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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-18-2017, 10:59 AM
    Well a couple sentences on a forum can give people the wrong impression. My split die idea is two halves hinged at one end. with a shelholder adaptor on the hinge end. The die would be upside down with the pellet skirt up then shoved into a 50...
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  • HABCAN's Avatar
    11-18-2017, 01:52 AM
    HABCAN replied to a thread Charge!!! in Coatings and Alternatives
    Bump. With some of the newer color powders I've tried, the only way to get any of it to stick at all is to really vigorously 'pre-charge' before adding boolits. YMMV, it's an 'art', K?
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 07:27 PM
    Oh yeah BT, just reread the original post and see what Minuteshaver probably meant.
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  • HABCAN's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 06:04 PM
    Yeah...............and then it's two more.....and two more after that! Got quite a few, me. Some don't work very well, but I won't reorder them and will stick with what works FOR ME. Ya never know 'til ya try! And me too +1 a BIG TYVM! to the...
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  • HABCAN's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 05:57 PM
    Temp same as always, passed smash test. Not to worry: I HAVE a proven method that DOES work for ME. This just ain't IT.
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  • HABCAN's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 05:17 PM
    Bought the trays from amazon.ca. S&B LEE 358x200F with Smoke's excellent Carolina Blue powder. Baked in the tray. DISASTER! And, didn't do the new tray much good either. As has been said: there's a lot of ART mixed up in this science. I'm not saying...
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 03:09 PM
    The die lock ring is a great idea, I will copy it soon, and a few times. I bought a lee 3 jaw chuck and never could get it to work, haven't mess with it for years, maybe it has grit in it.
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 02:57 PM
    I keep looking at .357 cal air guns. The fascination is difficult to fathom, I have several molds that cast bullets that look identical to the dollar apiece bullets shown on air gun web sites. But I have a .357 magnum rifle, it is possible to...
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 02:37 PM
    Minuteshaver, I think a hand press could swage .22 cal jacketed bullets, but doing so would not be for the faint at heart. Getting the bullet into the die is a process that the hand press probably can do OK. Getting the bullet back out of the die...
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  • HABCAN's Avatar
    11-16-2017, 11:43 AM
    I would think that those whose PC'd boolits were too big to chamber properly could just run them through an appropriate sizing die and all would be well? Am I missing something here?
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-15-2017, 11:16 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread temperature sensitivity in AirGuns
    Expanding on Multigunner's comments and ideas, what if the compression chamber was .500, and the piston was the back half of an AR-15 bolt? Had a small spark plug mounted in the firing pin hole. Then a linear magneto that stroked as the piston...
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-15-2017, 10:27 AM
    The rim can be sheared off in a die, or sized down, or cut off in a lathe operation. Any method you choose is added steps and expense for tools. But .38spl cases are far fewer in number laying on the ground at my range, than .223 rem. For this...
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-15-2017, 10:10 AM
    Brian, thanks for some new hunting stories on the swaging forum, great reading, and fun looking at the pictures. Matt, if you send pics to BT, please forward to me too.
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    11-15-2017, 10:05 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread sea girt press in Swaging
    I think it takes a bushing to go from 7/8-14 thread on RCE ram to the 5/8-24 thread on Corbin's die. Then an internal punch spacer, or longer internal punch to make up for the increased length of the bushing.
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    11-15-2017, 09:56 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread .357 advice in Swaging
    I really like the semi wadcutter bullets. But being the proud owner of a ruger 77 357 rifle, wad cutters do not feed well. The cartridge has to feed out of the rotary magazine and up into the chamber the square edges hang up. These feed well but...
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  • HABCAN's Avatar
    11-14-2017, 09:41 PM
    HABCAN replied to a thread BBs. in Coatings and Alternatives
    Yup. When I first set up, and subsequently, I got some of his. Again, 'shipping'! I made today's trip for some locally-unobtainable groceries, so dropped in to Canadian Tire for the BBs, dontcha know.
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  • HABCAN's Avatar
    11-14-2017, 05:45 PM
    HABCAN replied to a thread BBs. in Coatings and Alternatives
    Well, must be BLACK is some 'heavy' material the others aren't made of. Whatever material it is that makes a heavier 6mm BB..............makes 'better' static??
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  • HABCAN's Avatar
    11-14-2017, 05:07 PM
    HABCAN started a thread BBs. in Coatings and Alternatives
    Well shucks! I just returned from a wintry 150-mile round trip to get some BLACK BBs. The PC gurus insist on them being black, and who am I to quibble? I started PC-ing with BLACK and that's what has worked so well for me just as they instructed....
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-14-2017, 12:46 AM
    If you are planning to size .223 brass down to swage .366 diameter bullets you might want to go a few thousandths smaller than .366, like maybe .360 so when you seat the core in the jacket the brass spring back will grip the core. Or, you might...
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  • justingrosche's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 02:33 AM
    I’d be down for a 434–640 4 cavity plain base. The two cav I have is getting tired.
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    11-13-2017, 01:42 AM
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-10-2017, 01:01 PM
    I picked up an 8 pounder during the height of the shortage, about 3 years ago. Guessing I have 5+ pounds left. If it makes you feel any better, I will not be competing with you in the purchase for at least a couple more pounds of use here.
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    11-10-2017, 12:49 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread temperature sensitivity in AirGuns
    A proper answer to you question requires a number, sorry I don't have one. But getting lead hot enough to melt also takes time, and barrel time is pretty short. Accuracy should fall off due to the skirt getting hot and soft before the pellet...
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  • HABCAN's Avatar
    11-09-2017, 12:28 PM
    I think mebbeso your oven dial is marked in Celcius degrees.
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  • HABCAN's Avatar
    11-09-2017, 12:19 PM
    FWIW, many years ago I DID experience case-mouths splitting with Winchester nickle .357s, but have not had ANY troubles recently with Starline .44-40s. Maybe those early Winchesters started the 'splitting legend'??
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-08-2017, 09:25 PM
    Sold! Thank You georgerkahn.
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-08-2017, 05:12 PM
    1700 pieces, range pickup, washed, no nickel plated. Shipped anywhere a medium flat rate box goes cheap. $200, no pay pal.
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  • HABCAN's Avatar
    11-07-2017, 11:21 AM
    LEE all the way. I have TWO, one for each side of the room, LOL.
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-06-2017, 12:53 AM
    :Bright idea: That's pretty creative.
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  • HABCAN's Avatar
    11-05-2017, 06:41 PM
    Smoke's powder kept in his original double packaging, and ^^^^ what OS OK said................works for me for over a year now.
    22 replies | 510 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