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    Yesterday, 12:01 PM
    Air cool. I've only been casting for 18 years or so and if I want harder alloy, I'll mix it. Besides, harder isn't always better...
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    09-17-2017, 11:23 AM
    If there is any upward movement of the turret under pressure, it will move the same amount every time (if the user uses the same method every time). I have reloaded everything from 9mm P through 30-06 on my old style Lee turret and could still hold...
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    09-15-2017, 11:16 AM
    Nice scale. Did they make it in a right hand model?:bigsmyl2:
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    09-14-2017, 11:58 AM
    Where did you read this? Why would the soft lead be inferior to "hard cast" for powder coating? You are PCing them so leading isn't a problem, and if used for hunting or SD, expansion will be better than "hard cast"...
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    09-14-2017, 11:53 AM
    I have used the OP's idea of just removing the seating stem from the seating/crimping die and roll crimped the cartridge. Works OK. Sometimes a plain old roll crimp looks good and works good...
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    09-13-2017, 11:55 AM
    I can see no down sides to putting desiccant bags or bags of rice in your powder. They will only absorb water, and not add anything...
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    09-13-2017, 11:50 AM
    The Lee FDCs for rifles are good dies. I have 3; .223, 30-06 and a collet style for my .44 Magnums. My experience with handgun FCDs was my perfectly sized .432" bullets were swaged down to .430" and occasionally .429" depending on case wall...
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    09-12-2017, 11:08 AM
    I put mine in a vise lightly, with the lock ring acting like a stop. From the top I used a long punch and carefully punched the carbide ring out. (I still didn't care for the crimp so my FCD now resides in a landfill somewhere in So. OR). Went to a...
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    09-09-2017, 11:38 AM
    When I purchase bullets it's usually from Beartooth. .432", 44 cal bullets available...http://www.beartoothbullets.com/bulletselect/index.htm
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    09-08-2017, 12:49 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Pulling bullets in Reloading Equipment
    To add to the suggestions above; I use a lead ingot as an anvil when using an inertia bullet puller. Yesterday I pulled some .44 Magnums with a heavy crimp and used one of my "pucks" in the palm of my hand and smacked it with the hammer puller (I...
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    09-07-2017, 12:01 PM
    ' I've not had any "problems" in using a Lee SS. I got my first one in '72 and have had one around since...
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    09-04-2017, 11:27 AM
    God bless you Derek...
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    09-04-2017, 11:21 AM
    Once you have clean alloy (not sorta clean, but good and clean) just melt and cast. Don't overthink this. If you see tiny dark spots in your finished bullets, perhaps your alloy still has some dirt/carbons floating around in it. If your pot's valve...
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    09-02-2017, 12:12 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee safety scale in Reloading Equipment
    I have a feeling that if RCBS or Redding produced an exact copy of the Lee SS it would be touted at the best thing to come along since smokeless powder...;)
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    09-02-2017, 12:07 PM
    The Lee Collet style FCD (as rifle collet crimp).
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    09-02-2017, 12:05 PM
    mdi replied to a thread CFE Pistol in Canister & Surplus Powder
    Thanks fellers, for some reason I thought it was from faster powders, light bullets and heavier loads. Dunno what I was thinkin'...
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    09-01-2017, 04:49 PM
    I have read of some powders causing flame cutting in 357 Magnum revolvers using 125 gr. jacketed bullets with upper loads. Any reports of his phenomenon with CFE Pistol w/125 gr XTP bullets?
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    08-31-2017, 12:06 PM
    I went in and opened the ammo cabinet, and looked for something that needed to be reloaded. Plenty of brass, plenty of processed/primed brass, but also plenty of reloads waiting to be fired! Actually running out of room for reloads (been on crutches...
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    08-29-2017, 12:26 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee safety scale in Reloading Equipment
    I have an RCBS 5-10 scale (among 4 other assorted mfgs) and it constantly gives me trouble. The 1/10 gr barrel turns with vibration/removing and replacing the pan. I don't see why people think this scale is great. I also have a Lee SS and it never...
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    08-28-2017, 12:09 PM
    mdi replied to a thread bullet diameter to barrel in Cast Boolits
    FWIW; regarding a .429" bullet for a rifle barrel, the bullet would be .003" undersize. SAAMI data for 44 Magnum rifle is .431" groove diameter. Don't know why, but I've looked it up after I slugged my Puma barrel and got .432"...
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    08-27-2017, 11:12 AM
    Nice looking press. Looks kinda like Hornady copied it in their "Iron Press"...
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    08-26-2017, 11:58 AM
    I did the same, when I had a lathe. I'm just looking for some stock Hornady bushings, as designated for a Pacific Pistol Powder Measure with the PPPM size designations. I could prolly go to the hardware store and find a 1/2"x1/2" bushing (bearing),...
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    08-25-2017, 02:36 PM
    Yessir, but I want to make sure of the size and fit before I spend $6.00- $12.00 plus shipping for a bushing that may or may not work. The bushings for the Pacific Pistol measure I'm looking for have size designations of 1 through 25, not the...
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    08-25-2017, 01:00 PM
    I came across my old Pacific Pistol Powder Measure that uses Hornady PPM bushings. I was really satisfied with the measure and customized some bushings for specific charges. Now I'm looking for some more bushings but can't seem to find any, just...
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    08-25-2017, 12:49 PM
    Set the mold out and let it rust. The rusted surface will act like a "release agent"... When I was deep sea fishing (rock cod fishing to 300' or so) I used 3 lb "cannon ball" sinkers. I also used this mold for "ingots" after melting a bunch of...
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    08-25-2017, 12:30 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Old ammo bedan primers in Cast Boolits
    I wouldn't suggest firing primers with a punch. When I was young and stoopid (13-14), I pulled a bullet out of a rifle cartridge ( cal?) and dumped the powder. Not knowing any better I put the case in a vise and used a small diameter punch on the...
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    08-25-2017, 12:17 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Balls! in Cast Boolits
    I've never had any problems with Lee molds nor any aluminum molds. But I prep them before use. I clean w/brake clean, and lube the hinge points (2 cycle motor oil, sparingly). I often polish the underside of the sprue plate and carefully apply a bit...
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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