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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 06:49 AM
    Legendary Lawman . . . .30-30W
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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 08:50 AM
    Why don't you check out Evil Bay, I saw a H&G 4 cavity #68 plain base go for $70 a couple of weeks ago. I already have four 68's, 2 BB & 2PB, so I didn't need another one. You can't do any better as far the mold quality of H&G or the 68 bullet...
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    02-13-2019, 05:47 PM
    It depends somewhat. I personally don't think there is any method faster than running two 4 cavity iron molds like the H&G or old Saeco molds. They produce beautiful bullets with hardly a visible mold line. Regardless of cavities I set my mold...
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    02-13-2019, 04:55 PM
    Hickok replied to a thread Marlin 1894 in 45 colt in Leverguns
    Had a JM Marlin Cowboy with octagon barrel in 45 Colt. Fired cases came out bulged due to too large of a chamber. Looked like pregnant guppies. Sent it back to Marlin, came back with a new barrel.....same thing, bulged cases. Not heavy loads...
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    02-13-2019, 12:01 PM
    And if I melt more lead I get more bullets and the entire reason I am there in the first place. When I run two 4 cavity molds I am dropping 20 bullets a minute.
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  • OS OK's Avatar
    02-13-2019, 10:56 AM
    Just melted several myself... drop the weights on their edge from about 30" on to the concrete... them that go 'thud', melt together, there's a good chance they are nearly pure lead. them that go 'ting', melt together...they may be...
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    02-13-2019, 09:21 AM
    OS OK replied to a thread Help a newby out in Cast Boolits
    When you are putting a new batch of wheel weights into the smelt pot... Use all but the last 1/2 inch in depth of lead from the previous pot. Be certain that the wheel weights are absolutely bone dry when you add new ones to previously molten...
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    02-12-2019, 08:12 AM
    If you used 4 cavity molds your production would double and cut the cost in half.
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    02-12-2019, 08:08 AM
    JMax, it sounds like right or wrong we have a plan, as it would appear we are in the same boat. I too have no one to leave my "treasures" to and the ones that would receive them wouldn't have a clue what it was for, how to use it and certainly no...
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    02-11-2019, 01:58 PM
    PMC Have been using a batch of about 600 cases in the .45ACP for prolly 5 years now...lost count of the reloads I've done & some of the head stamps are almost unreadable. Since last December I am starting to see some case splits and case mouth...
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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