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  1. Decapping

    Anyone have an idea as to, for starters RCBS, how many iterations of decapping pins, stems, collets etc.? Today, I had to decap 50 6MM Norma BR cases. These have .065" flash holes. 4 different "Universal" Decapping dies failed to do the job. Mind you, I have a drawer with nothing but the little...
  2. Firing primed brass

    I acquire loaded ammunition and sell brass on GunBroker so the usual breakdown methods work just fine. Recently though I got about 600 8MM with cracked necks. So this time the plan is to salvage the bullets and scrap the brass. But of course these are Berdan primed and I need to fire off these...
  3. Reloading speed

    Since the question comes up every now and again, I thought I might time myself. I use a single stage press and admittedly, a bench primer. I also utilize 5 Gallon buckets with lids, don't forget the lids, on smaller projects. Recently, I decided to load some 9MM for my sister. In 80 round...
  4. RCBS Rockchucker

    Mine is coming to it's end of useful life. Several hundred thousands of rounds loaded, which means over a million cycles?, it now needs constant cleaning/lubrication of the ram as it starts sticking after a couple hundred cycles. I'm considering milling some flats on the ram to reduce the...
  5. Reloading Rant

    Rather than respond to any particular thread, I wonder at the thought process of many. Resolving stupid simple problems are too difficult, so, we post. Can no one read anymore? Is it a 15 minute of fame kid of thing? Or is it the facebookish syndrome? How in the world did the oldtime reloaders...
  6. Crimped primers: a back-handed rant

    I grew up on crimped primers, BFD. Why, of a sudden, are crimped primers such an issue? You older guys, remember taking the crimp out with a pocket knife? In this day and age with the various and sundry "case prep centers" marketed, you'd think GAF. Or have we become a nation of operators who...
  7. Buying AR's in another state

    Since you can, by Federal Law, purchase rifles and shotguns in states other than your own, might you Mass. guys buy an AR, AK etc. in others states? My understanding of the new AW ban is that it's only sales IN Mass. that's is banned. If my understanding is correct there are many shops in VT...
  8. Loading blocks to sort pistol brass

    I use loading blocks to sort pistol brass. I just finished sorting Nine 5 Gal. buckets of .45 in about 2 days part time. I sort .45 into 6 keeper lots. I get to see every case mouth, primer, wet or dry, hitchhikers, and with a flip, as I use 2 loading blocks, primer, headstamp and GAP. Based...
  9. NES classifieds are Anti-Luddite-I want reparations

    I recently bought some brass from a fellow NES member. I warned him that the itrader rep thing was beyond my ken. I received the package and was more than pleased so thought I might learn how to give some sort of accolade. Right. So I spent at least a half hour trying looking for some way to...
  10. Identification of brass

    I have some 40-82 brass that I can't identify. Imprinted is 40-82 @ 9 to 11 o'clock, WIN @ 1 to 3 o'clock, and a rifle logo at bottom pointing left. Anybody have a clue as to who made it?
  11. Primer seating

    Take this for what it's worth. I received a Type 53 in a trade. The guy I got it from had never shot it. So I decided to reload a few and do the string pulling the trigger thing. For small reloading tasks I use a Lee hand primer. Trouble is they don't list a shell holder for 7.62x54 so I used...
  12. Rockchuker chucking spent primers hither and yon

    My Rockchucker is 40+ years old. Literally 1/4 million or more rounds loaded. As we all know, Rockchuckers spit spent primers everywhere when depriming. Especially when you don't have the original primer catcher. Especially when you are forced to use a black one from who knows where. Today, I...
  13. N.H. dentists

    I'm looking for a dentist who treats Veterans favorably. Same old story, fixed income, no appreciable assets and I let it slide hoping any problems would resolve themselves or the Grim Reaper takes care of things. Well those plans kind of failed. So I'm looking for one who doesn't only do the...
  14. Drying brass

    Well, as usual, I waited too long for the Frankford Arsenal Case Dryer. So I'm thinking food dehydrator. Bingo! I got a Presto @ WalMart for about $30. Of course I bought accessories which, as usual, I didn't need. I loaded up the trays with brass, plugged it in, unplugged it, waited 15 minutes...
  15. Old ammunition

    In the course of acquiring components, I'm frequently offered old ammunition and brass. I'm not talking about .223 with a 66 headstamp, rather stuff like 50-70 and my latest, FA 07 30-40. That would be 30-40, loaded in 1907. I'd like to find a local cartridge collector who'd make a good home...
  16. Rational Thought

    Has it always been that shooters don't have a clue? Every day, it seems, on this and other forums, I see stupid questions. And before I hear the trite "there's no such thing as a stupid question" let me say that, yes, there are. It seems that in today's world, few people require logic in their...
  17. A new one on me.

    I pulled out eighty 45 ACP cases to reload a box. Of those, 22 have flash holes from .131" to .134" as opposed to the normal .080"sh. There used to be wax bullets for practicing quick draw and the like. Part of the deal was to open up the flash holes so the primer wouldn't back out. But that was...
  18. Reloading Manuals

    I collect Reloading Manuals and recently filled a couple of gaps. So now when I look at my list most of the holes are filled. However there are 2 prominent chasms. That would be Lyman prior to #39 and Hodgdon prior to #19. Any thoughts on this?
  19. Prepping sites

    I'm about to get booted from survivalistboards.com. Any recommendations?
  20. Pleasant experience LGS

    I've been trying to get my sister interested in shooting for years. Finally she agreed and now it's time to buy her a pistol. She's tried a dozen or so that we could round up but nothing was 100% positive. So today we go to MFL and she finds THE gun. It's an FNX in 9MM. They don't have any for...
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