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    Today, 10:10 AM
    If this is an old used mold, then you may find that the blocks are pretty loose on the handles. Lee has no adjustment feature for that. It will be helpful to follow the suggestions of 243win and be sure the mating surfaces are clean and smooth and...
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    Today, 12:39 AM
    The Lee 452-228-1R has been a problem bullet for many users. It requires shorter seating and powder coating makes that even worse. Use the search feature to read some of the threads on this particular bullet form and see how others have had to...
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    12-02-2021, 05:56 PM
    You will make it. Just remember that these gauges were made for jacketed bullets, and have been used for cast bullets for years. Only recently have things become even more complicated with the build up of powder coating cast bullets. Stick with...
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    12-02-2021, 05:07 PM
    OK think about this for a minute. You are applying a crimp to the case. Not the ogive of the nose. Not the diameter of the nose. Just the body of the bullet. Look at post #18. You are speaking about a case gauge, not a cartridge or chamber...
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    12-02-2021, 04:53 PM
    Yes, you squeeze the case into the cast bullet as you taper crimp and this results in an undersized bullet.
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    12-01-2021, 12:44 PM
    Bullseye is #13 on the Hodgdon burn rate chart. Auto Comp is #43 on that list. Quite a bit slower for a pistol powder and perhaps your light bullet just is not getting an efficient burn, so the pressures are not where they should be to fully cycle...
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    11-30-2021, 12:35 AM
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    Take a look at this site and scroll down to the bottom. It might change your impression of Wounded Warriers.
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    11-26-2021, 04:10 PM
    I once purchased a good amount of shot that had been used in a carnival gallery. It had either water or oil added to it to reduce the lead dust. I let it dry for a few years and as I tried to melt down small amounts there was a lot of snap crackle...
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    11-26-2021, 01:58 PM
    From the looks of things, you may have had more than half the pot filled with solid alloy when you turned it on. As the melt warmed, it expanded and the solid alloy in the center of the pot lifted the rod off the valve seat allowing the liquid to...
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    11-26-2021, 10:00 AM
    You will regret not keeping the single stage press. There are so many times you might need to do a single step in the process and you will never be able to replace your old press at a decent price. Push through bullet size use for one of any...
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    11-23-2021, 09:13 AM
    Harbor Freight has rubber floor mat that would make it more comfortable on a cement floor and still allow for easy clean up. Spills would certainly melt into the pad but not harm the floor.
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    11-22-2021, 11:58 PM
    Might look at NOE who makes expander plugs in several sizes to be used with the Lee expander die.
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    11-21-2021, 11:19 PM
    I prefer to use the start and stop when filling the mold cavities. This prevents splashing from the upper part of the sprue plate opening from bridging across the sprue hole and blocking venting. By the use of start and stop you can get a straight...
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    11-21-2021, 12:56 AM
    Perhaps you could rest the handles on a block of wood or something beside the hot plate so the blocks can lay flat on the surface of the plate? It will also help heat evenly if you could cover the blocks with foil or a metal can cut to set flat on...
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    11-16-2021, 12:13 PM
    Your photo shows the thermostat setting at the highest position. It appears to be a relatively new pot, but may have scale build up if you failed to clean your alloy in a different pot. You mention saw dust, but do you also use a wax or perhaps...
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    11-15-2021, 02:18 AM I made a nice post, talking about my lost knives, which were very very good at their thing tired of being stolen, or...
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    11-13-2021, 09:35 PM
    At some point in the past there were comments that the tapered portion of the Lyman lube sizer was formed just a little differently and gave problems being installed in the RCBS lube sizer. I have not seen that complaint lately, so perhaps it was...
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    11-12-2021, 10:18 AM Says patented in the 30's, with little change since then.
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    11-10-2021, 07:28 PM
    Do not let the sprues get too hard before cutting the sprue. Some have broken the sprue cam lever by treating it like a steel mold. The cam lever seem to be the weak link. I do not use a hot plate, but you need to run the alloy hot and cut with...
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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