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  • Green Frog's Avatar
    Today, 09:54 AM
    It looks like it is finished. It’s drop dead gorgeous and the shell you loaded on it looks right, so I’m wondering. Why are you thinking of getting rid of it? Froggie
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    Today, 09:43 AM
    Read slowly. I decap and FL size on Stage 1, insert fresh primers off press, then flare case mouths and drop powder at Stage 2. Then I finish the process in Stage 3 (and Stage 4 if necessary.). I never mention decapping primed brass, unless you are...
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    Yesterday, 04:10 PM
    Now I'm kicking myself even more for leaving that Grand American sitting in a thrift shop in Rolesville, NC back in 1992. I wonder whether it's still there? [smilie=b: I've always thought the Grand American resembles the illegitimate offspring...
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    Yesterday, 03:59 PM
    If "the gun shoots perfect as is," what is it that you hope the gunsmith can do for you? My basic practice is if I want to have a gunsmith work on my gun, I have a specific improvement in mind... either accuracy, shootability/handling, or...
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    Yesterday, 03:51 PM
    mdi has answered this question about as well as anybody could. If you are serious enough to actually measure down to half a thousandth, ignore all of the digital stuff out there. Ignore the dial calipers... they are useful, but not for this...
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    Yesterday, 03:35 PM
    I'm wondering why we are talking about this on the "Casting and Reloading Hand Tools" forum, but since you ask and this is where the conversation is going, I use a Lyman All American four station turret press for loading my 327 Fed Mag cartridges,...
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    04-03-2020, 11:52 AM
    There have been several mentions here about modifying factory moulds that came with gas check grooves so they would cast plain base bullets. Iíve known a couple of machinists in the past who did this kind of work, but they are gone now, and this...
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    04-03-2020, 11:39 AM
    Something I have not found yet is any mention of factory marked rotors for Unique or 2400 powders, yet I have in hand what appear to be examples of both. Does anyone have any documentation of these? They will probably be late Pacific production or...
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    04-03-2020, 11:29 AM
    I clean the primer pockets when loading the case for Schuetzen... the same single case over and over at the bench during a match. This is about the only time my primer pockets get cleaned except when I tumble deprimed cases for pistol ammo. The...
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    04-03-2020, 12:55 AM
    I’ve been on a jag loading 32 S&W L lately and the most I ever paid for a Lee Loader was for what was sold as a late (red plastic box) 32 S&W set. It came to me as a hodgepodge with instructions on how to use it for a couple of different 32s. Maybe...
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    04-02-2020, 07:56 PM
    I finally finished loading some special bullets I got from beagle... they're based on the Lyman 313631 mould with the gas check groove removed. Some of them are also hollow pointed and have a special aluminum GC made to fit plain base bullets. The...
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    04-02-2020, 03:51 PM
    I'm between mouth expanding 100 rounds of 32 S&W L sitting in my easy chair and going to the basement to add powder and bullets. What I was referring to was the standard decapping pin retainer on that same screw that came on your TLJ die. ...
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    04-02-2020, 12:08 PM
    Fat fingers... I should have typed 319289. I've only cast a few thousand of them for Schuetzen! Looking at that picture and one of a a 319247, I'm back on the same page with you. I agree that the bullet on the right looks like a 321232 for the...
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    04-02-2020, 11:43 AM
    I'm at the "hunter gatherer" stage of this project now, so I would definitely love any such info I can get. PM inbound! Froggie
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    04-02-2020, 10:39 AM
    I remember those dies with the big sizing plug doubling as a decap pin retainer. Faced with the same state of affairs, I’d get a “normal” decapping rod to use in the CMR so I could size and decap in one step, then rig up another die to only run the...
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    04-01-2020, 10:20 PM
    My loading bench has a Dillon 550, a Lyman TruLine Jr, a Kodiak(?) Bair (12 ga shotgun) an RCBS Jr and a Lyman 450 Lubri-Sizer bolted down. There is also a MEC 600 Jr 20 ga on a plywood plate clamped to a B&D Workmate. In addition there is a Lyman...
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    04-01-2020, 09:45 PM
    I'm like Typhoid Mary. Although I have several many of those kits around, I seldom use them. However I inspire others to use them and they seem totally happy with their results. It's like they get infected, but I'm immune. Interesting concept,...
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    04-01-2020, 09:40 PM
    3006guns, You can use the CMR die to decap and neck size at the same time. Where you get in trouble is when you also try to expand the case mouth as you open the tongs up and pull the case out of the die. You are out of leverage when you are...
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    04-01-2020, 09:12 PM
    I had a batch of bullets that I got back the first week in December that needed to be sized and lubed. I got the solids sized and lubed and even added beagle's special gas checks for plain base bullets to 50 hollow points. I'm trying to build up...
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    04-01-2020, 09:30 AM
    To avoid problems described abovd, I tend to "program" myself so that I carry a general variety in my van most of the time. However, I admit, that at the start of almost every season, the first time or two, I CAN leave something at home. After the...
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    03-31-2020, 06:17 PM
    It’s also a good idea to mark ammo boxes with what’s actually in them, not what was originally in them. Don’t ask me how I know that cast bullets in 457” diameter don’t fit into a 22 rifle, regardless of the box they’re stashed in. :roll: Froggie
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    03-30-2020, 12:43 PM
    Looks like itís stamped 185, not 165. There were a couple of 32 Special as well as 32-40 moulds in that size range. Also, it looks like the sprue plate is marked Ideal RECHAMBERED? Is this correct? How is it marked on the block itself? The...
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    03-30-2020, 12:30 PM
    Logical error, TN SM, Andy Horvath isn’t a common name, even in OH. I’d guess our Andy would have been at least 10-15 years too young to serve in WW II. Froggie
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    03-30-2020, 12:21 PM
    There was a small coterie of indoor shooters using wax bullets. They drilled the flash holes significantly oversize to maximize impact of flash on the wax projectile. At the time they cautioned not to mix these with cases for live rounds as...
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    03-30-2020, 12:15 PM
    If you drop by the auto parts place and get a tube of graphite dust (used to lubricate locks, etc) you can finish your clean up with that one more step and I’d bet you will find your 55 works even more smoothly. Many powders have graphite added to...
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    03-29-2020, 07:53 PM
    I’ll bet there is a story in that piece of advice:mrgreen: FWIW, Dale53
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    03-29-2020, 03:57 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread 4759 in Canister & Surplus Powder
    From my ASSRA activities, especially advice from their former president, the late Charlie Dell, I have settled on 4759 for original (mild steel) barrels in my single shots... the Green Mountain BP barrel Charlie used to re-barrel my original high...
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    03-29-2020, 02:52 PM
    Petander, I have come to believe you've encountered a phenomenon known as "tolerance stacking." As you are no doubt aware, manufacturers have a defined range of acceptance, + or - from the specified size. If you try to fit a maximum size part into...
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    03-28-2020, 01:55 PM
    I donít think youíll ever get a return email from him, he doesnít use a computer! As for him passing away two years ago, his name pops up on the S&W Forum often, and I donít recall seeing any such news. BTW, Iíll try to attach a picture of Project...
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    03-28-2020, 01:35 PM
    When casting balls for muzzle loaders and C&B revolvers, I try to stay as close to pure lead as possible. Iím sure some tin and even antimony ďsneak inĒ as I have used some scrap from a big ML range so who knows what somebody else may have thrown...
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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