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    09-14-2021, 10:42 PM
    carelesslove, here! Many years ago, I was lucky enough to meet up with an old printer who poured & machined linotype and he "tried" to teach me about linotype & casting it. He had harsh words for those printers that used soft lead as spacers...
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    09-06-2021, 06:36 PM
    carelesslove, here ! I only have 1 mold for my .41s - a SAECO 230 gr. SWC (plain base), but it is a sweet one! I got lucky at a gunshow, many years ago, here in my hometown. An older gentleman was selling off his .41 mold, handles, 0.410"...
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    09-05-2021, 09:29 PM
    carelesslove, here ! Loading for the S&W 500 has been a good experience for me. I found that I could easily load it down with UNIQUE and 400 gr. cast bullets and make it tolerable for practice - with good velocity and manageable recoil. For me,...
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    09-04-2021, 07:48 AM
    carelesslove, here ! Congratulations on making contact and doing business with Veral Smith - I had a very similar experience a couple of years ago. After some excellent discussion, I asked him to make me a .44 cal. 260 gr. WFN-PB 4 cavity mold....
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    08-31-2021, 08:45 PM
    carelesslove, here ! I have a pair of older S&W M57s - a 4" and an 8 3/8". The 4" has 0.411" throats and the 8 3/8" has tight 0.410" throats. I have never slugged & measured the bores of either gun. Bullets are 230 gr. SAECO SWC's, sized to...
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    08-28-2021, 11:32 AM
    carelesslove, here ! I think I have seen this stuff before. It is strikingly similar to the curlings from machining shaft bearings for steam turbines - the material might be babbit. When these types of bearings are machined, they are made on...
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    08-26-2021, 11:47 AM
    MottySpecial, carelesslove, here ! I have recently (~18 months ago) cleaned out all the lubricant from both my SAECO and LYMAN 4500 lubersizers, and replaced it with LBT SoftBlue. I did this after talking to Veral Smith and ordering a .44 cal...
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    08-21-2021, 10:25 PM
    carelesslove, here ! I have thoroughly enjoyed this thread on the 500. I have a 4" and an older 8 3/8" and figured out - early on - that I needed to load them down, so I could learn how to shoot both these X-Frames, without developing a case of...
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    08-21-2021, 09:08 PM
    Buckshot, carelesslove, here ! I have been casting handgun bullets for 45+ years. IMHO, you just received more solid direction on this subject than I was able to gather in 35 of my 45 casting years. For many years, I fluxed way too often -...
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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