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    Yesterday, 09:37 PM
    You know, I haven't worked with the rifle HP's but if I did, I think I'd go tin rich in hope that the tin would help them to hang onto their weight because of the greater malleability the tin adds. I've noticed that with the tin rich lead only,...
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    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    Tripplebeards... Try plugging those HP's with silicone, that'll stop the hair-n-hide from plugging that hole and affecting expansion. With this .38S. I tried to get them to open like a turbo prop. Imagine the internal damage they could cause....
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    Yesterday, 08:04 PM
    I don't like the idea of driving steel rods down my barrels so fire and water trap all my slugs. I first cast pure lead bullets for a particular caliber and powder coat them. I load a very light load, just enough of a charge to clear the barrel,...
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    Yesterday, 07:48 PM
    Check out old post "New Life for H&G S-55 Mold"
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    Yesterday, 05:34 PM comes the arguments about expansion & then comes the FBI's standards and their test media...bla, bla, bla...but, I can tell you this, I learned a lot about blending casting metal and projectile speed while playing with expansion...let...
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    Yesterday, 05:09 PM
    That's a dang good idea. I bet it would really narrow the tenth's spread on the large 'corn-flake' powders. I'm gonna have'ta mull on this idea...thanks.
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    Yesterday, 07:25 AM
    Probably just the ravings of an old man, but I see all the things that defined America fast disappearing. On a positive note just this past week I cast 18K of a variety of bullets, so my plan is on it's way. Just as a mind game if I shoot 100...
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    Yesterday, 07:06 AM
    Ditto what Bangerjim said. PC is already giving approximately a 5% increase in velocity and keeping your barrel cooler due to its lack of friction.
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    Yesterday, 07:00 AM
    Yes. the pour tube does go through the burner. I did this and made the tube out of brass so it would stay hot and flow. That is the only complaint I have with my RCBS Pro Melt is the steel pour tube is the last thing to heat up. I keep a micro...
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    02-15-2019, 01:21 PM
    That's pretty much how I feel about PMC, I lost count somewhere around 18 times reloaded (got my sub batches mixed together by accident when cleaning them) but I've been running exclusively about 600 cases from prolly 5 years loads are not...
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    02-15-2019, 01:17 PM
    Here are more photos and I have to say I didn't take a lot of time with this build as I originally planned on using it only once back in 2012 when the shelves were bare (Sandy Hook). I got back into casting then out of necessity and this was to be a...
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    02-15-2019, 08:14 AM
    Very handy indeed with small charges...RCBS Little Dandy...sometimes the answer is very simple. I like the adjustments on the Lyman 55 and it'll handle certain powders better than the Dandy ...I use both of them.
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    02-15-2019, 06:49 AM
    Legendary Lawman . . . .30-30W
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    02-14-2019, 07:05 PM
    When your working it a layer at a time... *grab all the little square SOWW's and start chunking them to another bucket. That'll get your soft stuff in one place. *then as you go you will learn to identify the Zinkers by their paint job or the...
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  • OS OK's Avatar
    02-14-2019, 06:51 PM
    OS OK replied to a thread Ingot mold size in Casting Equipment
    The bottom line on an ingot moulds is... > are they stackable in an efficient manner? Turn them all the same direction and stack them in 1/2 the they drain the ingot pot quick? > do they fill the pot on the first load?
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    02-14-2019, 06:37 PM
    RCBS Bench Mount and never look back until someone asks about the best priming system again...then you tell them, RCBS bench mounted.
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    02-14-2019, 05:58 PM
    OMG...that is a picture of pure beauty...a 'Labor of Love' awaits you...may you smelt and cast forever off that lil drum! Well done Pard! "I'll bet your still grinning! hehehehe"
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    02-14-2019, 04:33 PM
    I remove all the screws in a mold and coat the threads with a anti-seize compound that contains copper or nickle, the stuff you can buy at an auto parts for coating spark plug threads. It is good for 1800F+ degrees, but don't over do it on the...
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    02-14-2019, 10:14 AM
    For those that are fluxing the pot and especially using a lot of odd ball stuff for flux I sure hope you have a large fan pulling the fumes away from you. You do realize the it is the fumes coming off a pot can carry molecules of lead?
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    02-14-2019, 10:06 AM
    A hot plate works the best when it is converted into an oven. I cut a hole in the side of an old stainless pot with a clad bottom then bent some sheetmetal to better confine the area around the molds. I can heat multiple molds and can read the...
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    02-14-2019, 09:29 AM
    A simpler solution is just cutting the top off an out of date propane tank. Mine will easily melt down 200+ pounds of ingots. If you can weld a bottom pour is easy to do and drops clean metal, not to mention faster and safer. Additionally you...
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    02-14-2019, 09:08 AM
    I would try a couple of hours to overnight soak in Kroil Oil first and see if that will break it free. Not only is Kroil the best penetrating oil it works on breaking down the rust. As far as heat you shouldn't need that much to cause expansion if...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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