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  • Green Frog's Avatar
    Today, 12:28 PM
    I’ve sold a lot of guns I’d like to have back, but as the old saying goes, You can’t have them all...” There are three I would be most happy to have again (or any one of them.) First, I got a S&W Model 16-4 and a Ruger Buckeye Special 32 combo...
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    06-16-2019, 11:04 PM
    Sounds like the theoretical and range info holds up in the field! ;-) That big old BH 8 shooter is a stud hoss, isn’t it? At first I wasn’t too sure whether I would like it, but mine sorta grew on me. I wouldn’t want to give it up now. :Fire: ...
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    06-16-2019, 04:24 PM
    Does your straight lead drop out of the mould noticeably smaller than WWs? This has been my experience. I still think that getting the final size right is the critical step... there are rifle bullets I can shoot “as Cast” but those are...
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    06-15-2019, 10:39 AM
    When last I spoke with Bailey Boat he was in the process of changing machinists. I'm going to guess that he should be back up and running by now, and even if he's not shipping quite yet, I expect he would like to hear from you if you are thinking...
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    06-15-2019, 10:26 AM
    Antimony makes your alloy harder, tin makes it cast better. Regardless of what else is in your pot, a little tin is usually a good idea. I used pure lead to pure tin at a 25:1 ratio for my Schuetzen bullets with excellent results. For pistols and...
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    06-13-2019, 08:48 AM
    If you go back to the original Ideal loading manuals started by Talbot in the late 1800s, you will find nothing but ideal moulds described and tested to provide suggested loads... he wrote and sold them to go with his own products. Once Lyman took...
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    06-11-2019, 08:00 PM
    You need a mill, not a lathe for the job you propose. In fact, with the right vise, you could probably do it on a drill press. Then you need to find a tap for the proprietary thread to hold the adaptor. The only downside is that the little “bumps...
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    06-10-2019, 04:09 PM
    I had gotten the point of ignoring this thread. Those who really know how the 32 can be used don’t need convincing, and those who won’t really take a look can’t be convinced. I wonder whether a perp would feel honored to be stopped with one or more...
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    06-10-2019, 07:14 AM
    The “nut” that holds the decapping pin onto the bottom of the rod came in two styles, the one that just held the pin on and the larger type that served (on TL Jr dies) as an expander ball as well. You need the former. AFAIK, Lyman has only used...
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    06-06-2019, 10:53 AM
    Al; While my standard loads for both range and field use commonly use WW's+ 2% tin, if I needed expansion, I would certainly use a lead/tin alloy (the softest that would work - 20/1 lead/tin or softer). I have to smile at your paragraph (while...
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    06-05-2019, 02:25 PM
    A good case lube is also a good idea, just don't overdo it. Regardless, as 3006guns so eloquently stated, "...the leverage you enjoy with your bench press isn't there." And of course never, ever, ever try to FL size or size and neck expand using...
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    06-05-2019, 08:38 AM
    I just went back and reread the whole thread on the Model 27... and it appears that as usual, I’ve hopped to a wrong conclusion. I thought it was bored for and dedicated to the small dies, not just a little press with an adaptor bushing. :-| I...
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    06-04-2019, 08:08 PM
    Just noticed this thread, Ken. Have you done any more with it? If ever a press was deserving of a loving restoration, that is the one! The recent thread showing that baby Herter's press has me getting all excited about small die presses again. ...
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    06-04-2019, 09:35 AM
    As a novice machinist (whose lathe was made in about 1950 and has pick gears instead of quick change) I have to ask, do most modern lathes have the capability to set up and cut 30 tpi? Of course turning major diameter to .609 would be no problem......
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    06-04-2019, 09:22 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Lyman 356429 in Cast Boolits
    Thanks, Mike. I’ve got a 2.7 and a 3.0 gr bushing for my old Pacific Pistol measure, so I should be able to get something going pretty easily. Seems like old Elmer just wanted “earschplitten loudenboomer” loads with this bullet. I’m hoping for...
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    06-03-2019, 11:00 PM
    Green Frog started a thread Lyman 356429 in Cast Boolits
    I thought I had started this thread before, but I can't seem to locate it, so I'll try again. Back in the early Spring a friend in my local shooting club gifted me with a nice old Lyman mould labeled 356429. :D I haven't cast with it myself...
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    06-02-2019, 02:28 PM
    I’ve come back and looked at this press again and the wait did me no good. I STILL WANT ONE!!! :killingpc There is absolutely no logical or practical reason to have one of those presses today except for the fact that they are just so darn cute!!....
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    06-02-2019, 02:12 PM
    How about a holster for a J-frame with adjustable sights and a three inch barrel with full underlug? My Model 60-4 looks (and shoots) like a miniature Model 686 and I’d like to find a secure and protective belt holster to carry it in the field (and...
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    06-02-2019, 08:34 AM
    I fear your hopes have already been dashed Andy. :( If my suspicions are correct, actual manufacture of 310 stuff has probably been discontinued by Lyman for a while. They’ve just been selling off the leftovers. Go back and look at the shrinking...
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    06-01-2019, 04:22 PM
    Yeah, the die would probably be even tougher to get than the tap... probably the idea of turning the threads on a lathe would be best. What about my question about hardening? Froggie
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    06-01-2019, 11:50 AM
    Making a run of blank dies would make the most sense. You could make them with pilot holes, then finish bore and ream as needed. Because the threads were just about proprietary setup will be a little tricky, the diameter is not an even fractional...
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    06-01-2019, 11:37 AM
    Unknown alloy. Took out a long pig of “something plumbous” and cast a season’s supply of Minie balls for my N-SSA musket. Problem was, the MBs should be pure lead and I used LINOTYPE! [smilie=b: Froggie
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    06-01-2019, 11:25 AM
    This may be sacrilege on the Cast Boolits Forum, but given the parameters of your situation, I’d just go to Wally World and pick up a supply of the cheapest bulk pack 223 ammo they carry. This will get you through this event which doesn’t require...
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    05-31-2019, 09:55 AM
    bedbugbilly it sounds like you and I are singinging from the same page... I’ll be interested to see where your experiments lead you. Please stay in touch. :coffeecom Froggie
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    05-31-2019, 09:49 AM
    Thanks for the input, Randy. As we’ve discussed at length previously, I really hold the type of hand tool you make in very high regard. The point of this exercise for me though is to minimize a kit that is even smaller than your bug-out-bag. I can...
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    05-29-2019, 03:09 PM
    I was actually thinking of duplicating the Buckeye Special 32 combo gun, so I would need to buy 2 cylinder blanks from Bowen as well as a barrel blank to profile and fit. Add front sight ramp (fortunately just one, which might be salvageable from...
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    05-29-2019, 09:03 AM
    Isn’t it telling that a Model (any Model) of a gun (any gun) can be custom built for less than one a factory discontinued (or refuses to build) due to “lack of consumer interest?” Think about how many Model 28s got converted to 44 Special and 45...
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    05-28-2019, 02:24 PM
    When the series was announced we were told there would be three guns released over three years. Now that I think back on it, I’m not sure they ever actually followed through with the third one in the series... in theory at least, “subscribers” to...
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    05-26-2019, 08:58 PM
    I think you will find that all three of the Buckeye Special series were based on the full sized Blackhawk. The smaller Single Six cylinder would have been too short for the 32-20, and too small in diameter for the 38-40/10mm combo as well as the...
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    05-26-2019, 08:38 PM
    I'll presume to answer this question if I might, as I've taken advantage of the service myself. Most, if not all libraries in the country have connections with one another by which books not in the inventory of one library can be requested for...
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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