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Thread: Trustworthy listing of Lyman sizing dies and appropriate top punches

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    After 50 years of fooling with top punches that are listed as correct....but don't fit worth beans, I do one of two things.
    1.) Make a perfectly fitted nose punch with a cast boolit and a small ball of epoxy putty...these fit exactly !

    2.) With any and all boolit's that have a flat spot ...SWC , WC , RF, TC ...use a flat nose punch.
    I have made flat ones by filling any nose with epoxy , let set up and sand it flat.
    Flat punches actually work quite well and can seat many different profiles.

    Sure beats having a bunch of seating stems that in real life fit nothing exactly .

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwpercle View Post
    After 50 years of fooling with top punches that are listed as correct....but don't fit worth beans, I do one of two things.
    1.) Make a perfectly fitted nose punch with a cast boolit and a small ball of epoxy putty...these fit exactly !

    2.) With any and all boolit's that have a flat spot ...SWC , WC , RF, TC ...use a flat nose punch.
    I have made flat ones by filling any nose with epoxy , let set up and sand it flat.
    Flat punches actually work quite well and can seat many different profiles.

    Sure beats having a bunch of seating stems that in real life fit nothing exactly .

    Gary
    After reading your response I'm thinking of getting one top punch for a reference for the bottom of it to and then getting a friend of mine with a lathe to just make me what i need for size and depth then either use epoxy as you suggest or hot glue to form the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iowa Fox View Post
    This Lyman Cast book has the best listing of info in the back. I'll be happy to check a Lyman bullet # for anyone if its listed. Years ago I purchased a very early version of the 225415 but didn't get a top punch with it so I purchased a new 415 top punch. It left a ring on the nose when I used it, I called Lyman and they had me send it in with a couple of bullets and they reworked it for me at no charge. Its the only one that didn't fit perfect and come to find out the 225415 has probably had more changes to it than any other bullet in their line up. I like Lyman seaters because they offer seating stems to match the bullet, they have had some real pointy ones like the 429303.




    That's my favorite Lyman manual. That's the second edition. I believe there is a copy of number one on Cast Pics. If I can find it, I'll post a link.

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    Id like to get the other tree books. I have the 4th

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericandelaine1975 View Post
    After reading your response I'm thinking of getting one top punch for a reference for the bottom of it to and then getting a friend of mine with a lathe to just make me what i need for size and depth then either use epoxy as you suggest or hot glue to form the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwpercle View Post
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    That would be nice.

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    I did email Lyman to see if they had a set. They responded today. They don't have that offered but the gentleman said he was going to pass my suggestion along to the product development staff.

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