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  • Dusty Bannister's Avatar
    01-17-2019, 11:29 PM
    I would suggest not using steel but lead as you do not want to damage the point.
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    01-16-2019, 11:01 AM
    Yes, it is a .70 increase or about 5% for the USPS MFRB. Where can anyone buy a cup of coffee for that price? Vending machines dispense soft drinks for more than that. Yes, it is an increase, but this is still one of the best deals around.
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    01-15-2019, 10:49 PM
    A good lino pig will weigh about 22 pounds. Lower grade will of course be heavier. Also, it is hard and when struck with a hammer will clang not thud. COWW cast in a similar ingot will still have a ring, it will be heavier, but will not appear...
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    01-15-2019, 10:35 PM
    I run my tumblers outside without the lids because the dust is not kept in the media. If you prefer to use something to keep the dust in the container, you well soon be tumbling a burnishing compound. I do not need shiny, just clean. Gritty media...
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    01-15-2019, 02:52 PM
    Not a thing wrong with learning to use the Lee 356-120-TC with conventional lube, and then add to the skill with the powder coating. Dusty
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    01-13-2019, 10:26 PM
    I would save the dross from the skimming because you might be skimming off antimony. Just because the casting furnace is set to the maximum setting does not mean you do not have a thermostat or heating element starting to fail. Get the thermometer...
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    01-13-2019, 10:03 AM
    I doubt that the use of a hardness tester on fresh castings is going to be able to tell you much other than give you a starting point. Then testing again weekly until it reaches mature hardness. At least then you will know if it is nearly pure...
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    01-12-2019, 01:55 PM
    Might see if you can beg some of the plain based aluminum gas checks and apply them and give the bullets a chance to prove themselves. Minimum investment and could be a lot of fun.
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    01-11-2019, 11:44 PM
    Two different ingots, one ball bearing, one vise, squeeze ball between ingots. Rich alloy (2.3/3.6/94) should have smaller dent.
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    01-11-2019, 04:12 PM
    Did applying heat to the nozzle restore the flow, or did you not try that. Not sure how that works with a master caster. Just because the pot is hot, perhaps the nozzle is not quite hot enough. Could ambient air temp be a factor?
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    01-11-2019, 03:33 PM
    Yes, Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook #4 does list Clays for the 38 special 148 grain WC cast bullets.
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    01-11-2019, 03:21 PM
    There is good data in the Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook for the 148 Grain WC which should do well with your choice of bullet. The 148 gr WC is usually seated flush with the case mouth so why would there be a crimp groove? Being seated to the case...
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    01-11-2019, 01:44 PM
    I use the Lemi-shine and Armorall car wash and wax for general wet cleaning of cartridge cases. I would add some Dawn if I had really greasy cases because that is a good cleaning agent. Not chicken little nor other chicken stuff. It just works....
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    01-08-2019, 02:19 PM
    You may not consider 8.5 grains of Unique hot, but the Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook, 4th edition and the RCBS Cast Bullet Manual #1 say it is at or above max loads for a 255 grain bullet.
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    01-07-2019, 12:24 PM
    I would not make that assumption. You size the old bullet, which begins a work softening process before it resumes the age hardening process. Both will depend upon the make up of the alloy, with a higher percentage of antimony age hardening a...
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    01-06-2019, 07:35 PM
    It is the Antimony. Arsenic helps the antimony work.
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    01-05-2019, 07:47 PM
    Have you checked their web site for data? https://www.vihtavuori.com/reloading-data/handgun-reloading/?cartridge=53
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    01-05-2019, 10:30 AM
    According to what I have recently read, if you really want to fine tune your BHN and have old alloy ingots, it would be better to recast the ingots and check their BHN. If you calculate the current BHN of the ingots and add pure lead to soften it...
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    01-03-2019, 01:58 AM
    Just be clear on one difference between the older Ideal and the newer Lyman molds. The distance between the grooves on the older Ideal blocks which are smaller measure .560" and the correct handles should have the "jaws" parallel to fit the blocks...
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    01-03-2019, 12:20 AM
    I suppose you might google 45-70 blank ammo and get a lot of hits. Try this one. It shows several samples in the first few replies. https://forum.cartridgecollectors.org/t/45-70-blanks/1705
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    01-02-2019, 09:25 PM
    While there is lead dust in the air generated by the primer at the time the round is discharged, you probably encounter more lead dust during casting and handling of scrap lead. As I said this is one part of how lead dust is encountered. I did not...
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    01-02-2019, 04:13 PM
    Just to add to the information: "Modern cartridges use lead styphnate or a similar lead based compound as a priming compound. These primer are non corrosive, but do create lead dust (be it very small amounts) when a cartridge is fired....
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    01-02-2019, 02:25 PM
    The Lee single and double cavity molds which come attached to their molds, are thin and the fit to the handles with the blocks you have will be extremely poor. Also keep in mind that there are now the old style Lee and the new style Lee 1 and 2...
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    01-01-2019, 04:16 PM
    The cabin tree tester is very repeatable in my experience. But it is also really easy to lose track of the reference mark on that six sided nut. The LBT is also quite adequate for our needs, but again sample prep is required for repeatable...
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    01-01-2019, 11:50 AM
    Melt a drop and have it XRF scanned, you got more than just COWW in that bullet.
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    01-01-2019, 11:09 AM
    Humm,I might have to set a few aside just to try lubing and sizing later on to see how hard it will be to run through my RCBS Lube-a-Matic 2 sizer .I am using 100% COWW/no tin and no pure lead added.They cast at 10 bhn and usually go to 19 BHN after...
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    12-30-2018, 08:32 PM
    Do you use your system to confirm or determine the composition. A significant difference and not what the OP asked. There was a very nice article in Handloader Magazine, and was included in the Art of Bullet Casting. I think it has since been...
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    12-30-2018, 04:17 PM
    Just to be clear, you are referring to the 45 Colt and not the 45 ACP. Dusty
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    12-30-2018, 12:29 PM
    No, there is no formula. Some have tried, but have not been successful. Now there is a better method that is available. Some scrap metal dealers will have an xrf scanner to get a reading on the metal. Some charge, some do it as a favor. I do...
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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
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