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    Today, 12:18 PM
    I think the 60 degree plate adds to the deformation and the tearing/fracturing. To me they don't look too much like hard lead shattering, no jagged pieces, mostly "torn", "smushed" pieces. I'd say the alloy is pretty soft but can't guess at a BHN...
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    Yesterday, 01:01 PM
    mdi replied to a thread The Monster Lives! in Cast Boolits
    Heck, you only live once. Try it! Many years ago when 44 Magnum was the Big Guy for production handguns, I had a raging case of "Magnumitis" and reloaded my 44 Magnums hot. I enjoyed the wrist breaking recoil and the muzzle blast that sounded like...
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    Yesterday, 12:39 PM
    Yep, DougGuy is right. A plain old drill vs a case hardened piece of steel? Nope...
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    08-13-2022, 01:18 PM
    I worked for a large city utilities department mainly on construction equipment. We were instructed, strongly, to report any rat droppings we found on any equipment that came into the shop, and stop working on it. Haz mat teams would come out (with...
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    08-13-2022, 01:00 PM
    Removing .024" is a lot (IIRC Lee sizing dies are hardened) and a do-it-youselfer with the proper tooling could probably get the job done. The most I have opened up a die is .004" and that was with the rod/emery method. Try this...
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    08-09-2022, 04:00 PM
    mdi replied to a thread So what do you do when ? in Cast Boolits
    :goodpost: I have been reloading for a very long time and never had the problem. I have several old and current reloading manuals. I have always kept a good inventory and variety of powders on hand (when shopping I often bought one extra pound of...
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    08-08-2022, 01:11 PM
    In the last 4 years I have received from Fed-Ex, UPS, and USPS; cast bullets (small flat rate box), brass (small flat rate box), loaded ammunition (vendor's packing). No special handling, questioning package contents. No problems with components...
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    08-07-2022, 12:30 PM
    Not a commercial transaction, no money exchanged so caster doesn't need to be licensed. I often get cast bullets I purchased from commercial casters (when I don't have a mold for a particular bullet I want to try) delivered via USPS and UPS in...
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    08-04-2022, 01:07 PM
    I was digging around in my cabinet and under my Lee dipper set, under my Pacific Pistol Powder Measure, under my cigar box of home made dippers, I found my 310 44 Special loader. I purchased the set sometime between 1990 and 2000, I think. As far...
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    08-04-2022, 12:30 PM
    I have sized a few hundred 45 cal. bullets on my Co-Ax with a simple to make ram, took about 2 minutes. My press was set up for 45 ACP so I took a 45 ACP case and shoved a .450" or so dowel, 2 1/2" long into the case and set the case in the shell...
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    08-03-2022, 12:43 PM
    The press is great right out of the box and all the modifications are just "customizing" for personal preferences...
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    08-02-2022, 01:02 PM
    Yep, I agree.... When I prime on my Co-Ax, I operate the handle with my right hand. I raise the ram and insert primer into the primer cup, then lower the ram. I pick up a case with my left hand, glance at the case and case head and slide it into...
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    08-01-2022, 01:08 PM
    Also for me; the priming system can be a pain but only the shell holder jaws. A sloppy adjustment, thin case rims and tight primer pockets can lead to ruined brass, but it is the same principle as a ram prime. I have mine set/adjusted for 9mm cases...
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    07-31-2022, 01:06 PM
    I have been reloading for quite a while and the best press I have used is the Forster Co-Ax. I read a bit about the "cons" of the press but experienced none. The "modifications" on my Co-Ax are simple and cheap; I replaced the hex socket jaw holder...
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    07-31-2022, 12:39 PM
    May not be accurate enough for some "I just wanna know" questions but practical; seat the bullets to the crimp groove and disregard book OAL. In 1970 (waaay pre web) I started loading 38 Special with 158 gr. LRN bullets. I seated all bullets to the...
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    07-25-2022, 12:53 PM
    I'm glad to see a bunch of knowledgeable casters that don't buy into the "harder is better/hardcast" baloney. My "Mystery Metal" bullet alloy, a mix of wheel weights, pure and scrap lead, runs about 11 BHN and I use it for nearly all my handgun cast...
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    07-24-2022, 01:11 PM
    For a newer reloader that needs to ask this question, it is highly recommended to not use large pistol or large rifle primers interchangibly. I have been reloading since about 1970 and have done a lot of experimenting (waaaay pre web/internet...
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    07-22-2022, 01:07 PM
    Not familiar with MU, but good cross reference charts;
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    07-19-2022, 12:56 PM
    I have a Lee PPM that I got in '90. It is one of the most accurate and repeatable powder measures I own (5). I have been able to measure charges of W231 with +/- .5 grain over 10 charges and +/-.75 gr. for 25. I have had WC820 leak, but with a bit...
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    07-16-2022, 01:07 PM
    For those that don't want to gouge the die body threads with a set screw; And brass tipped
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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