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  • just bill's Avatar
    03-24-2017, 06:51 PM
    There was a thread awhile back by Barnabus (?) that was closed very fast "Blackmon's pictures", however Aaronrad had some great pictures and information about his Blackmon press and mods. All I'm doing is passing along information, the post went...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-24-2017, 04:20 PM
    Pete, per your PM to me, please send the BOX back to me for review. This thread is closed.
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    03-24-2017, 11:14 AM
    just bill started a thread 300 BO brass in Swaging
    As I worked on converting some .223 brass, I can't remember reading about annealing the necks prior to reloading. Any ideas? Bill
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-22-2017, 07:17 PM
    I'm casting the bullets, and as Chev. Williams says, it's bazillions of rounds per pound, so about the only real cost at this point is the primers. Say, three cents per. I can shoot lots and lots of these, having fun all the way. It also serves well...
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    03-21-2017, 09:33 PM
    Good stuff Joe, wished I'd seen this before. Got it book marked. Thanks
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    03-21-2017, 06:03 PM
    Jixxer Bill has kinda sorta one on YouTube. I bent both my point punches, give the top punch a lot of room.
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    03-21-2017, 05:59 PM
    just bill replied to a thread Swagers Nightmare in Swaging
    Others have used a torch.
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-19-2017, 10:52 AM
    Actually, my fingers fit quite nicely in the trigger guard for the Beretta 21a. It was well thought out.
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    03-18-2017, 07:13 PM
    I'm looking for a used Universal Charge Bar D for my MEC 9000. Getting set up to start offering reloading classes for shot shells. I have a basic MEC charge bar, and a bunch of bushings. Total pain in the neck to juggle all the bushings, and it...
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    03-18-2017, 03:31 PM
    While researching conversion kits, I found this thread: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?53715-Dillon-550B-Plate-25ACP kywoodworkr was generous to send me his home made dial plate with locator pin structures. Insert Image here...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-18-2017, 01:48 PM
    The quest for assembling 25 ACP ammo has taken many twists and turns. But, it's also put me in touch with a number of CastBoolits friends who have been very generous and helpful. It all started with a friend of mine getting a Sundance 25 ACP...
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    03-18-2017, 01:26 PM
    I am adding this tread to my references regarding my 25 acp project.
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    03-15-2017, 06:54 PM
    I use lead as close to pure as I can. It work hardens/softens less, is more stable, and less of it is needed to achieve final weight. It also flows perfectly in the jackets. It doesn't beat up on the tools.
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    03-14-2017, 05:45 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread HF Cut off saws in Swaging
    Thanks, Kevin, for following up with this, and confirming that the Malco product is OK. Pee Wee.... do we need (I'm sure we do) a couple of spares? If so, maybe you or Eddie should jump in on the group purchase.
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    03-14-2017, 05:42 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread Annealing Jackets in Swaging
    It doesn't require a lot of soak. Five minutes maybe. However, this kiln is all new to me, and I'll be doing a larger batch in this than ever before. So, to make sure that the inner brass gets up to temp, we may allow a few minutes, check them, and...
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    03-14-2017, 10:33 AM
    Know them well. My main concern is the diameter and length of the punch to resize the whole .223 at one time. If I use the LEE punch it leaves an edge on the base because the punch engages the base, where as the internal punch would push the case...
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    03-13-2017, 07:31 PM
    Playing around with the LEE push through die and the punch that comes with it puts a bleed by ring on the .223 cartridge base. I'm told that cutting the cartridge and using the larger internal punch is the way to go. The punch for the whole case...
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    03-13-2017, 03:52 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread Books on swaging in Swaging
    Actually, depending on how many bullets you make, it CAN be a money saver! I have certainly made enough bullets in all of the sizes that I have tools for, to MORE THAN pay for the investment. Especially now that I also have Pee Wee and one other...
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    03-13-2017, 03:46 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread HF Cut off saws in Swaging
    Not likely. F&P was started by a Vietnam VET, and everything they offer is 100% made in USA. The owners son runs the company now. Their quality is impeccable. Will stand back and see how these Malco blades do. Chuckbuster, who has been in the biz...
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    03-13-2017, 10:45 AM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread Annealing Jackets in Swaging
    UPDATE to this discussion.......... Pee Wee, Eddie P, and I have recently purchased a Paragon Jewelry style kiln. It is an electric kiln, runs on simple 115 V, 15 amps, 600 watts, and has a full digital controller. It's capable of temperatures...
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    03-13-2017, 10:32 AM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread Books on swaging in Swaging
    Welcome, Adam. Want some great reading? Try reading this area of this forum. Sure, it will be time consuming. BUT............ This is the best source for the type of swaging that you asked about. (Using fired cases for jackets) Lots of info...
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    03-13-2017, 10:31 AM
    just bill replied to a thread Books on swaging in Swaging
    Try this, this is before Corbin. http://www.rtconnect.net/~wjmanley/SAS_Die_making/SASswagedie.pdf
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    03-13-2017, 10:04 AM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread HF Cut off saws in Swaging
    The P/N for the saw we are using from F&D is: 15397-J156 The specs are: 15397-J156 Jewelers Slotting Saw Outside diameter:2" Thickness: .020" Hub diameter: 3/8" Teeth per inch: 24 Teeth per blade: 152 Whatever other blade you are...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-11-2017, 10:01 AM
    Half Jacket bullets are old technology. They go back to the "early days" of reloading. If many of you don;t know, the reloading hobby that we know really started right after World War II, when returning soldiers were looking for a way to feed their...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-11-2017, 09:36 AM
    Like driving a Mack truck to the grocery store for food? Yes, it can be done, but there are simpler and easier ways.
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-09-2017, 08:50 PM
    Here are a couple of videos I made on the subject of the fixtures: Here's the thread where I discussed where my pop through fixtures came from: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?217058-Trimming-Jig I'm using a high quality...
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    03-09-2017, 08:33 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread Table Top Kilns in Swaging
    Yes, I have. And, I have also watched the FOLLOW UP video by the same guy, and he advises that the steel fire extinguisher bottom (That's what was featured in the original YouTube video) is NOT the best choice. He suggests that a graphite/clay...
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    03-09-2017, 08:30 PM
    DukeInFlorida replied to a thread HF Cut off saws in Swaging
    I suggest that you get ChuckBuster involved in the group buy. If you don't know it, he works for a tool and die distributor in the Detroit area. He can get the best prices on everything of this sort.
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  • just bill's Avatar
    03-09-2017, 07:55 PM
    just bill replied to a thread HF Cut off saws in Swaging
    Someone had that information in a thread a couple years ago, but I am having trouble finding it. Bill
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    03-08-2017, 04:49 PM
    just bill replied to a thread Cutting 5.56 Blanks in Swaging
    Grullaguy, PM sent
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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
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