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    Today, 06:44 PM
    I just made my own "kicker", based on your idea. Rather than a spring "cam" I cut a piece of aluminium to fit on the die, clamped with a second locking nut. It took a bit of trial-and-error, of course, to get it working and if I ever made another...
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    Yesterday, 06:15 PM
    dikman replied to a thread PID Pictures in Casting Equipment
    Mike, I also fitted a PID bypass switch. My Promelt heats up quicker initially if I use this.
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    02-20-2018, 05:50 PM
    BiS, I agree, over the years I have found a belt grinder to be invaluable - steel, wood, plastic, brass, leather, antler. Not much I haven't used it on.
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    02-20-2018, 01:21 AM
    RogerDat, those boxes look really good for the money! I can't find anything like that here, unfortunately.:cry:.
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    02-20-2018, 01:12 AM
    My range scrap is from a pistol range (jacketed not allowed) and there's not much .22 in my stuff as it falls through my sieve! I gave some to a guy in exchange for some pure lead and he tested it at 12-15 BHN. I'm pretty sure most of it is from...
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    02-19-2018, 06:01 PM
    I liked the nice neat look of those boxes, but now just fill plastic bags with boolits! Simple, cheap and practical (particularly when one uses a lot with Single Action shooting). A good idea, though, about the hinges.
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    02-19-2018, 05:57 PM
    Make sure the pic is the right way up, don't forget we're in Oz :lol: Thanks for the pic, Joe, that colour looks pretty close to what I got (allowing for picture/monitor variations).
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    02-19-2018, 05:37 AM
    That's one of my favourite sayings, Trev. Gremlin, I don't know you, mate, but Aussies being the masters of understatement it sounds like you've been put through the wringer! From one Aussie (I have a piece of paper that says I'm one ;)) to another...
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    02-16-2018, 07:25 PM
    Initially I sized after the first coat, but then decided to leave it until after the second (I only do two coats). If you get any contaminants in the sizing die it could affect applying another coat. At least, that's my reasoning (also saves a bit...
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    02-15-2018, 05:59 PM
    I use Hi-Tek, but it doesn't really matter whether you use that or PC, there is no comparison between them and lubing, coated boolits are just so much better - far less mess and don't clog reloading dies!!
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    02-15-2018, 05:52 PM
    Well done mate, very impressive effort. Your tray mesh looks like the same stuff I use - half a world away!
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    02-14-2018, 05:44 PM
    Thanks Dan, now I understand what you're talking about.
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    02-14-2018, 05:36 PM
    Oh, is that all? I'll write out a cheque tomorrow.........
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    02-13-2018, 05:59 PM
    Works fine now. I had one case that felt a little tight, and interestingly I had a couple of cases that were very tight to remove from my (new to me) Ruger Vacqueros. Looks like I've got one or two iffy cases.
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    02-13-2018, 05:55 PM
    Just because no-one's replying doesn't necessarily mean there's no interest, I'm also having trouble visualising Dan's mod. Need pictures.....
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    02-13-2018, 01:02 AM
    Set of electronic kitchen scales, picked up cheap at an Op shop, plastic measuring cup from the kitchen section at a shop, small water bottles with resealable squirt-type tops (often sold in packs at the supermarket, I save them when the grandkids...
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    02-13-2018, 12:53 AM
    At least it was an easy fix.
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    02-12-2018, 05:49 PM
    Not closer?? Victoria's next door to NSW!;-). Heck, a couple of years ago I rode from Adelaide to Sydney just to buy some Black Powder. (Maybe we Croweaters are a tougher breed :lol:).
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    02-11-2018, 06:19 PM
    Beagle, I don't know anything about the powder my mate is using, other than it was readily available, but his coating looks perfect, nice and smooth with no blemishes. The common method on here of pc-ing appears to be using airsoft bb's to generate...
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    02-11-2018, 01:24 AM
    Rondog, I asked him about his method yesterday. He dissolves the powder in lacquer thinner until he gets the correct spraying consistency. He said it takes a while for the powder to dissolve. He uses a (small) detail spray gun with the correct...
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    02-11-2018, 01:12 AM
    As has been said many times, if what you're doing is working for you then that's all that matters. Using it may not be rocket science, but I reckon you could class it's actual development as in those realms! It's really got me intrigued as to what...
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    02-11-2018, 01:04 AM
    Good idea, no law that says you have to replace pop rivets with pop rivets. As for the switch, I'd be surprised if it isn't the same as the old one.
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    02-08-2018, 05:31 PM
    ioon, I'm faced with the same issue in Winter (although not quite as cold as you get) so I set the oven to about 80*F and leave them in there for a while to dry. Once I start the baking process, and the oven is hotter, I sit the next tray on top of...
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    02-08-2018, 02:55 AM
    It's always nicer to buy bigger and better, but it's not always possible (or affordable) for some people. Buying a used lathe can be a good way of getting one BUT you need to know something about them to ensure you're not buying a clapped out piece...
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    02-07-2018, 02:43 AM
    If you can find an older one, like DougGuy did, that is in good condition and NOT worn out, then yep, it would be a good buy. Those little Asian machines, however, are pretty good for what they are and in my opinion if that's all you can find/afford...
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    02-06-2018, 10:27 PM
    I was surprised at just how tough the PLA filament is, and there's even better stuff out there. I don't need a motorised boolit feeder, but that one you linked to could be an interesting project, Big Tom.
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    02-06-2018, 10:12 PM
    It definitely won't like being shoved down a rifled barrel at high velocity, it would be shredded very nicely, and because you would have to use a considerably undersized boolit to allow for the thickness of the heat shrink your accuracy would be...
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    02-06-2018, 01:16 AM
    That's good to know, I guess all is not lost yet.:smile:
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    02-06-2018, 01:07 AM
    I must admit I'm really curious to know why Tony is still having these problems. As has been said many times, it's not "rocket science". Once the principles behind the coating are understood the only real variable is getting an oven sorted and once...
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    02-05-2018, 06:25 PM
    The only way of removing Hi-Tek, once it's cured, is by melting the boolits (it floats to the surface as crud). No-one has come up with a solvent for the cured stuff. Not to say there isn't one, but if there is it's likely to be something pretty...
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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