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    Yesterday, 11:43 AM
    The high spots are the groove diameter of the barrel. That is the dimension most used to determine a good bullet diameter. The "bore" will be the small diameter of the barrel (the barrel ID prior to cutting the rifling), and the bullets only the...
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    03-28-2020, 06:29 PM
    To determine if .358" is too big, you have to know what diameter the groove diameter is. I have 3 different 9 mm pistols an have 3 different groove diameter bbls. One is .355", one is .356", and my old Tokerev is .357"+. For the smaller barrels to...
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    03-28-2020, 02:06 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Case cleanning ! in Reloading Equipment
    I tried wet tumbling in my HF rock tumbler. I didn't care for wet tumbling so I made some custom drums that were larger and barely fit on my dual drum HF rotary and dry tumble (I got a HF single drum tumbler in '89 and it lasted until I "improved"...
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    03-28-2020, 02:00 PM
    Since this thread started 3 years ago I've added 4 calibers to my reloading (and 4 guns [smilie=1:). I'm up to 14 calibers, 7 of which are cast boolits loaded exclusively...
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    03-28-2020, 01:56 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Weigh check and sort? in Cast Boolits
    I believe as one gains more experience, consistent bullet weights will come with consistent methods. As your tempo, style, temperatures and alloy become more consistent, your bullets will become more consistent. I think any decent mold will not...
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    03-28-2020, 01:50 PM
    The insurance companies "contract" or "regulations" added on to the reloader's policy by an insurance company (as a CYA issue) is a whole different story. I thought the thread was leaning toward the legalities of powder storage. Sorry if my thread...
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    03-28-2020, 11:59 AM
    Well, a lot of discussion on laws, regulations, should, shouldn't, etc. I have been storing my powder in two places. Most extra one pounders and 8 lb jugs go in a steel cabinet, nuttin' special, and the often used one pound jugs go in a plastic 2...
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    03-27-2020, 12:52 PM
    I have a plastic faced mallet (6-8 oz.?) I purchased so long ago I forgot where I got it. I have used it around the shop, on my Lee Loaders, and as a sprue knocker. It shows very little wear and it'll probably last another 20-30 years. I have no...
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    03-27-2020, 12:37 PM
    I don't remember any "laws" pertaining to gun powder storage in CA. There is CA Fire Codes, but I was not going to read the whole thing to find any penalties/charges for "breaking" the code. I admit I didn't read the whole thing. But there is a...
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    03-26-2020, 11:47 AM
    Quickly read the info Land Owner posted (Thanks LO). My storage area is in my shop (a stick built large shed/small house, ?). Although it is only a few feet from my home (residence) it seems like most of those regulations do not apply to me as...
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    03-25-2020, 12:28 PM
    My oldest manual is a Speer 10th, and IIRC I got it in the mid '80s. Maybe because I'm a fan of books, I may treat them differently, but my Speer has marked/high lighted pages, a few "dog eared"but I've not broken the spine or loosened any pages. I...
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    03-25-2020, 12:14 PM
    Revolver rounds? I have never had a chambering problem with revolver rounds chambering, my first revolver rounds were reloaded in 1969.The only reason might be for some "short cylinder" revolvers and some long OAL loads. I have never reloaded for...
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    03-25-2020, 12:05 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Tygon tubing in Reloading Equipment
    I think your idea would work, but I'm a K.I.S.S. guy so I would suspend the tube with a weight on one end, heat the tube and allow to cool. I've done similar straightening to multi conductor cable, and wire loom...
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    03-23-2020, 04:16 PM
    Eureka! We got a good answer...
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    03-23-2020, 11:46 AM
    From your description of the "gap" you see, I might try and cast a few without handles. Try clamping in a vise or use c-clamps or some sort of clamp. If the bullets still come out .363" you have eliminated the handles as the problem. But you mention...
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    03-21-2020, 12:00 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Did I ruin my brass? in Cast Boolits
    Kinda difficult to say without one in my hand. I would dry tumble a few (or polish lightly with steel wool) and inspect the surface closely. Even if the cases come out shiny, I would look for tiny pits/pock marks and with my old eyes I'd use my...
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    03-21-2020, 11:54 AM
    I tried gas checking after PCing and it was a PIA. The check boss was enlarged a few thousandths and made starting/placing the check on the base difficult and many got on crooked. But I often just left the checks off and the PC protected the base....
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    03-21-2020, 11:40 AM
    This leads me to believe country gent hit on an important fact. If the neck wall is excessively thick, the sizing die would swage the case neck to an ID too small. Did you reload these cases before? Fire them in your gun previously? Sorry, but...
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    03-20-2020, 01:19 PM
    I haven't had to disassemble my Lee rifle dies in several years and not sure what the expander looks like, is this it? https://leeprecision.com/ez-x-exp-43-spanish.html Before I took a file to it (and never sandpaper, maybe crocus or emery cloth) I...
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    03-20-2020, 12:57 PM
    I like Lee Loaders. I started using one in '69 and even though I now have 3 presses, 13 die sets and 1.32 tons of assorted reloading tools I still occasionally get one of my 7 Lee Loaders out and pound out a few handloads (38 was my first and still...
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    03-20-2020, 12:23 PM
    I just visited Casting Machines site in vendor-sponsor forum. If I were to buy some 9mm bullets I would first slug the barrels of the guns that will use the cast bullets. If the bbl slugged .355" to .356" then I'd get Casting Machine's 122 gr. flat...
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    03-20-2020, 11:53 AM
    For new PC bullet user; treat them just like plain nekkid lead bullets. Use the same dimensions, same loading methods and same load data. This will get you started easily and safely. I've used this method for all my PCed bullets for a few years and...
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    03-18-2020, 12:18 PM
    I think if I had that much trouble decapping, I'd go with a Lee Decapper and Base (https://leeprecision.com/decapper-base-30-caliber.html) and a mallet. I have a couple and all my Lee Loaders (7) use one and I never heard of anyone breaking one on a...
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    03-14-2020, 12:04 PM
    mdi replied to a thread labeling problems. in Reloading Equipment
    Careful, some carburetor cleaners and brake cleaners will melt plastic. Use non-chlorinated brake clean
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    03-14-2020, 12:01 PM
    Hmmm. The seating stem marks the bullets? The seating stem either has a rough indent/cavity or doesn't fit the bullet being used. So, either polish out the cavity or modify the shape. Several methods to do this are posted above...
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    03-14-2020, 11:54 AM
    mdi replied to a thread bonanza co-ax in Reloading Equipment
    I'm reading minor issues with the Co-Ax that are easily remedied by using "getting used to it" thinking. Yes the swing is long, but nobody says you can only grab the handle all the way out on the end. I tried a short handle but the same reach is...
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    03-14-2020, 11:27 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Crimping for 9mm in Cast Boolits
    One of the problems with Lee's FCD for semi-auto cartridges is when too much crimp is applied, the reloader doesn't see the results. Most often too much taper crimp results in a case bulge. So, when there is too much crimp is applied and the case...
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    03-11-2020, 12:01 PM
    Looks like a Smartreloader (which has a reputation for real junk much made in China). Googled it and in a video is appears to be a copy of a PPM, without a handle(?).
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    03-11-2020, 11:58 AM
    I have polished the seating stem a couple times, reshaped the stem cavity once or twice, but since the "ring" is only cosmetic, I live with it. On my cast bullets, mostly soft in today's thinking (10-12 BHN) the ring does not appear on all shape...
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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