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    Today, 01:11 PM
    I'm not trying to start an argument (really!) but I have sized bullets with the Lee system for mebbe 18 years and see no need for anything special. I normally do 100-200 depending on my need and the bullet on 3 different presses, 2 single stage and...
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    Today, 01:01 PM
    Getting that much equipment/tools together would cost the same as 3 custom sizing dies...:mrgreen:
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    Yesterday, 01:22 PM
    Yep, .012" is too much to lap out of a sizing die. Depending on how hard the ID is, the best method would either be reaming or grinding. As a life long machinist mechanic I could prolly come up with a method to do it at home without a lathe, but it...
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    01-17-2018, 08:35 PM
    Another idea. I read once that semi-auto brass actually shrinks at the case head. The repeated banging against the bolt upon firing can compress the extractor groove... No 30 Carbine use here, so I can't comment on that.
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    01-16-2018, 12:35 PM
    My previous post wasn't meant to criticize progressive press users, just a question, hence the "?"... A friend was shooting competition and often needed a few hundred rounds, so I helped and ran/used his Dillon (don't know what model, I just...
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    01-15-2018, 05:49 PM
    I'm not a progressive user/owner (but I did help a friend make up some ammo on his Dillon) so my post is prolly worth what you pay for it. Anyway, isn't this "hand work" prior to using the press defeating the purpose of a progressive (auto priming,...
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    01-14-2018, 12:19 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lead hardness question. in Cast Boolits
    For me at least it ain't no big deal. I cast boolits quite successfully for mebbe 18 years before I got a tester for Christmas. My alloy was a mix of wheel weights (80%) and range scrap. The only thing I found necessary was bullet to gun fit...
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    01-13-2018, 01:08 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lead hardness question. in Cast Boolits
    Just a thought; I, like many others, had a hard time using the Lee microscope that came with my tester. After trying several"fixes" I just went to my magnifying visor and calipers. With good strong lighting I can easily measure the dent with my...
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    01-13-2018, 01:04 PM
    Ain't it grand when a project works! I too have used the 7.0 gr. load of Trail Boss under a 265 gr Ranch Dog design bullet. Good, accurate, soft shooter in my Puma...
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    01-13-2018, 12:57 PM
    For a new reloader; IMO, ferget the Lee FCD and just learn to correcty adjust your dies. The FCD for handgun ammo is a "post crimping sizing die" meaning after the bullet is seated and crimped a carbide ring sizes the finished case to what Lee...
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    01-13-2018, 12:44 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 1911 .45 bore diameter in Cast Boolits
    In my thinking, .450" is too small, as even my jacketed bullets run .451" and lead bullets are usually larger (my cast bullets are sized to a "generous" .452", possibly ,4525"). Perhaps a more accurate measurement at the largest diameter? BTW all...
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    01-11-2018, 12:25 PM
    Take a normal shell holder and grind the top off. This will give you a slot to hold the case and allow it to come straight off, without sliding it to the side. Without the lips it hold the case in and the case would have to be held/guided into the...
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    01-08-2018, 12:57 PM
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    01-08-2018, 12:48 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Curiosity in Cast Boolits
    I like to quickly inspect my brass then toss it in the tumbler. Then size/decap (I haven't found any need/benefit to scrub primer pockets). For my rifle rounds I'll measure and trim if necessary (I too use the Lee system; gauge and cutter)then...
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    01-07-2018, 01:14 PM
    I'm too cheap to cast cannon balls. A lot of 200 gr LSWC in 45 cal can be made from one 2 1/2" lead ball! :bigsmyl2:
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    01-06-2018, 02:12 PM
    Reloading bench choices get pretty personal. My limited space set up was a Workmate and I stored it under my bead with the press and counter top in a closet.
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    01-06-2018, 02:08 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Titan Reloading in Reloading Equipment
    Add me to the Titan happy customer list. I too have had an order turn around in hours, not days (or like some vendors weeks).
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    01-06-2018, 02:06 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Press dust cover in Reloading Equipment
    My new toy (Forster Co-Ax) has a nice patterned pillow case to sleep under...
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    01-06-2018, 02:01 PM
    I agree w/OS OK but will add K.I.S.S.! I started just like you except I cast 44 cal. bullets. Any of the bullets you listed will work, just slug the barrel and cylinder throats, size to throat diameter, use a well known lube (I use a lot of 45-45-10...
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    01-06-2018, 01:43 PM
    I'm kinda at a loss here. Every bullet I've PCed acts just like a plated or jacketed bullet a far as leading is concerned. If I use a cast bullet in my 9mms (my favorite is Lee's 124 RNFP) with various lubes I get a little to heavy leading. I PC...
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    01-04-2018, 12:18 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Strange things you see in Cast Boolits
    Yep a light, gallery load that can be used for small game at sorta close distances. I have a "Ball load" for my 44 revolvers; a 432" ball rolled in alox then seated over 2.5 gr. of Bullseye. Actually pretty accurate out to 15-20 yards but I haven't...
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    01-02-2018, 12:51 PM
    Yes. Done both and it depends on what I feel like doing at the time...
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    01-02-2018, 12:49 PM
    My favorite cartridge is the 44 Magnum and I've reloaded it with everything from 123 gr balls over 2.5 gr. Bullseye to 300 gr LFN over 2400. For the powders you list I'd prolly try CFE (my Lyman 49th doesn't list Power Pistol for any weight bullet)....
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    01-02-2018, 12:37 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Questions about H110 in Cast Boolits
    I'm juat an average reloader and started in '69 with a Lee Loader. I have only used H110/W296 on a few occasions and have no experience with "under min detonations" using H110, but I have heard and read enough not to try to determine how, why or...
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    12-31-2017, 01:00 PM
    I don't think I'd like a plastic (poly carbonate) drum. Overtime will the drum get brittle? Or become opaque? How will chemicals do in the drum; all the additives guys use with their media? Looks nice though and I like the design overall...
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    12-31-2017, 12:56 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Questions about H110 in Cast Boolits
    Why? Just askin'...
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    12-31-2017, 12:53 PM
    One of my favorite cartridges is the .44 Magnum and I have 5 of them. I have at least 3 different loads and mebbe 4, to different guns. I shoot only lead in my Super Black Hawk and LRNFP in my Puma. My Contender gets jacketed bullets in upper loads....
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    12-30-2017, 12:42 PM
    What exactly is sticking in the die? The bullet? The case? Perhaps you have too much flare and the case is a bit too large for the seating die ID? BTDT. Reread Mr. Smith's post. Die designed for .355"-.356" jacketed bullets?
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    12-30-2017, 12:38 PM
    mdi replied to a poll 44 Mag powders, poll in Cast Boolits
    WC820 works real good!
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    12-28-2017, 12:45 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lyman M die in Reloading Equipment
    So if you don't/won't have one did you borrow one and test it yourself, or just what someone told you? :bigsmyl2: FWIW, I cast some pretty soft bullets for my 38s and use an M die as well as a taper expander die (also have one for 44 cal)....
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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