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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    Today, 12:04 AM
    I've been reforming cast bullets in swaging dies for quite some time. As long as they're lubed first, the lube will pretty much stay in place and hold the lube groove open and the bullet remains lubed, even in the new configuration. Even wrinkled...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:54 PM
    Like I said, I haven't used this die set, but in looking at it, you'd pretty much have to have uniform cores. In this case, I'd say 148 gr. cores, but that's just a guess, since that's what we shot in PPC matches back in the 70's, when the HBWC was...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:02 PM
    Herters used to make a die for swaging bullets with a grease groove and crimp groove. The actual forming part of the die is in two pieces, split down the long length. Visualize two halves of a mold that come together, and are held in place by an...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    09-28-2022, 08:35 PM
    Yep, back when I was shooting PPC on a regular basis. Brass fatigue is what it is. When this happens, it normally occurs at a cannelure in the case, but not always. There are several ways to get the stuck half of the case out, but since...
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  • rmcc's Avatar
    09-26-2022, 10:48 PM
    Need to find some 25/20 bullets, J word or cast. Ended up with a Marlin 27S. Have a few rounds but would like to shoot it more. Let me know if you have some you can part with. Thanks!! rmcc
    4 replies | 171 view(s)
  • Defcon-One's Avatar
    09-04-2022, 01:08 PM
    I may be late to this game, but I'd buy it all at that price. You can't loose! The thin, shiny strips are spacers. If you fold them and they break leaving a grainy looking break line, then they are Linotype. Most spacers are Linotype, not...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    09-03-2022, 12:26 AM
    Glad I was able to help. Keep in mind that the ram isn't hardened steel, so it can deform when swaging. I mashed mine swaging .429" bullets from .40 S&W cases and cast pure lead bullets for cores. It lasted through about 1,000 bullets before it...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    09-02-2022, 12:03 PM
    If you call RCBS directly, they will most likely send you a new ram, but they'll need to know the exact diameter of the ram you have now. There is also a fix for the squashed shell holder slot. It just involves having something the same...
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  • ReloaderFred's Avatar
    08-31-2022, 11:18 AM
    The same reset procedure works on the RCBS portable scale (battery operated), which was made by PACT. Hope this helps. Fred
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  • seagiant's Avatar
    08-31-2022, 10:33 AM
    Hi, Roll crimp is usually for Revolver Cartridges and Taper are for Auto... 99% of the time. Might want to look at a few Vids to get some ideas on getting a good roll crimp!
    20 replies | 633 view(s)
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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