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    Yesterday, 11:45 AM
    Yep, them punkins kin be pretty tough suckers!
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    10-21-2017, 12:05 PM
    I was going to add the same thought. My SKS slugs out at .312" and my Mosin is right around .309"... But it's been a while and I haven't done any casting for the SKS. I have cast and PCed for my Garand and Mosin and used the same bullet in both.
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    10-21-2017, 11:52 AM
    I'd say it's a good thing your Leos were "gun friendly", otherwise you'd be noted as a "gun nut" with a huge "armory", especially now after the incident a few weeks ago in Las Vegas...
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    10-20-2017, 03:10 PM
    Your cylinder throat is .3585" and your bullets are .359". That's one half of one thousandths of an inch (.0005") or fifty, ten thousandths of an inch (.00050"). Not very much at all and there will be no problem swaging .0005" of bullet diameter....
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    10-19-2017, 12:18 PM
    OOPS! [smilie=1:
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    10-18-2017, 11:32 AM
    An aside, what's the downside of using soft lead, 9-10 BHN, and PC for bullets? PC removes the leading, so perhaps bullet skidding?
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    10-17-2017, 11:56 AM
    The cable sheathing I used was nearly pure lead (courtesy of LADWP), very soft and I'd guess it was lower than 10 BHN. prolly 8. I have used range scrap (BHN around 10-12) with magnum loads in my .44s and when PCed, have had no problems...
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    10-16-2017, 02:53 PM
    Any time there is a fit situation, measure. Measure the sized case and compare it to a known good case or loaded round. That will give you a lot of information for troubleshooting. Try sizing post drying and/or air drying...
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    10-16-2017, 11:32 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Randy Rat in Cast Boolits
    Simple question, why delete it?
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    10-12-2017, 03:41 PM
    FWIW; I experimented with 44 Special brass in my 44 Magnums with bullets seated both "long" and "short". Also tried bullets in Magnum brass seated "long" (way long) and short and in both cases, any difference was too small to tell. I believe bullet...
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    10-12-2017, 11:42 AM
    I too just check for "zero", gently. I've been using micrometers off and on since 1968 and rarely found a need to check against "go blocks" (when I was working in a machine shop measuring to .0005" I dropped a mike and needed to check it ). Since I...
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    10-09-2017, 12:21 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee C press repair in Reloading Equipment
    Aww heck. It's working fine. He don't need to pay no attention to all the "hints"... :mrgreen:
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    10-08-2017, 11:46 AM
    I was going to bring up my Co-Ax, but I figgered someone would maintain the jaws hold a case "tight", and not be appropriate for this thread. By far, the easiest and best way I've found to hold cases for reloading is the Co-Ax system, just stand a...
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    10-07-2017, 12:34 PM
    How much experience do you have reloading? If none/very little, get a copy of The ABCs of Reloading. it will show how to reload and the equipment you'll need. I did not want my turret press to be a "semi-progressive" and I prme and charge off press....
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    10-07-2017, 12:21 PM
    Personally I would think there are only a very few manufacturers of shell holders, and they sell them to the reloading equipment makers/vendors to be sold under their own name (although I do have a really nice Redding shell holder for my 9mm). I...
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    10-07-2017, 12:10 PM
    mdi replied to a thread My first day in casting in Cast Boolits
    Dropped bullet size is dependant of a few things; alloy, mold temp., alloy temp., method of casting and mebbe some more I can't think of right now. I keep a record of what works with each mold as they each seem to have their own personality...
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    10-07-2017, 11:58 AM
    I've read of Schuetzen shooters using cast bullets as large as .010" over groove diameter and seating them into the rifling...
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    10-06-2017, 11:19 AM
    I like to know my guns. Slugging is esy and safe. Don't use a steel hammer, no matter how careful you are you could damage the muzzle. As noted above use a soft lead slug (a muzzle loader ball should be soft enough) at least .010" over groove...
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    10-05-2017, 02:57 PM
    I agree. When I used WD40 a lot was on fishing reels that were used and cleaned often. If a part, or tool is to be cleaned and put away for any period of time I use Kroil. I have used Kroil on barrels as I've read that it will creep under/between...
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    10-05-2017, 12:02 PM
    Taking a lot of fun outta life. Money ain't everything...
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    10-04-2017, 11:56 AM
    If you were a fisherman, would you have to justify the same amount of money if you bought a boat?
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    10-04-2017, 11:52 AM
    Regarding the "opinions" expressed, especially from Lee Haters; most reloading presses are simple hand operated tools. None offered today are made from inferior materials, although some do differ and are made with modern materials and methods. Many...
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    10-03-2017, 11:58 AM
    Welcome to the wonderful, oft confusing and frustrating world of reloading! Before you buy any equipment, get a copy of The ABCs of Reloading. I will tell you not only "how to" but explain components and the equipment/tools needed to suit your...
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    10-03-2017, 11:41 AM
    What bullets? Are you seating and crimping in the same step? I've used Lee dies (not FCD for handguns) for a plain old roll crimp which held bullets for my heavy .44 Mag loads. (the FCD I used gave inferior crimps compared to the Lee seat/crimp die,...
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    10-02-2017, 11:45 AM
    Hummm. Walmart got a new edition press before the public was informed on dealer websites or Lee Precision web site? No prior advertising?
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    10-01-2017, 11:32 AM
    To me, trimming is just part of reloading. I enjoy reloading and every part of the process, however tedious, is acceptable as just part of the fun... Most I ever trim is around 60, max., or three boxes of rifle brass. Never trimmed handgun...
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    09-30-2017, 12:04 PM
    Actually there are other thread lockers available if you don't have Loc-Tite on hand. You can dab some nail polish on the threads which will hold or super glue, epoxy etc. Just clean the threads with brake clean (or acetone, lacquer thinner, any...
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    09-30-2017, 11:43 AM
    I haven't been shooting in maybe 6 to 8 months due to forest fire and a losing argument with a ladder, so I have plenty of reloads to shoot up. I have been keeping in touch with my reloading by processing brass, melting and recasting bullets and...
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    09-29-2017, 01:50 PM
    Yes, the FCD for rifles will remove the flare. When I load cast bullets I just adjust the collet die to very slightly touch the case neck, just enough to straighten out the case mouth, with no actual crimp...
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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