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    Today, 03:19 PM
    No. NO. And NO! Don't use that stuff to lube your mold, you've already found out why! Use some synthetic 2-stroke oil as a mold lube, or get some Felix lube and use it. I use synthetic 2-stroke oil and this is how it is applied. 1. Shake the...
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    09-17-2017, 08:38 AM
    Hi Jim, Well! That little rifle made a pretty good impression on you! I know you'll enjoy it! T/C Hawkens are virtually identical to the Seneca except about 2-1/2 lbs heavier and I think the LOP is an inch longer. The Seneca is a "scaled down"...
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    09-16-2017, 01:51 PM
    Yeah, I bought a lot of bullets from National back in the day. Near the end their copper-plated bullets were pretty ugly. Shot well though! If you can use them, shoot 'em as is, if not, I'd sell or smelt them. I wouldn't want them in my casting pot!
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    09-16-2017, 01:45 PM
    centershot replied to a thread Hodgen powder in Our Town
    Some Hodgdon powders have a greenish tint to them, Varget being one that I use regularly. Give a call or email to Hodgdon and see what they say.
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    09-15-2017, 12:10 PM
    centershot replied to a thread 3 ball in Casting for Shotguns
    I've always thought of "tri-ball" as "Ultimate Bucksot"! Three .600 balls, yowza!!!
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    09-14-2017, 09:19 PM
    I did that. The Lee 170 grain mold casts at .309", to small for my Microgroove Marlin 30-30. I beagled it up to .311" but that made the nose section too large in diameter to chamber. Better metal? I don't think so. I'm fortunate to have a good...
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    09-14-2017, 05:53 AM
    white eagle, I've had this mold for 6-7 years or thereabouts, it's "well cycled" by now for sure! Dusty Bannister sent me a PM with instructions to run a diagnostic test, I'm in the middle of that now. Once I assemble all the data the mold is off to...
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    09-14-2017, 04:41 AM
    centershot replied to a thread slugs in Casting for Shotguns
    If your wads are distorted at 30# of pressure try reducing the pressure setting on the press first. That might help. Most likely though, your wad column is too tall.
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    09-13-2017, 09:48 AM
    Larry, PM sent.
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    09-08-2017, 04:43 PM
    Thank you for that information Larry! I put that to use today, sadly to no benefit. It was another day of experimentation. I bought a small desktop fan, about 4" diameter, and used that to cool the mold between casts. I tried various intervals...
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    09-08-2017, 09:41 AM
    OS OK, I had not seen that chart, thank you for posting it here. I was aware that the bullet OD would increase slightly as the percentage of antimony increased. The 94-3-3 alloy I am using was mixed in a 180# batch last year using Lino, pure lead...
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    09-07-2017, 07:06 PM
    Larry, yes, I have both Lyman and RCBS ladles, I much prefer the RCBS! I do not have a Lyman manual, could you please describe this pouring method you speak of? Yes, a different alloy, as I mentioned above I have mixed a batch of 96-3-1 to see if...
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    09-07-2017, 05:48 PM
    I have tried that method, Wayne, with mixed results as noted in post #9. However, I did not change the temp up from 650. I'll try that tomorrow. Today I tried the "pencil trick" as Dusty suggested and that was very successful in preventing the vent...
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    09-07-2017, 09:21 AM
    I had thought of doing something like this but wasn't sure what to use. I'll try this before I switch alloys. It'd be nice if this works, I won't have to mess with another alloy!
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    09-07-2017, 07:05 AM
    Sprue plates, yes I am a bit OCD about that! I deburr the bottom and edges of the plate and then adjust tension so it swings freely, of it's own weight. Over the years I've found this works best for me. I'm going to mix up some 96-3-1 alloy today...
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    09-06-2017, 09:42 PM
    The mould blocks mate tightly, no light shows between then, It doesn't fin, it lets the alloy flow into the vent lines, forming little whiskers or spikes. I had forgotten that tin is a wetting agent, when I made this alloy up I should have cut back...
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    09-05-2017, 10:47 AM
    THIS, EXACTLY!! And, as with any other mould, once you learn where the "sweet spot" is on pot temp you'll shuck out quality boolits just as fast as anybody else!
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    09-05-2017, 10:04 AM
    No, I'm pressure pouring with a ladle. I haven't tried just pouring into the hole, might have to bump the pot temp up but it's worth a shot. Might be able to avoid the lead flow into the vents and improve the wrinkled nose situation.
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    09-05-2017, 07:34 AM
    Yes, the mould is preheated. The first 3-4 casts show a wrinkle on the nose, always in the same place. After that, if my cadence is correct, I'll get good boolits. If not, they're either wrinkled or undersisize, depending on mold temp. I've never...
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    09-04-2017, 07:10 PM
    I spent a couple of hours casting with my Lyman 311041 today. Two hours wasted! Every single one came out under-size. Man do I hate this mould!! I'm running 94-3-3 alloy. This mold will only work with a melt temp of 640-660. Any hotter and lead will...
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    09-03-2017, 07:26 PM
    Brilliant idea! Thanks country gent!
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    09-03-2017, 06:51 PM
    Place a "Want To Buy" ad in the Swappin' & Sellin' thread, you never know what could turn up!
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    09-03-2017, 06:47 PM
    Darn balls shed velocity quick, don't they!!? Looks like it goes sub-sonic just past 50 yards, hope that doesn't booger up your accuracy. My loads from a smoothbore barrel are 4-5 inches at 50 starting at 1290 fps. I never considered them anything...
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    09-03-2017, 06:22 PM
    Yeah, you guys are probably right. If all my molds were as trouble free as these two are I'd be in casting Heaven!
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    09-03-2017, 04:26 PM
    I have two Lee .358-158RF 2 cavity molds that I bought about 5 years ago. Since the very beginning these molds have been absolute "Rock Stars"! They work perfectly!! Open the mold, boolits fall out, fill, repeat. Using them in tandem it doesn't take...
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    09-03-2017, 09:40 AM
    NYFirefighter357, like you, I too live behind enemy limes (NY). Stockpile as much as you can! I can't believe Cuomo and his cronies haven't already outlawed the possession of lead!
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    08-31-2017, 09:42 PM
    This is where a Lee Factory Crimp Die should be used.
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    08-31-2017, 09:49 AM
    brass410, where is "here"?
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    08-31-2017, 07:04 AM
    Shameless Bump.
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    08-28-2017, 07:25 PM
    SPF to bedbugbilly I am selling my .45 cal T/C Seneca, gotta' put a new engine in the missus car. :roll: This won't cover it but it's a start. The gun has the T/C tang peep and a green fiber-optic front sight installed; I have the original sights...
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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