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    03-26-2020, 02:40 PM
    ABJ replied to a thread Lead smelting thermometer in Cast Boolits
    As others have said, the Lyman digital for the price is the best bet. Temps do matter when casting, why guess at it? Tony
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    03-19-2020, 09:22 AM
    Around 5.5 to 6.0 700x is also my preferred load only because I have more of it than Red Dot. I'm using 150 and 170 boolits. My Winchester 94 is zeroed on the highest iron sight setting on the 700x load and the lowest setting with my deer load at...
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    03-18-2020, 09:07 AM
    In my test all at 25 and 50 yards with a scoped Smith/15 here is what I found. First my alloys are 2 tin and 4 antimony and 20:1. I test mostly target loads in the Bullseye 2.8 to 3.2 range. Same with HP-38 from 3.2 to around 4.0. Other powders that...
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    03-17-2020, 09:24 AM
    In all my Marlins and Winchesters, .311 has always shot best. Sometimes a .310 but I have never got a .309 to shoot well. The bigger question is the nose and OAL. some of my guns require a .299 nose to chamber if crimped in the crimp groove. My...
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    03-17-2020, 08:54 AM
    Bill*B makes a good point. The only time I do it is when the OAL needs to be shorter, then I adjust the powder charge accordingly. My normal is if it has a crimp groove I use it. If I'm not getting the accuracy I want I then move the powder charge...
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    03-17-2020, 08:38 AM
    I have noticed in my Redhawk, increments of 2/10ths and adjusting crimps can make a lot of difference in accuracy. I have some H-4227 left over and a little less recoil than 2400, but 2400 delivered top notch accuracy. I'm at work and don't have my...
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    03-12-2020, 08:17 AM
    I cast pure tin in a Lee 6c 45-200tl mold. pure tin is hard to cut if too cool. Once it warms up it is fine. I would think that your mix should be a little softer than pure tin. FYI a 45/200 pure tin is .02 pounds each. Until the mold and sprue...
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    03-09-2020, 09:38 AM
    Send a sample to member "BNE". Get the alloy calculator from this site and under custom alloys punch in the xrf readings and you can make anything you wish very accurately. I could not even think of not using the alloy calculator. Tony
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Ball Ground, GA
Bullseye and muzzleloading
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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