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    February 2020, Contest topic: Casting and Reloading Hand Tools

    February 2020
    Contest topic: Casting and Reloading Hand Tools

    The 310's and such of our hobby. Lee Loaders included.


    What a great topic for the month containing "Ground Hog Day"
    >>>because he doesn't have anyplace to mount a press in his man cave



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    Well for those who don't have a place to setup a reloading stand or bench there is the Lee Handloading Press. Inexpensive and it works too. I even used one at the range to work up reloads on the fly when testing propellant charges. Plus it uses the standard threaded reloading dies too.

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    Echo C Press. I have it in the garage on the side of my casting bench It has a 3ft threaded handle for swaging. That thing is all there. Not the prettiest press but it sure gets used and after all the years since it was built it is still a workhorse.

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    My estate purchased Ponsness Warren model 375. I just love the precision that this machine is capable of turning out the best crimped shotshells. Be they paper or plastic hulls. Also, a image of my great, great, grandfathers brass mold that he used during the civil war, and some boolits I cast from it. The mold makes a round ball and a somewhat conical boolit. Mold had no sprue cutter. These were first cast boolits out of this mold in over 100 years.





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    Quote Originally Posted by MOA View Post
    My estate purchased Ponsness Warren model 375. I just love the precision that this machine is capable of turning out the best crimped shotshells. Be they paper or plastic hulls. Also, a image of my great, great, grandfathers brass mold that he used during the civil war, and some boolits I cast from it. The mold makes a round ball and a somewhat conical boolit. Mold had no sprue cutter. These were first cast boolits out of this mold in over 100 years.





    Yep! I can remember lookin over at your great, great grandpaw and askin if he had any extra bullets and he loaned me some. He was kinda tall, sandy haired and had blue or green eyes. The sprue was already shaved off with a pocket knife. We kept up the fire!
    You can tell I really enjoy this thread, the pics and the history! John Wayne
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    Yup, good thread.

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    Ideal Decappers for the 30-45 Government cartridge

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    I got this used in the early 80's.

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    I put a lot trough it in the 80's and early 90's then in the mid 90's life kind of got in the way and the casting stuff got put away.. I got it out a few years ago to try casting some wadcutters but that has been it for some time. But I'm out of boolits for my .308 so now that I'm retired I have been geting the casting stuff out, mixed my alloy and gave it a try. But it has been a little an the cool side so I had to turn it all the way up but got a few for a pic. To day I did between five and ten pound's of of bright and shiny boolit just waiting to go.
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    Great looking boolits facetious. Veral Smith would be proud of those great looking 170 grain thumpers.

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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