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    06-14-2019, 12:00 PM
    Boy, I guess I really flipped his switch! Technologically speaking, yes there are more advanced firearms designs available, but to relegate millions of firearms (I won't even hazard to guess how many millions of lever guns have been manufactured or...
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    06-14-2019, 11:40 AM
    mdi replied to a thread First cast boolits! in Cast Boolits
    You can never have too many molds. Just for my peace of mind, I quit counting at 12 molds, and that was 5 years ago...
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    06-13-2019, 03:25 PM
    mdi replied to a thread First cast boolits! in Cast Boolits
    There's not a whole lot more satisfying than taking some scrap lead and melting it. Then pouring it into a mold and dropping high quality custom boolits then loading and shooting them. Hint; when you see a perfect booit fall out of your mold, don't...
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    06-13-2019, 11:06 AM
    Yer kidding, right? My levergun is a light, handy rifle that holds 10 rounds (44 Mag.). Is handy, and fast (just as fast or slow as I want it to be). Do you only use your Marlin when you feel "Cowboy"? I would guess there's about 4.783 bizillion...
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    06-12-2019, 11:58 AM
    mdi replied to a thread COL Newbie question? in Cast Boolits
    I have seated revolver bullets to the crimp groove/cannalure and disregarded book OAL since '69. I reloaded for 38 Special then 357 Mag, then 44 Magnum/Special for the first 20 or so years (besides a couple rifle cartridges), then I got a 45 ACP. I...
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    06-12-2019, 11:43 AM
    Thanks 'Crank. That's all I was looking for; facts. Waaay too often an off hand remark on a forum will get repeated enough to become "fact", whether or no it is really true (all you gotta do is watch "lead poisoning" threads and you'll see what I...
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    06-12-2019, 11:38 AM
    I'm far from a "Casting Expert", but lead melts at about 620 degrees. The only reason to melt lead is to pour it in a mold so I started by getting my lead approx 650 degrees and watched for wrinkles and fill out. More often than not good wrinkle...
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    06-11-2019, 12:36 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Flat base vs Bevel base? in Cast Boolits
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?304876-Bevel-base-or-flat-base...
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    06-11-2019, 12:32 PM
    Wow, I haven't seen this much "controversy" since Henry started with the name "Henry". Really simple, no one is forcing anyone to buy anything and if there are things about Winchester that better suit your need/shooting laws, then by all means buy a...
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    06-11-2019, 12:12 PM
    Not sure I understand this. A "good hardness" is 99% of the time between 10 and 15 BHN. I cast at between 675 and 750 degrees, depending on the alloy and mold I'm using (hint; keep a record/log just like you do for your reloads). For the first 15 or...
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    06-10-2019, 05:24 PM
    Just wondering why you chose such a hard alloy? Water dropped linotype? Anyway, bullet mold designers determine mold dimensions for using a specific alloy to drop a certain size/weight bullet. Lyman often lists their mold specs with Lyman #2 and...
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    06-10-2019, 05:04 PM
    Just wondering, any facts, vendor statements, etc. on where this press was made; country of origin? Not "internet wisdom" or "I hears it from my brother in law who heard it from the local expert at the bait shop, whose wife's uncle said so"...
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    06-09-2019, 11:55 AM
    We will have to wait for good, factual reviews/user reports about the FA press and only time will tell... Well, I'm a Co-Ax fan! I always thought a reloading press was a very simple machine and not a whole lot of difference between makers (except...
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    06-09-2019, 11:20 AM
    I've been using tools to make a living all m life, so I take extra care of my tools. My dies are not cleaned too much/too often but I do check them often and soak 'em often. I keep a container of my "soak" on the bench (sorta a Ben't Red with a bit...
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    06-08-2019, 04:11 PM
    A little info/pics; http://wonderwolfs.blogspot.com/2015/03/pak-tool-point-of-interest-in-reloading.html
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    06-08-2019, 11:35 AM
    A whole bunch of years ago (1990?) I bought a Lee Hand Press and it came with a ram prime, and I'm so glad it did. I could not find a hand prime tool that fit my hand and the ram prime came to my rescue. Fast forward to three years ago and you would...
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    06-08-2019, 11:26 AM
    There is much more lead bullet data "wiggle room" than jacketed bullets. If I have a Lee mold for a 255 gr bullet, I can safely use the data for 255 gr. Lyman bullet. Another reason for the much recommended practice of starting low and working up. ...
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    06-08-2019, 11:16 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Is it a Boolit if in Cast Boolits
    A boolit is made by melting lead and pouring it into a mold. Adding a skirt (aka gas check) is just dressing up a boolit...
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    06-07-2019, 11:31 AM
    I think I would teach him in my shop on my tools until he was ready to set up his own bench. Then I would loan him the press of his choice, Chucker or Lee. No need to press your own preferences/prejudices on him as opinions of reloading equipment...
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    06-07-2019, 11:16 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee load data for 9mm in Cast Boolits
    I found some "differing" loads in the Lee manual I got many years ago, more than the "normal" manual to manual variation. I know the Lee data is just a compilation of other published testing, but I wan't comfortable with the published data in the...
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    06-06-2019, 11:54 AM
    An aside and worth nuttin'; I am a lifelong machinist/mechanic and cringe every time someone says use sand paper to work on metal. NO! Sand paper is for use on wood, plastics, or other soft material. For use on metal use emery cloth or aluminum...
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    06-06-2019, 11:36 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Any truth in this? in Cast Boolits
    I remember one of those experiments mentioned. The tester made up a few hundred .223 rounds, all the same. H tumbled a bunch for a few hours then shot a few over is chrony and disassembled a few. He inspected the powder under a microscope and...
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    06-05-2019, 11:26 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Any truth in this? in Cast Boolits
    I can remember reading this "controversy" when I first started looking in on reloading forums. One side says "no big deal" and cites many examples of why it is OK to tumble live ammo. The other side says "NO!, you will change the powder's burn...
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    06-05-2019, 11:15 AM
    One thousandth can make a difference, depending on whether it is plus .001" or minus .001" and where the .001" is. If I'm guessing correctly the OP is talking about 38 Special or 357 Magnum bullets and depending on the cylinder throats' diameter,...
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    06-04-2019, 11:58 AM
    The pic is from the "Pre OMG I'm gonna burn my fingers off and die from lead poisoning paranoia" era, when casting didn't require a full Haz-Mat suit. If any hot lead landed on his feet, it would probably only stay there for .2 second before he did...
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    05-30-2019, 11:10 AM
    Along with the methods mentioned above I often use a coarse cloth on a hot mold (casting temp). Works most of the time but occasionally I'll have to use tongue depressors...
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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