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    Today, 02:19 PM
    The version 8 online is pretty much only load data. The book has a lot more info on reloading - it’s about an inch thick.
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    Today, 02:16 PM
    On my bottom pour RCBS pot, I get fill out issues if I fill a cavity in much less than 2 seconds. I also pressure pour by inserting the nozzle into the cone of the sprue plate. This was not an issue when I used a Lee pot. I think the biggest...
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    Today, 12:09 PM
    Hopefully temporary is right, and a version 6 is coming out. This is a nice manual. Granted, all the load data I will use from it in the near future is free on their website.
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    Today, 12:07 PM
    No one is ever going to use my name to give credibility to load data, but… * At low charges in .45ACP, Longshot made for some very hot brass. At higher charges, the brass wasn’t so hot. * I looked into using Longshot in .357 Mag, and found it...
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    Today, 10:37 AM
    It has a lot more information on reloading than my Lyman manual does. Has load data for odd cartridges like .400 Cor-Bon and 357-44 B&D. Has plenty of jacketed and plated bullet data, but lead data is limited to Laser Cast brand and sometimes...
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    Yesterday, 12:39 PM
    I’ve seen the same thing with True Blue powder in .45 Colt - at max book load it gives around 8ksi pressure. However, it matches book loads for .357 Mag with True Blue. This can be caused by the way GRT builds powder profiles - which only requires...
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    05-18-2022, 02:04 AM
    I pay attention to COAL length because I calculate the effect on case fill of the powder. Most of my boolits are absent from any load book, and boolit weight is neither a perfect nor complete indicator of what charge to use.
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    05-14-2022, 11:19 PM
    Iíve repaired one like this with a Lansky knife sharpening stone. I have the 5 stone kit, and I used the 2nd finest grit (red stone). It is necessary to confirm your stone is flat, and not all 5 of mine are flat. * It was not necessary to remove...
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    05-09-2022, 10:31 PM
    Did the powder in the neck show any signs of being scorched or burnt to any degree?
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    05-08-2022, 10:43 PM
    Food for thoughtÖ * Letís suppose that the ďRuger onlyĒ .45 Colt loads were all that existed, kind of like the cartridge was invented in 1985. I could go to the Ramshot load manual and find the starting load for a 255 grain LSWC with 5744 powder...
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    05-08-2022, 08:15 PM
    I have purchased load manuals (standard Lyman and cast Lyman), and free online manuals. Iíve got faster powders for light loads in .357 (True Blue, Unique). Iíve got other guns I can shoot Enforcer through (.44 Mag barrel on a T/C Encore). I...
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    05-05-2022, 08:37 PM
    Sometimes I think that group buys won’t be filled until the makers stop selling their inventories out at full price. Other times I wonder: “who’s buying all these molds?!”
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    05-05-2022, 02:37 PM
    Ramshot has data for the XTP in their free online load manual. I also have the standard Lyman manual and the Lyman cast bullet manual. Manuals do not always agree, and Ramshot data makes me wonder sometimes. I have identified errors in the Lyman...
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    05-04-2022, 09:31 PM
    I casted with this single cavity, iron, hollow point mold for the first time last night. My IR thermometer read about 400F for the mold and 450F for the hot plate before I started. Lead was about 780F. This was the easiest first session on a mold...
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    05-04-2022, 08:53 PM
    I read through the fillers sticky and as a result believe the following are true: 1) Fillers hold power against the primer, ensuring consistent ignition. 2) When the powder is not held against the primer, ignition is reduced. It seems that...
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    05-03-2022, 02:32 PM
    Thanks Jim. I have some True Blue for a fast powder that works. This is my first stride into slow powders, and I’m being extra careful in understanding what I am doing since my bullet isn’t a perfect match for anything in my three load manuals. *...
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    05-03-2022, 01:15 PM
    Is a squib load the only practical risk of undercharging a round?
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    05-02-2022, 11:27 PM
    I once made a light load of 9mm using True Blue powder. My load data was from Gordonís Reloading Tool, so I wanted to start somewhere safe. My first round rolled out of the slide and landed at my toes. No boolits got stuck in the barrel. * That...
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    05-02-2022, 09:29 PM
    A new caster shouldnít put themselves in a position where they have to learn what is wrong with the mold - first learn what is wrong with your technique & process. * I bought an NOE 2-cavity brass and an NOE 5-cavity aluminum to start. I figured...
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    05-02-2022, 12:58 AM
    Do iron molds perform better straight out of the box? * I have three aluminum 5-cavity molds, one 2-cavity brass, and a single cavity iron. The iron mold is the only one I have not had to deburr & otherwise fix.
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    04-30-2022, 02:09 PM
    Thank you!
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    04-30-2022, 11:44 AM
    Where do you see crimp jump? * Have you ever seen a problem from too much crimp?
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    04-30-2022, 12:20 AM
    To put my final conclusion first: I wish I bought the Redding seating & crimping die with the micrometer instead, which I have in .357 Mag. I do not seat & taper crimp in one step because the mouth of the case scrapes the bullet, but this does not...
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    04-28-2022, 05:39 PM
    I called Ramshot. The tech said the 125 grain data is the one he questions as being wrong, since the 158 grain loads data closely matches the 158 grain Hornady XTP data. The lab will give it a look to see if a manual update is needed, but for now...
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    04-28-2022, 09:59 AM
    Word. I don’t consider any California warnings as legitimate. One thing that was unusual to me was the “skin contact” followed by “serious skin contact” and similar for the inhalation followed by serious inhalation. I haven’t seen the serious...
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    04-28-2022, 09:16 AM
    Here’s an SDS. Might want to wear goggles. https://www.jscc.edu/about-jackson-state/administration/safety-and-security/sds-files/antimony.pdf
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    04-27-2022, 10:40 PM
    I have either found a load data error, or I have something to learn. * I have the NOE-358-124-TC (0.565” long boolit) and NOE-360-160-WFN (0.620” long boolit) molds. Both molds will let me size down to 0.358” for a tight fit in my cylinder...
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    04-27-2022, 09:51 PM
    Sb allows you to heat treat your boolits, so the hardness statement from Rotometals is not so concrete. You can towel dry or water drop for different hardnesses. You can slowly heat finished boolits, cook them at that holding temperature, and...
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    04-27-2022, 05:35 PM
    Iíll be thinking about this more, but at first glance it seems right. Found in another thread I donít want to raise from the dead, but decided was worth sharing.
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    04-27-2022, 11:50 AM
    If range brass needs a bulge buster - I’d scrap that brass. Too much risk for too little reward. * My Hornady die set for .357SIG was not able to deal with the bulge from rounds shot through a Sig P320. I got the Redding tool and all is well. ...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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