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    Yesterday, 05:26 PM
    FWIW, I remember reading about pyrodex after market powder measure hoppers https://www.google.com/search?q=glass+powder+measure+hoppers&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS874US874&oq=glass+powder+measure+hoppers&aqs=chrome..69i57.11206j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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    Yesterday, 05:17 PM
    If your .433" cast bullets are too large in diameter (chambering problems) all you have to do is size them down (Lee sizing dies are real handy). If your cast bullets are too small, it's much more difficult to make them larger. My 44 magnum rifle...
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    Yesterday, 05:10 PM
    Whenever there is a fit problem; measure. Measure the OD of the rounds using the .358" bullets on a few different cases. I'll bet some cases will be too big in diameter, those with thicker walls...
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    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    If your alloy was dirty, why would only the noses of those long bullets get dirty? It doesn't hurt to clean your pot but scale builds up fairly quickly. I clean my Lee pot about twice per year (have no idea how many bullets/lbs of lead I cast). I...
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    Yesterday, 01:00 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Taper Crimp Die in Reloading Equipment
    For me it depends on type of cartridge, revolver or semi-auto. I started adjusting revolver crimping waaaay back by inserting a case, raising it up into the die and screw the die down until I felt it touch the case then used the "+ 1/2 turn" method,...
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    Yesterday, 12:40 PM
    As mentioned above, frosting is from a hot mold, not melt temperature. 400 grain bullets are pretty big and depending on the mold (single, two, or multi cavity) uneven heating can happen, possibly why just part of your bullets get frosty. Leave the...
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    01-17-2020, 04:55 PM
    I think it might work for light/low pressure loads like 38 Specials (I tried AMSOIL on some 38 loads, worked). But application? Lay some bullets on a piece of wax paper or alum foil and spray? Then handling them would be reallllly messy. And as...
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    01-17-2020, 11:48 AM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm neck expanding issues in Cast Boolits
    FWIW; my alloy of 15-16 BHN was not an attempt to cast "hard bullets" for my 9mms, but as an experiment. My "normal" alloys run about 9-11 BHN with a lot of range scrap mixed with many wheel weights, my "Mystery Metal" alloy...
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    01-16-2020, 12:39 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm neck expanding issues in Cast Boolits
    I may be the odd man out, but I have been reloading 9mm for about 18 years and just used plain Lee dies (NO FCD!). About 75% of the time I load cast 125 gr bullets and actually never needed to "expand" as the powder through die does a sufficient...
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    01-15-2020, 03:46 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Cable Pulling Lube in Reloading Equipment
    I worked for a large city Department of Water and Power for 25 years. Most of the trouble trucks and gang trucks had a 5 gal. bucket of cable pulling lube. I "borrowed" a cup full and used it to F/L size my rifle brass. IIRC it's the same as the Lee...
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    01-12-2020, 12:07 PM
    Do they fit your gun? For a 44 Magnum revolver, .429" is probably too small. I don't water quench my cast bullets and IIRC, pure lead will not harden when water dropped...
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    01-11-2020, 05:02 PM
    The first paragraph says it all. And no sorting at all? (good thing you'r not reloading 45 ACPs, primers would give you headaches!). You are putting a lot of limitations on your choices. One load for all guns? No sorting and no 38s in 357 chambers?...
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    01-11-2020, 12:24 PM
    With your needs in mind I would proceed as Mr. Bannister suggested. I think you could cover all your needs with just the 38 Special brass. Just clean your guns to make sure thee is no dreaded carbon ring in the chambers. Or, since you only have...
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    01-10-2020, 12:55 PM
    Personally, I doubt if there would be a problem. There are many presses with steel parts and a mounting plate of steel will not add any "sparking" possibility (unless a bare power cord drops across the plate. But then if the plate isn't grounded...
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    01-09-2020, 12:17 PM
    You can use an OAL for a similar weight and shape bullet for starters. Plunk test to make sure they fit and tweek as necessary...
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    01-07-2020, 04:56 PM
    When I first started reloading I thought I needed a specific crimp measurement; .471". After a bit of reloading the 45 ACP, I stopped measuring and just removed the flare and plunk tested. A few thousand rounds later, and reloading for 3, 45 ACPs,...
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    01-07-2020, 04:43 PM
    Would you, by any chance, be using a Lee FCD? I have reloaded quite a few 9mm using cast bullets of around 14-16 BHN, mixed brass, and have not had any bullets sized down by the case. I just use a Lee powder through expanding die and "crimp" with a...
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    01-06-2020, 05:05 PM
    mdi replied to a poll Age of boolit casters in Cast Boolits
    I'm 5 years older than when I saw this "poll" for the first time...
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    01-04-2020, 01:06 PM
    I don't have a Buchanan press, and my Lee press, while very handy, doesn't get used much anymore. I'm retired and like reloading, so I have no reason to reload at the range, besides my Co-Ax is a dream to use. From the pic of the Buchanan press I've...
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    01-04-2020, 12:31 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Press lighting in Reloading Equipment
    Sounds logical to me... I don't have that press handy but from the pics I see I think I would mount a strip of LEDs on the frame up on the "hump". The "hump" on the frame is angled down towards the ram and the straight parts of the frame will...
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    01-03-2020, 01:09 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Press lighting in Reloading Equipment
    I put an Inline Fabrication lighting kit on my Co-Ax and it's like night and day difference (;-)). I used to use an articulated desk lamp with a 100 watt bulb shining over my right shoulder, but the IF kit lights up the area needed and is bright...
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    01-03-2020, 01:01 PM
    mdi replied to a thread po' boy casting.... in Casting Equipment
    Lookin' good! I started in a similar fashion but used a SS pot on a Coleman stove and a modified table spoon and sometimes tried a metal tablespoon measuring cup. I cast a lot of sinkers and used a tablespoon and or a soup ladle depending on the...
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    01-03-2020, 12:45 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Brass question in Cast Boolits
    I remember seeing some range pickups with that headstamp on some 38 Special brass. I reloaded them normally and nothing stands out as them being any different. By the posts above the brass/ammo seems to be sold country wide... FWIW; not sure...
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    01-03-2020, 12:36 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Excesive diameter? in Cast Boolits
    I'm with JonB on this subject. Either load a few and plunk them or make a few dummies to make sure they chamber. I believe in the K.I.S.S. method, try them then if there's a problem you can attack it, rather than trying to fix a problem before it...
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    01-03-2020, 12:30 PM
    mdi replied to a thread HP What is to Much ? in Cast Boolits
    Load/bullet changes are a good way to decrease recoil, but have you thought of a slip on recoil pad? I have a 44 Mag. levergun that while the amount of recoil can be easily handled, the combination of stock and butt shape, steel but plate, and my...
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    01-03-2020, 12:22 PM
    There's a big difference between canted and "gang banger stance" (one arm extended, gun at head height or above, gun horizontal to ground). Many favor a CAR stance where the gun is canted (Center Axis Lock, ala John Wick taught/used by Paul Castle).
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    01-01-2020, 12:39 PM
    Your approach is backwards; shove together any components and once assembled, swage them to fit the gun. What happens to a good sized bullet when seated, crimped and resized? Probably come out undersize. Flare cases as much as necessary to get good...
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    01-01-2020, 12:23 PM
    Glad you understand Der Gebirgsjager. And yes there was a quick correction, thank you. One thing often overlooked on reloading forums is the number of new reloaders looking in. While posting load data is no big deal to an experienced reloader, new...
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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