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    Yesterday, 03:53 PM
    I really don't want to get into the "prosecuted for handloads" discussion again. There is no way a consensus can be reached on this subject... I have a Lyman mold for a 148 gr. DEWC, I cast with WW alloy, and load it over a near max/max. load of...
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    Yesterday, 11:49 AM
    Those with more experience than me, especially with black powder cartridge reloading, can attest that one is able to get more powder in a cartridge by using a drop tube of sufficient length. I don't know/think speed of pour has much importance... ...
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    09-16-2018, 11:52 AM
    In my powder charging "style" I only use a drop tube for charging rifle cases, not for trickling up a charge. Any "trickling" I do is into the pan on my scale when getting an exact/consistent powder charge and dump the charge into a funnel/drop tube...
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    09-14-2018, 12:12 PM
    FWIW, for my reloading the single most important aspect is inspection. When I pick up range brass I give it a quick look-see. When I get it home and am putting it in the tumbler, I watch closely (this is where I catch a lot of dings, damaged...
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    09-14-2018, 11:58 AM
    All my feeding "problems" especially in my 45 ACP handguns has been due to bullet shape. My stock RIA 1911 will feed anything that has a bullet in it, but my Ruger P90 is finiky, won't feed any SWC and a few RNFP will hang up. My Puma can be made to...
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    09-14-2018, 11:48 AM
    A hint I read here; the "burner" of many hot plates is slightly dome shaped and to get good even heating/contact place an old 8" Skill Saw blade on the burner. It allows the mold to heat more evenly with more of the mold in contact with the blade...
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    09-14-2018, 11:43 AM
    Having been a machinist/mechanic/electrician all my life I have dealt with repair manuals and instructions for many, many years. Some were translated to English from Italian, German, Chinese and "British English". Lee's instructions are no better...
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    09-13-2018, 11:42 AM
    RCBS make good tools, but my Lee Bench prime works quite well. I first ran 60 cases through mine, and had 3 OOPS!, too many for me. I reread the directions, mounted the tool solidly, made sure the handle goes through it's full travel and "problems"...
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    09-13-2018, 11:36 AM
    IMO; one thing "wrong" with gang molds is temp control. Often one end will get up to temp., but the other end may be too cold. BTDT. I now use a hotplate and give the mold plenty of time to reach casting temp...
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    09-13-2018, 11:31 AM
    Maglvr, I never researched the topic much, but if Lee didn't say is it true? A lot of "info" on the web gets started with one comment. Possibly in a reloading/casting forum years ago someone may have said "Lee micro-groove bullets don't need to be...
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    09-12-2018, 11:41 AM
    Jes wondering, what's the point of this thread? To size or not to size, that is the question. If one knows what the diameter is of their cast bullets, they have the answer. Shooting a .44 with 431" throats, and the mold drops bullets of .431"? Don't...
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    09-10-2018, 12:45 PM
    Too often people just say "Lee Factory Crimp Die" not designating which one. One is a post crimping sizing die, for handgun cartridges (I had one and it now resides in a landfill somewhere in So. Oregon, nuf said!). The other is a collet crimp die...
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    09-10-2018, 12:38 PM
    https://www.mcmaster.com/flat-head-bolts Large variety...
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    09-10-2018, 12:32 PM
    Yes and no. Heavy cast bullets and loads usually get a crimp especially my hand gun caliber single shot rifles, but rarely my jacketed single shot rifle rounds...
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    09-08-2018, 11:57 AM
    A press only for short cartridges? Nope, I wouldn't buy one. Even reloading 100 rounds + on my Co-Ax, with it's long stroke is no reason for a dedicated press, IMO. When I tire of the long stroke, I just install a short handle or grip the yoke....
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    09-08-2018, 11:47 AM
    Mine do.
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    09-08-2018, 11:45 AM
    My first "trial run" I had 3 OOPS! out of sixty cases primed. I reread the instructions, mounted the tool solidly, allowed (helped) the handle travel it's full swing, and now I get 99.9% good priming (last week out of 100 45 Colt cases primed I had...
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    09-08-2018, 11:37 AM
    https://www.mcmaster.com/=1eiebnr Good variety of grips...
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    09-06-2018, 12:03 PM
    http://forums.thecmp.org/forumdisplay.php?f=94 There are some fellers here with many, many years experience with all aspects of Garand shooting, maintenance, reloading, and history...
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    09-05-2018, 03:47 PM
    My Garand came to me with a new Criterion barrel (CMP "Special Grade"). I have fired just under 200 cast lead bullets in it and it does not shave lead as the cartridges (cast lead ammo) chamber. Thisis the first time I've heard of this happening. ...
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    09-04-2018, 01:51 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Cleaning dies???? in Reloading Equipment
    I use my rotary tumbler for more than cartridge brass. I often clean my small tools in my regular media (corn cob blast media with a bit of auto polish/wax to retard tarnish). Works well for dies and I have a "soak" I keep on my bench (mineral...
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    09-04-2018, 11:17 AM
    My Lee tester is not laboratory accurate and it isn't necessary. Way too many variables to get "certified" hardness results from a mass produced tool that one "eyes" a dent in a sample. My bullet alloy needn't be accurate to 1 BHN of a laboratory...
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    09-04-2018, 11:10 AM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm powder coat bullet? in Cast Boolits
    As you can see, no "special" mold for PCing is needed, just one that works well or you...
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    09-02-2018, 11:12 AM
    If one isn't familiar with measuring tools, color a bullet and run it through the sizer. Is the color (marker) evenly rubbed/swaged off? This will tell the user if the sizer is doing anything to the bullet. If so and the bullet measures undersize,...
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    09-01-2018, 11:13 AM
    I learned to use a slide rule in High School (and still use that knowledge to adjust a Lee scale!), but when I tried a Powley Computer, I remember getting lost. Or perhaps I just didn't have enough info to feed the computer...
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    09-01-2018, 11:09 AM
    Since I don't have a lathe handy, I would use a carbide burr or round stone in a Dremel tool...
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    09-01-2018, 11:04 AM
    mdi replied to a thread 9mm powder coat bullet? in Cast Boolits
    For any PCed bullets I just used a mold that normally works well in a particular gun/caliber. For my 9mm PCed bullets I use a Lee 125 gr RNFP (and in my 38 Specials and 357 Magnum). The bullet works quite well nekkid or PCed...
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    08-30-2018, 12:12 PM
    While not SS pins, I have tried small SS screws, washers and cotter pins in a wobbler. I got so-so results (although good results in a rotary tumbler). If the media is too heavy in a wobbler, the movement/action of the media may not be enough to get...
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    08-30-2018, 12:03 PM
    mdi replied to a thread If you had only one! in Cast Boolits
    If I had only one mold I would be limited to one load and mebbe just one gun. If I were limited to one mold per caliber/cartridge that would be better but still to "confining". Sorry, I can't honestly answer. If in a SHTF situation I would choose...
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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