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    03-27-2020, 11:51 AM
    Yeah,normal swaging dies are very expensive and I don't have any for that reason.The old Swag-o-Matic presses can be found for around $100. I bought mine here on the S&S section for $75 with several die sets. You can use a 308 die opened to .312 to...
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    03-27-2020, 11:14 AM
    I use it in 30/30 with a 150gr loverin boolit and it works well for me. Around 1 1/2" @100yds from an H&R topper barrel.
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    03-27-2020, 11:07 AM
    rbuck351 replied to a thread Lil Gun in Canister & Surplus Powder
    Works great in my Puma 454 with a case full of lilgun and the Lee 300gr and doesn't over heat. I don't shoot it like a 10/22. 300grs (actually 317) at 1980fps from the light weight Puma is not what I want to shoot at ten rounds in 20 seconds. Guess...
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    03-27-2020, 12:19 AM
    My bore is around .313 so I shoot .314s but I have to neck turn a bit to get them to chamber. I also make an 85gr jacketed swc from 50cal BMG spent primers and a lyman 25cal cast boolet with a Swag-o-matic press and some homemade dies. Most of the...
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    03-26-2020, 12:00 PM
    I'm done buying 22lr. I went through the Obummer years with plenty of 22 and then picked up a bunch more in the last couple of years. The wife and I have been stocking up on the things we use from food to cleaning supplies and yes even TP for the...
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    03-25-2020, 11:26 PM
    I bought my 550 about 1995 and am very happy with it. I like the manual index. It's just the right machine for my loading needs. I have heard of their no BS warranty but have never had the need to use it.
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    03-25-2020, 12:02 PM
    rbuck351 replied to a thread Tygon tubing in Reloading Equipment
    I use a large pill bottle with a hole drilled in the cap to tightly fit the tubing and just let it hang under the press. Mine holds 2 or 3 hundred primers and I just unscrew the bottom, dump and screw the bottom back on.
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    03-25-2020, 01:20 AM
    Well, I have some older powder, w230, w630, some alcan powders and others that aren't listed in the newer books so for me they have some value. There are other powders that are still made that aren't listed often in the new books as well.
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    03-23-2020, 11:23 PM
    I think the only mags with the button on the right side are the early MKIs. But I could be mistaken.
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    03-23-2020, 06:54 PM
    I learned the shell holder trick here several years ago. Been using it since.
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    03-23-2020, 12:22 AM
    It's not to hard to open them up a bit if you want to size boolits 1 or 2 thousands larger.
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    03-23-2020, 12:14 AM
    rbuck351 replied to a thread H&i ??????? in Casting Equipment
    Yeah, Lyman just labeled each part starting with a then b and so on rather than using numbers. Top punch is g, h is the sizer and i is the pin.
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    03-23-2020, 12:01 AM
    A couple years ago I made a couple hundred from 357 cases the same way midnight did. I didn't anneal before or after and they worked fine. Later I managed to find a rcbs 256W case forming set real cheap and made some more. The set came with an...
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    03-22-2020, 11:31 AM
    I bought my rcbs see through green all plastic puller about 1975 and it still working fine. The aluminum shell holders wipe out quickly and I went through two or three sets before going to a standard shell holder. I have no problem pulling pistol or...
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    03-21-2020, 11:26 PM
    I use a similar process to make a 270gr .410 bullet for my 41mag. The main difference is I don't bother facing off the base and I size (.410) and form the nose prior to filling with lead. I also use a piece of flat steel on top of the press ram and...
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    03-21-2020, 11:00 PM
    I don't think it matters which brand you pick. It does matter how you use it. I have been beating mine against a piece of railroad track or the concrete floor for a lot of years without issues. Do not use a firm grip on the handle. Hold it with your...
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    03-16-2020, 10:00 PM
    I have a 454 puma and I'm shooting the Lee 300gr cast but with a case full of Lilgun for about 2000fps. It shoots good but I don't know if it will stabilize at subsonic speeds. Lyman shows a 325gr with a starting load of 11.3 grs of Unique in a 6"...
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    03-16-2020, 08:59 PM
    bpatterson Is your rifle a ruger or remington? I might have to try my 350 rem with a 200gr cast.
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    03-16-2020, 11:14 AM
    I would think switching to a faster powder such as red dot or unique would fix this.
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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