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    Yesterday, 03:28 AM
    I have received the new part and have not had time to put it on yet so I know I will not spend more time trying to straighten the damaged one. Besides, it is unlikely that I would need another one any time soon. On the other hand, I do seem to have...
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    09-15-2018, 03:09 AM
    scotner replied to a thread Are you "particular"? in Cast Boolits
    Shoot 10mm. You will not recover enough of your brass to worry about how many times you have reloaded it. I also recently bought a 357 Sig conversion barrel for my P229. I have not shot that caliber yet but anticipate similar results.
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    09-14-2018, 09:55 PM
    Went out last night and loaded some of the 357s from the recently acquired molds with the intention of going to the range today. Since it was rather breezy and intermittent rain today I decided to fire up the lead cooker again. Made some more 45,...
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    09-14-2018, 02:03 PM
    I have had this happen with the 240 grain 300BLK bullets and when you get one of them stuck you have a big problem. After having to drill the center out of a couple to get them out of the die I grabbed the closest lube at hand. It was Frankford...
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    09-13-2018, 03:36 PM
    The 300 BLK is what really got me back into casting this time. There is just something about ringing a steel plate at 200 yards with a suppressed tire weight. I finally retired several years ago and now have time for the important things. I...
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    09-13-2018, 03:15 PM
    And I thought I have made a big discovery when I bought my hotplate. Apparently this is common practice. I found a refurb Oster with some kind of rubbery (silicone?) mat on it. I place a couple of molds on it and turn it to medium heat when I start...
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    09-13-2018, 02:58 PM
    Attached pic of smash test of all three styles of bullets coated in this batch. While picking these out from the box of unsized boolits I did notice a couple more that were light coated on one side. I think that is most likely the problem. Hopefully...
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    09-13-2018, 06:35 AM
    No, I did not smash test this batch. As I noted elsewhere, I am just getting back to casting after more than a year without any activity. I have several new to me molds and the 9mm Lee is brand new. I just grabbed samples from three molds and coated...
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    09-13-2018, 02:41 AM
    It was a new die. Thinking about it I wonder if it is possible that I may have been thin on that side when I sprayed that bullet. May be worth repeating the process and being more careful to check that. That is the only problem I have had with the...
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    09-13-2018, 12:28 AM
    That worked fine for my 358 bullets. Just dragged some of the coating off of the 9mm. I have also always coated my 30 cal 240's before sizing without a problem. Could be a problem with one cavity of the 9mm mold. I just started casting with it.
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    09-12-2018, 11:31 PM
    I PC'ed several of the boolits that I cast in the last few days, let them set overnight and ran them through the appropriate Lee sizer. 9mm were dropping from the mold at almost .360". After coating I ran a few through a .356 Lee sizer and they...
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    09-12-2018, 12:28 AM
    Update: My attempt to straighten this ended up with it bent in another place instead. I sent RCBS an email and they replied that they will send a replacement. Still good folks to deal with after all these years. I knew they used to be but had not...
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    09-11-2018, 02:33 PM
    After "meaning to" get some casting done for over a year now I finally got something done the last few days. Two motivating factors here. First, I was almost out of my 240 grain boolits for the 300 BLK. Another reason is I have a six cavity Lyman 45...
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    09-08-2018, 01:23 PM
    Thanks for the replies. I will call RCBS Monday and ask about obtaining a replacement. In the meantime any attempt at repairing this one will start with a hammer, not a stone or emery cloth. It had to have been dropped while the sprue cutter was...
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    09-08-2018, 12:11 AM
    I ran across a used RCBS 358/ 180 gr GC silhouette mold at a local GS. I really did not want a GC mold but the price was right and the blocks looked good so I bought it. I used it for the first time tonight and noticed that the sprue plate was...
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    09-07-2018, 12:27 PM
    I may have to try that whenever the parts show up.
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    09-07-2018, 12:19 PM
    scotner replied to a thread Suppresor suggestions in Cast Boolits
    My 30 cal can is a Dead Air Sandman Ti. It is 5/8-24 and I have an adapter to run it on my 5.56 AR and 700 bolt gun in 223. It works great on the 300 BLK SBR with 240 gr PC bullets. I also had a Ruger 77 barrel threaded for it. I am still impressed...
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    09-07-2018, 01:45 AM
    Yes, but I would expect the manufacturer to repair/replace a brand new item that was defective out of the box. By the way, I worked industrial maintenence in a large manufacturing plant for 38 years so I have installed and replaced my share of parts...
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    09-06-2018, 11:56 PM
    But the first time I used it?
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    09-06-2018, 01:54 PM
    I wish I had better luck when I contacted them. I was using a brand new 6 cavity mold for the first time when the sprue cutter lever broke. I needed the lever plus the wood handle since it broke off even with the end of the handle. Technically the...
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    09-04-2018, 03:20 AM
    I replaced two bare bulbs and a 4' fluorescent fixture with three 4' LED lights rated at 5000 lumens each. The round LED fixtures were previously installed but they left shadows in some areas around the loaders. Also built a 10' bench for casting...
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    08-27-2018, 01:06 PM
    Will take the 35 cal gas checks per our PM.
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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
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