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  • David2011's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:19 PM
    Purty! Any chance the melt and mold are too hot reducing the viscosity of the alloy too much?
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    Yesterday, 07:17 PM
    I've been casting for a while, starting in 1982. I've probably used 3000 pounds of lead so far. My boolits have with a few minor exceptions consistent and of good quality and very consistent weight for the application, a little plinking, a little...
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    Yesterday, 12:43 AM
    I'm making the shift right now. SWMBO found a large Oster convection oven at an estate sale yesterday for $20 and snagged it because she knew I was wanting to PC. Last night I loaded ammo for a Cowboy Action match and had to wipe the beeswax based...
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    08-19-2017, 08:54 PM
    Spent a lot of time working with the the Lee 358-158-RF mold I used making the ugly boolits. The mold release was cleaned out of the mold and then I scrubbed it with Dawn and hot water followed by a final cleaning with lacquer thinner to remove the...
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    08-17-2017, 09:50 PM
    It's the 358-158-RF. I've probably cast 2500-3000 boolits with it so far. It's been Leemented with Brownell's lapping compound, the cavity edges scraped with an X-Acto, smoked and finally I resorted to FA mold release. One cavity in particular is...
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    08-14-2017, 10:09 PM
    There are lots of boats that are junk and it wouldn't bother me to see them scrapped. The Triton was the first production fiberglass boat. Way overbuilt because they didn't know how strong fiberglass was back then. It's also a beautiful boat with...
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    08-14-2017, 09:44 PM
    I like the .223 FCD for my defensive ammo but not for target and hunting ammo. I want no chance of bullet setback for eotwawki ammo.
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    08-14-2017, 09:24 PM
    Made a pile of boolits for Cowboy Action. Ugliest boolits I've made in a while thanks to Frankford Arsenal mold release. They'll shoot just fine and they dropped from the Lee mold easily for a change.
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    08-14-2017, 09:19 PM
    Long as we're OT our safety guy sent out a notice that We were having a shut down due to ice and snow. I couldn't believe it when his Apple iPhone subbed an "i" for the u in shut. Did it TWICE during separate storms.
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    08-10-2017, 09:36 PM
    Just read the whole thread. SWMBO and I decided to buy ourselves some better knives 2 or 3 years ago. We went with the Calphalon Katanas as well on the advice of a friend that's a professional chef. They're well balanced and as the name implies...
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    08-09-2017, 10:17 PM
    That Black and Decker is a beast. It puts out an amazing amount of hot air; far more than those intended for covering model airplanes.
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    08-09-2017, 10:15 PM
    I've only used one brass mold and it was for black powder balls but it was the easiest casting mold I've ever used. Loved it. Of the molds I have I like using the cast iron and steel molds best. My aluminum molds are all Lee so I can't speak for...
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    08-08-2017, 09:36 PM
    I feel the same way about priming on my 650. I have had zero failures to fire on ammo loaded on the 650, primarily .40 S&W. This is not a personal attack. I do believe it perpetuates the myth that single stage ammo is somehow inherently more...
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    08-08-2017, 09:12 PM
    It's such a fragile case but such fun to shoot! I flare just enough to get the bullet started. Unless you have a huge quantity of bullets you might consider boat tailed bullets. I do whatever I can to protect the brass and use boat tails. I...
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    08-06-2017, 06:44 PM
    .44 Mag in 1978.
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    08-03-2017, 11:34 PM
    The Improvised Munitions Handbook says to put an initiator/blasting cap in a tuna can with some aluminum powder. Put a 50 pound bag of flour on top of it. It says it will destroy everything in a hangar. It may not be classified by the BATFE as...
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    08-03-2017, 11:22 PM
    The minimum for Major is 165,000. A correctly balanced open gun is loaded so the compensator works and ideally the red dot doesn't move when the gun goes off. That takes lots of pressure. Believe it or not, that's the velocity range required to...
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    08-03-2017, 09:55 PM
    Lubed a big box full of boolits and loaded 300 of 'em into .40 S&W. That'll get me through the weekend.
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    07-30-2017, 11:16 PM
    Try rubbing the inside of the hopper with a used dryer sheet. That kills the static charge.
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    07-30-2017, 11:13 PM
    One caution on 9mm brass and please don't take this lightly. Range brass from public ranges is most likely safe to reload. OTOH, if the range is used for USPSA/IPSC competition you probably don't want the brass. Due to the cost of .38 Super Comp...
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    07-30-2017, 11:03 PM
    That's the load I use in my Garand. Tapping the handle a couple of times works. You develop a pattern pretty quickly. My Uniflow is kind of cranky with 4895 but I've found my old Saeco meters it very well. If you ever find a used one grab it. ...
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    07-30-2017, 10:43 PM
    Your real issue is getting a boolit at least .404" before sizing to .403", if you really need boolits that big. If they're smaller than the die obviously they won't size. I was sizing and loading .40 earlier today. Out of curiosity I measured a...
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    07-30-2017, 10:33 PM
    Welcome to CastBoolits! I see you already have the ergonomics figured out. Staying comfortable at the casting bench is paramount to your enjoyment. I've been melting and molding 'em for 35 years. David
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    07-27-2017, 09:07 PM
    2: I would buy one if they were like buying a handgun, background check, etc, 3: I would buy one only if they were sold as an accessory, like grips, or a sling and I could get it mail order. I would like to see them become accessories. If...
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    07-23-2017, 07:53 PM
    You need the "hammer thing," an inertia puller. On a lot of cast boolits there's nothing to grab with a collet puller. I have managed to pull a few but quickly went back to what works every time.
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    07-23-2017, 07:52 PM
    David2011 replied to a thread Tin in Cast Boolits
    Old pewter found at yard sales and resale shops would be a good place to start. Be sure to read the sticky on pewter hallmarks. It will keep you from buying stuff that only looks like pewter. Babbitt is also a high tin alloy.
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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