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    Today, 12:30 PM
    I started with the Lee trimming system many years ago and it fit my needs fine. But out of curiosity I bought a Lyman Ezee Trim kit and found it to work easier and better than the Lee tool (It's easier to turn the case than the cuttr and square...
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    Today, 12:15 PM
    I size and lube as needed for a particular gun or a particular lube. I'll cast up a few hundred bullets and store them as is, (I have some RD 265 gr. 44 cal bullets I cast in 2012 waiting for use). I have 5, .44 Magnums and size to 3 different...
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    Today, 12:05 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Resizing the 9mm?? in Cast Boolits
    A couple trouble shooting hints; first measure. Any time there is a fit problem or extra force is needed to process brass, measure the offending cases with micrometers. Is the case much oversize? Second, sort the brass by headstamp. Is the problem...
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    Yesterday, 11:17 AM
    I haven't done a lot of cast bullet shooting with my 30-30 Handi, just some .310" Beartooth 160 gr. RNFPs. I had concentrated on pointy full length gas check bullets (Hornady 155 A-Max gave me about 2" @ 100). IIRC I used 3031 and got fair accuracy...
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    04-24-2017, 02:24 PM
    mdi replied to a thread something i did in Cast Boolits
    It's been a while, but I read of making 44 bullets out of 40 cal brass. Perhaps it was in the swaging forum over at Grey Beard's forum. The people had the process down and had dies that would swage a point on the end... I didn't watch the whole...
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    04-22-2017, 01:25 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Die locking rings in Reloading Equipment
    Or you could just get nylon tipped set screws, designed to not damage threads...https://www.mcmaster.com/#set-screws/=17b6do8
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    04-22-2017, 01:18 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee 358-125-RF in 9mm? in Cast Boolits
    One of my favorite molds is the 358-125 RNFP. I use it it 6 guns; 2 38 Specials, one 357 Mag., three 9mms, I just push them through the appropriate sizing die...
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    04-21-2017, 12:07 PM
    I just like things that work! I have 5 Lee Loaders along with 3 single stage, one turret and one Co-Ax and I'll occasionally get one out and "pound out" a few rounds. The roller pins (have no idea what they are)seem to be working for you so cool!...
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    04-21-2017, 11:59 AM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm/38spl in Cast Boolits
    The 357-150-FN looks like it would serve a dual purpose, but I would check how much of that bullet is seated in a 9mm case. I looks kinda long to me. I have a mold I use for my 38s, 357s and 9mms. I just run them through a different sizer. It's a...
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    04-20-2017, 02:22 PM
    "BBL" is the accepted abbreviation for barrel as in drum, keg, cask, hogshead, pipe, etc. Also can be used for a cylindrical part of an object; gun, pen, etc...
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    04-20-2017, 02:06 PM
    Inline doesn't have anything dealing with shell holder jaws, plates or springs. Only 5 or 6 accessories...
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    04-20-2017, 01:59 PM
    Yessir!
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    04-19-2017, 06:23 PM
    You can either seat so that there is approx. 1/16"-1/8" of the shoulder out of the case mouth and crimp into the soft swaged bullet. Or you can seat so the shoulder is a few thousandths below the case mouth and roll crimp over the shoulder.
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    04-19-2017, 06:19 PM
    The pic I saw is different than the one daboone posted. I saw Bench Rest Tactical's plate that enclosed the whole spring and costs $69.00. daboone, do you have a link? I couldn't find the piece on the Forster site...
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    04-19-2017, 11:36 AM
    OK, it took a bit of searching but I found the "new" shell holder housing where the springs are enclosed. If I drop another spring I'm gonna "spring" for one...:groner:
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    04-18-2017, 04:53 PM
    My Co-Ax came with the thin "shim" between the jaw/spring holder. After the screws are removed the shim, jaws, and top plate are removed together so the spring stays in place until the unit is over a bench to catch those itty bitty, hardly visible...
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    04-18-2017, 04:47 PM
    Yes. There is a definite difference between "Boolits" and "Bullets". Easily explained in this very forum...
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    04-18-2017, 04:43 PM
    Yes, but lead is questionable...
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    04-18-2017, 12:22 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Die locking rings in Reloading Equipment
    IMO lock ring use is misunderstood by many reloaders (lifelong machinist/mechanic here). Many tighten them down way too tight an ruin threads with set screws. I found the Forster and Sinclair type to work quite well (but I don't remember it the...
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    04-18-2017, 12:12 PM
    Agree. IIRC, the main difference is the ID of the dies that allow for"oversize" lead bullets... FWIW, a Lee FCD die for hand gun cartridges is just a coverup for problems from prior steps (case bulges). My FCD now resides in a landfill somewhere...
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    04-18-2017, 12:08 PM
    "Liberal" is just a name for a bunch of "pie in the sky/Pollyanna" thinking people, not a descriptive term. They "liberally" throw their "free everything for anybody" politics around. I grew up in So. CA (born in So. Central LA) and saw firsthand...
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    04-18-2017, 11:56 AM
    Home made vs. store bought. Folks "rolled their own" (made their own from scratch) cigarettes, the term carried over to reloading (made their own ammo from scratch). I guess newer generations never saw much rolling yer own (except for pot)... I...
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    04-14-2017, 01:39 PM
    That bullet looks like it'd work in my .44 Specials too...
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    04-13-2017, 11:44 AM
    I'd punch them out/salvage them for future use. "There's only one way to eat an elephant, that's one bite at a time". I'd have a container of the cases to be de-primed handy and something to store the primers in on my bench so I could poke out as...
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    04-12-2017, 12:49 PM
    Looks like a Harrell or "Culver style".
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    04-12-2017, 12:34 PM
    Have you been able to retrieve a fired bullet? Perhaps the softer lead bullet is skidding in the rifling...
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    04-12-2017, 12:31 PM
    I too have instructions for my wife for my toys after my demise. I have a list of gifts (my Pastor gets my Ruger SBH and my 1911 , one friend gets my AK and M1, my Elk Hunting sister in Christ get my 308, my other rifles go to a select few,...
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    04-11-2017, 06:58 PM
    I think I'd send her some "thank you" flowers...
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    04-09-2017, 11:11 AM
    mdi replied to a thread What is this? in Reloading Equipment
    Well, if I didn't know for sure what a tool is, what it's used for, or how to use it, and nobody on a well informed forum know either, I certainly wouldn't drive 240 miles to get it (even if it's free)...:mrgreen:
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    04-08-2017, 11:29 AM
    With all the positive responses for file trim dies, I may get one for my .308... Later; I was looking at trim dies on google and didn't see any dimensions for trim length. Anybody know what a .308 Win. trim die trims to? But a trim die may not...
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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