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    04-18-2018, 11:05 AM
    Harbor Freight red worked pretty good for me, but not their black. I checked out the Coatings and Alternative sub forum and purchased some Smoke's powders. Works quite well...
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    04-17-2018, 11:25 AM
    ^This^. I've experienced this with light, pistol powder loads in a .223 single shot.
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    04-15-2018, 03:31 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Hi-Tek bullets in Cast Boolits
    I'm sure the fellers here can answer... http://castboolits.gunloads.com/forumdisplay.php?184-Coatings-and-Alternatives
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    04-14-2018, 11:59 AM
    I believe it has to do with the 40 S&W Glock chamber ("unsupported"), where a portion of the case is not enclosed in the chamber and bulges the case upon firing. Google "Glock smile", "bulge busters", "Glock chambers" "reloading a Glock 40...
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    04-13-2018, 12:22 PM
    I noticed that too. OP stated "sizing bullets" but several posters didn't/wouldn't/couldn't read the whole, one sentence long post. Happens all the time...:veryconfu
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    04-12-2018, 11:35 AM
    I have an old C-H "C" press that I use for bullet sizing, occasionally priming, hardness resting (Lee), and sometimes depriming. It is seeing less and less use as my Co-Ax is a wonderful, easy to use press and yep, I've sized quite a few bullets on...
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    04-12-2018, 11:27 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Shoot out squib in Cast Boolits
    I once saw a couple pics of sectioned barrels, one, a 22 LR, had the barrel full of lead, bullets smashed together as the idiot behind the trigger just kept pulling the trigger. I guess the cylinder gap bled off any excess pressure...
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    04-11-2018, 12:20 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Shoot out squib in Cast Boolits
    The way I read the story in the OP was a shooter damaged (bulged, "ringed") a barrel because he followed a squib with another round, which seems would be pretty easy when shooting quickly during a competition. Because he was using wadcutters with...
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    04-11-2018, 12:06 PM
    I wouldn't try it. Probably a very thin (clad) covering of SS but the strength of the pot comes from the aluminum. Just get a 2 quart stainless steel pot from Goodwill. While you're there get a slotted spoon and a soup ladle, and mebbe a muffin...
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    04-10-2018, 12:30 PM
    Wow, lots of warnings about pots for melting lead. One thing I didn't see mentioned about aluminum; while the melting point is only 300 degrees (that's pretty close when melting lead over a gas flame!) aluminum doesn't change color when it gets hot....
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    04-10-2018, 12:16 PM
    I think 2"x4 1/2" would be fine. Just pour about 2" of lead in the pan. As you can see from the answers, there are about fifty different ways to make ingots and even if you are going to do some serious alloying,you would weigh the ingots when mixing...
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    04-09-2018, 04:16 PM
    I'm not an over zealous safety nut, but I am cheap, so I would rather start low and if I felt the need, work up rather than go with higher loads and have to buy a new gun. Fingers get pretty expensive too... :bigsmyl2:
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    04-09-2018, 12:06 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee Ram Prime in Reloading Equipment
    I tried 3 different hand primers and none seemed to fit my hand and off press priming became a PIA and I usually used the stock press priming systems which also left much to be desired. I purchased a Lee hand press which came with a ram prime about...
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    04-09-2018, 11:54 AM
    Yep, nail polish, superglue and lock tite (red) are considered permanent. But I've used silicone sealant, and rubber cement too, which works in most circumstances and the nut/bolt can still be removed. Try shooting the threads of the stem and plug...
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    04-09-2018, 11:47 AM
    Well, you're using heavy for caliber bullets, magnum powder, and you won't start a new, unknown to you load at the suggested starting level? I'd suggest you pull them, but you may not listen to that either...:mrgreen:
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    04-05-2018, 01:01 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Die Adjustment in Reloading Equipment
    Get a Co-Ax. Problem solved! :bigsmyl2:
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    04-04-2018, 11:47 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Case Trimming in Cast Boolits
    I have a Worlds Finest Trimmer for my 308, and a lathe type bench trimmer(make?). But the system I use most is the Lee or Lyman Eezy-Trim. Simple, fast and works quite well on all my rifle brass
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    04-02-2018, 11:46 AM
    I'm starting on my "Just in case" stash of 9mm. I have a jug nearly full of 45 ACP ammo that works quite well in my 2, 45 ACP pistols and is a known performer (mebbe 350 rounds) that's handy to grab if I need them "just in case". I'm starting on a...
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    03-31-2018, 11:29 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee 240 swc tl ?? in Cast Boolits
    The Lee bullet works in 4 of my 5, 44 Magnums. When seating and crimping, it's not necessary to use the uppermost groove. I have roll crimped in the third groove and tried the 4th groove on occasion. I dip lubed and pan lubed with C-Red, but haven't...
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    03-29-2018, 11:29 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee hand loader in Reloading Equipment
    Ihave one that I sed mostly for 44 Magnum (not an easy to size cartridge) .223 and 30-30. None of the rifle cases were difficult to size, most less than the 44 Magnum. I have done everything with my Lee Hand Press thai I have done on any of my 4...
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    03-28-2018, 11:35 AM
    mdi replied to a thread stupid idea... .22 WMR in Cast Boolits
    Personally I don't think that reloading a 22 rimfire is practical, and I've read of some problems with reloaded 22 lr (they must be "clocked" in the chamber so the firing pin does not hit the dent from a previous firing). Sometimes a feller just has...
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    03-28-2018, 11:18 AM
    FWIW and an old memory; This talk of pristine, virgin looking brass reminded me of a time I was hanging out at the Police Range in San Pedro, CA, around '69. I was just watching a couple shooters with their 1911s shooting a lot. I got closer and saw...
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    03-27-2018, 12:16 PM
    My old sponsor once told me; "there are two ways to learn, how to do something and how not to do something"...
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    03-27-2018, 11:55 AM
    I haven't used one of those yet, but good find (one feller finds a neat, new to him tool and the next 10 posts say what they use instead :mrgreen:) Processing cases is basically "Metal Working 101". The tools found in 99% of...
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    03-27-2018, 11:41 AM
    mdi replied to a thread stupid idea... .22 WMR in Cast Boolits
    I believe the same company that makes the 22 LR tool now makes a 22 Magnum kit. IIRC there are loads/data for a 35 gr jacketed bullet (Hornady V-Max?). What I read about the process is that it is safe and the only scraping took place when cleaning...
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    03-27-2018, 11:36 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Old Lube in Boolit Lube !
    I don't think it would work for flux either. Maybe when it was fresh it might have worked, after all I used 1/2 of the can at one time or the other. But in the trash it goes. I gotta break myself of keeping old stuff...
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    03-26-2018, 11:09 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Old Lube in Boolit Lube !
    Well, I lubed the bullets as per the directions (I cleaned the bullets with brake clean, dipped and dried on a screen). I figgered out a load ans loaded them in some nickel plated brass. When I finished I got curious and pulled one. All the lube had...
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    03-24-2018, 11:21 AM
    I have 6 Lee Loaders (I kinda like 'em). I started with one in '69 and like to keep them "handy" just because. I sometimes feel "retro" and get one out and pound out a box of reloads and sometimes I don't want to re-setup one of my bench presses. I...
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    03-23-2018, 02:22 PM
    mdi replied to a thread cleaning loaded ammo in Cast Boolits
    Yep, it's about time this surfaced again...:popcorn: This is an old and very discussed topic. Some say don't tumble because the powder will "break down" and change the burn characteristics and kaboom your gun. Some say there is a possibility of a...
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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