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    Today, 11:07 AM
    mdi replied to a thread 45 acp dies in Reloading Equipment
    I would not suggest the use of Lee's FCD for handgun cartridges. The three die set is enough, but if you are using a turret or progressive press you may want to purchase a dedicated taper crimp die. As a new reloader you will need to learn how to...
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    Today, 10:58 AM
    Welcome. I would guess there are a lot of adults here with a sprinkling of Crusty Old Fa&!# and know the meaning of respect. I don't remember getting flamed or mocked even with my stupid questions (yep, I believe there are stupid questions). ...
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    06-22-2017, 07:46 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee Reloader Hack in Reloading Equipment
    Are you talking about a Lee Reloader ("C" press) or a Lee Loader (kit)?
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    06-20-2017, 11:07 AM
    FWIW; Powder coating takes well to Lee's "micro groove" T/L bullets. I've done a few (.44 230 SWC T/L) and it works as well as on any bullet....
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    06-19-2017, 12:44 PM
    I've never seen a poll of users about Push through vs. Lubersizer use to determin which method is most popular, so that's up in the air for interpretation. Thrifty has nothing to do with it. My experience is only with one Lyman lubersizer and that...
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    06-18-2017, 11:16 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Leading and other issues? in Cast Boolits
    I'd look at two things; case swaging bullet down and .4015" seems to be undersize for a .401" barrel. I would try some of the bullets unsized, .403" and see how that works. Five ten thousandths of an inch (.0005") isn't very much, just one half of...
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    06-17-2017, 11:48 AM
    Why would Lee make parts for Lyman or RCBS products? Lee has their own design bullets and to keep with their "one manufacturer" thinking they manufacture a sizing system that works quite well. If you absolutely need a top punch that's a perfect fit,...
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    06-16-2017, 04:09 PM
    I have three presses I use "regularly" with a Rock Dock mounting system. I have a heavy duty CH "O" press I use for heavy work (sizing jacketed bullets, heavy case sizing, etc.) and some decapping. I also have a Pacific "C" press I use for priming...
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    06-16-2017, 04:00 PM
    Is this a record for resurrecting a thread? Eleven years?...:kidding:
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    06-16-2017, 12:31 PM
    Sorry for the rookie question, but what is a "compression die"? I looked at the website for CH4D and saw no reference to "compression die"...
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    06-16-2017, 12:21 PM
    Yep, cancer ain't no fun! BTDT w/throat cancer and going on 6 years cancer free...
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    06-15-2017, 10:39 PM
    Didn't mean to pry, just joking. My apologies...
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    06-15-2017, 03:42 PM
    I hope this ain't a result of casting!:shock:
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    06-15-2017, 03:40 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Cooling the mould in Cast Boolits
    I cast some bullets using a Coleman stove, a SS pot, a Lee mold and dipper, using wheel weights of unknown alloy and lubed with a red commercial lube. I used a Lee old style lubing, sizing kit (small round pan with some red wax based lube a cookie...
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    06-15-2017, 01:51 PM
    . I have a Lee 452-200-SWC and it won't feed reliably in my P90, but several hundred have gone through my RIA 1911 without a hitch. The shoulder on the SWC hangs up on the feed ramp of my Ruger P90. I don't have the info in front of me but one of...
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    06-14-2017, 04:10 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 30-06 sd ammo in Cast Boolits
    If you wanted to load a 150 gr. RN designed for 30-30 velocities, it's OK. But you need to be aware that the 30-06 will produce higher velocities than those of a 30-30, and the lower velocity bullets would come apart, on the target when driven to...
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    06-14-2017, 04:00 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Cooling the mould in Cast Boolits
    Not to offend anyone, but; much ado about nuttin". Mold temperature control is an "art" learned from experience. Many, many get by with just watching the bullets as they fall from the mold. It can be as complex or as simple as one feels the need...
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    06-14-2017, 11:13 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Cooling the mould in Cast Boolits
    I too keep a damp cloth or sponge on my bench when casting. When things are going well and I'm on a roll I pour a lot of bullets and my molds tend to get a bit too hot. I just touch the mold to the cloth for a couple seconds and the temp. drops a...
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    06-14-2017, 11:09 AM
    mdi replied to a thread 44 mag bullet choices in Cast Boolits
    The Lman 429421 is the "classic" 44. bullet, for both the Special and Magnum. I have use thousands of them in my .44s but I discovered Ranch Dog's design for a RNFP, in both 240 and 265 grain weights to be an exceptional bullet. In my 5, .44 Magnums...
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    06-13-2017, 03:42 PM
    :veryconfu :mrgreen: :veryconfu :kidding:
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    06-12-2017, 03:43 PM
    mdi replied to a poll Am I a youngster? in Cast Boolits
    Well, stick around kids, you might learn something...:mrgreen:
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    06-12-2017, 11:31 AM
    Looks to me like the bullet is hitting the end of the throat. I would shorten the OAL until the rounds passed the plunk test freely... BTW "jamming" is an ambiguous term that as different meanings to different readers...
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    06-12-2017, 11:22 AM
    mdi replied to a poll Am I a youngster? in Cast Boolits
    I believe casting boolits is an ageless pastime. The satisfaction from making good shootable bullets doesn't depend on age, but perhaps the younger casters don't have as much patience as the OC group (Old Casters)?
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    06-09-2017, 03:33 PM
    I would think it's usefulness would depend on how you want to drive it. Is it round enough to work on rollers? Or would you have to attach some sort of device to the oddjob mixer to drive it, like a pulley or drive plate? I don't think I'd try one...
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    06-09-2017, 11:42 AM
    I normally don't fall for the "If you could only have one _____" silly threads but I have the best for me press already. Progressive presses don't fit my personality/lifestyle, and I own a Lee turret, but my all time favorite is a Forster Co-Ax.
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    06-08-2017, 03:31 PM
    Really slow around here, so, I just sized/deprimed and tumbled 100-125 .44 Special cases I found behind my .44 Magnum brass...
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    06-08-2017, 03:28 PM
    mdi replied to a thread New rifle and cast in Cast Boolits
    Yep! That'll do...:wink:
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    06-07-2017, 04:09 PM
    mdi replied to a thread A Lee Question in Reloading Equipment
    FWIW; Many years ago before I got a tumbler, I polished my brass using a hard wood dowel as a mandrel. I tapered the dowel to be a snug fit in the case mouth, chucked the dowel/mandrel in my drill. I pushed the case on the tapered mandrel and...
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    06-06-2017, 04:52 PM
    Not necessary to use "special" bullets when powder coating. I've only PCed a couple thousand and BHN didn't seem to matter as the PC will prevent leading on it's own. I treated the PCed bullets the same as my cast when sizing and load data...
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    06-04-2017, 11:22 AM
    IIRC; appprox 220 gr. with my alloy (kinda soft, 10-11 BHN mystery metal)...
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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