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  • Green Frog's Avatar
    Today, 08:31 PM
    I've dealt with a couple of those sellers and they like to get a lot that has at least something useful in it, and sell off the rest to others of like mind. Of course they end up with a lot of 30-06 CMRs and other such common stuff. I'd rather pay...
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    Today, 08:04 PM
    I've seen some very old Ideal tools (for 25-20, IIRC) that had a smaller diameter die and accompanying handles with a smaller threaded hole to accept them. Do your Special handles have a larger-than-standard hole for bigger dies? Froggie
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    Yesterday, 04:06 PM
    Many years ago I bought a NRA reprint booklet on reloading for the 45 which on the subject of cast bullets said words to the effect of "If you have the Lyman 452460 mould, that's the only one you will need for all 45 shooting." Obviously this was...
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    Yesterday, 09:00 AM
    BBB, i have two revolvers in in 32-20, both of which I kind of “backed into.” My 19-teens vintage S&W M&P came to me from a friend who used it in part trade for an old Maynard, and my Navy Arms/Uberti SAA copy just suddenly showed up in a local gun...
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    Yesterday, 08:34 AM
    I had two problems with that listing... the rusty condition shown by the fairly poor pictures, and the haphazard identification by the seller of what was there. Grab bags can be fun, but that much money for a pile of unknown, rusted miscellany was...
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    08-16-2018, 09:06 AM
    BBB, this is sort of what I’m talking about... some FL dies for straight wall pistol cases are simply bored straight through, so any length of the same diameter case can be used. So far I’ve been lucky and never run out of available depth on my 32s....
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    08-15-2018, 10:04 PM
    ^^ This ^^ You can always back dies up, but sometimes you can't bring them down deep enough to seat and crimp a real short case, and both the 32 S&W and ACP qualify as short cases. The limiting factor on longer cases is the full length sizing for...
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    08-15-2018, 10:27 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread 327 fed. mag. in Cast Boolits
    Interesting that 32 ACP should come up here. David Sams (the talented gunsmith who built my recreation of a Model 16-3) told me that he has had the opportunity to build several 32 ACP barrels for European 32 S&W L target guns. The ACP seems to be...
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    08-14-2018, 09:11 AM
    As has been mentioned, sometimes you’ve got to be more specific. I voted for 32 because for rifle, the 32-40 is hard to beat for everything from target to medium large game... they’ve been used for well over 110 years, and although brass may be...
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    08-13-2018, 08:54 AM
    An old Model 870 is like a ‘55 Chevy... they seem to run on forever, and there are so many of them out there they support a huge market for aftermarket parts. There may be better repeating shotguns out there but the humble 870 owns a big niche in...
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    08-13-2018, 07:50 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread 327 fed. mag. in Cast Boolits
    Trapper9260, is your BH one of the old Buckeye Specials in 32 H&R or the later eight shot 327? When I had my B-E Spl, brass was so hard to come by I didn't shoot it much before foolishly selling it. My newer 327 has no problem handling ANY brass...
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    08-12-2018, 06:40 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread 327 fed. mag. in Cast Boolits
    Sounds like you got a batch of those early Federal cases we heard so much bad press about! I'm also wondering whether perhaps your chambers might be on the open side of factory spec. Those two factors together could explain a lot about the results...
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    08-12-2018, 02:25 PM
    Dale53 replied to a thread Hot weather lube? in Boolit Lube !
    Carnauba Red melts at 135 degrees. I have used it for years in rifles, and handguns, with out issue, even leaving ammo in a hot car. I don't live in Florida, but have seen triple digit temps here in SOUTHERN [smilie=1: Ohio. I can definitely...
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    08-12-2018, 02:12 PM
    Dale53 replied to a thread 45 acp lube in Boolit Lube !
    Long, long ago, I spent a week at the Ray Chapman Academy, in Columbia, Missouri. That week, we had a record breaking heat wave. It was something like 113 degrees and the outdoor range surface was crushed white lime stone. It was like being turned...
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    08-12-2018, 08:03 AM
    You’ve impressed me! While I have a lathe I inherited, i’m not enough of a machinist to make that kind of tooling and do the alteration... it’s probably a matter of self confidence, but that’s the way I am. BTW, how hard was the steel inside that...
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    08-12-2018, 07:50 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread 327 fed. mag. in Cast Boolits
    TCFAN, Iím curious... how does your SP101 express its dislike for the H&R case? Does it show accuracy loss, hard extraction, irregular ignition, etc?? With my 327 Blackhawk and my custom K-frame in the caliber, while I donít shoot a huge number...
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    08-10-2018, 08:25 AM
    Barrabruce, you’re way beyond my pay grade with this project... if you were here in the US, I would encourage you to get and use the factory made die. Since shipping would be half way around the World, all bets are off! 8-) There is no reason...
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    08-09-2018, 05:19 PM
    Green Frog; I just did a quick search - I haven't used these (my EDC is a 642) but here are two links for the speed strips: ...
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    08-09-2018, 04:10 PM
    HarryO, i expected Dale53 to stop by and chat with you about his pet loads for the 32 H&R... he has both the unaltered Model 16-4 and the Model 631 in that caliber and loads for them extensively. In fact, he frequently tells me that he feels the...
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    08-09-2018, 02:44 PM
    There you go... the K-Hornet was very popular in the days when 310 dies were at their zenith. (That's top of the curve, not a TV set! :D ) I'm curious though... are you saying that the neck is too small/tight on your die, or do you not get onto it...
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    08-09-2018, 08:44 AM
    OK, I reread post #17 and have a better understanding. If it were me, the reload would be full wadcutters with a medium load of 2400. Accuracy and controllability would be my concern over sheer power in the situation you describe. Froggie
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    08-09-2018, 08:38 AM
    I’m going fishing... what kind of bait do I need to get? Unless I’ve missed it (I’ve only had one cup of coffee :coffeecom) you still haven’t defined the kind of competition. As somebody already said, we need to have a fuller set of parameters to...
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    08-09-2018, 08:26 AM
    First, are you talking about using K-Hornet dies with a Hornet chamber or vice versa? The 310 is supposed to neck size only, so in theory at least the dies should work either way, but if you are experiencing difficulties with the shoulder, I’m not...
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    08-08-2018, 04:27 PM
    I have a number of both Rugers and Smiths. If I were asked by the original poster to recommend a specific revolver for his needs, I would, without reservation, recommend the 686 Smith. I have both a CS-1, 4" and a 686 with 6" barrel. Either of them...
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    08-08-2018, 10:48 AM
    Some listings for die sets used to say they could be used with either type handle. I think you will probably run into difficulty when you try your dies in calibers such as 9 mm, 380, 32 S&W and other short cases. I'm going to say flatly, you won't...
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    08-07-2018, 09:40 AM
    If the factory installed barrel is currently working well with HB ammo, it would appear there is no problem with lug engagement on the outside of the barrel. How will polishing the case mouth affect this? While I agree that for perfect function,...
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    08-06-2018, 09:23 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread 327 Federal Magnum in Cast Boolits
    There is a relatively small outfit called J&J that makes kind of a shadow line of products that are like the MTM, Midway and others, but less expensive when I find them at gun shows. Most are a clear translucent material that seems to be pretty...
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    08-05-2018, 01:09 PM
    Bigslug, One thing I learned after my vision went south, when you put a good red dot on the shorter tubes, the difference in barrel length becomes a moot point. It has been a half century since I owned an S&W 1950 Target and the later heavy barrel...
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    08-04-2018, 02:35 PM
    This query has been posted on Casting and Reloading Hand Tools all week with only 3 responses. You might get more responses by posting this in Moulds... Maintenance and Design. The people that read that all the time are more likely to have a good...
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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