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    Yesterday, 04:54 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Alloy help in Cast Boolits
    Like the guys said...................SUBSONIC is the key word here. You should be OK with a 9mm alloy and no GC. if you go sonic+ you should use a different harder alloy like for standard rifle boolits. I use 16-18 +PC in my sonic+ long guns. ...
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    Yesterday, 01:17 PM
    Interesting concept for techies, but I know there is a lot of drive power needed to move the carriage assembly up and down the ways and I would not trust precision threading to a stepper motor and processor trying to drive it accurately. Even that...
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    09-17-2020, 07:52 PM
    One thing nobody has mentioned is quick change gears! A bit out of the price range of those cheap ChiCom mini's but well worth the upgrade to a decent machine. I ran a manual back gear change lathe for years and always longed for a QCG lathe. Then...
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    09-17-2020, 04:15 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Microsoft Edge in Our Town
    Edge is actually pretty good. Many websites and video feeds no longer support Internet Explorer (which I used for years) so you need to adapt to Edge. Avoid Google Chrome, as they track and sell everything you do and say even more than Edge! I...
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    09-17-2020, 02:54 PM
    I don't really consider 3D printers as machine tools, even though I have one. Prints the odd off part I need out of plastic, but I know there ones that cost as much as a house that do metal and they are becoming more prevalent in industry. I have...
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    09-17-2020, 12:34 PM
    Yes, you can, but a poor man's (somewhat inaccurate) way of doing it. Back then I did not possess the sets of index plates or the several index tables/indexers I now have. I cut gears now with a CNC indexer on a milling machine the way it should be...
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    09-17-2020, 12:15 PM
    I never GC any pistol rounds (except mabe in the past) for my 44MAG. Even with no GC's, I get no leading because I PC everything. I really do not see need for a GC on a little ole 45 ACP hand gun round unless you do not have the proper fit to the...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    09-17-2020, 12:11 PM
    That is why I switched 100% to power coated boolits here in the desert southwest. 120 in the shade and they are not sticky! And no smoke or gunk in the barrel after hundreds of rounds fired. Love it.
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    09-17-2020, 01:41 AM
    Remember——————-a metal lathe is the only machine tool that can make most parts and accessories for ITSELF! I restored most of the parts on an old 12” craftsman back gear screw cutting lathe using the lathe itself. Only thing I could not make was...
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    09-17-2020, 12:30 AM
    Most follow the rule of 1-2% Sn to your Pb/Sb mix. Sn lowers the surface tension and makes molds fill out better and smoother. More than 2% is a bit of a waste, and you do not have that much to waste! Banger
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    09-16-2020, 06:24 PM
    There is a difference between that ChiCom stuff HF peddles and your Myford! I have both and the Myford is a BIG lathe in a small package. Built like their larger brothers, they have all the rigidity, accuracy, and capability only in a smaller...
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    09-16-2020, 03:03 PM
    Why stick with something plain for a name? How about "Beelzebub the Slayer" or "Bartholomew the Battering Ram":smile:
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    09-16-2020, 02:59 PM
    The small lathes would not exist if there wasn’t a market for them...............or the lack of money! More power to those that can squeeze their machining needs into a small room and out of small power tools. I have over 1,500+ SQFT of shop...
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    09-15-2020, 11:43 AM
    But once you have converted to a 3P motor and VFD controller, you will be in 7th heaven! I put the original 1PH 3P motor back on my used South Bend tool room lathe after I bought an A/B phase converter VFD module. It takes 220 1P and makes it 220...
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    09-15-2020, 11:23 AM
    You should be able to adapt from any fitting to another one with parts from any big box or auto store. Spray (ESPC or liquid paint) guns of all sorts and their parts are available many places. This is where you "go local" and forget the stupid...
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    09-13-2020, 02:25 PM
    Check out an Amazon search for "how to run a lathe". I have 3 of those books (from years go when I was learning in college) and the basics have not changed over the years! To thread a barrel you would have to have a head stock bore large enough...
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    09-11-2020, 03:49 PM
    Why are you quenching? COWW's are the perfect hardness for most shooting just as they are. And adding PC gives you more "protection". You do realize that the 400+F bake of the PC pretty much kills all your quenching hardness gains, right? ...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    09-11-2020, 12:24 PM
    Never had "resistance" of any kind in the MANY thousands of PC'd boolits I have processed. Never. I use a single stage Lee press. As asked, how much were you trying to size down and what is the mix of the alloy? Those two key facts you left...
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    09-10-2020, 03:15 PM
    Yes....another "used to be good" company The ever-growing list (add to it as necessary): HP Rockwell-Delta Milwaukee DeWalt Craftsman Ryobi Skill (some are still good)
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    09-09-2020, 09:43 PM
    Boolit casting and reloading.............."an bottomless endless black hole that seems to suck money continuously". I do not even worry what it costs. It's a hobby (one of MANY I have and not nearly the most expensive either) and I spend whatever...
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    09-09-2020, 10:51 AM
    All I use these days are 5 and 6 cavity.....Lee Al and quite brass ones. I don't waste my time using 1 or 2 cavity molds any longer....unless it is something that I do not have a 5 or 6 banger for, which is rare.
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    09-08-2020, 02:15 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread HOPS Anybody into Hops? in Our Town
    Same taste............different spelling.
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    09-08-2020, 12:52 PM
    I shoot HF Black Matte PC ( the most abrasive PC - supposedly) in my short & long guns and do not see any difference in the totally clean barrels than when shooting standard PC. Matte Black ONLY works with ESPC. PC just keeps all barrels clean...
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    09-07-2020, 12:27 PM
    I have found thru extensive testing over the years that up to 5% Zn is totally acceptable in lead alloys that we use for boolits.....so don't throw out a whole pot just because of a few zinkers you missed. Add just a bit more Sn to decease the...
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    09-07-2020, 12:20 PM
    Propane boils at -45.6F, so using it at cold temps is rather dodgy in small tanks. And the action of rapidly using (boiling) the stuff in a small tank creates additional cooling and compounds the "freezing " problem and low gas output. The...
    65 replies | 2235 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
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