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    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    I load a lot of the Lee 356-120-TC, and it shoots great coated. Bucket of Hi-Tek gold, and some loaded below. I also load the Lee 358-125-RF and it works great, as long as you don't mind seating it so the crimp groove shows. I seated some down...
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    Yesterday, 12:18 PM
    Guess I better check my large magnum boxes and see if there are any missing. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    Yesterday, 01:23 AM
    Buy it here: http://hi-performancebulletcoatings.com/hi-tek-supercoat-powder/ The color is preference, as far as I've seen they all work the same. I have a number of colors, and they don't come out as bright as some of the PC colors, but...
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    02-25-2021, 01:28 PM
    CLOSED Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    02-24-2021, 10:56 PM
    Final bump, for real this time.
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    02-24-2021, 10:50 PM
    Just a thought experiment, to help you visualize: As a liquid gets hotter, it expands. So you pour an amount of very hot liquid lead into the mold to fill it, where it cools and contracts slightly. Meanwhile, a relatively cooler pour of lead will...
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    02-24-2021, 09:47 PM
    I was going through my primers, looking for some today, when one if my 100 packs of Federal 205M primers had an unusual rattle. I thought they had been spilled inside the pack and we're rattling around, so I opened them up to check. All there. So...
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    02-24-2021, 08:38 PM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread more primers in Our Town
    This. I'm allergic to prison. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    02-24-2021, 01:23 PM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread more primers in Our Town
    Powder and primers are a commodity. When there are more primers produced than there are people who want to buy them, the price will drop. It'll just take some time. I'm expecting by mid-2022 that there will be a whole lot of guns and reloading...
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    02-24-2021, 01:21 AM
    It's sold, sorry. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    02-24-2021, 01:18 AM
    If the 45acp die isn't already spoken for three times, I'll buy it. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    02-23-2021, 06:47 PM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread more primers in Our Town
    I stopped looking online when powder valley ran out and everything was backorder only. Since them it's been local shops only. There are a few around Dallas that get components at a slow trickle, and we go out east fairly regularly, so there are a...
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    02-23-2021, 03:54 PM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread more primers in Our Town
    There are still sellers selling at the "before" prices. Limited quantities, sure, but I'll pick up a few hundred here and there to make sure I don't run out until we find out what the new "normal" price is. I know of a couple sellers who gave me...
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    02-23-2021, 12:48 PM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread Cold over there in Our Town
    Honestly, I don't know who all the complainers are. There are some entitled people in every state, but I don't personally know any of them. Everyone I know was fine, if a little chilly for a couple days. My parents lost heat for a full day, but they...
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    02-23-2021, 03:30 AM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread Cold over there in Our Town
    It was 70 in Dallas today. Texas weather... Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    02-23-2021, 12:47 AM
    It's pending, check back in a day or so. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    02-22-2021, 01:58 PM
    Is that gold and black? Someone should keep a list of recipes. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    02-22-2021, 01:23 PM
    The seater die will also taper crimp, but I never used it for crimping since the set came with a separate factory crimp die. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    02-22-2021, 01:47 AM
    The Lyman book says 9gr is the max behind the 454190, and 8.2gr behind the 452664, both 250gr slugs. I load the 454424 up to 7.5gr without it even being really snappy in my vaquero. I'd say you're probably safe to shoot them, but you should...
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    02-22-2021, 12:36 AM
    Just tried the green using the instructions you gave me above. They came out great! Much brighter color. I'm also doing a much thinner first coat than I was before. Super thin first coat, heat until the probe hits 180C, when it hits 180 I...
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    02-22-2021, 12:28 AM
    After opening up the sizer I cast some more to test, and as I pushed them through the sizer I realized: they were barely touching the sides. The mold drops at .402. I probably didn't need to put them through the sizer, but I figured it couldn't hurt...
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    02-21-2021, 10:18 PM
    Final bump Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    02-21-2021, 10:13 PM
    I like their deluxe/ultimate die sets, because they're complete. Sizer/decapper, expander (or neck sizer for rifle), seater, crimper, and shell holder, all in one box. I might find I prefer a specific die from Lyman or RCBS for a particular...
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    02-21-2021, 08:57 PM
    It came with the separate crimp die, so I always used that, and only used the seater for seating. Worked just fine for jacketed. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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    02-21-2021, 04:10 PM
    So I've been using a Lee deluxe 4 die set for years now for 40S&W, with only factory j-words up until recently. Since I started loading cast, I've replaced the Lee case expander with a Lyman M die because I had some lead shaving off when using the...
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    02-20-2021, 05:45 PM
    bump to remind people it's here
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    02-20-2021, 05:36 PM
    Got the 9mm set, still looking for he 45acp set. Like it says, the lee deluxe 4 die sets for 9mm and 45acp Found the 9mm set on Amazon for $140 in stock in march, but I'm not falling for that. Anyone have either of these sets you'd be...
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    02-19-2021, 02:17 PM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread Cold over there in Our Town
    Unfortunately, most homes here aren't equipped for it. I mean physically, they can't put in a wood stove because the house doesn't have the proper venting. They can't hook up a backup generator, because the local power company won't let them. There...
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    02-19-2021, 02:46 AM
    ryanmattes replied to a thread Cold over there in Our Town
    We got about 8" of snow over 3 days just north of Dallas. My family in Wisconsin thinks that sounds like any Tuesday in February, but in Dallas, it's record-setting. It's been 126 years since all counties in Texas had snow. We've seen sleet and hail...
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    02-18-2021, 11:39 PM
    So you put the check on bare lead, then PC over the check? Do you use a push-through sizer after that? Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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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