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    Today, 03:21 PM
    Smelting range scrap is a very common topic. Here is the URL for a search on this topic: ...
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    Today, 10:43 AM
    John, I have one of the older Lee manuals and note that there is nothing to suggest a cartridge AOL. Many other manuals do offer suggestions and state the OAL used to develop their data with their test equipment and components. The big issues...
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    02-16-2019, 10:03 PM
    That was copied from a sticky to see what formula you were using and it sounds like your ratios are off a bit. It is more like 50-40-10 from the references I read. Maybe just a bit more oil will soften things up, but might then be too soft for...
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    02-16-2019, 06:40 PM
    Is this what you thought you were making? "I use 60-40-10 the 10 being lanolin as my black-powder lube."
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    02-16-2019, 09:00 AM
    May want to test to see if it is going to encourage rust due to the citric content. Might be only enough added to make it smell good and think it has a purpose in the blend. Is it cost effective? Dusty
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    02-15-2019, 11:10 PM
    JBinMN says it pretty clearly. All we are saying is that most chambers will be slightly different through production, and by manufacturer. The same goes with most bullet molds, and then there are the variations of cast bullets that are related to...
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    02-15-2019, 12:20 AM
    Does anyone have good luck with the aluminum gas checks produced for plain based bullets? That would give you the option of adding the gas check when needed, without the issue of omitting the check for a bullet cut for a check.
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    02-14-2019, 05:58 PM
    I have purchased a few molds that have this feature. My abilities and my equipment fails to raise any concern about affecting the target groups.
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    02-13-2019, 01:51 PM
    Dusty Bannister replied to a thread Tin ? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Without knowing how much tin is in the bullet metal to begin with, that question has no valid answer. So moving along to try and give a comparison, most feel that Lyman #2 is pretty expensive and most will use something like 2-6-92 as a comparable...
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    02-12-2019, 01:53 PM
    He already has a gauge. That is the barrel from his firearm when dismounted from the slide. More accurate to use that gauge than something made to a minimum/maximum specification. The actual barrel takes into account any individual features such...
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    02-11-2019, 12:49 AM
    Run a cord through the hole and hold it up and tap with a hammer. If it goes "thud" probably very soft lead. If it has a ring to it, not soft. Aside from that, it looks really clean for pure lead which usually will be darker with age and...
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    02-10-2019, 10:32 AM
    If you had a general location in your profile, you might find someone willing to do FTF for several hundred pounds of good soft lead. Shipping FR boxes is a lot of work and needless expense.
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    02-10-2019, 10:20 AM
    It looks like you have a lot of those ingots still connected so when it was suggested you test the individual ingots, I would think each "gang" of ingots would be enough. The top surface of the ingots will be a better choice if looking at ingots...
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    02-08-2019, 03:39 PM
    Back to the basics. First, you say your bullets are sized to .358" so verify that with a micrometer. Sometimes the sizers are off a little. Next you use a pin gauge to measure the throats. Again, check and verify with a micrometer. Then you...
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    02-07-2019, 12:27 AM
    Anyone familiar with 20 MM rounds? The projectile diameter would possibly be about right. It did not look like any of the images I saw on a search, but could be some type of training round that had the bullet pulled. Wiki had a lot of different...
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    02-03-2019, 01:54 AM
    I work in a historical building and had an uncle that went by Dusty that did a lot of wood working. During the extensive renovation of the building, I was walking down a stairway and running my hand on the bannister to keep from slipping on the...
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    02-03-2019, 12:42 AM
    Let's just give some thought to the use of capping wax before this thread gets too far along. Remember that any moisture you press under the surface of melted alloy will turn to steam very quickly. So use some care when adding this trashy wax with...
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    01-30-2019, 09:42 PM
    BJ is mostly correct if one is only working with single shot or semi-auto pistols. In revolvers, there is some variation between cylinders just as there is in Cylinder throats. The individual revolver will show whether this partial resizing will...
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    01-30-2019, 11:21 AM
    You do understand that over a long period of time, your bullets being a high ratio of tin over antimony, will age soften? So it will depend upon your purpose and long term storage if your plan is prudent or not. I would not want to see you have a...
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    01-29-2019, 07:33 PM
    You will probably just have to wait until he gets the books in hand and can fill the orders as they come in. That way if there is any price adjustment required, it will be from the very beginning. Clearly, we have all been informed that there is...
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    01-28-2019, 12:16 AM
    Please, just blacken the entire cartridge with a magic marker, try to chamber it in the revolver and see where the black is worn off. That will tell you exactly where it is rubbing and then you can tell what it needs to fix it.
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    01-25-2019, 11:33 PM
    Uh, and then he found out that the primer pockets were too tight and now needs to buy a reamer or use an inside neck reamer to open up the pocket a little. I did not see anything that looked like a staked primer, but apparently they were. I think...
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    01-25-2019, 03:24 PM
    Check to rotometals site and see if perhaps it might look more like zinc anodes for salt water use. Given the long past lost deal, and since only you saw the items and give little information as to size, weight and shape, rather hard to give better...
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    01-24-2019, 08:52 AM
    I would think lead makes a better shielding than does antimony, if that is actually what it is. BNE, a list member can be contacted via PM and suggest packing conditions and provide a mailing address for a sample to be tested. Include a pound...
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    01-23-2019, 10:59 PM
    Should not be much of a problem. Interior use keeps the outside of the pipes fairly nice. Did you add any wax to the melt and light the smoke off? Extra heat that way. Maybe being a little too cautious with the melt temp? You are not going to...
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    01-23-2019, 09:53 PM
    Some have had trouble with adjusting the crimp with the Factory Crimp Die. I do not have that so can not help with that adjustment. Leave the Seating die as it is for now. Dusty
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    01-23-2019, 08:42 PM
    This is not good. The over all length of the cartridge is good. The crimp is excessive. You may prepare another dummy round. Loosen the lock ring on the bullet seating stem, and loosen the lock ring on the crimp die body. Just loose enough so...
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    01-23-2019, 07:20 PM
    Check your PM's.
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    01-23-2019, 06:30 PM
    The ingots that I have seen will usually have the mold marks on the bottom of the ingot and of course the top is open to elements when pouring. This is a brittle metal and not likely to be swaged or extruded as solder or tin might be. I do not...
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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