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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    Today, 01:11 PM
    Does it say "Preisner Pewter" on the bottom? If not, it may be 6061 aluminum! I don't think they made Al ware but for cost points they may have made some in recent years. There is a series "2061" pewter. And other "20xx" series items around. ...
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    Today, 12:19 AM
    You will have to use PINE WOOD as a flux anyway!!!!!!! Why separate anything???????? Just leave it in there and let it burn and carbonize. You will probably have to add more WOOD to the re-melt to clean all the gunk out. Just let it melt. You...
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    Yesterday, 02:04 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Add tin? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Sn reduces the surface tension of the mix. That is why you "see finer grain" details. And why they use higher % of Sn in the old lino alloys - to get the letter details.
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    Yesterday, 02:01 PM
    I found when mixing powders you cannot rely on the "color wheel of primary colors" at all, especially with metallic powders and primary colors! You get what you get. I have found some very unique mixes over time. most are not very repeatable.
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    10-17-2020, 11:25 PM
    A bath in acetone for a few hours will dissolve the glue. Extra step, but if you not want to put all that hydrocarbon garbage in the atmosphere, use acetone (or lacquer thinner)
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    10-17-2020, 02:11 PM
    Keep the handles, the rods (columns) and screws and throw the rest in the dumpster. Not much there I can see worth fixing up. People will buy darned near anything these daze....try evilbay.
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    10-17-2020, 11:31 AM
    Keep it! Don't melt it down for silly little boolits. Worth much more in it's excellent condition. Sell it on EvilBay and buy pure Sn on here.
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    10-17-2020, 11:27 AM
    And I stress SMALL..........VERY TINY parts. There are 2 Unimat 3 designs. which one are you looking at? http://www.lathes.co.uk/emco-unimat-3-and-4/ This is a very old version of Sherline's products. I have 2 of them. Very similar to a...
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    10-16-2020, 06:26 PM
    Check with a local plant nursery for the special nutrient powder used on starting stuff like this.You have to put it ON the bottom open end of the tree. We used it on some trees started from sprigs back in Michigan and they did grow. I have heard...
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    10-16-2020, 02:39 PM
    Do a Google search "do apple trees grow from cuttings" and you will get tons (37 million hits!) of info.
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    10-15-2020, 02:21 PM
    WOW! That is quite a process. You must be using single cavity molds? I only own ONE single cavity Fe SAECO mold. And never ever any more. When I cast, I drop 4/5/6 boolits at at time (every 12-14 seconds) from the many multi-cacity molds I...
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    10-14-2020, 05:19 PM
    I have found that preheating my molds to FULL CASTING TEMP (not just warming on the side of the pot like I & many used to do) with an electric hotplate gets me an extremely high % of keepers. Usually the 1st drop is almost perfect, but there are...
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    10-13-2020, 06:31 PM
    Most on here have had great success with heavy BLACK ASBB's, no the multi colored light weight ones. The black ones from my several years of experimenting produce more static due to the type of HARD BLACK plastic used. In Comifornia, they have...
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    10-13-2020, 01:28 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Outer Coating in Casting Equipment
    They could also be black oxide nitride finished.......a process that puts a nice black finish on steel......using heat, a vacuum furnace and disassociated ammonia gas ( to get the N2 out of it). Many inexpensive drill makers use that for the finish...
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    10-12-2020, 07:23 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Zinc question??? in Cast Boolits
    That is "SACRIFICIAL ANODES" and yes pure Zn is used in several commercial applications to prevent corrosion in industrial HVAC and other systems. Your best bet is to take it to a local scrap recycler and sell it for whatever you can get. You will...
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    10-12-2020, 06:25 PM
    Go with a 20# Lee 4-20 bottom pour...........IF.........you can find one these crazy daze!
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    10-12-2020, 06:22 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Last years tax returns? in Our Town
    The wife always overpays ( estimated for small business purposes) so we really do not need the refunds. Just nice to get back several thousand at the the end of the year! We have tried guessing with the deductions on my small business and always...
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    10-12-2020, 01:33 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Add tin? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I put 2% Sn in everything, because I have hundreds of pounds of it. It is rather expensive. Sn lowers the surface tension of the melt, helping "stubborn" molds fill out better. 2% is just my standard in my casting soup. It may not be required...
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    10-12-2020, 01:23 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Last years tax returns? in Our Town
    I just filed my 2019 taxes! Many put it off to the last extension due to China Virus. And we get back a ton of money.....whenever the IRS gets around to doing it.
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    10-09-2020, 03:16 PM
    Load 'em and shoot 'em! They look fine to go. I never try for picture-perfect glistening boolits or shiny-as-new brass. They all shot the same (as long as you don't have grime on the brass!). I clean spent brass with a bath in 200F citric acid...
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    10-09-2020, 11:44 AM
    They are the only way to go if you need to ladle cast. I use one on certain picky molds that will not behave with my Lee 4-20 pot. Nice clean alloy comes out the spout and the gunk (if any) is left floating.
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    10-09-2020, 05:33 AM
    Yes stick with flakes as carnuba is the hardest natural wax around and is rather difficult to mange in a big chunk.
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    10-09-2020, 05:29 AM
    I cast HP rounds (all shapes of pins) almost with my eyes closed. No different than standard molds. I use exclusive 5 cavity brass MIHEC molds for all my HP's. Smooth easy effort-less casting. The slugs just drop out of the mold cavities like rain....
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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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