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    01-18-2021, 04:11 PM
    Has anyone at the range complained about your "smoky" loads? Smoke doesn't bother me (I used to shoot black powder in a revolver!). I have removed standard lube from a bunch of my lubed bullets (C-Red and Speed Green mostly). Since I had a toaster...
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    01-18-2021, 01:47 PM
    I have polished some cavities in my aluminum molds. I used Comet and oil paste on a cast bullet from the mold, mounted on a screw/stud in my hand drill. Works without removing much/no metal. Barkeeper's Friend is even less abrasive than Comet and...
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    01-18-2021, 01:44 PM
    I emptied my RCBS primer tube much like mentioned above by reinserting the pin. Then just cycled the tool and picked out 3 primers. Another design flaw by a newly out of school engineer, half asleep with a hangover. If this tool had Lee on the...
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    01-18-2021, 01:28 PM
    FWIW, I never water drop any of my cast bullets. First, if I need harder bullets I alloy for hardness (which seems to me to be a more consistent, reliable method of achieving a specific hardness), second, I don't like the mess of getting my bullets...
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    01-18-2021, 01:05 PM
    I believe no time is wasted. All knowledge is good. If the results from a task are positive, great, you learned how to do something. If the results aren't so good, great, you learned how not to so something. Both good learning experiences... If a...
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    01-17-2021, 02:16 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Set screw size in Reloading Equipment
    A+ answer...
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    01-17-2021, 02:13 PM
    I understand, I don't agree but I do understand. Sometimes someone (me too) will just do something just because they were presented with a challenge...
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    01-17-2021, 01:52 PM
    I have never allowed "hard metering" to stop me from using a powder that has a good performance factor in any of my handgun handloads. I have been reloading for my 5, 44 Magnums since '88 and have used; Bullseye* W231* Unique* Universal* BR-5...
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    01-16-2021, 01:20 PM
    I've been reloading 44 Magnums for quite a while. I have used standard roll crimps, separate from seating, (Lee and Hornady), Redding Profile, Lee Collet crimp, and my Lee FCD now resides in a landfill somewhere in S. OR. Normally when using cast...
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    01-15-2021, 01:04 PM
    mdi replied to a thread home made bullet mold in Cast Boolits
    The reason the OP stated he wanted to make his own was not to save money, but to have a mold... A lot of times when a thread is pretty long (40+ posts), some forget what the original thread/question was about...
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    01-14-2021, 05:04 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm HP Molds? in Cast Boolits
    https://www.opticsplanet.com/lyman-pistol-bullet-mould-9mm-hollow-point-356637-2650637.html
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    01-14-2021, 04:59 PM
    mdi replied to a thread home made bullet mold in Cast Boolits
    Just a thought; https://www.mp-molds.com/product-category/blank-molds-kits/
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    01-14-2021, 04:52 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Seating depth. in Cast Boolits
    Don't have any facts/data on pressure rise with .015" less room in the case, and won't guess or speculate. It sounds like you may be tumble lubing and the lube building up in the seater die. Besides wiping the bullet nose, using less/thinner...
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    01-14-2021, 04:35 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Tumble Lube Mold in Cast Boolits
    There are now cast bullets and molds without any lube grooves, designed for PCing. I have never had to size any TL bullets more than .003" and even with just light lines on them ("smashed grooves"), Alox and 45-45-10 work quite well... Besides my...
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    01-13-2021, 05:10 PM
    Instead of "overpaying" (?) for a $80.00 NOE mold, just buy a Lee mold ($30) and buy $50 dollars worth of lead. More good bullets... OOPS! Forgot the $35.00 for handles for the NOE mold. So, buy a Lee, with the difference get 30-40 lbs of lead...
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    01-12-2021, 03:08 PM
    For a new caster; ignore any post that praises one mold manufacturer while badmouthing another. Ninety-nine percent of the time these posts are biased personal opinions (and I question the motivation of a thread like this where the OP starts out...
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    01-12-2021, 12:41 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Tumble Lube Mold in Cast Boolits
    Yes, works quite well. Lately one of my much used bullets is a Lee 125 RF dipped in 45-45-10 in 9mm. I never liked the brown noses from tumbling with alox so I dip lube. Warm/thin alox or 45-45-10, grab bullet by the nose and dip in the lube, up to...
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    01-06-2021, 12:53 PM
    A couple "shortages/panics" ago I learned to keep a prudent reserve...
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    01-05-2021, 10:00 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Primer swapping in Our Town
    Regardless of reports, info posts, any time I change a component, I'll do another load work up...
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    01-05-2021, 02:37 PM
    mdi started a thread Primer swapping in Our Town
    Couldn't find a better sub forum to post this so here goes; With the many new reloaders on forums dealing with component shortages, primer use has been a popular topic ("I couldn't find XXX primers, so can I use YYY instead?"). I found this video on...
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    01-03-2021, 03:31 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 45 win mag? in Cast Boolits
    https://www.google.com/search?q=45+winchester+magnum&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS874US874&oq=45+Winchester+Magnum&aqs=chrome.0.0i457j0l7.10266j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 A bit of info. I haven't heard much (anything) about this cartridge in a few years but...
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    01-02-2021, 02:51 PM
    Dunno about bullet diameter, but the spray is actually a contaminate and leaves a dull finish on the bullets... I guess if one feels the need, it's OK, but I have about 12 Lee molds, and 3 or 4 Lyman molds and don't use anything in the cavities....
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    01-02-2021, 12:49 PM
    Used this several years until I got a dedicated place to reload;
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    01-02-2021, 12:39 PM
    Like many others I tried a bunch of different "release agents" in my molds early in my casting. Today, nothing goes in my molds except lead...
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    01-01-2021, 03:31 PM
    I too have a C press that I use for some applications when I don't feel like using mu Co-Ax. It is an old Pacific C press that is still in very good shape that sometimes I'll use for depriming or bullet sizing. There's always a place for a small,...
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    01-01-2021, 03:24 PM
    "Factory Crimp Die"? Which one? The Collet crimp? Post crimping sizing die? Collet crimp does not taper crimp. Too often some just think FCD without knowing what cartridge is being crimped (7BR is a bottle necked cartridge...
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    12-31-2020, 01:10 PM
    In 2013 I had 3, now I have 6...
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    12-31-2020, 01:08 PM
    Do you want to chuck the shell holder assy. in the drill or the stud/cutter? I don't mind trimming brass and I only trim my rifle cases so I use my hand drill with the shell holder chucked in it and hold the cutter. With a drill press so short/small...
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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