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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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    04-26-2022, 11:02 PM
    What seater does are you using? Does the push pin of the seater for match the profile of the bullet? How far & straight into the case are the bullets when you hand place them? * I load .357SIG and never had issue with the bullets sitting...
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    04-26-2022, 07:23 PM
    I’ll be interested in 20GA at least, if this goes active.
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    04-25-2022, 03:40 PM
    Plastic pellets ought to be ok. Not sure if the ATF would consider steel pellets armor piercing.
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    04-25-2022, 10:41 AM
    I read somewhere about burning sawdust on top of the antimony to get it to alloy with the lead - I think the reason is that the combusting wood creates the high temperatures needed to melt the antimony without overcooking the lead. This implies...
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    04-24-2022, 03:21 PM
    justindad replied to a thread Pouring Slowly in Cast Boolits
    I’ve been thinking about poor venting, but the vent lines are clear. This mold has curved vents like what I see in Miha molds, not like the straight vents in my newer NOE molds. When I pour the lead, I have the nozzle touching the sprue puddle,...
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    04-22-2022, 09:47 AM
    justindad replied to a thread Pouring Slowly in Cast Boolits
    Normally, I start pouring the lead on the sprue plate at the end that gets wacked with the mallet. With this mold, I get better fill out with mold by starting at the pivot end… especially for that last cavity. * I’ve been seeing improvements...
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    04-22-2022, 12:25 AM
    justindad started a thread Pouring Slowly in Cast Boolits
    Is it best practice to pour lead as slowly as practical into the boolit mold? * When I take 1-2 seconds to fill up a 160 grain .357 cavity (with two square lube grooves and a cannelure groove) I get better fill out than casting quickly. Iím...
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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