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    Yesterday, 11:31 AM
    Well... I guess you can lead a horse to water... Glad your dies work for you, I hope you never have to deal with the same problem I encountered. EDIT: I will say, I don't believe that the Redding die is defective, simply unsuited to the...
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    Yesterday, 10:48 AM
    So... let me describe the order of physical events. Cases are sized, primed, flared, and charged. Bullet is hand-seated, part of which is verifying it is started smoothly and easily into the case. Ram is raised and case begins to enter the...
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    Yesterday, 08:16 AM
    Well... no... lol. Well said. On the other hand, the older I get, the more I realize that sometimes more is just more. If something smaller, lighter, easier, and cheaper can achieve the required results, then there is no virtue in something...
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    Yesterday, 08:00 AM
    I suspect that you didn't read the entire thread. I did exactly what you describe, believing that my adjustments and usage were the problem. I always suspect myself as the weak link in a process, and that is often correct. However, in this case I...
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    10-20-2021, 06:24 AM
    I have always thought of 22LR as acceptable under some circumstances because I never imagined relying on a single hit. If you break into my bedroom, you are getting a full mag dump from the 22 rifle in my wife's hands at the least. You might get...
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    10-19-2021, 12:19 PM
    This is the kind of post that makes me wish there was a way to up-vote.
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    10-18-2021, 07:33 PM
    I am still exploring loads, but I am very like the OP in that my needs aren't demanding. 100 yards, offhand only... I don't need tack drivers. I picked a straight walled case to play with specifically because it means much of the fiddly stuff...
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    10-17-2021, 05:22 PM
    I am happy to report that the 44 mag seating die arrived and I was able to crank out my first 100 rounds without a single problem. Everything worked perfectly! EDIT: Did a few hundred more rounds yesterday evening and I'm happy to report that...
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    10-17-2021, 03:19 PM
    Ryanmattes is correct, they're barn quilts. I assume they're made of different material than normal quilts, but they do look the same! No special meaning that I know of, they're for decoration.
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    10-17-2021, 02:47 PM
    I don't have anything NEARLY as impressive as all of that stuff, but I did make a stir stick for molten alloy. Big nail + twine + polyurethane dip. So far so good, and doesn't seem to mind getting hot!
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    10-17-2021, 02:02 PM
    My pleasure! All the photos were taken with either my Galaxy Note 10+ or my wife's Galaxy S10+. We dump our photos into the same cloud storage location so I honestly can't tell which ones came from which phone most of the time unless it's a shot...
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    10-17-2021, 10:34 AM
    After taking in the views we backtracked and passed under the fire tower to The Channels. They are another series of massive stones which have cracked and weathered over the eons so that now they form a natural maze of sorts, almost like a cave...
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    10-17-2021, 10:27 AM
    We haven't been great about taking our time off this year, so my wife and I spent a few days in southwestern Virginia this week, hiking and eating the local food. We ended up getting a few good pictures out of it, thought I might share some for...
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    10-16-2021, 07:07 PM
    I actually tried that and it didn't work. The big problem for me turned out to be a super tight ID on my Redding seating die that pushed the case mouth back in.
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    10-16-2021, 08:18 AM
    Another vote for powder coat. If your wife isn't looking, you just need a silicone baking pad, an old sour cream container, some plastic BBs, and the powder itself.
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    10-16-2021, 08:09 AM
    The biggest frustration I have encountered during my entire learning experience with casting has been lead and powder coat shaving off during the boolit seating process. Since lead needs to be a bit bigger than jacketed, some dies just aren't the...
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    10-15-2021, 06:05 AM
    As long as each boolit has a reasonable meplat, they will both do just fine. I would figure out which one is the most accurate with a full power load and go with that.
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    10-13-2021, 03:19 PM
    I have a separate decapping die I use sometimes, so that isn't an assumption for me. The thought behind not sizing is similar to the reasons some folks only neck size rifle cartridges: when used in a specific gun, you can sometimes achieve a...
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    10-12-2021, 06:55 AM
    Yeah, that's where I am now. Primarily Redding, but now I also have Lee and Lyman dies as well, all with Hornady Lock-n-Load bushings on them. RCBS case trimmer, Lyman ingot mold, Lee and Accurate boolit molds, RCBS pot... I have to say, the...
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    10-12-2021, 05:12 AM
    Like most of the modern cartridges released lately, 6mm Arc is built around heavy-for-caliber bullets with good BCs. For someone who is shooting Prarie dogs at 250 yards, the difference between that and 223 isn't worth writing home about, but the...
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    10-11-2021, 10:00 PM
    I spent a bit of time seeing if some sandpaper and a rod plus drill press would be a practical way to open up the ID of the Redding die I have. No bueno, that would take forever. I spent over an hour on it and maybe got it enlarged by .001 at...
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    10-11-2021, 08:39 AM
    I had considered this possibility, but I confess that I don't know what kind of tool would be appropriate for it. Is there something I could pick up at Lowe's or Harbor Freight?
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    10-11-2021, 05:24 AM
    I am definitely flaring enough, I considered that possibility and even bought a Lyman M-die to see if that would help and it didn't. "Pushes the case back in" doesn't actually refer to crimping. The main non-crimping inner diameter (so...
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    10-11-2021, 05:18 AM
    Ah, I should have said! One of the things that I already tried (and have continued to use this way, since it did help a little bit) is that I backed off the body of the Redding seating die so that it no longer applies any sort of crimp to the brass....
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    10-10-2021, 08:13 PM
    I am a huge fan of Office 365. We have the Family plan, which gets us 5 seats of Office with 1TB of cloud storage EACH, and only $100 per year. It's absolutely a no brainer even if you use nothing but the cloud storage space. A Personal subscription...
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    10-10-2021, 08:04 PM
    I have been struggling for a while with shaving lead from the side of boolits when seating them. Not all the time, not all molds, but almost all molds. I have done some experiments with chamfering the case mouth, increasing the flare, changing...
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    10-10-2021, 10:24 AM
    We can't fix stupid, unfortunately... anyone who makes fun of 9mm has several solid decades of not paying attention under their belts, so chances are they're not going to give up now.
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    10-08-2021, 09:29 PM
    I know my own skill, and I am far more likely to put a big pile of lead center mass with our Marlin Mod. 60 than I am with any pistol I have ever shot. I carry a S&W Mod. 60 (357), but if I had to carry my S&W Mod. 63 (22LR) I wouldn't feel...
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    10-08-2021, 07:33 AM
    Not to muddy the waters too much, because I am sure the bullet in question is very capable for SD situations regardless of whether the velocity claims are true, but the mushroomed bullet you saw will absolutely go through walls. It might dump energy...
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    10-08-2021, 07:21 AM
    I am glad to see the extra fat in sausage. Not only does it taste better, but it signals that people are finally starting to become aware of the bad science which has dominated the nutrition conversation for 50 years. Carbs cause heart disease and...
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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