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  • dikman's Avatar
    04-19-2018, 06:47 AM
    I can see where you might be confused - after reading that I am too! At first I thought it might refer to older instructions, but the "discontinued" ones have the same part no. as the "current" ones.
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    04-19-2018, 06:40 AM
    Petander, I can't see your photos? I didn't think they looked like ZG, bit too dark and a slightly "richer" green. Also, why resize after first coat? I find it works fine sizing after second coat (and it saves time). Making and coating boolits can...
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    04-18-2018, 06:51 PM
    I don't see why they would want to discontinue it without already having a suitable replacement available.
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    04-16-2018, 07:16 PM
    Walks, there are lots of threads/posts on here about PIDs, best thing is to start reading them, that's what I did (I'd never heard of them until I joined this site!).
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    04-16-2018, 02:09 AM
    Walks, if you're fitting a PID all you need to do is plug the pot into the PID, turn the thermostat to max and leave it there.
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    04-15-2018, 06:50 PM
    Perminator, I reckon if you're going to be cooking largish batches then you really need to get a fan-forced oven to ensure rapid even heat circulation. I use a smallish non-convection oven and do just under 4 lbs at a time but can only use the...
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    04-15-2018, 06:42 PM
    Good writeup for anyone curious about them. My PM1 takes longer to heat up than the Lee, so no difference there by the look of it. My handle also has a lot of play in it but it's never caused me any problems. I removed the lock nut on the screw that...
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    04-15-2018, 08:03 AM
    Spaceball, looks good! Only problem with a full-size oven is they take up too much space (which I haven't got).
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    04-14-2018, 07:05 PM
    Once you've used an oven for curing Hi-Tek don't even think about using it for food! My little oven smells from the stuff! Avenger, it's an interesting question. You're always experimenting so I think you should try it and let us know, but I...
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    04-02-2018, 07:09 PM
    Good move, you've now got the best of both worlds!
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    03-29-2018, 05:41 PM
    Nice looking work. I bought a minilathe (Chinese, of course) and just finished stripping it and rebuilding it to get it to function to my satisfaction. The basics are there, just not the QC in construction.
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    03-29-2018, 05:35 PM
    The relationship between the push rod and the die doesn't change, so no issue there. The only potential problem is it becomes a pushing action on the handle, rather than pulling. I modified mine to a pull, a bit of work but well worth it. Mine sits...
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    03-29-2018, 06:27 AM
    I have both and in my opinion the LM is the better machine (once it's sorted out). The 1000 was pretty flaky with primers and the LM lets me use a Factory Crimp Die.
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    03-28-2018, 07:48 PM
    A lot of people are starting to post firearm related vids on Full30.com due to youtube's shenanigans. It's bizarre how they're deleting firearm vids and yet allow other highly questionable stuff on there. One can't help wondering at the motivation...
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    03-28-2018, 07:32 PM
    If you extend the baking time but keep the temp correct then they may darken slightly, but that's all that will happen. If you bake at a higher temp (but not too high) then they will darken - I've actually done that to vary the colours a little....
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    03-28-2018, 07:23 PM
    I'm with him! It might be a bit of messing around sorting out the press initially, but once done it's so much easier and with a suitable container underneath you don't have to stop until you want to. Plus it's quicker.
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    03-27-2018, 05:08 AM
    For what it's worth I started off resizing after the first coat and then again after the second but now I just resize after the second. I couldn't see the point in resizing until I've finished coating (saved me a bit of work too). I've never had any...
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    03-26-2018, 05:40 PM
    Petander, might be a bit tricky fitting a PID to that oven :bigsmyl2:. Glockfan, not everyone has access to good clean water, much of it has a high mineral content. Basically, you don't want to risk getting anything on the boolit surface prior to...
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    03-25-2018, 05:13 PM
    Yep, that'll do it every time!:smile:
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    03-25-2018, 05:44 AM
    I've never noticed any smell from shooting, once it's been cured at the correct temp. and time I thought the stuff was, to all intents and purposes, inert. The colour can vary a little due to higher temps and/or longer cooking times.
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    03-25-2018, 05:40 AM
    glockfan, I'm not sure I see the point of quenching before coating, as the heat from baking will probably undo any additional hardness you may have got from the quenching, whereas quenching after the final coat may have some benefit.
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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