MidSouth Shooters SupplyADvertise hereRotoMetals2Titan Reloading
WidenersInline FabricationLee PrecisionRepackbox

Tab Content
mdi's Activity
About Me
Tab Content
  • mdi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:34 AM
    mdi replied to a thread I'm done too... in Cast Boolits
    What gun? Most 9mm pistols are not "target grade" and a 3" pocket 9mm often won't give much better than dinner plate groups @ 12+ yards.. Have you tried not water dropping? Or changing diameter? Also I've read lubes can make a difference too. I'd...
    7 replies | 322 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-30-2020, 11:33 AM
    Thanks. Sometimes the "really good stuff" ain't so good for other uses...
    7 replies | 298 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-30-2020, 11:31 AM
    Perhaps a good cleaning and lubing the motor would help. I have lubed all the bearings I can get to on a couple of my rotary tumblers; drive rods, motor, etc., and I would guess that if it's a stock motor, one that came with the tumbler, it will be...
    16 replies | 267 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-28-2020, 11:54 AM
    My feelings exactly! When I got my first semi-auto pistol, 45 ACP, I thought I needed a case/cartridge gauge, even after reloading a few that worked OK. None of my previous reloads would completely enter the gauge and the rim was a few thousandths...
    8 replies | 212 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-27-2020, 12:04 PM
    Long ago I discovered I could vary the powder charges with a dipper by a full grain, depending on my method. When experimenting (aka playing around) I tried every method I could think of from Lee's suggestion of running the dipper in the powder...
    13 replies | 737 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-27-2020, 11:48 AM
    Hmmm. Does Lee sell two hand presses? The one that many use and will F/L size large bottle necked cases and the "buy cheap, buy twice" ones that break on 38 Special cases? Any time Lee is mentioned the "experts" grace us with their expert opinions...
    19 replies | 1336 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-26-2020, 12:16 PM
    The Lee hand press is what it is. I wasn't made to replace a bench mounted press and is an upgrade from a Lee Loader and it uses standard dies. It works perfectly for a portable, low production press even though some use it for "normal" production....
    19 replies | 1336 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-26-2020, 12:03 PM
    FWIW; Regarding a post above about peroxide and vinegar; If you choose to use this concoction be very careful. I have a Dan Wesson 44H that was very accurate that I tried the peroxide/vinegar in it's barrel. Yep it got the lead out (turning the...
    25 replies | 2028 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-23-2020, 11:04 AM
    I guess I learned a lesson about seller's remorse many years ago as I haven't sold/traded/or given away any gun in over 40 years. I had a VG condition S&W Model 10 Nickel plated revolver (supposedly owned by a Compton police chief). Not too bright...
    47 replies | 1636 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-22-2020, 11:41 AM
    Are you having problems with the Lee? I never liked hand priming tools (bought and tried 3). I discovered a Lee ram prime when I bought a hand press in the early '90s for depriming. I wound up buying a couple more and mounted one on a Lee turret for...
    16 replies | 273 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-21-2020, 11:35 AM
    mdi replied to a thread 22LR Tracer Rounds in Cast Boolits
    Looks like fun. I scanned the website but couldn't find info on whether or not the tracers are "hot" or the newer "cold/glow" technology. I wouldn't want to start any forest fires...
    6 replies | 262 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-20-2020, 11:06 AM
    I inspect all my brass prior to reloading and I glance at the headstamp picking out some less desirable mfgs. (Amerc). It's no big deal to toss a case into a separate pile for each headstamp and sometimes I do. For my heavy 44 Magnum T-Rex Killer...
    73 replies | 1972 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-19-2020, 12:17 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 40 S&W Brass in Reloading Equipment
    Just a WAG; perhaps the "NT" rounds were meant for police and military use and had crimped in primers. But I don't load 40 S&W and every other Winchester semi-auto brass works quite well for me (3, 9mm pistols. 3, 45 ACP guns and one each 380 ACP...
    12 replies | 459 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-19-2020, 12:04 PM
    Sometimes a feller just wants to know...:-?
    8 replies | 306 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-17-2020, 11:55 AM
    I used a pocket knife early on in my primer pocket deburring/chamfering, then I tried a countersink (I already had a few in my tool box and they work perfectly)...
    17 replies | 1457 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-17-2020, 11:47 AM
    Good question, and I too sometimes wonder. As I read the OP he stated, first two words being "Info request" that he wanted info only and I saw no intention of loading and shooting any and wanted info to compare with current manufactured cases (if he...
    8 replies | 306 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-17-2020, 11:38 AM
    My first thought is there is no crimp groove on that bullet. Some will say to just taper crimp, some will say just roll a crimp into the side of the bullet and both have worked for me with light loads. If I only had some of these bullets on hand,...
    9 replies | 256 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-15-2020, 11:42 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Coated cast in Glocks in Cast Boolits
    Not a Glock owner and only fired one, but are all the stock Glock barrels in all available calibers poly "rifled"?
    38 replies | 1113 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-15-2020, 11:33 AM
    mdi replied to a thread T-shirts with CB logo in Cast Boolits
    Wow, I missed that for 13 years! :groner:
    12 replies | 557 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-15-2020, 11:26 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Sizing 359 to 356 in Cast Boolits
    Yep, slug first and if necessary size down .003" (more than likely not). You will only be reducing the bullet walls by .0015" so there will probably be little distortion. I too have 9mm pistols that have groove diameters from .355" to .358"...
    19 replies | 1011 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-12-2020, 11:36 AM
    Good work. I really miss a lathe. I had one in my shop at work and used it for many things besides work, now I don't have enough room even for a mini-lathe...
    10 replies | 263 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-12-2020, 11:29 AM
    mdi replied to a thread First boolits in Cast Boolits
    You showed us the good ones, now how many went back into the pot? (JK! [smilie=s:) Welcome...
    15 replies | 922 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-09-2020, 11:02 AM
    Just wondering, every problem I've ever had I have been able to work out without resorting to "special" dies. For my 9mm handloads, since 1998, I have often used mixed brass, range pick ups (every kind sold in my area and a few that I've never heard...
    9 replies | 921 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-04-2020, 12:15 PM
    For me a major part of learning is following through on "I wonder if..." ideas. I figger as long as it's safe and won't hurt my guns, why not? Sometime it'll work and sometime it's a total failure, but I have fun and learn from it (My last...
    18 replies | 959 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-04-2020, 12:04 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Difficulty filling a mold in Cast Boolits
    I noticed that the base and bands have rounded edges. Perhaps a bit higher mold temp. or add a bit of tin to the alloy to aid fillout? I can't remember any "pour" problems affecting bullet diameter, most come with temperature and alloy variations......
    20 replies | 1597 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-02-2020, 12:10 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee Precision in Reloading Equipment
    I broke a decapping stem on a Lee die and emailed them wanting to purchase a replacement and a spare. In the email I specifically noted that the broken part was entirely my fault and I wasn't wanting a warranty replacement and I wanted to pay for 2...
    7 replies | 994 view(s)
  • mdi's Avatar
    05-02-2020, 12:02 PM
    You should be able to see it the mold cavity is rough enough to produce bullets like that. When I want to get a mold really clean sometimes I'll make a paste out of Bar Keepers Friend or Comet and oil and lightly lap. More "abrasive" than dish soap,...
    17 replies | 1588 view(s)
No More Results
About mdi

Basic Information

About mdi
Old Dude
So. Orygun
Guns, Guns, Fishing, Guns
Fully Retired!


My Anchor is holding fast!


Total Posts
Total Posts
Posts Per Day
General Information
Last Activity
Yesterday 11:37 AM
Join Date
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