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    01-16-2019, 11:29 PM
    I had some 1,000 5.56's like that. I waited for a political gun control scare, and sold them on an auction site with full disclosure for a profit. I imagine the guys in the Swaging sub-forum might have the right stuff. The trick is "quickly and...
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    01-14-2019, 08:37 PM
    What is the firing pin extension from the bolt face? A possibility for the blown primers is the chamber neck is cut a bit short, and/or the factory ammo was not trimmed properly. The case mouth pinching the bullet in place can send pressures...
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    01-14-2019, 03:31 PM
    I never argue someone choosing one or the other between '06 or .308. Or .270 or 7x57 or 7mmRemMag or 7mm-08. They're all good and all have their strengths, and no big weaknesses. For cast boolits, the '06 has a longer neck and a longer throat....
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    01-14-2019, 11:42 AM
    You already know from a previous thread that you need to find a good custom gunsmith that is likely not listed as a Remington parts swapper. But you still want to get angry at a mass manufacturer for not doing a CUSTOM rifle job for you, or...
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    01-12-2019, 03:45 PM
    I have two different brands of Forstner bits, and neither leave a flat bottomed hole. Maybe I just don't have the right brand.
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    01-12-2019, 11:29 AM
    Good point. We may see the street price come down very quickly, and if it is low enough, it will sell.
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    01-12-2019, 10:32 AM
    Case loading blocks are primarily used by batch mode reloaders. I use them extensively for rifle reloading, and not at all for my progressive handgun reloading. Akro bins catch my progressive reloads. My favorites were the MidwayUSA wooden blocks...
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    01-11-2019, 05:11 PM
    The problem I've had with homemade case loading blocks is uneven hole bottoms, even with a Forstner bit. A modified Spade (point ground smaller) was better, but not quite perfect. A 118 degree bit, still not perfect. D'oh... just drill all the...
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    01-08-2019, 08:15 PM
    If the primer anvil doesn't set on the pocket base, or if the cup is pressed down over the anvil until the priming pellet breaks, there will be misfires. The latter condition will sooner or later fire a primer while seating. The first condition...
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    01-08-2019, 07:22 PM
    Thanks. I'm using Tapatalk and there is still no 357 visible for me in the first post. Tapatalk removes signatures so maybe it is hiding there. I would try another batch of primers, if available. Also try the 2400 in a different gun/cartridge....
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    01-08-2019, 06:56 PM
    Are the clumped loads showing the primer fired well? To me, the possibilities are; bad primers, poorly seated primers, contaminated powder, bad powder. Also 17 posts in and no idea of cartridge or exact loads.
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    01-08-2019, 01:20 PM
    File down a set of 9mm, 380, 32 and/or 25 cases to different heights for your required volumes, solder on a wire handle to each and call it good. You can try to talk Lee into a new product, but new tooling for something that is not a growth...
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    01-07-2019, 12:16 AM
    Speaking for both, probably no advantage for accuracy. Speaking for the Forster only, the quick die changes are faster than LnL or Breech Lock, but the universal shell holders are only faster if you don't have to flip from large to small, then...
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    01-06-2019, 08:57 PM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread outside tv antenna? in Our Town
    A friend has that. The broadcast stations available on those "tons of apps" are mostly ****, poor resolution, pauses and glitches, constantly. But he's beating the system and it's all "free" (after the base cost of the stick and cable Internet), so...
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    01-06-2019, 08:32 PM
    They may get some Maryland buyers who will never forget S&W sent lobbyists here to lobby for anti-gun legislation, then hid behind a fake change of ownership, financed by a bond fund owned by the old owners.
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    01-06-2019, 08:29 PM
    Funny thing about Red Dot, when I first started reloading metallic, I started with 45ACP and all I had on hand that was suitable was an old can of Red Dot that was awful. I had a lot of good cans of Red Dot, but this one left tons of unburnt powder...
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    01-06-2019, 08:23 PM
    Sorry for the confusion. On a co-ax, for lateral deflection you'll probably watch the die move around more as it self-aligns. The lateral deflection test is useful in comparing different O and C presses. The range of vertical deflection test will...
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    01-06-2019, 08:17 PM
    It has less lateral tension of the die on the cartridge at max extension (end point of case sizing or boolit seating). The design concept is different than most single stage presses. It's an in-line press. Instead of relying on a strong metal...
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    01-06-2019, 07:53 PM
    Yes! I concur with country gen and jsizemore, that chip can cause you problems. It pulls the neck & shoulder up, with the shoulder higher the brass won't chamber easily.
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    01-06-2019, 07:44 PM
    Not the Lee Bench Plate system, perhaps? Here's a review from 2011: https://www.gunwarrior.com/517/lee-bench-plate-90251-review/ The instructions: https://leeprecision.com/cgi-data/instruct/90251.pdf
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    01-06-2019, 02:11 PM
    Mdi, That's rather good. It is when you find the occasional .015"+ then you realize where unexplained flyers come from. Duolos, With a magnetic base firmly in place on the press base, the dial indicator on the die will show you how much...
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    01-06-2019, 01:55 PM
    I use a stool, light enough to kick out behind me as I beat a hasty retreat. I make sure nothing is blocking rearward egress. I find Adirondak chairs comfortable, but too loungey and confining for casting.
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    01-06-2019, 01:47 PM
    Like George, I found a press that doesn't gunk itself up and use that, the Forster CoAx. I happened almost by accident, I had my other 3 single stages set up for assembly line and I had a few pieces to decap, I used the CoAx only because it is so...
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    01-05-2019, 08:28 PM
    Hook up a dial indicator and find out for yourself!
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    01-04-2019, 10:57 PM
    Pulling triggers is required to do some gunsmithing or even cleaning on many guns. Nonetheless it is a selling point for large police departments, who have a statistically predictable number of negligent discharges every year.
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    01-04-2019, 10:52 PM
    Hmm I remember this thread. Lyman makes 311041's to .309, with Linotype or 1:10 and pressure casting with a ladle, even though the model starts with "311". It's just the way they do things now. Fortunately, I find .309" to be good enough for...
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    01-04-2019, 04:07 PM
    First repeating handgun maybe, but not first pistol in a hundred years. They had a single shot hand cannon a few years back.
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    01-04-2019, 09:59 AM
    You need to read the lasc site and the stickys. Short answer, if an agent like arsenic, sulphur or copper is present, the lead antimony alloy will be harder after casting, and continue to harden for a year to three, then slowly get softer again....
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    01-03-2019, 11:45 AM
    Color is a highly personal matter. I don't care one way or another. Lyman quality has been hit and miss for me. I'll get their cheap dies that do as well as expensive ones for dimensions, finish and being concentric. But yet the first 4500 I got...
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    01-03-2019, 11:39 AM
    Back in the 90's I had a newish, second-hand Remington700 with a kink in the rifling about 6" from the muzzle. I called Remington and they wouldn't touch it, but they sent me the list of authorized repair centers. I called each of them within 100...
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My goals for using cast boolits are lots of good, cheap, and reasonably accurate shooting, while avoiding overly tedious loading processes.
The BHN Deformation Formula, and why I don't use it.
How to find and fix sizing die eccentricity problems.
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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
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