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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    Today, 11:21 AM
    I'm with Winger Ed. I see no need to replace primers. And I have recycled bullets. I have to be careful as to source, my range does not like bullets with Steel penitrators inside. So I need to make sure I remove them from the mix. In the...
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  • dimaprok's Avatar
    Today, 12:44 AM
    What's diffrent about these gas checks that they won't crimp on? Are they too thin? If you're crimping down to .306 you're below bullet diameter and creating tiny gap potentially allowing gases to bypass gas check. This is just my theory. Sent...
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:18 PM
    Instead of waxed paper, save potato chip mylar bags. Cut a rectangle long enough to go around about 1 1/3rd times. It will do a better job of containing the shot, and protecting your barrel. If it is shiny silver inside it is mylar. If it is...
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    Almost 6 years now on my Lee hand press. It remains my favorite for most work. Only move up to a big press if I am sizing 7.62x54r or similar. I deprime with a FA hand deprimer, prime with a pair of RCBS universal hand primers. One large, one...
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  • dimaprok's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    One last thing to check if you have't sent already. close two halves of the mold and look up against the light. Do you see any light seeping through? I had RCBS mold that constantly had flashing in the nose, it was annoying to clean each bullet...
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  • dimaprok's Avatar
    02-16-2020, 07:39 AM
    Ok Lee molds and some others have tapered shanks. If you measure most bottom at the base you'll get .284 - .283 and at the top you might get .288 or higher and that's ok, a standard GC should fit. I prefer NOE, it's not tapered and makes it easier...
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  • dimaprok's Avatar
    02-16-2020, 07:29 AM
    I'll tell you right now I ordered a sample of 30 caliber .017" gas checks and I had real hard time putting them on. Obviously you also have burrs that are in the way but for my own gas checks I've been using .012 that works great and later I...
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 08:43 AM
    Another Red Dot/Promo fan here.
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    02-14-2020, 10:20 PM
    For the last 4-5 years I've been running roughly 50% COWW and 50% RS with 1% tin added. (Pewter, lino, 60/40 whatever I can find reasonable) Now I don't have a tester, I do have a pretty well calibrated thumbnail. Soft lead my thumbnail leaves...
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    02-12-2020, 09:50 PM
    There has to be a major problem which is unfixable by me before I sell a gun. Now I have bought a few which did eventually end up in my shooting buddy's hands. But it is your dollar, your call.
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  • dimaprok's Avatar
    02-12-2020, 07:24 PM
    Mine just the opposite with Lee 4-20 pot, once it gets empty the temperature drops. This is where PID helps. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    02-12-2020, 07:51 AM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Linux help? in Our Town
    When it comes to linux google is your friend. Type in exactly what your problem is and spend some time reading. A few times it took a few trys, but it always got the job done.
    18 replies | 363 view(s)
  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    02-11-2020, 08:46 AM
    I have loaded 00 buckshot I cast, ran it through a .314 lee sizing die, lubed with BLL and loaded. Shoots fine single, or with a single #1 buck dropped in below it.
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    02-10-2020, 10:35 PM
    I wondered about the .32acp, and wondered, and thought, and looked, and wondered some more. Then I saw where Classic Firearms was selling Italian trade in Beretta Model 81's for 209$. I ponied up the bucks, added 20$ for a good looking one. Got one...
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    02-08-2020, 08:43 AM
    After my grandfather passed (my first fishing buddy) I had a very vivid dream about him one night. He was sitting on a small hill, under a tree, which overlooked a nice stream. He was bending light in different colors into a lure. If you can...
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    02-07-2020, 10:00 PM
    Pine Baron I could feel yours coming in brother. They felt so good I guess I felt like I did not need to bother anyone else. :) On the good news side, we got out today and had supper out. We were headed for chinese, circled the block 5 times,...
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    02-07-2020, 08:59 AM
    I don't do big batch's like outpost75, but the idea is pretty much the same, only with smaller plastic container with snap on lids. Only real change I make is I like to add about 1% carnuba wax to the alox. Either straight wax flakes melted into...
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    02-07-2020, 08:46 AM
    This one hit close to home. I believe I am just finishing exactly what you described. 10 days before christmas I fell in the shower, reached for the shower curtain to twitch it into place. Reached too far, both feet slid, I did a full body...
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  • dimaprok's Avatar
    02-06-2020, 04:35 PM
    Ran in to this recently when making 44 gas checks with my die. The problem as I predicted with my calculations is that .014 was not thick enough. I tried thicker .0156 material and it worked - no spinning on NOE bullet that was cast from hard...
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    02-06-2020, 09:13 AM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Please pray for us in Our Town
    I'm with Texas. Big guy was looking out for you IMO. You'll know when it is right, there will be no obstacles, it will be like falling off a log. Also remember he is much more likely to give us what we "need" not what we "want"....
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  • dimaprok's Avatar
    02-06-2020, 12:11 AM
    Sizing or swagging? For some reason lots of people think their video is the First one on YouTube on this press. Lots of videos on this press in full operation. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
    3 replies | 270 view(s)
  • Rcmaveric's Avatar
    02-05-2020, 09:26 PM
    I dont wash. All the dirt and crap will float so why waste the time. It doesnt really save any time to wash. When I was washing it, i didnt wait for it to dry. Fill the stock pot and light the flame. Using a lid really helps lock the heat in and...
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    02-05-2020, 08:10 AM
    Set the press as high as comfortably possible. Then use a Akro Bins and mounts to bring the components to you. Inhave Akro bin hangars mounted lower and shel mounted for easy access Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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    02-05-2020, 08:07 AM
    Rcmaveric replied to a thread We are less one in Our Town
    Horrible news. Fair seas and smooth sailings brother. Give Davey Jones hell for us Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    02-04-2020, 09:04 AM
    I have an 8 lb jug of promo, mostly I use it in the shotgun shell reloader. I sat one day swapping powder bushings and weighing charges until I got what I wanted. Now I can just refill as needed. For the rest of my reloading I prefer Red Dot,...
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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    02-03-2020, 10:05 PM
    And if you can prove that you are underloading instead of overloading? In my case (Yes and Yes) my lightly loaded cast rounds are simply more accurate in my guns than factory. Tighter groups, centered in bull, but then my friends say i cheat...
    56 replies | 2168 view(s)
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Active duty. I love to hunt and fish. Got into reloading due to cost. Now I cast and reload for the since of accomplishment and awe.
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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
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