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    Today, 01:09 PM
    One more test to get an idea what you have in the smaller line is to get a thin metal cup and put equal sized pieces of soft lead and this thin tube in the cup. Heat with a torch until one melts. Tin melts at 450F and lead melts at 621F. Just...
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    04-21-2018, 11:37 PM
    Dusty Bannister replied to a thread beeswax in Helping Hands
    Char-Gar is correct about the wax. I was on another elist at the time I bought my stash. The seller had some other darker wax as well and I never have figured out exactly what that is. I have used some, shared some, still have a good amount. I...
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    04-21-2018, 08:59 PM
    Always nice to have as much information as is available. Maker of brass (US or Foreign) might make a difference if it is thicker and heavier than the commercial brass commonly used. One reason to sort brass by maker. Was this a heavy for caliber...
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    04-21-2018, 10:50 AM
    A few strokes with a file would cut through any coating and expose bronze or copper. Also, please put a known object in the photos so we can get a size reference. Thanks. Dusty
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    04-21-2018, 09:35 AM
    You have already received the best information on the thin walled pipe from NYFireFighter. The rest of that answer is to contact member "BNE" to verify that he still can provide this service to the members. I have sent a number of samples of...
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    04-20-2018, 07:08 PM
    Dusty Bannister replied to a thread 32-20 bullits in Cast Boolits
    I am not saying it is necessary to slug the barrel, but it would be a good idea to see if the bullet fits the cylinder throats. By fit, I mean not excessively oversized. Try pushing one of the bullets as you bought them and see if it drops through...
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    04-20-2018, 09:45 AM
    Dusty Bannister replied to a thread 32-20 bullits in Cast Boolits
    Why? And to what diameter? He has not even mentioned the cylinder throat diameter.
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    04-20-2018, 08:54 AM
    Looking back through the thread I am not seeing anything to verify that the bullets are seated off the lands or against the lands when fired. If the bullet has firm contact against the lands, it might have to build enough pressure to force the...
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    04-19-2018, 10:44 PM
    If you are using range brass, check the primer flash holes. For some time there have been factory loads with larger flash holes and this might be what you are seeing.
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    04-19-2018, 10:39 AM
    Carb cleaner leaves a residue. Brake cleaner does not. Most suggest heating up the mold and letting it cool down several times to help off gas any oil contamination. Some suggest hot water, dawn dish soap and a tooth brush to scrub the surfaces. ...
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    04-19-2018, 09:49 AM
    Awfully dark and discolored for a lino ingot. Form is similar for lino. If the ears on the ingots are bent as it appears, might take a closer look. As previously asked, clang or thud??
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    04-19-2018, 09:33 AM
    Dusty Bannister replied to a thread beeswax in Helping Hands
    The USN surplus beeswax seems to work about as well as conventional beeswax, but seems to be a little more liquid when blending with other material. Meaning use a little less, or end up with a blend a little softer. This is good stuff so it is...
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    04-19-2018, 12:16 AM
    Do those long ingots with the open eye on them clang or thud? The connected ingots with a handle look like plumbers lead. Nice for the price.
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    04-17-2018, 02:43 PM
    Your post:I can see every bullet that is not lined up, the ogive to bearing surface transition is not in the same place around the bullet circumference. (ie the bearing surface band between the to lube groove and ogive is thicker on one side and...
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    04-15-2018, 09:14 AM
    Or offer to trade for a soft wax lube and leave the formula alone and let folks that want that kind of lube make use of it. Or blend a small amount with 50/50 from one of the trusted vendors and see how that works out.
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    04-15-2018, 12:28 AM
    Lyman #346 fits the RN 7MM bullet so might be very close to the nose of the 356-102-1R. At worst it will leave a slight ring on the ogive of the nose. If you have some JB weld or epoxy, you can clean the cavity of the punch place a small dab of...
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    04-14-2018, 11:36 PM
    Which top punches do you have for a bullet, 38 cal or smaller?
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    04-14-2018, 10:39 PM
    http://castpics.net/dpl/index.php/the-library/top-punch-references
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    04-13-2018, 09:53 PM
    You refer to the information on cast bullets with bullet lube and are shooting powder coated bullets...... Have you been able to smooth the barrel with any jacketed rounds or just going directly to PC bullets? Is this the cut rifling or...
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    04-13-2018, 07:19 PM
    Is it possible that you are not getting the cases full length resized? After you have full length sized all the brass cases, use the chamber of the barrel as a gauge to see if the cases will chamber before you proceed with the rest of the reloading...
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    04-13-2018, 02:28 PM
    If that is a shingle shot firearm you are testing, why crimp at all? Neck tension should do all you need.
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    04-12-2018, 12:33 PM
    Thank you for sharing. I have to wonder if you are casting for pistol or rifle. Or do you even think it would make a difference? I have never been bit with the desire to design my own mold. There are so many different styles already in existence...
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    04-12-2018, 10:07 AM
    How did you determine the cartridge OAL? Did you use the cast and lubed bullet, or are you powder coating which will increase the nose diameter and require you seat deeper into the case? What is the powder and charge weight? If you are under...
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    04-11-2018, 08:44 AM
    Mitch, the formula provided by Rotometals does not really work when building an alloy. Most of us use scrap soft lead, so your suggestion to change the value of lead from 5 to something else is valid. Since the OP actually knows the BHN of his...
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    04-10-2018, 11:27 PM
    Yes, there are not usually a whole lot in the batch, but they all have to be inspected. Just as annoying as finding those short cases made by Federal 223 or the two sizes of primers now in 45 ACP. Just could not leave well enough alone could they?
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    04-10-2018, 08:26 AM
    Great pictures JonB, the ones I see are not quite that abrupt. But still visible even before the cases are cleaned. I think I have seen at least two other head stamped cases with this feature so I do not even look at that end of the case when...
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    04-09-2018, 07:32 PM
    If you cover the pot, in addition to avoiding the fairy, it keeps the heat in the pot for a fuel savings.
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    04-09-2018, 02:25 PM
    I have noticed that when melting down recovered shot the oxide coating tends for form a hard shell and makes smelting a bit more difficult. For that reason I would keep the batch smaller so it will heat through quicker and be easier to handle as...
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    04-09-2018, 10:24 AM
    So I picked up a Lee 310-RF mold for my .44 magnum Super Blackhawk. I seated them to the 2nd crimp groove (the one that gives the shortest OAL). Now I didn't load any nitro heavy loads, but they are on the warm side. I have some loaded with 21...
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    04-08-2018, 07:25 PM
    You may be concerned about the appearance of the case head, but it will not likely be a problem. What you SHOULD be concerned with is a couple of makers are starting to make their cases with a reinforced web area that actually reduces the case...
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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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