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    Today, 02:14 PM
    Case length is the variable. Roll crimp needs the same case length to be consistent.
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    Today, 02:13 PM
    Virtually impossible to measure a roll crimp. Just roll crimp into the groove provided, done.
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    Yesterday, 03:13 PM
    If I have to size down much more than 0.002", I spray with a coating of Oneshot, helps things along.
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    05-23-2018, 02:54 PM
    Well not sure where you got your data but that is pretty far over max? No, your lead bullet should be 0.001" min over bore size for best results. I do not know how you get a lead ring shaving to be inside the case after firing, everything should go...
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    05-23-2018, 02:48 PM
    Ok stupid question, do you have the correct shell plate installed? The case should never do that. I am not sure, but is there any adjustment for the slide that pushes the case into the shell holder? My buddy started on a LNL, he has modified a bunch...
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    05-23-2018, 02:45 PM
    It is not the die but the setup. I have a set of 44mag dies, work fine with lead bullets, just give the case more flare. The Hornady seating die is one of the best with the floating nose punch, helps keep the bullet straight.
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    05-22-2018, 03:08 PM
    Not at all. Applied properly the coating is tough. You can smash bullets flat & the coating doesn't come off so sizing is not an issue. The coating itself has a bit of slick to it, but if the bullets are really oversized, I spray on some Oneshot...
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    05-21-2018, 05:13 PM
    I just set my wet HT coated bullets in front of a fan for 10m & they dry fine. Then bake. More handling & baking time with HT but you just tumble, dump, dry & bake.
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    05-21-2018, 05:10 PM
    Yes, coat, dry, bake for 10m, cool a bit, coat, dry bake again for 10m. I size after baking, HT or PC. I find HT easier to use but you bake twice. You can literally dump the HT bullets into a basket & bake them without bullets sticking together....
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    05-21-2018, 05:06 PM
    One reason I size all my cast/coated bullets, for uniformity.
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    05-21-2018, 04:54 PM
    I don't see any flare on the case mouth. With lead bullets, ya gotta get the case mouth opened up to accept the bullet. I think an M style expander is best but the PTX, adjusted right, will do a fine job. Definitely use a separate taper crimp die....
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    05-18-2018, 01:10 PM
    I have several of Toms molds. He does great work & you can customize at no add'l charge, no extra wait time.
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    05-18-2018, 01:07 PM
    No magic, it will depend on the alloy & vel you drive them. I have a mold that Erik @ HPMS did for me, rcbs 45saa. I had him make me 5 diff pins, all diff shapes & depths & dia. What I learned, if you drive a bullet fast & soft alloy, you want a...
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    05-18-2018, 12:58 PM
    45-70 data will certainly work, just be slightly lower pressure/vel. Though for 458wm, I would go 500gr.
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    05-18-2018, 12:56 PM
    IMO, you do not need a gc on any bullet traveling less than 1500fps.
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    05-16-2018, 02:52 PM
    I tend to agree. When I was shooting CAS, all I shot were 200gr @ 700fps or so. If I plugged in a 255gr, same vel, POI would be a bit higher at 15yd but not much. Individual guns will vary though.
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    05-09-2018, 01:59 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread Ingot ID in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Sounds like lino. I used to buy it locally & it came in 22# pigs shaped like that with an open ring at one end. The good ole days, less than $1/#.
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    05-09-2018, 01:55 PM
    We all only wish they were pewter! Instead they are steel & zinc. It pretty much started out here in Kommifornia. We are the most populous state with the most cars & tires. So when they banned them here like 5y ago, the rest of the country isn't far...
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    05-07-2018, 02:49 PM
    Wow, a Canuck that hates Trump?? Never thought I would hear that?????:roll:
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    05-07-2018, 02:48 PM
    I doubt it. There is more labor than matl in a bullet mold.
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    05-04-2018, 02:50 PM
    I have loaded that exact bullet to 850fps in my stock 5" 1911. It feeds fine. I used Unique but WSF or CFE will not be as compressed & you might get a bit more vel for the pressure as they are slower than Unique. Not my 1st choice for grizzly...
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    05-03-2018, 01:27 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread Starting Loads in Cast Boolits
    I have had no issues using starting jacketed data for lead bullets, you just get a bit more vel out of the lead. Just work it up or down as needed.
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    05-03-2018, 01:25 PM
    I have the Lyman 250gr Dev mold. I had eric @ HPMS make a cup point pin for it, had the gc removed & it casts about 270gr. Cast 20-1, I run it at 1250fps with good expansion & no leading. I need to make some up & PC them, I think they will run even...
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    05-03-2018, 01:22 PM
    Not really. I assume rifle? I have seen some good 50y groups that poop out at 100 & beyond. If you are worried about 100y accuracy, or any distance for that matter, test at that distance IMO.
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    05-02-2018, 04:05 PM
    Whether cast or jacketed, same procedure for me. I pick a bullet, then a powder that gives me the vel window I want. I start @ min if looking for a gun game load or the middle if working to max. I load 5 each powder charge & work it up or down as...
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    04-30-2018, 03:49 PM
    I am in the preheat group because it works fine.
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    04-30-2018, 03:47 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread Sizing Boolits in Cast Boolits
    Grooved bullets start looking a bit ugly sizing down more than 0.007" for me. That is reducing 0/459" bullets to 0.452".
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    04-30-2018, 03:44 PM
    Lots of things affect final weight, but certainly mutli cav molds will throw more variation than a single or double. Larger the bullet the greater the variation. I rarely weigh bullets but for curiosity reasons, but find them reasonably uniform, +/-...
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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