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    10-15-2018, 12:11 PM
    Reloading with FTX brass (shorter) with bullet seated to the cannalure/groove, giving a shorter OAL than with standard length 45-70 brass?
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    10-15-2018, 12:06 PM
    ??? :roll: Not sure about this post, but it is common practice for a company to sell an item, under their own name, that was manufactured by a different company. With guns, it's been going on for many years; Sears (Savage, Marlin, High Standard)...
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    10-14-2018, 01:03 PM
    Sorta on topic. Several reloading equipment vendors buy their products and rename them, putting their own name on them. A well known example is the vendors selling Ohaus scales under their own name (not a bad thing). I wonder who actually made these...
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    10-13-2018, 12:00 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Colored Brass? in Reloading Equipment
    I have some brass I want to keep separate from brass of the same caliber. I very rarely shine/polish any brass, just good and clean, but that brass that I want to keep separate I tumble longer to get that virgin looking shine (My Garand brass shines...
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    10-13-2018, 11:44 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Crazy idea check??? in Cast Boolits
    With your background, it might take you a half hour once you think about it for a while. I have a Lee mold that had a bevel bottom on the bullet, and I drilled/reamed the bevel off. For me set up was the longest part with the clamps, centering the...
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    10-11-2018, 04:00 PM
    IIRC; I start with a 3 to 1 ratio of most bees wax mixes, (BW to Oil) and adjust as I feel necessary. I've used bees wax softened with MMO, ATF, mineral oil, 2 cycle motor oil, alox, lanolin, and a few others. I mostly pan lube and use a mixture...
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    10-11-2018, 02:28 PM
    My early research shows Beeswax to be the most prominent component of vintage lubes softened with beef and mutton tallow, sperm oil, cylinder oil, and often contained graphite. Vaseline was introduced in the 1870s so that was probably used too....
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    10-09-2018, 11:35 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Well, here I go in Cast Boolits
    Normally I think "fun" rather than quantity. I have a 2 hole Lee 125 RNFP and because I like casting, 200 bullets in a session is really easy, and I often combine sessions with a second mold. I can't remember my 38 Special Unique loads, but I know I...
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    10-08-2018, 11:57 AM
    Reloading manuals are not hard and fast formula. They are published reports of the results one test facility found when they used their components (mfg. lots of powder, primers, bullets, which may vary from other lab's components), in their test...
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    10-07-2018, 11:38 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Redding T-7 Turret in Reloading Equipment
    I don't think I'd put a powder measure on a hand indexed turret, unless I was using the press semi-progressive (put a case in and hand index through the whole process and take out a loaded cartridge). I had a Lee turret for many years that I had...
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    10-05-2018, 11:13 AM
    Have you done your reading? The ABCs of Reloading is a good start. Do you have reloading manuals? When starting to reload a new to me cartridge, I start with "classic" loads. In the 45 Colt I began with a Lyman 255 gr. SWC, and a Lyman 250 gr RNFP,...
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    10-03-2018, 11:25 AM
    I'm no expert but your symptoms seem to be from temperature control. I don't think I'd go much over 700 degrees with the melt, and with that soft alloy prolly closer to 600-650 degrees. Frosty surfaces is usually from too high temp, but rounded...
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    10-03-2018, 11:03 AM
    I believe the main problem with adding a groove/cannalure to an already cast bullet is holding the bullet while a groove is installed (I thought of a dull tubing cutter). A proper size collet in a lathe may work, but do you have all the stuff for...
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    09-29-2018, 08:56 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm procrastinator in Cast Boolits
    The Lee die just hides mistakes (IMO), and with proper die adjustments one does not get bulged cases. I have successfully been loading semi-auto ammo for over 30 years without the need to resize my finished handloads.
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    09-29-2018, 12:35 PM
    First two replies are right on. I have a few Lyman manuals, 48th, 48th, and 59th manuals, and a 3rd Edition and a 4th Edition Cast Bullet Handbook, and these cover all my cast bullet reloading data (I much prefer the 3rd Edition over the 4th, but...
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    09-29-2018, 12:26 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm procrastinator in Cast Boolits
    Your post sound like a good start. I also would "warn" you that the 9mm is a bit more difficult to get just right for cast bullets (I had been shooting cast bullets in 5 different calibers and when I started casting for a 9mm, I was "challenged"!)....
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    09-27-2018, 03:52 PM
    70 years old, started working on autos when 11, worked as a machinist, electrician, heavy duty construction equipment mechanic and electrician. Never liked slotted screws especially on guns (the majority of which I don't replace). None of my...
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    09-27-2018, 02:21 PM
    FWIW and an old guy's opinion; Unless you want to keep your press original, I wouldn't use a slotted head screw. The slotted head configuration is the worst screw head design made. After a lifelong career as a machinist/mechanic, I replace all the...
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    09-27-2018, 02:06 PM
    mdi replied to a thread xlox in Boolit Lube !
    Yep, I've used alox/xlox with many of my handgun bullets, both T/L design and regular lube grooved. As mentioned above size to fit the gun. I now dip lube as I don't care for the lube on the bullet's nose (I don't like brown noses :roll:). Early on...
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    09-27-2018, 02:00 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Alox Max Tumble Lube in Boolit Lube !
    I too would test some myself. Cast and lube a dozen (alloy and size are very important) any shoot them. Run a patch through the barrel and inspect for leading. BTW, 44 Mag. rifle barrels are SAAMI spec'ed. at .431". My 44 Puma likes .433" bullets...
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    09-24-2018, 12:48 PM
    Thanks for the reference, I guess I missed that article. I use a Lyman type II DEWC cast with about 13-15 BHN alloy over a near max/max load of W231. I have purchased a few type III in 44 caliber for my 44 Magnums, but don't have that data on hand...
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    09-23-2018, 08:05 PM
    mdi replied to a thread case sizing lube in Cast Boolits
    For me, the problems with any oil, (motor oil, STP, cooking oil, etc.) is not how it works for sizing, but the difficulty in removing post sizing. Have you ever tried to get STP off of anything?
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    09-23-2018, 07:59 PM
    I've only been casting for a few years and only tried one wadcutter "style"; a Lyman DEWC. 38 cal, 148 gr.. Can anyone share what Type I, Type II, and Type III wadcutters are? (Google doesn't show much). None of my cast bullet texts mention anything...
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    09-21-2018, 11:52 AM
    You had one bad case out of how many loads? More than likely the problem was from a bad case...
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    09-21-2018, 11:49 AM
    Jes wonderin'; How were reloaders able to reload 284 Bizillion rounds for their semi-autos before Lee introduced their FCD? Proper die adjustment? Proper reloading methods? :kidding:
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    09-21-2018, 11:42 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Sizing die compression in Cast Boolits
    I've read several times that sizing can be detrimental to accuracy (Cast Bullets For Beginner and Expert, by Brennan). For my shooting, .003" at most for my handgun bullets does not show accuracy loss, but I'm not known as a Marksman. As...
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    09-20-2018, 12:35 PM
    Perhaps a small photo album (won't work for the deer of yesteryear) with a snapshot of the deer taken and hang the album on the gun rack? One hunter I met said he cut the tail off of the deer and tacked it up on the wall of his reloading room...
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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