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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:21 PM
    As already suggested really clean the mold! I long term store all my molds with gear oil and sealed in a vacuum bag. When I break out a stored mold I first spray with a product called "Oil Eater", brush it down with a hot tap water rinse a couple...
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    04-17-2019, 11:09 AM
    I would end up with almost 3k of bullets, probably looking good, but all would be undercured as there is no 120V toaster oven on the market that is going to increase the substrate temperature to 400 degrees with that kind of a load in 10 minutes....
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    04-16-2019, 07:31 PM
    Vinegar is very slow to work so if you make a 50/50 mix with white vinegar and standard 3% hydrogen peroxide it will work much better and a lot faster. Use caution in handling.
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    04-16-2019, 12:59 PM
    With a non-convection oven I would suggest doing a single rack of bullets at a time. Convection is not a miracle worker, but the moving air does help in eliminating cold spots. However, when I cook with 5 full racks holding almost 3K 9mm bullets...
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    04-16-2019, 12:36 PM
    The smash test tests the bond and elasticity of the coating, but does not indicate the hardness of the polymer. An undercured bullet will pass the smash test. Charlie Darnall of Freechex actually came up with an idea that is quick & easy. And...
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    04-16-2019, 12:19 PM
    Glad it worked for you, thanks for your reply. I also use the wide pencils on the flats and sharpen the standard to a fine point to get into the bands. Not only does graphite eliminate sticking bullets and most of the small lead deposits, the fine...
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    04-13-2019, 12:55 PM
    Or you could just put a serviceman's glass mercury thermometer in the oven, which is going have more accuracy we need for PC.
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    04-13-2019, 12:26 PM
    If you want to get into PC and do it Right! Elvis is not where you want to go. Elvis is indeed a guru, but not for PC.
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    04-13-2019, 12:22 PM
    Ditto what OS said!
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    04-13-2019, 12:13 PM
    In 2012 when Sandy Hook made getting any quantity of components impossible. I had been shooting in the IDPA so I was used to going through three to five hundred bullets a week. I went back to casting, rebuilt my old Lyman lube sizer and then I...
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    04-12-2019, 02:11 PM
    Knowing what I know, if my old Pro Melt died I would search to find a used one or look into making my own pot. For the dollars a good pot costs it would easily pay for the needed materials and it doesn't look like it would be that difficult to make...
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    04-12-2019, 07:53 AM
    So much easier to cast a cheap K thermocouple (about a buck each) into a bullet and use a cheap digital K type thermometer (about $5) to monitor the temp. Since I cook multiple racks at a time I monitor the middle rack, which starts to flow last,...
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    04-12-2019, 07:34 AM
    Exactly my point, the difference between a full cure coating (welded together) and a partial cure. But whatever you are happy with.
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    04-11-2019, 10:28 AM
    If you want to multi-coat and have the coats flow together you do a partial cure on the first coat/s the a full cure on the last coat. When the polymer has reached full cure and has cooled then the chemical process is finished. However, the lead...
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    04-09-2019, 02:40 PM
    When I got into PC back in 2012 I spoke with and visited several professional PC companies, (not bullets) attempting to learn all I could about the polymers and process. When I asked what powder they recommended and three different professionals...
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    04-09-2019, 09:36 AM
    One other thing I didn't mention with the B&D was the temperature was all over the place and varied as much as 50 degrees from the set point. I suspect a bunch of guys with these ovens are having problems and don't know it because they have never...
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    04-09-2019, 09:23 AM
    I shoot 99% handguns and I powder coat range scrap, so alloy is of no concern to me as well as keeping the temperature low. As long as my 200+ pounds of ingots I get out of a single cook in my pot will completely fill out the mold cavity then life...
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    04-08-2019, 01:04 PM
    I have a B&D Quartz that was new I picked up for almost nothing. It heats much faster, but won't get to 400 degrees, so it is worthless. I could do a PID, but it would be cheaper to just get a new oven that works. The Hamilton Beach...
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    04-08-2019, 12:50 PM
    Yes, I remember one indoor range manager asking to return my range fee because their fans couldn't keep up with the smoke from my lubed cast. Admittedly, I was practicing for an IDPA match so I was putting a lot of rounds downrange quickly. That was...
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    04-08-2019, 11:31 AM
    I would suspect you have a bullet problem, but there could be other things in play. I don't know where not sizing PC bullets came from, but that is the first place I would start. When a cast bullet comes out of a mold it is not round and PC does...
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    04-08-2019, 10:10 AM
    I could not have said it better, but would add the good stuff can be delivered to your door and you don't have the added cost of making the trip.
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    04-07-2019, 04:00 PM
    The ultra sonic alone doesn't work on removing the lead. Ultra sonic will significantly speed up things like Evapo-Rust, etc., but the liquid usd in the bath has to help it along.
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    04-06-2019, 02:02 PM
    When I was learning all I could about PC one of the first questions I asked was, "Is there wiggle room in the time & temperature?" The answer was, "Yes there is, but it can vary with the polymer and the additives, but it you cure according to the...
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    04-02-2019, 02:59 PM
    Live duds are another really good reason I wear Explosive Handlers Coveralls, gloves, cap and full race respirator when processing. If molten lead hits skin it gonna leave a mark and it certainly is not worth losing an eye. If you can get the...
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    04-02-2019, 12:25 PM
    OK, I see where you are coming from and it sounds reasonable to me. As far as bullets with potential problems, in my younger years I shot in rifle competetion for 7 years in the NRA Master Rifle Class, so personally I can't get over being anal...
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    04-01-2019, 12:08 PM
    Bill, I guessed I missed to point of the multi-meter test?
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    04-01-2019, 11:47 AM
    Reading some of the post there is a lot of good casting information here, but to start with I would suggest you first read up on the hazards of handling lead. I know safety, bla, bal, bla, old stick in the mud, but lead poisoning is very serious...
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    04-01-2019, 11:05 AM
    Problem is most of these big box stores have a very limited selection of set screws, especially metric. I would start by taking the mold to a store that has the hardware bins and then try any type of screw until you find the size then look for...
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    04-01-2019, 10:47 AM
    Actually, I have been thinking about adding a timer to as mine just in case I get old age distracted and forget to turn it off, but and auto shut-off would be a safety device for all. I am not in the electrical business, but installing a junction...
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    03-31-2019, 04:56 PM
    All the rifle bullets were double coated and fired full power from several firearms, 30/06, 7.62x39, 5.56, 22-250 & 7x57, the highest velocity 3500+ on the 22-250. No leading or function problems, but my poor choice of bullet design showed the...
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