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    Today, 12:36 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Die Clean up in Reloading Equipment
    Thanks for that info. On a few occasions I have needed to open up a small ID a few thousandths and usually did the "split rod w/emery clothe" method but I believe next time I need a sizing die opened up or a cylinder cleaned up I'll check out BRM...
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    Today, 12:27 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Changing Recipes in Casting Equipment
    My Lee 4-20 pot is mounted to a 1"x8" about 24" long for stability, and I can pick up the whole thing/assemble and pour, but, I run almost all the melt through the pour spout to make the pot lighter. I wouldn't want to try and pick up a hot pot with...
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    Yesterday, 11:22 AM
    An aside about water in the casting area; I Have been melting lead for sinkers since the late 1950s and casting since 1988. Just yesterday I was casting some bullets and was working with a touchy mold that go too hot quickly and I just sprayed it...
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    07-16-2018, 02:33 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lyman must hate me in Cast Boolits
    Are you "pressure pouring"? Putting the spout in direct contact with the mold? I have found "finning" only occurs when I "pressure pour" and keep my mold to spout distance anywhere from 1 1/2" down to 1/2" or so, getting good fill-out but no...
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    07-13-2018, 03:36 PM
    For my 44 cast bullet reloading I use two crimp dies depending on the bullet and load. One is a Redding Profile crimp (much like a regular roll crimp) and for some cast and jacketed I use a Lee collet crimp. I used a plain Lee and RCBS roll crimp...
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    07-13-2018, 01:13 PM
    An S&W 629 throats should be larger than .429". Mine run a hair under .431". I size the bullets for the throat diameter, .431", and its a good fit for the .429" groove diameter of the barrel. Most of my 44 molds, with my alloy drop bullets around...
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    07-12-2018, 05:56 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Enamel coated pot? in Casting Equipment
    I wasn't sure, so Ill just use it for lube making...
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    07-12-2018, 10:54 AM
    I was rummaging around my shop and ran across an old enamel coated (blue w/design) 2 qt. pot. I thought it might be OK for melting/smelting but not casting as I have an electric pot for that. With a propane camp stove melting 20-30 lbs of lead have...
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    07-11-2018, 10:54 AM
    Yep I remember much the same. I'd catch Heck if I let the pot run dry. Perhaps the OP is just melting linotype, calling his equipment "linotype machine pot"?
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    07-11-2018, 10:50 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Tumbler media in Reloading Equipment
    During my early use of tumblers I tried everything I could think of (beach sand, glass beads, wood chips, pet litter charcoal chunks, BBs, rice , dried peas/beans and mebbe a dozen others) and settled on corn cob blast media, 14-20 as the best all...
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    07-10-2018, 04:45 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Case Lub in Reloading Equipment
    My method is to pick up a case with my left hand, which has lube on two fingers, twist the case in my fingers to apply some lube and insert it into the press. No waiting for alcohol/solvent evaporation and I haven't had a stuck case for many, many...
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    07-10-2018, 11:12 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Case Lub in Reloading Equipment
    IMO; unless they are slippery enough to make handling difficult, I don't think there is a reason to remove case lube after sizing (but that's reason enough). I use mink oil boot dressing cream, and very little of that. Handling the brass after...
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    07-09-2018, 01:57 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Tumbler media in Reloading Equipment
    Jes wonderin', what's the need to polish/clean the ID of a 22 Hornet case? [smilie=1:
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    07-09-2018, 01:48 PM
    "Linotype melting pot"? Is the unit a part of a linotype type setting machine? I operated one during my first year of college circa. 1964, and my memory fails me. I just hung ingots on a hook and chain and fed the ingot into a pot built into the...
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    07-09-2018, 01:42 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Stop Ring Boolits in Boolit Lube !
    An aside from an ignorant caster; what are the benefits, needs for a "stop ring" on a bullet?
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    07-09-2018, 01:35 PM
    mdi replied to a thread beeswax in Boolit Lube !
    All supplier info is welcome, but many like to deal with Vendor-Sponsors here... Besides, I have absolutely no idea what "leather armor and costrels" are...[smilie=1:
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    07-09-2018, 01:29 PM
    I'll bet not a lot of fellers remember Brylcreem's "a little dab'll do ya"...
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    07-09-2018, 11:33 AM
    I got a 4 oz. jar about 16 years ago and used very little for case lube as 95% of my reloading was handgun ammo. When I started reloading 308 and 30-06 I began using it again and still have 1/2 a jar 6 years later...
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    07-07-2018, 07:38 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee Bench Primer! in Reloading Equipment
    The only trouble I had with my Lee Bench Prime was on the first 60 cases primed. I reread the instructions, mounted the tool solidly, and allowed the handle to go through its full travel. The full travel allows the next primer to fall into place and...
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    07-07-2018, 11:20 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee Bench Primer! in Reloading Equipment
    Look at how the primer tray works. A plastic assembly that holds small brass "pellets" sits in an angle and the "pellets" slide down in place. The "pellets" are extremely light and sometimes gravity isn't quite enough for the "pellets" to overcome...
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    07-07-2018, 11:07 AM
    OK, but this is why I flare the case mouths to load cast bullets. My fit is around .003" depending on gun to bullet fit. I also have a couple M dies, but they still leave a square edge and shaving is possible (simple, you can't push a .452" slug...
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    07-06-2018, 07:38 PM
    Tweezers...:mrgreen:
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    07-06-2018, 07:33 PM
    I guess I don't understand. If one used a tool to expand the case ID to .455", what keeps a .452" bullet in place? Even if the case ID is .453", .001"interference fit ain't very much and bullets will be loose... In a semi-auto the cartridge is...
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    07-06-2018, 01:35 PM
    You are sizing the case ID/mouths to .455" and .360" (with a "button")? Or am I reading your post wrong? My 45 ACP bullets run .452" and my 9mm about .357" so sizing the ID to the dimensions in your post would be disastrous for me...
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    07-06-2018, 01:24 PM
    The other day was having trouble casting 38 cal bullets with my Lacmiller 160 gr. SWC mold, certified Lyman #2,; .005" out of round. I got out an old Lee mold, 158 SWC and cast up a couple hundred. All measured .359"-360" and mebbe .001" out of...
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    07-06-2018, 01:20 PM
    Yep, squishing lube and boolits in a plastic bag works quite well. BTDT. Now I dip lube; hold a bullet by the nose and dip into alox or 45-45-10 and set them on the base on a piece of wax paper or alum. foil. No mess on the nose...
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    07-06-2018, 01:16 PM
    mdi replied to a thread different wax in Boolit Lube !
    Old toilet bowl rings used to be made of bees wax and some added "stiffeners". Today they are made from the dregs/trash from refining and really low grade. Way back when, I tried wax toilet bowl rings and it was a consistent, firm, brown wax. No...
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    07-04-2018, 11:14 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Tumbler media in Reloading Equipment
    The granite blast media will "work" as in clean the brass, in a rotary tumbler. I'm sure the brass will be clean, but won't be shiny, probably a matte finish. I tried beach sand in a wobbler and there wasn't much "action" or flow of the media/brass.
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    07-01-2018, 11:04 AM
    I don't see any problems here, no debate needed. If enough fellers want a "Competition with Boolits" sub forum, fine, I don't have to read it. Instead of an explanation or badmouthing another forum, just post an "I want one"... BTW; commuting by...
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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