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    Yesterday, 12:11 PM
    mdi replied to a thread cast in the Ruger LC9s ? in Cast Boolits
    One of my favorites is the Lee RNFP 125 for use in my 3, 9mms, 3 .38 Specials, and one .357 Mag, I just size them accordingly. I use an alloy running about 15-17 BHN, C-Red lube and sized to .357" for my LC9s. My load of W231 (3.9-4.3) gives me just...
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    Yesterday, 12:04 PM
    You're not using a Lee FCD are you?
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    Yesterday, 12:02 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Foolin' around... in Cast Boolits
    What bullet do you use in your Hog Whackin' loads?
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    05-19-2017, 11:52 AM
    I may not be 100% correct on that term, but that's was the best way I could describe it. The die sizes the body and the neck sizing collet die takes care of the neck...
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    05-18-2017, 01:04 PM
    Yep, it's OK. The set uses a body die, then a collet neck sizing die, a seater die, and a collet crimp die. "Normal" die sets only use a F/L sizing die that uses an expander that sizes the neck on extraction, and a seating/crimping die, and some...
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    05-18-2017, 12:53 PM
    mdi replied to a thread What's This ? in Cast Boolits
    Another WAG; mebbe its from too cold a melt cooling in a wrinkle?
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    05-18-2017, 12:51 PM
    Get a good supply of targets ready. It's OK to buy one or two boxes of factory ammo to start with (but not too many). Do as much meditation as you can to still your troubled mind...:mrgreen:
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    05-17-2017, 12:36 PM
    Looks like single stage press, But instead of changing dies, inserts are changed. Intersting...
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    05-17-2017, 11:24 AM
    Ummm, nope. If there were any problems I would think the case would slip out of the shell holder when being withdrawn from a tight sizing die...
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    05-17-2017, 11:22 AM
    I have some "Caterpillar Dry Boom Lube" in a spray can from when I worked on Heavy Equipment. It's basically a spray on graphite bases lube (dries and doesn't attract dirt). I've sprayed some of my tools and even used it for a bullet lube for my low...
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    05-17-2017, 11:16 AM
    I have a pill bottle (about 1 1/2" in dia.) on my bench filled with BBs and graphite. Every few cases I'll push a case neck into the BBs...
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    05-15-2017, 12:07 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Loading for 1911 45 in Cast Boolits
    I've only been reloading the 45 ACP for 17 years. I started with a Ruger P90 and then got a 1911 by RIA. I've tried several different bullets in my 45s and for the 1911 I've settled on the H&G 68 clone and a Lee 200 gr LSWC cast medium soft. The P90...
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    05-12-2017, 11:47 AM
    I think I'd try 38 Special brass. If you really need velocity, you can use +P loads...
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    05-12-2017, 11:43 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Cast booklets size in Cast Boolits
    I'd try both at .358"...( did you mean .357" and .358"?)
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    05-11-2017, 12:23 PM
    Givin' up so soon? How many different powders have you tried. Try a faster powder or a slower powder? Try softer bullets? Different style/weight bullets? Different diameter bullets? (.427" sounds more like a 44-40 barrel, and SAAMI for rifle barrels...
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    05-10-2017, 10:47 AM
    No, Lee, just like any manufacturer has it's shortcomings, but not so much as the amount of criticism they receive. If you'd read my post you'd see I wasn't talking about the OP, who is having problems with a sloppy shell holder, and stated as such....
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    05-10-2017, 10:45 AM
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    05-09-2017, 05:02 PM
    Reread the post I quoted. Nothing to do with quality, nor a comparison to other manufacturers. There is a phenomenon that every time Lee products are mention, someone comes out with something derogatory. I worked as a heavy equipment mechanic...
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    05-09-2017, 11:16 AM
    mdi replied to a thread WC 820 (n) in Canister & Surplus Powder
    I haven't reloaded any of my .44s in mebbe 18 months (a Garand has taken up most of my time) and prolly a bit longer using WC820. So, I guess I'll pay attention to the note I wrote my self in 2009 and go back to magnum primers...;)
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    05-09-2017, 11:13 AM
    I thought about reloading for my IJ 25 Auto, but since I have to use tweezers to pick up/hold 50 grain .224"bullets I prolly couldn't get a 50 gr 25 cal bullet into a case...
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    05-09-2017, 11:07 AM
    mdi replied to a thread cheap is expensive! in Cast Boolits
    Hold on fellers. It's only as expensive as you want it to be. I started with a 1 qt. SS pot, a single burner Coleman stove, a Lee dipper and a Lee mold. I used paraffin to flux, stole a slotted spoon from Ma, found a large serving spoon at the...
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    05-09-2017, 10:53 AM
    Or we could change it to "Lee Haters whining again"...
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    05-08-2017, 02:30 PM
    Does anyone know who makes shell holders for Lee? I would think Lee, and other reloading tool manufacturers buy and re-label them for sale. None of the shell holders I have (12-14) have any manufacturer's stamp on them, just a number...
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    05-08-2017, 02:26 PM
    Some folks have attached aquarium pumps to their powder measure and got more consistent charges. I even read on a forum a guy used a "feminine relaxation device", and attached it to his measure's hopper with rubber bands. Reloaders have been...
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    05-05-2017, 02:43 PM
    Posting pictures on this forum ain't exactly good for me as when I tried it in the past I had sketchy results. Anyway, the most worthless piece of junk I've acquired is a press. I saw a new manufacturer a while back and ordered one of their presses...
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    05-05-2017, 02:31 PM
    I've been using WC 820 (n) for quite a while now in my .44 Magnums (5), and for the most part have used standard large pistol primers. I have not run many loads over my chrony, and accuracy seems to be acceptable. I was reviewing some early loads I...
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    05-04-2017, 11:38 AM
    There's a phenomenon I call "If You think so, it is". There's a lot of things to do during reloading that statistically won't make much difference on the target, but because it make one feel better about their ammo, it is better, more accurate ammo...
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    05-01-2017, 11:59 AM
    One thing not often mentioned about shooting home case bullets is the extreme satisfaction one gets. Taking some dirty, grungy scrap lead and melting and cleaning it up and making ingots, then taking those ingots and casting, sizing and lubing those...
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    04-30-2017, 11:27 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Beginner looking for help in Cast Boolits
    Good info so far, but a hint for newer reloaders; find a load (bullet, powder) in your reloading manual before you buy components. Many fewer headaches and time lost that way...
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    04-29-2017, 12:14 PM
    For as many primers that are produced, the amount of failures/bad primers is infinitesimal, almost non-existent. I have been reloading for over 30 years (yeah, big deal :rolleyes:) and I can count the number of actually bad, for any reason, primers...
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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