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    Today, 12:54 PM
    https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/frankford-arsenal-co-ax-clone.844503/ Here's a discussion on the FA Co-Ax. I don't think it will be any threat to the Forster Co-Ax. Mine is excellent and any "cons" are so minor I don't pay much...
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    Yesterday, 02:16 PM
    It's not easy to push a .357"-.358" lead slug into a .354" brass tube without a tapered entry way. 99.9% of case bullet shaving is from the case mouth's edged gouging/shaving lead off a bullet. Don't be afraid to put a lot of flare in the case...
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    12-16-2018, 12:47 PM
    I think I would consult my lawyer. If she is vindictive enough to actually mix the powders, maybe the lawyer can give you legal advise concerning the ruining of your assets... (kinda like returning your classic '61 Midget with 4 flats and something...
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    12-15-2018, 12:50 PM
    I had a garage sale a couple years ago and offered my Smart Reloader press for sale for $7.00. I had some other reloading stuff on the table to attract reloaders. A couple guys picked it up, but they just put it back, one feller just shaking his...
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    12-15-2018, 12:42 PM
    I got started with wheel weight alloy about 25 years ago. I have found that I can shoot my WW alloy (and my 11 BHN Mystery Metal) to magnum velocities without leading the barrels if the bullets fit my guns. I don't do any water quenching nor do I...
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    12-14-2018, 05:38 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Cast boolit target trap in Cast Boolits
    https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS776US776&q=homemade+bullet+traps&spell=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjE6Yflo6DfAhWsqIMKHSGnB5gQBQgrKAA&biw=994&bih=430 A bunch of ideas here...
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    12-14-2018, 12:55 PM
    mdi replied to a thread lee bushings in Reloading Equipment
    Not familiar with that particular bushing assy., but I have installed/removed threaded bushing many times. I would screw in a die and lock the lock nut down tight (a wrench on the die and a wrench on the lock nut). Essentially you are "locking" the...
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    12-14-2018, 12:47 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 45 AUTO Makes Me Happy in Cast Boolits
    Yep, some guns don't feed SWC bullets consistently. My RIA 1911 will digest anything I can fit in the magazine, but my Ruger P90 will have 2-5 failures to feed per magazine when 200 gr SWC are loaded...
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    12-13-2018, 12:52 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee 430-310 sized .432? in Cast Boolits
    I would start with slugging the barrel of the rifle and the cylinder throats of your revolver. These measurements will give you the best starting point for proper bullet size for your guns. Where did you get the bullet diameters you listed? A .432"...
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    12-11-2018, 04:41 PM
    I read your post a couple times (a basic "Reloading 101" type question), and my post referred to the answers offered in several posts ahead of mine. I just added some pertinent info so a new, inexperienced reloader could understand, and a hint to...
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    12-11-2018, 12:30 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Old Keith 44 New Crimp in Cast Boolits
    Looks to me like a heavy attempt at a roll crimp. The "crimp" diameter is rounded off and the smaller diameter of the die's ID, beyond the crimp is apparent in the smaller diameter.. I would back off until the "straight" part is gone and the roll is...
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    12-10-2018, 12:48 PM
    Not meant to be offensive, but for a newer reloader (I determined this from the original question), just stick to what's in your manuals, and in time, with more understanding of charges/pressures you can "extrapolate" charges. As mention/explained...
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    12-10-2018, 12:39 PM
    I succumbed to my curiosity a few years back and threw away some money on a Smart Reloader press. The only thing good about the press is it has a nice smooth wooden ball on the handle. Everything else is really, really bad. When I got t it felt...
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    12-08-2018, 06:09 PM
    Maybe, but not necessarily so...
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    12-08-2018, 11:21 AM
    True. It only puts a taper in the case mouth to expedite bullet seating. I have a couple M dies,but although they do work, I have had no real reason to "expand and flare" the case mouths. I load cast bullets with a BHN of from 10 to over 17 and have...
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    12-07-2018, 02:43 PM
    My casting cadence depends on the bullet's appearance. Very shiny and I can speed up the cadence a bit. If the bullets are starting to get dull, just before frosty, I'll slow down. For a lot of years I just used this method for my casting, no...
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    12-06-2018, 05:04 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Berdan cleaning... in Reloading Equipment
    If you can't clean "mechanically" (wet tumble, pocket cleaner, or pick) look at jsizemore's posted link. A soak/slosh in a liquid cleaner will probably get them clean enough and maybe a quick brushing with an acid brush (but I like the security torx...
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    12-06-2018, 04:56 PM
    For the new Lee molds I have recently purchased, I heat-cooled cycle them a few times on my hot plate. I also clean with brake clean just to make sure all oil is off the mold. Sometimes I'll cast a bunch and don't even look at them, just dump them...
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    12-03-2018, 01:12 PM
    Good idea, but not really new. Sorta BTDT...
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    12-03-2018, 01:04 PM
    I have always thought the bullet designers did not just randomly place a crimp groove on their bullets. They took into consideration how much of the bullet extends into the case and powder capacity relative to pressures. I'm sure there are other...
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    12-02-2018, 01:02 PM
    As a new reloader, crimping is important, but don't over think the process. Find a factory cartridge and use that as a "standard", just copy it... I started reloading 38 Specials in '69, and always seated the bullet to the crimp groove and...
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    12-02-2018, 12:59 PM
    ^This^. You will prolly have to experiment, trial and error, to find what mix will work for you.
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    12-02-2018, 12:54 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Jword boolits in Cast Boolits
    OOPS! Yeah, I jes invented it, sorta, kinda a wasp waist 9mm with a titanium case and a cast iron bullet. Ain't worked too good yet. 35 Anti Cat Poop.....:veryconfu As obvious, my fat fingers often hit the wrong key, and my proof reader ain't at...
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    12-02-2018, 12:47 PM
    The grade 8 bolts, American made, I had at the City of LA, Dept. of Water Heavy Equipment repair would dull a drill bit. Tried to drill a lock wire hole in a few, really tough...
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    11-30-2018, 03:23 PM
    I worked in a heavy duty construction equipment repair shop and at least 80% of the bolts/nuts I replaced were black, grade 8. Didn't see any grade 8 plated/coated, some grade 5 and lower (?) were both galvanized and yellow (?) coated. Don't mean...
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    11-30-2018, 12:36 PM
    The yellowish tint is a corrosion preventative coating (zinc/zinc chromate?). But if you plan on drilling, cutting or machining that bolt, Grade 8 is pretty hard. If you shop around you can find a Grade 5 (sorta standard every day bolt hardness),...
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    11-30-2018, 12:28 PM
    mdi replied to a thread slugged my 1911 in Cast Boolits
    When you slug a barrel, the largest outside diameter is the groove diameter, and for cast bullets, this is the dimension you need. Set the calipers aside and just measure the largest diameter of the bullet with your mics and start with a cast bullet...
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    11-30-2018, 12:21 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Jword boolits in Cast Boolits
    I don't "speed load" any of my handloads and I feel much more satisfaction using cast bullets. The actual loading ain't no different than full condom bullets, but there is a bit more (a lot more?) that goes into making a lead bullet than picking a...
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    11-29-2018, 06:26 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Jword boolits in Cast Boolits
    I read of some "moosleem" bullets; FMJ dipped in pig poop...
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    11-29-2018, 12:49 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Jword boolits in Cast Boolits
    One time, before I had my morning coffee, I saw "J-Word" and thought the poster was Antisemitic...:killingpc
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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