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    08-23-2019, 05:31 PM
    Agree with Bent Ramrod that the I portion has been modified to fit closely to the bevel base and prevent lube creeping between the base of the bullet and the push out rod. Mattw, are you able to just press on the side of the nose of the bullet to...
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    08-23-2019, 08:40 AM
    The higher percentage of antimony, the faster it reaches maturity.
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    08-21-2019, 10:00 PM
    If you are going to stack plastic buckets over a partial bucket of ingots, put a circular scrap of plywood over the lead of the bottom bucket or the ingots will punch through the bottom of the top bucket. Even thick foam insulation sheets will...
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    08-21-2019, 08:55 PM
    "Is there a way to tell by how heavy your bullets drop to approximately how hard they are?" You are presenting two different questions here. Let's look at this first. Antimony is about three times as hard as tin when in an alloy, yet weigh...
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    08-21-2019, 01:08 PM
    Sounds like you are using a progressive machine. That might add to the difficulty in finding the real problem by going step by step through the process. Size one of the swollen cases if you decide you want to take a chance on using them and see if...
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    08-19-2019, 01:46 PM
    To follow up on my earlier post, I tested a factory bar of 63% Tin solder on my Cabin Tree tester and got a reading of .071". According to the sheet with my unit .068 to .070" is BHN 10. .072 to .074 is BHN 11.5. So it might take several readings...
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    08-19-2019, 08:11 AM
    Have you verified the accuracy of the readings with known pure samples?I know that my Cabintree reads a little off at the low end. Lab pure lead reads .032" and the chart shows a range of .020-.030" for a reading of 5 BHN. I usually do not need to...
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    08-15-2019, 10:13 PM
    The weight is a little heavy for most linotype ingots. Often about 22 pounds. Lay one on a blanket and rap it with a hammer. If it goes "thud" it is soft lead. If it goes "clang" you may have a winner. I see the "ears" are broken on a few of...
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    08-13-2019, 01:27 PM
    The Star would not be a problem. Finger lube applied to the sides and then push through the Lee bullet size die would also be an option. With the conventional Lyman or RCBS, you might try the foam pad from an egg carton on the top of the push out...
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    08-11-2019, 09:09 AM
    Instead of trimming off the solder joints, I try to use a propane torch to melt off the solder and leave the pipe with a light tinned covering. That will give you about 30% tin solder. Of course, it all depends upon what the plumber used at the...
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    08-08-2019, 03:29 PM
    Exercise weights and blocks to hold wood pieces together while the glue is drying. Lead shot and epoxy to get the stock balance one likes. Winter driving weights to put weight over the drive tires in the winter.
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    08-07-2019, 09:53 AM
    I think that everyone has their own extra touch when it comes to multiple cavity molds. If you are not getting the bases well filled, you might be pouring too slowly, or the plate (heavy iron plate) is not hot enough. I have tried two methods...
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    08-06-2019, 10:54 AM
    I guess you are asking what would happen if you heated your cast bullets that have air cooled to 15 BHN to nearly the slump temp and then let them air cool slowly. This would be a lot like a fresh cast bullet. The Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook, 3rd...
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    08-03-2019, 08:46 AM
    What about the positive comments for the testing service provided by forum member "BNE"? Mail a clean sample splatter of the unknown alloy along with a pound of lead and he sends a PM back with the XRF reading. That is a LOT cheaper than 25 pounds...
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    08-02-2019, 12:40 AM
    I bought and traded and many have no original box or container so just use a plastic slide top 12 gauge shot shell box. Top punches are inserted in holes drilled in a piece of 1" thick scrap attached to the bottom edge of a loading bench shelf.
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    07-30-2019, 10:05 AM
    Any bullet mold that will give about the selected weight in tin would be fine. Just swat them with a large hammer to flatten them a bit and you will never confuse the tin from the cast bullet.
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    07-28-2019, 01:05 AM
    You are using a hard bullet and a hard wax lube. That 8 grains of Unique works well with COWW type alloys. Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook 4th edition shows data for Lyman 454190 (250 grain of #2 alloy) 6.0 grains start and 9.0 grains max for the...
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    07-27-2019, 06:14 PM
    Perhaps you could give some of the specific loads that you found to fail. Specifically, what were you doing with Unique powder? Many have found that 8-8.5 grains with a bullet of that weight is good in nearly all guns. Also, you are 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
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