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This is something I should have done a long time ago.

I've always had an interest in weaponry, particularly firearms, but I just never thought that a meeting place where I could talk to people about EVERYTHING in this area should be something I should do myself. But I have another rather successful site, and decided to use it as a template to build this site, and just see whether or not it flies.

This site officially went online around September 17th, 2003. So it is brand spanking new. I am in the process of spreading the word about it, but I am trying hard not to be a pain in the butt in the process of doing so.

Of course right now things look really barren on this site, but that's to be expected with a startup like this. This CAN be an interesting and fun place to hang out, but I need everyone's help in order to make it like that. My job will be to guard the gates and keep out the riffraff that can destroy any good site if allowed to do so. Discussions are good, even of the heated variety, but there is a point where it gets tiresome to everyone. Some people have nothing better to do than to be a troll and try to make life miserable for everyone else. I will do my best to keep that from happening here.

I am open to suggestions of any sort on how to make this site better and more enjoyable. I can't guarantee that I can do everything that is suggested, but I will give them all serious consideration. I can add forums at will, but have restrained myself slightly to keep this site from just being too overwhelming right off the bat. Any of the forums can be expanded to be complete sections of their own with subforums within them. That will come in time as I perceive the need to help keep threads more organized.

By the way, in message board parlance a "thread" is a group of messages with the starting message visible as a topic line. You start up a line thread of messages within any of the forums by clicking on the button that says start new thread. This should be on every forum page up near the right hand upper corner, as well as in the lower left hand corner. While you are actually IN a thread, you can post a reply by clicking on the button that says post a reply which appear in the upper and lower right hand corners of the screen displaying the thread you are reading.

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So please help to make this site reach it's full potential. This can be one hell of a resource for everyone, and I hope you will all help me reach that goal.

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Hi, I am a reloading moderator of a major site, a list owner of a progressive reloader site, a long retired pistol grip manufacturer, the distributor for the founding Saeco company and the C-H company, and the first progressive reloader company.

I have taught reloading, bulletcasting and a survival seminar besides being a competitor and commercial reloader. I like being helpful in the area of reloading and handguns. Being retired I belong to a lot of lists being helpful .
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so where can one get 160 gr, 170 gr .45 ACP swc molds, what's the cost, how many cavities,and are handles included?
 

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Glad to see you make an appearance here, Starman. Maybe you can get some lively discussions started in the reloading forum. To start things off, how about a thread discussing the pros and cons of moly coating and other friction reducing coatings? Heck, I may have started a thread there myself a while back. I can't remember......

Anyway, welcome aboard!
 

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The Lee 155 gr swc was never available except as a 6 cavity mold, they stopped making it and are all out of stock. The Lee, and several other 160 gr swc's are very blunt, and are not likely to feed well in most .45's. With the longer case of the .460 Rowland, they feed better, and with a very experienced smith, very determined to MAKE such ammo feed reliably, it can be done, but a longer nosed, more amenable feeding cast swc bullet would be far better for most .45. If a 170 gr bullet, with a better feed ogive was cast out of pure tin, it would weigh about 110 grs. Hollowbasing, deepening, maybe also widening the grease groove, hollowpointing it and slitting the nose might get it down to 80 grs, and in a 5" .45 ACP, fully supported barrel, it would be feasible to get it to at least 2100 fps, and maybe 2200 fps. The latter load would have 860 ft lbs.
 

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Gunkid, are you allowed to reload, while on parole? Just curious?
 
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