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    Yesterday, 10:28 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread MEC 600 jr in Reloading Equipment
    To add a bit more to my comments, I first loaded 20 ga. shot shells on a MEC 600 Jr back about 1972 in the basement of a friend from church. When he passed away about 40 years later, his widow gifted it to me. I now have the first shot shell press...
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    Yesterday, 08:27 AM
    I’m getting ready to start using my old RCBS 22 lb pot I acquired recently. I’ll use it as-is for now, but can I/should I repaint the “top deck” where almost all of the original paint is gone? If yes, is high temp paint necessary? Will even that...
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    05-13-2022, 07:31 PM
    I wonder whether the bean counters at the manufacturers ever read these threads. Getting revolvers in any of the 32 family of calibers out of Ruger is difficult and from Smith & Wesson it's worse than pulling teeth! Ruger's 32 caliber SA 7 DA...
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    05-13-2022, 11:14 AM
    I have long belittled the 32 H&R magnum-wannabe. Now I have a Buckeye Special 32 Combo and a S&W Model 631 (w/4” barrel and adj sights) so I guess I’m coming around. I inherited a recipe for the Lee group buy Keith bullet over a modest charge of...
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    05-13-2022, 11:06 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread MEC 600 jr in Reloading Equipment
    You are indeed fortunate. Unlike a true progressive press, it’s easy to stop and take the shell off of your 600 Jr, perform some off press task(s) then put it back on and continue. Also, if something should go wrong (don’t ask how I know about...
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    05-13-2022, 11:00 AM
    A friend who shoots a Uberti high wall in 38-55 talked me into selling him my oils SC Ideal 375248 because with soft alloy it dropped bullets at .383 or larger. The oversized Italian bore shoots those big bullets very well as cast. I couldn’t say...
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    05-13-2022, 10:51 AM
    Generally speaking, when lubing for black powder, “More is better”. The only downside of lubing exposed grease grooves is the tendency toward contamination. If you are keeping the loaded rounds in a clean, well enclosed container, I would advise...
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    05-13-2022, 09:33 AM
    Could it be that everyone in business is afraid of what will be the target of punitive regulations next... or could they just be afraid they will be taxed into oblivion if they actually make money? HMMMMMM...
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    05-11-2022, 01:56 PM
    Almost all of the paint is gone from the top surface of a 20# RCBS bottom pour lead pot. Would it be possible to get a high temp paint in a rattle can and repaint it to stop the rust and corrosion? Is hi temp paint available in a green that’s...
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    05-09-2022, 01:53 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread 9mm in Cast Boolits
    I’m kinda surprised this thread has gone this long without mentioning W231/HP38. My go-to load for 9mm is swaged lead RN 125 gr bullets over 4.2 gr of HP38. The brand of brass seems to make no difference for casual range use. FWIW, my pistol is a...
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    05-07-2022, 05:15 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Just starting out in Boolit Lube !
    Fortunately, if you do need a little heat, RCBS makes a nice LAM heater unit that even has a rheostat built in. Nothing to add. Actually, their heater has holes drilled for several different sizers (including my Star) so it’s quite versatile and...
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    05-06-2022, 02:08 PM
    Nice job on that case. I lug my Uberti-made Remington 1858 around in a (cheaply) factory made case for a Colt 1860 (I think) that I picked up used on Vendors’ Row at a N-SSA Nationals. It’s a little tight but it does OK. When Dad passed, he left...
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    05-06-2022, 01:42 PM
    I STAND CORRECTED. 44Mag1 reminded me that the ten ring of a fifty yard Bullseye target is a little over 3” so according to my statement Master Class shooters would need to shoot perfect scores to qualify as Master Class. This is incorrect. I was...
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    05-05-2022, 09:23 AM
    Master cClass in what discipline? If a Bullseye shooter can’t stay in 3” at 50 yds Slowfire he won’t make Master Class, and if his shooting falls off to where he no longer can stay in 3”, he won’t be very competitive. Froggie
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    05-04-2022, 09:00 PM
    Who decided what "any 32 should be able to do for you"? My attitude is, if bigger is better and I need (or even want) better, and it can safely be achieved with a truly magnum of the 32 persuasion, well... just bring it on! The 327 FM was marketed...
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    05-04-2022, 08:34 PM
    Just a note here, the 6 cavity Lee moulds were (and still are) made to higher standards and of better materials than the 2 cavity moulds of the old days. Rumor has it that the quality of work and material of the 2 cavity moulds have been...
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    05-04-2022, 08:19 PM
    I'm using an old Pacific (rotor type) Pistol Measure. By trial and error I found a rotor that drops about 4.15 grains of HP38 which I put under some commercially swaged round nosed lead bullets that run 125 grains. Function in my S&W Model 639 is...
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    05-03-2022, 09:25 PM
    The main shortcoming of the 32 H&R magnum-wannabe wasn’t the cartridge, it was those two letters after the number, “H” and “R”. They didn’t really make a revolver that was up to the job of handling the potential of an otherwise promising cartridge,...
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    05-03-2022, 07:41 PM
    You can still buy a Model 16-4 with 4” barrel… just bring your check book! They are out there. :bigsmyl2: OTOH, the semi-mythical Project 616 will require that you find the parts and have one built for yourself. I guess one of them may have...
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    05-03-2022, 07:14 PM
    Never fear, Lee sells a “Factory Crimp Die” that will take care of the final step for you. I have one on my Dillon and another on my All American. :mrgreen:
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    05-03-2022, 05:41 PM
    I size everything to .313” for consistency’s sake. It’s the limiting factor for my recreated K32’s throats. Most of my moulds are just kissed or evened out by the 313 size die so it’s all good. People talk about how easily they can find a load...
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    05-03-2022, 10:18 AM
    Lance, Congrats on your new acquisition. Sorry the shill was able to successfully run it up on you like that though. Loading for it is pretty straightforward. I have or have used in the past die sets from Lee, Lyman, and RCBS, all with success and...
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    05-01-2022, 04:22 PM
    I currently can shoot two 327s, a Ruger Blackhawk eight shooter and a custom stainless K frame. I planned to ream a 32 H&R cylinder on a Buckeye Special 32 combo gun from 32 H&R to 327, but collectibility has become an issue. Keep in mind that I’m...
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    05-01-2022, 02:10 PM
    I just picked up a full box of 32 (Short) Colt ammo (@ a shoot… tailgate swaps). I only got it because I thought I might use it in a CF conversion in a Ballard or a low wall 32 rf. Are they in demand? Froggie
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    05-01-2022, 01:49 PM
    I’d be afraid to speculate on the composition of fishing weights (or “sinkers”) since the exact composition is of virtually no interest to the folks who cast them. On “recovered” sinkers, I wouldn’t expect any two to be the same alloy, since they...
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    04-30-2022, 05:07 PM
    There are lubes that do well for pan lubing and there are lubes that require heating to be used in a lube pump. They are seldom the same. If you want to soften up an inherently hard lube mix, you’ll need to melt it and blend in something soft. I...
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    04-25-2022, 08:16 AM
    Uscra112, I won’t be able to get to my chowder box of 310 parts until the end of the week, but if nobody responds by then I think I can help… and I could probably use the 321 expander. Froggie
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    04-23-2022, 09:35 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Winchester ??? in Cast Boolits
    I don't know about reloading components, but I get advertisements almost daily from Winchester ammunition telling me how I ought to use their product and buy all their advertising stuff (like T shirts, patches, etc) at inflated prices. They are...
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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