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Walks Fletcher SASS#375

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  1. Beautiful Bullets, are you Shooting BP ? If so what is your lube. I used SPG or some stuff My Dad gave me just before He passed in 1988. Can't remember what His formula was but it worked as well as SPG or Bore Butter.
  2. That is quite the BIG Crimping groove. All the Guys at the old Coto Cowboys yapped about how great the LFCD was. I didn't need it, but thought I'd give it a try. It didn't work worth beans. Maybe it was because the box was mis-labeled and actually contained a .44Mag die. Complain to Lee, send the die & box back with receipt at my expense. We'll give you a new correct die for $10.00 more then the 1st one cost, plus shipping. Guy on the phone acted like I was trying to scam him. Die went in the trash. Last Lee reloading die I'll ever buy. So much for the much hailed lfcd. Went back to what I'd always done. That worked just fine.
  3. I found out back in the late 1970's that RCBS had 2 different .44-40 die sets cataloged for the .44-40. One for Lead bullets and one for Jacketed. I bought the one for Lead as I was loading for an original SAA & 1892 in .44WCF using the Lyman #42798 bullet. My Dad had given me a set of early 1960's Lyman .44-40 Die's. The old Lyman dies worked better as they sized the cases down farther the the RCBS. Even using the Lyman sizer and RCBS expander the rounds had to be gently pushed that last 1/8" into the old Colt's Chambers. Using the Lyman M-die which was stamped .427 I had no problem chambering rounds in anything. I always crimped over the ogive of the #42798 bullet, but the Colt still needed .427dia bullets. The Win (1938) 1892 shot better with .428dia bullets. As did my 2 3rd Gen Colts in the .44Spl Cartridge. I bought a Uberti 1873 in 1988 for Cowboy Shooting. Happened to find a Commercial Caster in 1989 who sold the .428Dia Magma bullet in 225gr. So I started shooting it in my .44-40 Long guns. Still crimp the same depth and over the ogive. The old Lyman dies leave a bit of a wasp-waisted cartridge after seating and crimping. Leads to case body splits after 8-10 loadings. But I have 3,000 REM & WIN cases. Plus 20+boxes of PMC, starline, TEN-X and others. The cases produced by starline with their headstamp and for others don't seem to last as long as REM & WIN. Not annealed I guess. I still load most .44WCF using the old Lyman dies on a single stage. For some reason they just won't on a progressive. I use the old #42798, the RCBS #44-200-FN, #44-200-CM and the Accurate #43-210G. All loaded for Rifle these days. The #43-210G seems to work well with Hornady .44-40 dies in My Hornady L-N-L Progressive. Won't chamber in My old Colt, but I can single stage enough rounds to shoot it. Can't shoot Cowboy anymore, but it seems Everybody is still having Fun. Looks like there is still plenty of reason to curse the .44WCF as My Dad did 60yrs ago.
  4. Actually My Daughter started sizing brass at 8yrs old and I stopped having to load 12ga shells from 1994 until I had to stop shooting in 2010. She loaded every shotgun shell I and she and Judge Wells Spicer shot. The Judge continues to shoot occasionally and is still shooting the 140+ boxes left over when I stopped shooting. She stopped too, it's no fun without DAD. 

  5. I upgraded from a Pro-Jector to one of the first L-N-L Presses. Too soon, if I'd waited a few more more months.....I'd have a good ejector system. The conversions are still available. But you have to send back your old shell plates to have the groove for the bottom ejector cut. $10.00 A piece, includes return postage.

    I cut off the feed "trough(?)" Off my new subplate. It was in the way and I'll never use a case feeder.   

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