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    Today, 09:42 AM
    Agreed... and the included old sticks of Ideal lube are probably the old black stuff that has been doing yeoman service for bullet casters for a century or more. I see them on evil Bay for eye watering prices. Froggie
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    Yesterday, 01:55 PM
    Back when I was younger and (more) foolish, I believed the advertising for both Active shotshells and the Lee Load All. The shells were touted as being specially designed for good, multiple reloading and of course the press was supposed to be so...
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    Yesterday, 07:55 AM
    I shoot a lot of .38 Specials in my .357's. I carry a plastic chamber brush in my shooting box. While the gun is still warm from shooting, I run the chamber brush in each chamber a time or two - problem solved. Then a simple cleaning with a good...
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    05-31-2020, 03:56 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread O-ring size in Casting Equipment
    Thanks, Wally. Just what the Dr ordered. Froggie
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    05-31-2020, 10:09 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread I'm done... in Cast Boolits
    When I built my 300 BO (Carbine length) I needed an adjustable gas valve on the barrel to get reliable functioning at subsonic speeds with light bullets. Have you considered changing your gas block and cranking it down almost all the way so you can...
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    05-30-2020, 12:21 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread O-ring size in Casting Equipment
    Speaking of O-rings and lubri-sizers, can somebody give me the specs for the o-ring at the top of the sizing die itself? Are the ones for Lyman and RCBS dies identical in size? TIA! Froggie
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    05-29-2020, 09:38 AM
    A trick Dale53 taught me for using gang moulds is to start casting with just one cavity, then as the mould and importantly the sprue plate come up to working temperature add a cavity, then another, and so on. This way I get good sprue cuts with no...
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    05-28-2020, 08:32 PM
    I still kinda miss the Model 30 I sold off to pay for my Baby Chief, but since I had a post-War Transitional I-frame 32 HE snub, I thought I would be OK... as a wise young woman once told me, "you can't have them all, if you did where would you put...
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    05-28-2020, 08:23 PM
    Looks nice. I may have to look ingot a setup like that, just to add to the collection. Frankford Arsenal occasionally comes up with a winner and that looks like it may be one of them. I like the idea of an all-in-one package like that. Very...
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    05-28-2020, 11:17 AM
    This talk of using a drill press for milling reminds me of warnings I got years ago when I proposed such a thing. It turns out that the spindle bearings on most drill presses are designed for a spindle that moves primarily up and down, and that...
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    05-28-2020, 10:53 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread "New" Ballard in Single Shot Guns
    You might want to post this question over on the ASSRA forum as well. Those single shot guys love Ballards and Popes and discuss them in excruciating detail. BTW, I think a machinist named Ross(?) continued using the tools Pope brought to (and...
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    05-26-2020, 08:53 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Had a 1st in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Those .570 round balls can be weighed and used to add specific amounts of (antimony rich) Linotype to your melt, but conventional wisdom is that Linotype roundballs are way too hard to work with muzzleloaders. Once upon a time I cast up (by...
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    05-26-2020, 08:43 AM
    I’m with beagle... in your situation I’d be taking advantage of the 2400 and Unique powder loaded to levels suggested for the particular rifle (strength-wise) I was using. Use published data to find starting loads. Froggie
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    05-24-2020, 11:40 AM
    Cool! Add a pinch of tin to make it flow better and get to casting! Sounds like you have the basis of some good alloy. Froggie
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    05-24-2020, 11:35 AM
    Magnificent Larry. It takes a real writer to bring the task of exterminating rats to a level of excitement and adventure in the way you’ve done here. I salute you! Froggie
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    05-24-2020, 09:27 AM
    One thing I seldom see mentioned regarding bore wear. Cast bullets wear MUCH less than jacketed bullets. Back when I was shooting Bullseye and later IPSC, the Advanced Marksmanship (Army) Gunsmiths told me that they had to replace 1911 barrels every...
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    05-23-2020, 05:18 PM
    OK, now I know what you're talking about. Yes, it certainly would be tough to size them down very much in a tong tool. I think I would get some drill rod close to the right diameter and make my own if I were you. You can size them nose first and...
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    05-23-2020, 01:53 PM
    Bailey Boat and I discussed the prospects of making his adjustable rotors for the Accu-measure as well, but he decided there wouldn't be enough demand to make it worth his while to get tooled up... OTOH, a machinist making one just for fun to see if...
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    05-23-2020, 01:47 PM
    Teddy, I'm confused. What is a sizing B/S pin? Froggie
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    05-23-2020, 01:43 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Aroundtuit in Cast Boolits
    I've had a jumbo box of tuits on order for months, but they are back ordered for the round ones! :cry:
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    05-23-2020, 01:40 PM
    As I've gotten older, everything I've sold (with a few notable exceptions) has been to buy something I like better. I do wish I still had my Marlin lever rifle in 32 RF/CF. It was in antique very good+ condition and had not been messed with at...
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    05-23-2020, 10:05 AM
    That’s good news to us all, beagle! It looks like he is essentially “the only game in town” other than long and frustrating searches on flea-Bay or depending on “the kindness of strangers.” Neither of these has proven all that productive for me...
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    05-23-2020, 08:43 AM
    Be nice, good people, be nice! Dale53
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    05-21-2020, 06:54 PM
    It just goes to show, even these bad times have some good hidden amongst the bad! Dale53
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    05-21-2020, 09:49 AM
    Look on the current Lyman shell holder list... find the one for your 10 mm and see what other cases it fits. Then you can find the J-type listed for that other case. I helped my cousin do this many years ago when the Ten first came out so he could...
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    05-19-2020, 10:01 PM
    I have been extremely happy with my SS Ruger Bisley .45 ACP/.45 Colt Convertible. When first purchased, it had .450" throats and leaded like crazy. I couldn't even chamber my .45 ACP cast bullet .452" loads in the ACP cylinder. However, after I...
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    05-19-2020, 09:50 PM
    That’s cheating, George! Anybody can find “normal” shell holders. You need to use the J-type so you really appreciate them! ;) It’s not like you’re trying to find them for a Herter’s or something. :kidding: Froggie
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    05-19-2020, 09:35 PM
    Remember; quenching an alloy of pure lead and tin will have no significant effect, it’s the antimony in the mix that makes quenching do anything for you. Actually, I guess I’m Really with the previous posters who suggest that some of the front...
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    05-19-2020, 09:25 PM
    There... fixed it for you! :wink: Yes, you did very well for yourself. In tin value alone it’s at least four times that. Congratulations on a good find. If some collector wants those sticks, make sure you get the cost of 2 lb of tin and a bit...
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    05-19-2020, 10:50 AM
    I got mine from the guy who bought it from the John Ambler estate. It had hardly been used... I assume just tested for review. I’ve got it semi-permanently set up for 327 FM using Lyman dies including their combination expander and through the die...
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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