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    Today, 10:09 AM
    I was casting some Lee REAL bullets from nearly pure lead for a care package to send to a fellow. I was having poor fill out although I knew I had the melt at 800 degrees and the mold was warmed and should have been working great. I was casting...
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    Yesterday, 02:29 PM
    Reminding you BNE posted that he was jammed with home projects and work and was taking a break from testing. Ask, but do not be upset if he just does not have the time right now.
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    Yesterday, 10:53 AM
    Clean off the crud or dust from having set for a period of time. Lube the links and pivot points and lightly wipe oil on the side of the ram as you can reach it. Make sure the linkages will be free enough to work through the cycle. If you are...
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    Yesterday, 12:25 AM
    Even quenching from the mold it will take some time to harden. And with weak antimony ratios it will air cool and harden over a longer time. Might let samples set for about three weeks to get the most likely hardness.
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    06-04-2020, 01:33 PM
    Bill Ferguson (the antimony man) used to say that anything to the right of the decimal is unreliable. Add to this the question if your PB is pure lead at 5 BHN or soft scrap that could be as high as 8 BHN. Even then, you should test multiple...
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    06-04-2020, 10:46 AM
    I think that you will find that answer in the following thread that I did a site search to locate. Rather than try to re-invent the wheel, just click on the link. Outpost does a much better job explaining than I could. ...
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    06-01-2020, 11:57 AM
    Dusty Bannister replied to a thread I'm done... in Cast Boolits
    Is the fail to feed due to nose length preventing full chambering, or due to a fat nose not allowing the cartridge to enter the lands?
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    06-01-2020, 09:39 AM
    I would like item #1. 1. 1000+ fired .25 ACP cases with mixed headstamps. $60 plus $7.75 shipping PM following.
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    05-31-2020, 08:01 PM
    I think I am going to go with "arrested development" as a factor. In my reading on various forums, I am seeing a lot of active individuals working with people exposing them to the shooting sports, reloading and bullet casting as hobbies. I read...
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    05-31-2020, 11:20 AM
    Can you see those 3/8" lines clearly at 12 yards? You will have a better sight picture with a 2" disc and concentrate on the sights aligned at a 6:00 hold.
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    05-29-2020, 05:11 PM
    Please describe your fluxing and cleaning process and source of your pure lead. Are you leaving the ladle in the pot to keep it as hot as the alloy? Do you stir as you submerge the ladle under the surface and then lift the full ladle out of the...
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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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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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