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Thread: Longtime reloader needs help getting started casting bullets

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    I use my Star also for sizing TL'd boolits. Just don't pump the lube, and run 'em through FAST! TL, size, and TL again, and I'm good to go. Also, got a die from a forum member to size rifle boolits to .310.
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    The Star is the best.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunners Mate View Post
    Is the Star sizer better or have more going for it than say a Lyman or RCBS
    The Star is by far the best one. The push through nose first sizing is the best for output.
    It might drive you nuts when you first start using it, but once you understand how to adjust it, you will size and lube many more bullets.
    I can size/lube two or three (sometimes even 4 or 5) thousand at a whack, and can do that in one or two maybe three long evenings. You use lots of Magma hard lube but once you get set up and in the groove you can do TONS of bullets.
    Like an earlier poster, i usually do long sessions casting/sizing/reloading in winter and shoot spring summer and fall.
    Personally I would prefer to use only steel moulds. I have found aluminum ones don't hold up to monster amounts of casting. I LOVE the RCBS moulds, but the 2 cavity limitation hinders production a LOT! Over the years I have replaced all my RCBS moulds with Hensley & Gibbs moulds. Yes it was expensive but I did them one a time over about 25 years. I now have about 14 of them (4-6-10 cavity moulds) in my collection and I use them all.
    I tend to have manic casting/sizing/reloading sessions. The one thing I hate more than anything is setup time. I set up and do thousands at a whack. Cast/size & lube/reload two or three thousand at a time. They go into the closet.
    Shoot from the closet and eat from the garden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FISH4BUGS View Post
    The Star is by far the best one. The push through nose first sizing is the best for output.
    It might drive you nuts when you first start using it, but once you understand how to adjust it, you will size and lube many more bullets.
    I can size/lube two or three (sometimes even 4 or 5) thousand at a whack, and can do that in one or two maybe three long evenings. You use lots of Magma hard lube but once you get set up and in the groove you can do TONS of bullets.
    Like an earlier poster, i usually do long sessions casting/sizing/reloading in winter and shoot spring summer and fall.
    Personally I would prefer to use only steel moulds. I have found aluminum ones don't hold up to monster amounts of casting. I LOVE the RCBS moulds, but the 2 cavity limitation hinders production a LOT! Over the years I have replaced all my RCBS moulds with Hensley & Gibbs moulds. Yes it was expensive but I did them one a time over about 25 years. I now have about 14 of them (4-6-10 cavity moulds) in my collection and I use them all.
    I tend to have manic casting/sizing/reloading sessions. The one thing I hate more than anything is setup time. I set up and do thousands at a whack. Cast/size & lube/reload two or three thousand at a time. They go into the closet.
    Shoot from the closet and eat from the garden.
    Yep sounds about like me just got finished resizing, depriming and wet tumbling 20,000 +/- pcs of brass in various calibers both straight wall and bottleneck still have about 2,500 pcs left, I like to get it all finished and then commence on the loading, funny I don't really feel like I shot 20,000 rnds since this time last year. Those empties add up fast. That is why I want to start casting, I figure that 20,000 cost me about 5000.00 plus in projectiles alone.

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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