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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    Today, 06:51 PM
    Yes.....................forget all the on-line "LA reference" charts of years/decades past. PC rewrote the "book of hardness". Like I said above, I cast EVERYTHING at pretty much the same hardness and then PC it. NO problems in any...
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    Today, 06:47 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Pewter source in Cast Boolits
    Watch on this site for people that sell " rounds/coins" of pewter. Ī2oz sized, perfect for throwing into a pot. They have cast re-melted pewter into little rounds easy for you to use.
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    Yesterday, 01:52 PM
    PC is very forgiving. It forms the harder shell around the softer Pb. I don't worry about hardness anymore for all the cal's you listed. I just mix (by the seat of my pants) an alloy soup that ends up somewhere between 10 and 12 hardness + 1-2% Sn...
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    Yesterday, 01:40 PM
    I take a new brass mold and cycle it up and down FOUR TIMES to FULL casting temp and then back to room temp B4 ever casting anything in it. That oxidized the new shiny brass to a beautiful deep golden color and forms a protective layer that...
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    Yesterday, 01:35 PM
    Three day bath in acetone will release the foam tape and adhesives. Let them dry in the sun for a few hours B4 throwing them in the pot t make sure all he acetone is evaporated. Very little smoke and stink after that. Used to do it all the...
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    05-24-2020, 12:16 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Flux in Casting Equipment
    Remember sawdust ( & most other carbon-based stuff) it a flux....removes garbage from your melt. Wax is a reducer...it reduces Sn back into your mix. I only use beeswax, as it smells great and does not flair up due to it's higher melting point. And...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-24-2020, 12:09 PM
    Congrats. I only buy brass molds today. I have every Al mold Lee makes/made and just like the performance. Especially the hollow point versions! Amazing works of art and functionality. Never liked that stupid little pin you had to put up the...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-23-2020, 01:40 AM
    So how many pounds of this "stuff" do you have? If sufficient quantity, it would be worth having an x-ray test done on it. The yard where you bought it should have a gun. Mine shoot everything I buy at no charge because I generally buy a lot....
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    05-22-2020, 11:24 AM
    Looks like pot metal to me, but try the acid test mentioned above to find out.
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    05-21-2020, 05:18 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread What is it????? in Our Town
    JimB beat me to it. But is definitely IS an angle holder for sharpening chisels and plane blades on a flat stone. Have a couple of them. I collect olde tools. If you want an exact flat angle on your blades, you WILL use this! I never used to...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-21-2020, 05:08 PM
    You tell by reading the numbers and the info CAST IN the bar. Most, if not ALL, foundries cast their bars with molds that have specific alloy info in the bottoms, so the foundry cast bar has cast-in letters/numbers that CANNOT be confused or...
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    05-20-2020, 05:58 PM
    FeO2 (iron oxide, or rust) is not magnetic - in it's pure form. Many times guys think it is, but there are actually teeny rusted pieces of iron or steel inside the rust particles. The rust you are seeing in the can is not from rusting filings or...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-20-2020, 05:48 PM
    Always watch those foundry markings cast into the bars!!!!! I bought 10 bars that look JUST like that 2 years ago and they were 100% PURE TIN! Marked as such. $1../pound. Can't beat that with a stick. banger
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    05-20-2020, 05:42 PM
    I have purchased several thousands of brass from Starline. Good company. Good products reasonably priced. The just keep adding new cal's every month!!!!! And they now have many of those "weird" (to me) cals of bottle-necks. I have reloaded...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-20-2020, 03:16 PM
    Agree ^^^^^^^^^. Just buy alloys with higher Sb in them and mix to what you want and let someone else worry about the alloying of Sb +Pb. And, yes, DO watch that toxic aspect! banger
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    05-20-2020, 03:11 PM
    I like my 40 XDM and S&W much more than the two 9's I have. I like reloading 40 much better than 9....just seems to go easier and faster. I reload the 9's for my military-style carbine rifle that shoots them. FUNN! I have never bought 40 cal...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-20-2020, 01:40 PM
    I pay no attention to head stamps! Especially for revolvers, 9mm, and 40 S&W semi's. Do it if you want. I see no need to waste time for general plinking & shooting. I DO inspect all brass B4 reloading. VERY IMPORTANT! Have found a few cracked...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-19-2020, 04:19 PM
    You are lucky to have "all the time in the world", my fiend. As I get older, time gets less and less and money gets more and more! There are no side pockets on my casket, so I spend what I want when I want, and do not waste valuable time making...
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    05-19-2020, 11:59 AM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Getting Old stinks in Our Town
    Wrote in my diary yesterday: "Woke up this AM. Had the best BM in a month today. Then I got out of bed." Who's old?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?
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    05-19-2020, 11:56 AM
    I quit casting and checking 223's a few years ago. those teeny little pills are just too small to handle and PC. let alone check. I only load commercial FMJ's for 223 these days. In the end, it costs very little more to go that route, especially...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-18-2020, 07:07 PM
    Powdered anything does no mix well with liquids.........take powdered chocolate and milk! Sb melts at a very high temp (1,167įF) , but some how combines in an alloy with Pb under the right conditions. I have no idea how to get powdered Sb to mix...
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    05-18-2020, 06:54 AM
    PC only here...no lube ever ever ever needed! Why go back to messy old grease on top of PC when you are using modern PC coating technology? Depending on the final size I want, I have been know to size B4 PC and after PC. Do what you gun likes....
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    05-18-2020, 06:47 AM
    WW's = waste of time for me. Around here tire stores sell their ww's by contract to recyclers. And those end up at the scrap yards and are very high ratio of ZN/FE to Pb. I quite messing with the dirty smelly old things 4 years ago when the ration...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-17-2020, 04:21 PM
    Double rotating rotary saws cut smooth and clean, and do not loosen your fillings like a stupid reciprocal saw! I have several of both and they each have their place in my machine shops and wood shops. But for Pb, you cannot beat the double blade...
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    05-17-2020, 04:14 PM
    Minus set! I have several set that go from around .05 to 1". I use them for lots of stuff in my machine shop, not just gun stuff. Guns stuff is just a sideline hobby for me. Get the whole set that incorporates the sized you will need. You will...
    17 replies | 365 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