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    Yesterday, 09:40 PM
    I think I will take a close look through the BPI website and see how many of these different slugs I can buy and try. Moulds are available for many now but easier to buy a few Gualandis, Thug Slugs, AQ'a and others to give them a try. Then decide on...
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    Yesterday, 09:32 PM
    Yes, Mike! Speaking of lost arts! Maybe not lost but but modern barrel making is a far cry from the old hand cut barrels. Those old guys knew what they were doing and did it well! I am sure they had all this worked out 300 years ago because they...
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    Yesterday, 09:17 PM
    Depends what you paid for the mould and what Lyman will charge for a core pin... and shipping costs. I'd make one myself but then I have a lathe. I am surprised Lyman can't turn a pin to specs and expect it to fit their own mould! Can their...
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    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    Randy: I already have solid slugs with screw starter holes in them. I made new core pins for my push out moulds in both wad slugs diameter and full bore. I have used them with the hot melt glue tail wads and with reasonable success, except... as...
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    Yesterday, 10:57 AM
    Randy: I laugh every tine I read your comments about the Lyman Foster slug mould! I think you have mentioned how much you don't like about as many times as I have warned people not to buy one! Which is every time the subject comes up! Of all...
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    Yesterday, 01:55 AM
    Randy: I used to shop for reloading supplies in Spokane and Colville (Clark's Allsports) but 911 put an end to that. non US citizens can't be in possession of powder, primers, bullets or pretty much any reloading stuff. it is legal to bring it to...
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    Yesterday, 01:49 AM
    Yes, the core pins are a bit different. if you read my first post, there was a bit of confusion (maybe on my part?) about the core pins. Lee only listed a 7/8 oz. core pin on their website... or all I could find was the 7/8 oz. core pin and Titan...
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    Yesterday, 12:22 AM
    Hal ~ no it is a smoothbore. I missed out on a used rifled barrel for $150.00 CDN at the same shop! Regular they run about $280.00 IIRC. msm ~ I've got mould for Brenneke like slugs with longitudinal straight vanes and I have full bore smooth...
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    12-14-2018, 09:34 PM
    If you are getting a custom chamber reamer made you may have a good chance of this working. Not sure of the tolerances on plastic hulls but if the hull is a close fit to chamber and you don't have a forcing cone the slug may enter and seal the bore...
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    12-14-2018, 09:24 PM
    Michael: Not sure if you've seen these threads by BigMrTong: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?358525-Lee-7-8oz-Custom-Slug-Wads http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?364546-Improvement-of-my-Good-1oz-Lee-Slug-Load An...
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    12-14-2018, 12:18 AM
    No here... so no personal experience. I think you would get a lot of blow by in the hull and through the forcing cone. In fact possibly so much you would lose pressure and not get decent powder burn. What I have tried is to use nitro card wads...
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    12-13-2018, 11:50 PM
    Good to know you've got some success. Yes, I can help you out. We'll take a look shortly. Its a bit busy with Christmas coming so it may have to wait a bit but I'll make some time after Christmas for sure, if not before. I used one of the...
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    12-13-2018, 11:43 PM
    So, I mentioned I might do this and it went very well. Quite satisfying after the setback on the rifled choke tube! I placed on order with Titan Reloading (great service and better prices than Lee!) to get some parts to upgrade my old Lee...
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    12-13-2018, 11:12 PM
    Cap'n Morgan: I didn't get any chatter at all but I did get some grabbing which when it happened required a firm tug on the handle to get moving again. I tried pushing back which worked sometimes but not others. Possibly the lack of chatter is...
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    12-12-2018, 11:42 PM
    Disaster has befallen me! I remade the cutter to a single tooth hook style cutter and it worked... a little too well! It cut well from the get go but tended to grab and stop so requiring a bit of force to get moving again, in either direction, I...
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    12-12-2018, 11:27 PM
    More than all of us have shot in the last 10 years I suspect... but that's just me. I think it is out of my budget range... on that note a quick internet search reveals that they seem to range for 240 Euros to almost 500 Euros depending on options....
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    12-12-2018, 08:00 PM
    Just had a thought... dangerous times! I had been thinking about making a D bit reamer to clean up the post hole but maybe lapping would do it... if that is the problem area. Coat everything with thick mould release and hopefully you can get at...
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    12-11-2018, 08:53 PM
    Hah! I thought I had a bite there! You want the same thing I do! I am curious as to how these balls are working for people in Rifled guns. Hogtamer posted some results using 0.679" RB's I sent him but I would have figured there be more posters...
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    12-11-2018, 01:19 AM
    On the number of pins... when I switched to the Federal field hulls and had trouble with roll crimps I took 3 pins out of my roll crimper leaving 3 pins in. Made no difference I could tell. I checked hull thickness and concluded I needed a bit...
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    12-10-2018, 08:43 PM
    Not a lot to report as I haven't had the gun out again. I wanted to wait until I got the M*CARBO spring set. Well that arrived today! Even with Canada Post strike and mail delays that isn't too bad. I will get the spring set installed in a few...
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    12-10-2018, 12:24 AM
    Okay then here's my roll crimper and a crimped hull... empty but crimped: Roll crimper: yes, it is as crude as it looks! The roll crimper is sitting on a short piece of 12 ga. barrel if you are wondering about the very large stem. ...
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    12-09-2018, 07:36 PM
    I mark the wads for length then slide a wad into a piece of old 12 ga. barrel and use a utility knife to cut the petals off at the face of the barrel. A piece of 1/2" CPVC pipe is used under the wad to hold position for the cut. It's simple and it...
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    12-09-2018, 07:33 PM
    I made my roll crimper from an old automotive universal joint cup and a clevis pin. Annealed the cup and drill 3/8" hole through for the stem of the clevis pin. Turned the head of the clevis pin to suit the inside diameter of the roll crimp....
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    12-08-2018, 08:58 PM
    I load top end "J" bullet loads under my equal weight cast boolits in my 1894 marlin .44 mag and use all PB boolits with little issue. It used to lead a bit but for two reasons: - boolits were undersize (SAAMI rifle spec is 0.431" groove diameter...
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    12-08-2018, 08:48 PM
    My trimmer is really crude. I cut off pieces of 3/4" iron pipe then faced smooth in my lathe one every 1/4" from 2" to 3". Slip a hull in the appropriate length "trimmer" then slide a utility knife across. Works well enough but I agree there is...
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    12-08-2018, 05:27 PM
    Some of us want to shoot heavy boolits whether we have to or not. I used to wonder if the heavier boolit reduced case capacity to the point that there would be less velocity and penetration but from my testing... no! The 300 gr. boolits out...
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    12-08-2018, 01:55 PM
    As noted, the 1:38" twist seems to be a historical twist from the .44-40's or even prior. Why the "fat" bores? Well, I have never seen any reasonable explanation as to why a rifle chambered for a handgun cartridge with SAAMI spec of 0.429" groove...
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    12-05-2018, 09:20 PM
    Randy: I'm guessing your Lee slug mould question was aimed at me (no pun intended!)? My current plan is to sort out stem diameter to suit a decent size wood screw (#6 or maybe #8?) then drill the core pin to the bottom of the drive key slot...
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    12-04-2018, 07:46 PM
    What is the difference between the Slugger and a standard MEC 600 Jr.? From what I can tell from reading it is just the different crimp dies but they sure jack up the cost for that. If I could buy the conversion kit (for a reasonable cost anyway)...
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    12-04-2018, 07:40 PM
    I'm guessing it is a Danish thing to take slugs duck hunting!?! Your ducks are that big? Now if you had one 'o them bright powder coated slugs as suggested in another thread you might not have needed a Shotkam to see the slug! Just a little...
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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