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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    You get to western ND and the topography changes greatly. I was hunting in the Killdeer Mountains when I ran over a throne branch and I have a fast leak in one tire and a slower leak in another. I quickly changed the fast leak with the spare. I...
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    Yesterday, 10:14 PM
    Not saying this is the case with your loads but the bolt closing force on an M1, M14 and and AR have enough force to push the shoulder back when chambering. This isn't as true for sizing the body but it takes very little to push the shoulders back....
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    Yesterday, 07:49 PM
    Born and raised in ND. This is the norm when something like this happens. Same happened when my uncle was killed in a auto accident in 1970. That's what neighbors do in rural areas.
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  • Wayne Smith's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:55 PM
    Wayne Smith replied to a thread Lead Free Primers in Cast Boolits
    And if the solution is another heavy metal in the primer what have we accomplished??
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    Yesterday, 12:34 PM
    I think you just answered your own question. Unique is the only powder that has bound up in every powder measure I have except the Belding and Mull. I only use the B&M when I'm using Unique.
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    Yesterday, 12:20 PM
    Every pistol or rifle is unique unto itself. When you get to this level of accuracy that variable is as important as any other. What does your gun want?
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:17 PM
    If using a progressive reloader, that would be my prime suspect.
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    09-19-2020, 12:42 PM
    Get rid of the Bore Butter patches. Horrible stuff. Try some different lube. It's not unusual for a barrel to take several hundred shots to break in. I did have one by Judge Resley years ago that just would not stop cutting patches, even after...
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    09-19-2020, 11:08 AM
    When I bought my flintlock I sprung for a wooden box and am glad I did. When it came there was a punch about 1/2" deep in the side piece - if that had hit the flat it would have gone through the 1/8" ply they used. It was right where it would have...
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    09-19-2020, 10:02 AM
    I always deprime before polishing, but this is because the primer dust has lead in it. I prefer not to breathe that when I dump out my polisher. I do dry polish, if you wet polish I guess it doesn't matter - you are not about to drink that water!
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    09-19-2020, 02:37 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Chinese f35 copy in Our Town
    I can't address how government contractors get by with this. Within actual government agencies you have to have a equal or higher security clearance and most importantly an need to know. Of course inside threats will always find a way to...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    09-18-2020, 10:48 AM
    I've shipped over 150 muzzleloaders. All went double boxed, with bubble wrap and paper around the gun, bubble wrap around the inner box. Never had a problem. Depending on how far you ship in CONUS, cost used to run around $65-75 insured before I...
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    09-18-2020, 07:40 AM
    Last time I was swabbed at the airport was within a week of loading some rifle rounds and it did not tag me. I guess washing your hands well works.
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    09-18-2020, 07:25 AM
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    09-18-2020, 02:07 AM
    As usual Larry is spot on with his advice. Both loads of the OP's smokeless loads are recommended trap door loads. In many loadings Smokeless Powder has a softer pressure curve than BD. I used to load for a reenactment group mostly with smokeless...
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    09-17-2020, 11:28 PM
    The Hornady Headspace Comparator does exactly what it is claimed to do and it does it very well. Hornady calls it a COMPARATOR for a reason. It was not designed as a direct measurement tool unless used in conjunction with a actual standard like a...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    09-17-2020, 09:57 PM
    The difference in peoples experiences on this type of stuff always surprised me. Between my 650's and my 1050 I have loaded 80K to 100K of bottleneck cases. Mostly .223 and 308. I do have a vacuum and compressed air at each machine. Never stuck...
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  • Wayne Smith's Avatar
    09-17-2020, 07:41 PM
    How are you going to damage the rifling with something that melts at boiling water temps and is vastly softer than brass? Only if you try to remove it with a steel rod, and I assume you know better than that!
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    09-17-2020, 07:39 PM
    Belling or expanding the case mouth is important for soft cast boolits. Case inside chamfering is important for condom bullets so they don't catch on the edge of the case. This can crumple the case if the neck/shoulder is soft.
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    09-17-2020, 07:27 PM
    Wayne Smith replied to a thread Another Thought in Our Chapel
    "May those who come behind us find us faithful" - I remember singing the song and being impressed with it but don't remember the rest. But the sentiment is clear, to be found faithful to the end is a challenge for all of us. May my grandchildren...
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    09-17-2020, 07:21 PM
    I have long been amazed by the fact that the book of James tells us that if we submit to God and resist Satan he will flee from us. That is Biblical truth. But it also repeatedly tells us to flee temptation. If Satan himself will flee from me -...
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    09-17-2020, 07:15 PM
    A different miracle than I ever expected - but LOML called me this AM and told me that Allstate has paid us $5K for the 08 Honda Fit that I killed! We went $2K over the budget for the 1017 Fit that replaced the '08 - and it only has 35,500 miles on...
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    09-17-2020, 08:06 AM
    Wayne Smith replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    You seem to have thought about everything else, I assume you have set up those rolling carts so you can tow/push them with you chair? I know casters can be problematic going in a straight line at times, especially if there is small junk on the...
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    09-17-2020, 07:53 AM
    If you want clean cases and don't care about shiny get some citric acid. A dilute citric acid bath not only cleans the brass but it chemically stabilizes it. You can find citric acid in the canning section of your grocery or hardware store and it...
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    09-16-2020, 04:43 PM
    If you are using the Lock-N-LoadŽ Headspace Comparator!/ that is a comparator only unless used in conjunction with an standard such as an actual headspace gauge. Something like the RCBS Case Mic gives...
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    09-16-2020, 08:01 AM
    I have been reloading since I was 16 years old (now 67) and have never used a powder trickler. First they are needed for large stick powders that do not flow through a powder measure easily, not for pistol powders. Second, I have loaded very many...
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    09-16-2020, 01:31 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Estate Sale in Our Town
    Dad had some Herter's that sound like a direct match. That was in 1970. They were purchased in the late 50's or 60's. They didn't perform well on game so they just sat on the shelf until I started shooting/reloading as a kid. I shot about 250 of...
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    09-15-2020, 11:52 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread gun prices in Our Town
    Prices were actually pretty decent at our local show last weekend. I picked up a near pristine O3A3 for hundreds less than I expected. Another guy got a nice Kimber in unfired condition for $450.
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  • Wayne Smith's Avatar
    09-15-2020, 08:03 AM
    Looks like you are set up to go - but get the manual first and read the first part about the reloading process and understand that. I don't know if Lee has changed their scale but the original scale was very limited and extremely sensitive - more...
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    09-14-2020, 07:51 AM
    Yup, inclusions are from dirty alloy. Stir in some sawdust, let it carbonize (it is the carbon that does the job) and stir it into the mix. When it comes to the top scrape it off and dump it. It will have most of your impurities in it. If you...
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    09-14-2020, 07:37 AM
    Probably caused by the base of a bullet catching the edge of the case when seating. A light chamfer will prevent this in the future.
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  • Wayne Smith's Avatar
    09-14-2020, 07:33 AM
    Go to or and buy some Cerrosafe. Do a cast of your chamber. You will answer your own questions.
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    09-14-2020, 07:23 AM
    After surrender comes the rest of my life in Christ.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    09-13-2020, 07:00 PM
    Hornady One Shot case lube allowed to dry before adding to hopper. When I first started with my 650's I used Dillon lube but that turned into a sticky mess to the point the cases would stick in the feed tube. Switched to the Hornady and never...
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    09-13-2020, 06:43 PM
    Work on one of the two bowls or other projects on the lathes (wood), inventory the liquors I have made and shake up the fig liquor that is in the works, make another pen on the small lathe if it is free, read a good book - two in the works now -...
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    09-13-2020, 06:01 PM
    And it forms the case to your die rather than to your chamber. I'd rather form to my chamber.
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  • Wayne Smith's Avatar
    09-13-2020, 12:25 PM
    The loading lever is held in place by a bent piece of spring steel just hanging out there. It doesn't work well and is breakable. I have had one for years and broke the piece - e-mailed Pietta and they sent me a small package with a couple -...
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  • Wayne Smith's Avatar
    09-13-2020, 11:32 AM
    And aluminum doesn't melt at near lead melting temperatures, it gets soft and slumps. Still not what you want in a lead pot.
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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