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    Today, 12:39 AM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Tin Tubes in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I seriously doubt it is Sn and not worth your time! Sn is not that hard to find and is not that expensive....compaired to all the mess and smell you would have to experience with those old tubes of gunk. Look for some pewter on here! Banger
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    11-20-2017, 07:18 PM
    DO NOT melt it! Cool vintage paperweight! So much of that old stuff has gone the way of the melting pot. They just do not cast ingots like that today (laser etching?!?!?) Nice!
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    11-17-2017, 06:15 PM
    Better forget trying to fix it! And the "weld" used is not just solder. The two bi-metal wires are fused together by a special process that has NO OTHER metals between them. Remember, wherever there is a metal to dis-similar metal junction, that...
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    11-15-2017, 02:48 PM
    Type K for the range we use. Remember ONLY the tip of the TC reads the temp. It can be 4 feet long but only the welded junction at the very end inside the jacket reads the temp. Use whatever length works best for you. I make my own using type...
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    11-15-2017, 02:43 PM
    VERY WEAK LEGS!!!!!!!!!!! Listen to those who offer advice! You do not want 100+# of molten lead in your shoes. Build your own stand or have a local welder throw a GOOD one together for you. You can use that burner ONLY out of that one if...
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    11-09-2017, 01:14 AM
    Some say they split/crack faster. I have never seen that. They are great for storage in leather bandolier cart belts! Not any gunk or corrosion of brass. I like Ni cases! And have tons of them. Found several hundred pounds of them at a local...
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    11-09-2017, 01:09 AM
    Has worked for me 110% for over 3+ years! BBDT and ESPC both work perfectly. No grease. No grease smoke. No stinky boolits in the summer. No leading........EVER....after thousands of rounds from 223 to 45 cal. Yes there is a velocity ceiling but...
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    11-08-2017, 01:50 PM
    I use a digital controlled and display convection by Oster. HUGE cavity and keeps the temp within 6F. Remember, convection ovens run 25F cooler than normal ovens. To get 400F, I set my digital oven to 425 and everything works out perfectly. banger
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    11-08-2017, 01:47 PM
    Oxides can form on pewter.....older is worse at that. It is a good ideal to re-melt any pewter items and cast them either into small bars or other shapes you can easily store and add small amounts as needed. Keeping pots and pans and hunks of...
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    11-08-2017, 01:43 PM
    I never preheat. Here in the desert SW, we don't get cold enough or wet enough to worry about it. I would never to above 130 or so. Any higher the powder might clump in globs. If ESPC'ing you could heat a little more because the gun puts on an...
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    11-05-2017, 04:19 PM
    I have HF powders that are well over 3 years old and still work great, but I live in the desert SW with VERY low humidity. High humidity could cause the powder to attract differently over time??? Banger
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    11-05-2017, 04:14 PM
    I use a 51% Bi low-temp (140F) alloy for reproducing antique clock and furniture trim. Works great! At that low temp, I can easily use rubber and plastic molds. Be careful using pure Sn, as it melts at a much higher temp and will char your primary...
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    11-01-2017, 07:59 PM
    Keep in mind light/primer only loads will NOT cycle you semi guns. I use them in revolvers and bolt action rifles ONLY. Sorry.
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    11-01-2017, 02:52 PM
    HMG is for a LOT more than just sticking things together! I use it for many other things aorund the metal & wood shops......like above. And it makes great "plastic" boolits for plinking with very light loads or primer only! Banger
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    11-01-2017, 02:48 PM
    Many MANY including me have tried rattle cans of paint....specifically epoxy....with some to little success. Very expensive. Most of what is in that can is vehicle and not coating! And remember.......common paint is NO GOOD for our purposes. We...
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    10-31-2017, 01:40 AM
    bangerjim replied to a thread First Mold in Cast Boolits
    I started out years ago with a Lee 6 cav Al mold......gets addictive!!!!!! Cheap......and easy to sell if you want to change. And I just cannot see wasting time casting 1 or 2 slugs at a time! I get a 98% good rate with all my 4/5/6 cav molds in...
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    10-30-2017, 11:18 PM
    Acetone is one of the prime components of various laq thinners. Neither will harm bluing......they just remove all the oil. Be sure you re-oil the metal once done or it will rust rapidly. Acetone/laq thinner will dissolve just about anything else...
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    10-30-2017, 11:04 PM
    My furance uses a round CI pot that sits down in a round metal enclosure that allows the "jet" engine flame to hit the rounded bottom and lap up the sides - transferring max heat to the pot. That is the trick......not just having the heat on the...
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    10-28-2017, 02:19 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread 18 volt battery woes in Our Town
    A corded PS for a cordless tool????? Kinda defeats the idea,right? The INRUSH current for most battery tools is 20+ amps, so you need a very high CONTINUOUS amperage power supply to run them. I built one for n old 18V Mikita chop saw and the thing...
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    10-28-2017, 01:57 PM
    It is all in the BTU concentration! And you need A LOT to re-melt 100+ pounds of Pb in a few minutes.....not hours. An electric element has very little surface contact with the melting pot (even wound around it) and the BTU concentration transfer...
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    10-27-2017, 09:27 PM
    Lee handles are so cheap in price, I do not use any other ones!!!!!! Lee's fit every other mold I have that has removable handles, 1-6 cavity.
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    10-27-2017, 09:24 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Plastic bottles in Our Town
    Some plastics use BPA in the formula. Some bottled products state "NO BPA". Do an internet search for BPA and read for youself. That will allow you to decide what is BEST for you and not rely on a bunch of lead slingers to advise about your health....
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    10-25-2017, 09:37 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread I'm dying in Our Chapel
    "God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now, I am so far behind, ......I wil NEVER die!" HA.....ha Banger
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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