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  • Rcmaveric's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:07 PM
    Just slugs the throat a little to get an impression of it. You can size from throat diameter to bore diameter. Take your pick. I like to be about throat diameter. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    12-13-2019, 02:02 PM
    Anything will work. But I use rifle. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    12-13-2019, 01:58 PM
    It's not that bad on the Loadmaster. I have cheap webcam I have had forever mounted in the second die hole. I can see everything taking place on the shell plate and powder level, even if a primer didn't seat. So no chance of a double charge. Check...
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  • dimaprok's Avatar
    12-12-2019, 09:51 PM
    You really want low recoil shooting cast some 105gr, i love this bullet of course with GP100 even full power 38 special loads are low recoil as confirmed by my 10 yo petite daughter. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
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    12-10-2019, 08:58 PM
    Rcmaveric replied to a thread #2 babbitt? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Copper is a good lead tougher. It works via dislocation hardening. I would simply use it at 2% per a full lead pot Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    12-10-2019, 07:08 PM
    Yes that would anneal them. I don't think they need to be in there an hour though. Just heat them for about 30 minutes then alloy them to air cool. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    12-10-2019, 05:11 PM
    Yes it does work same way for 30 cal plain base gas checks. Lubrisizer is best way to seat any plain base gas checks. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
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    12-10-2019, 04:46 PM
    I used it. I have grown to like other powders. I still keep it as a back up powder for 9mm and 380. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    12-10-2019, 04:25 PM
    Rcmaveric replied to a thread #2 babbitt? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Yes!!!! Save it for your self or send it to me!! A few pounds of that would last a while. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    12-08-2019, 03:46 PM
    Rcmaveric replied to a thread Turrets in Reloading Equipment
    I use the Lee four hole turret press. It loads great ammo. I have 6 turret heads. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    12-06-2019, 08:10 AM
    Rcmaveric replied to a thread Lead Shot? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Yes it can. Determine the kind of shot you have. Then you can use it to sweeten up the pot. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    12-05-2019, 08:23 PM
    it's cool. Do not need a crimp groove to crimp a bullet. You can still crimp it of you feel the need. I don't seat my bullets to the crimp grove normally any ways. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    12-04-2019, 08:44 PM
    I use the Lee Perfect Powder Measure, Auto Disk and Lee Auto Rotor from charges as small as 2.3 in .380 ACP. Works very well for me and all are pretty consistent within .1g Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    12-03-2019, 07:43 PM
    Rcmaveric replied to a thread Loctite 222 OR 243 in Our Town
    I just use super glue. It hasnt failed on me. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    12-03-2019, 07:37 PM
    I mean .12% or .0012 or 12/10000 Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    12-03-2019, 07:32 PM
    Yes and No. Yes, your trajectories will be very similar. I think you are just looking at more complex than it really is. Velocity plays the biggest role in trajectories. In the fractions of a second it takes bullets to travel x amount of...
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    12-03-2019, 05:49 PM
    Around .12% zinc it doesnt cause any noticeable effect to casting. The goal is increased toughness. At .24% ita a PITA. I guess my own added bit spice to be different. I had hunch and idea about dislocation hardening. Can't prove anything...
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    12-02-2019, 06:07 PM
    You don't "need" gas checks for 38 Special and low end 357 Mag stuff. I use them if the bullet is designed for them though. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    12-02-2019, 12:19 AM
    I have noticed here of late that there always appears to be the right person in the right place to always help lately. Reaffirms my belief that God is always all around us to help when needed. Prayers sent for the family of Aaron and Joahua. Sent...
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    12-01-2019, 08:11 PM
    I intentionally add zinc to my lead. Doesnt cause that. Sounds like your mold was too hot and/or you didnt let the sprue cool long enough. Sounds like your alloy isnt balanced like most of use. Makes your alloy have phases. If your mold gets to...
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    11-29-2019, 09:10 AM
    A lot of people use dehydrators. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    11-27-2019, 05:42 PM
    Rcmaveric replied to a thread Need some guidance. in Our Chapel
    I am doing good. Just an anxiety head ache. That comes and goes. It's not bad. It feels like the grey matter is tense and cramping. Every day is a little better. It takes a day for the mind short circuit and break. It feels like it takes months to...
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    11-25-2019, 10:02 PM
    Infrared temp. gun will not measure shiny surface correctly, you might be 100 degrees off. NOE sells good lead thermometer, good to have it even with PID i had my probe flake out on me and good ole' dial thermometer set me straight. Sent...
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    11-25-2019, 12:26 PM
    I cast for 260 Rem and 6.5 Grendel. I use NOE molds though. Grendel gets 126g and the 260 gets 140g. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    11-24-2019, 12:07 AM
    Lee hold time is actually 30 seconds, I don't think the dimple will get bigger if you wait longer. 10 to 1 sounds like 10% tin alloy, maybe they were trying to simplify chart and not use Brinell hardness numbers.
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    11-23-2019, 09:11 PM
    I have noticed differences from 9mm brass, to 30-30, to .270 Win. I will use mixed head stamp 9mm and 380 brass. Its noticeable what it does to groups but it inst bad. 357 Mag brass and up gets organized by make. Groups will be good as long as the...
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    11-23-2019, 08:43 PM
    That's actually pretty smart. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    11-23-2019, 06:15 PM
    dimaprok replied to a thread Best dies for 9mm in Cast Boolits
    Have you compared factory 9mm and one sized with normal lee die? The 1st one is straight and 2nd one looks a bit like hourglass. IMO it's being downsized too much already and when you insert fat bullet it amplifies this affect. I measured factory...
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    11-20-2019, 04:42 PM
    I always tune for accuracy first. I would rather have a bullet go where I want. If expansion was questionable you can always go for head or neck shot where expansion isnt as critical. Second school of thought is to pick a bullet diameter where...
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    11-20-2019, 04:29 PM
    Anything I could think of would be expensive and time consuming to make. I remember reading some where that an old Lee die was bored half way through with a .51 and threaded. Then you match a bolt to the threading and bore the bolt through the...
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    11-20-2019, 04:11 PM
    Off topic, sorry, but I am highly curious about Mr. Smith's new book. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    11-20-2019, 06:51 AM
    Well the brinell hardness is measured by how big of indentation is made by applying certain size ball with certain weight, Lee uses spring loaded pressure and they use a little microscope with graduations to measure the size of the crater and...
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    11-20-2019, 01:52 AM
    Old timer mechanics around town, craigslist, and scrap yards. Pick your poison and keep the price 80 to 50 cents a pound. Less the 50 cents a pound I feel like I am robbing them. More than a dollar per pound then they are robbing me. Sent from my...
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    11-20-2019, 01:50 AM
    Amen Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    11-20-2019, 01:46 AM
    I have had friends ask me. I tell them no, But the can bring their own components over and I will set them up so all they have to do is pull the handle. I don't want the liability and it is illegal if I don't have the right license or insurance....
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    11-20-2019, 01:29 AM
    Rcmaveric replied to a thread Zinc casting in Cast Boolits
    Melt your zinc wheel weights and add 1% aluminum and 1% tin. Just take some coke (or beer cans, pick your poison) cut them up and toss them in the molten zinc. They will dissolve in. Tin will lower the melt temp and help the allow flow. Aluminum...
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    11-20-2019, 01:15 AM
    I think he is talking about bullet diameter. Lee has switched over to a bushing style push through size and NOE offers a bushing style size. You buy one die and then swap out the insides for whatever you want to size to. I think the die runs about...
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    11-18-2019, 12:14 AM
    dimaprok replied to a thread Best dies for 9mm in Cast Boolits
    Yeah I know! I was quoting MDI "If there are bulges on the cartridge or it doesn't plunk correctly, find out why and fix it. Mostly just a die adjustment will suffice..." I misunderstood and got the notion that you can fix the bulge with a die...
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    11-17-2019, 11:10 PM
    dimaprok replied to a thread Best dies for 9mm in Cast Boolits
    I bet you you need a bit more crimp to solve your problem, I was having same issues, also even though everyone will tell you need the bullet to plunk, I found that a light push to full seat is just fine, just think about the slide slamming that...
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    11-17-2019, 08:39 PM
    dimaprok replied to a thread Best dies for 9mm in Cast Boolits
    I know it's too late but I would recommend 357 rather than 358 sizing die, my bullets always end up being .001 over because they turn out hard / semi-hard and as someone said, opening up to 358 is not hard and same time you end up with more polished...
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    11-17-2019, 08:34 PM
    dimaprok replied to a thread Best dies for 9mm in Cast Boolits
    Nice oven for sure but I wouldn't waste it on powder coating. Picked up very similar oven in thrift store with digital controls and all that for $9.99 and the mesh baskets for few dollars, I have whole collection they are from deep fryers that...
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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
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