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    Share Your Tip Of The Day

    When it comes to reloading and/or cast boolits, is there a tip of the day you would like to share ? I have one;

    If and when you are reloading shot shells, no matter how tempted you are, don't stick your finger in the "wad guide".

    Reloading cartridges since 1992.

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    When pan lubing, heat the lube and bullets together, under the lowest temperature possible, until the bullets are the same temperature as the lube. Then let them cool naturally to room temperature. This will make the lube stay in the grooves when you remove the bullets from the cake.
    The constitution is dead. The first step in getting it back, is realizing that fact.

    If everyone who needed a gun waited until they needed a gun to get a gun, none of them would have had the opportunity to get to the gun they needed until it was too late to need a gun.

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    Float new,(unused) kitty litter on top of your melt when using a bottom pour furnace. This prevents air from reaching your melt and reduces the amount of melt oxidation.
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    No matter how nice that boolit you just cast out of you brand new mold looks let it cool before you pick it up.
    Reloading to save money I am sure the saving is going to start soon

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    Spend $10 on a hot plate. Then ALWAYS use the hot plate to warm up your molds, more consistent preheat, no rejects when you start. When using any powder charge with which a double charge is possible, always charge case and immediately seat the bullet. Never sweep your casting/reloading bench off to clean up lead drips, chips, and small particles, then immediately dump them into a melt. The possibility of minute particles of gun powder or even a stray live primer can be a terrible surprise. Keep the sweeping in a can, heat them up on top of a cold pot.

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    When you go to the doctor, He uses the little plastic funnels over the device he looks in your ear with. Ask the Doctor for some. Those plastic funnels, with tiny hole end cut off, they become the perfect powder funnel for cases with small necks, .... from .38 special all the way down to .22 hornet. You just trim the opening the size you need it and stick it in the end of the case and pour your powder in. No more spills !!

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    I use one of those, only slightly different. I got a 1/2"(?) clear hose, found one to slide inside that one for a step, trimmed the funnel to fit, and use it for a drop tube. A 3/4" electrical conduit end has the same threads as the press, so I was able to cut the threaded section off for a spacer. Slide the tube into the spacer, and its easily adjustable. When Im done , it just sits neatly in the top of the powder die. The threaded colar stays in the press under the measure. The Lyman 55 is in a turret press, and I can just charge one right after the other with the bullets still in the tray. Describing this simple item is difficult, so Maybe this will help. I can charge a tray of 50 in about a minute and a half, stays within a tenth of a grain.

    The constitution is dead. The first step in getting it back, is realizing that fact.

    If everyone who needed a gun waited until they needed a gun to get a gun, none of them would have had the opportunity to get to the gun they needed until it was too late to need a gun.

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    When pan lubing, leave an empty row and and empty column down the middle of your pan.

    When you drop your cake, use the empty space to cut the cake into 4 smaller cakes.

    4 small cakes are much easier to deal with and you'll be less likely to disturb your bullets/pull lube out of the grooves until you punch them out of the cake.

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    If you need a crimp die for the 44 mag. and don't want to use a Lee carbide factory crimp die, buy a Lee 44-40 rifle factory crimp die. It does not have the carbide ring. I find that it works perfect for the 44mag. when using boolits that are sized .432...............Terry

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    I'm with selmerfan here - get a hot plate and use it. Saves a lot of grief... So simple. enjoy Mike
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    no matter how great it sounds don't put kitty litter on the top of your lead in a bottom pour pot. It just makes a mess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blammer View Post
    no matter how great it sounds don't put kitty litter on the top of your lead in a bottom pour pot. It just makes a mess.

    Explain that one, DJ., I use it all the time, and it is no mess.
    The solid soft lead bullet is undoubtably the best and most satisfactory expanding bullet that has ever been designed. It invariably mushrooms perfectly, and never breaks up. With the metal base that is essential for velocities of 2000 f.s. and upwards to protect the naked base, these metal-based soft lead bullets are splendid.
    John Taylor - "African Rifles and Cartridges"

    Forget everything you know about loading jacketed bullets. This is a whole new ball game!


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    if something doesnt look right on a powder charge, dump it out and re-do it.

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    Once I get a die set up, belling, seating, I'll take my verniers and measure from the top of the adjusting screw to the top of the die, and from the top of the die to the locking ring. and record this right along with the load. This saves alot of time and frustration when your setting up for a different boolit, or have to take the die apart to clean the excess lube out of it.......................steg

    P.S. I thought this thread would just keep going on and on, we could really share alot of info on this one.................steg

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    P.S. I thought this thread would just keep going on and on, we could really share alot of info on this one.................steg
    I was thinking it should be merged with the top 10 casting tips from 2010?
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    About the only tip I have for anyone is keep yourself away from distractions. Reloading is serious business, think about the pressures that cartridge is operating under, and how close it is to your extremities when it lights off. One little mistake, one little distraction can cause a catastrophic event. Blown up guns, loss of fingers, vision, even death can occur. Be safe. Be aware.
    Give us this day our daily lead.

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    Screw your casting pot to SOMETHING. I have my bottom pour held in place with four screws through the bottom of the setup. I could just see myself catching part of it with a shirt sleeve and dumping it all over.
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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