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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    Today, 09:36 AM
    I've used popcan metal to make plain base GCs. I've found the boolit alloy needs to be fairly soft, like about 10 bhn, so when sized, the GC will squeeze into the base band of the boolit, and they stay on quite well. So, depending on what alloy...
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    Today, 09:21 AM
    Like MBTcustom (Tim) posted about some time ago, It's good practice for someone new to casting Rifle boolits to weight sort a few batches, and even make a graph representation (whether on paper or just using the boolits on the bench). Once you see...
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    Today, 08:18 AM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread Alloy issues? in Cast Boolits
    I believe it's easily explained Lead-tin-antimony, when cast hot will give a frosted/crystalized look. Lead-tin will not. OS OK, your image is exactly what my 20:1 casts like also.
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    Yesterday, 07:02 PM
    I'd just put some alloy in there and flux, scrap, scoop ...flux, scrap, scoop ...flux, scrap, scoop.
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    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread Alloy issues? in Cast Boolits
    Some stick-on WW have antimony.
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    Yesterday, 12:32 PM
    This 22 centerfire thread is a fun one. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?123645-Range-report-for-high-velocity-test-of-Bullshops-NOE-107s-and-Lotak-lube
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    Yesterday, 10:03 AM
    Here is a couple... You might notice accuracy nodes as you work up a load, take notice of them. If you hit some road blocks, be sure to mix things up, like the following... Traditionally, we seat the boolit to engage the lands...if you hit a...
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    Yesterday, 09:51 AM
    +4 One time, when I swapped lubed, it took about 200 boolits to end the multi-color streaking of the lube. You may need to adjust the heat accordingly. You will like the C-red !
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    Yesterday, 09:44 AM
    "searching" is an artform. When I need to search for something, I always start with the website's google custom search. then I try the advanced search...this is tricky, and there is a long learning curve to utilize it well. then I'll go to...
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    Yesterday, 09:16 AM
    I ship items this size in a Padded flat rate envelope, it's about the same cost as SFRB. I package items so they are well protected, before I place them in the padded flat rate envelope.
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    09-22-2020, 10:10 AM
    Many years ago (2012) I made a batch of "up-side-down" bracket-mounts for the Lee classic cast single stage press, using some scrap plate steel that I got at a jobsite for just pennies. The Lee classic, besides having the handle switch from Left to...
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    09-22-2020, 09:55 AM
    The SILE Target grips for S&W model 41 are still available...at a great price. Doesn't any one need a nice set of grips? Bump to top.
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    09-22-2020, 09:46 AM
    It does matter, or maybe better put, it "might" matter...BUT, it will not likely matter until you are shooting beyond 100 yds. Also, any remaining NRA 50-50 in the grooves, should fling off as the boolit exits the muzzle, so then it shouldn't...
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    09-21-2020, 08:27 PM
    what distance? Have you really given a thorough test comparison? or is this just a swag?
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    09-19-2020, 04:57 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread lawn rolling in Our Town
    In my area, bumpy lawns are caused by night crawlers. Now you can roll a lawn, but if you don't get rid of the night crawlers, they will just make your lawn bumpy again. Personally, I think night crawlers are a sign of healthy soil, so I'd never...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-19-2020, 04:42 PM
    How do you know what to size the boolits too?
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  • Four Fingers of Death's Avatar
    09-19-2020, 04:19 AM
    That will sit well atop of it. I have a couple of Ruger American Compacts (223, 308) and was thinking of Timney Triggers. The cheapest I have found them at is $AU440!!!!!! I might be doing a DIY job on them!
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    09-18-2020, 04:54 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread Alloy help in Cast Boolits
    "range scrap of unknown hardness" I'm not sure what kind of answers you expect, without knowing what your range scrap is? But here goes, I like to use 94-3-3 for 9mm, as well as, for most "standard level cast boolit loads" in Rifle. Good Luck.
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    09-18-2020, 04:40 PM
    "my Rossi 92" What is the groove diameter of that barrel?
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    09-18-2020, 08:52 AM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread back surgery in Our Town
    Same here. Also, one specific friend/coworker I know could no longer sit at a desk or work bench without being in pain after the fusion surgery. He had to raise the level of his work bench so he could stand and work. He said he regrets getting...
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    09-17-2020, 09:43 PM
    For smelting lead, I use a Coleman white gas stove and burn regular auto gas in it...just need to clean the generator once in a while. I didn't re-enforce anything, yes it will bend a little when the grate gets glowing red...I just bend it back...
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    09-17-2020, 01:39 PM
    I had some vintage Federal Lightning 22LR that would no longer reliably cycle in my Ruger Mk II. I recall that the lube on them felt like JPW when there weren't two decades old, they now feel dry. So, that's what I applied to them...Now they...
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    09-17-2020, 09:15 AM
    When they did a group buy for the .41 RFN 220 grain, I ordered one. You will like that boolit, it's a great design with a fairly large Meplat.
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-17-2020, 09:12 AM
    my experience with Arsenal, one Group buy mold and one "custom" mold, has been a pleasure. I highly recommend them.
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    09-17-2020, 09:08 AM
    I don't know what year Al started making molds? But when I joined CB, I don't beleive he had a website, and he was doing Group buy molds. I bought some of his Group Buy molds in 2010 and 2011, the price included tools as well as a TP.
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    09-17-2020, 08:55 AM
    You don't give us much to go on, but with what you said, I'd bet benjamins that it ain't your Lee Alox/JPW/MS Lube.
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    09-17-2020, 08:49 AM
    What amount of time are you concerned with? Months? years? Decades? There are two things to consider. First one, if you are using a Alloy with a High Antimony content (like 92-6-2), is that Boolits will grow (in diameter) with age. You can...
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  • Four Fingers of Death's Avatar
    09-16-2020, 10:22 PM
    Hw does the 77/22 Hornet shoot smithnframe? They are one sweet looking rifle. I have a lovely VariX11 2-7 Leupold just screaming out for one of them.
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I collect too much stuff and I cast for way to many calibers. I'm trying to rectify both of these conditions.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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