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  • Dusty Bannister's Avatar
    Today, 02:15 PM
    I found this same issue as Bent Ramrod describes with the Lee Bator mold. The large sprue hole does not cut so much as wipe across the base of the bullet. Rather annoying to have the sprue plate hole almost as large as the base of the bullet.
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    10-17-2020, 09:51 PM
    In the past, some folks living in the city have suggested adding some scrap bacon to the melt. Acts as a flux and produces an aroma that is not objectionable. Same reason I have a bag of mesquite chunks.
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    10-17-2020, 09:46 PM
    I ordered a Rowell #2 this morning. Small enough to handle for longer periods. Large enough to pour small ingots of various alloys. As with all tools, the price has gone up and I should have done this years ago.
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    10-15-2020, 04:36 PM
    I suppose that if the flat base was the perfect idea, the lube size die makers would not have produced the "I" portion of the die with a concave surface. I even have some dies with the end of the "I" die drilled so that only the outer portion of...
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    10-15-2020, 12:30 AM
    I have been melting a drop of the alloy off the edge of an ingot and let it drip on a clean flat surface. Just a short 1/2" will do fine. Then glue that to an index card and print the source, your screen name so a PM can be sent with the results. ...
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    10-13-2020, 10:50 PM
    Below 400+ degrees you will be annealing those cast bullets. Pretty likely you will find that the flash point for the lube is exceeded trying to heat treat those bullets after they have already been lubed. Safer to just tumble lube them and...
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    10-11-2020, 09:16 AM
    Do the bullet shanks have sharp well filled out bases or are they slightly rounded? If your bullets are shiny and not completely filled out, that could result in an undersized shank. If you are sizing the bullet to .313" and use a check intended...
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    10-09-2020, 10:01 AM
    nueces5 replied to a thread Favorite Sandwich in Cookin' Recipe's
    Yes sir, here is a matter of taste! I prefer the tenderloin to the chorizo. The good thing about trying other sandwiches is that you can always be surprised! Too bad the venison loin is not so easy here! There was a sandwich chain that there's no...
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    10-07-2020, 09:40 AM
    nueces5 replied to a thread Boolit for 1894 in Leverguns
    Thanks Robert
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    10-06-2020, 08:41 PM
    nueces5 started a thread Boolit for 1894 in Leverguns
    A friend has asked me for some boolits to test on his Win 1894, 30-30. He wants to experiment with reduced loads of unique. I can offer you two molds that I have, one is from lee 312-185 and the other is from lyman 311466. I know that the ideal...
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    10-05-2020, 08:49 PM
    nueces5 replied to a thread Favorite Sandwich in Cookin' Recipe's
    Here in Argentina, the classic is called "lomito" is tenderloin meat. It is made on French bread, with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. It can be added, if one is not a stickler for tenderloin, cheese, ham and fried egg. although I prefer it with...
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  • Dusty Bannister's Avatar
    10-05-2020, 04:04 PM
    I was looking at post #11 and #12 more than the reply on how to test. It was to address WHY test for zinc if it is already casting without any suggestion of contamination.
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    10-05-2020, 02:42 PM
    Why would anyone need to test for zinc if it already has proven to be a good casting alloy and no issues?
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    10-05-2020, 08:45 AM
    Known mold that drops 264-266gr boolits from COWW with a bit of tin was making 258-259gr boolits Difference of about 6 grains Lyman CBH #3 chart shows: COWW at 272 gr, #2 alloy at 264 gr and Lino at 256 gr. Difference of about 16 gr. Good...
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    10-04-2020, 01:49 PM
    To my knowledge, it is not a controlled substance. Some scrap dealers sell, some do not. Last purchase several months ago was at .70 per pound for sheet lead. I last sold cartridge brass last week at 1.10 per pound, and fired primers at .45 per...
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    10-04-2020, 11:41 AM
    I would not recommend Ebay price check. We have many Buy/Sell ads and a whole lot of completed deals. This is with members of proven character. Ebay is where the seller wants the best price, and it seems to me that the prices on this forum are...
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    10-03-2020, 06:26 PM
    Realistically, I would wonder what kind of bullet lube he is using and is it sufficient for the heat that is being generated. You might ask if after a cool down period, accuracy returns until the next fire storm has been completed. Of course it...
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    10-03-2020, 05:20 PM
    Lead of most types in ingots are probably in the area of 1.00 per pound. Raw material lead is going for .70 per pound in NE KS. Your location might make a difference. A Lee pot can be about anything as long as it works, and keep in mind there is...
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    09-29-2020, 10:02 AM
    Reading the label there is nothing there to suggest the benefit is to prevent rust.
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    09-27-2020, 10:37 PM
    The soy wax seems to dry out faster than bees wax. Perhaps it is just the recipe I used. Not sure I can find the records on that any more.
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    09-26-2020, 11:55 AM
    Not a new problem. This is a link to a 5 year old thread discussing short Federal Cases. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/archive/index.php/t-266697.html
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    09-26-2020, 10:29 AM
    Tried it many years ago. Gets dirty, humid weather allows the residue to stick to cases and your mess is multiplied. If that is all you have, go for it, but not in humid areas. So many other things work better.
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    09-26-2020, 08:58 AM
    I have used the LBT and the Cabin Tree. Both are very good tools. I have the Cabin Tree and appreciate the fact that you can mark the indent reading on the ingot and not be too concerned about the actual hardness chart. I prepare the samples...
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    09-24-2020, 12:07 PM
    Dusty Bannister replied to a thread Alloy issues? in Cast Boolits
    Agree with John. Tin/Lead https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solder Lead-based. Sn 60 Pb 40 solder. Tin - lead (Sn-Pb) solders, also called soft solders, are commercially available with tin concentrations between 5% and 70% by weight. The greater...
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    09-23-2020, 11:27 AM
    While bullet lube in general has a very long shelf life, it does take some consideration in storage. Leave those hollow sticks in the hot attic and you will have a large block to cut off chunks for pan lube use. Leave it in a paper container and...
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    09-21-2020, 07:25 PM
    If you are talking about the 20 mule team borax detergent, it works great, but use smaller amounts to avoid excess residue. Site search for many threads about use and results....
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    09-20-2020, 10:10 PM
    The Lee 459-405 HB bullet is a nice bullet but since it is a hollow base you probably need to be running quiet a bit hotter than what you are accustomed to. The HB does transfer a lot of heat from the blocks. One of the common mistakes is when...
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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