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    12-05-2018, 08:13 PM
    Its just flawed thinking. The lead styphanite in the priming compound is airborne. Every time a lead core jacketed bullet hits a hard steel backstop a small amount oflead is vaporized. I think the biggest issue for lead bullets indoors is...
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    12-05-2018, 08:09 PM
    I shoot my own cast/coated for IDPA. Mostly 9mm, 40 & 45. Glocks, 1911s, XDM, even a revolver sometimes.
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    11-20-2018, 01:39 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread 9 mm Loading in Cast Boolits
    I shoot cast/coated lead in all my 9mm, sized to 0.357" & loaded on an older set of RCBS dies. No issues what so ever, even if running +P levels. An 'M' style flare/powder thru is the way to go for best results imo.
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    11-20-2018, 01:35 PM
    Given time & tools, nothing is really safe. Still, go quality steel, 1/4" sides & 3/8" door is plenty to keep the pry bar guys out. Bolt it to the floor or wall, a 1200# safe can easily be moved by one guy with a refer dolly. Buy bigger than you...
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    11-19-2018, 04:14 PM
    Midway is a bad place to buy alloy. Go to Rotometals, wait for a sale & buy tin there if needed. Personally, I get good results casting with just range scrap for handgun. I rarely add tin. The only reason I have it is for making HP for hunting;...
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    11-19-2018, 04:10 PM
    I used to shoot a lot of CAS with lubed lead running in a 24" 1873, no issues but only going about 900fps. With BAC or sim lube, I doubt you have issue with leading to 1500fps with proper fit & alloy.
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    11-16-2018, 07:14 PM
    I think the issue with plated is always the crimp. No crimp groove, roll crimp into the plating, good chance it cuts it & the plating spins off. You can check for yourself shooting into a paper target at about 8-10ft. If you find little shrapnel...
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    11-15-2018, 08:01 PM
    Generally the OAL is too long. You can put a black Sharpie around the exposed bullet & chamber it. IT only takes 0.002-0.003" extra OAL to get it stuck in a barrel with short/sharp throat. Also check your are not over crimping. This can bulge a case...
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    11-15-2018, 03:41 PM
    I have used a sim practice coating 6.8 bullets for my spc.
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    11-15-2018, 03:37 PM
    Need no, desirable yes. Uncoated bullet bottoms are like FMJ with open base. I shake & bake, so the bottom of my bullets are coated, much like a plated bullet, completely enclosed. FWIW, my shooting needs are not dictated by cost, more time &...
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    11-15-2018, 03:35 PM
    Cheap/free alloy is where you can find it. Since about 6y ago, lead has been disappearing from the wheel wt so very hit & miss depending on your location. A bucket of ww out here yields less than 15% useable alloy, mostly very old tire changes, so...
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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