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  • dikman's Avatar
    Today, 06:19 AM
    No point quenching for hardness and then coating as the heat in the oven will likely remove any additional hardness you gained. If you need a specific hardness then you will have to use an alloy that will give you this. If anything, using Hi-Tek...
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    Yesterday, 08:08 PM
    Bottom line is there is no right or wrong way, you just do what works for you.
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    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    Are you guys trying to turn this into a Glock lovefest thread???:razz: Glockfan, I got the same results with ZG recently. My batch was pretty old so I thinned it down a bit (but obviously not enough) and the first coating was too thick and looked...
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    Yesterday, 06:31 PM
    One thing to remember - you don't "need" a PID. Yes, they are nice to have but not necessary. If you get the chance to grab an "original" Promelt that will be a great way to start.
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    Yesterday, 06:26 PM
    It's a slippery slope you're going down - but very satisfying. If I can re-iterate what Grmps said, consider PC or Hi-Tek coating for your boolits. It might seem like another level of complication, but it's far better than messing around with lubes...
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    01-19-2018, 07:42 PM
    Flashhole, I don't know how you can live with yourself!:lol: OS, I drop the boolit in the tube with the ram down, it hits the ram, lift the ram and it drops (slowly) into the die. If I try to drop it with the ram up it can go anywhere!! So, drop...
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    01-19-2018, 06:18 PM
    Mounting upside down means that you can fit a guide tube to drop them into the die. Once you establish a rhythm you can churn through the boolits pretty fast.
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    01-18-2018, 06:22 PM
    I re-used parts of our old kitchen benchtop when we re-built the kitchen. Thick high-density chipboard (which I screwed to another piece to make it thicker). The top is a laminate and has proven to be very durable (except where my wife burnt it!)...
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    01-14-2018, 05:47 PM
    fecmec beat me to it. I have one in .44-40 and it's fine if I cycle it slowly, if I try to go fast it jams. The 94 is known to be problematic with pistol calibres.
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    01-14-2018, 04:23 AM
    I use my spare Pro1000 purely for decapping, using a spare .38 sizer/decapper. By using a case collator and the four tubes it's a fairly quick way to do lots of .38 cases (primers are collected - well, most of them - and the cases drop into a bin)....
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    01-13-2018, 05:04 AM
    I bought one of those (smallish, I suppose) benchtop mills some time ago. Yes, it's obviously limited in what it can handle but I've found it more than adequate for my needs. It's let me make stuff that would have been difficult to make without it....
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    01-12-2018, 04:28 AM
    Only proviso would be the maximum size that the printer can print (for example mine is limited to 200mmx200mmx200mm).
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    01-11-2018, 07:03 AM
    Which brand doesn't matter much. Once they're set up properly they should all pretty much do he same thing. If you are talking about a motorized one, as per JM's, then I wouldn't bother with trying to use a 3D printer as it would be much simpler...
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    01-10-2018, 05:16 PM
    :lol: That "smiley" is probably my favourite, as I can relate to it quite well! It's actually not as bad as I made it out, the "hard" part is creating the design in a 3D format, the other bits are pretty easy. I'm sure if your son put his mind to...
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    01-10-2018, 04:05 AM
    You have to design it using 3D software to produce an .STL file which you then convert using a slicer programme to an .OBJ file which is what the printer uses. Unless you happen to own a very expensive bit of 3D scanning gear, in which case you can...
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    01-09-2018, 05:29 PM
    I mentioned this in my 3D printer post - http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?348278-I-just-built-a-3D-printer. It's from thingyverse (so not mine). It's not as big as the Lee, but works fine for my needs.
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    01-09-2018, 05:23 PM
    You should have posted this in the main Hi-Tek thread. Trevor (AusGlock) has mentioned this in there as he has used it. The main advantage, as you point out, is slower drying time which is helpful if you're coating in very hot weather. Don't know if...
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    01-08-2018, 07:10 AM
    :lol: I was like that when I first started, and kept all the pretty colours in separate containers. Now they just get thrown together in the buckets they're stored in and when I'm reloading I just grab a handful of whatever's on top.
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    01-05-2018, 06:20 PM
    dikman replied to a thread Titan Reloading in Reloading Equipment
    Being overseas as I am I have found them a Godsend when it comes to buying reloading stuff! Great pricing, prompt service and they've always had everything I wanted in stock - unlike here!!!!
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    01-03-2018, 05:36 PM
    Now that is very classy! Ianagos, I've found that PLA filament (the most commonly used) is surprisingly tough, but it all depends on how you design the object.
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    01-02-2018, 06:12 PM
    I can guarantee it will give your brain cells a workout!:lol:
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    01-01-2018, 04:31 AM
    dikman replied to a thread Win 94 action question in Leverguns
    Thanks, nice one. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. The reason I asked was because I have one in .44-40 and it does not cycle well (a known issue with 94's), so I figured yours had to be a rifle calibre.
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    01-01-2018, 04:26 AM
    A word of advice about retirement - time seems to speed up and pass quicker once retired! I've been retired 10 years and I don't know where the time's gone (or whether I've achieved much!!!). You guys who have wives who take an interest in your...
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    12-31-2017, 05:23 PM
    dikman replied to a thread Win 94 action question in Leverguns
    Just curious, c1skout, what calibre is it?
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    12-31-2017, 07:12 AM
    Well, if that is the case then one would have to assume that this model is the one the Chinese used to make their models from. Mine has what appears to be a cast alloy chassis (it's actually fairly hard as I had to grind off a couple of rough bits...
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    12-30-2017, 06:07 PM
    Very similar to one I bought from China, same clear tumbler and the only differences to the base are mine has two rotary knobs for speed and time, a toothed belt for the drive (this appears to use an O-ring?) and mine is painted (the vinyl probably...
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    12-29-2017, 05:39 PM
    Joe, based on what you said earlier in reply to flybyjohn's post, I'd always assumed that there is an upper heat limit at which point the coating will fail to bond. Can you clarify this please, as I'm curious? What is the maximum temp that it has...
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    12-28-2017, 05:44 PM
    Uberti 1866 Yellowboy (sporting rifle) in .38. Beautiful gun, but made me realise just how light my Winchester .44-40 carbine is!
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    12-28-2017, 05:40 PM
    In my experience, yes. I have baked Gunmetal at around 460 (to get the colour I wanted) and it worked fine, but my very first batch was directly under the top element and failed miserably. I don't know what the temp was in that position but I figure...
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    12-28-2017, 05:23 PM
    I fabricated a lever assembly the same as the RCBS pot uses, much nicer to use. I also replaced the base and pot support, fitted a shelf for supporting molds and added a PID. Much as Drew did.
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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"
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