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  • lwknight's Avatar
    Today, 02:37 PM
    All you have to do is clean up the top, dip the lead out into ingots, pour off the last bit and clean the junk out of the pot. Start with a clean pot and clean ingots and the inclusions will go away. That skim on top does not hurt a...
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    Today, 02:27 PM
    Why are you melting these bricks down? They are already perfect for storage till needed. I make 25 pound bricks out of my smeltings. Then make smaller ingots when I alloy for casting material.
    7 replies | 331 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    Today, 11:53 AM
    I'll take it 3. RCBS #18906 - 45ACP SWC - good shape, minor exterior rust - $20
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    Today, 11:40 AM
    I have a set of Lyman Dies that I could part with. 6.5 jap x 257 robt they look like new, inside and out, comes with box and photocopies of load data from Lyman? manual.
    4 replies | 109 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    Today, 10:12 AM
    If casting and reloading weren't a cheap way to lots of enjoyment and recreation, there are a bunch of us who have wasted our time and talents, for many years. In my case its over 50 years and many thousands of dollars. If I had never aquired that...
    21 replies | 300 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    Today, 09:57 AM
    There is only new, yours, and range brass. I have never had a problem because of it being range pickup, as it is just brass that was fired in an unfamiliar gun, one or more times. Until it fails, it's all the same, and failure is unpredictable..
    17 replies | 498 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    Today, 09:43 AM
    Your intitution is probably right. Only you know the numbers and where your head is on inventory. Trust your sub-conscience and adjust accordingly. Emergencies aren't predictable, and being prepared is different for each individual. Having...
    39 replies | 783 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    Today, 09:25 AM
    Enough is only a relative term. How long are you gonna be able to shoot? How many more, or less guns will you shoot? Will your health last? On and on go the variables that determin enough. The final determination will be for those left behind...
    22 replies | 448 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    Today, 08:54 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread I want SHINY brass in Our Town
    First make sure to use a magnet to remove every steel case, even if plated. As the citric acid, car wax, and dawn loosen the crud from my de-primed brass, the SS pins scrub it off. Every tiny spot inside and out gets this treatment. The extra...
    23 replies | 404 view(s)
  • HollowPoint's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    Sometimes when you post your projects on a chat forum some readers process what they read as if you were asking them for permission or inviting them to cast aspersions. If you're happy with the end results, that's all that really matters. I too...
    22 replies | 1628 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:18 PM
    Why draw a line in shifting sand? If ya find yourself with extra ammo, you need to shoot more. If your reserves shrink below a comfortable level, get busy loading. While many feel it's a life and death situation, most see it as a hobby.
    39 replies | 783 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-18-2017, 09:29 PM
    I could offer up some numbers, of what I think is enough...but everyone's "status" is different, also the status for the same person can and will change. I use to shoot two different summer leagues, I burnt up a lot of pistol ammo as well as...
    39 replies | 783 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-18-2017, 05:26 PM
    I'd be interested in your analysis of load manuals (when you do the write up). I only searched out and posted the Max loads from My two favorite manuals and Hodgdon, because 25.5gr stuck in my mind... as that's my pet load for a CZ-527 chambered...
    72 replies | 1916 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    09-18-2017, 05:06 PM
    The 2700 lbs of range lead in my shed didn't come a hand full at a time, but it represents lots of sweat and sore muscles. When you spend the effort and there is little reward, you learned not to do it like that again, at least not in the same...
    17 replies | 545 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    09-18-2017, 04:45 PM
    My brass is stored for years in moisture-proof containers and looks like new when I'm ready to load it. Not just the outside, but the primer pocket and inside as well. It may not matter to most and that's OK. I don't load for anybody but family,...
    23 replies | 527 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-18-2017, 12:57 PM
    That's interesting, I don't doubt you, but I recall it being more, as I've used H335. I dug into a few manuals. Lyman 49th Has 27gr as Max for the only 55gr jacketed bullet listed. Nick Harvey's manual also lists 27gr as MAX. Hodgdon paper...
    72 replies | 1916 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-18-2017, 12:21 PM
    I stand corrected. My 96 had a groove diameter of .2675 I used the Hornady Carcano bullet 160gr (.267) I shouldn't have generalized.
    27 replies | 593 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    09-18-2017, 09:27 AM
    Don't forget to change the oil and service the power source ever time it gets used for more than an hr. You never know when the next time will be or for how long. Starting with fresh oil will all but guarentee dependability, while neglect will...
    33 replies | 690 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    09-18-2017, 09:06 AM
    As the safe size shrank over the years, so did the amount of loaded ammo for each. I no longer store much loaded, but rather have components for each ready to load. I try to keep lots of prepared brass and cast boolits. Since the shortages, I...
    39 replies | 783 view(s)
  • lwknight's Avatar
    09-17-2017, 04:58 PM
    Since it came from source unknown, it might have zinc in the nozzle. It has a higher melting point so you might be able to help the heat a bit with a plumbers torch on the spout. I did not have a zinc problem but pure lead plugged my spout and would...
    6 replies | 151 view(s)
  • lwknight's Avatar
    09-17-2017, 04:47 PM
    lwknight replied to a thread How heavy ? in Cast Boolits
    I would stay mid range for ordinary non dangerous game. I know from experience that light bullets lose too much velocity to perform well at long ranges and heavy bullets don't have as good of a trajectory as well as that they kick more. I loved...
    14 replies | 563 view(s)
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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