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    10-02-2022, 02:02 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Dead CCI pistol primers in Cast Boolits
    First "test"; did the suspect rounds fire with a second strike? I have been reloading CCI small pistol primers for about 40 years and cannot remember a FTF that was not my fault. 3, 38 Special revolvers, 1, 357 Magnum, 1, 9mm revolver one each 32...
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    09-30-2022, 01:07 PM
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    09-25-2022, 12:41 PM
    I have used both. I started with the Lee and it was trouble free for over a year, and at least 1,000 cases primed, then I dropped it and it landed on the corner of the shell holder slot, broke it off. Got an RCBS and was sorely surprised at the poor...
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    09-25-2022, 12:24 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Lee little casting dipper in Cast Boolits
    I started casting using a Lee ladle. I cast many, many 357" bullets ns IIRC, a bunch of .44 cal. bullets. I had very few/no problems, but I was learning and can't remember if any of the learning process was slowed by the particular ladle I was...
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    09-22-2022, 12:08 PM
    44 Magnums seems to be one case that is harder to resize than most handgun cases. My method was a good lubing (Mink Oil Boot Dressing) on a clean case and my plastic mallet (a dead bow hammer works well too.). I most often used a lead ingot/puck as...
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    09-20-2022, 12:24 PM
    I have used Lee Loaders with an alternate priming method (I like them and own 7). I size the case, knock the case out of the sizing portion of the die body, prime then return the case to the charging/seating end of the die body. I do this mostly...
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    09-20-2022, 12:09 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Repeating lubed bullets in Cast Boolits
    I have dropped a half handful of lubed bullets (mostly 44 250 gr.) into a pot with melted alloy. Nuttin' happened except smoke...
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    09-18-2022, 01:21 PM
    1969, Lee Loader. 1971, Lee Safety Scale. 1971, Lee Challenger. 38 Special dies (w/o FCD!). 1972, Lee Perfect Powder Measure. Misc. hand tools and die sets (#\3). 1979, Messy divorce, had to sell everything took a few years off. 1987, Lee Hand...
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    09-14-2022, 12:20 PM
    mdi replied to a thread Kahr K9 bullet lube? in Cast Boolits discussion on cast in poly barrels. I have only one gun with a poly barrel, my 9mm Masada. I have fired a few 125 gr RNFP with Speed Green, and Carnauba Red,...
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    09-14-2022, 12:09 PM
    mdi replied to a thread 148gr DEWC vs HBWC in Cast Boolits
    I'm not a good enough shot to tell the difference in target loads for 38 Special DEWC and HBWD. I cast my DEWC fairly soft and my load, IICR has been 2.9 gr, Bullseye for many years for both. But I have a load for one of my house guns that is a cast...
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    09-13-2022, 12:21 PM
    I usually mention to new reloaders use as much flare as you need to get good bullets seating, no shaving now, and worry about case life later. Too much flare is when the case will not enter the seating die. Flare is removed with your deflaring tool...
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    09-06-2022, 12:55 PM
    I never left beam scales, but I've had digital scales, 3 of them that were inconsistent and one died an early death. Lee Safety Scale, RCBS 501, Lyman/Ohaus D5 currently used and all are accurate and repeatable. Often, and always during a load work...
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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