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  1. Hi kenstone, repeat repeat repeat. do a search. it is all stuff I've said before also. I know you said it, some times when it gets said makes a difference. remember, this thread started with a question that does not have a short and easy answer. I would loved to have found such a post as yours when I was seating the fat bottomed girls in 9mm cases. I made 3 expander funnels before I made a good one. and THEN i found that lee made one that is close to my good one. the expander is half the battle. the cases have to allow fat bullets to fit inside 9mm chambers too. victor
  2. when you are putting 357 diametervlead bullets into a 9mm brass case... get and use a 38 powder funnel. If you are running a lee FCD, remove it. Lee's plain ole taper crimp is good. I had to sort brass by headstamp, with FC cases as the target. here is the longer explanation A 9mm case is not expanded enough by any of the three 9mm funnels I have; RCBS, Dillon, or Lee. the bullet bottom will be swaged. I recall that the lee 38 short expander/funnel was the one I used. an aside about that... I also have a memory of putting the short funnel on a lathe and polishing it to get it a little smaller... I also made a couple of expanders to refine for seating depth. so the polishing might not be required on the lee funnel, as I may be crossing memories... I like the lee 9mm FCD and it swages 357 lead bullets. use it and then flip the cartridge nose down... most times the bullet will fall out. The taper crimp seems to just remove the bell. I tried the mixed brass I had been running. I will state these all were crimped between .378 to .379. some didn't plunk... all the FC cases plunked. most win plunked. Others not mentioned didn't plunk and the only headstamp I remember was S&B... I think because it was a surprise. The non-plunkers all were too fat where the bullet was in, holding the case. In a rifle cartridge I'd call it the neck. case wall thickness can make a difference if you are checking with a case gauge. some chambers will not care. luck! miranda
  3. I like this line. while I was chasing good cast bullets ,I read a lot of comments. After an amount of trying ideas made in those comments... I definitely learned to keep my results in mind when reading any recommendation. I did try a small number of the ideas with variable success. some times you just don't know... I wish I remember who said he likes plain old beeswax and would still be using it if he could get it at a lower price. I had some, tried it... am not sure how good the results. pressing the bullets into the case got a couple of small rolls of wax at the case mouth at least one 'roll' stopped the slide from battery. my memory was that beeswax smoked a lot I also did not try larger bullet diameter. that was tried after I quit using beeswax I worked on improving my bullet lube delivery cheers miranda
  4. crimped. no doubt. crimp removal is the problem that causes me to save them for last to re-load. otherwise treat them as any brass. miranda
  5. the photos and explanations are very useful. I have not recovered any of what I have been tossing downrange. most of my cast bullets and decisions of how to have good performance (and yes I am rethinking my results.) has been what they leave in the barrel and how they print in targets. I may have to build a pistol range for recovery purposes... much appreciated. miranda
  6. quoted because the thread moved on a bit and I got lumped in... hi kenstone, google says alan greenspan said: "I know you believe you understand what you thought I said but I am not at all certain what you heard is what I meant" some one here on this forum uses it as a signature... If anything, what I didn't want to say is that the reason people buy 355 sized blue bullets for 9mm is because that is the size 9mm bullets are. Please do not ignore that 9mm bullets should be copper jacketed. there is a little sentence I should write as the next step. please give it a guess.... so I have to try to say the "next step" in another way. No matter what lead bullet bullet you chose, for proper fit to the barrel bore, the lead bullet should be a bit bigger in diameter. if you know a polite way to state that perhaps the popular choice is not the right choice, I'd like to hear it. miranda
  7. not lost on me. those details are labels for 9mm bullets, they are not dimensions for us to consider. I know what size MG 124 HP are and they are a wee bit bigger than 355. no one has said what size are the blue bullets that arrive when one orders 355. I have stated my various lead bullet sizes and you stated your sizes, as such there is no reason to doubt those numbers and their meanings. If I were selling lead bullets I'd make the 355 label in the dimension of 3555 inches and the labeled 356 in the dimension of 3565. if at all possible... you took a different path to get to your dimensions than me. despite that, we both have extremely close conclusions. miranda
  8. !!!! all over the place! sadly for me, you are not the first to accuse me a writing in that arcane language "Obscuranto." but who has written about lead bullets in leading magazines? none the less, I'll take the ...erm... criticism to heart and attempt to add clarity on future writing. and thanks for the 'but he is right etc..." that helped ease the pain. miranda
  9. Hi Yondering, quote because the thread bumped along a bit.... I also would like your photos because seeing the results( a photo) with an explanation is often far better than an explanation alone. ... I have read many explanations. miranda
  10. the thread has moved a bit since this post, thus the quote. hi kenstone, you get both answers... I want cheap ammo. buying blue bullets is not my idea of cheap. I found a few hundred pounds of wheel weights ... cheap... second answer is a little more involved and sorta involves the first answer. I made bullets per Lee Precision instructions... that left something to be desired. I went looking for advice on how to cast bullets. found castboolits and rotometals and the LA silhouette club. As a way to learn about a subject, a forum also leaves something to be desired. to skip a lot of details that happened here I'll go with I tested what I read. then compared my notes with the various people's posts what I got was a sense of how the ones who knew what to do said or wrote things. I call it learning to read... pretty much all said coating a lead bullet reduces smoke. they also agreed that what worked for your gun in terms of diameter and hardness seemed to stay as required to prevent leading. I am not big on re-inventing the wheel. I trusted them and I left the powder-coating aside as un-needed expense. I did have a lot of fun smoking magic wax lubes... I had the ingredients... acquired cheap. all that said... let me point out that no one has said anything about the dimensions of blue bullets except your re-sizing them. and my advice was try the .356 size and see if they are good. The blue bullets coating could be very very thick and the lead core has no chance of being cut by the rifle lands. buuut my advice would still be the same. the copper jacketed bullets I have measured and that seemed accurate were never smaller than .355 and some were close to .356 so I would say the average of the few I checked to be .3555 inches. this was a dial caliper and my mark 1 eyeball and thumb. my digital caliper said 355 a lot and a few 356... so I tried another gauge. I do not KNOW what causes inaccuracy... I do KNOW what dimensions get me accuracy. Important to note is that the second part is absolutely not a comment on the first part. My ammo problems with lead were bullets falling out of the cases after I shifted to 357. once I had got the 38 expander working in the press I've had no real problems with the ammo. again, the other reason for saying try the 356 size is that 9mm dies will build good ammo. fat bottomed bullets need bigger expanders. miranda
  11. Miranda

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  12. Miranda

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    I do not get the joke.... but the story is hilarious.
  13. I hear clothes driers are the next big thing in brass drying... I have to agree that the AC exhaust is a good idea. perhaps a dehumidifier modification can be more convenient? miranda
  14. oh what a riot! good idea... now to find a used washer. ummm how much brass are you planning to clean? give up on the cloth bags... line the drum with something like astro-turf dry in the sun... how you avoided getting busted is beyond me. My sweetie defends her washer with threats of great harm while I snore.... miranda
  15. one more thing... I mentioned two web sites castboolits.com and http://www.lasc.us/CastBulletNotes.htm cast boolits is a wide ranging forum... I don't think I've posted there. the cast bullets notes page is accurate in all it says that I could directly test. as such I use it as a reference. I do not hunt with a rifle and I target hunt with a 17hmr so the rifle stuff the site mentions are not in my trials. most people do not want to make bullets so read it it as a way to check what others have said. miranda
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