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    Yesterday, 10:06 AM
    Here are several typical (100 yard non-selective caliber or bullet) powder charge vs. group size graphs at 1.00 grain and 0.50 grain increments, and their overlay for one rifle. In the first graph, powder loads are 1.00 grain increments plotted...
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    09-22-2020, 05:40 PM
    Somewhere between the BLUE charge and BLACK are probably several "relative minimum" groups. Try 3-shot groups each 0.10 grain above the former and reshoot. From that data pick the best and then try increasing seating depth (jump to lands) to tighten...
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    09-22-2020, 04:24 AM
    Land Owner replied to a thread Mold release? in Casting Equipment
    I guarantee, once the mold's temperature rises above ~150 degrees F, if you pick it up with bare hands (by anything but the handles) you are going to release it PDQ!
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    09-21-2020, 05:43 AM
    Not saying this is the root cause, but the spru plate has to be hot-Hot-HOT or the alloy "cools" going through, resulting in poor fill out. Frost is, imo, overly hot, but it's easy to back off, let the mold cool a smidge, after frost is achieved. ...
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    09-21-2020, 05:35 AM
    Yeah? What is it? You might need this thread to recover it in the future...
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    09-21-2020, 05:32 AM
    You didn't mention the alloy being used, just that the boolits would not scratch with your fingernail. If not already, add ~2% tin for better mold line fill out. Also, start out filling only two cavities for a while, then three for a while, then...
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    09-21-2020, 05:20 AM
    Prosperous people all across America STILL treat one another decently and with respect for what is right and just. It was just and the right thing to do. Prayers for Mr. Unhjem and his family - smooth road ahead in recovery. Praise for all of the...
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    09-17-2020, 06:17 AM
    Unexpected result. What should I do now? Replace or continue with repair? Background My 3x9 scope, pictured below (1 to 3), has an eyepiece that has "failed" (pic 4 and subject to argument - the rubber ripped off) after nearly forty (40) years...
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    09-16-2020, 01:29 PM
    Get in the car. Start out for an appointment, church, the store. Brain checks out for a second. Spouse is there to "remind" me, or no telling where we would end up I tell her one time she should sit back, relax, and see where we go! It's always an...
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    09-15-2020, 11:00 PM
    Frank. I choose to name it Frank.
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    09-15-2020, 06:39 AM
    "Locked" my keys in the truck at O'Dark-30, while hunting. Called Triple "A". Tipped the locksmith they sent $10 for opening the truck (learned a valuable trick in that too - so money well spent). He left. Keys were NOT in there. Keys were...
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    09-15-2020, 06:07 AM
    Retirement came as a means of leaving an engineering career that I loved. Not long after, tragedy struck. My hunting, shooting, and reloading Mentor, sixteen (16) years my senior and twenty five (25) years my career co-worker, passed (from COPD,...
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    09-12-2020, 07:32 AM
    My Christmas '16 HP (Windows 8 turned Windows 10) does pretty much what I ask of it in retirement. Essentially it provides an internet interface from which pay-to-use Microsoft software has been eliminated in favor of freeware Libreoffice for...
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    09-09-2020, 10:36 AM
    Static electricity resides on the outside of the plastic, so iirc, you can wipe away on the outside with the dryer sheet and achieve the result you were expecting on the inside.
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    09-08-2020, 05:02 AM
    ..and here I thought this thread was about "all things" green. I've been purchasing RCBS for over 30-years. I didn't even know that RCBS had a "Green Machine". I thought all RCBS equipment was referred to as "green" and the "machine" part of this...
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    09-08-2020, 04:43 AM
    Concur that it was an old thread, one of which are the gems we wrote (not you or me in this case), or read, and speak of, when attempting to convey what has been learned to those new to the experience. Research is a harbinger of knowledge as is bad...
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    09-07-2020, 03:24 PM
    Flux comes in many forms - candle wax and kid's crayons are fairly common. Wax lubricates and prevents corrosion when the melt cools. It will also burn to "jump start" melting the pot. "Plain Jane" sawdust in the pot when melted and at pouring...
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    09-06-2020, 05:48 AM
    That's an alloy of 3 oz. of tin to 160 oz. of lead, roughly 53 to 1 (Pb to Sn), or about 1.8% tin (good to go by me!). The other alloy of 16 Pb to 1 Sn is as Markopolo ciphered... Under State mandated STAY HOME, the pewter "dry out" is not...
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    09-06-2020, 05:09 AM
    Land Owner replied to a thread Ratios for Bullets in Cast Boolits
    Close(r) to JonB_in_Glenco I use COWW's (WW) and Lead (Pb) to make 100-pound batches of 50-50 alloy (by weight) and pour this into ingot molds. At the casting pot I have pre-weighed the 50-50 ingots in pound's and ounces (~3# ea. ingot). To...
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    09-06-2020, 04:47 AM
    Nice looking log. IDK about a specific "cast data" log. I use a hard bound book with every caliber/method intermixed. Mine may not be as convenient as yours, but keeps me reviewing what I wrote as I flip through to find specifically what I am...
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    09-05-2020, 05:00 AM
    I organize mine in a 3-tiered, double sided, fishing tackle box, which contents now exceeds $1K as purchased. I informed my spousal unit so she doesn't just "give it away" at some time in the future. Dies and top punches come from the factory...
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    09-05-2020, 04:44 AM
    You are going to have fun with those! Testing is fun. What works well. What doesn't work as well. It ALL works to one degree or another - even bad results (what constitutes "bad"?) are data points. The key now is to WRITE IT DOWN so you don't...
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    09-02-2020, 10:40 PM
    Go to one of the on-line Retail sellers of RCBS equipment, there are many such as MidwayUSA, Midsouth Shooters Supply, Natchez, Grafs, Brownells, RCBS itself. Check out today's retail price for many of the items in post #2, some of which (the press...
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    08-30-2020, 04:39 AM
    The first pencil that barely marks the alloy (dimple or groove) identifies the alloy hardness (+/-). If the pencil writes on or slides across without marking, the alloy is harder than that pencil. The "Pencil Test" is simple, cost effective,...
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    08-30-2020, 04:14 AM
    Wood pallets are prevalent and mostly free. Reclaim the wood to cut and make practically any rectangular or square shape and size to handle up to ~50#'s of lead ingots. Keeping 14 to 16 of the little 3 pound triangle shaped volumes nested together...
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    08-26-2020, 05:17 AM
    Wait for the wind to be blowing toward your liberal neighbors, then turn it on, and let it smoke itself out.
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    08-26-2020, 05:14 AM
    Don't know Montana. Here, we've got the "Scratch and Dent" Appliance Wearhouse. Takes about 40% off of the Big Box store price by comparison. Availability was better than we thought. Outfitted a remodeled home with all new kitchen appliances...
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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
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