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  • tazman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:44 PM
    New Lee 358-125-RF mold arrived today. I ordered it off eBay and got a good deal on it. I decided to give it a try out this afternoon. My pot is a Lee 4-20 and I got everything up to heat, lubed the mold and was dropping good boolits with the...
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    Yesterday, 06:26 PM
    Here is a file for the user manual. It doesn't show the element but the cord comes in from the side near the front and has to be located under the...
    2 replies | 77 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:12 PM
    Good point. I grew up in a time when you didn't have to worry about that kind of thing. I need to stop and think a bit before I react because if I go with my ingrained reaction, I won't consider the fluid thing.
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    Yesterday, 03:43 PM
    I have met way too many people who want to buy a standard cartridge and load it like a magnum. I know of one enterprising young man who bought a 243 and decided he wanted a 243 magnum and ended up blowing up the rifle twice. First one was free, the...
    37 replies | 1905 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:43 AM
    To just store them, I use heavy zippered freezer bags from the grocery store. You can see through the bags and write on them as well as the fact they are cheap. I use these bags for test rounds of pistol or rifle loaded rounds too. Makes keeping...
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  • tazman's Avatar
    11-14-2018, 11:59 PM
    You can get appropriately sized lead at most fishing supply locations. Sinkers and split shot are made from soft lead. Just get some near the right size and drive them in. They will deform to fit the barel as long as they are reasonably close. The...
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  • tazman's Avatar
    11-14-2018, 11:02 PM
    Looks to be very little if any of the case unsupported. I don't foresee a problem there.
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  • tazman's Avatar
    11-14-2018, 11:00 PM
    Ed Harris wrote an article on loading for the 9mm. In that article he stated that if you took standard 9mm military ball and seated the bullet .062 deeper(1/16 inch) you would get a pressure increase of 12,000 to 15,000 psi making it roughly...
    37 replies | 1905 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    11-14-2018, 10:44 PM
    I built up a crud ring in a single afternoon of shooting 38 special in my 357 on several occasions. Probably 300 rounds. This crud ring was difficult to get out, and I always clean my revolvers after each session. I finally figured out it was a...
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  • MT Gianni's Avatar
    11-14-2018, 07:13 PM
    If the Jesus came to me and gave me the test of Thomas, then told me the Bible was not wholly correct I would surely believe him. To do otherwise would be like worshiping a golden calf not the True God.
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  • tazman's Avatar
    11-14-2018, 05:45 PM
    This is a link to a good read by an expert in casting. His name is Glen Fryxell.
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    11-14-2018, 04:11 PM
    I’ll take one of the number 2 to follow
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    11-14-2018, 01:04 AM
    LOL,,I see your problem now. In some respects, I wish they had given an option for magazine capacity choice. The pistols I purchased came with only one size magazine so I didn't have your issue.
    111 replies | 3592 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    11-14-2018, 01:00 AM
    RCBS will undoubtedly send you a new one. I didn't go that route. I went online and found a company which makes replacement rods that are guaranteed not to bend or break. So far it has been perfect in that regard. Unfortunately I can't tell you...
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  • tazman's Avatar
    11-14-2018, 12:26 AM
    Being fast is great if you can manage it. Being accurate is as good as most can hope for. I left fast behind me many years ago. I am as accurate now as I have ever been. I certainly hope I am cold blooded enough to deal with whatever situation...
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    11-13-2018, 10:54 PM
    PM sent
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  • tazman's Avatar
    11-13-2018, 10:40 PM
    The mags they are sending should be identical to what was supplied with the pistol. I have used the gear up deal 3 times over the years and each time that was what was sent. I just received the latest batch today.
    111 replies | 3592 view(s)
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    11-13-2018, 01:13 PM
    tazman replied to a thread Lost all my data in Cast Boolits
    As you said, you could have your gun data on your phone. I have an issue with that. It can certainly be done, but why would you want to. Phones are easy to get stolen or lose. They can be taken from you by police for no good reason. I would not...
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  • tazman's Avatar
    11-12-2018, 08:53 PM
    Picked up the early XD 45acp today and made it to the range before I went home. As some of you said, it won't feed semi wadcutters. Actually, it will feed the first one every time but never the second one. The case leaving the barrel hits the step...
    10 replies | 246 view(s)
  • MT Gianni's Avatar
    11-12-2018, 06:23 PM
    MT Gianni replied to a thread Neck shot 100 yds in Cast Boolits
    I find more usable meat on the neck than the ribs so shoot through the ribs. Great looking buck.
    23 replies | 756 view(s)
  • MT Gianni's Avatar
    11-12-2018, 06:17 PM
    You can use the same button but the hornet may not fit in the rifle M Die. The reason for two part #s may be the shorter case needs the pistol die.
    11 replies | 282 view(s)
  • MT Gianni's Avatar
    11-12-2018, 06:03 PM
    MT Gianni replied to a thread Hunter Killer movie in Our Town
    +1 While Hollywood is a greedy corporation screwing over everybody they can. My favorite was Avitar which touted the evils of mining. Hollywood could neither film nor show in theaters without coal fired electricity, plastic from oil, and metal ores...
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  • MT Gianni's Avatar
    11-12-2018, 06:01 PM
    MT Gianni replied to a thread Neck Pain spine Problem in Our Town
    I know some folks that have had great recovery after back surgery. I also know too many that would love to get back to the pain level they had before their first surgery, but that is long past after the 3 or more subsequent surgeries. What ever you...
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  • tazman's Avatar
    11-12-2018, 07:44 AM
    I can attest to how well the XD line from Springfield handles cast boolits in 9mm and 45ACP. Mine shoot great. I haven't had any case bulges in mine that I know of and I reload all my cases.
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    11-12-2018, 07:34 AM
    Walks----It doesn't matter how tight you hold the mold handles if the sprue plate is very tight. The sprue plate handle has enough leverage to push the mold faces open even with the other handles held tightly if it is binding on the locator bolt....
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  • Hogtamer's Avatar
    11-12-2018, 07:05 AM
    This has the same shotcup as the trap commander wad from BPI, but the cushion section is stiffer and less prone to tilting. Also has 2 additional benefits for me, cheap as dirt and great for birdshot we use a lot of....
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  • tazman's Avatar
    11-11-2018, 11:46 PM
    One of the things I haven't seen anybody talk about yet is how you close the mold properly. With the 6 cavity, it is best to rest the bottom of the mold on a flat surface to help the locator pins line up properly so they don't wear prematurely. The...
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  • Hogtamer's Avatar
    11-11-2018, 11:08 PM
    I posted results of the straight wall wads that worked for me. They are also thin and the petals all shear off like you used a razor blade. There is a nice snap fit inside the shotcup (hot glue filled and trimmed) and the base is perfect though...
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  • MT Gianni's Avatar
    11-11-2018, 08:10 PM
    I bone it and cut it myself. A friend who is a former meat cutter has drilled into my head that steaks are sawed, chops are cut. So I have a lot of chops from the hind quarters, butterfly the loins, cook the tenders as is and the front gets cubed...
    44 replies | 1045 view(s)
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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