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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:11 PM
    My point exactly, and you sir have made the commitment of money, time and dedication to the hobby, so the rewards continue even if now at a slower pace.
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    Yesterday, 11:59 AM
    If you are not monitoring the temperature and duration of the oven with a good separate thermometer then that is likely your problem. Oven thermostats can not be relied on and you have to know for sure the PC cure was to specs. A Taylor glass Oven...
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    Yesterday, 11:45 AM
    I understand completely because you are looking at 70 year old hands in the photos. The silicon mats help a lot to keep them from sliding. Unfortunately a spray coating is fragile, so a dropped or toppled bullet needs to be culled. When I tumble...
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    Yesterday, 10:33 AM
    Point taken and I absolutely agree that shooting & hand loading are rewarding hobbies, but if you do not shoot & reload several hundred rounds a year then do you really have a hobby? Is anyone that is only going to shoot a few boxes of cartridges,...
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    08-12-2018, 01:22 PM
    When it comes to PC Gas Check bullets this is the only method that has worked well for me. I put the gas check base into the holes that were reamed to size in a scrap sheetmetal tray. I spray the bullets then using self closing tweezers I transfer...
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    08-12-2018, 10:22 AM
    It's not the heat when it come to vapors coming off the pot on the gas stove it is just harder to get away from them standing over a pot. On my bottom pour furnace I have a fan running blowing the vapors out and away, but a fan disturbs the open...
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    08-12-2018, 10:05 AM
    Short of custom I don't know of any H&G #7 clones. I have a NOE 358-128 that is similar that shoots & feeds well, actually it is a 9mm #68 design . The #922 & #925 Saeco is similar, but nothing that I know of that has that H&G round shoulder...
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    08-12-2018, 09:45 AM
    If you don't mind the six bullets being different sizes then the Lee would definitely be cheaper. Otherwise either of your original mold suggestions would be a better choice. Been there and done that so if you haven't guessed the only Lee mold I...
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    08-12-2018, 09:10 AM
    Indeed the grid of the hardware cloth does a good job. I ended up affixing a piece if hardwire cloth to an angle iron frame I tacked together so I could pull the wire tight. I wanted a large enough piece to fit a half size aluminum sheet baking...
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    08-12-2018, 08:47 AM
    For buckshot I just cut off the sprue with a pair of dyke pliers ground so the cutting edge is flat. I roll the shot between two stainless plates until they are round. Then I powder coat the shot.
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    08-12-2018, 08:31 AM
    Why not just powder coat the bullets? Then size them to what ever you wish.
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    08-12-2018, 08:20 AM
    No question is stupid, but yes the plastic egg crate light diffuses would melt. But have you priced these diffusers? they are not just a couple of dollars. In the $10+ neighborhood you can acquire a baker's cooking rack, which is a grid made of...
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    08-11-2018, 07:31 AM
    Thinking about the knowledge I have gained in my 55 years of hand loading I would suggest you forget hand loading and just purchase the ammunition you wish to shoot. Until your ammunition requirements go into the hundreds of rounds a year I would...
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    08-11-2018, 07:14 AM
    Life is simpler by just getting your stock from Coil & Foil. If you use roof flashing you need the proper thickness, it needs to be annealed then cut into strips.
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    08-11-2018, 06:40 AM
    I would suggest getting a strong lope or magnifying glasses to examine the cavity. Try using the eraser on a #2 pencil to polish the edge slightly. Use the pencil lead to coat the inside of the cavity. I agree, if you have to do more than this to a...
    9 replies | 262 view(s)
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    08-11-2018, 06:29 AM
    Coleman white gas stove and cast iron pot is the way I started back in the 1960's. Can't say I recommend it, as I am now a lot older and a lot less ignorant. Inexpensive as electric furnaces are now they are a much better way to go. The furnaces...
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    08-11-2018, 06:08 AM
    If you want to stand up bullets you need to start off with a flat surface. I covered my oven's wire racks with roofing flashing for this purpose. Or you can use aluminum baking trays. On the flat surface cover it with a silicone cooking mat; the...
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    08-11-2018, 05:46 AM
    I guess if you use that line of reasoning you could say real carpenters don't use a tape measure and real handloaders don't use a scale. In all my years I have learned one thing and that is people are far from perfect, when you can take out the...
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    08-09-2018, 08:47 PM
    You got a pretty good starter kit. Let's see it again in a couple years.
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    08-09-2018, 10:59 AM
    Hey, you might be on to something? Maybe we should all give it a try? Honey, would you mind getting out and filling up the car? The smell of gasoline gives me a headache.
    14 replies | 258 view(s)
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    08-09-2018, 10:52 AM
    I tried the screen wire dump when I first started PC back in 2012. I could easily see I was purposefully making bullets that were not evenly coated, had dings, bare spots and non-flat bases, just to save a few minutes, to do what? I shot in...
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    08-08-2018, 12:03 PM
    Methanol alcohol is flammable also, so I wouldn't use it inside the house either, but I never considered someone would use any open flammable material inside the house to soak bullets. Of course I guess there are those that are using the kitchen...
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    08-08-2018, 11:42 AM
    I agree with your assessment on PC. I cast & coat during the cooler months as here in Texas it is no fun sitting behind a casting furnace when the air temp is 95-100 degrees. Also during the winter the winds come from the north and the humidity...
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    08-07-2018, 04:34 AM
    You don't need much of an air compressor to deliver a constant 20 psi for the gun. When it comes to an inexpensive PC gun I recommend the Eastwood Dual Voltage Gun and a bunch of extra bottles. The Harbor Freight gun is cheaper, but for a little...
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    08-06-2018, 08:19 PM
    I agree on just shooting them as it would certainly be the simplest solution. I personally have tried the boiling with poor results and have you priced the cost of acetone? If you are going to PC, the bullets need to be as clean as if the came...
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    08-06-2018, 08:02 PM
    When I do hollow points I spray them for a PC finish about as good as it gets. I just set the bullets on my "Bed of Nails" to spray. I made the tray from some scrap sheet steel and some nails inserted through predrilled holes then tack welded on...
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    08-05-2018, 12:23 PM
    Yeah Grmps...those pesky sprue plates really take up your time, 'opening & closing' all that hammering. I just quit using the sprue plate all together. It does make the cast a wee bit harder to seat though . . .:bigsmyl2:
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    08-04-2018, 03:51 AM
    Your welcome mehavy, sometimes the simplest of fixes are the best. I still hold the scope by a steady hand and have gotten used to moving it in the opposite direction to align the scale...now if only I could figure a way to measure across on the...
    51 replies | 1526 view(s)
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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