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    Today, 07:43 PM
    Thanks, all. I think this works OK for the amount of time to make it. But I've never cake-lubed, and maybe that's easier or neater. I tried to make a 401 gas check maker, but I was missing a piece of steel that would make things 600% easier, and...
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    Today, 06:31 PM
    gloob replied to a thread Varminting in Hunting with CB's
    Re Larry's story, I've dispatched nearly all my rats at night. The one time I got an adult during the day, it was huge. I'm sure it was a different species. Black glassy bug eyes and long skinny jaws. At least 2-3x as massive as the more...
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    Today, 06:33 AM
    Here's what they look like after lubing. Then I ran them through a sizing die. This pushes some lube up over the nose, a bit. Tired of wiping each one down, I found that I can remove most of the excess lube by sliding a single layer of...
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    Today, 06:32 AM
    Not happy with the results of tumble lube on my normal-grooved bullets, I modded my mold to divide the large groove into two smaller grooves. They pick up tumble lube, great. I decided to lube up some of the original bullets for comparison...
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    Yesterday, 07:20 PM
    gloob replied to a thread Boolit alloy price in Cast Boolits
    MBC bullets: 200 grain 45 ACP bullets at $48.50 per 500. That's 14.3 lbs of lead at $3.40 per lb, prior to tax and shipping. Already sized and lubed and ready to load. I scrounge lead where I can. But a lot of my lead is in the form of...
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    Yesterday, 04:03 PM
    I agree 100% that taper crimping in a separate step after seating will improve your consistency, a bit. But I don't think the Lee pistol FCDs are significantly better at doing this than a regular taper crimp die. The rifle FCDs apply a collet...
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    01-25-2023, 01:54 AM
    I finally got around to making a new button for the 9 thous material and doing the final tuning. It went smoothly, no issues. So my latest gas checks will fit on by hand. Every now and then you can feel the check snap on, but mostly they just...
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    01-24-2023, 07:05 PM
    I like to use faster powder than Unique for most of my cast pistol loads. I'm cheap. I keep what I have left of Unique for some of the higher velocity cast pistol loads. If HS-6 is anything like AutoComp, I only use that for my hotter jacketed...
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    01-24-2023, 04:12 PM
    If you bought 5000 223 checks for $30/1000, that's 150 dollars. I bought a roll of 6"x10' material at the local store for 19.00. That'll make 5000 checks. So if you can afford that much powder and primers, you should come out ahead by 5000! But...
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    01-24-2023, 03:55 PM
    Yeah, you can easily sharpen the punch. It should be almost the same as sharpening a Pat Marlins, except the punch will be concave or countersinked vs flat. If you wanted to sharpen or debur the outside hole half of the die, you can put a piece...
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    01-24-2023, 03:15 AM
    Doh, I got my threads mixed up and went on a diatribe about 9mm. Yeah, for 454, 1 under would be great. Personally, I want the flare to be 3 thous over the bullet diameter.
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    01-23-2023, 10:36 PM
    My 6 cavity Bator mold is my most-used. The sprue is bigger than the bullets. When I used the 2 cavity 175 grain pistol mold the other day, I was surprised when after clonking on it to break the cold sprue on the first pour, the bullets jumped out....
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    01-23-2023, 07:24 PM
    My Lee brand liquid Alox is basically wax, once the solvent has dried off. It has a slightly higher melting temp than beeswax. And when it's melted, it's now oil, which works well as a hydraulic fluid seal. Alox dries harder than most waxes, which...
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    01-23-2023, 05:11 PM
    Thanks for the tips, Dusty. I have noticed a huge variation in how people TL. I've seen a lot of people use only the thinnest sheen on their bullets that you can't even see. Not a spec of lube in the groove at all. I also wonder how that works....
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    01-23-2023, 04:00 PM
    I experience the same thing on my Lee SS press. I think when you creep up on seating depth, you get a different depth due to static friction versus moving friction. Little tweak, press, tweak, press results in a different seating depth than when...
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    01-23-2023, 03:28 PM
    ^ That pic is very helpful, thanks. It triggered some memories. I'm pretty sure I did it similarly, the first few times. I can't even produce that result with my current lube recipe and process. I guess I drifted over at some point to filling up...
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    01-23-2023, 05:04 AM
    I have some new bullets to try. The cutter is made from 3/8" rod.
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    01-22-2023, 11:24 PM
    The most popular responses in this thread are the same I find from searching. 1. Shape of the bullet doesn't matter, TL works the same 2. I've never tried tumble lubing on non TL bullets, personally, but I heard it works. I seem to be in a...
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    01-22-2023, 07:28 PM
    Am I doing anything wrong, you can tell? Does your process leave a thicker coat of lube, and if so do you manage to get any of the lube in the groove? Or do your bullets get a thick coat all over? Maybe you can share your lube recipe and process? ...
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    01-22-2023, 05:36 PM
    The cheapness of premade pistol boolits and lack of a toaster oven just kicking around is keeping me from the PC/Hitek route. I rarely make pistol boolits in any caliber, TBH. I have a cheap pistol mold in all my calibers more of a comfort thing,...
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    01-22-2023, 04:58 PM
    I tumbled these twice, once before and once after sizing. It doesn't seem to really build up multiple coats, at least the way I do it. On my rifle bullets, the second coat DOES make a difference. I think it's because sizing makes the TL grooves...
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    01-22-2023, 05:10 AM
    I've heard it can work just fine. All you need is a light coating of alox, and you're good to go. The bullet in question is the 40 cal, top left. This is the best I have managed to get them. The 9mm TL bullets below them shoot fairly clean, but...
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    01-22-2023, 03:44 AM
    I used a brass tube to clean the lead out my pistol bore. A 28" barrel full of that much lead must have been interesting! You know, come to think of it, I always TL my rifle bullets twice. Before and after checking and sizing. And it's the second...
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    01-22-2023, 02:15 AM
    I got myself curious enough to try tumble lubing a regular groove bullet, today. I have one such mold in 40. I bought it once upon a time, after reading TL would work fine. And I tried it, but that was with regular LLA, right out of the bottle....
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    01-21-2023, 10:20 PM
    I have watched SRP at Natchez for a month, now. $90. That seems to be the lowest online price for any kind of primer, and it's good to see they didn't run out, yet. If people are "adding to their stash" at $85.00, it looks like I'll have to wait...
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    01-21-2023, 05:33 PM
    Sure looks like bits of lead. And I'm guessing that would be solved with more heat. Process is everything with the Lee molds. They don't automatically pour perfect bullets from step 1. If that's what you want, you can't use cheap aluminum...
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    01-21-2023, 04:39 PM
    Using only heat and no solvents, I have found I can screw with the mix in the middle of tumbling. If the lube in the grooves won't fill out and looks like a little bit of crumbly dirt in the bottom of the groove on close inspection, it's from too...
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    01-21-2023, 05:13 AM
    Weird. I wonder how much of this stuff is a "ritual" of sorts? I mean, if it works the first time, maybe you just keep doing it? Or maybe there are specific issues that are created by lead contaminants, pouring speeds, technique. So one person...
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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