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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:44 AM
    I work in the die cast industry (has very little to do with bullet casting), and one thing we do is pre-heat ingots before putting in the pot. It's mostly for safety to rid of moisture, but it also reduces the effect on pot temperature. I don't see...
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    Yesterday, 01:00 AM
    I ended up accidentally slugging some of the bore again, and it is just over .310", same as the first time. The throats are large, at least .313" (size of the bullets used to check), I'll have to check with a larger bullet later to see for sure. The...
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    Yesterday, 12:15 AM
    I finally got my Henry steel 327 federal carbine, and I love it. I haven't shot it yet, but I did slug the bore. I haven't seen it mentioned, but it is a 5 groove barrel. It's a little tricky, but using the shim stock trick, mine is just over .310",...
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    01-21-2018, 01:05 AM
    I could understand the inaccuracy with 60 grains of Longshot, that is a push! I was surprised by your results with 41 grains. I have shot quite a few in my USH in a 3" fiocchi with 50 grains (although I like 45 grains better), and get groups like...
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    01-17-2018, 10:50 AM
    To those of you running single stages, how do you turn ammo out so fast? On mine, even starting with primed brass, I can only make around 50 an hour. I've ran large 300 round batches, and all I gained was a sore hand from all the tedious handling...
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    01-16-2018, 08:39 PM
    It does a little bit. I just don't feel safe priming on a press, plus they say not to use federal primers, which are my favorite kind. I am still using everything else though, auto charging, auto seating, and auto crimping. All I'm doing is priming...
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    01-15-2018, 04:11 PM
    This is exactly the way I just did my first real batch on the pro 1000, except I used a second seater as my crimp die instead of the FCD. It would be nice to see how other people do it, you could learn a lot that way. I'm sure it would be faster by...
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    01-13-2018, 09:27 PM
    Earlier in the thread, GhostHawk talks about his process. He uses a hand de-priming tool and does it while watching TV. Not a bad way to do it, but I would have to guess loading up the case feeding tubes on the progressive and running it with...
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    01-13-2018, 02:06 AM
    Thanks for sharing, it's good to know I'm not the only one who likes a set process. I don't want to get away from the ultrasonic cleaner. It's safer (less lead dust), cleaner, quicker, and it cleans your primer pocket. I hate cleaning primer pockets...
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    01-12-2018, 08:33 PM
    I agree, I really like the lee loaders for handgun, and I assume the rifle works well, but not the shotgun. I've tried all kinds of tricks, they make shells, but they don't make them nice. The lee load all II is a big step up from a lee loader kit....
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    01-12-2018, 08:26 PM
    I just got a Lee Pro 1000, and unlike so many others, my primer feed actually seems to work properly. The problem is, like all press priming setups, I just don't like how you can't feel it seat positively. I have always preferred to hand prime, I...
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    01-11-2018, 08:23 PM
    I've been reading a lot where you were testing different powders in both plastic shotgun cases and your own 12GA FH cases, and it is very interesting. You mention using RE 17 a lot, and of course SR 4759. I was also reading about some success with...
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    01-11-2018, 02:16 PM
    Wad rub through can be a problem even with steel shot sizes for geese, BBB for example. I used to load T steel shot, and had to go to a mylar wrap inside of a multi-metal wad which is already very thick. Steel shot made for reloading is supposed...
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    01-11-2018, 01:56 PM
    Thanks a lot for that info. If 32 S&W long can get over 1200 fps with a very similar bullet I want to, the 327 federal should really get them moving. Are these loads you worked up yourself? I've got plenty of manuals with all the older 32's, and...
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    01-11-2018, 03:45 AM
    Those Claybusters might not work well for slugs, but give them a try. I actually like them better than the 12S3. They fit tighter in the hull, and the material is more elastic. I do love the 12S4. I hope those aren't discontinued as well, there is...
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    01-10-2018, 11:23 PM
    I started a thread like this before, and got a lot of good replies. I've been shooting a 120 grain SWC plain base in my Ruger LCR with both 700x and Bluedot, and it's very accurate. I've been waiting about a month now for a Henry 327 federal I...
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    01-10-2018, 08:11 PM
    Hardened steel ball bearings would the very last thing I would ever want going down my barrel. Even with no choke, I can't imagine the forcing cone liking it too much. I think the goal for Blood Trail is to make them himself. If not, there are a...
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    01-09-2018, 08:46 PM
    Do you have access to a chronograph? The following load is right from the Alliant website. 2 3/4" Remington Nitro Federal 209A 17 gr. Red dot Rem. RPX 1 1/8 oz lead 1200 fps 10,100 psi
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    01-09-2018, 08:11 PM
    I haven't found bismuth shot to be brittle at 94/6. I would think it would work well for buckshot. Being as Bismuth is so expensive itself, I would think the cost difference between 6% and 12% tin would be minimal, so you may be well off just buying...
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    01-09-2018, 04:01 PM
    I figured I'd get some clash to my desire of Made in USA firearms. No point in trying to sway me, I'm set in my personal belief here. I am surprised at the whole price range thing. I'm not looking for a fancy replica like a Pedersoli, or other...
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    01-09-2018, 12:35 PM
    Do you have a link? I just checked the vendor sponsor threads, there is nothing there.
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    01-09-2018, 12:33 PM
    Where in the world are you required to have one of these? I've been duck hunting Minnesota my whole life, and the few times I've been checked, was not a problem. I started hunting with rotometals bismuth shot this year which is a 94% bismuth 6% tin...
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    01-07-2018, 07:03 PM
    Blue dot is my all time favorite powder, but I don't think it will work well for you. For 1 1/4 oz or heavier shot loads, it's fantastic, but it is not a 1 1/8 oz powder. There are some slug load for it, but it wouldn't be my choice of a 7/8 ounce...
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    01-07-2018, 12:41 AM
    I just pulled out my BPI slug manual. It's a couple years old, but I'm sure they had the RSS sabot at the time, yet they are not in the manual at all. I'd give BPI a call, they probably have a brochure for them.
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    01-06-2018, 01:27 AM
    I almost forgot about slugs r us, but its not really a good choice. I've used it with .50 Lee REAL bullets and .50 xtp bullets, and neither worked at all when you slit it. The bullets just blow the base out and you don't have any accuracy at all....
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    01-06-2018, 12:15 AM
    I can only imagine those bars being a part of the shell lifter. Its just a couple pins to pull the trigger assembly out, then you can remove the shell lifter by squeezing the bars together. I've never seen a problem with one, but it could be some...
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    01-05-2018, 10:10 PM
    Near St. Cloud, MN
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    01-05-2018, 10:09 PM
    I've never heard that combo mentioned, and as far as I'm aware, there is only one .50 sabot offered currently. You can find the data in the BPI slug manual.
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    01-05-2018, 09:50 PM
    That tool looks handy. Thanks for the tip!
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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
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