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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:52 PM
    It looks like the "Native"
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    Yesterday, 02:04 PM
    December 2019 Contest topic: Cast Boolits The place to discuss our favorite pb projectiles. Boolits = as God laid it into the soil, Grand Old Galena, The Silver Stream graciously hand poured into molds for our consumption. . . Bullets= Machine...
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    12-06-2019, 12:20 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread Snow???? in Our Town
    Here you go Hawaii :razz:
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    12-05-2019, 12:57 PM
    LB7, That's a big one ! in the 1980s, I worked in a hardware store and that store sold them. I may still have one of those as well. BUT, I always prefered the LB5, I still have a couple of those.
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    12-04-2019, 08:00 PM
    Demand and pay for insurance. I received one that was poorly packed. The muzzle was sticking outside the box and banged on "whatever" (UPS truck wall or maybe concrete).
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 07:54 PM
    I had bulging issues with R+P brass during seating (I would crimp in another step, so my problem wasn't the crimp). 44-40 brass is thin and prone to bulging...some brands are thinner than others...R+P seems to be the thinnest, IMHO. Be sure to...
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    12-04-2019, 07:47 PM
    Veral's book is pretty good. http://lbtmolds.com/Products/tabid/5806/Default.aspx
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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 10:00 PM
    Henry has a new smoothbore lever-action in 22LR being classified as their new "Garden Gun" If I was looking for a smoothbore lever-action shotgun for "Garden Pest" removal, I'd opt for their three .410 models instead to have a selection of shot...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 01:50 PM
    I did a test https://www.artfulbullet.com/index.php?threads/zinc-in-small-percentage-in-bullet-alloy.589/ read from OP down to post #15 for results. Bottom line is, 1% zinc will only add about 1 Bhn of hardness, and that 1% is still pretty...
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    12-03-2019, 01:30 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread flux in Lead and Lead Alloys
    agentwolf, Welcome to the forum. When smelting WW, you want a flux that will quickly become carbon. Media may take a while to burn up, into carbon. Another issue could be introducing more Junk, whatever is in "old dirty tumbling media", into...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 12:58 PM
    Dave, Welcome to the forum. I have a early version (360-160-SWC) of the NOE mold linked to below (360-165-SWC-T5) It is very close to the Lee you mention, but the NOE has two crimp grooves, which is very handy if you have a S&W 357 mag revolver...
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    12-03-2019, 12:29 PM
    I have sold cars and other things on Craigslist as well as Facebook groups. My own rules for Craigslist and other online selling pages (not including Castboolits or Gunshows). If I list something, I only allow the seller a couple strikes...and...
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    12-03-2019, 11:24 AM
    EDC: I have a short tale of woe. When I was younger, I would carry a inexpensive pocket knife. Sometime in the early 90s, I spent too much money (for my income at that time) on a Gerber Applegate-Fairbairn Covert folder, it was one of the early...
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    12-02-2019, 12:05 PM
    Hello, my name is Jon and I am a knife addict. A little bit of both, I guess. My biggest weakness is vintage knives priced real cheap, doesn't really matter condition, I have several fixed blade butcher knives I use in the garden or garage,...
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    12-02-2019, 11:34 AM
    Praying for Joshua and his family.
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    12-01-2019, 07:46 PM
    Here you go. SHOOTING THE BLACK POWDER REVOLVER John L. Fuhring Preventing chain firing This is the 2nd of 8 articles http://www.geojohn.org/BlackPowder/bps2.html
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    11-30-2019, 12:46 PM
    Are these guns/molds new to you? Have you used other Lead for casting in the same molds when shooting these same guns? ...and not have difficulty in seating the cast RB? If that is the case, that these guns are new to you, I would measure the RB...
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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    11-29-2019, 11:19 PM
    Palmetto State Arms got me for a $99 1911 pistol frame. And Rotometals got me for 50lbs of lead the other day. Oh well. Time to go see what Midway has...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    11-29-2019, 11:59 AM
    I bet that discolored brass got hotter than 200. Not all ovens will be 200, when you set the dial on 200. Maybe put a thermometer in there, and see what temperature it really is. I don't wet tumble, but sometimes I use Hot citric bath. when...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    11-29-2019, 11:51 AM
    Matrix, Welcome to the forum. Years ago, I came across a bunch of shot in a deal, I ended up making a trade for ingots of a good boolit alloy...because new graphite coated shot is worth more per lb than boolit alloy. If you are gonna melt it,...
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    11-29-2019, 11:41 AM
    My house is about 5 blocks from Buffalo Creek. There are at least a couple pairs of bald eagles within a few miles. They will glide along thermals above town...fun to watch. I've also seen one kinda close up (100 feet or so), She was flying low...
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    11-29-2019, 11:23 AM
    I can totally understand the issue with Lyman's mold guide. I use the Lee 4-20 pot, and with it's tiny "shelf" of a mold guide, it's actually more of a challenge to keep a standard mold level...so casting with a slight tilt is almost second nature....
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    11-27-2019, 11:13 PM
    One technique to try, is slightly tilting the entire mold, so the excess molten alloy spills over the front end of the mold. Fill the cavity closest to the front end first, then work your way back. If you maintain the tilt, alloy won't splash...
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    11-27-2019, 11:04 PM
    how much was shipping on that order of 3 ?
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    11-27-2019, 01:43 PM
    when I first started casting, the Lee TL WC was one of my first molds. It would lead foul my revolvers. It was long enough ago, that I wasn't educated enough to figure out why, I sold it and then bought the Lee WC with traditional lube grooves,...
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    11-27-2019, 12:33 PM
    WD40 is really good at removing old adhesive labels. Peanut oil is really good for cooking Turkey. ATF is really good at penetrating rust. The question shouldn't be, why the "peanut oil is thick and milky slimy concoction" ? The question...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    11-27-2019, 12:18 PM
    even if you could get the calculator/spreadsheet to work, your problem is you don't know what's in your range scrap. And depending on how that was processed, your range scrap will have batch to batch differences...unless you smelted it all in one...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    11-27-2019, 12:02 PM
    The answer to this question is two crimp grooves, like on the NOE 360-165-SWC Crimp it into the top lube groove for shorter 357mag cylinders. I don't know if this is a 'clone' of the 358429, but with the variation Lyman has with their molds over...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    11-25-2019, 12:41 PM
    That 268 Lyman may be too fat for your 6.5 guns ...assuming they are made to USA 6.5 specs. That mold is designed for Foreign built war horses that are typically .004 to .005 larger than the USA specs (.264)
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    11-25-2019, 12:33 PM
    Primer anvils come in various shapes and just looking at them, they look like they'd attach to each other and form clumps of anvils...that'd be bad with bottleneck cases. And anvils are kind of large as far as cartridge case media is concerned. I...
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    11-25-2019, 12:49 AM
    I was told it is beeswax, sheep tallow, and lamp black. It'll work fine for most applications, I'd probably not use it for high pressure loads.
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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    11-24-2019, 08:52 PM
    That Gun digest test should have used the same bullet for all of the tests of the various lubes and coatings regarding the terminal ballistics of the bullets. A difference in the lead alloys will cause a difference in whether a hollowpoint expands...
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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    11-24-2019, 07:52 PM
    That Gun digest test should have used the same bullet for all of the tests of the various lubes and coatings regarding the terminal ballistics of the bullets. A difference in the lead alloys will cause a difference in whether a hollowpoint expands...
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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    11-24-2019, 07:43 PM
    bruce drake replied to a thread 30 caliber SWC boolits in Swaging
    I use my .308 half-jackets for my small 30 caliber cartridges (30 Herrett, 300BLK, 7.62x39 and 30-30Win. With the half jackets, I can make from 90-150gr bullets using my Herters swage kit with a SWC and a very blunt round nose profile. I have...
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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
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