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    Today, 12:54 AM
    mdi replied to a thread What are these? in Reloading Equipment
    Jes thinkin'. How much differance does clean, pristine case IDs make over plain old dry tumbling? (Need to inspect the inside of a fired case. Actually not all that dirty, kinda self cleaning like primer pockets). I can understand if one wants super...
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    Today, 12:43 AM
    mdi replied to a thread High Point 9mm Carbine. in Cast Boolits
    I'm on the verge right now and have done a lot of redsearch on Hi-Point carbines. I haven't read any bad reviews or poor tests on any of them. All calibers feed, fire, and extract reliably. Accuracy is good/acceptable for a pistol caliber carbine....
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    Today, 12:37 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Heart problems. in Cast Boolits
    Actually, in a way when we're sick, all we gotta do is lay there and be sick (plus of course, following Dr's orders, keeping in contact with God). Those who have a load of work are our caretakers. They have it rough, God Bless 'em...
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    Yesterday, 02:38 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Cam over presses in Reloading Equipment
    Personally I can't see any need. The cartridge/case will only go so far into a die, and if one can make sure if it does every time, either against a solid stop, or beyond top dead center, then it's working to it's designed purpose. Perhaps one...
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    Yesterday, 01:28 PM
    FWIW; I'm not overly concerned if my cast bullets are .004" out of round (sometimes depending on the bullet, .005"), as they will be sized. When I started casting I kept a log. Didn't have a thermometer then but kept note of all other items involved...
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    Yesterday, 01:19 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Strange micrometer in Cast Boolits
    Yep, I've had both, Not sure of the proper name as we just called them "Point Mics". And don't store it with the anvil/spindle touching. Back the thimble off some. Soaking in Ktoil will help clean it up...
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    Yesterday, 01:13 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Heart problems. in Cast Boolits
    Yep, welcome. There's another club; "Getting Old and Fighting It All The Way".I'm a member. Last week I had cataract surgery on my left eye and the right eye was done last month. I have an ongoing knee problem and I have to wear a brace and walking...
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    Yesterday, 12:48 PM
    mdi replied to a thread slugging a rifle barrel in Cast Boolits
    Perhaps this is one of the simplest home 'smithing jobs there is. Seeing all the answers above makes me wonder how many have actually slugged a barrel. All you are doing is driving a lead slug through a steel tube. The brass rod will not harm the...
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    11-12-2018, 12:05 PM
    mdi replied to a thread slugging a rifle barrel in Cast Boolits
    A 1/4" brass rod will be OK. Did you start from the chamber end or muzzle end? If I had a bullet "stuck" I'd squirt a bit of light oil in the end where I started. If you want to continue the slugging or just remove the bullet, then use your rod to...
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    11-10-2018, 02:12 PM
    I've got one, but when I bought it I was unable to find any drop tubes...
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    11-10-2018, 02:08 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Bad lot of primers? in Cast Boolits
    I started reloading in '69. Continued for several years and due to a messy divorce, stopped and old my equipment. Took a few years off and resumed in '88. I reload for 9 calibers in fifteen different guns and I cannot remember a "bad" primer/FTF. I...
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    11-10-2018, 02:00 PM
    The OP would have to determine if "crimping" was the cause of his problem. I have been reloading 9mm for only 19 years and 45 ACP for 22 years and I have never had to trim a case. Probably fifty percent of my reloads are "range brass"...
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    11-09-2018, 09:52 PM
    A chamber cast will tell you exactly the dimensions of your gun's chamber. Good info for many uses but, but not necessary for most handgun cartridge fit. Good for rifle rounds to find bullet seating depth in relationship to the throat, rifling, etc....
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    11-09-2018, 12:36 AM
    Pull thr barrel out of your gun. Drop a cartridge in the chamber. It should fall all the way into the chamber (and "plunk") and when the barrel is inverted, the caartridge should fall out.
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    11-09-2018, 12:25 AM
    A Lee FCD will just cover up any problems, not fix anything. What calibers? Most ammo gauges are on the tight side of SAAMI specs., so good ammo sometimes will not gauge, but chamber fine. For semi-auto handgun ammo I use the plunk test. If I have...
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    11-07-2018, 04:07 PM
    As stated above; no big deal. The alox will smoke, work so outdoors or with good ventilation, and the alox acts like a flux. Done that many times. Hot pot, cold pot, never made much difference to me...
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    11-06-2018, 03:04 PM
    Like a lot of reloaders I started with a Lee Loader, and yep, at first I had some primer pops, but I worked that out and when I use one today, they are "pop free". My next priming method was on a Lee Challenger press, and I had no trouble, but...
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    11-06-2018, 02:53 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 158 grain bullet in Cast Boolits
    Yep, as noted above by the members, just start with starting loads. Your alloy prolly has more lead in it than the "158" weight designation with Lee's alloy (I have a nice Lee mold for 45 Colt with the advertised weight of 255 gr, but my bullets are...
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    11-05-2018, 12:27 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Paper over primer????? in Cast Boolits
    The way I read (scanned) the article is the tester was using newspaper over the primer not in a "normal" load, but with a primer only for testing the primer not a load...
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    11-05-2018, 12:21 PM
    I sorta followed the development of the Buchanan hand press here on castboolits and was thinkin' seriously about one and mounting it on my bench (I know it is a portable press, but I think a bench mount would work. Maybe with a swivel base set up)....
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    11-05-2018, 12:12 PM
    Thanks fellers. I cast for 5, 44 Magnums (along with 9mm, 45 ACP, 45 Colt, and 3 rifle calibers) and have loads/bullets that nearly eliminate all leading. I have a Puma in 44. Magnum and yes, SAAMI dimensions for 44 Magnum rifle barrels is .431",...
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    11-04-2018, 12:57 PM
    Wow! I didn't know you knew me. How much you think you know about me is jes plain old BS. You have no idea about what you are saying about me. Precision machinist? I have made titanium parts that were held to .0005" tolerance. My tools? I only have...
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    11-04-2018, 12:29 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm Diameter in Casting Equipment
    My guns get from .356" to .358"+ (often just under .359"), depending on what the barrel slugs out to...
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    11-04-2018, 12:18 PM
    I didn't want to hijack Mr LaRoche's thread so I started this one. I don't own a gun with micro groove rifling (but a Marlin in 45/70 has been tugging at my heart for a while), so this is mainly for my own curiosity. There have been many threads...
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    11-03-2018, 12:27 PM
    I wonder if all the Hoop-La would show up if the OP said "my Lyman (or RCBS, Hornady, etc.) die is junk and doesn't give me what I think i should have". There IS a too snobbery running around in reloading forums today and all one has to do is put...
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    11-03-2018, 12:09 PM
    FWIW, I've used a Harbor Freight dual drum tumbler for wet tumbling (when I was experimenting with it). The drums are water tight and will hold 100, 38 Special, 9mm or 45 ACP with a bit fewer 357 Magnum or 44 Magnum cases with pins and solution in...
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    11-03-2018, 12:00 PM
    That member went on my "Ignore List" several years ago and I no longer have to skip his vitriol, it's done automatically. :happy dance: His posts have never added anything positive to any threads I can remember...
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    11-03-2018, 11:53 AM
    WOW! I missed the date. This is prolly the oldest thread I've posted on... "Fluxing" usually uses something that burns and the resulting carbon helps clean the lead (saw dust is a good example), so wouldn't the burning tape aid in fluxing? I...
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    11-02-2018, 06:46 PM
    Tape on wheel weights are very soft. Many like to use this alloy for muzzle loaders. Clip on wheel weights run a little harder, about 11-13 BHN. Mixing stick on with clip on results in a softer, lower BHN than clip ons, but higher than stick on. 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