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    Yesterday, 01:19 PM
    Yep, this thread has gone from bashing a product line to personal bashing of the company owner. How low can we go? Sounds like the anti-President crowd... I vot for closing this thread
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    Yesterday, 01:09 PM
    I don't think so. Dippers have been used since the need for measuring powder charges for muzzle loaders, way before powder measures were invented. Powder dippers are just a simple method for measuring powder and depending on the "dipee" can be very...
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    Yesterday, 12:58 PM
    Wilson "hand dies" are considered the ultimate dies by many precision shooters. They aren't "carriage trade" or "vintage" as they are still in my Sinclair catalog. In my catalog the bullet seater die is about $50.00 and the neck sizing die about...
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    Yesterday, 12:43 PM
    There's only one way to eat an elephant. That's one bite at a time. You only have to melt 290 lbs at one time if you want to. Break it down to 50-60 lb. lots. Much more fun that way...
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    Yesterday, 12:33 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 30-06 sd ammo in Cast Boolits
    Hmmm. My self defense 30-06 (actually a self offence) is my Garand...:mrgreen:
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    Yesterday, 11:17 AM
    Thank you for your insight Mr. Buchanan. Excellent post...
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    07-23-2017, 12:43 PM
    I've been working with hand tools since I had my first mechanic's job; I got paid one battery, 6 volt and one GM generator to change a starter in an old Chrysler when I was 13 (70 now). I appreciate fine tools (I even have a lot of Snap-On and MAC),...
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    07-22-2017, 11:29 AM
    Amen!
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    07-21-2017, 12:08 PM
    mdi replied to a thread die selection in Reloading Equipment
    All today's reloading tools are good quality. Lee makes inexpensive, but innovative products in addition to basic equipment (dies, presses, etc.). Unfortunately "tool snobs" badmouth Lee mainly because of ignorance of modern manufacturing techniques...
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    07-21-2017, 11:59 AM
    Back to a cap maker. I have seen ads for them, but since I have no need I don't remember the mfg.. I know there are some out there so anyone have info for the OP?
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    07-21-2017, 11:51 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Pin gauges : How to use? in Cast Boolits
    Understand, but a much simpler way which give the important info (groove diameter) is simply slugging...
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    07-21-2017, 11:48 AM
    Hmmm. How did the primers get shipped before robots became popular in manufacturing, like 10-15 years ago? Personally, I don't thing a "package opening robot" is a viable method...
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    07-19-2017, 09:09 PM
    Just wondering, what's the purpose of the OP? No question, just a complaint. BTW I have a RCBS 9mm seating die that's just plain !@#!!. I tried the die in my Co-Ax and it can"t get less than .004" variation in OAL. Junk. I don't think I'll ever buy...
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    07-17-2017, 12:17 PM
    Just a thought. How do ammo manufacturers get their primers? Are the primers shipped to the factories the same way we, as hobby reloaders get them, in trays of 100 in bricks of 500? For commercial manufacturing this seems very inefficient (someone...
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    07-17-2017, 12:06 PM
    This is my thinking too. Light/low starting loads of Blue Dot even with magnum primers will be safe. But if you're unsure/very concerned just size/decap the brass as normal... (I have experimented with magnum primers with Blue Dot to upper magnum...
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    07-17-2017, 12:01 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Pin gauges : How to use? in Cast Boolits
    Simple answer is in post #2 by country gent. It's basically a "go/no go" type of measurement. What are you measuring on your Ruger American with pin gauges?
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    07-17-2017, 11:56 AM
    Echo hit it! As long as the cartridge chambers the bullet can be quite a bit oversize. I read in a casting text that some Schutzen shooters used breech seating bullets .006"+ oversize...
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    07-15-2017, 03:07 PM
    There will be Lee fans around as long as there are intelligent, open minded, knowledgeable folks reloading. Personally, I don't know anybody that buys any tools based solely on how cheap they are (the tools and the buyer). It's just tiresome to read...
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    07-14-2017, 12:48 PM
    No anvils. A cap is placed on a nipple which acts as an anvil. Hammer squishes compound between cap and nipple, so without an anvil there is nuttin' to squish the compound... Just wondering, how much space is actually lost to the "huge" primer...
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    07-14-2017, 12:40 PM
    Yeah, I worked with "tool snobs" for many years (25 years as Heavy Equipment Mechanic/Electrician for a major city's Water and Power department) and got really tired of the ignorance, arrogance and badmouthing of every other brand ("If it ain't...
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    07-13-2017, 02:49 PM
    Lee Haters get real tiresome. Perhaps some of these "key board engineers" could volunteer their expertise to Lee? First thing I saw was a rusty, corroded press. Perhaps the humidity of HI contributed, but I take care of my tools and in over 30 years...
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    07-05-2017, 05:58 PM
    Lee equipment? Everybody knows it's all junk. So, I'll take that stuff off yer hands and I'll even pay shipping...
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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