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  • Mk42gunner's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:46 PM
    Onty, When I wrote that, I was referring to the top punch for a Lyman/RCBS style lubrisizer. I am not familiar with the SAECO top punch. Robert
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    Yesterday, 05:40 PM
    You can measure a taper crimp by using the knife edge of your dial calipers. Measure once right at the end of the brass, then again about 1/16" down. If the measurements are the same, screw the crimp die in another quarter turn and try again. ...
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    10-16-2021, 05:31 PM
    It fed well in my Marlin. I didn't bother with a crimp, just straightened the flare out. Light loads with a light projectile and next to no recoil, in my opinion the bullet isn't going to move. Robert
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    10-16-2021, 05:13 PM
    There was a thread within the last year asking about one of those molds. Just where it was I'm not sure, but I don't think it was in the mold section. I for one think that design would be a bear to cast with. I can't see how it be easily heated...
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    10-16-2021, 12:40 AM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Just Curious in Casting Equipment
    The small ladle I started with was stamped out of one piece of stainless, nothing to come loose, and I think it was $3 aat Walmart. Probably $6 now. Robert
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    10-16-2021, 12:37 AM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Lyman 320366 mold? in Cast Boolits
    Wow, that is a pointy bullet. I have never tried to cast and size one with anywhere near that ogive shape. Robert
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    10-15-2021, 05:41 PM
    https://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?13425-Cast-Bullet-Loads-for-Military-Rifles-Article Lots of good info in the article in the first post. I have loaded the group buy 314-120 (pretty close to the 311008, if a bit heavier) in the...
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    10-15-2021, 05:21 PM
    Getting all the stuff brand new at one time can be a very expensive proposition. Spread it out over a couple of months and its not so bad. Of course then you have to pay multiple shipping charges... If I were to start over from ground zero today,...
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    10-15-2021, 05:10 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Just Curious in Casting Equipment
    I certainly understand keeping the costs down. But look at the equipment as a once in a lifetime investment. I paid something like $25 for my RCBS ladle twenty years ago, it still works just as well as it did then. I think they are up to twenty...
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    10-14-2021, 10:21 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Remington 582 in Rimfire Area
    Welcome aboard. About 1991 or so, I bought a similarly shortened Model 581 for my "nephew", (best friends' three year old son). That rifle would stack Eley Tenex one on top of another a 35 yards. He's still got it. I agree, about the only...
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    10-14-2021, 10:11 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread 40-70 wcf in Leverguns
    Sounds like it is time for a chamber cast to make sure what the inside looks like. Robert
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    10-14-2021, 10:07 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Just Curious in Casting Equipment
    When I started I used a stainless steel ladle, about a cup capacity. It worked, sort of. Within a month or two I bought an RCBS ladle and haven't looked back. The spout makes it a lot easier to use than trying to make an accurate pour over the...
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    10-14-2021, 07:36 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Remington 582 in Rimfire Area
    Thinking back almost thirty years, I got to fire a shot or two from a 5mm Model 591 that somebody brought to my range. It seemed to have a bit more pop than a .22 WMR. I could easily be wrong on that though. The tube magazine .22 bolt action has...
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    10-14-2021, 07:23 PM
    There's a sticky about what handles fit what molds around here somewhere. I have found that my RCBS molds need RCBS handles, which are quite spendy for what they are. The Lee six cavity handles are pretty much the ones recommended if you don't...
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    10-14-2021, 05:23 AM
    I don't think I have ever loaded a conical in any of my cap and ball revolvers; not that I wouldn't, its just that the round ball has been acceptably accurate and uses less lead. Most of mine are .36's, but I do have both a Walker and an 1860. ...
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    10-13-2021, 06:42 PM
    Well you are PC so you don't have to worry about lube contaminating the powder, so I would try both ways. Did you anneal the gas checks? That can help with springback when sizing. Robert
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    10-13-2021, 06:34 PM
    Knowing what I know now, I believe that sizing for the throat is the best way to go. How you get that measurement is up to you, either a chamber cast or a pound slug. About the only thing slugging the bore really does is tell you if there are tight...
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    10-12-2021, 09:10 PM
    I've got a Stevens Model 101, a .44XL shot gun that really isn't too impressive as a shotgun (even though my Great Grandma is supposed to have killed a goose with hers, Dad said it only took four shots). I bought this one with the express purpose of...
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    10-12-2021, 03:08 PM
    For revolvers read this: https://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?77286-Revolver-shot-loads-that-WORK! For the .45 ACP, there are numerous ways to form a bottle necked case from one from the .308 Win family and get it to work. Shot...
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    10-12-2021, 03:02 PM
    The Lee die only flares the case mouth, it doesn't really expand the neck. The Lyman M-die expands the neck, then has a step a few thousandths of an inch larger to allow easy projectile alignment and seating. If you go deep enough with the M-die,...
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    10-12-2021, 02:43 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Lyman 320366 mold? in Cast Boolits
    I don't know. That is a lot of sizing to do without totally wiping off the lube grooves. Robert
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    10-12-2021, 02:41 PM
    Yeah, the .25 has a very small combustion chamber. I would not want to arbitrarily shorten it by .043" and not expect bad things to happen, especially since most .25 ACP pistols are not the strongest guns around. My little rifle project is...
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    10-11-2021, 09:06 PM
    Fifteen to twenty years ago when it was somewhat affordable to rebuild rifles into something else, a common saying was "Don't shoot the donor." Nice to see that it applies to handguns as well. I know I have been bitten by that same thing a...
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    10-11-2021, 01:29 PM
    I've been using a CH Speed Seater die that I scrounged somewhere for seating .38/.357 boolits for the better part of a quarter century. It works well for flat nosed projectiles, i.e. RNFP, WC, HP, SWC. I have no idea if it would work with RN. ...
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    10-11-2021, 01:14 PM
    I measured both the 50 grain FMJ and the 35 grain JHP that I have. No idea what brand they were, they came in a couple of tobacco tins. The 50's averaged .444" in length, the 35's were .330 average. Neither were very consistent, they varied from the...
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    10-11-2021, 01:01 PM
    It might be the best round since cartridges were introduced, but if it doesn't gain a large following quickly, it will go the way of the _(insert favorite failed cartridge here). There have been so many rounds introduced since the late 1990's,...
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    10-11-2021, 12:51 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread More fleas on Mittens in Our Town
    Stay on top of it, once fleas get established they can be very hard to get rid of, both from the cats (trust me if one has fleas, they all have fleas) and the home. Robert
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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