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    05-19-2018, 11:26 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Old redding scale in Reloading Equipment
    I have a Redding oil dampened scale (#1?) and it works quite well. I rarely use it anymore because I don't leave my scale/tools out when I'm through reloading and emptying and filling the reservoir can get messy (and for me often does :mad:)...
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    05-19-2018, 11:17 AM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm bulge issues in Reloading Equipment
    I have a gauge for my 45 ACP handloads, somewhere, but just after I got it I realized I would be shooting my ammo out of my gun's barrel, not the gauge. Now I only use my guns' barrels for my plunk testing. Has worked quite well for nearly 20...
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    05-18-2018, 11:52 AM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm bulge issues in Reloading Equipment
    As Donmountain mentioned; measure. Measure the cartridge in a few places (case mouth, mid way, near the head/web, and the rim.). When you know where the round is too big you can zero in on the problem. Or measure the case/cartridge after each step...
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    05-18-2018, 11:47 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Lyman 358156 bullet mould in Cast Boolits
    Beagle; does the removal of the gas check shank improve accuracy? With a larger "driving band" at the rear of the bullet make for more accurate bullets?
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    05-16-2018, 11:07 AM
    I haven'y weighed one, but if you fill one up they are heavy! :wink:
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    05-15-2018, 11:29 PM
    Did you check anything or just shorten the cartridge?
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    05-15-2018, 12:30 PM
    I have an old Redding, oil dampened scale and the fellers above are correct. I lightly rubbed the scale beam with fine steel wool and oiled it and it's much easier to read (I don't use it anymore because the oil is messy). Is there a model number...
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    05-15-2018, 12:22 PM
    Personally, I wouldn't shoot a round that wouldn't pass he plunk test, in my pistol's barrel. Any time there is a fit problem measure. Measure the diameter at a few places along the cartridge (bullet, neck, midway, just before the case head and the...
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    05-15-2018, 12:05 PM
    One "mold" I often use for larger ingots (but they do fit in my Lee pot) is the presses steel, not folded, small bread pans. At about 3 1/2"x 6"x about 3" deep. I pour anywhere from 1" to 2"-2 1/2" depending on the alloy. If it's a favorite alloy...
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    05-14-2018, 06:31 PM
    I use a lot of 200 gr. LSW in my 1911, good, accurate, reliable bullet. Some pistols just don't like SWC bullets. My 1911 loves them but my Ruger will only feed three or four out of a magazine full (7)...
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    05-14-2018, 12:01 PM
    Sounds good so far, but, be aware that there are tons of old wive's tales about "safety" and bullet casting. One I hear often is "a drop of water/sweat will case an eruption". For a steam "eruption" to happen liquid must get below the surface of the...
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    05-14-2018, 11:11 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Bug Out BOX ? in Reloading Equipment
    I had what I feel is the perfect "bug out" set up, a 30' sailboat moored in So. CA. In less than an hour I could be away from most "danger/looting/rioting" and I always had lots of food and drinkable water stored on board (in case we wanted a quick...
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    05-13-2018, 12:00 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Press cam over in Reloading Equipment
    Never saw a reason nor a need to make my press go "over top dead center". None of my presses will and the one that might, uses the shell holder as a dead stop for F/L sizing...
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    05-13-2018, 11:54 AM
    Yep, a sizing die from an old Lee lube/sizing kit. I have one for 44 cal, and the kit came with a small round pan, mebbe 3" in diameter, a "cookie cutter" to remove the bullet from the pan/lube, a die like the one pictured, and a rod to push the...
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    05-13-2018, 11:46 AM
    You did fine. BTW, your SS pan is now a dedicated "lead pan"...
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    05-11-2018, 02:58 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Bug Out BOX ? in Reloading Equipment
    I grew up/lived in So. CA until I retired 9 yeas ago, so I'm used to "prepping" but for earthquakes. As we all know if there is a disaster in, around, near Los Angeles there will be looting so part of my "Earthquake Preparedness Kit" was a 1911 with...
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    05-11-2018, 11:29 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Bum micrometer? in Reloading Equipment
    Micrometers are made in 1 inch increments, 0"-1", 1"-2", etc. and the largest I've seen in use was a 5"-6". Your's appears to be a 1"-2". For reloading use a "1 inch mike" is all that's necessary and OAL is better measured with calipers (I much...
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    05-11-2018, 11:23 AM
    Hmmm, I haven't heard of a rapper named "Mold". How/when did he die? Drug overdose? Break his neck "break dancing"? Sorry, I couldn't resist...:bigsmyl2:
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    05-11-2018, 11:14 AM
    The key for shooting cast bullets in a revolver is proper bullet to gun fit. You should measure your cylinder throats and slug your barrel. This helps you two ways; first it will tell you if all your cylinder throats are the same size and that they...
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    05-11-2018, 11:03 AM
    https://leeprecision.com/reloading-dies/hand-gun-dies/lee-carbide-factory-crimp-die/ I'm not a "Lee Hater" and I don't really care what tools some reloaders use, but I do object to new reloaders being told an FCD for handguns will solve all their...
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    05-11-2018, 10:52 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Flux Question in Cast Boolits
    I use a precise measurement called "1/2 handful" for my 10" diameter pot. Some things don't need to be exact; if you put "too much" sawdust (you did measure the particle size, didn't you? 14-20 works for me) it may take longer to char or burn off....
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    05-10-2018, 12:32 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Flux Question in Cast Boolits
    IIRC; some wood "dust" shouldn't be used. Pressure treated wood when burned can be toxic and certain woods (cedar?) also may produce unpleasant fumes...
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    05-09-2018, 04:07 PM
    Sometimes we get way ahead of ourselves when reloading and address problems we don't or won't have...
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    05-09-2018, 11:32 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Bug Out BOX ? in Reloading Equipment
    I too considered a "just in case" reloading set-up, but decided it takes up a bit less room just to take loaded ammo. The only part recyclable in such a situation would be the brass, and having to lug and store powder, primers and bullets safely...
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    05-09-2018, 11:21 AM
    I've been reloading .44 magnum since '88 to feed my 5, 44 Magnums. I use Lee sizing dies (my Lee FCD for handguns now resides in a landfill somewhere in S. Oregon) and my brass does not grow. I've got some Federal brass that I keep for my T-Rex...
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    05-09-2018, 11:12 AM
    It all depends on what you consider "worth it". I haven't "found" any wheel weights at tire shops, garages, etc., for well over 10 years. CA banned those evil little suckers many years ago, and the only WW alloy I've found is from The Captain...
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    05-04-2018, 01:58 PM
    Excellent, but I don't have a dedicated shootin' place. If I had my own range, I just might copy yer design! In the mean time I just do two things to help me collect my brass; one tumble/polish my 30-06 and 45 ACP brass nice and shiny and two, I...
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    05-03-2018, 11:18 AM
    I might suggest you slug the barrel befor you purchase bullets. The MN is a battle rifle manufactureed by various factories under various conditions, so it's a good idea to know for sure what the barrel measures. But having said that, .311" bullets...
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    05-01-2018, 11:59 AM
    It's been a long time since I've seen one, but the bullets in the pic resemble a bullet that used a zinc washer attached to the base of the bullet. The washers were slipped over the protrusion on the base and "crimped/riveted" on. But like I said,...
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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