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    Yesterday, 04:46 PM
    OK, I had a couple of minutes, so I found out that your GA was produced from about 1960-65 with only about 1000 units sold. You can get a set of instructions online at; https://www.lymanproducts.com/media/use ... _press.pdf I found this and...
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    Yesterday, 04:36 PM
    I don't remember the exact dates for the Grand American, but apparently they didn't stay in production very long and weren't made in as large numbers as some of the other Lyman products. If you do a search on this forum, they've been discussed here...
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    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    Back about 1974 My Dad and I started casting together. We found a tack hammer whose head had broken off right at the throat, so we turned the leftover piece of hickory over and started using it. I think it is still usable but it's been replaced by...
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    04-23-2019, 08:06 AM
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    04-23-2019, 08:02 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Used moulds in Casting Equipment
    That 452389 is one of the great under appreciated moulds. It makes wonderful bullets for Bullseye rounds for a 45 “wad gun.” It is definitely worth the little bit of cleaning effort you will need to expend, but remember the prime directive, “Do no...
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    04-23-2019, 07:52 AM
    I’ve got two of the “20 pound” Lees and have had a 10 and a 20# Lyman as well as having used a 20# RCBS a fair amount. Anyone who says they have ANY bottom pour pot that doesn’t drip isn’t using it very much! I just got another 10# Lyman (used)...
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    04-22-2019, 09:08 AM
    Those early Colt designs tend to be open top style, not a mark of extreme strength. I would look for loads tested for break top and hinged frame revolvers to use in these conversions and totally avoid any loads that mention the words magnum or high...
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    04-21-2019, 07:21 PM
    Friend Wayne nailed it... I'm going to opine that the original rod was cold rolled, but then again, around here, I'd go to Tractor supply and buy a piece of the steel drill rod they sell in the proper diameter, then get a ball to fit to the outboard...
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    04-21-2019, 03:23 PM
    I bought a SS Red Hawk soon after they hit the market. It has been my "bad weather" hunting revolver for big game ever since ("big game" around here meaning whitetail deer:p): I have a 2 power Leupold on mine. I have taken several deer with...
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    04-21-2019, 02:12 PM
    I'm really sorry to hear this, but not surprised. They made fewer and fewer calibers available and eased the prices higher and higher, so it was only a matter of time before they had the "reason" to discontinue them. It becomes a self fulfilling...
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    04-18-2019, 07:14 PM
    As long as you reload cases coming from a single, on-spec chamber, I would think you would get several good loadings out of each one. Changing chambers or shooting rounds from one of those chambers with grooves or other "improvements"? Not so...
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    04-18-2019, 07:48 AM
    OK, I have a 22-250 set (Standard) and Dale53 has the same in a Zero set (missing a couple of the non-specific parts.) Dad left me a Ruger #1 with heavy varmint barrel and a good Leupold scope. If I can sweet talk Dale53 into loaning me his set,...
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    04-17-2019, 09:11 AM
    I have some odds and ends from several such kits. I might be able to put together a complete set, but probably in some offbeat caliber. OTOH, my buddy in arms, Dale53 has several complete or nearly complete kits. He and they are in OH while I'm...
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    04-16-2019, 07:53 PM
    Of course they are long discontinued now, but Iím wondering whether anyone has ever tried to compare results produced with the Zero Error kits vs the standard Loaders in the same caliber. The question is moot at this point, but inquiring minds want...
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    04-16-2019, 03:43 PM
    I always thought that the 32 H&R would be a perfect cartridge for the original, flat side Winchester low wall. I even went so far as to rechambering a barrel a d bushing the breech block of a 32 RF to try it out... of course those bores were way...
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    04-11-2019, 08:33 AM
    ...and then the use of hollow base bullets complicates the seating depth comparison. What matters most is the case volume with the bullet in place. It makes my head hurt to try calculating how much space is there for the actual powder burn to...
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    04-08-2019, 08:06 PM
    I just found an old article by the late George Nonte. He suggested using 3.5 grains of Bullseye or 4.5 grains of Unique behind the 95 grain Ideal 313445 SWC bullet. This sounds a bit rowdy to me, especially since he was talking about using this...
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    04-08-2019, 08:40 AM
    A good deal on a good mould is a good deal. A good deal on a mould you can use right away is a great deal! Froggie
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    04-07-2019, 07:33 AM
    Many thanks, my friend. I had guesstimated that approximate range, but independent confirmation is reassuring. I’m hoping to do a lot more 32-ing now that the weather in CV has started to break for the better. :Fire: Best regards, Froggie
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    04-06-2019, 09:12 PM
    Welcome to the World of Things 310, jgh4445. Currently, Lyman makes so-called "Universal" handles in Large and Small spigot size to allow for longer or shorter cases. What makes them universal is the adaptor ring that screws into the inside of the...
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    04-06-2019, 06:24 PM
    Senor 75, How much do you calculate I would need to back off from that 2.9 gr Green Dot load to start working on a starting load? I'm thinking about my RNHP at 105 and dropping back to about 2.4 or 2.5 to start... this for my little I-frame snubbie...
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    04-06-2019, 05:51 PM
    First, I would need to know what kind of ammo (rifle or pistol class) and what level of accuracy (Bullseye or Run-and-Gun) you are talking about. With the volume you describe, I assume you are talking about either IPSC or similar "combat" style...
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    04-05-2019, 09:26 PM
    From the speed #9 manual 98gr cast rn Unique 3.5gr 942fps Red dot 2.8gr 912 fps Green dot 2.9gr 907 fps Test gun was a S&W 31
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    04-05-2019, 08:48 PM
    ^^^ What he said! ^^^ My all time favorites are the old 38-40 which should be called a "40-40" by the actual bullet measurements, and the modern 327 Fed Mag that is actually a .313 Magnum. I guess the bean counters thought that didn't sound...
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    04-05-2019, 02:31 PM
    TC actually made a 221 Fireball chambered barrel in the original old 10" octagon configuration. The one I had certainly lived up to its name and had a boom to match. I can only imagine (and gasp) at the thought of that barrel 6" shorter and the...
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    04-05-2019, 11:04 AM
    Now I’m confused... do you have a set of Ideal small diameter dies for the 40-82 cartridge? If yes, they may or may not work with a standard set of “large” handles. There was also an odd group of larger diameter sets of “small” dies... made for the...
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    04-05-2019, 08:47 AM
    Excellent thread. Every time anyone starts talking about any of the 32s on this forum, the responses show that interest in the caliber (or should I say “family of calibers?”) is far in excess of current production of revolvers and ammo in 32....
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    04-03-2019, 08:19 PM
    The biggest currently produced Lyman die sets of which I’m aware are 45-70 and 40-65. I have never seen a 40-82 die set of any vintage, and although they were listed 75+ years ago, I don’t think they were common back then. You might check with the...
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    04-03-2019, 07:57 AM
    You're not real likely to encounter a Lyman/Ideal push-in sizer in 40-82... in fact, I'm a little surprised you would need one, but with lever actions, I guess it's possible. If all else fails, you (or a friend if you don't have a lathe yourself)...
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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