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    11-11-2018, 01:49 PM
    How can an item on clearance be “available soon?” That statement, along with the no returns policy on them gives me cause to shy away... maybe OK, but I don’t need any of them seriously enough to take the risk. Froggie
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    11-09-2018, 11:02 AM
    ^^What he said^^ The brighter highlights on the press in the first picture let those details show, but adding the contrast of a slightly darker background as seen in the second picture is a lot easier on the eyes. Either way, I'd be pleased if...
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    11-09-2018, 10:22 AM
    Glad I've already got an older 32-20 and 45 Colt. I guess I should grab a 44-40 while the old type is still available. :coffee: Froggie
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    11-09-2018, 10:18 AM
    Some of us use mechanical breech seaters with lots of mechanical advantage. This works to seat oversized, tapered bullets into the chamber lede for a perfect alignment with the bore. This is not an option with repeaters, only single shots. Then...
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    11-09-2018, 10:09 AM
    Back to the device the OP asked about... a loaded ammo gauge is a valuable item if used properly. I dislike having to disassemble my guns to check ammo fit, and loading each round in an assembled revolver or semi-auto at my indoor loading bench...
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    11-08-2018, 07:37 PM
    Not to throw cold water on your hot lead, but you already know the answer... they were meant to be fired as cast and without sizing. A variety of methods to lubricate these unsized bullets was devised, so they never saw a lubri-sizer. If you do...
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    11-08-2018, 10:02 AM
    You've already gotten your answer here, but I'll just add that I consider remelting lubed bullets as a way of getting free flux into my mix... there shouldn't be any water in the lube (it's a lipid which is hydrophobic) so the only concern is the...
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    11-07-2018, 11:30 AM
    Is it only the Cimarron-supplied Uberti revolvers that have this "safety" feature, or is it on the ones from Taylor's as well? Don't you just hate it when something works and somebody feels obligated to change it?? Froggie
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    11-07-2018, 11:24 AM
    I have two Uberti copies of the SAA, a Navy Arms marked 5 1/2" in 32-20 and a 45 Colt with 4 1/2" barrel from Taylor's. This latter one is their "Smoke Wagon" in the deluxe version and it is the smoothest, slickest action of any single action I've...
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    11-07-2018, 10:07 AM
    I have a commercial indoor range (25 yard) about 3 miles from my house and another, larger indoor range across town. I'm also a member of a gun club that specializes in shotgun sports but has a 50 yard pistol and a 300 yard rifle range... it's...
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    11-05-2018, 05:13 PM
    I thought that phenomenon was limited to the foothills of the Blue Ridge. :( I’ve noticed it increasingly in the years since I turned 50, so it’s certainly not a new thing. ;) Froggie
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    11-04-2018, 09:04 AM
    Stop at the end of the first sentence. If it is not functioning properly when new, contact the Uberti distributor and arrange to have it examined by them on their dime. New guns are supposed to work right when you get them, and if they don’t, the...
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    11-04-2018, 08:50 AM
    Yesterday I finally got around to depriming and FL sizing something over 250 cases in 32 S&W L I had stashed around the shop. I used the Lyman TC die tha lives on my All American press so it can be used for cases from 32 S&W to 327 Fed Mag. Iíll...
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    11-04-2018, 08:43 AM
    Back when all I could get was Winchester 38-55 cases, I had good luck using a minimal amount of Imperial Sizing Die Wax on new brass right out of the box and carefully using two or three short passes with my very old RCBS FL sizing die for 32-40. ...
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    11-03-2018, 08:33 PM
    I have a couple of examples of the 319247 (which runs about 165 gr +/-) but find my 32-40s (of which I have had 4) seem to start doing well at about 175 or 180 grains and continue on up to about 200 grains. Of the available powders (now) IMR 4227...
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    11-03-2018, 02:18 PM
    Originally Posted by Char-Gar; The turret is where you store the other dies in the set, adjusted and ready to use. Other than that, I use it as a single stage press. I have not deprimed or primed on the press is many decades. Originally Posted...
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    11-03-2018, 02:09 PM
    How many pounds of stick-ons and flashing would you like to trade for nice clean COWW ingots? I need the soft stuff for muzzle loaders, cap & ball revolvers, and as a basis for schuetzen bullets. I've been doing just the opposite of you since I...
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    11-01-2018, 08:16 PM
    Other than my little TruLine Jrs which have their own niche, the only turret press I own and am likely to own is my Lyman All American. Mine has the one odd sized large hole, but I was able to get the adaptor for it. I keep it set up pretty much...
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    11-01-2018, 08:00 PM
    See whether you can find a Lyman/Ideal mould #321232. Cast medium soft with about 25:1 lead to tin and use a moderate charge of 4227 (I'd start somewhere around 14.2 grains or so.) That should do it! :D Froggie PS I use 4759 as my go-to...
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    11-01-2018, 10:55 AM
    David; You made a GOOD buy. I bought a Bisley Vaquero in .45 Colt to shoot the side matches at BPCR Silhouette matches (black powder). I gained a great deal of respect in the black powder .45 Colt cartridge. The Vaquero is an EXCELLENT platform for...
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    10-31-2018, 09:28 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Lube in Casting Equipment
    As I’m lubing and sizing with my Lyman 450s I always seem to get little dribbles of excess lube sneaking out. I just gather these up and toss them someplace handy then roll them into pea-size balls to drop in and flux a pot of alloy. I totally...
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    10-30-2018, 09:00 PM
    I used AA #7 in some relatively stout 327 Fed Mag rounds when I first got my custom 4" K-frame S&W. They were loud and bright! :shock: I'm not sure I have a steady need for those rounds, but I have them available if I really want to make an...
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    10-29-2018, 08:13 AM
    ^^^This!^^^ It only takes a few moulds in the $150-200 range (each) to a start adding up quickly, and although Iíve been relatively fortunate (and frugal) accumulating my few dozen moulds, replacement value would be daunting. I guess I would be...
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    10-26-2018, 06:51 AM
    Airone46, in view of this experience you are having with Lee, and the conditions placed on commerce by your location, you may wish to re-examine your strategy and pay (in the US via your daughter) the somewhat greater price for a Lyman or RCBS...
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    10-25-2018, 08:30 AM
    My answer to the title, “Lee Precision or... is generally to go with the “or.” The exceptions would occur if the price is so completely different or if there some special feature for the Lee product, I’ll buy it, but adjust my expectations downward...
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    10-19-2018, 10:50 PM
    The single action enthusiast could do a lot worse than to own these three guns... I probably should have followed through with what I started rather than giving up the one I did buy. If it could be done with a SA revolver, it could be done with one...
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    10-18-2018, 10:36 AM
    Going from .410" to .401" is not sizing, it's SWAGING! Like somebody else said, either swap them or melt them and try again if you want good bullets that much smaller. Of course this is JMHO, YMMV! :D Froggie
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    10-18-2018, 10:33 AM
    Tom, I've seen some really neat pencil holders made out of "retired" cylinders... maybe you should find a little slab of some pretty wood and make one for your desk from the cracked(?) cylinder. There wouldn't be any pressure on it and accuracy...
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    10-17-2018, 11:11 AM
    One of the dumbest moves I ever made in my life was selling my convertible 32 Buckeye Special about 25 years ago... that still hurts! As soon as I found out about the 8 shot Blackhawk in 327, I bought one. Iím not likely to sell this one. I just...
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    10-17-2018, 11:00 AM
    GONRA, in this case I think it’s realistic rather than snotty, buuuttt, I’d still go for even cheap dial calipers over the electronics... seems like my last (odd sizes) battery always goes dead when I’m planning to do a bunch of measurements....
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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