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    Today, 01:06 PM
    I agree that this is not what I usually see as a linotype ingot, but it might be a refreshing metal. And that is why I suggested a sample be sent to BNE to verify it's true content. I see from time to time, Linotype ingot molds for sale so just...
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    Today, 10:39 AM
    If it is a Linotype ingot, it should clang about like cast iron when struck with a hammer. And if you break it apart at one of the segments, it will show a very interesting fracture. Very fine grain almost like a powder appearance, and tiny...
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    Today, 10:01 AM
    If you would not mind, you might consider showing a photo of the surface of the casting that was exposed to the air and not what was influenced by the mold. If your Father in law was a BP caster it might be tin or high tin Babette. If the exposed...
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    06-16-2019, 05:31 PM
    Pick an ingot of each as close to the same physical size as possible and compare weight. I suspect you are going to find the silver ingots are lighter. Perhaps that ingot had more of the wiped solder joint material (more tin).
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    06-14-2019, 02:23 PM
    You might consider rolling the pin on a steel plate under a rasp or coarse file. I doubt it would take much to improve the friction and retain it in the mold block.
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    06-12-2019, 05:09 PM
    Quote: I'm not at all concerned with trapped moisture with the wheelweights (both clip on and stick on) Perhaps you might rethink that comment. You should always be concerned about moisture in the pot. There is no vaccination that you can get...
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    06-11-2019, 05:09 PM
    You might consider going to the S&S pages and place an add to trade some of your Xray room sheet lead for clean COWW ingots in a face to face trade. Or down load the alloy calculator program found in the stickys of this forum. If you do not want...
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    06-10-2019, 02:32 PM
    Any particular reason you are casting at 850 degrees? Explain what you mean by "voids" because you might be dealing with a small sprue puddle and a bottom pour pot which will not allow the puddle to feed the cavity as the melt cools. What diameter...
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    06-08-2019, 12:37 AM
    Yes, and then look at the Lee reloading manuals and they do not even show data for their own bullets. Good thing that we can have other reloading manuals to provide appropriate references for working up loads. Maybe they just do not have the...
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    06-06-2019, 02:40 PM
    You need to clarify your question. WW alloy will cast smaller and heavier than what? Pure lead is dense. It casts as heavy as common lead will cast. It also shrinks. Adding tin will not have a great deal of affect on diameter other than a well...
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    06-05-2019, 08:54 AM
    Again? OK, here is a link to a site search showing the various threads (5,910 of them) where it has been discussed again and again..... ...
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    06-04-2019, 05:37 PM
    I really like checking the scrap lead boxes to see what might be lurking there. That is about the local scrap price here, so you did good. Depending upon what BNE says, you might have done really good.
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    06-03-2019, 12:52 AM
    Link to a rather extensive thread that explains what you are seeing and why you are finding in in the WW alloy. From the archives....... http://castboolits.gunloads.com/archive/index.php/t-63550.html
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    06-02-2019, 12:46 AM
    You might want to consider using the Helicoil thread repair kits where you drill out the threads, tap new threads and install the thread insert and you are ready to go with the same bolts or screws. It all comes in a kit so just determine the...
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    06-01-2019, 05:51 PM
    I take it you do not check your PM's
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    06-01-2019, 05:47 PM
    Dusty Bannister replied to a thread Hard Boolits in Cast Boolits
    Look at this as an unplanned research project. Load some and shoot them. You might find that accuracy is unexpectedly good. Then bag and identify them and put them on the shelf if you need them later. If they do not shoot well, then consider...
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    06-01-2019, 02:28 PM
    USPS medium flat rate boxes are your friend in this case. It will take some extra packing to make sure the box and contents are "tight" and do not slide and rattle around. That movement will tear open the box. And there is a weight limit. Just...
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    05-31-2019, 09:20 AM
    I've pour BHN 8 with no real problem, other than they are heavier. BHN 5 and 6 create a big boolit that doesn't come out of the mold very well, although once out, the PC well and shoot fine. --------------------------------------------- The above...
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    05-29-2019, 01:33 PM
    When cleaning up the scrap, you just need to get it good and fluid and then use some saw dust to reduce the oxide and then wax or borax soap powder lightly sprinkled on the surface to stir through the melt and then scrape the dross off the surface. ...
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    05-29-2019, 12:02 AM
    Consider following the suggestions to increase the alloy casting temperature. The less tin and antimony the higher the casting temperature needs to be to get best mold fill out (to a point) but not so hot that you cause excessive dross from the...
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    05-27-2019, 10:06 PM
    If the other email addresses fail, you might try this one as well. https://www.wolfeoutdoorsports.com/contact-us
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    05-27-2019, 09:51 PM
    Once in a life time opportunity. So glad you had the chance to take part in something like this. Tell us more when you get back down to earth.
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    05-25-2019, 06:59 PM
    With the blocks off the handles, put the halves together and look for light between the blocks. That should guide the next step. Measure the distance between the bottom of the grooves in the blocks. If it is close to .80" you need the large...
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    05-23-2019, 07:27 PM
    I think we were expecting the bullet to be loaded in the conventional HB configuration. Given the solid nose of the bullet was loaded first, there was no "give" that the hollow skirt would have afforded. Pretty heavy roll crimp for a WC load. ...
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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