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    Yesterday, 12:22 PM
    I started reloading 38 Specials in 1969. I have 4 revolvers that shoot the 38 and I have developed some loads more accurate than I can hold, and I cannot remember ever measuring a case... Case trimming may be necessary for an S&W Mod 52, but I...
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    02-16-2019, 05:31 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Dies in Reloading Equipment
    I use Lee dies for my 308 Winchester reloads. I use the standard F/L dies and seat the bullets with the Lee die. I only use enough "crimp" to straighten out the flare as neck tension will hold the bullets fine. Before you actually have a problem,...
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    02-16-2019, 05:19 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Haze in my bore question. in Cast Boolits
    Normally leading/fouling at the muzzle end of the barrel is a sign the lube has "run out". I'd try a different lube, K.I/S.S. before you start changing alloys, powder, etc.... Even though I make much of my lube, I have used White Label Lubes...
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    02-15-2019, 03:00 PM
    mdi replied to a thread First Time EVER! in Cast Boolits
    What part did you ream?
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    02-14-2019, 03:45 PM
    There is (was?) a range in downtown LA that would not allow any ammo to be brought in. Ammo had to be purchased there. I think it was a range for a club that for some reason (business license?) had to be open to the public. To discourage any...
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    02-14-2019, 01:14 PM
    mdi replied to a thread in Cast Boolits
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    02-14-2019, 01:00 PM
    From the descriptions I read about it the "Service Grade" is good ammo and reloadable. The name probably just signifies regular "every day shooting" ammo rather than "Match Grade". If I were in your situation, I'd buy some for shooting and a supply...
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    02-14-2019, 12:46 PM
    It's just business, no conspiracy. NT ("green") ammo started with small primers. I've heard a couple different versions why (small primers were the only "lead free" primers available at the time, and small primers worked better with the larger flash...
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    02-13-2019, 04:00 PM
    Just eyeball them. Place a large primed case, head up, on your bench. Place a small primed case on your bench head up. Pick up a case to be sorted and look at the primer pocket. If you can't tell, just compare to one on the bench. After a while you...
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    02-13-2019, 03:54 PM
    Like lightman says, it's up to you if you wanna play by their rules. I went to an indoor range the would not let me shoot my handloads, once and did no shooting. I went to a range that tried to stop me from picking up my brass, just once, never...
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    02-13-2019, 12:20 PM
    I too don't believe there is a "law", national or local. I think the EPA or a state equivalent can inspect a facility and require ventilation, but no actual law on the books. Gun counter clerk's bull poop...
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    02-13-2019, 12:15 PM
    Jes wondering, why would you PC then tumble lube?
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    02-12-2019, 09:19 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm plunk test in Cast Boolits
    The Lee "1R" bullets are more "blunt" than the normal round nose bullet. So, they must be seated deeper than a standard RN...
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    02-12-2019, 01:09 PM
    I've done both, but it's not an apple to apple comparison, kinda like comparing plated to nekkid lead. I don't get leading with my pan or dip lubed bullets anymore mainly because they fit my guns. Pan lubing takes a bit of time (I haven't seen the...
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    02-12-2019, 12:57 PM
    An aside in response to robg's post: A friend's father was a member of the Compton Rod and Gun Club in Compton, CA (at one time east Compton was a very nice city). When the Long Beach freeway was built partially on the club's property the club had...
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    02-12-2019, 12:47 PM
    I think the gist of this thread was a question about a load for a specific bullet, not if the OP could afford 357 brass. I haven't used the bullet quoted with +P+ loads, but I have loaded a 160 gr Lachmiller SWC over some pretty hefty loads in 38...
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    02-11-2019, 03:51 PM
    I too wonder why you just use 38 Special brass, not a lot though because I too have loaded some +P+ loads in my 38 brass. I am the only one that shoots my handloads, and I do not allow anyone else to shoot them, ever. Maybe just a quirk of mine, but...
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    02-11-2019, 03:38 PM
    I would like an indoor range close to me (So. Coastal Oregon). So far there's only two or max three places to shoot, and none are considered a decent range. The one I frequent when my 2 wheel drive PU can safely get there is only 85-90 yards, a flat...
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    02-10-2019, 12:31 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Webcam for scales? in Reloading Equipment
    I stopped reading Smale's post when the Lee Hater showed up. Up to that point I regarded the post as a viable opinion, which I disagree with, but readable. Those that spew their hatred for inanimate objects (who 99% of the time don't know what they...
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    02-10-2019, 12:20 PM
    When I was in LA an indoor range was just about my only place to shoot, without a 2+ hour drive. All the ranges I frequented had brooms in the shooting area so I swept my stall/area when I arrived. When I left, I swept again and all the brass was...
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    02-09-2019, 02:36 PM
    The collet I modified was pretty hard, too hard for regular HS cutting tools. I liked the position of the top of the crimp, but I wanted a narrower crimp, so I used a round carbide burr on the inside of the collet to shorten, from the bottom, the...
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    02-09-2019, 02:27 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Size before PC in Cast Boolits
    I can only say I have not had that problem when sizing .002"-.003" on a PCed bullet. I may not have known better but I sized all my bullets post PCing, no shaving...
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    02-09-2019, 02:23 PM
    Adapter for 50 BMG?
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    02-08-2019, 12:31 PM
    Personally I think that if the dies were manufactured in the last 30 years they would be carbide. Industry standard now...
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    02-08-2019, 12:28 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Ruger compact in 7.62x39 in Cast Boolits
    I would slug the barrel and do a chamber cast so I would know for sure the critical dimensions of my gun... About the forcing cone (throat), call Ruger. Nuttin' like info straight from the horse's mouth.
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    02-07-2019, 03:33 PM
    I disagree. This is true of a progressive press but not necessarily a turret press. I have used a Lee turret for over 25 years and never used it "semi-progressive". I know 3 or maybe 4 others that don't use their turret semi-progressive. A turret...
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    02-07-2019, 03:16 PM
    Regardless on which type of press I use (single stage, turret, Co-Ax) I check/double check every adjustment and there are many times whey need a little "tweeking". I never drop a turret in a press or die in a Cop-Ax without checking/measuring. It...
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    02-07-2019, 12:30 PM
    Basically, a turret press is a single stage press with movable dies mainly on a round plate (turret). Instead of unscrewing a die from the press and installing another one, the turret is indexed and the die for the next step is in place...
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    02-06-2019, 12:40 PM
    mdi replied to a thread boolit size in Cast Boolits
    FWIW; SAAMI specs. for 44 Magnum barrels is .431" groove diameter. I don't know why. My Puma was .001" over spec so I use .433" bullets. I didn't have a sizer larger than .433" so I tried that diameter and so far it's working, but I was going to try...
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    02-05-2019, 03:31 PM
    I started with a Lee Loader in '69 and now have 7, along with my 4 presses, 14 die sets and 1.5 tons of assorted reloading tools. I used my first to load quite a few 38 Specials for mebbe a year before I got a press. I think Lee Loaders are the best...
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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