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    Today, 12:39 PM
    Cool! I have used punch/chisel heads to expand gaschecks. Short taper, if you keep your tools clean and maintained (no mushroomed heads ;-))...
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    Today, 12:25 PM
    An option is pan lubing. Once you get your method down, it's not much/any more trouble than a lubersizer. I pan lube (along with dip lubing and PCing) still after casting for 22 years. Early on a lubersizer didn't fit my budget/lifestyle with...
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    Today, 12:13 PM
    Yep, as the fellers above say, "barrel time". The time the bullet is in the barrel is longer therefore recoil/barrel movement has more effect on point of impact...
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    Yesterday, 11:33 AM
    I was rereading this thread and saw this reply so I went to my shop, got my 30-06 Lee Loader out and primed 4 cases (HXP). I used CCI LR primers and all primers were about .003"-005" below the case head. I didn't try any of my other Lee Loaders, as...
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    06-19-2018, 11:32 AM
    Your first post says "blow back". The largest blow back pistol I've heard of is the High Point 9mm. Or are you asking about semi-auto?
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    06-19-2018, 11:24 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Uncovered lubed boolits in Cast Boolits
    Yeah! Fire lapping...;-)
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    06-18-2018, 12:20 PM
    While I have two original Ranch Dog 44 cal. molds, if I could not find an RD design mold I'd look for a similar shape/weight mold. Lyman makes a .430" RNFP, 240 gr., and a little shopping around you can find several others. Unless I ws in a hurry,...
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    06-18-2018, 12:04 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Uncovered lubed boolits in Cast Boolits
    Yep agree with lightman. Depends on what the "dust" consists of; plain old light soil, dead skin cells, GSR, etc., and some may be abrasive to metal, but I like casting so in the pot they would go...
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    06-17-2018, 11:21 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee Bench Primer! in Reloading Equipment
    I often wonder about "reloaders" that can't get any Lee products to work, but there are some out there that don't know how to use a hammer. For the Bench Prime I read the instructions, follow them and have 99% success (that means in a full sleeve I...
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    06-16-2018, 11:25 AM
    mdi replied to a thread is .360 too big? in Cast Boolits
    Hmmm. I might just leave them alone. Pressure ain't a problem, and accuracy is good. How do they work in your other guns?
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    06-15-2018, 01:37 PM
    FWIW, I have had no problems F/L sizing any brass on my Co-Ax with the jaw plate assy. I have run 30-06, 308 and several pistol/revolver cases through mine and saw no indication they were not completely sized... I tried a case gauge for my 30-06...
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    06-15-2018, 01:26 PM
    mdi replied to a thread is .360 too big? in Cast Boolits
    On two of my 38s the cylinder throats measure just like yours and the bbl groove diameter is .3565"-357". I size all my bullets to .358"+ (my "custom" sizing die runs .358"-.359" depending on alloy I push through it)...
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    06-14-2018, 11:38 AM
    mdi replied to a thread is .360 too big? in Cast Boolits
    It all depends on the cylinder throats' diameters. "Push through", "Snug fit", "Drop through" aren't measurements and just slightly better than a WAG. Measure the cylinder throats, to the nearest .001" and size the bullets to the same dimension. If...
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    06-13-2018, 10:53 AM
    As with any thread that discusses Lee's FCDs, there is often confusion about what FCD is being discussed. Lee makes an FCD for handgun/straight sided calibers which F/L sizes the cartridge post crimp. Lee also makes a collet crimp FCD for rifle...
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    06-12-2018, 11:08 AM
    I too have my likes and dislikes. I purchased a 44 Mag. FCD just out of curiosity and found it ruined my carefully sized bullets and the result was leading, which I had all but eliminated. I punched out the sizing ring and the resulting crimp was...
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    06-10-2018, 11:13 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Cast psi calculator in Cast Boolits
    Would Quick Load provide any information on pressures?
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    06-08-2018, 03:36 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee Bench Primer! in Reloading Equipment
    Yep. Mine works as well as yours...
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    06-07-2018, 03:34 PM
    Originally I voted for 30 caliber, but after a little thought I'll go with 44 caliber. I have cast 44 caliber bullets for 5, 44 Magnums beginning in '88 and have a half dozen 44 cal. molds, from 123 gr balls to 265 gr, RNFP (and of course a 240 gr...
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    06-07-2018, 03:29 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Cleaning in Cast Boolits
    Yep. I learned quite early to clean and put my toys (tools, vehicles and guns) away after use. They will always be where they belong and I can easily find them, and they will be ready for immediate use...
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    06-07-2018, 11:47 AM
    I don't see why a "die bar" in a slot won't work, the Forster (Bonanza) Co-Ax press loads dies in a slot...
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    06-07-2018, 11:31 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Cleaning in Cast Boolits
    My cast boolit ammo doesn't lead much any more (fit, lube primary concerns). But, I clean my guns after every use, regardless of how much I shoot them. I often take several guns to the "range" but one of my favorites is my 44 Magnum Puma. I can run...
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    06-05-2018, 02:11 PM
    Do you wanna know or are you testing us?;-)
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    06-05-2018, 11:16 AM
    An aside; I don't like the appearance and mess of "normally" tumble lubed bullets (micro groove or standard lube groove), so I dip lube. Not a big deal for me I just grab a bullet by the nose (sometimes with tweezers or needle nose pliers) and dip...
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    06-04-2018, 11:50 AM
    I googled CH 205 and found a press like I own; a huge single stage "O" type. No movable dies, just a standard "O" press (and an excellent one too. I got mine used in 1990 used for $13.00 and I reloaded thousands of rounds and sized thousands of...
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    06-04-2018, 11:38 AM
    FWIW; I really only had one Lee Loader that popped primers and that was my 44 Magnum kit. Yes, it was loud and startled me (the first time I had to change my skivvies) but there was no damage to me, the tool or anything near by. So, I accepted it. I...
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    06-03-2018, 11:31 AM
    I like Lee Loaders and I still have 6 (along with a Co-Ax, 3 presses and 3/4 ton of assorted reloading tools/equipment). I found that to aid primer seating, chamfering the primer pocket mouth just like I do to remove military primer crimps works...
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    05-31-2018, 11:28 AM
    mdi replied to a thread Boolits too hard? in Cast Boolits
    Your BHN is pretty hard for wadcutters, IMO. I would suggest an alloy that doesn't run much more than 9-10 BHN and size them to the same diameter as the cylinder throats, and I don't think you need to slow them down. Some will advise "drop through",...
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    05-26-2018, 11:18 AM
    How do you plan to modify the collet crimp die? (when one writes about Lee FCDs they should be specific as there ate three kinds; handgun w/sizing ring, collet die for rifles, and now collet dies for handgun cartridges). If you thin the collet from...
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    05-25-2018, 11:16 AM
    Are you crimping on/in a driving band or around the top shoulder? Also wondering which gun you're reloading for and getting cartridges too long when crimping in the crimp groove. First, I'd recommend getting/using a plain roll crimp die (or better...
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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