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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    02-05-2020, 12:41 PM
    This might help; https://leeprecision.com/files/instruct/CastBulletLength.pdf
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    02-04-2020, 01:08 PM
    Yep, some things are just a bit harder to figger out! I have an older set of Pacific 38 Special dies I had the same "problem" with. Being fairly new at reloading, pre-web and no reloading friends, I just put them away and bought a Lee set...
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    02-04-2020, 12:53 PM
    Looks like you're on the right track. When you ask a question on a forum you will get a lot of methods/opinions, but remember they are just suggestions and you will develop your own methods and as long as you get good bullets and are satisfied, it's...
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    02-03-2020, 05:32 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee 359-125 RF in Casting Equipment
    Me too! I use that bullet for 2, 38 Specials, one 357 Magnum, and 3, 9mms. I just got 3 different Lee sizing dies and size for the particular gun I'm casting for (my 9mms get .356"+, my 38/357 gets .358"+, one 9mm gets .359" (a very old Tokerev)....
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    02-01-2020, 02:55 PM
    mdi replied to a thread bonanza co-ax in Reloading Equipment
    When I got my Co-Ax, I sat it upright on my bench and looked at (studied) it. I then mounted it at about a 30 degree angle, facing my left. My "press loading" hand, my left hand has good access to the shell holders and my right hand operated the...
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    02-01-2020, 02:40 PM
    Good thinkin'. As you can see, you can ask a question and get several "opinions" and some are just that; "opinions" (and some are just repeats of something they read somewhere). Personally, I don't think a super accurate, consistent temperature is...
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    02-01-2020, 02:18 PM
    The majority of my 380 ACP and 38 Special handloads are "subsonic". And yes, they need lube. I use 45-45-10 and home made Speed Green and I wouldn't try plain paraffin...
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    01-30-2020, 12:28 PM
    I have an older Lyman 225 gr. RN mold that makes very good bullets. Works exceptionally well in my 3, 45 ACP guns... example; https://www.midwayusa.com/product/101022288
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    01-28-2020, 12:36 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Reloading ooops in Reloading Equipment
    I had a squib in 1970, and since then I look in every case I charge with powder to make sure there is powder in there, no double charges and any charge that looks "off"... Even .223/5.56, it is tough, but it can be done. I have had no squibs nor...
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    01-26-2020, 12:07 PM
    Did you plunk test them? Did you determine if the diameter is the problem or perhaps OAL? If the coating is not damaged by sizing, just shoot them...
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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