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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    I am not understanding exactly what Lee tools you have? You mention "speed", are you using Lee's Speed Dies? https://leeprecision.com/cgi-data/instruct/speed.pdf If so, you will probably have to hone out the die body, but it will be a tricky...
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    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    I use notebooks. I keep a log for every casting session, so all my boolits have a batch number, so I can go back to my notebook and confirm alloy and age and sometimes I take several hardness readings over the age. Some stuff gets loaded right...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-13-2019, 10:14 PM
    Closely examine the inside of the sizer insert with a magnifying glass...It should be mirror smooth.
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-11-2019, 08:22 PM
    I would think there is a "speed Limit"? ...of course I could be wrong. I do have a story, some years ago, I was gifted some Home-swaged 243 (22LR jackets) rifle bullets. I loaded them to a pet load of mine for commercial jacketed bullets, and I...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-11-2019, 07:28 PM
    I moved your post to a better area. I think it's best to use a shotgun style slug if you aren't going to use a sabot. Typically, 358 boolits are used with sabots for 410 shotgun slug ammo. here is an excellent tutorial on that....
    6 replies | 144 view(s)
  • BrassMagnet's Avatar
    09-11-2019, 12:55 PM
    Lyman Third Edition Cast Bullet manual has a chart listing the top punch for most of the moulds. Lyman Fourth Edition Cast Bullet manual has a chart listing the top punches for moulds still in production (not many!) and also top punches for moulds...
    14 replies | 297 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-10-2019, 10:40 AM
    This is my take on it... What makes a heat treated boolit more accurate than a boolit of the same alloy that isn't heat treated? The answer is boolit deformation due to pressures that are higher than the non-heat treated boolit can stand....
    12 replies | 473 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-09-2019, 07:33 PM
    Sounds like it's time to buy a cheap small chain saw, maybe an electric one? and a chain with small teeth. A lube like Turpentine or kerosene sounds like an excellent idea too.
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-09-2019, 07:21 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread slag in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Here is some great info for you about Slag/Dross. http://www.lasc.us/Fryxell_Book_Chapter_4_Fluxing.htm "From Ingot to Target: A Cast Bullet Guide for Handgunners©" by Glen E. Fryxell and Robert L. Applegate. Read the whole book when you get...
    9 replies | 347 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-09-2019, 07:10 PM
    Oh...yeah, I was refering to stock 223/556 AR's Sorry I can't help with 22-250, hopefully someone else can.
    6 replies | 194 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-09-2019, 02:20 PM
    45 gr may be kind of light (and short) to stabilize in the typically fast twist AR's I like 60gr. I have a HM² mold that's designed for the AR that I like the best. I also have a NOE clone of the RCBS 22-055...which drops at 60gr, which works...
    6 replies | 194 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-09-2019, 02:03 PM
    I stickied this thread due to a suggestion from W.R.Buchanan. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?386918-Any-thoughts-about-the-Lee-Lead-Hardness-test-kit/page2
    17 replies | 2558 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-09-2019, 02:00 PM
    A sticky is a great idea. I made this post a few years ago (I just made it a sticky today due to this suggestion). Maybe everyone can add their design to it?...
    33 replies | 1099 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-06-2019, 11:08 AM
    You hit the nail on the head. If you read through the Lube recipe Sticky, you will find hundreds of recipes. If you look for commercially made lubes, you will likely find more different lubes than you'll have time, in this lifetime, to try. ...
    36 replies | 1335 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-06-2019, 10:48 AM
    50-50 (paraffin-petroleum jelly) will likely be kind of hard and brittle and may not stick in the lube grooves. Paraffin in a boolit lube recipe has a couple desirable effects, especially for Rifle. But too much is a bad thing, I wouldn't put more...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-04-2019, 09:14 PM
    Yeah, one to 2 hunnerd. Maybe offer to swap something you have, that you don't need?
    12 replies | 657 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-03-2019, 10:34 PM
    September 2019 Contest topic: Black Powder Paper Patching discussion of techniques, materials and results of the "Wrapped Galena" with Black Powder. Start'n over at the TOP New contest format. New rules. See link for rules.
    0 replies | 146 view(s)
  • BrassMagnet's Avatar
    09-02-2019, 11:42 AM
    Just make sure you don’t fail at being retired! Some of us fell off the wagon and applied for another job.
    15 replies | 1236 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    08-31-2019, 11:38 AM
    So, how does everyone grind it up?
    26 replies | 767 view(s)
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    08-31-2019, 11:05 AM
    My best friend, is a veggie farmer and bee keeper (in MN), said his honey production is up this year. His bees have struggled in years past...winter kill and CCD.
    15 replies | 652 view(s)
  • BrassMagnet's Avatar
    08-30-2019, 10:02 AM
    Search for the Lee Loader forum and you can find a link to load data. Then you can just download, save, and print it. I should have them saved. PM your email address to me and I will send it.
    8 replies | 348 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    08-29-2019, 11:54 AM
    I use them when making #11 Perc Caps (I use a cup forming tool made by MannyCA and Popcan metal). Anyway, proper spelling is Legends or Legends of the wild west. I don't think Walmart has them available anymore? But they are still available...
    14 replies | 782 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    08-29-2019, 11:28 AM
    I decapped hundreds of cases with live primers. Usually when I've bought brass which was primed, but not properly stored or properly processed...once a batch of brass had different color primers...I want primers from the same batch in my ammo. I...
    43 replies | 1273 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    08-27-2019, 10:09 PM
    In the Late 80s and early 90s, I tent camped below Black Mountain lookout (3 times). I have no idea what that area is like now, but it was wonderful camping then. It's up from Dayton on Hwy 14. Then a few miles on gravel (16). There are some...
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    08-27-2019, 09:52 PM
    the three widest and longest parts appear to be the "Shell Latch" from a Rem 870 https://www.gunpartscorp.com/gun-manufacturer/remington/870/parts-list-rem-870?page=11 Item 55 and 56. I recognized it, as it was a part I had to replace on my...
    26 replies | 1488 view(s)
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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
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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