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    08-22-2019, 11:17 AM
    The article linked by mac60 explains it quite well. The Mequon loader is a relabeled Lee Loader...
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    08-22-2019, 11:04 AM
    The most complained about part of the Lee kit is the microscope. But there are many ways to get around that, and Mal Paso's method works quite well. Personally I tried a few, but wound up using my magnifying visor and dial calipers. I just...
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    08-22-2019, 11:00 AM
    I believe Jon is correct. I read the question as "can you determine the bullet weight by how hard it, the alloy, is?".
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    08-21-2019, 03:20 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Cases bulging... in Cast Boolits
    No need to wait to shoot them to find out. Any time there is a fit problem (or bulge) measure. Measure the cartridge OD along the body, from neck to head, in a few places...
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    08-21-2019, 11:24 AM
    BTDT! almost. One time when I first started casting I got excited when a perfect bullet dropped from my mold, and I picked it up. Only has to happen once...:cry:
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    08-21-2019, 11:20 AM
    Lots of personal preferences, opinions, but frosty bullets will shoot/preform just fine. I've found mold temperature for my molds and alloys determines, for the most part, if a bullets comes out "frosty". Some times I'll use the damp cloth method to...
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    08-21-2019, 11:12 AM
    It may "increase surface area for better rifling grip", but I think that's a moot point.
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    08-21-2019, 11:08 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Cases bulging... in Cast Boolits
    Well, I gotta admit I missed the article too. But in light of checking it out and the cases in the pic weren't the OP's and could be anything, even bulged on purpose for the article, this whole thread is worthless. Good, informative answers, but...
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    08-20-2019, 11:50 AM
    Lots of good ideas, but I reload on my Co-Ax and don't often need shell holders so all of mine are kept in a small plastic box. I do like the bobbin box idea! One day I may look for a "better" storage idea, but I haven't needed to go through my...
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    08-20-2019, 11:42 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Cases bulging... in Cast Boolits
    FWIW; in my short time reloading (started 1969) I have never seen nor heard of an "unsupported chamber" on a revolver, especially 38 Special. Here's a fool proof method the locate the problem; start with a known good case, measure the body. Load the...
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    08-19-2019, 12:50 PM
    mdi replied to a thread New guy with a question in Cast Boolits
    Good info above on what to do now, but if I may, I have a hint for the future; find a load and specs. for what you want to load in your manual before you buy any components. Saves time and avoids headaches... If you cannot find specific load data...
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    08-19-2019, 12:42 PM
    I understand "just 'cause I wanna" as for sorting our brass. Besides, inspection is of major importance when reloading so it's no big deal to glance at the case head and toss the case in a separate pile. At one time (maybe even still) one could get...
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    08-18-2019, 11:17 AM
    Sounds like a die adjustment problem. Unless the stem is not adjustable, you can back off the die until the crimp feature no longer works and lower the stem to correct seating depth.A roll crimp can be adjusted to just remove the flare, without...
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    08-17-2019, 11:45 AM
    I have 5, 44 Magnums that I load for, but I haven't hunted with any in many years. But, unless deer have evolved into a tougher animal, a 44 cal bullet, running around 240-250 gr @ 800-1,100 fps will do an excellent job. I have been casting a Ranch...
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    08-16-2019, 07:20 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee Red Dippers ? in Reloading Equipment
    FWIW; a good place for Lee dipper info... http://www.lee-loader.com/viewforum.php?f=19
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    08-16-2019, 02:38 PM
    Copper can easily be machined, and "home machinist" tools can be used, no need for a very expensive high tech lathe. Not too difficult to turn a piece of brass/copper round stock to .001", or less, variation. A home lathe is much easier to work with...
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    08-15-2019, 11:49 AM
    Hmmm. Was this to validate your post or demean mine? ;-) Sometimes long replies kinda blur, but great minds think alike...
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    08-14-2019, 07:03 PM
    You can only go so low before the problems you mention show up. Ultra light loads with ultra light bullets and too light crimp, in a small light gun will have the effect you mentioned. Light, no recoil loads are a good idea for shy shooters, but...
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    08-14-2019, 10:53 AM
    Is the cartridge the "6mm Tom Turkey", or is it a 6mm die made by "Tom Turkey"? Either way, that's a new on on me... ;)
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    08-13-2019, 07:29 PM
    I am learning to cast with a hollow base shot gun slug. I have found the stems/pins need to be hot. I heat the mold w/pin installed on my hot plate. I cast, cut sprue, remove pin and place it on the hot plat to keep it hot, drop slug and replace the...
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    08-13-2019, 07:23 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Stained brass? in Cast Boolits
    Bar Keeper's Friend is very popular among fiber glass boat owners. Cleans well but won't scratch gel coat. Run your fingernail along the "dark brown spots" after cleaning. If you can feel any rough spots, the brass has been compromised by corrosion,...
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    08-12-2019, 11:24 AM
    For me it is mainly for handling and looks. First, my bullets don't jump from bag to cases by them selves, I have to handle them. I usually don't mind sticky fingers, but the alox often gets transferred from bullet to my fingers to my tools/press....
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    08-10-2019, 11:29 AM
    For my rotary I use a mixture of hard resin pyramids (25%-30% depending on how tarnished the brass is) and corn cob blast media. Mostly my .223 is just cleaned, not much tarnish, and a lighter mix, mebbe 10% works quite well...
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    08-09-2019, 11:28 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Slug alloys in Casting for Shotguns
    Great info! I have two manuals; Lyman #5 and BPI "Advances Manual", and neither gives much info on slug reloading. I don't want to be a pest, but so far this is the most, the clearest info I've found yet. Thanks. I sold my last shotgun, an...
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    08-08-2019, 08:21 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Slug alloys in Casting for Shotguns
    Thanks, guys. I'm beginning to get "the picture"...
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    08-08-2019, 11:32 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Slug alloys in Casting for Shotguns
    How "hard" an under slug wad? Material and thickness? I'm really new at shot gun shooting/reloading so my questions will sound dirt simple to some, but only so much knowledge transfer from 30+ years of reloading centerfire happens... Thanks ...
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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