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    06-08-2021, 09:17 PM
    oley55 replied to a thread Screwdriver Boolits in Cast Boolits
    frustrating...I remember seeing those and more like them but my search efforts have failed miserably.
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    06-08-2021, 11:41 AM
    Dom, aside from your temp n time issue. for what it’s worth I have found tweezers n such are not required. I have used nitrile gloves and even bare fingers. just get a little powder dust on your digits and then handle with gusto. if your...
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    06-07-2021, 07:16 PM here are a couple multi-page...
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    06-06-2021, 01:10 PM
    fivegunner, have you measured a handful of seated only rounds for COAL variances to eliminate other options besides the neck/crimping?
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    06-06-2021, 12:13 PM
    ^^^I'm with these guys. On how to setup the RCBS seating die (seating only with separate crimp) for cast boolits, I ignore the setup instructions. I put a flared case in the holder and lift the ram to full up and then I screw the seating die...
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    06-05-2021, 02:11 PM
    oley55 replied to a thread Loose gas checks. in Cast Boolits
    good info, I need to store that away for future recall.
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    06-04-2021, 06:54 PM
    I guess the honest answer is, I dunno cause I'm still trying finger it all out, and I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to say "I'm a boolit caster" with confidence.
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    06-03-2021, 09:52 PM
    nary another word from the OP, I hope he didn't get scared off.
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    06-03-2021, 09:36 PM
    I too have been doing it the same way Larry Gibson described on my RL450's for all of my cast boolit pistol reloads. On the subject of compressed powder loads, I can see the advantage of compressing the powder with the M-type die and maybe...
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    06-03-2021, 02:02 PM
    oley55 replied to a thread Still can't post pics in Testing Area
    Only because it works for me and I am too stubborn to learn better, I take all my pics on my iPhone and then send them to my email. once I select send a pop-up window asks me what size I want to send, small (49.6KB), medium (153KB), large (1.2MB),...
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    05-31-2021, 06:43 PM
    I feared as much. I just hate cranking up a big cooker for small batches. Guess I'll just have to get over it.
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    05-31-2021, 12:56 PM
    Not to disregard this suggestion, I wonder what experiences folks have had with the Century 'trail scout' model 2058 propane stoves? Only because I have plenty of the short stubby propane tanks around and find propane use handy. Do they have enough...
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    05-30-2021, 06:26 PM
    I'd use it for PCing, especially since brand new ones are selling most everywhere for $199. So the used value is probably around $100.
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    05-30-2021, 02:38 PM
    with only minor shame I copied the aluminum cover previously mentioned. I cut it out of a left over piece of 1/32" rolled sheet steel from Lowes or somewhere. My pot has a thermocouple clamped to the underside of the pot, but I did cut a slot just...
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    05-30-2021, 02:16 PM
    If it's ok to gently lay on concrete, it ought to be a little bit shootable.
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    05-27-2021, 11:44 AM
    oley55 replied to a thread 1911 trouble feeding in Cast Boolits
    Yes, I had some concerns upon seeing your pic. The lumps/bumps of powder on the bullets has to lead to inconsistent bullet dimensions, making it all but impossible to accurately measure them and could easily contribute to some plunking and some not....
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    05-27-2021, 08:21 AM
    oley55 replied to a thread 1911 trouble feeding in Cast Boolits
    I read that statement and immediately went back and reread all of the preceding posts, as I too have seen past posts that can be seen as "attacking the new guy". I could mention a couple forums (not this one) where demanding ridiculous background...
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    05-25-2021, 08:51 PM
    A good suggestion but with a cautionary tale. I have an older set of no name USA made feeler gauges (from the 70's I suppose). It was most likely a fluke thing but a couple years ago I discovered the .003" gauge was thicker than the .004". ...
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    05-25-2021, 12:05 PM
    For some reason this thread has got me thinking about when I was learning to use a slide-rule a loooong time ago.
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    05-25-2021, 11:56 AM
    one of those rare occasions where I was mostly successful in stifling myself...!
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    05-24-2021, 07:19 AM
    oley55 replied to a thread BTB out of business? in Cast Boolits
    I do not understand the point or reason for this comment ^^^. I thought this thread was about Beartooth Bullets still being an active cast bullet manufacturer or not.
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    05-22-2021, 07:58 PM
    oley55 replied to a thread NOE Bullet molds in Cast Boolits
    My last order was 3 weeks ago and they were shipped almost immediately. It is probably worth a phone call if the items you ordered were shown in stock at the time.
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    05-22-2021, 07:54 PM
    hmmm, at 77 almost 78 years old, you surely don't need advice from this 66 year old on how utilize your crayons.
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    05-20-2021, 11:08 AM
    As others have mentioned, starting out with HPs seems like the perfect recipe for frustration or outright failure. I am way new to casting and continue to struggle to get my percentage of keepers much higher than 60% (on a good day). I can not...
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    05-19-2021, 04:15 PM
    This ^^^ is on my 'going to try' list for processing large batches. Although, my Oster oven is small, I can still easily place a hundred 44/45 caliber bullets on a sheet. I was thinking of tumbling several hundred at a time and then just...
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    05-19-2021, 09:33 AM
    I had used a beam scale exclusively for all things, but I can say with absolute certainty sorting bullets by weight on a beam scale will suck the life out of you. I recently picked up a little pocket type electronic scale and it seems to be...
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    05-19-2021, 09:24 AM
    I enjoy a good score too, but I feel a wee bit uneasy wondering if I may be taking advantage of some reloader's widow. If it's only the heirs and no surviving widow in the picture, then I have no qualms. Just saying...
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    05-18-2021, 06:50 PM
    my thought as well. That's assuming my understanding of brass to bullet grip and release are true. I have been under the impression that the expanding powder/gases causes the brass case to swell/expand away from the bullet rather than the...
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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