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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    08-02-2021, 07:19 PM
    Hole patterns are different. if you have a RCBS LAM heater, it has multiple hole patterns and has 'em for the Star. >>>see page 7...
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    08-02-2021, 07:08 PM
    I don't think you could tell the difference, mechanically. FYI, if you happen to want a new one from Magma, they have quite a long waiting list. Used Stars in excellent shape use to go for the same price as new, but since the PC fad is in full...
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    08-02-2021, 07:03 PM
    Yes. His name is Larry Blackmon. I generally order from Sages ...or NOE (if I happen to be ordering a mold) I don't know what the current state of affairs is, for ordering directly from Larry? But I bet there is a longer than usual wait, since...
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    07-31-2021, 09:27 AM
    I appreciate the input so far. Glad I posted this before I got to far into the planning, because between suggestions here and another forum, I got some things to thing about. I have a large pile of the NOE boolits cast up, using them for
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    07-30-2021, 12:23 PM
    Are you looking for cast boolit Data that seemingly doesn't exist? this post is primarily for newbies who can't find published data for a specific boolit...because it doesn't exist, due to many of the new molds available from the many mold makers...
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    07-30-2021, 08:52 AM
    I don't think number of lube grooves will matter, until you get down into the weeds of the details. Type of lube, smokeless powder or the holy black powder ...those types of things...
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    07-30-2021, 08:42 AM
    Gators are made in Louisiana and bulk shipped to vendors. It really depends how the vendor repackages them to sell them to you.
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    07-30-2021, 08:36 AM
    don't be afraid of the moisture, it will boil off...and that boiling action will help it get incorporated into the mix quicker. Fresh Ivory soap has always had a pretty high moisture content, if what you had a few years ago, sat on the store shelf...
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    07-29-2021, 09:38 PM
    I just put in a order at my LGS for a Henry BBS Carbine in 44 mag. They said they haven't been able to get any new Henry's from their distributor since the Covid, but now they are starting to trickle in...they got 4 in last week, two of them were...
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    07-29-2021, 09:39 AM
    Isn't the non-HP version of the 429215 typically weight 225gr? I know the mold I had dropped 225gr boolits. ...did Lyman have some variance in this design over the years, like they did with the 358429 ?
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    07-28-2021, 12:22 PM
    I use to use BD in 357 mag, 44 mag, and 41 Mag, but after I had some over pressure experiences and then read the factory warnings, I quit using it in Mag level revolvers and put my stash of that powder into long term storage for future use in low...
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    07-28-2021, 11:54 AM
    Welcome to the forum, I think you have been given some good "general" advice so far. Because slower speeds is more forgiving (accuracy-wise). Am I correct in "guessing" you are trying to make a equivalent castboolit load in comparison to your...
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    07-27-2021, 09:36 AM
    The short answer is the rifling should be .431 per SAAMI spec, so use a .432 boolit. I'd load up some and shoot 'em. If there is a problem then I'd consider slugging the barrel to find the Groove diameter and if it's over size, then make the...
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    07-26-2021, 12:01 PM
    you may as well plan that you'll be moving the ingots, even if you don't think you will. I have 50 to 60 lbs of ingots on a pallet type thing, then I stack the pallets 3 or 4 high. I used USPS Med flat rate boxes cut so they are 2" tall, then cut...
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    07-26-2021, 11:51 AM
    RIP Floodgate
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    07-26-2021, 11:15 AM
    PM sent
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    07-24-2021, 09:03 AM
    I don't smoke 'em. I heat cycle my new brass molds several times, which starts the patina process, I would think that smoke would obstruct that process. BUT, if a mold doesn't start casting good after 2 or 3 casting sessions, I'll then give the...
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    07-23-2021, 02:00 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread IMI 5.56 brass in Our Town
    the IMI brass I've come across was all crimped
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    07-23-2021, 09:14 AM
    I would surely think so, the cannon ballers like to cast with Zinc.
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    07-23-2021, 09:05 AM
    I use to have a PatMarlin's 44PB Checkmaker. I sold it long ago with most all my other 44 stuff. But I have some leftover 44PB GCs. one baggie marked 44PB .006 Yonky Aluminum aprox qty:100 > these are silver colored and look uncoated (popcans...
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    07-22-2021, 10:06 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread New Henry in Factory Rifles
    I haven't tried any unusual rifle positions, but the custom boolit cycles reliably 100% of the time, when the gun is in any "reasonable" position.
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    07-22-2021, 09:43 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread New Henry in Factory Rifles
    I like the Lee 41 195gr SWC, but they don't offer it a six cavity configuration, plus my Henry and Marlin wasn't crazy about where the crimp groove is located. I had Arsenal Molds make a custom 5 cavity 41 cal lightweight SWC mold (205gr). The...
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    07-21-2021, 11:36 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread New Henry in Factory Rifles
    Here is the thread about my Henry, maybe it'll give you a few ideas?
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    07-21-2021, 11:31 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread New Henry in Factory Rifles
    Oh yeah, Load up some dummy rounds, with different you don't have to cycle live ammo in the livingroom and takke out your TV, LOL.
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    07-21-2021, 11:29 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread New Henry in Factory Rifles
    tube feed Leverguns can be finicky to feed, besides nose shape, COAL can make the difference from reliable cycling to having FTF/FTE issues. with that said... My new out of the box, 41 Mag Henry Big Boy had a FTF/FTE issue on 1 out of 10, and this...
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    07-21-2021, 09:09 AM
    I've found that a lead hardness tester is very helpful if you are gonna be playing with unknown lead alloys. with that said, aged Pure lead boolits will have a blue/grey oxidation on them. After I learned that, I started adding 1/2% tin to my...
    16 replies | 350 view(s)
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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