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  • jeff100's Avatar
    11-14-2017, 08:15 PM
    As someone else already stated, NuFinish doesn't contain any wax. It seems to me that the original formula of BLL, the wax was sealing the alox on the boolit. Regardless of what type of wax solution is used, that seems to be the purpose of the...
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    11-14-2017, 07:02 PM
    Has anyone tried using liquid automotive wax? Thinking these automotive liquid waxes might be water based, I checked the MSDS sheet for Turtle brand Liquid Carnuba wax. The MSDS sheet lists petroleum solvents. Automotive liquid wax is easy to...
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    11-11-2017, 05:05 PM
    Well, OK. Doing a little digital digging around, the only other term I could find that related to primer performance was the term 'blast pressure'. I found this term in a Cornell University Library white paper titled Performance testing of lead...
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    11-10-2017, 09:16 PM
    In some of the handgun training scenarios I've participated in, I shot in a warehouse with NO light. This was to demonstrate that sights are not always necessary, given that you've had enough practice. I believe the importance of practice, and the...
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    11-10-2017, 02:58 PM
    LOL, so did I. Interesting as I have a collection of mostly full bottles of LLA on my shelf. Now I'll have to do some comparison testing. I have to say though, I love my pretty colorful PC'd boolits. JJ
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    11-10-2017, 01:16 AM
    Could that term be brisance? JJ
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    11-09-2017, 07:33 PM
    Not a large sample size of responses, but so far 100% positive for PC. I've been PC'ing for a few months now and love it, seems to be the perfect solution. That's not to say there hasn't been a learning curve for me, there has. But all in all I'm...
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    11-09-2017, 01:03 AM
    Have any of you worked with powder coating and decided to go back to lubed boolits? I am relatively new to boolit casting, starting just a couple of years ago so I don't have a lot of experience with shooting lubed boolits. I've taken to pc my...
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    11-08-2017, 10:03 PM
    Yes, it does Fred, thanks. I'm working up a comfortable load I can shoot all day in the 45 Colt. If I want to rattle the walls I'll get my 44 mags out. Others have mentioned Trail Boss, I'll have to pick up a pound and try it out. JJ
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    11-08-2017, 09:25 PM
    I've taken quite a bit of training and that training has given me some 'reality check's' concerning using a firearm for self defense. What you carry is not as important as your familiarity with and ability to shoot what you carry. Can you shoot...
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    11-08-2017, 07:21 PM
    I finally made it back out to the range today to finish testing the hand loads for the 45 Colt that I had trouble with the primers backing out. The members that said my hand loads were too light were spot on the money. I finished shooting the rest...
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    11-07-2017, 10:26 PM
    Thanks everyone, yet again another informative thread. One thing I didn't mention in my original post is my boolits are sized oversize to begin with and the boolit shape that has no bevel on the plain base is giving me the most trouble in starting...
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    11-07-2017, 01:29 AM
    I'm having trouble hand loading cast boolits for my 357 magnum. I'm using a Lee Pistol die set. In setting the case expander die deep enough to easily start my cast boolits the die seems to expand the entire case neck too much. There isn't much...
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    11-01-2017, 08:08 PM
    Are the Russians involved?
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    11-01-2017, 06:47 PM
    I dunno if this is just a joke thread or what. My understanding is melted lead alloy, kept on heat long enough will form oxides on the surface of the lead melt. So, with this pot of molten lead left on heat overnight, wouldn't that mess just be a...
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    11-01-2017, 06:42 PM
    Looking at the picture of your boolits, it appears the bases are not powder coated. Is that true? Also, how did you build your double rifle, where did you get your components? Or did you machine them yourself?
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    10-30-2017, 02:11 PM
    No light can be seen through the mold using very bright LED light and rotating the mold blocks as I inspect them under the light. I do not hold the sprue handle as I fill the mold, I use moderate pressure on the two mold handles as I pour. I DO...
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    10-28-2017, 07:48 PM
    I love my Lee molds. They usually work great for me. This one is a problem because I abused it through my ignorance. Not the fault of Lee or the mold. Just saying...JJ
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    10-28-2017, 05:12 PM
    Yes, I have inspected the mold under strong light and do not see any light breaking through. When I posted the picture of the mold I thought I saw a small amount of lead near one of the alignment pins. I looked at the molds to clean off that lead...
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    10-28-2017, 04:19 PM
    Here you go, dang if I didn't notice a small piece of lead near one of the alignment pins as I was prepping the photo. JJ
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    10-28-2017, 03:36 PM
    Yes, I've lubed my alignment pins and sockets. The mold seems to close with no effort. I also have NOE molds, I love them, they cast excellent boolits. That said, I find them difficult to open, usually taking several cycles of opening pressure,...
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    10-27-2017, 07:08 PM
    I didn't mean to set off a forum storm with my post, was just looking for answers to something I wasn't understanding. Other than sticking a bullet in the bore, I never would have imagined problems that could occur from light loads. Load data...
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    10-27-2017, 02:27 PM
    Who knew?! Makes complete sense, I will not be drilling out the flash hole for any load now that I know this. I should have realized that the size of the flash hole was and is a carefully engineered attribute of the cartridge design. I'll search...
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    10-26-2017, 05:16 PM
    No, what would I polish?
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    10-26-2017, 04:35 PM
    I just never would have thought the load was too light, even though it is a light load. Also I never would have considered the primer flash hole being a constraint for the primer charge, nor would I have realized that in the normal course of firing...
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    10-26-2017, 03:47 PM
    Idaho45guy I am a strong believer in checking multiple sources for load data. You will find that load data vary's from source to source no matter what components you use. Load data also varies from old sources to newer sources. Load data in my...
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    10-26-2017, 03:03 PM
    At the range this week I was testing loads in my .45 Colt SAA clone (Uberti). Shooting cast 452-255 RF powder coated ahead of 6.5 grains of Unique (starting load). CCI 300 primers in new Starline cases. I shot 9 rounds and the cylinder started...
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    10-25-2017, 08:16 PM
    No, never. That said, I did carefully hone one of the corners of the mold that looked like it might have got banged a bit. Took a file to the face at that corner, but didn't seem to remove little, if any material. Nor can I see any light in the...
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    10-25-2017, 07:15 PM
    I remember this story LOL, was out casting last week and had to grab my mold blocks while I quickly changed my grip on the mold handles. Even with welding gloves on and only holding those mold blocks for a couple of seconds, my glove got HOT FAST. ...
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    10-25-2017, 07:05 PM
    I have a Lee 6 CAV 358-158-RF bullet mold that I've had for several years now that is suddenly casting bullets with fins mostly on the nose. I'm at my wits end with this problem. I've inspected this mold using magnification looking for lead or...
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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