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    Today, 01:00 PM
    I had a few problems with my Puma in 44 Mag. until I re-slugged the barrel. Since SAAMI groove dimensions are different for a rifle (.431" vs .429" for handguns) all my cast bullets were a bit small at .431"-.432" for the .432" barrel so I just...
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    02-22-2020, 05:05 PM
    FWIW; I use Unique, Universal and BR-5 for all the cartridges listed, except 40 S&W, which I don't reload...
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    02-22-2020, 12:13 PM
    Good source of unbiased Lee info; http://www.lee-loader.com/index.php
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    02-21-2020, 12:03 PM
    FWIW; last night I watched super slow motion video of a revolver firing. The hammer falls and the bullet has exited the barrel way before any movement of the gun takes place (recoil)...
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    02-20-2020, 12:12 PM
    Personally, I don't think there is any rearward movement of the cylinder until the bullet exits; jet effect... Lots of physics theory going on here. Maybe we need a physicist to figger it out? I think there are some factors that will also...
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    02-19-2020, 02:36 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Air cool vs water cool in Cast Boolits
    Yes, a clean, square base is essential to accurate bullets. I just cannot see how a bullet, of "normal" alloy (BHN of 10-12) dropped into water will dent while the same bullet dropped onto a folded towel is unmarred... But I'm not condemning a...
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    02-19-2020, 12:22 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Air cool vs water cool in Cast Boolits
    I'm wondering how dents occur when water dropping. Does the impact of the bullet against the surface of the water dent bullets? Are bullets traveling fast enough through the water to dent them when they hit bottom? No offense intended but "denting...
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    02-18-2020, 12:41 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Air cool vs water cool in Cast Boolits
    I have never cared for water quenching. I now use a small towel folded and placed in a cake pan. None of my bullets are damaged. I have also accidentally dropped new bullets right out of the mold on the hard bench top. No damage. Maybe because I...
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    02-18-2020, 12:34 PM
    I like old tools and tools that work. You are having quite a bit of trouble getting your impact puller to work freely again, but how much time are you willing to spend on a tool that costs less than $15.00?...
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    02-17-2020, 12:29 PM
    More than likely the debris is powder and perhaps a bit of lube (bullet or case). A lot of suggestions offered above but the only thing I would not use is chlorinated brake clean. Any mild detergent, or mineral spirits and a brush (even a bore brush...
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    02-16-2020, 12:42 PM
    I have had three digitals and presently use a FA (one died completely and one could not be calibrated). One method I use is to tare the scale with the pan in place, weigh and drop a charge, replace the pan and make sure the scale reads zero. When...
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    02-16-2020, 12:30 PM
    Who ever made it, I like the interesting bullet shape/design. Take the mold to a good hardware store and get a screw (pan head or round head and I prefer Phillips) to fit the threads for the sprue plate and a spring washer (wavy washer). I never buy...
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    02-14-2020, 12:58 AM
    A new reloader using cast lead bullets and tries an FCD is more often than not falling into poor shooting loads, frustration, and just rotten performance. I know it doesn't happen every time a new reloader is talked into using an FCD, but often...
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    02-13-2020, 12:56 PM
    I can only say I have reloaded 32 ACP, 380 ACP, 9mm and 45 ACP (first 45s were loaded in '88), for 8 different guns and have never had to resize my handloads after crimping. I learned to adjust my dies and use known good components and if there was...
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    02-13-2020, 12:37 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee 359-125 RF in Casting Equipment
    I PCed about 200 for use in my old Tokerev, my Ruger LC9 and my FMK. So far all have fed flawlessly...
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    02-13-2020, 12:30 PM
    Hmmm. This one is a new one for me. A 20 lb pot that doesn't hold 20 lbs.? Wondering if anyone has measured the capacity of water (vs. beer) of a 5 gal bucket, or counted to see if a 30 cal ammo can really holds 770 rounds of 45 ACP, and does a 10...
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    02-12-2020, 12:36 PM
    Another place to look (unbiased, no Lee Haters); http://www.lee-loader.com/index.php
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    02-11-2020, 12:37 PM
    Yep, alox does thicken with time, even in sealed bottles. I normally thin with mineral spirits (paint thinner) to the consistency of cheap pancake syrup, mebbe a bit thinner as I don't use much on my bullets. Same with 45-45-10. I usually dip lube...
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    02-11-2020, 12:32 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 1st Reloading Question in Cast Boolits
    Now, quit posting and shoot 'em! There ain't much more satisfying than assembling some handloads and shootin' them (unless you add some of your home cast boolits!)...
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    02-10-2020, 03:45 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 1st Reloading Question in Cast Boolits
    Welcome to the wonderful, oft confusing and frustrating, world of reloading! New reloader hints; measure your bullets with a micrometer to be sure of what you have. Seat bullets to crimp groove and disregard "book OAL" (the bullet designers...
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    02-10-2020, 01:24 AM
    Quite often, .0005" in bullet diameter won't make any difference. If your throats are .4315", a .431" bullet will probably work fine. (I don't use "push through", "fall through", "tight", "snug" or "loose". They are not measurements). I did a quick...
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    02-09-2020, 10:51 PM
    I get around most of the tumble lube transfer in my seating dies by dip lubing. I warm a bit of 45-45-10 in a small pan and grab bullets by the nose and dip them in the lube, some with big tweezers or forceps, sit them on a piece of aluminum foil to...
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    02-09-2020, 10:40 PM
    mdi replied to a thread concentricity on cast in Cast Boolits
    Concerning "run out". I never checked run out on any cast bullet rifle handloads and my marksmanship would probably not be good enough to notice any difference. I didn't really give it a lot of thought until I saw some questions on a forum. I got a...
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    02-09-2020, 12:27 PM
    mdi replied to a thread concentricity on cast in Cast Boolits
    I believed the fellers above are correct; the barrel will swage/size the lead bullets. But what if the bullet starts out crooked? If the bullet is not concentric with the case and enters the barrel crooked, off center, what happens to accuracy then?...
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    02-07-2020, 02:36 PM
    Have you ever thought about contacting Lee?
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    02-06-2020, 12:28 PM
    In the photo below that link is an explanation of the mold dimensions, via the part/mold number. In the pic the bullet when cast with the same alloy as Lee used is a gas checked, .308" diameter, 230 grain, round nose. But slight variations in the...
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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