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Casting and Reloading / Re: How much to size down for 45 Colt
« on: February 14, 2020, 06:57:23 PM »
You may find better accuracy in your rifles by checking the throat size, then size to fit there.
On your revolvers check the chamber throat and size to fit there.
You may find that your rifles my have a larger throat than your revolvers.
On the rifles measure the ID of the mouth of a fired case. Try sizing to that diameter. This is about the largest that will chamber in that rifle. You may find each rifle likes a different size.
On revolvers the chamber mouth should be the same as the bore diameter or a bit bigger. By sizing to match the chamber mouths the bullet is straight in the chamber and is straighter as it passes through the gap and into the forcing cone and rifling.
On my 44Mag Ruger SBH And Red Hawk they shot well at about .430. My Marlin 1894 likes larger bullets. At least .432. I don't use gas checks and I shoot a lot as cast and lubed with LLA. They shoot well and very little to no leading.
The SBH at 25 yards, if I do my job is one ragged hole.
The Marlin isn't quite as accurate but still puts them in small groups.

I'm not sure if this is the place to ask, but I have a question about abbreviations in the bullet diagram in the store.
I know what CG is, center of gravity.
What does from bas and CP stand for? and the % numbers?

Casting and Reloading / Re: Expander plugs
« on: February 27, 2019, 11:40:55 AM »
Got my issues straightened out and bought some expander plugs. They fit the die body just fine.
Some flip the stock expander over to use as a spacer or make one. I Don't really see the reason for that. The NOE expander slides in the die just like the stock piece. I see no problem with that.
They work very well.
I bought two for the 44 Mag I use in my Marlin 1894. I bought these to use a Ranch Dog 267 gr bullet/ I Size to .432. The expander in my die set is a .428 and flares up from there. I think that's a bit to tight.
The ones I bought are a .434x.430 and a .436x.432. This gives me different sizes to try. See which works best.
As I use these expanders I'll have to be sure to keep them in the right bags or measure to be sure which is which, they are not marked.

Casting and Reloading / Re: NOE 375 mold question
« on: February 21, 2019, 09:22:26 AM »
I don't know much about 375 boolits but if you go back to the NOE forum home page. Look under general. FAQ There is a list of all the abbreviations used on here and at the store.

Casting and Reloading / Re: Expander plugs
« on: February 17, 2019, 01:07:50 PM »
Tried ordering the parts but it won't let me. I have bought stuff before without any issues. It won't let me log in. So I tried to open a new account, tells me there is already an account. I tried resetting the password. It sends the info to reset to my e-mail but when I get back to sight it says they have no record of that request.
I have sent an e-mail to NOE but no responce as of yet.

Casting and Reloading / Re: Newbie Lube Advice with Push Thru Sizers
« on: February 16, 2019, 08:42:58 AM »
If your going to lube the bullets in your lube/sizer then why not size them in your lube sizer?
The original push through sizers you used a pan and cake cutter.
I use a mixture off Lee's liquid lube with floor wax, I don't recall the exact mix.
It works very well. At least at the velocities I shoot cast.
It may not hold up at 3000 fps.Leo

Casting and Reloading / Re: Expander plugs
« on: February 16, 2019, 06:14:05 AM »
Thanks, would have hate to ordered the parts, then found out they won't work.

Casting and Reloading / Re: Pressure Bottom Pouring with a Lee Pot
« on: February 15, 2019, 09:31:28 AM »
Very interesting idea. I may try that on my Lee pot. It shouldn't hurt even if I didn't pressure bottom pour.

Casting and Reloading / Expander plugs
« on: February 15, 2019, 09:12:57 AM »
This may sound like a stupid question, but Do the NOE expander plugs work in just the Lee Universal Expander or can they work in the caliber specific dies too?
Reason I ask is the Lee set of 44Mag dies has an expander that is of .432x.429 ok for Jacketed bullets but way to tight the cast bullets.
In my Marlin 1894 I need cast bullets at about .433. For proper neck tension I should have the neck sized to .431 or .432. Such as NOE's .436x.432.
If NOE expanders fit in the expander die body I have I won't need to buy a Lee Universal Die.

Casting and Reloading / Re: Expander plug
« on: February 15, 2019, 08:59:08 AM »
I know this is an older thread, but I wanted to reply to AlvinYorks comment on Lyman M expanders.
I think it got it's name the same way the H and I sizing parts did.
Early on Ideal or Lyman, Not sure which at the time, drew up a diagram and parts list for their tooling. They used letters to designate the parts on the diagram. Thus the parts now known as the H and I had the letters H and I on the diagram and list.
I assume somewhen there was a diagram and list for the reloading tools and the Expander had an M for the designation, thus it is known as an M expander.

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