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  • Rcmaveric's Avatar
    Today, 06:17 PM
    ZN is not all bad as long as its not a high percentage. Run the pot hot and cast away. As long as the bhn is around 12 i would use and find a way to make it cast. If you that scared of a touch of ZN just melt flux with the blue copper crystals or...
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    Today, 02:37 AM
    I made my own from a case. It works and makes pan lubing quick and easy.
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    Yesterday, 09:32 PM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread D-- cancer in Our Town
    Lose the stress, relax, enjoy what you have. Laughter is the best medicine for cancer. Stress, pressure, worry are killers long term. Relax, laugh, enjoy life. Any of us might not wake up tomorrow. Any of us. But you can't worry about it....
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    Yesterday, 09:03 PM
    I would take my hardness tester. If the ingot was 12bhn i would buy them all. Tey to haggle down to less than a buck a pound. Sent from my SM-G925T using Tapatalk
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    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    While doing load work ups, every other group i inspect the bore. When i get to hotter loads i check after every group when pushing the envelope. Once i have load or bullet size chosen that produces good accuracy without leading. I dont worry about...
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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    If youre turning the empty jackets into ingots for resale, most places wont pay top dollar for uncertified ingots. Its best to leave the scraps in its original state. Polishing and cleaning could add value. However if the extra expense and effort...
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    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    That could start a debate. I make my own. For pistols about anything will work. Bens red works great for riffles. Even tumble lubing works good with BLL or 45/45/10. Check the lube stickies. Cant go wrong with any of the manufactured ones either. I...
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    Yesterday, 07:53 AM
    Another vote for BLL here. Cept I like to run mine with 1% Carnuba wax melted into the mix for clean shiny bores. Personally I found pan lubing and cake cutting a messy pain in the posterior. Hit BLL early hit the ground running and never...
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    Yesterday, 07:39 AM
    Comes down to bullet fit. I leaded up my Yugo SKS with 50 rounds, took 3 days to get it clean. But it also got rid of the dark gunk in the bottom of the grooves. But I was running undersized bullets, with the wrong lube and pushing the power...
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    03-21-2018, 09:41 PM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread The power of prayer in Our Chapel
    Amen Jim.
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    03-21-2018, 09:40 PM
    Good news is so great to hear. Praise the Lord!
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    03-21-2018, 08:12 AM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread The power of prayer in Our Chapel
    "Peace like a river" I have been blessed and blessed again. The best part is it will tell you when you make mistakes. I know prayer works, I have seen it work for me, others in my family, and many here. You will be in mine.
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    03-21-2018, 04:59 AM
    If i neck up, i don't worry about them. Just load em and shoot em. If i neck down, which is what i often end up doing, I turn the case necks. That brass has to flow some where.
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    03-21-2018, 04:28 AM
    Have you tested to see if you really need bullets that hard? I have run the greased air cool bullets same velocites i run air cooled PC bullets. Just as accurate. BHN around 12ish. Sent from my SM-G925T using Tapatalk
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    03-20-2018, 09:34 PM
    ^ #37, spot on. Bullseye
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    03-20-2018, 09:21 PM
    Well I hear you on diminishing ability, age plays a factor, as do health issues. To be honest I shot my 1911 for the first time in 2 years last weekend. Had the neighbor boys to the range, Jean being a 14 yr Ranger with multiple tours in the...
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    03-20-2018, 09:06 PM
    I started switching irons to Red Dot sights some 3 years ago. To be honest all of mine have been in the 60-65$ range. Truglo has worked the best for me. Some of those are non optic, some are 2x magnification. Which I find works really good for...
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    03-20-2018, 08:19 AM
    Saving that for last resort. I know they are readily available there. Also getting 3 months supply of my blood pressure meds, Bystolic from Canada drug online. Local pharmacy with Medicare and Part D Suppliment is 560$ for a months supply. I...
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    03-20-2018, 12:03 AM
    I make a dumby round. Once you hash out all the details for COL. Make a dumby round with that bullet and heavily crimp it. Then when you switch bullets just snug everything on the dumby round and your good to seat all the rest of the bullets. No...
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    03-20-2018, 12:01 AM
    Another vote for the Lee die with NOE expanders. Cheaper and collecting them can be a new hobby. By the Lyman M die and you have to buy bunch. Go with NOE and its inexpensive to add new cartridges. I like reasonably priced simple and effective tools.
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    03-19-2018, 11:58 PM
    Rcmaveric replied to a thread What is this? in Testing Area
    I left LEO and security detail before we could play with simunition. I heard it was a fun but pain full learning experience.
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    03-19-2018, 09:42 PM
    http://lsstuff.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=31 That is the easy way. Premixed, nothing to go wrong, proven company, proven product. The other road might take you off the road into the weeds. Personally I like...
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    03-19-2018, 09:10 PM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread CCI Primers in Reloading Equipment
    I agree with posts # 2, 4, 5. They are my first choice all options being equal. I have yet to have a problem with them. I bought a fair amount back when they were 3.00$ per hundred. Feeling pretty good about that now. Have also used...
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    03-19-2018, 09:06 PM
    I doubt my answer is definative. I have a Springfield Armory 1911, made mid 90's. No full length guide rod. Gun will shoot better than I can hold. Period. Lock it into a vice or a real good rest, fire 5 at whatever distance you like. Then...
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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
GC Gas Check