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    Today, 09:39 PM
    I don't know about Lee saying they should be 0.681" but mine cast at 0.685" +/- a thou or so but pretty round and pretty consistent for both the 1 oz. and 7/8 oz. moulds. Seems to me the 7/8 oz. may cast a couple thou smaller. Both mine fit into...
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    Today, 05:09 PM
    Hah! you were typing at the same time I was! The sizers are not hard to make. I just use round bar and bore it to near size then lap to get good finish and final size. These are simple hammer sizers... just a bored bar and a punch then drop the...
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    Today, 04:54 PM
    I'm with you on that confusion. If the hull construction is the same I can't see how the powder knows the hull is shorter or longer. In fact same applies to wad column. How does the powder know whether you have a long or short wad column for a given...
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    Today, 01:20 PM
    Even easier... Make or buy a punch to make disks that just fit snuggly into the dipper (any larger than you need dipper) then punch cardboard disks to displace the volume you need to get to where you want. A woodscrew can be used to thread into...
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    Today, 12:35 PM
    Yes! I have to load up several types of slugs and some 2 ball loads for testing. Hmmmmm... I was sure KrackenFan69 said the slugs he sent me were Paradox slugs but they have a round flat nose. Doesn't matter as the only real difference is the...
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    Today, 02:40 AM
    Is that the Russian Paradox or Tusker? I thought the Paradox had a round nose but then neither is quite like the original... not that is matters, they are all nice slugs the Russian moulds cast. That is a whopper when you use the Gulandi pin! How...
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    Yesterday, 04:25 PM
    I figured someone would have posted something that would show up on Google images but no! There were lots of Lee Loader data cards for a variety of calibers but not for the 6.5 x 55. I'm guessing you want the actual card though not just a copy of...
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    Yesterday, 04:21 PM
    Thanks BigMrTong. They don't look as nice as your 3D printed tail wads though. But for us guys without 3D printers these are pretty easy to make. I am still having some trouble getting the felt to punch cleanly as is seems to "squirm" a bit...
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    Yesterday, 04:18 PM
    Are those what they call specialty "gas seals" for police and military use? I can't quite tell from the pic. These: https://www.ballisticproducts.com/HB12-12ga-x-8mm-Wad-Base-250_bag/productinfo/072HB12/ If so I tried to order some of those...
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    Yesterday, 12:21 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread best movie villains? ??? in Our Town
    Kirk Douglas, "The Villain"
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    Yesterday, 12:19 PM
    A local guy did fight the power company and won, when they were widening the highway. Drive north from my place towards Kalispell, and you will see where the power lines make a jog around the front of the Cycle Haus property.
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    Yesterday, 12:07 PM
    I agree with soaking it, or removing the rust in some way. If it still won't work, take it to the gun smith. The tiny roll pins that hold the safety in place can be a real booger to deal with.
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    Yesterday, 11:59 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Plugged barrel in Muzzleloading.
    Got a bicycle shop near by? They sell the CO2 dischargers, cheaper than a sporting goods shop. Get a couple ball inflator needles, cut them off past the vent holes in the tip.
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    01-18-2019, 11:41 AM
    for rusting, wash down with baking soda and water. Then, heat the metal, then pour boiling water over the area, or steam the barrel to turn the rust into blue. It should actually be kept up to heat for 20-25 minutes, but even a dose of the boiling...
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    01-18-2019, 11:38 AM
    I consider that a plus.
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    01-17-2019, 08:19 PM
    Not a problem. If you find it eventually though that would be great! I'm surprised there doesn't seem to be much old shotshell reloading info around. Lots of old brass cartridge reloading info but not much shotshell info ... at least that I can...
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    01-17-2019, 08:16 PM
    Good to hear! Thanks for the info. I've as yet to load any yet as I got distracted by my modified Lee slug mould work. Now I've got those to load too. Was planning on going to the range this weekend but we just got another snow dump so I'll see...
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    01-17-2019, 01:42 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Rock Riser in Hunting with CB's
    I dropped him a message on this. I think he may be fishing today.
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    01-17-2019, 01:26 PM
    Speed is not necessarily your friend in BPCR.
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    01-15-2019, 07:46 PM
    If you are cutting the entire crimp off including rolled edge you might try using a piece of 3/4" pipe cut and faced to the correct length. That is what I use for hull length cutting and gauges. I use a utility knife to cut across the face. Works...
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    01-15-2019, 12:48 PM
    Don't worry about the gas check being inside the case. Seat the bullets ot just clear the lands.
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    01-15-2019, 01:47 AM
    You might try using a paper wrap or two on the undersize slugs. That should tighten them up to suit the bore. Round balls are nice though I have to say. My goal has been decent hunting level accuracy to 100 yards with slugs from smoothbore but...
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    01-15-2019, 01:37 AM
    longbow replied to a thread Advice please in Casting for Shotguns
    I bored a piece of pipe nipple to wad size (yes, crude I know but it already had a large hole in it so less machining than solid bar) and made a close fitting insert with a hole through it to fit a 3" finishing nail (about 1/8" diameter IIRC) that...
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    01-14-2019, 04:00 PM
    Treeman: Any possibility you could post some or all of those old timey loads? I know I would certainly be interested and I am sure there are others that would be too. A guy can never have too much info for shotshell reloading! This guy can't...
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    01-13-2019, 10:00 PM
    Sorry Randy I misread or misinterpreted your comment about reducing pressure due to large groove diameter. Still, I think that is a silly idea. The gun should be built for the service. Even if pressure/strength/friction aren't issues the fact...
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    01-13-2019, 06:32 PM
    Okay so back to 2 ball loads. I just mic'd and weighed a few random balls and they mic within about 0.001"/0.0015" of round, which is good in my opinion, and they weigh from 314 grs. + a bit to 318 grs. + a bit so say nominal 316 grs. These are...
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    01-13-2019, 04:38 PM
    I should add that donut wads are normally used under a single ball. The bore diameter dount wads would sit over a hard card wad column and under a 0.690" RB or up to bore diameter RB (I use 0.735"). For smaller balls in shotcups you could use a 20...
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    01-13-2019, 04:31 PM
    Well, I was going to describe them then decided a quick internet search might turn something up. Lo and behold! BPI has them! I looked just recently for donut wads and came to the conclusion they were a thing of the past. Not so: ...
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    01-13-2019, 01:24 PM
    I'll have to get all mine out of the safe and look. I was pretty sure I had a couple of 84's that had the plain hardwood (birch?) stocks, cast trigger guards and plastic forearm spacers but maybe they are 840's. I have the one that is "fancy"....
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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