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    Yesterday, 02:50 PM
    Doug,that's an excellent tutorial. One question: How do you get the collet out of the die body?
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    Yesterday, 02:27 PM
    Petander replied to a thread Makes me cringe... in Cast Boolits
    Exactly. I'm not a great shot so I need the best ammo/gun I can get. Cleaned my 300 WM ,all copper out. . My first 75 m three shot group from the clean barrel:
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    07-21-2019, 07:41 PM
    I used proper NOE expanders. No shaving. Might have been a combination of things like too slow powder but bumping the shoulder less was the main solution. And a case gauge helps a lot. Sorry for thread hijack... sizing for AR:s can be...
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    07-21-2019, 05:08 PM
    Excellent,thank you very much,Doug. I appreciate. I loaded and fired a box today,trying a normal crimp in a cannelure with the Lee collet die. Worked easy and good imo. But I have a no-crimp-groove mold coming,need to study the modifications. ...
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    07-20-2019, 06:29 PM
    Petander replied to a thread Makes me cringe... in Cast Boolits
    This thread came to my mind tonight when I was picking single powder granules from my old Webster scale, loading 300 WM for 300 m BR competition next thursday. It's a j-bullet thing,I weigh bullets AND brass, do all the voodoo... Not because it...
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    07-20-2019, 02:54 PM
    Just sizing,bumping the shoulder too much. That creates excessive headspace and leaves room in the chamber for the lead to flow. That was my first AR / cast attempt. OP doesn't have this problem though.
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    07-20-2019, 10:04 AM
    I just handled and fired a sxs 410 for the first time in my life. A friend was patterning it at the range,a very nice and interesting brazilian gun. I would load for one if I had one. Very rare caliber around here.
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    07-20-2019, 09:53 AM
    My math says OD is 5335 here. Who is this "MT"? That wouldn't chamber for sure. I have been going through my Magtech brass, my oldest is from 2003... no thick walls here. But it's a big mystery how anything has been fired using the thick...
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    07-19-2019, 07:55 AM
    I've been here,too. I was able to shoot quite a lot but there was this strange lead buildup. Took a while to figure it out. It was 458 Socom but the idea is the same. I was sizing too much.
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    07-18-2019, 10:52 AM
    42 grains of VV N120 for 425 grain plinker @ 1150 fps /4" barrel. Soft,slow recoil. VV N110 for anything full house. I have a NOE 340 PB in the mail, will start with N110 right away. EDIT: I use CCI 250 magnum rifle primers for cleaner brass...
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    07-18-2019, 05:23 AM
    Glucosamine here,too. I started it a couple of years ago because of shoulders / bow shooting. Helps a lot,most probably helps with wrists,too. Now I can shoot warm 500 S&W and 45-70 again, every week. Not crazy amounts but to keep the touch.
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    07-17-2019, 05:50 PM
    Do you know what temperature your bullets are? IR thermoneter has helped me quite a bit. I thought my oven was 200C because two different oven thermometers said so. And the oven dial was @ 200 ,too. I got dark bullets,otherwise good...
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    07-17-2019, 04:21 PM
    Petander replied to a thread Half Moon Club in Our Town
    I've been practising like a madman to make sure I didn't get a flinch/fear/whatsoever shooting problem from the incident. All is going good,45-70 was breaking clays on the berm @ 75 m as usual with Hi Tek coated RCBS 325 @ 1900 fps.
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    07-17-2019, 01:54 PM
    Very good,now at least part of the mystery is solved. Can't wait for their reply.
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    07-17-2019, 07:59 AM
    That's an LBT mold,right? Nose looks very similar to my 480 grain Applegate mold which cycles in Marlins. Can you measure your mold? My bullets nose is approx. 0.388 wide and 0.340 long,measured from the crimp groove. .
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    07-17-2019, 06:00 AM
    TIG welding gloves! Soft,nice chamois leather.
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    07-17-2019, 05:29 AM
    Thanks for this,I'll get one for the 500S&W.
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    07-16-2019, 05:28 PM
    I stumbled on this thread,searching for Redding Profile Crimp. I don't like pulling bullets with the hammer so I run the to-be-pulled rounds in a sizing die. The sized-down bullets can be picked with bare fingers then.
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    07-16-2019, 07:00 AM
    My thoughts,too. But even when I full length size those problem cases,they still won't completely chamber,except in one position only. I took some material off a shellholder top and die mouth to size deeper,still no go. EDIT: I fired the whole...
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    07-15-2019, 06:37 PM
    Redding Profile Crimp die might be worth trying. If it is as snug fit as their seater it will help with oversize rounds. As well as crimp good,too.
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    07-15-2019, 05:52 PM
    Petander replied to a thread Half Moon Club in Our Town
    My foresight was reasonable,I thought I was given a working firearm to test. So did the shop,although they had never fired it. They thought it was ok. Instead being ok the Encore action violently opens up when it's being fired... the stock...
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    07-15-2019, 02:42 PM
    Petander replied to a thread Half Moon Club in Our Town
    I took the gun back. We had some coffee and talk. I can keep the Karl Kaps scope "for indefinite testing period". Fair enough,it has my DNA now.
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    07-14-2019, 04:00 PM
    Yes it will melt it but keeping the temp steady may be tricky. I use a 1000 W ring and a cast iron pot to make my alloy mixes and small ingots for a small pot that I cast with. Cover it with aluminum foil to speed up melting. I melt ~ 40-50...
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    07-14-2019, 03:42 PM
    Petander replied to a thread Half Moon Club in Our Town
    Thank you,yes I was lucky. When the action opens like that you lose all the support from the falling stock. The scope could have hit anywhere... I was only test driving the gun,it will go back to the shop tomorrow. Google found out this is...
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    07-14-2019, 11:58 AM
    A light,practical 308 makes life easy,too. I tried a "new" scope (a s/h Karl Kaps 4x32 military) on my S&W M&P 10 and fired some groups and then lots of clays from 100 m , standing and bench. I wanted to get over my "scope bite" from...
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    07-14-2019, 11:00 AM
    Petander replied to a thread Half Moon Club in Our Town
    Me? Yes,I had proper shooting glasses on. Because the action violently opened during firing, the stock fell from the rear bag and hit the table causing the scope hit higher than usual. Figure how an open rifle pivots backwards. I'm lucky it hit...
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    07-14-2019, 04:26 AM
    Load those NOE:s...? It's a mystery how they worked but...? I have a mystery,too: after five reloads,a couple of CBC cases only chamber in a certain position. Turned just a little, no more plunk. They only go this deep: . Can't push them...
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    07-13-2019, 05:24 PM
    I was trying an older Encore (rifle,short barrel) today,shooting from bags on a bench. The action flew open when firing,the force dropped the rear stock from the small rear bag/my shoulder and the rifle was free to jump back towards my face....
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    07-13-2019, 05:04 PM
    Good find. I started seating bullets with RCBS (carbide set) seater,it is much larger than my Redding (steel set) seater. Now I can flare more,seat with RCBS (it came with a FN stem,too ) and use Redding as a final crimper. It's impossible to...
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    07-13-2019, 03:10 PM
    Petander replied to a thread Half Moon Club in Our Town
    This is a short barrel rifle, has a rifle stock & rifle scope. Action opening when firing is not good...
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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