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    05-23-2020, 10:42 PM
    Please close all deliveries completed.
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    05-23-2020, 04:28 PM
    That has been written up often as the standard repair, drill and tap and in addition, a small piece of copper wire is inserted in the hole before the set screw is tightened, to protect the threads.
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    05-23-2020, 09:13 AM
    Yes, this will be useful later on. Be sure to mark the ingots clearly or perhaps use a different ingot mold for each solder, different from your normal casting alloy. There is really no need to be concerned about the partial percentage of the...
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    05-23-2020, 09:02 AM
    Dusty Bannister replied to a thread Casting flaws in Cast Boolits
    When I pressure fill a mold with the Lee 10 pound pot, I have the melt up to temp as noted, I have the mold pre-heated to about casting temp, and you probably want to wear a glove if you are not already doing so. Test the flow with the valve open...
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    05-22-2020, 09:06 PM
    Dusty Bannister replied to a thread Casting flaws in Cast Boolits
    What do you think your alloy is, and what is the melt temperature? For a hollow based bullet, cast from pure lead you might need to be casting at about 800 degrees. I would consider pressure feeding the alloy if that is a bottom pour pot. If the...
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    05-22-2020, 05:59 PM
    Antimony usually is not "melting" but dissolving into the lead solution. Heat speeds it up, but you really do not want lead at the melting temp of the antimony which is 1167 F. The problem is with the antimony "dust" which is surrounded by air...
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    05-22-2020, 12:19 PM
    Jan 2014, this list was informed that Bill had closed his doors for business. You may find some of his information on blending alloy in various archives. A link to the 2014 post follows. ...
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    05-22-2020, 09:56 AM
    Lightman I think has a good plan there. I have a few bars of solder picked out of the lead bin and find that the molded surface has been hammered flat. That prevents any possible ID as to source or type of solder. I have always suspected it left...
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    05-22-2020, 09:48 AM
    The reason I had suggested magnum alloy was that many dealers handle that alloy. Does anyone know of a source for the two blends mentioned by lightman? Not to disagree with the choice, I do like the balanced alloy, but is it available at...
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    05-21-2020, 10:07 PM
    If you find factory cast bars that have no content marking, squeeze a known bar and the unknown bar together with a ball bearing between them. The softer (less tin content) solder bar will have a larger indent. There is no reason to pass up an...
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    05-21-2020, 11:09 AM
    If I were looking for something similar to COWW I would probably buy the commercial alloy of 2-6-92 and blend 50/50 with soft lead scrap such as plumbing or sheet lead scrap. If I were getting out of melting and blending all together, I would look...
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    05-19-2020, 01:27 PM
    Old topic on this about 5 years ago. NT stands for non Toxic. And perhaps crimped primers. Site search turns up several threads. Here is one of them. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?233808-Federal-40-S-amp-W-NT-brass
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    05-18-2020, 10:41 PM
    I looked at the Hornady bullet and it appears that these are swaged and then knurled. Not sure what kind of lube they use. The hollow base could be a problem. If there is a custom mold maker, I would not suggest that a new caster take on the...
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    05-18-2020, 10:07 PM
    Are you set on the Hollow base and the knurled driving bands? Or open to flat base and lube grooves?
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    05-18-2020, 04:14 PM
    Ah but I do, I just try to get to know the folks on a personal basis and things generally go very smoothly. They know what is going and they are well warned if the box is heavy. A little consideration seems to go a long way. And when I got back...
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    05-18-2020, 11:35 AM
    I have shipped a lot of boxes that have extra fibered tape when mailing lead or reloadable brass. Never a negative comment because I usually stop at 50-55 pounds. I use the same post office so there is less chance for misunderstanding. The only...
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    05-14-2020, 07:36 PM
    It sounds like over crimping might be reducing the diameter of the cast bullet in the case. A common problem with the Lee FCD when not carefully adjusted. Do you know what the groove diameter of the barrel actually is? If the groove is .355 and...
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    05-14-2020, 09:53 AM
    All from a LEO range, and most likely once fired. Lightly cleaned, some dark stains are present. I do not do Pay Pal. Payment by USPS MO. Post I will take and PM for mailing information. Prices include shipping to 50 states. Thank you. 1 ...
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    05-14-2020, 09:17 AM
    You have several options without using the foundry metal. Blend the soft lead and the wheel weights for good plinking loads for the pressures of the 38 Special and 45 ACP. Then quench that alloy from the mold when casting for the other handgun...
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    05-12-2020, 09:04 PM
    Case OAL or cartridge OAL ? If you have wide range of case lengths, then sort by HS and get rid of the cases that are too short.
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    05-11-2020, 07:37 PM
    See the vendor sponsor section in the Swap and Sell area. He is also a list member so you can PM direct if you can not find him as a Vendor.
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    05-06-2020, 11:33 PM
    Guys, Thank you for the recommendations. I am turning people down for testing for a little while as I am really slammed right now. (“Essential work” and home is busy also). Just don’t have time to do testing. BUT, in the interest of answering...
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    05-06-2020, 07:57 PM
    Something to consider also is the maker of the cartridge cases. Not knowing your source, perhaps the brass cases are thicker, or you are using a variety of cases so some are thicker and that could also result in the bullet being made smaller as you...
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    05-06-2020, 06:32 PM
    Super, saved from the scrap dealer and will be put to a good use. It is out there if a fellow can just look for it.
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    05-06-2020, 09:55 AM
    rcbs # 9mm-124-CN, w231 3.9grains with an oal of 1.080 ". ---------------- It is usually a good idea to have the cast bullet larger than the groove diameter. Key hole bullet impact is usually due to the bullet not filling the grooves of the...
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    05-03-2020, 10:38 PM
    Is that a casting ladle that is sort of glowing orange? Is it possible that your heat control has failed and is stuck in the full "on" position? A thermometer reading would seem a good idea, if you have one. Yellow and tan dross, unless very...
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    05-02-2020, 02:19 PM
    https://archive.org/details/sawssawtools00atki/mode/2up See page 134 of this catalog. Jake had it and this shows it listed.
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    05-02-2020, 08:29 AM
    Lloyd, I agree that this does not look like the usual linotype bar that weighs about 22 pounds. But I have on my desk a two part ingot marked Federated Metals Division American Smelting and Refining co. Castomatic linotype. It weighs 5 pounds. I...
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    04-30-2020, 04:08 PM
    And now, with a piece laying on a padded surface, tap it smartly with a hammer and listen for that clang sound of striking cast iron. Pretty sure that is linotype. Hint of the grain appearance but mostly lost in the reflective glare. A better...
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    04-30-2020, 03:23 PM
    So many photos show how the bar is marked, or whatever the impression of the mold leaves on the surface. What does the open surface of the ingot look like? Raised ridges can show high tin content and is common on Lino ingots. Sunken cavities can...
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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
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