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    09-22-2017, 07:36 PM
    Looks like Mountain Molds. They have an excellent reputation. https://www.mountainmolds.com/
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    09-22-2017, 04:55 PM
    I don't know if Arsenal has changed their sprue plates but as an FYI mine had some sort of coating that I accidentally removed during initial cleaning before use. Hadn't effected anything and it's been a good mold. I have both NOE and Arsenal,...
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    09-19-2017, 09:53 PM
    ^ That's what I was about to say. Poor thermal conductivity. Also realize there are many different grades of SS, with greatly differing properties. Some like 416R, often used for barrels, machines well but is not truly rust proof, only rust...
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    09-16-2017, 03:44 PM
    KVO replied to a thread 6.5x55 Swede questions in Cast Boolits
    It was a bit of a bummer as I have a 7mm checkmaker and got that mold with the idea that it would work for both. It still does in a round about about way, I just have to run the boolits though two different sizers. I may get brave and try to open...
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    09-16-2017, 03:09 PM
    KVO replied to a thread 6.5x55 Swede questions in Cast Boolits
    http://noebulletmolds.com/NV/index.php?cPath=27_388
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    09-16-2017, 03:08 PM
    KVO replied to a thread 6.5x55 Swede questions in Cast Boolits
    Agreed 6.5x55 can be a challenge with cast. The Swede has a history of creating more than one contentious fight on this board. Seems it does more battle on Cast Boolits than it ever did on the battlefield. Mine is not a military Swede, but my best...
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    09-16-2017, 02:54 PM
    For what it's worth I size all my 9mm boolits no smaller than .358" with mixed brass and various boolits for EAA, Sig, Springfield, and one or two other pistols. The tightest 9mm chamber and throat I've owned so far was actually my 357/9mm...
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    09-16-2017, 10:05 AM
    What gun and what brass? 9mm brass is all over the map for thickness, I've had problems with S&B bulging as you describe. Federal typically has the thinnest side walls, enough so that I was able to load 158gr SWC (just to see if it would work, no...
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    09-15-2017, 02:01 PM
    KVO replied to a thread Dumb Noob Questions in Cast Boolits
    While you may have a perfect first session, don't be discouraged if it doesn't go so hot. My experience with many new molds (especially aluminum from ALL the makers) has been that they have a high reject rate for the first 2-3 casting sessions....
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    09-08-2017, 10:52 PM
    Between work, school, and kids, it'll take me a bit to get some cast up but I'd be happy to send you a sample. PM me your mailing address and don't be bashful about dropping an occasional reminder. Currently engrossed in a HP project. My Clear...
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    09-06-2017, 08:42 PM
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    09-06-2017, 08:40 PM
    That's been an excellent design for me with light loads. My standard "good 'nuff" .45 ACP load of 5.0gr of Bullseye shot horrible. It was amazing how much it tightened up the lighter the loads were. The winner was 3.8gr Bullseye. 10 shots at 20yd...
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    08-30-2017, 09:09 AM
    The mold halves will heat up a bit faster with the blocks apart, but so long as they aren't air tight when heated they'll oxidize evenly on the faces. For me, preventing tinning at the lube groove corners of brass molds is the main objective, as...
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    08-28-2017, 04:41 PM
    KVO replied to a thread MP-432-256 HP pictures in Cast Boolits
    Search for "Loads of Bacon" on YouTube. He has done several videos with this particular boolit and Clear Ballistics gel. I have this same mold and have not found any online testing results with the small HP. My intuition is that it will not open up...
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    08-28-2017, 10:41 AM
    I do applaud AMTAC for sharing that video. Valuable learning opportunity and I respect a measure of humbleness.
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    08-28-2017, 10:31 AM
    Yep, bullet setback. Same thing can happen chambering a 7.62x39 in a 22-250. I didn't believe it was possible until I tried it (with a dummy round, no powder or primer)! One would think that having to hammer on the bolt should be a sign to take...
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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