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    Yesterday, 11:40 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Another new caster in Cast Boolits
    Oh my! Another poor soul snagged by the "do it yersef boolit making fixation". Welcome. The bullet in the pic looks very good, and 90% is exceptional for a new caster (it took me a few months of practice to get above 75% keepers!)...
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    Yesterday, 11:31 AM
    I can only speak about the lead bullet ban in CA. The ban was quietly pushed through by politicians with a lot of anti-hunter, anti-gun "do-gooders" that funneled quite a bit of money into their campaigns. The original excuse was the CA buzzard was...
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    Yesterday, 11:12 AM
    mdi replied to a thread New Lee Locknuts in Reloading Equipment
    I can't remember any rings with both an O-ring and locking clamp. The O-ring exerts an upwards force, pushing the ID threaded part upward and "jamming", adding friction to the threads and "locking" the assy. in place. The clamp type squeezes the nut...
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    10-12-2019, 12:21 PM
    mdi replied to a thread New Lee Locknuts in Reloading Equipment
    I couldn't agree more. I have been saying for years (I first found reloading forums in 2007), "lock rings for keeping dies in a press need only be finger tight and the Lee O-Ring lock nuts work". Maybe I'm brighter than many (nah!) but as a lifelong...
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    10-12-2019, 12:05 PM
    Welcome to castboolits. Reading the OP I had a thought I haven't seen mentioned. If by malleability you mean expansion on target, many boolit casters don't rely on bullet expansion for effectiveness on target. I don't hunt anymore, but I reload...
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    10-12-2019, 11:41 AM
    My Garand flings HXP brass out to about 4:00 o'clock. Handloads vary from about 1:00 o'clock to 4:00 o'clock and from 4' to about 10-12'. I've tried a couple things to make brass retrieval easier, but none worked for me. I wasn't going to hang...
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    10-11-2019, 12:08 PM
    Yes, Imperial should work well. I have never heard anything bad about Imperial, but I found an excellent lube before I got to try any Imperial. About 22-24 years ago I heard about Mink Oil Boot Dressing Cream and one day walking through the local...
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    10-09-2019, 12:00 PM
    A reloading press that works great as a reloading press? Wow! Ain't that something...:bigsmyl2:
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    10-08-2019, 12:30 PM
    Use the diameter bullet that fits your gun best. I have used cast bullets in 38/357 revolvers from .357" to .359"+, all depending on the gun's dimensions. Perhaps we need a sticky on fitting bullets to the gun?
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    10-08-2019, 12:21 PM
    Wow! That's the first time I've been called "static" ;). Reviewed all the suggestions and nope, none apply to my reloading, no plastic mats, no carpet, no leather soled shoes, and don't think my butt is a generator (maybe an escape valve for...
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    10-08-2019, 12:01 PM
    Maybe a round went off in the die? I've heard of some F/L sizing finished rounds to "iron out" any bulges...
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    10-07-2019, 01:05 PM
    Me too (and not criticizing the member that did). I'm a lifelong machinist/mechanic (started working on cars when I was 13) and have made my living with tools for most of my working life (50+ years.). I have owned 3 Lee presses, starting with a cast...
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    10-07-2019, 12:53 PM
    Here's an FWIW; I start setting my powder measure with my RCBS 505 or my Lyman D5 beam scales. I'll then weigh a charge on my beam scale and then weigh it on my Frankfort Arsenal digital scale. I'll note what my "good" weight is on the digital and...
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    10-07-2019, 12:14 PM
    Lot's of hints and I can only tell you what works for me. Most of my molds are Lee aluminum molds and I am rarely in a hurry so I only use one mold at a time. First, with a new mold I make sure every trace of machine oil is removed from the mold....
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    10-05-2019, 09:30 PM
    Yes. The post seating sizing die; the Lee FCD for handguns does not fix anything, it just covers up a reloading problem. Getting a cartridge to chamber correctly is not a mystery. If a cartridge does not fit in a chamber there is a problem, many...
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    10-05-2019, 11:29 AM
    The only reason I size bullets is to make sure the fit the gun they are intended for...
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    10-04-2019, 03:15 PM
    There's not a lot more satisfying than scrounging some lead, smelting/cleaning and testing your alloy. Then melting your clean alloy and casting some bullets, watching those perfect bullets fall out of your mold. Then you lube and size for a perfect...
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    10-03-2019, 11:15 AM
    You can shortcut a lot of experimenting with dry media and go directly to ground corn cob blast media. 14-20. Blast media is better quality controlled, harder than pet litter and designed for cleaning metal. After a few years of trying different...
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    10-02-2019, 11:42 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Ingot Mold Questions in Cast Boolits
    I wouldn't overthink this process. Ingots are just a way to store lead. Exactly how much they weigh isn't very important.I have purchased lead from a sponsor/vendor and sometimes it came in "Lyman ingots". When I weighed the total amount the weight...
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    10-02-2019, 11:29 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Melting Scrap Bullets in Cast Boolits
    "Range Lead" can be almost any alloy. If there is a lot of 22 rimfire shooting done at the particular range the lead will usually be on the softer side. If a lot of jacketed bullets are salvaged, then it too will be on the softer side. If a lot of...
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    10-01-2019, 11:20 AM
    Lee Loaders, unless they have changed in the last 10 years, only neck size bottle necked cases. Straight sided cases are full length sized. Lee Loaders have no carbide insert, so lubing should be done. Some straight sided cases are fairly difficult...
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    10-01-2019, 11:13 AM
    mdi replied to a thread What’s on my brass? in Cast Boolits
    K.I.S.S... Tumbling with walnut, corn cob, rice, beans etc. is extremely simple. Someone a while back tried an auto polish and now it has become a necessity. People have "invented" complex formula for adding to a specific media to "improve" the...
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    09-30-2019, 11:25 AM
    mdi replied to a thread What’s on my brass? in Cast Boolits
    To determine if your media additives are causing this, try some new media, without any additives (auto polish, dryer sheets, etc.). The only reason I use any auto polish/wax is to leave a very light film to combat tarnish...
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    09-29-2019, 08:20 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Melting Scrap Bullets in Cast Boolits
    The reason to light that lube smoke, is to burn off the smoke. Ignite the fumes/smoke to eliminate the smoke. If you are smelting outside, burning/lighting the smoke Isn't necessary.
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    09-26-2019, 11:43 PM
    The OP mentioned the replacement ram is too short, but not how much. That's why I mentioned the extended shell holder. I still think it would be easier to fabricate one put of a single piece of round stock. If one has the ability to cut and splice...
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    09-26-2019, 11:50 AM
    Would something like this work/help?...
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    09-26-2019, 11:42 AM
    Smart Reloader is a brand of reloading tools (which makes Lee tools look like Mercedes quality). Low, low, low end cheap copies of existing tools. When they appeared on the reloading scene a few years ago I bought one of their C presses. The press...
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    09-25-2019, 03:54 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Virgin Casting session! in Cast Boolits
    I've seen it written often; "The only way to learn to cast boolits, is to cast boolits". You can read volumes on the subject but when it comes right down to it, actually doin' it is when you learn the most. Practice, practice, practice...
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    09-25-2019, 03:49 PM
    mdi replied to a thread ring on boolits in Cast Boolits
    Most of the time a ring on a bullet is from a seating stem. Did you size your bullets? Is the .5075" the groove diameter or the bore diameter? If the bullets are .005" over groove diameter, they may also be a bit too large for the cases, even if...
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    09-25-2019, 11:56 AM
    mdi replied to a thread bevel base or flat base? in Cast Boolits
    I still pan lube many of my cast bullets and a bevel base is a real PIA. I started with flat based bullets, mainly because those I chose just came in flat base (my second mold was a 429421) and it just happened most of my following molds are flat...
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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