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  • cbrick's Avatar
    04-22-2014, 09:15 PM
    It's true, it's hardly a necessity just a joy to use. Mine wasn't $775 either, back when I bought mine the PID was $100 and the pot was like $425. Yes, I modified my Rowell #2 also though not the spout, it's much handier to use with the handle...
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    04-22-2014, 08:46 PM
    Dunno, can't answer that. The only PID I've ever had/used is the Magma and it has no probe in the alloy. Rick
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    04-22-2014, 08:29 PM
    If your going to pop for a Magma pot it would sure be a shame to not have the PID installed on it. Holds temp to +- 2 degrees and a biggie with the Magma unit is no probes inside the pot to be in the way. It has a nut welded on the center outside...
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    04-22-2014, 08:06 PM
    It will work, I do it with the RCBS pot though most of my casting is with the Magma. Rowell #1 is fine for small boolits but you want to pour lead as I suggested and #1 doesn't hold enough alloy, #2 does. Rick
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    04-22-2014, 07:23 PM
    Why don't you try this, while those SAECO boolits in the above pic were bottom poured why don't you get a Rowell #2 ladle and ladle them, I get far fewer rejects that way. Ladle pouring is slower but your not trying to shoot fast groups your trying...
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    04-22-2014, 04:45 PM
    Brad, I'm really not trying to be a smart a*s and I'm not trying to put you down but . . . I wouldn't keep a single one of those. Your wanting higher velocity groups, that ain't gonna do it. Describe your casting method, how are you going about...
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    04-22-2014, 02:13 PM
    I think Mr. Pope was right. One of the things that make a quality boolit is: I am of the school of thought that says the base of the boolit steers the boolit. If the base isn't perfect it's no better than trying to shoot the sprues. My first...
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    04-22-2014, 01:24 PM
    Actually that's true. I did a Sb/BHN test some years back, my normal alloy that ran 3% Sb or just barely under that took 3-4 days to reach the 18 BHN goal via convection oven heat treating. I ran a test with the Sb about half of that and didn't...
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    04-22-2014, 11:00 AM
    Agree completely. The time curve for age hardening is dependent on the Sb percentage, the lower the Sb percent the longer the age/time curve. Even with under 2% Sb the two weeks Bob mentioned should be good. One thing that will help with weight...
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    04-22-2014, 09:29 AM
    Sure I'm interested. I deleted over 20 of my posts in the other two threads because both turned into pure romper room. I'll give this thread one more try. Ok, Brad let's start with you telling us what it is you've tried so far and if it was a...
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    04-21-2014, 07:42 AM
    Got'em both and more thanks. As I posted in the other thread . . .
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    04-21-2014, 06:45 AM
    If that's the case then you should contact the metals industry. No doubt they will be shocked to learn that they have it all wrong. Rick
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    04-20-2014, 01:09 PM
    That's not entirely accurate and why I call annealing an art form. A very unscientific test of cartridge annealing is to use needle nose vice grips adjusted to just contact the neck, now adjust them in just a bit, .020" - .030" and squeeze the neck...
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    04-20-2014, 10:30 AM
    If there is any chance of moisture in/on anything going into the pot you must start with an empty pot. Do not chance water being trapped under molten lead, it instantly turns to steam with an expansion ratio of 1,600 to 1 with explosive power and...
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    04-20-2014, 08:24 AM
    COWW and SOWW are two different alloys, the SOWW is much softer and many including me consider it as pure for most purposes. I separate them and mark the ingots which is which. Another point is that if you blend them all together there will never be...
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    04-20-2014, 08:16 AM
    No, according to the metals industry the components of a lead alloy cannot gravity separate. Not in large industrial vessels and not in your pot. Rick
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    04-19-2014, 08:25 PM
    Ok, gun lube. I went back to re-read the OP. Gun lube not boolit lube? I've tried too many latest greatest space age whiz bang stuff over the years, think I'll let the frogs keep it. Rick
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    04-19-2014, 08:08 PM
    10 Posts and I still have no idea what frog lube is. Rick
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    04-19-2014, 11:26 AM
    There is another thread with more XrF testing that is a sticky. This thread should be combined with that thread and locked to avoid trying to find this important data in a 300 post thread. As for me, I copied the info from both threads and combined...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check