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    04-10-2021, 05:06 PM
    To prevent seizing the plug in a seating die, use a mold release. I have used J&J paste wax as a mold release to customize seating stems so they do not mar the bullets. You will want to use a quick curing epoxy that remains somewhat flexible on...
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    04-08-2021, 12:49 AM
    Just tried that on some SMI 7.35 cases. Mashing the Berdan anvil is a bit of a challenge. How did you do this? Also, How do I remove the step in the neck of this 1939 vintage brass? Just got a set of Lee dies and a batch of the Hornady...
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    04-07-2021, 01:36 AM
    My two CB loads for 308 Winchester use the Lee Lee 309-160-R sized .309 with 20 grains of 2400, or the Lyman 311299 sized .311 with 12 grains of Unique.
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    04-07-2021, 12:38 AM
    You can size in 38 Special or 223 sizing dies. Use 9mm Luger dies for expanding, case mouth belling and bullet seating. It will take a it of experimenting, but you might be able to use the 223 sizer for taper crimping. No sooner than you figure...
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    04-04-2021, 02:42 AM
    Not familiar with NOE offerings. I have had good results with the Lee 452-255-RF. It's shape is very close to the original bullet design. Unlike the Lyman 452190, it has a decent crimping groove.
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    03-31-2021, 06:07 PM
    The truncated cone was the original bullet shape for the P08 as adopted by the Imperial German army. I have some WW1 dated examples in my reference collection. In 1973 I bought a 2 cavity Lyman 356402 to cast for my HP and a friend's P38. We had...
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    03-27-2021, 11:40 PM
    I have been loading the 32 ACP since 1963, using both cast and 71 gr FMJ bullets. Lyman mold 311252 drops a round nose 75-78 grain bullet that will feed in everything I have tried it in. Any of the fast powders will work: N310, Titegroup,...
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    03-26-2021, 11:26 PM
    If I was beginning today loading for the 44 Special, I would probably choose the Lee 429-200RF. I have been using Lee 429-214 SWC which is excellent for moderate loads. The Lyman 429336 SWC has no crimp groove, but was used in a single shot 44...
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    03-25-2021, 11:24 PM
    Single shot #3 in 44 Magnum or 30/30, please.
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    03-24-2021, 06:17 PM
    Whose handles will fit NOE molds? I am looking at a two cavity, 7mm mold, 130-160 gr with gas check. Have RCBS, Lee and Lyman two cavity handles. Application: Tin cans and targets in Rolling Block.
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    03-20-2021, 12:49 AM
    The 31299 was my first mold back in 1963 and it remains a favorite. I was in high school at the time with a very tight budget and cast boolits allowed me to shoot my 7.65 Argentine and 303 British (a $10 surplus store Lee Enfield). Also works well...
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    03-20-2021, 12:36 AM
    I can report good results in a 30/30 with an old single cavity Lee 309-160R with gas checks. The round nose does not matter in a 340 Savage. Moderate charge of Unique make an accurate, low recoiling load.
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    03-19-2021, 09:05 PM
    Was reviewing powders when I found this thread. Have been reloading the 32 Auto since 1963. Boolits are cast in a Lyman 311252 mold, sized .311" and weigh abut 78 grains. These work well with Bullseye and HP-38. Have also used Sierra 71 grain...
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    03-18-2021, 02:06 AM
    paul edward replied to a thread Lee C285-130-R in Cast Boolits
    Is anybody using this boolit in a 7mm Rolling Block?
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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