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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:55 PM
    You need only 2% Sn max for any booilt you cast!!!! Any more wastes the precious metal and leads to the possible weird hardness shifting you are seeing. Stick with 1-2% Sn for fill purposes like the rest of us. Sn lowers the surface tension of...
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    Yesterday, 07:47 PM
    That picture above is really loaded with garbage. It needs extra care when re-melting by fluxing several times with pine sawdust and the final time with some wax. I prefer beeswax. That will reduce any Sn back in. But melting carp like that is a...
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    Yesterday, 04:11 PM
    Remember.......baking a large thermal mass like a cassarole is far different that that tiny thermal mass of boolits we bake. The cheap ovens do just fine with large masses....they suck with small masses!!!!!!!! That is why a convection oven is far...
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    Yesterday, 11:25 AM
    1. Preheat oven to 400F (verified with a good oven thermometer!) 2. Put filled racks in oven 3. Do not start your 10 min timing period until ALL the powder on ALL the boolits in the oven has turned nice & shiny. 4. Bake for no more than 10...
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    Yesterday, 11:18 AM
    Download the FREE alloy calculator on here. All your questions, present and future, will be answered! bangerjim
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    Yesterday, 11:14 AM
    You got a ton of carp in there, pardner!!!!!. Did you flux 3X with sawdust like you are supposed to do? And stir and skim all the gunk off the top? Does not look like it. You may/do have inclusions of impurities all thru that Pb. And it looks...
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    07-20-2018, 03:54 PM
    Sil-Flo solder......silver-bearing solder......bronze brazing rod.......could be any of these. Picture too dark to tell. I use them all. All of those are high-temp solders/brazing materials. Some flat gray ones could lead came from window-maker....
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    07-20-2018, 03:48 PM
    I bake (per all manufacturer’s directions of powders I have) for 10 min @400F. Preheated oven, naturally. That’s all that is needed....AFTER.....the powder turns shiny. Where in the wide world of sports did you read 45 minutes??????????? I have...
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    07-18-2018, 04:37 PM
    I drop my boolits (ONLY to cool them, not to harden!) in a 9x12 cakepan with a terry cloth towel under the water on the bottom. The towel keeps from damaging the fresh slugs when they hit the bottom and each other. Once the pile up, I just pick up...
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    07-18-2018, 04:29 PM
    No, you can't "click" them!!! They are indications of the number of thousands of posts. Look at the number of posts a person has and divide it out. But who really cares about the # of posts? It is the quality of the posts that count. Some...
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    07-18-2018, 04:22 PM
    That is actually the definition of a weir.....a v-shaped (or other) restriction in a tank, vessel, or pond that restricts the flow to maintain a certain level or allow measurement of said level. A weir does NOT shut off flow, it restricts it by a...
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    07-18-2018, 03:16 PM
    Don't count out the SHTF happening in our lifetimes!............. Just read where the park services closed down part of Yellowstone due to a huge 100 foot gash opening up very unexpectedly. And the earthquake activity up there has been increasing...
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    07-17-2018, 09:57 PM
    “Woman”, I said, “it’s too darned hot to grill those ribeyes.” So I sliced up a bunch of big portobello mushrooms and sautéed them in a little butter until perfect cooked down. At the same time, boiled some huge ears of yellow/white fresh...
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    07-17-2018, 02:17 PM
    I do not use a powder measure machine to meter TrailBoss. The flat big donut flakes just do not work in the feed mechanisms. But it IS VERY bulky!!!!!!!!!! Just what you are looking for. I have TiteWad and do not consider that bulky - - compared...
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    07-17-2018, 10:21 AM
    Use fiberglass strapping tape twice around each side and the ends. That's in addition to standard clear wide packing tape to seal the box 1st. And use a screwdriver handle or Sharpie to burnish all the tape down....very important! Shipping Pb in...
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    07-17-2018, 05:00 AM
    This is close. Treat NLG's and grooved boolits. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?131497-Experimenting-with-NOE-247-gr-300-Whisper-boolit-in-a-30-30-Win-94 banger
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    07-16-2018, 09:30 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Framing gun in Our Town
    For hobby work HF is perfect 30 degree. I have one and I have built 4 10x12 and 8x12 sheds with it.....no problems! Why buy a pro brand when you will use it mabe 3X a year OR less. And I bought their little pancake compressor also. Perfect...
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    07-16-2018, 07:15 PM
    You cannot get bulkier than TrailBoss! I use it in 38SP and 45LC loads right out of the books with good success. Check it out. Bangerjim
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    07-16-2018, 06:34 PM
    Perhaps you might want to rethink your definition of a weir?
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    07-16-2018, 06:30 PM
    I use weirs all the time. Only difference, my applications are in waste treatment plants. They are a V-notch in a fixed length of pipe or trough that allows a know amount of liquid to pass thru it. You measure the height of the water behind it and...
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    07-15-2018, 01:27 PM
    I am the fellow you refer to. The engineering firm I own designs and sells control systems for industrial applications, many of which use digital proportional integral derivative control algorithms for accuracy and repeatablilty as well as data...
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    07-15-2018, 01:09 PM
    I don’t care what you call it.......GRB or a sun flare....”it” is still something we cannot control and could be a SHTF event. Flares can do extreme damage to our modern electronic infrastructure!!!!!!! And we live by our ‘gadgets” today, even if...
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    07-14-2018, 07:13 PM
    There is a little thing called a “GAMMA RAY BURST” that could wipe out the entire planet’s electric infrastructure in a blink of an eye! THAT is what you should be worried about.....not Yellowstone’s farting. Or a meteor strike. A burst is totally...
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    07-14-2018, 07:06 PM
    My 2 bottoms pours from Lee work just fine with out any digital PID controllers. Excellent temp control. Perfect pours from the 1st drop! (Preheated molds on an electric hot plate to FULL casting temp). Don’t know what your problems are, but...
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    07-14-2018, 12:29 PM
    A party sound like fun!!!!!!!!!! I just have never understood jello shots! Have had about every flavor on the grocery store shelf mixed with all kinds of hooch. I prefer my (quality) booze sippped slowly and my jello (very limited flavors!)...
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    07-14-2018, 12:17 PM
    Humidity will diminish tumbled PC effeciency. The summer months are the worst, even here is AZ. That is why I have 2 ESPC guns also! They work every time - - - winter, spring, summer, and fall. (All you have to do is call). Sorry, I am breaking...
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    07-14-2018, 12:12 PM
    We only bought gold for investment porposes, not to sell. Same with the many various stocks we own, Never sell, always buy good ones that pay dividends. One can live off dividends if you own the RIGHT good stocks and have enough of them. Trust me! ...
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    07-12-2018, 10:21 PM
    I just plan to live a lot longer than some of you breathing un-needed PbO2 dust......even in small amounts. I must coorect you.........I said NOTHING about dumping it down the drain. You can dispose of it any way that is compatible with your...
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    07-12-2018, 08:09 PM
    Don’t do it DRY!!!!!!! Too much oxides to breathe!!!! Not healthy. CLR2 or LimeAway attack oxides of all types. I use it for a lot of corroded metals and stuff. Just let it do it’s business and then rinse and dry. Should be pretty clean. Then...
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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