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    Today, 02:57 PM
    mdi replied to a thread first boolit fail! in Cast Boolits
    I would not recommend allowing the bolt/slide to seat cartridge deeper than what they normally would "plunk to". Jamming the bullets into the rifling can raise chamber pressures dangerously. Measuring the distance the cartridge sticks out of your...
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    Today, 11:38 AM
    I have a Pacific powder measure that looks to be the same design as your C-H. Very accurate/repeatable and easily customized bushings. A while back I was looking for a C-H "H" press, I guess I just liked the design. But I could not find one tom...
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    Today, 11:31 AM
    My last NICS check was delayed, mainly because of the new gun purchases have risen so much the agency is swamped. In Oregon the waiting time is usually 10-20 minutes, but with the huge increase in checks, my wait was 7 days three weeks ago. I...
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    Today, 11:18 AM
    mdi replied to a thread first boolit fail! in Cast Boolits
    Just a couple thoughts; first you cannot use round nose bullet specs for a semi-wadcutter bullet. A glance in my Lyman 49th shows the OAL for a SWC (looks to be the same profile as the Lee) to be .040" shorter than that of a RN. Rule of thumb for 45...
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    08-01-2020, 01:25 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Did we miss the boat? in Cast Boolits
    For those that didn't learn from the obumma administration, getting prepared is easy without panic hoarding. For a bunch of years whenever I went to a store that sold components I would buy an extra pound of powder or brick of primers or rimfires....
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    08-01-2020, 12:58 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Smelting? Not likely. in Cast Boolits
    The "American" language changes almost daily. New words and terms are coined and older words change meaning. I'm sure if one was diligent enough (and really cared :veryconfu) they could find hundreds of "misused" words and terms. I grew up in the...
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    08-01-2020, 11:17 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Smelting? Not likely. in Cast Boolits
    Wow! I've been a member of castboolits since 2008 (after lurking for about a year) and I have no idea how the forum survived with us all using one incorrect word. Maybe we should demand that all moderators have an English degree so they can tell us...
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    07-30-2020, 02:34 PM
    I'm running around a D5. I have my "Just in case ammo" for 45 ACP (900-1,000 rounds), 9mm (800-900 rounds), and about 2,500 rounds for my battle rifles, and an assortment of other reloads in a few calibers. I am running low on LP primers, down to 1...
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    07-30-2020, 11:31 AM
    Don't over think/over do the process, but your alloy looks clean. I normally just use sawdust and stir. I keep stirring until the dark junk floats and skim that off. During casting I stir with a rough cut wood stick to keep things "mixed up"....
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    07-28-2020, 11:57 AM
    I too use 45-45-10 and alox for some of my cast bullets. But I don't like the appearance of the "brown noses" and get an even coat when I dip lube. A technique I learned from Ranch Dog and while it may be considered too slow by some I much prefer...
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    07-26-2020, 11:25 AM
    When beginning any new hobby/undertaking, I suggest K.I.S.S.. There is nothing wrong with learning to cast plain old lead bullets and using a simple traditional lube. Actually I think is better to learn to cast plain old lead bullets successfully...
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    07-25-2020, 11:20 AM
    QUOTE]Conditor22 Bullet weight for a mold is determined by using a certain alloy within a certain temperature range.You go with harder alloy you will get larger/lighter boolits softer alloy will give you smaller heavier boolits This^ I believe...
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    07-24-2020, 11:33 AM
    And another worthless comment on primer "power"; When I was an early teen (12-13) I found a rifle cartridge. I pulled the bullet out of curiosity to see what was inside. I figgered the primer was like a toy cap gun cap so I took a nail and hammer...
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    07-23-2020, 11:12 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 38 special reloads. in Cast Boolits
    Yep. +1
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    07-23-2020, 03:37 PM
    From what I can see in the pic, the bullets with the exposed lead on the base are jacketed (and the yellow ones appear to be brass jacketed). The totally enclosed bullets with a thin coating are plated. You can probably scrape some of the plating...
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    07-23-2020, 11:18 AM
    mdi replied to a thread 44 special Brinell in Cast Boolits
    Hey Buckeye, welcome! BHN 18 in itself isn't normally a problem. But bullets of too small diameter are. Just for info purposes, measure the diameter of a few. If .430" or larger, good. Load of a couple dozen with your same load and shoot them. If...
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    07-23-2020, 11:08 AM
    Reading all the posts, the "disagreements", the replies to questions not asked, the repetitious posts ("don't weigh them..."), and all the opposing posts ("shoot 'em" vs "pull everything"), I'm thinking guy with boolits is more confused than when he...
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    07-22-2020, 11:23 PM
    Also, it's difficult to say how hard and how many times to whack the puller mainly because of bullet weight. For example, pulling a 45 ACP with a 230 gr. FMJ takes way fewer hits than a 115 FMJ in a 9mm. One trick I use is to use a lead ingot for an...
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    07-22-2020, 11:31 AM
    I've used a series of tools, both home made and commercial, to flare case mouths. Needle nose pliers, cold chisel heads, home made tapered rode, even 30-06 cases, then Lee Loader flaring tools, Lee universal expanders, and M dies. Even with an M...
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    07-22-2020, 11:21 AM
    BTDT! I used a piece of duct tape over the case head to keep the cartridge in the "high tech" puller. BTW I have seen "C" or "E" spring slips used for holding a semi-auto case..
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    07-22-2020, 11:17 AM
    If you believe them to be new, not reloaded then they can be fired. I've found a lot of unfired ammo on the ground at the "range" I frequent. Sometimes just dropped and not picked up, not noticed. If you still don't trust them the yes, pull the...
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    07-21-2020, 11:21 AM
    mdi replied to a thread How big is too big in Cast Boolits
    I don't know what materials are available in Canada, but if Cerrosafe is on the "no-no" list you can find it at Roto Metals and Amazon https://www.rotometals.com/chamber-casting-alloy-ingot-aka-low-158-190f/ ...
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    07-20-2020, 04:45 PM
    I'd say for everyday shooting, a F/L die set, and dial calipers. I have found cartridge gauges to be troublesome and just use the chamber of the gun, pistol or rifle, for checking finished rounds. My .223 reloading is for a very accurate single...
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    07-20-2020, 04:37 PM
    mdi replied to a thread LoadData? in Reloading Equipment
    I have been using published reloading manuals as guides for over 40 years. Every thing I need is in them from where it's safe to start to what is too much, and that gives me a lot of safe charges to play with. I have enough knowledge to safely...
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    07-20-2020, 11:33 AM
    mdi replied to a thread How big is too big in Cast Boolits
    Misplaced zero perhaps? Twenty five thousandths of an inch over groove diameter seems excessive...
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    07-20-2020, 12:12 AM
    mdi replied to a thread LoadData? in Reloading Equipment
    Along with your membership here, you already have everything you need.
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    07-20-2020, 12:05 AM
    mdi replied to a thread How big is too big in Cast Boolits
    If push comes to shove a simple sizing die is easy to make. Use a piece of steel, 1" in diameter is good, about 2"-3" long and drill a 27/64 hole through. (10.8mm drill is closer but probably hard to find). Then hone (or if you can find a 430"...
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    07-19-2020, 11:36 PM
    Me too. I don't see a cartridge case, a 308 or a 45 Colt, etc., I see a dime or quarter laying there on the ground (pennies when I see a 9mm). And an opportunity to reload more...
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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