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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 AM
    There at least 15 types of “babbit” metal! All are different. Each may/will give different weights. Just cast away and do not worry about the weights if you want to use an “unknown” alloy. Or stick to the standard mixes we use and what the mold...
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    Today, 01:13 AM
    We have found black BB’s work the best in a #5 coolwhip tub. SHAKE VERY HARD!!!!!!! I have NEVER cleaned new cast boolits B4 BBDT or ESPC. A waste of time in my book. It all is in your “shimmy shimmy coco-bop! Get that body moving! I get...
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    Yesterday, 01:16 PM
    Been there....done that.......years ago when we all were developing the BBDT coating process. Graphite KILLS the static electricity needed to make the powder adhere to the lead until you cure it. I even had a hard time getting it to stick...
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    Yesterday, 01:02 PM
    " QUICK.........hire a teenager while they still know everything!" NO...................NO.......................NO..................and NO! How much clearer can we be. The experts (and al of us) say NO.......VERY DANGEROUS. And eve if...
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    02-19-2018, 08:24 PM
    Use the plate to also pre-heat all your feed ingots! Really shortens up the recovery time when adding them to your casting pot.
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    02-16-2018, 11:51 PM
    Been around for a very long time, but thanks for posting the link for new folks on here.
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    02-16-2018, 12:44 PM
    Been using them for years. Good people and good products.
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    02-16-2018, 12:41 AM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Bismuth in Casting for Shotguns
    Well........I do NOT waste this alloy casting boolits! NO WAY. I have literally TONS of Pb alloys for that. It is used to cast detailed antique trim for antiques. And not toy soldiers either. I have cast spoons of this stuff.....given them to...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    02-16-2018, 12:33 AM
    A boolit is a nomenclature devoloed on here to define a cast projectile ONLY. That differentiates it from a bullet, which is what most lay people call a complete cartridge - consisting of a projectile loaded in a brass case with powder and...
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    02-16-2018, 12:28 AM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Silver? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    US coinage (by date) is an absolute know silver content and is “provable”, unlike a “hunk-o-junk” you cast in your backyard. I have a lot of silver (not sandwich) half dollars in my bank box that are valued more than the spot price of silver because...
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    02-16-2018, 12:10 AM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Bismuth in Casting for Shotguns
    It casts great. Not an environmeltal hazard......the loony greenies (and Ca condors) will love you. I use a 53% Bi alloy that melts at 140F for reproducing antique trim on clocks and furniture i repair. I can cast it in simple rubber molds. Hot...
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    02-16-2018, 12:03 AM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Silver? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Like I said: a good paperwieght and an excellent conversaton piece!!!! I would just keep it and brag about having a “pure” (almost) silver paperweight!!!!! And werewolves (and other evil beings) beware!!!!!!! Cast it into a cross and vampires...
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    02-15-2018, 08:57 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Silver? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    NOT no value. But selling it on the precious metals market will not happen easily!!!!!!!!! Hear me now and believe me later...........precious metal dealers ONLY deal in certified assayed stamped metal bullion!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will give you $3...
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    02-15-2018, 08:52 PM
    A mix of “stufffffff” is what I use for anything from 38-45 cal. COWW + 2% Sn is more than suficient fo plinking loads. That yields ~12 Bhn.......plus PC = an excellent load! Rifle Hi-velocity loads need 15+. Plus PC. And mabe GC’s. COWW =...
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    02-15-2018, 12:37 PM
    I have several books on NI plating, both standard and ENC. Very difficult process for a few occasional simple home brew projects. I checked into the chemicals locally from a good chemical distributor and the prices almost floored me. Your home will...
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    02-14-2018, 06:11 PM
    Your oven control is definite FUBAR to create pools of melted boolits. Those cheap little toaster ovens use the cheapest bi-metal thermometers China can build. I bought an Oster top-o-the-line toaster oven with digital control and display and it...
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    02-14-2018, 06:06 PM
    I agree^^^^^^^^^^^! I PC everything from 223 to 45 cal and love the results. Plating takes too long and is a real mess from what I have seen & done in the past. I never push PC much beyond 1600, but some on here claim well over 2000 with...
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    02-14-2018, 06:03 PM
    My favorite guns - revolvers! Better than these semi-automatic plastic things so many have. I have several cal's in revolvers and like all of them. Who needs clips of 10-30 rounds. Remember: "If ya' can't get 'er done in 5 or 6 shots, better...
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    02-14-2018, 12:28 PM
    Have you ever Cu plated anything B4? Not as easy as it sounds. And that 008 thickness may be hard to control in the electroplating bath, depending on what equipment and methods you employ. You will have to lube when sizing as said. Cu is...
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    02-14-2018, 12:18 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Silver? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Bulk "home brew" melted un-stamped/un-assayed silver ingots are worth only a fraction of the spot market price of pure silver you see on-line in the commodities listings. Selling it will probably be a really difficult process. And it will have to be...
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    02-13-2018, 01:39 AM
    With the right equipment and knowledge, you can Cu plate ANYTHING.......even plastic and baby shoes!!!!!!
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    02-13-2018, 01:37 AM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Question on alloys in Cast Boolits
    Most if not all stick-on’s (SOWW) I have ever found are pretty much softer lead. Clip-on’s (COWW) generally run ~12 and have ~0.5% Sn. There are threads on here about COWW’s and various shapes and hardnesses. Banger
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    02-12-2018, 02:34 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread powder coating in Cast Boolits
    Range Pb is unknown. The cal’s you listed need HARDER Pb than pistols. PC’ing only elimiates grease....not elimiating GC’s. GC’s are needed IF the velicity you are seeking requres them, PC or not. Rely on the load data books. I generally shoot...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    02-12-2018, 02:17 PM
    Just build a jig that exposes only the part of the boolil coated. Several on here have done that. Even used old brass casings fastened to an Al plate with noses sitting in them. That means you MUST invest in an electrostatic gun. You cannot BBDT...
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    02-12-2018, 02:13 PM
    I always drop in water in a 12x18 baking pan with an old terry cloth towel submerged in it. No dents, no burned fingers......and NO COST! I do NOT WD to gain hardness. My PC’ing kills all that. Only WD to avoid burned fingers!
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    02-12-2018, 02:07 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Question on alloys in Cast Boolits
    PC’ing is your solution if you are worried about EXACT dead-on sizes. Personally I do not give it a 2nd thought if my boolits are 0.0005 under (or over). PC will add about 2 thou to your diameter. One coat will do it. 2 or more is a waste of time...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    02-11-2018, 02:26 PM
    TFE coated boolits are a NO-NO! Illegal in many states because they can penetrate Kevlar.
    18 replies | 817 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