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    Yesterday, 04:15 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Old measure parts in Reloading Equipment
    Yep Skeettx, that's the model. My pics didn't come out clearly (very old camera, and questionable user). Thanks. My limited research so far, google, has not come up with anything. Anybody know of a source for obsolete powder measure parts?
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    Yesterday, 01:24 PM
    Proper die adjustments will remedy 95% of the problems "fixed" by an FCD. When using a "shotgun" approach to a problem anyone can get lucky once in awhile. My Daddy said "Even a blind pig finds an acorn once in awhile"... Good quality video...
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    Yesterday, 12:34 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Old measure parts in Reloading Equipment
    It looks similar to jimkim's first post, pic on the right, but no knob on the side. Mine has a handle, about 4" long sticking out of one side to operate the measure. I also have one like the Hornady pictured in jimkim's second post, that uses brass...
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    11-22-2017, 05:02 PM
    I've had a Pacific Powder measure in the back of my cabinet for a lot of years and I want to find parts for it. It is small probably for pistol charges. It is blue with a small plastic reservoir, mebbe 1 cup volume. the base is cast iron and the...
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    11-22-2017, 02:02 PM
    FWIW, and I'm not a progressive press user. so my post may have no merit. In my years of reloading experience I've noted that primer pockets are kinda "self cleaning". They will rarely have more than a few soot "marks" regardless of what powder and...
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    11-22-2017, 01:49 PM
    I would think the Lee die (most other dies too) are designed/made for .308"-.309" jacketed bullets. I'd figger an easy remedy would be the Cowboy dies...
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    11-22-2017, 01:42 PM
    The difference between commercial casters is quality and consistency. A good caster will offer a specific bullet in a few different diameters (like a bullet for 38/357 can come in diameters from .356" to .359") and be consistent. An order of bullets...
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    11-21-2017, 01:24 PM
    Just a couple thoughts; if there is a variation in plating thickness, did you measure the bullets? (Any time there is a fit problem, measure!). Where were the stoppages? On the feed ramp? In the chamber, part way? Deep into the chamber, but not...
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    11-20-2017, 12:48 PM
    My first try would be to use a slightly larger bullet, mebbe .002"-.003" larger (as long as the finished round will chamber and a Lee FCD is not used). Eliminate one possible cause at a time... I have cast for my 3, 9mms and tried many alloys, 12...
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    11-20-2017, 12:44 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Oxidized cast boolets in Cast Boolits
    I'm facing the same situation. I recently "found" a box of mebbe 300 or so, 44 cal bullets I cast long ago. They also have that dull gray finish. I'm going to tumble them in some dry cob blast media and see what happens (dry as in no additives, just...
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    11-20-2017, 12:37 PM
    Agree with Lloyd. But if the base on which the jaws ride is out of square, the case will be tilted and the "float" won't correct the tilt. The float allows the case to enter the die and self center, but if the base is crooked, the case is off center...
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    11-19-2017, 12:53 PM
    I would think there are a couple dimensions that are important for shell holders; first the amount of metal the will engage the shell rim when pulling the case back out of a die. Too sloppy and case rims can be "jumped" leaving a case stuck in the...
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    11-19-2017, 12:44 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Unknown bullets in Cast Boolits
    Lot of "discussion" on terminology used to describe unknown ammo, but any sane shooter would pull the bullets, toss the powder and reuse the components. Just like the majority of the above posts. I might play with measuring powder charges,...
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    11-19-2017, 12:34 PM
    I didn't coin the term. If it's misleading to some (not me, but I'm a lifelong machinist/mechanic and knew right away what the term meant), then perhaps they should start a movement to standardise terminology for bullet (boolit?) casting. BTW...
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    11-18-2017, 01:30 PM
    Jes wonderin'; how many degrees does the alloy drop in the 1" of travel from spout to mold, open to ambient air? I'm no expert on thermodynamics, but some of the posts above may be OK as to theory, but in real life???
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    11-18-2017, 01:21 PM
    Rather than ask me, do a search. "Bullet skidding" is a common term used often on this site. No need for me to defend the term nor how it is used. Just ask some casters with knowledge of how cast bullets preform in rifled barrels...
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    11-17-2017, 01:24 PM
    "Bullet skidding" is when a bullet does not grab the rifling and "skids" down the barrel. Normally leaves leading. Often from too soft alloy driven a bit too fast.
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    11-16-2017, 12:39 PM
    PCed and Hi-Tek bullets are not meant to be lubed. Who knows what effect lube has on Hi-Tek bullets, could cause skidding? Try some bullets without lubing.
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    11-15-2017, 11:57 AM
    Did I read the OP right? Cast, coat, lube, size? I have sized after coating but never any lube of any kind on my PCed/coated bullets. Why lubing coated bullets?
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    11-14-2017, 12:33 PM
    It's possible for a bit of grit to become embedded in the carbide ring. Perhaps you can see it and pick it out? Anyway your solution is pretty good...
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    11-13-2017, 12:38 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee .357 Bulits in Cast Boolits
    I have 3 Lee molds I use for my 357. One is a 125 gr. RNFP which I can size for my 9mms, 38 Specials, and 357 Magnum. I also have a 158 gr. SWC (without gas check, but I don't see that on the Lee site) and a 158 gr. SWC T/L. All work well as long as...
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    11-12-2017, 12:29 PM
    Did you start this thread as a warning or just complaining? Complaining about Hornady and the gun store?
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    11-12-2017, 12:26 PM
    mdi replied to a thread What is it in Reloading Equipment
    Does that mark say AI" or "A1"? Any dimensions like diameter, length?
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    11-11-2017, 01:12 PM
    You could try varying OAL with dummies and hand cycle your gun...
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    11-07-2017, 12:42 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Powder funnel suction ? in Cast Boolits
    I'd say keep on posting as you are doing now. The "English/Vocabulary Nazis" are very rare here and if there is a need for correction, the vast majority will do so in a gentlemanly manner...
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    11-06-2017, 09:54 PM
    The ram prime consists of an aluminum adaptor that fits in the press, in the die position. This adaptor has a large hole through the center of the piece (I'm not in my shop now so I cannot measure it. The piece that holds the priming cup/stem fits...
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    11-06-2017, 09:43 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Powder funnel suction ? in Cast Boolits
    Yep, some folks just read different from others and some will react to what they think you said...:roll: Both isopropyl alcohol and denatured alcohol have additives to make the alcohol undrinkable, slightly different additives. Either will work...
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    11-06-2017, 12:24 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Powder funnel suction ? in Cast Boolits
    Extra clean, virgin brass is pretty "grabby". As mentioned above, lube the case mouths... I use Mink oil Boot Dressing Cream for my case lube. It works, is easy to find and is easy to remove. The lanolin/alcohol mixture works, if you use the 90%...
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    11-04-2017, 12:12 PM
    I had a cheap imported revolver, in 38 Special that had a sloppy locking bolt. the cylinder was off by just a few thousandths of an inch but it would "spit" lead out of the cylinder gap/forcing cone enough that a person standing 10+ feet away got...
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    10-31-2017, 12:58 PM
    I've read of this bullet causing OAL/seating problems because the "1R" profile differs from the "2R" profile (short and fat) enough for the bullet to hit the end of the chamber/rifling at a "normal" seating depth. I remember a few threads aboutbthis...
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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