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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    I believe the RCBS a roll crimp. I went on Lee’s website and they had a custom overrun 35 Whelen factory Crimp collet die they one left for $27 bucks. I grabbed it! I’m pretty much sold on these cramp days after I tried one on my Ruger 77/44. I...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:37 PM
    I only know what works for my eyes, and color is the wrong way to go about the rear sight for me. I like flat black. No dots, no lines, no fiber optics. The front can be colorful. I've never tried aluminum, but I couldn't get a permanent solution on...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    Yes, if you your seating die has a crimping feature, that will work. Else try a 9mm taper crimp die and see if that works.
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:30 PM
    So I was thinking my Lee factory crimp Collet die would work in my 35 Rem till I slid a Whelen round up in the die as saw the neck sticks way above the collet so that idea is out. So do I need to order the correct Lee taper die or use my factory...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    What is the diameter of the 28 gauge ball? Also this is a longshot, but do you happen to have the swaging kit to go with any of the foster molds?
    4 replies | 195 view(s)
  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    You can't use the 35 Remington collet crimp die on the 35 whelen. If you had someone make you just the right length spacer ring you could, but it's much easier to just get the right crimp die. I've never personally tried, but if you are looking for...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:23 PM
    35 rem Collett die will not work. I stuck a load of 35 whelen case in it and the neck goes way above the collet.
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    I was going to ask if I have to crimp as well... I knew the answer since the case was being flared and it has to pushed back flush. I have a 35 Remington factory crimp Collett die. I’m guessing it will work for the Whelen as well?
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:50 PM
    Thanks I just ordered a lee off of eBay for $16.91 shipped. Amazon will jam me for shipping if I don’t spend 25 bucks. Guess I’m dead in the water till it shows up ... Or try the needle nose pliers trick.lol
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    Yeah I know it’s a dumb question but I’ve been casting for two years now only in straight wall pistol ammo and my pistol dies have always comes with a flair die. Well I want to load up some 35 Whelan and 35 Remington and was just about to start...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:58 PM
    I did see in my Lyman 4th edition cast load book today a load with a 204 grain boolit listed from 2500 FPS starting load to a 2800 top load with a 24” 1 in 16 twist barrel using imr3031. Anyone try this load with a one in 12 twist with any luck with...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:53 PM
    CFE pistol is basically a modernized, well metering version of 800X. If Hodgdon had developed it for shotguns as well, it would be a much better powder.
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    I’ll up the anny to two of these the the first “I’ll take it”.
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:48 PM
    I think that depends on the state you live in. If you buy in a local store, I would think most states would charge a sales tax. I don't pay one cent when I buy from Powder Valley. I just looked up my last order. $592.60 of powder and primers, $15.95...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    That’s the best thing I’ve heard all day!!! I’d rather hear that then it was lead dust.
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:54 PM
    What is the max an alloy I can grow?
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  • fivegunner's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:12 PM
    I would like to buy #1 if I could
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:55 PM
    I color-coded with PC in one grain increments. I ran my bag of reds through my lee sizing die I honed to .3595”. They all went through with some resistance but all with very, very little effort. Some just barely grabbed and some with a firmer stroke...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:59 PM
    They were all ran through the exact same lee .358 sizer at the same time and measured .358” immediately after sizing. They just have grown to larger diameters Inconsistently over the last two years. I will end up running them all through my sizer...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:31 PM
    I cast it up some Lee 200 grain .358 boolits two years ago and sized in a lee .358 sizer. When I measured my bullets after sizing the same day they did measure .358. Well it’s been two years and I pulled the same boolits out and measured them it...
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  • Markopolo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:11 PM
    Markopolo replied to a thread svarog .410 slug in Cast Boolits
    is this the slug you mean???? if so, I have to mould for 410, but was not sucessful in getting any but the very smallest of the 4 to shoot frm my smothbore 410's.. and even that small one was questionable for hunting.... needs rifling in...
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  • Markopolo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:52 PM
    i would tell you that it is runnng +45f here in southeast alaska, but I dont want you all moving here for our great weather!!!!!
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  • Markopolo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:44 PM
    the wads look awesome... i would give that drill bit a shot. you dont need it to be super tight fit, but it should be snug. the round ball is what makes your gas seal.
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:52 PM
    For the last year I’ve been using my cheap Harbor freight caliber and it’s been jumping around and not zeroing out. I love YouTube. I went on there to see if there’s a way to re-calibrate it. I watch some guy honing it with a stone in a few seconds...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:41 AM
    Yeah, imo with the right bullet that 300 RUM acts the same way on big game as a 70 grain ballistic tip out of my 243 dose on a coyote if hitting bone. Instant death but holes you can clap your hands in. I shot another and will put that 125 brain...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:40 AM
    The Pedersoli 20 gauge would be the easy route. I would want to duck hunt with it, and 20 is pretty small. 16 is a big jump up, and I'm still undecided if the big 10 would be worth the extra width. I've seen a couple names thrown around who...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:29 AM
    I don't consider it a downside. Meopta flat out lied. For it, they have lost a customer for life. It didn't cost me a penny thankfully, besides a little time boxing it back up. I bought through Optics Planet by the way, which offers free shipping...
    14 replies | 488 view(s)
  • rl69's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:37 AM
    the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. GALATIANS 2:20 We should battle through our moods, feelings, and emotions into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus. We must break out of our own little world of experience into abandoned...
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  • rl69's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:35 AM
    rl69 replied to a thread For thought and meditation in Our Chapel
    Yep :)
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Been casting and reloading for years... Live very remote in Alaska. Retired military.
Remote island in SE Alaska
Hunting and fishing, and the tools that keep me there
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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