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    I think the current trend with sleeves is to...

    I think the current trend with sleeves is to simply clamp them to the barrel via the block. I see no need to glue it to the barrel, but perhaps someone knows why that would be advantageous. As for...
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    Sticky: Got your email and just responded Butch. Many...

    Got your email and just responded Butch. Many thanks for thinking of me on those.

    -Lee
    www.singleactions.com
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    Because he asked. I wanted the base sized...

    Because he asked. I wanted the base sized 0.0005" and the shoulder squeezed 0.001". Pretty common in benchrest rifles, but not so for hunting rigs. John makes lots of different types of dies.
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    I used Whidden for my .30 Stingray FL bushing...

    I used Whidden for my .30 Stingray FL bushing die. I sent him three cases which had been fired 3X. Told him how much I wanted the base and shoulder junction sized. It came back exactly as I asked....
  5. I don't. I prefer having a thin carbon layer in...

    I don't. I prefer having a thin carbon layer in the neck. On primer pockets, I use an old Redding hand tool to knock out the residue.

    But for handgun and general rifle brass, I do ultrasonic...
  6. I use a few squirts of Dawn dish washing...

    I use a few squirts of Dawn dish washing detergent and a table spoon of Lemi Shine. That combination cleans very well.

    -Lee
    www.singleactions.com
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    It would probably work fine. But one thing to...

    It would probably work fine. But one thing to consider with the Lone Star - all of the weight is supported by the input shaft. That puts strain on the motor. Brass cases are plenty light, but...
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    Larry Blackmon is the only one I know making BR...

    Larry Blackmon is the only one I know making BR quality bullet dies in steel:

    https://bulletswagingsupply.com/bssp1.pdf

    If I were you though, I'd call George Ulrich. His are carbide. Yes,...
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    Those are 0.925" jackets. Sectioning was done on...

    Those are 0.925" jackets. Sectioning was done on a Bridgeport. How the bullet is held while cutting entails:

    1) Take a block of wood and carve out a recess larger than the bullet
    2) Epoxy the...
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    7 or 8 ogive dies will handle 0.925" and 1.00"...

    7 or 8 ogive dies will handle 0.925" and 1.00" (and probably longer too). For .30 BR and variants, most folks go up to 116 gr in the 0.925" and 116 - 125 with the 1.00"; give or take. The ogive...
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    No. The bullet wire a lot of us use from Crown...

    No. The bullet wire a lot of us use from Crown Metals is 0.75% antimony (ie, 99.25% lead). I've also squirted pure lead cores and they both work fine. You just don't want the wire to be too hard. ...
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    Spot on Jackie. And there's another advantage to...

    Spot on Jackie. And there's another advantage to using 17-4PH over 416......there's no oil quench when hardening. We switched to 17-4 on our Ruger cylinders years ago. As for our actions, all of...
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    I couldn't agree more Randy. The paper is the...

    I couldn't agree more Randy. The paper is the ultimate measuring tool. My bullet spinner is a neat gizmo, but I haven't used it in a long time. Same reason I've never bought a used Juenke.
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    Jackie - I have a friend who owns a Juenke. I...

    Jackie - I have a friend who owns a Juenke. I may play with it out of curiousity. Like you, I can't definitively say what it measures. But if I had to guess, it asseses the runout between the...
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    I'm not sure who made it. I bought that spinner...

    I'm not sure who made it. I bought that spinner from a fellow BR shooter a few years ago.

    -Lee
    www.singleactions.com
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    A good bullet spinner, while not absolutely...

    A good bullet spinner, while not absolutely necessary, is another nice tool to have:

    https://www.singleactions.com/images/Benchrest/Bullet_Spinner.jpg

    -Lee
    www.singleactions.com
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    I agree Jackie. While I cut and squirt my own...

    I agree Jackie. While I cut and squirt my own cores, I have used Charlie's when swaging for a friend. Every time I dig out the wire, I ask myself why I'm not just buying Hoods. When you add up...
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    Al - I almost tried etching cores. Bought a...

    Al - I almost tried etching cores. Bought a colander and a box of TSP. Then I talked to George Ulrich and he said don't waste your time etching. Other bullet makers I've talked too have said the...
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    I use 4 oz of Marvel Mystery oil mixed in a...

    I use 4 oz of Marvel Mystery oil mixed in a gallon of acetone. Automatic transmission fluid works too. Place the cores in a bucket that's been drilled with holes smaller than the core diameter. ...
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    The inserts are machined from tool steel and...

    The inserts are machined from tool steel and hardened. Then the tops and bottoms are surface ground. Core length is determined from the top of the bottom insert to the bolt stop.

    I've cut over...
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    John - no, ours couldn't be set-up to do that. ...

    John - no, ours couldn't be set-up to do that. The wire has to drop thru both the upper and lower inserts. Those do the cutting. The steel bars only house the cutting inserts. They in no way...
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    The steel bars have inserts which have been...

    The steel bars have inserts which have been decked on a surface grinder. That gives each hole a fairly sharp edge. Plus we're only sheering lead wire. It's soft and the halves are tensioned under...
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    I'm using a home built core cutter. It's ugly,...

    I'm using a home built core cutter. It's ugly, but works. The two halves are tensioned with a Chevy SBC valve spring. I have separate inserts for 6mm and 30.
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    I'm a glutton for punishment and make my own...

    I'm a glutton for punishment and make my own cores (both 6mm and 30). Like Al suggested, call Crown Metals out of Milwaukee and order bullet wire. It's 99.25% lead, 0.75% antimony. That's what...
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    That's why I cast bullets and reload for all of...

    That's why I cast bullets and reload for all of my handguns. Hoarding primers and powder in good times also helps. I'm shocked at what some of this ammunition is going for on Gunbroker. 45 ACP is...
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