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    Yesterday, 12:41 PM
    Or if you're really tough, just open the mold, catch the boolits with the off hand and set them down easy...
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    Yesterday, 12:38 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Boolits VS Bullets??? in Cast Boolits
    Using the word "Boolits" is waaay less offensive than "pills" or "clips" for magazines or "bullet" for cartridge. If I'm corresponding with a bullet caster, I'll often use "boolits". If I'm dealing with a "condom" shooter, I'll usually say bullets...
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    Yesterday, 12:31 PM
    If this is the case, then the problem is too much crimp. I'd suggest you back the seating stem waaaaay up and ease up on the crimp. Also, is your seating die clean? Many times lube will build up in the die and cause shorter and shorter OALs...
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    Yesterday, 12:23 PM
    If you don't cast, Beartooth Bullets make some excellent Long Flat Nose and Wide Flat Nose bullets in 44 caliber. They are available from 240 gr and up, with diameters from .429" - .432". Before i got my RD molds I used the 250 gr. LFN in .432" in...
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    02-19-2018, 05:08 PM
    I've found mold temp. and melt temp. to affect "roundness" of the bullet. Experiment with hotter mold temps. and cooler mold temps. Same with alloy, it may have a big difference. Keep notes so you can repeat good results...
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    02-19-2018, 05:05 PM
    My favorites are RD designed bullets in 240 gr. and 265 gr., and I got the early molds made by Lee. In my Puma I run them through a Lee .432" sizer I opened up to .433"-.4335" Most of the time if my temps are right on, the bullets drop from the...
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    02-19-2018, 12:44 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lyman "M" die question in Cast Boolits
    While the M die works quite well, I prefer a plain taper for my large cast bullets. If the M die had a bit more flare on the case mouth, I would like it better. My "normal" cast bullets (.358" for my 38s and 357s) the M die works well...
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    02-19-2018, 12:38 PM
    So if the "camera flash" isn't what the OP's talking about, what is the problem? I see no "flats" on the bullet...
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    02-19-2018, 12:39 AM
    Maybe I see things different, but that scrape looks pretty far back to be the lands. Perhaps the bullet is just scraping the chamber mouth on feeding. I see a continuation of the scrape on the case neck... Of course my tri focals don't focus jes...
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    02-18-2018, 10:14 PM
    Hee Hee. One feller tells of a discovery and every post after say "I use...". Plus, every pill I've dropped into water dissolve rather quickly, aspirin dissolves a bit faster than ibuprofen and much faster than Zoloft...
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    02-18-2018, 10:10 PM
    Besides alloy, some other things can affect bullet weight; mold temp., melt temp., and pour method. I've experienced weight variations, while slight, by varying these factors...
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    02-18-2018, 12:16 PM
    I too would suggest dip lubing to get a bit more lube on the bullets (tumble lubing with alox or 45-45-10 does not need to fill the lube grooves, the entire bearing surface is coated). I dip with the 45-45-10 just warm enough to flow (tepid) and the...
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    02-17-2018, 01:01 PM
    Not to pee on your parade, but the small difference in case size, partially sized vs, full length sized won't make any difference. The soft HBWC is designed to swell to fit any chamber throat/barrels. I once saw a pic of a HBWC fired from a gun with...
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    02-16-2018, 08:47 PM
    mdi replied to a thread CH4D roll crimp? in Reloading Equipment
    Yep, that's it. Thanks...
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    02-16-2018, 01:52 PM
    mdi replied to a thread CH4D roll crimp? in Reloading Equipment
    An aside; I tried googling CH 4D, CH4D, CH4-D, etc. but cannot find a link to their site. Any help?
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    02-16-2018, 01:40 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 40 S&W Crimp Die in Reloading Equipment
    The die in the link is described as a collet crimp die, but the description also states it "squeezes the case mouth into the crimp groove"(?. Do your 40 S&W bullets have a crimp groove/cannalure?). Prolly will work , but a simple taper crimp die...
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    02-16-2018, 01:31 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Boolits VS Bullets??? in Cast Boolits
    This used to be on the header of the forum, but I couldn't find it today; "Boolits = as God laid it into the soil, Grand Old Galena, The Silver Stream graciously hand poured into molds for our consumption. . . Bullets= Machine made utilizing Full...
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    02-16-2018, 01:22 PM
    If brewer12345 doesn't want it, I'll take it. Mike mdi255@frontier.com
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    02-15-2018, 01:27 PM
    If you are new to the 45 ACP I'd recommend starting with a few 230 gr FMJ to get the hang of reloading the cartridge. Then I'd move to a 230 gr LRN regular lube groove design. Then when you get the hang of casting 45 caliber boolits, a 200 gr LSWC...
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    02-15-2018, 01:18 PM
    I would be surprised if magnum primers don't work in a 9mm. If they didn't, I look at the gun as the problem. I have experimented with small rifle magnum primers in some 9mm reloads and every gun, even my lightly sprung, plastic striker fired...
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    02-15-2018, 01:08 PM
    I must defend the "cheap way". I believe with all my heart the statement "the cheap way is the wrong way" is 180 degrees off. No factory replacement part will be any better than the OEM part and I have "home made" items that surpass the factory...
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    02-14-2018, 03:32 PM
    Being a "do it myself" kinda guy I thought about buying some clear plastic/acrylic tubing and make my own hopper. But I looked up the prices of 3" clear tubing and found I could buy a new measure for the price of some of the offerings (most come in...
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    02-14-2018, 03:21 PM
    Yep, I don't "crimp" either. I just remove the flare with a taper crimp die, just enough to consistently pass the plunk test. Same with my 45 ACPs. Case neck tension is enough, for my 5 semi-autos......
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    02-14-2018, 03:11 PM
    How did they chamber, pass the plunk test? Too deep?
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    02-14-2018, 03:08 PM
    mdi replied to a thread I have a question. in Cast Boolits
    1.060" works in my 3, 9mms; Ruger LC9s, FMK, Tokerev...
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    02-14-2018, 12:13 PM
    mdi replied to a thread I have a question. in Cast Boolits
    I do the same. Crimp groove in my Lee 125 RNFP has no effect on "crimp". BTW; I use this bullet in my 9mms and 38/357 Mags. Just use a different sizing die...
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    02-12-2018, 08:33 PM
    I just use common sense. I don't know of any bullet caster that has had any increase in lead in their blood. I don't stand over my lead pot doing deep breathing exercises and I don't chew on a freshly cast bullet while casting. My lead pot doesn't...
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    02-12-2018, 08:21 PM
    http://noebulletmolds.com/NV/index.php?cPath=71_81&osCsid=114tmdjs9i2equ9sgh1gila0c7 NOE has some of RD's designs...
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    02-12-2018, 12:44 PM
    Good find Relic!
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    02-11-2018, 09:02 PM
    Looks like a Ranch Dog design, with a hollow point...
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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