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  • Pressman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    Hendere, the Herter's threaded shell holders will also work on your ECHO press if you cannot find an original. Ken
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  • Kevin Rohrer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:10 AM
    This is a standard question asked at least once a month on each of the gun forums. The answer is always the same: Lyman 50.
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    01-19-2019, 08:55 PM
    Pressman replied to a thread rcbs A3 in Vintage Reloading Gear
    The A3, looks much like the earlier A's only the paint color is lighter. 234337[/ATTACH
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    01-18-2019, 09:05 PM
    Pressman replied to a thread rcbs A3 in Vintage Reloading Gear
    The A4 is a marketing name as the press is in no way related to the original A's. The A4 is bigger and stronger with a completely different design. It's a great press and nearly overkill for most reloading tasks. Where the A's are slightly larger...
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    01-18-2019, 08:54 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Best Lead remover in Cast Boolits
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    01-18-2019, 06:09 PM
    I will take it. PM sent
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    01-18-2019, 03:06 AM
    Bullseye was the original GI powder. It was the only one load for the 45ACP for the 230gr FMJ bullet. 5.0gr was of Bullseye was the standard for years and years. Not sure if or when they may have changed.
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    01-17-2019, 08:50 PM
    Pressman replied to a thread rcbs A3 in Vintage Reloading Gear
    They were the last of the A series presses. They were made for about one year, 1968/9. It was determined that the Rockchucker would do everything the A would do at a lower build and shipping cost. The bigger A just was no longer needed. The...
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    01-16-2019, 07:28 PM
    NY Firefighter you are causing me to drool all over my keyboard. That is one beauty of a scale.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-15-2019, 03:15 AM
    What type of tackle do you use to catch deer??????????? Is a mandatory deer check being established in the area? Not at this time. The DNR’s primary focus for response is...
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    01-14-2019, 10:46 PM
    That's too bad it's all packed away, it would be educational to see your work. Serious, as in hard or heavy effort to size or swage boolits or brass.
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    01-13-2019, 10:45 PM
    1hole can you post a picture of your modified Spartan, please.
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  • LUBEDUDE's Avatar
    01-13-2019, 11:53 AM
    Looks like a well thought out system for a lot of reloaders. Boy, he sure has a rock solid mounting system. I never saw that press shift at all. Thanks for posting that video Castalott. :p
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    01-13-2019, 03:13 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread 45-70 in Our Town ...
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  • Kevin Rohrer's Avatar
    01-12-2019, 08:34 PM
    I use the Franklins. Blue in-color, they each have a really nice chart on the back of each telling you what calibers fit in the different numbered trays. Relatively inexpensive ($7 each on Amazon), they will last forever, and stack neatly. My stack...
    36 replies | 934 view(s)
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    01-12-2019, 07:15 PM
    Has to be done by a Mod. What can I do to help?
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    01-12-2019, 11:40 AM
    1hole, good questions. The way the JR2 was converted created a weak area for the links. The links need to be supported on both sides and to do this with a conversion is bolt on a side support. Full length resizing a 30-06 has been considered the...
    31 replies | 705 view(s)
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    01-11-2019, 08:18 PM
    Pressman replied to a thread Who else RV's? in Camping Gear
    Wife and I are on our second winter of work camping in Texas for the winter. We volunteer at Christian campgrounds doing maintenance work. Last year, during the off (summer) season, we went to California to visit friends, spent two weeks in...
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    01-11-2019, 05:11 PM
    This is a RCBS JR2 converted to compound linkage. This press was made as a proof of concept. It is not strong enough for serious reloading. Yes, it can be done but the amount of engineering to make a successful press is considerable and totally...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-11-2019, 05:04 PM
    These are very nice. Been using them for a long time.
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    01-11-2019, 02:02 AM
    Light strikes could be a sign of long headspace. Same for the primer appearance. The primer backs out with the case forward than get reseated under pressure.
    26 replies | 623 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-10-2019, 06:19 AM
    I load for a lot of different rifles in the same caliber bottleneck cases mostly for long range competition. I prefer the Redding or Forster micrometer and neck bushing dies. For 223 and 308 I run Dillon carbide sizing dies. For handgun it is...
    44 replies | 1270 view(s)
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    01-09-2019, 10:39 PM
    The rod is threaded into the aluminum cap. You might be able to straighten that one. Those were made by C-H so a Herter's or C-H die could be used for parts. The trick is finding the correct length rod. Ken
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    01-09-2019, 09:32 PM
    You can order some here for $13.00 per 100
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    01-09-2019, 02:38 PM
    I was thinking more along the lines of a chemical analysis using a mass spectrometer or whatever analysis equipment would be best for the task. Until the 1880's BP was the only viable option for BP and the manufacture of it would be at it's...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 01:57 AM
    We still have lots of loaded cartridges from the BP days. I know of at least three kegs of unopened rifle BP from the civil war. A friend of mine is into very old and expensive liquors. I have sampled 200 year old liquors. If we still have 200...
    67 replies | 1995 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 01:09 AM
    We all agree the BP quality and fouling properties vary depending on manufactures processes. That is true today same as it was in the past. I have often read about the superior powders of the past. With the increased technology the very finest...
    67 replies | 1995 view(s)
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    01-09-2019, 12:41 AM
    For LE write a ticket or citation they need to site what code you allegedly violated. Without that it's not a valid citation.
    78 replies | 3647 view(s)
  • Pressman's Avatar
    01-08-2019, 07:27 AM
    C-H was the largest maker of reloading tools in the early 1950's. They custom made dies for many other reloading tool makers. Today you can find them as
    14 replies | 693 view(s)
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    01-08-2019, 07:23 AM
    Froggie is not dreaming, one of the ARTCA members found the Lyman Organizer. He posted a catalog picture, I believe he found it in a Handloaders Digest from the mid 70's. Ken
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    01-08-2019, 06:07 AM
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    01-08-2019, 04:19 AM
    Products like Simichrome use 8 to 10 microns sized particles. That puts it at about 1,800 grit Most custom hand lapped barrels do not...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-08-2019, 03:19 AM
    I find that I can shot quicker and more accurately one handed with the standard Blackhawk grip. Two handed I do better with the Bisley. With the double action grip style 44 Mag is about max for me before it becomes uncomfortable. The Bisley...
    55 replies | 1438 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-08-2019, 01:03 AM
    Last I read Dug was not reaming them anymore. He purchased a Sunnen hone and hones them now. That is a better method than reaming.
    11 replies | 626 view(s)
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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