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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:38 PM
    Lead...................like gold...............is where you find it. Congrats! banger
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    Yesterday, 04:36 PM
    Galling can occur when any softer metal is in friction contact with a harder metal. And Pb will gall with steel under the right conditions. I have never seen it in any of my tons of Lee sizers, but you know the lawyer team at Lee was involved with...
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    Yesterday, 04:29 PM
    Good show. Same with my slugs. My boolits (the ones I CAN find!!!!) look like they have been to Hades and back. Cracked/split/splattered/broken.......but the PC is still in tact!!!!! that proves if a polymer jacket is applied and cured properly,...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    02-14-2020, 01:36 PM
    Last time I heard, he charges a pound of lead for a gun shoot. Unless things have changed. Anyone can afford that! Check it out. And my local scrap yards will do a shoot for free....if you buy something. banger
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    02-14-2020, 01:30 PM
    1-3% is what I stick to. banger
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    02-13-2020, 12:43 PM
    Some powders WILL dissolve some PC formulas if in contact for a period of time (varies). Find out which ones you own do it and either store your loaded rounds nose up or get rid of that powder(s). I saw no degradation in shooting performance with...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    02-12-2020, 12:38 PM
    There is another thread on here where somebody had PC coating in his barrel. He admits his bake temp was off and PC did stick to the barrel bore. After many thousands of rounds (cured properly!) I have never found a trace of PC in any of my many...
    24 replies | 802 view(s)
  • bangerjim's Avatar
    02-12-2020, 12:30 PM
    Print spacers can be any alloy! Many old shops made their own from anything that would melt. The do NOT need to be hard, just consistent thickness for the printing industry. You can guess and melt and guess all day. Only way to know what you have...
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    02-12-2020, 12:26 PM
    PC dissolves very easily in either acetone or Lacquer thinner. You don't always have to use "gun" related solvents! Some acetone and 0000 steel wool will do the job nicely. Just proves that temp monitoring is very critical step to an...
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    02-11-2020, 05:15 PM
    MANY MANY thousands of us shoot PC'd boolits in everything but the kitchen sink. There are only a very very few reports of abrasiveness causing problems. And even those were extremely questionable!!!!! Only powders I have found that are ONLY very...
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    02-11-2020, 05:07 PM
    Yes there at least 15 different alloys of a thing balled "Babbitt metal"! Everyone is different but most have Sn in them in widely varying amounts. I have 6 different "B" alloys. All are in original foundry marked bars, so I know exactly what they...
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    02-04-2020, 07:21 PM
    Pardini - just curious..........what in the heck is your buddy machining out of lead? Lead is stringy and soft and hard to work with - not a metal of choice I would ever "machine"! Is he using Wood's Metal (or other low melting point alloys) to...
    38 replies | 2263 view(s)
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    01-30-2020, 05:14 PM
    Gunk happens! You're melting metal and that creates carbon from any impurities that are in/on your COWW's. I get it too. Just empty your pot ever so often, clean it out, and go for it! No big Whoop. Leaving that curd in the bottom just increases...
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    01-30-2020, 05:07 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread walnut tree value in Our Town
    Here is AZ people pay $8-12/bdft for good walnut, 4/4 and 6/4 planed back & front. Finding a sawyer to cut id down and then mill it is you biggest problem. Walnut back in PA is not as scarce as out here in the Desert SW. I hauled 1,000 bdft of prime...
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    01-29-2020, 06:08 PM
    Several years ago I did some messing around with Zn contamination. I found that up to 5% Zn did not really change things much at all! Weight will go down ever sooooooo slightly. This was in a 25# melt. So don't "throw the whole pot out" if you...
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    01-28-2020, 04:30 PM
    Melting and casting brass it TOTALLY different and much harder than our favorite Pb! I have done it in the past. You need a high temp gas-fired kiln style furnace that can get to and maintain proper pouring temps. Graphite or other hi-temp crucibles...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    01-28-2020, 04:17 PM
    I have never found an pewter items I would melt in over 12 years of looking here in AZ. The items I do find are antiques and go into my collection, but never any general modern pewter ware items like many have found elsewhere. I have had greater...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    01-22-2020, 02:55 PM
    I do everything outside......nice breezes and evap cooler in the summer. But if you do it inside, be sure to have good air movement and even wear a dust mask. banger
    47 replies | 4168 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