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    Yesterday, 09:21 PM
    A few things are necessary to answer the question. For trouble free use of cast bullets you need to know your gun. A 38/357 is supposed to be .357" groove diameter, but do you know for sure?. Do you know the real groove diameter of your gun? If a...
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    Yesterday, 12:41 PM
    If .224" bullets are safe and work well in your gun, I doubt if .2247" is going to make any difference. jacketed bullets aren't solid like hardened steel and will obturate and swage quite easily. The .0007" is really pretty small, it's just a few...
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    Yesterday, 12:29 PM
    For every warning/statement there is usually at least one denial. A bulge buster die is much like a Lee push through bullet sizing die. In 35+ years of reloading, for 7 different handgun cartridges, with many thousands of rounds, I have never had...
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    Yesterday, 12:20 PM
    You are reloading for a specific cartridge, not a bullet. I have a few guns that have barrels larger than what they are "supposed to be"; an Enfield with a .318" groove diameter, a 44 Magnum carbine with a .433" groove diameter. A 9mm pistol with a...
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    02-20-2019, 05:52 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Meplat? in Cast Boolits
    My head says "Me Play". I don't need to know how to pronounce it 'cause I don't know any casters to talk to, face to face...
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    02-20-2019, 12:14 PM
    I'm confused. If you are loading for a 30/40 Krag, why do you want data for a 303 British? The bullet diameter, or the original use of the bullet does not dictate load data. Just size the bullet to the proper diameter for your gun (barrel and...
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    02-20-2019, 12:03 PM
    My RIA 1911 eats them right up, but my Ruger P90 will misfeed one out of 5 consistently. I have only tried my SWC loads in my HP carbine once, and so far it feeds them.
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    02-20-2019, 11:56 AM
    Any time there is a fit problem, measure. Measure the OD along the out case body in a few places. This will tell you if you really have a bulge. BTW a gauge is made on the small/minimum SAAMI cartridge dimensions, so unless your guns have "tight"...
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    02-19-2019, 01:03 PM
    Put the "gauge" in the drawer and use the barrel of your gun as a gauge. I reloaded revolver ammo for quite a few years before I got a 1911 and having never thought about chambering, I though I had to have a case gauge. I fought my brass trying to...
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    02-19-2019, 12:51 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 44mag lee c429-240 swc in Cast Boolits
    Just one out of six? I'd note which cylinder the stickyness happened. With the number of "good" reports about the gun, brass, load, etc., I think I would clean the gun and try again (scrub the cylinders).
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    02-19-2019, 12:43 PM
    I understand rimfire bullets are pretty soft, running 8-9 BHN. I would ask on the Lead and Alloys forum for info for hardening it up. I would add tin, but don't have a ratio handy (I have used 20-1 and 16-1 for my low pressure handgun bullets). For...
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    02-18-2019, 12:28 PM
    I crimp much like tazman. I just developed my method long ago, just seemed logical. I crimp in a separate step, and I know many don't, they seat and crimp in one operation, but for me, I prefer two steps (for many years I used a turret and now I use...
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    02-17-2019, 12:22 PM
    I started reloading 38 Specials in 1969. I have 4 revolvers that shoot the 38 and I have developed some loads more accurate than I can hold, and I cannot remember ever measuring a case... Case trimming may be necessary for an S&W Mod 52, but I...
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    02-16-2019, 05:31 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Dies in Reloading Equipment
    I use Lee dies for my 308 Winchester reloads. I use the standard F/L dies and seat the bullets with the Lee die. I only use enough "crimp" to straighten out the flare as neck tension will hold the bullets fine. Before you actually have a problem,...
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    02-16-2019, 05:19 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Haze in my bore question. in Cast Boolits
    Normally leading/fouling at the muzzle end of the barrel is a sign the lube has "run out". I'd try a different lube, K.I/S.S. before you start changing alloys, powder, etc.... Even though I make much of my lube, I have used White Label Lubes...
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    02-15-2019, 03:00 PM
    mdi replied to a thread First Time EVER! in Cast Boolits
    What part did you ream?
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    02-14-2019, 03:45 PM
    There is (was?) a range in downtown LA that would not allow any ammo to be brought in. Ammo had to be purchased there. I think it was a range for a club that for some reason (business license?) had to be open to the public. To discourage any...
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    02-14-2019, 01:14 PM
    mdi replied to a thread HandLoads.com in Cast Boolits
    Them...
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    02-14-2019, 01:00 PM
    From the descriptions I read about it the "Service Grade" is good ammo and reloadable. The name probably just signifies regular "every day shooting" ammo rather than "Match Grade". If I were in your situation, I'd buy some for shooting and a supply...
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    02-14-2019, 12:46 PM
    It's just business, no conspiracy. NT ("green") ammo started with small primers. I've heard a couple different versions why (small primers were the only "lead free" primers available at the time, and small primers worked better with the larger flash...
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    02-13-2019, 04:00 PM
    Just eyeball them. Place a large primed case, head up, on your bench. Place a small primed case on your bench head up. Pick up a case to be sorted and look at the primer pocket. If you can't tell, just compare to one on the bench. After a while you...
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    02-13-2019, 03:54 PM
    Like lightman says, it's up to you if you wanna play by their rules. I went to an indoor range the would not let me shoot my handloads, once and did no shooting. I went to a range that tried to stop me from picking up my brass, just once, never...
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    02-13-2019, 12:20 PM
    I too don't believe there is a "law", national or local. I think the EPA or a state equivalent can inspect a facility and require ventilation, but no actual law on the books. Gun counter clerk's bull poop...
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    02-13-2019, 12:15 PM
    Jes wondering, why would you PC then tumble lube?
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    02-12-2019, 09:19 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm plunk test in Cast Boolits
    The Lee "1R" bullets are more "blunt" than the normal round nose bullet. So, they must be seated deeper than a standard RN...
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    02-12-2019, 01:09 PM
    I've done both, but it's not an apple to apple comparison, kinda like comparing plated to nekkid lead. I don't get leading with my pan or dip lubed bullets anymore mainly because they fit my guns. Pan lubing takes a bit of time (I haven't seen the...
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    02-12-2019, 12:57 PM
    An aside in response to robg's post: A friend's father was a member of the Compton Rod and Gun Club in Compton, CA (at one time east Compton was a very nice city). When the Long Beach freeway was built partially on the club's property the club had...
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    02-12-2019, 12:47 PM
    I think the gist of this thread was a question about a load for a specific bullet, not if the OP could afford 357 brass. I haven't used the bullet quoted with +P+ loads, but I have loaded a 160 gr Lachmiller SWC over some pretty hefty loads in 38...
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    02-11-2019, 03:51 PM
    I too wonder why you just use 38 Special brass, not a lot though because I too have loaded some +P+ loads in my 38 brass. I am the only one that shoots my handloads, and I do not allow anyone else to shoot them, ever. Maybe just a quirk of mine, but...
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    02-11-2019, 03:38 PM
    I would like an indoor range close to me (So. Coastal Oregon). So far there's only two or max three places to shoot, and none are considered a decent range. The one I frequent when my 2 wheel drive PU can safely get there is only 85-90 yards, a flat...
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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