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  1. 2020 Cast Bullet Signup Thread

    Michael, and all who attended, CONGRATS on another successful workshop to teach folks how to cast your own bullets. I started this process in 2009, so we are coming at 11 years with almost annual workshops. I'm proud of the hosts for this one, and hope that in addition to learning the...
  2. Best reloading manuals for beginner.

    A reloading class is a great way to get started. But, you will still need a published book of load data. The two that I use a LOT are the Hornady Book, and the Speer Book. I also make a lot of use of the Lyman book because it has so much cast lead bullet data (do not use jacketed data for...
  3. 2020 Cast Bullet Signup Thread

    Wish I could be there. Love this stuff, and it's exciting to see how my early efforts assisted so many with getting going (in a very solid way!) with casting. Keep up the good work, Michael. Sorry I missed you on this trip to FL.
  4. Log book?

    I use an EXCEL spreadsheet, and have a "tab" for every chambering. Once you get familiar with using software for keeping track, it makes it very easy to add in load development data, field notes, etc. And, also extremely easy to find stuff. I never have to worry about torn pages, tattered edges...
  5. Inline Fabrication

    I second the Quick Mount system. Great way to swap gear in and out on a tight bench.
  6. Varget shortage?

    I really like Hodgdon's BLC-(2) for rifle reloading. They advise that it's the commercial version of the military contract powder they make for the Gov't contracts. I figure that if it's good enough for military contracts (5.56 Nato), it's good enough for me. It's a ball powder, and flows much...
  7. Anyone have primers explode on XL650?

    Here's my warning and advice on that........ Many people buy the 650 to make ammo FASTER. The primers will explode if you slam them fast into the primer pockets, especially if one gets sideways in the primer fill tube. FAST ammo is NOT GOOD AMMO. I suggest that you slow down, and be more...
  8. Talk to me about pouring lead

    There are three basic factors for success with cast lead bullets: 1) The hardness of the alloy with relationship to the muzzle velocity. The back ends of the bullets, when they see the high pressures, need to be able to OBTURATE (mushroom) correctly to seal the plasma hot gases from slipping by...
  9. 2019 NES Cast Bullet Seminar Sign Up Thread

    I suggest sizing BEFORE coating, and allow for the thickness of the coating before hand. I wouldn't do anything that would disturb the coating after coating them. Sizing, you should do that within about 48 hours of casting. Plan ahead so that you have time to do this ASAP. Some people only have...
  10. What Happened to the Trail Boss Load Data?

    Here is a link for the old PDF file for loading with Trailboss: https%3A%2F%2Fimrpowder.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F11%2Ftrail-boss-reduced-loads-r_p.pdf&usg=AOvVaw36_OGGZV785lkqWrnoGv37 General rule for Trailboss: You can always load it, right up the the base of the seated bullet, any...
  11. 2019 NES Cast Bullet Seminar Sign Up Thread

    If anyone is gonna be down this way (Daytona Beach/Orlando Area), I am doing a Cast Bullet Workshop Feb 29th (Leap Year Day) 2020. Details here: http://www.floridareloading.com/index.php/2020/01/08/lead-bullet-casting-class-and-workshop-saturday-february-29th-2020/ I have about 9 people signed...
  12. bring brass into Mass.

    My best friend, Kicker96FS, gave me holy hell one time when I drove up for a visit. I had loose brass rolling all over the place in my SUV. He said I could get arrested there for what is otherwise just a messy vehicle.
  13. Rainier Bullets has closed for good.

    Rainiers made a marketing decision when they started: Sell ONLY through distributors and retailers. I live in a state where I can get bullets direct from the manufacturers, and so the only Rainier bullets I have processed have been the free ones they have sent me over the years (in exchange...
  14. loading for the M1A

    The real issue with the M1A is the OPERATING ROD part of the gas system. If you use a powder with too fast a burn rate, it throws the gun out of proper cycle speed, and bends the OP ROD. The ONLY powders I have ever used for my M1A has been IMR 4064, and IMR 4895, with my favorite being the IMR...
  15. Anual NES Bullet Casting Seminar Feeler Thread

    One of the things I get distressed about is not being close enough to help with the Casting Workshop. I'm grateful that Michael has picked up the reins, and that this activity that I had a hand in, continues. I dearly remember the last one that I was able to be there for. Good friends, and met a...
  16. Dillon question

    I've just added a pretty complete ARTICLE on my Reloading Class web site on this subject. Can't find any previous posts here about it, but I think you will find my web site article most helpful. It covers media tumbling, ultrasonic cleaning, and stainless steel pin tumbling. LINK HERE
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