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    Yesterday, 06:44 PM
    I started with a Coleman camp stove and an eight inch cast iron Dutch oven, I used a large kitchen ladle with a 3/32” hole drilled in the bottom to cast. I then bought a lee bottom pour. For me buying the bottom pour pot was a big mistake. I now...
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    Yesterday, 01:45 PM
    If we go with the .001” to .002” oversized theory. Then .357” would be about right. I have sanded out a few Lee sizers. A dowel, a bit of masking tape and a piece of 600 grit make quick work of it. JM P.s. I have run .0025” oversized without...
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    03-31-2020, 01:10 PM
    JM7.7x58 replied to a thread On brass.... in Cast Boolits
    I am currently playing the “learn how to make .40 s&w go bang everytime game”. In an effort to reduce variables I have sorted out one headstamp of 40 brass for load development. I hope to start using mixed brass once I get this round figured out....
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    03-31-2020, 12:31 PM
    I don’t think that there is really any difference mechanically when depriming. There is a difference when priming on your press. Hornady shell holders will not work with the Lee on press priming system. If you ever want to Prime on your RCBS you...
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    03-31-2020, 11:25 AM
    That old revolver pretty much lives in the back of the safe. I have a nice Security Six that replaced it 15 years ago. I think that I will try to stretch that spring a little. Thanks for the hint. JM
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    03-31-2020, 10:57 AM
    While I don’t have decades of experience. The few thousand primers I have seated on my Lee Classic Cast have all been touched by my hands. They all went off. It seems that there are two camps with primer handling the “rubber glove and tweezer” camp...
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    03-28-2020, 08:47 PM
    I’m at seven. 32 acp (I’m just starting out with this one.) 38 special 357 mag 45 acp 40 s&w 30-06 7.7x58mm Japanese
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    03-27-2020, 01:33 PM
    The only thing that I would change for sure is my first lead pot purchase. I regret buying a Lee 20# bottom pour pot. Mine is currently "adjusted" so that the slide will not move, basically plugging the pot. I am now laddle casting, and very happy...
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    03-27-2020, 11:04 AM
    Ian at Forgotten Weapons has a good YouTube video where he talks about his experience importing a individual firearm.Here is the link. JM
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    03-26-2020, 05:50 PM
    ^^^^This is a great idea!^^^^ If you don’t have round nose pliers (they are great by the way, I have two pairs), you could insert a Lee Case Length Gauge into the neck of the Bee and clamp down with some “soft jaw” vise grips. I like cut up...
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    03-26-2020, 01:56 PM
    We have a bush that grows around here called ocean spray, it also goes by the name iron wood. The natives used it to make digging sticks, second year growth makes good arrows, and if glued at the handle a good bow can be made from it. I use a stout...
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    03-25-2020, 03:30 AM
    I really value the Lyman Cast Bullet Manual 3rd edition. It has a lot of Herco data. I just recently picked up 12 pounds of Herco for a great price. Between this website and my copy of the 3rd edition I did a lot of research before my purchase. I...
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    03-24-2020, 03:11 AM
    JM7.7x58 replied to a thread Preheating mold in Cast Boolits
    I use a cheap electric Panini sandwich press. It has a heating plate/element both top and bottom. I paid like $7.00 for it at the thrift store. I start heating my molds at the same time as I turn on my Lee 20# pot. By the time the lead is melted...
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    03-22-2020, 01:16 AM
    I sized and tumble lubed 300 Lee 452-230-RN-TL and 200 Lee 358-148-WC-TL. I then loaded two dummy rounds for my new to me 32 ACP Beretta 81. Did this without having any dies, they are in the mail. I used the NOE expander for my 30-06, to open the...
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    03-19-2020, 05:49 PM
    Go through all your die boxes. It may have been living in sin with another caliber for all these years! I hope there weren’t three dies in that box, that would be disgusting!!! JM
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    03-11-2020, 12:35 AM
    My first mold was a Lee .358 wadcutter mold. I scrubbed it with comet cleanser. And made a bunch of boolits. Many were rejects, but I made so many that it didn’t matter. Have a nice round piece of hard wood on hand, and only hit the bolt on the...
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    03-11-2020, 12:18 AM
    JM7.7x58 replied to a thread Pray for bazoo in Our Chapel
    Good to hear that you are getting better! JM
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    03-11-2020, 12:13 AM
    I have a 6 banger 45 acp, 230 grain mold that I use a ladle with. My ladle is not really a normal ladle. I use a 2 oz kitchen ladle w/ a 3/32” hole drilled in the bottom. It is basically a mobile mini bottom pour pot. It works great. It’s really...
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    03-08-2020, 11:19 PM
    Smaller batches will mean less smoke. Bacon fat gives off a different smell than candle wax gives off. More like cooking meat. Always have a plumbers torch handy to light off your flux, way less smoke when it flames up. Sneak up on it! Try five...
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    03-08-2020, 08:51 PM
    Thank You Pressman for the history lesson. I now feel foolish for “switching” to a new die brand. I assumed that the hornady shell holder would work with the Lee on press priming system because my RCBS shell holders have in the past. From your...
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    03-08-2020, 05:12 PM
    Public Service Announcement: Hornady Shell Holder Center Holes Are Bigger. They will not correctly align the priming arm on the Lee Classic Cast Press. My reloading for today is shut down. Going to get a new shell holder ordered. Side Note:...
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    03-08-2020, 11:51 AM
    It is a good system if you are using their turret presses that have limited space between dies. For me and my single stage presses the new rings have no value. I like my die nuts to have flats. JM
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    03-06-2020, 05:36 PM
    JM7.7x58 replied to a thread 9mm cases splitting in Cast Boolits
    This is true. I bought two expanders from NOE, on the same day. One for my 30-06 and another for my 7.7x58mm. One is rougher than the other and becomes very "brassy" quickly. I use steel wool to clean this one on a regular basis. It would seem that...
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Long time listener, first time caller. I've been reading this forum for years. Very grateful for all the information I have gathered here over the years.
I was given an old Type 99 Arisaka over a decade ago by a family member. It had been disasembled back in the 70's and was missing half of it's screws. I got it put back together and am now getting ready to cast boolits for it and for 38 special/.357 mag.
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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
GC Gas Check