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Thread: Now that Lathesmith and Magma are gone

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    Boolit Master
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    Apr 2005
    McGill, NV
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Boomer View Post
    May I inquire what a "short" sizing die for the Magma is? I can understand not needing the full length sizing die for a boolit that is either powder coated or HITEK coated but the next boolit is going to push the previously coated boolit out. Or is the object of a short sizing die to have one boolit complete the travel through the sizing die without another boolit pushing the previously coated boolit out? Big Boomer
    I was requested by a commercial caster to make punches that would have the bullet clear the short die with every stroke. Easy task if the die is back bored a bit. The backboring protects the exit from damage as well, kinda like a step crown on a barrel muzzle.

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    Boolit Bub Bill M's Avatar
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    Jan 2024
    SW New Mexico
    A Star sizer lubes the bullet at the bottom of the stroke, use only partial stroke if not lubing.

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    Boolit Master
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    May 2010
    NSW North Coast, Australia
    Quote Originally Posted by ammohead View Post
    I can make them but you will have to pay postage. Pm me.
    Postage is no problem. We are used to paying extra for postage from the US.
    Regards, Trevor.

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    Boolit Mold daveed's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    I’ve used “Ammohead’s” service to make me a .335 sizing die and a “nose first” punch for my Star. I gotta say, exactly what I wanted, great communication and very fast service. So, for us Star machine owners, there is still hope.

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    Boolit Mold rodinal220's Avatar
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    Sep 2012
    Great, I just found out about Magmas demise.

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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