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    Today, 11:41 AM
    Reloading manuals are not hard and fast formula. They are the results of the components used, with the equipment used in a lab with the listed powder charges. Your results will vary. It's surprising when home reloaders' results are identical to...
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    Yesterday, 12:10 PM
    Yep, but that's like saying there's a difference between a Stillson wrench and a pipe wrench...
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    Yesterday, 12:05 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Harder is more accurate? in Cast Boolits
    So, you're not using the FCD, just running the cartridge through it? If you put a cartridge through an FCD, you are using it and unless you punched out the carbide ring, you can be swaging the cartridge/bullet down...
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    08-16-2017, 01:12 PM
    The neck ID is "controlled" by either the expander plug or the mandrel of a collet die. Wait until you have a problem before you look for fixes. If you have problems with the case neck (8x57) swaging the cast bullets down, expnder plugs and mandrels...
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    08-16-2017, 01:00 PM
    Are the metal dippers adjustable? I seem to recall some brass (bronze) scoops that were adjustable, used for powder and shot...
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    08-16-2017, 12:57 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Harder is more accurate? in Cast Boolits
    Just a thought as the fellers above have better answers than I do regarding accuracy and hardness; You aren't using a Lee FCD on your cast reloads, are you?
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    08-16-2017, 12:48 PM
    I see only 2 types. Collet and post seating/crimping sizing dies. The rifle/collet style comes it two types standard and short collet. The hand gun FCD has two typed, post seating/crimping sizing and collet. So I still see only two types; collet and...
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    08-16-2017, 12:41 PM
    How many fellers are looking for data? One says 9x62 another says 380. ???
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    08-16-2017, 11:46 AM
    I would strongly suggest K.I.S.S., keep your process as simple as possible until you get a few rounds under your belt. No need to fix a "problem" before it occurs. Don't worry about brass life for now, it's more important to get shootable ammo now...
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    08-15-2017, 01:11 PM
    Well, you asked. I'd suggest a copy of The ABCs of Reloading which will show not only how to reload but what the components are and what equipment is needed. This would be the first purchase in my opinion. Just get the Pacesetter die set. No...
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    08-15-2017, 12:34 PM
    Just a couple thoughts; First, keep looking, there is load data for just about every cast bullet somewhere, just find it. And another hint, find a load in your loading manual before you acquire components. Extrapolating load data isn't for the faint...
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    08-15-2017, 12:29 PM
    The only thing I may think the OP did "wrong" is load up 500 rounds of an untested load. I thank the OP for sharing his mistake so mebbe someone else may not make the same mistake. This is why I keep my manuals near my bench and write down the...
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    08-13-2017, 11:20 AM
    A major misunderstanding is there is "a" Lee FCD. But there are two Lee Factory Crimp Die types, completely different in design and crimp style; one is for handgun ammo that sizes the case post bullet seating (mainly to clean up mistakes with bulged...
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    08-13-2017, 11:09 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Learning the Hard way in Cast Boolits
    Personally, I don't consider self teaching "The Hard Way". When I was about 12 I saw my dad make some sinkers with a home made mold on the kitchen stove. When I needed some sinkers, I just did the same, on the kitchen stove. When I started casting...
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    08-12-2017, 11:48 AM
    I'd not consider that to be a reloading press, more of an ammunition production machine. Kinda like the difference between a HobbySmith home lathe and a 5 spindle Davenport Auto Screw Machine...
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    08-12-2017, 11:42 AM
    Agree! :mrgreen: The only one worth considering is the rifle FCD
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    08-12-2017, 11:36 AM
    Metal scoops/dippers pre-dates me, I started with a Lee Loader in '69 and the kit had a plastic dipper. There's a lot of knowledgeable Lee fans here; http://www.lee-loader.com/index.php?sid=27edc4e70100c07d9d155832694fa14f
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    08-09-2017, 11:24 AM
    I got my Lee turret mebbe 15-16 years ago and when first setting it up, it indexed when I was adjusting the dies so I removed the auto-index parst and hand indexed. I have never replaced the parts and have reloaded tens of thousands of rounds hand...
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    08-09-2017, 11:12 AM
    If I clean/tumble metal parts they are nekkid afterward so I usually just squirt them with whatever aerosol gun oil i have on hand. Or if I tumble them with auto polish in the media, they have a light coating to protect them...
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    08-08-2017, 03:25 PM
    I am interested too...
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    08-07-2017, 12:42 PM
    I have been cleaning parts, tools, and brass in various kinds of "tumblers" for many years. I worked in a machine shop and finished parts were cleaned in a commercial size wobbler, with ceramic tiles and water. I clean rusty tools and parts in my...
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    08-07-2017, 12:36 PM
    "Bullet Shaving" is caused by a sharp edge smaller than bullet diameter. Three things you can do; use the "M" die, works quite well. Use a flaring tool, also works quite well, but for a new reloader the amount of flare can be problematic. Use a...
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    08-07-2017, 12:30 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Help HBWC ID in Cast Boolits
    Best I can tell they are swaged, and can't tell who made them. But just do like the fellers above recommend; 2.7-3.0 gr. of Bullseye and shoot 'em up... BTW; I tried the "load them backwards for a huge hollow point" back in the mid '80s. Fail.
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    08-06-2017, 11:03 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Help HBWC ID in Cast Boolits
    Are they swaged, cast?
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    08-03-2017, 11:59 AM
    I used PCed bullets in my Mosin 7.62x54r and loaded them to lower jacketed levels. Shot fine. Barrel slugged .313". Sized bullets, post PC, to .314". Guestimate of 2200-2300 fps...
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    08-02-2017, 12:55 PM
    Dan, what kind of failure did you have with roll crimping? Just curious as I've been reloading for 5, .44 Magnums since 1990 and have only roll crimped...
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    08-01-2017, 12:54 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm leading in Cast Boolits
    My thinking also. I'd pull a bullet from a completed reload and measure the bullet. (But I wouldn't use an FCD anyway because of the troubles I've had in the past with them).
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    07-30-2017, 03:06 PM
    mdi replied to a thread A Bit Surprised... in Cast Boolits
    What would happen if you adjusted the load for the Graf case to equal the velocity obtained from the R-P brass?
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    07-28-2017, 03:40 PM
    I use Bluedot in several of my handgun loads, but I really like it under a 240 gr. LRNFP, a bit over 15.0 grains loads, in my Puma .44 Magnum. IIRC, the warning about Bluedot in the 41 Magnum was that some loads were occasionally spiky, not every...
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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