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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Nyhus View Post
    Based on what I found seating cores (etched, cleaned but not etched, oiled) I did a little experiment once.

    Kept some cores (1% antimony) in TSP long enough until they were heavily etched....texture was that of about 180 grit sand paper. Then seated them normally and using a three corner diamond file, filed the jacket lengthwise on two sides and removed it to see what the walls of the cores looked like under a 20 power magnifier.

    Any guesses on what the core wall looked like? -Al
    smooth as the inside of the jacket?

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    I got a line on some Detsch moded redding big boss preses. I was wonder what you guys thought of these?

    Also for bullet trays, how thick are they and how large is the hole for a 30cal tray? Do you think wood would work for a tray ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrxR View Post
    I got a line on some Detsch moded redding big boss preses. I was wonder what you guys thought of these?

    Also for bullet trays, how thick are they and how large is the hole for a 30cal tray? Do you think wood would work for a tray ?
    They will do the job nicely. I know a couple of Bullet makers with these Detsch Redding presses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trxr View Post
    i got a line on some detsch moded redding big boss preses. I was wonder what you guys thought of these?

    Also for bullet trays, how thick are they and how large is the hole for a 30cal tray? Do you think wood would work for a tray ?
    coated hard wood works fine made mine 40 yrs ago made new ones to fit schaker out of acryic plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillBrawand View Post
    coated hard wood works fine made mine 40 yrs ago made new ones to fit schaker out of acryic plastic.
    Are the generaly 1/2" or 3/4" thick? What size is the whole drilled to? Im thinking just slightly larger than .3087

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrxR View Post
    Are the generaly 1/2" or 3/4" thick? What size is the whole drilled to? Im thinking just slightly larger than .3087
    Here are some pics of mine, hole spacing idealized for .30 Cal., 1.080" length: plate is 5&1/4"x11"x1/2" thick; hole depth/diameter 0.360"x11/32nds (0.3438). Had them made by late uncle about 25 years ago.
    P.S. Trays hold 100 jackets, the off-set pattern used was easier to fit, and makes for easier handling via my stubby fingers. I use these trays for everything larger than 6mm, and for >1.050" 6mm . . . and they work just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R.G. Robinett View Post
    Here are some pics of mine, hole spacing idealized for .30 Cal., 1.080" length: plate is 5&1/4"x11"x1/2" thick; hole depth/diameter 0.360"x11/32nds (0.3438). Had them made by late uncle about 25 years ago.
    Thanks

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    When buying 1/4" lead wire is it actually .250" or is it .247" . How close to that size would the bushing of the cutter need to be to that size? would a .2656" hole be too large?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trxr View Post
    when buying 1/4" lead wire is it actually .250" or is it .247" . How close to that size would the bushing of the cutter need to be to that size? Would a .2656" hole be too large?
    i made hole to fit .250 wire use it for 6 mms and larger works fine. Have lightly oiled cloth in left hand to clean lead wire as i push thru cutter 140 pieces a minute.

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    Is 99.75% too pure?

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    For Curiosity sake is there anyone out there that still makes quality steel dies? Would the be any good for someone making bullets for personal benchrest use? Or is person going to get that much better quality from a Carbide die?

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    TrxR


    For 224 "projectiles, I purchased Mr. Larry Blackmon's dies.
    Using J4 jackets, I produced 52 grains flat base bullets that grouped as good or better than Berger and custom on my 223 Borden rifle

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrxR View Post
    Is 99.75% too pure?
    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.

    -Lee
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    Last edited by Lee Martin; 01-06-2021 at 10:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Martin View Post
    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.

    -Lee
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    at one tjme i bouht lead by the ton i got qa load of 6 percent antimoy i returned all but 6 rolls shot well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillBrawand View Post
    at one tjme i bouht lead by the ton i got qa load of 6 percent antimoy i returned all but 6 rolls shot well.
    made some spitzer out of it shot like bench gun made for aall cal' for huntong.at 300 yds it was a killer

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