years or so, including commercial cast, both conventionally lubed and...
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    11-11-2018, 04:34 AM
    Any news, Bluejay?
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    11-11-2018, 03:33 AM
    Well, I'd posted that my version of the problem seemed better with more case mouth flare. I spoke too soon. Still having shaving despite plenty of flare. I consulted Dillon. They suggested checking the shell plate (not warped, and with no debris...
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    11-11-2018, 01:59 AM
    I don't wash twice, but I do rinse several times to reduce residue inside the case (I don't decap and don't use pins). I use the FART, but my volume of brass justifies its capacity. I've read a lot of folks use the HF Rock tumblers for smaller...
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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