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    Today, 12:01 PM
    I reload my brass until I can't reload them anymore. Inspection is the single most important step for me for my reloading and if there is any defect (or even odd appearing case) the case doesn't get reloaded. The only cases I count reloadings for is...
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    Today, 11:57 AM
    FWIW... For the new reloaders; hand priming, while popular, isn't the end all for priming. As I stated earlier many folks have difficulties with getting consistent seating with a hand prime tool. I have no problems with hand tools, having been a...
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    Yesterday, 02:21 PM
    I can understand someone reloading for financial/cost reasons, but I think they will be missing a big part of a great hobby. I started reloading out of curiosity in '69; as I emptied a cylinder of cases from my 38 Special I thought "I wonder if I...
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    Yesterday, 01:02 PM
    Personally, for primer pocket work I'd only remove the primer pocket crimps from NATO brass. You may be enlarging the pocket, unintentionally, by reaming/reforming/cleaning. In 18 years of reloading 9mm I have never cleaned a primer pocket. For new...
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    12-12-2017, 12:56 PM
    If you can't talk to him about reloading just get him a book and let him figger it out. I'd recommend a copy of The ABCs of Reloading. It will show him how to reload and what equipment he needs. I'd keep my distance but be there if he approaches you...
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    12-12-2017, 12:32 PM
    Sometimes it's hard not to be a jerk (me). I always tell a new reloader to forget any load data from any forum expert, loving friend, range rat, gun counter clerk, pet loads website or gun shop guru. Find a load in published reloading manuals then...
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    12-09-2017, 12:50 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee 38/357 J2? in Reloading Equipment
    A Lee FCD (or at least all that I've seen) is a post crimping sizing die with a carbide ring at the mouth and a floating, adjustable crimp sleeve. A standard crimp die has an ID bored with a "step" in it and no moving parts...
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    12-08-2017, 12:59 PM
    I've cleaned molds a few different ways. If the mold is just dirty or oily, I'll use Dawn w/hot water and a toothbrush. If there is any light corrosion or gunk in the cavity, I'll make a lap and use toothpaste to clean the cavity. If the bullets...
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    12-07-2017, 03:34 PM
    I'd figger the same...
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    12-06-2017, 03:25 PM
    My turret was/is not a Redding, it's a Lee but I removed the auto-index feature a week after I got it. For priming I installed a ram prime on a couple turrets and just put the stem in the shell holder and primed away. While not an auto feed, it is...
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    12-05-2017, 12:54 PM
    I would suggest the first purchase to be a copy of The ABCs of Reloading. The text will show you how to reload and what equipment is needed. When you ask this kind of question 99% of the answers will be about the tools the poster uses and/or suits...
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    12-04-2017, 12:50 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Culling in Cast Boolits
    IMO; the most important things to look for in cast bullets is a good square base and good fill out...
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    12-03-2017, 12:55 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Culling in Cast Boolits
    I believe it's a personal choice. When I'm casting, sometimes I'll reject all but the "perfect" bullets and sometimes I'll shoot "crinkled" bullets. But the ones in the pic I'd prolly reject. I once saw an article by a well known gun writer and...
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    12-03-2017, 12:50 PM
    mdi replied to a thread School me on 222 brass... in Cast Boolits
    I think I'd make up a dummy and measure the neck. Needs to have a bit of "wiggle room" inside the chamber (room for the neck to expand a bit under pressure). And/or see if it chambers...
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    12-02-2017, 01:21 PM
    I think this thread shows how paralyzing fear can be. A simple operation, done prolly tens of thousands of times, is so frightening to a person that he cannot decide what to do with a single misfired round. I took apart a primer very early in my...
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    12-01-2017, 01:06 PM
    You can make reloads without lead, but not without primers. Lead is still to be found cheaply (except in CA) and berms can be mined for lead. If lead is getting scarce, cast smaller bullets...
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    12-01-2017, 12:59 PM
    Yep, fear of a common practice can be paralyzing...
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    11-30-2017, 12:52 PM
    If this is the case, take it to your local PD. Or just put it in a drawer someplace and forget about, OH wait, it might roll around in the drawer and explode! Add me to the thousands (tens of thousands?) of impact bullet puller users that have used...
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    11-29-2017, 12:47 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Reloading Room Music in Cast Boolits
    My reloading music varies from time to time My "shop CDs" include '50s-60s Doo Wop, to some Soul of the '60s, to some old New Orleans jazz (not Dixieland) or Chicago jazz, Real Country music from Ray Price, George Jones, etc. up to more "modern...
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    11-28-2017, 02:03 PM
    mdi replied to a thread "Polymer coated boolits" in Cast Boolits
    So much "odd" terminology floating around on forums it can be difficult to figger out what the OP is saying. I've read "polymer coating" can be from Hi-Tek to PC to even Nylon or Federal's Syntech (some even mention moly coating). If the subject...
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    11-28-2017, 01:45 PM
    I think I'd suggest to a new caster to start with the 44s. Big easy to cast bullets will allow to "get the hang" of casting. And as in any new undertaking, K.I.S.S. When smelting the most odors fumes will come when fluxing and that only last a few...
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    11-27-2017, 12:37 PM
    FWIW; I cast for many years before I got a hardness tester and to me BHN was of little use other than discussion on a forum. My bullets were sized to fit the gun first and foremost. My "base" alloy was wheel weights and while some was harder and...
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    11-26-2017, 12:35 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Sorting Brass in Reloading Equipment
    Initially I sort by headstamp, primarily looking for questionable manufacturer's and military brass. Since I reload on a Co-Ax it's no big deal if a 380 gets in with a batch of 9mm, as even if I'm not paying much attention when sizing, a 380 will...
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    11-25-2017, 12:23 PM
    Which one? Title? Thanx...
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    11-24-2017, 03:22 PM
    I wonder why Big Al and Rev Jessie haven't protested "black" Friday? :roll:
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    11-24-2017, 01:55 PM
    I'm with Kent on this one. Early in my reloading I tried a pound of nearly every powder the fellers talked about at the gun shop and the "new and improved" powders. I now have a drawer full of one pound containers of powder I rarely use, because I...
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    11-24-2017, 01:47 PM
    Yer baby's name is Pancakes? Cool name! I haven't been out on "black Friday" in a bunch of years and I think I'm gonna load up some more "just in case" ammo today...
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    11-23-2017, 04:15 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Old measure parts in Reloading Equipment
    Yep Skeettx, that's the model. My pics didn't come out clearly (very old camera, and questionable user). Thanks. My limited research so far, google, has not come up with anything. Anybody know of a source for obsolete powder measure parts?
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    11-23-2017, 01:24 PM
    Proper die adjustments will remedy 95% of the problems "fixed" by an FCD. When using a "shotgun" approach to a problem anyone can get lucky once in awhile. My Daddy said "Even a blind pig finds an acorn once in awhile"... Good quality video...
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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