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  • Winger Ed.'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
    That's be a good place to start. When you see wrinkles on the sides of a boolit, it almost always is from the mold being too cool.
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    Yesterday, 07:18 PM
    Sounds like your alloy is OK, but the mold is too cool. Aluminum molds don't hold the heat very well compared to iron or brass and take a little getting used to. Its common for folks to set them on a hot plate to keep them warmed up, or dip...
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    Yesterday, 05:25 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread Hello everyone in Testing Area
    Howdy. Come on in and grab a seat.
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    Yesterday, 05:21 PM
    I'd raise the pot temp a bit. And not be worried you'll stir or flux it too much. Something I have to do once in awhile with my old pro-melt is touch the spout with a propane torch for a couple of seconds if its a little breezy in the shop. ...
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    Yesterday, 10:30 AM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread Building a Garage in Our Town
    I'd heard years ago it kept curing for 40 years. I guess its even longer than that. Hoover dam had some unique issues. The concrete was so thick that as it cured, the heat it generated was a problem. As it was being poured, they had radiator...
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    09-19-2020, 08:35 PM
    Its a good idea, but how many times does some come in and ask questions that are already well covered in the stickies? The moral of the story is new folks over look them, or expect to be spoon fed rather than doing their own research.
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    09-19-2020, 07:28 PM
    They're probably using a older and/or cheaper inventory & shipping program. It's irritating, but may help keep the prices down.
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    09-19-2020, 07:24 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread Building a Garage in Our Town
    They've sort of been obsoleted out. I've heard its not always easy to keep them standing up straight if you put them into the concrete too soon. And If they're pushed in too late, they move all the rocks out of the way and are weak, they're hard...
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    09-19-2020, 02:17 PM
    If you're short on workbench space, make it strong enough to mount a progressive on one end.:bigsmyl2:
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    09-19-2020, 12:26 AM
    If they are old and gray, cut pretty easy with diagonal cutters, or scratch without much effort-- They ain't Zinc. They're the old school ones ya want. Don't waste 'em. they get harder and harder to find, and more expensive as time goes on.
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    09-19-2020, 12:03 AM
    MC is the clamp style of the weight, and refers to what kind of rim it will fit. Do a web search for 'guide to wheel weights on Cast Boolits'. It'll take you straight to a old thread here in this section that has more info. on wheel weights than...
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    09-18-2020, 10:41 PM
    A quickie way is to click on your name on a post you've made, one of the things that drops down is 'view forum posts' then click that, and it'll show 'em.
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    09-18-2020, 10:38 PM
    Ya might should have beat him more when he was little.:kidding:
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    09-18-2020, 08:28 PM
    Sort your WW from now on. The Zinc ones are real hard when you try to cut one with diagonal cutters or electricians pliers. You might even find some steel ones in there now days. If you think you'll ever run out of Lead, save the Zinc ones too....
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    09-18-2020, 03:55 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread Building a Garage in Our Town
    Something I've always done with contractors when the subjects of expense, and possible cost cutting came along. I'd always ask them how they'd do it if they were building it for themselves, or their best friend. Then I'd usually let the price...
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    09-18-2020, 03:48 PM
    I used to tell my 2 boys when they'd have all sorts of clever excuses why they didn't do something, "If you think excuses are just as good as actually doing what you were supposed to--- kid, the joke is on you".
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    09-18-2020, 03:42 PM
    If you try to sneak that pot back into the kitchen, and pretend you don't know anything about it- the Mrs. will have your head on a stick.:bigsmyl2:
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    09-18-2020, 03:21 PM
    Maybe a ball that was a little oversize, and one patch was fitted tighter on the cleaning rod. That might make those patches fit tighter and start the cuts or holes while inside the barrel. The edges of the shredded patch may have tried to roll...
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    09-18-2020, 03:03 AM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread learned a thing in Our Town
    Years ago, I got 1,000, 7.62 once fired in a M-60, brass, Yes, it's true what they say about their rather generous chambers, and the brass from one being hard to resize that first time. I was working full time, the kids running around, etc.,...
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    09-18-2020, 01:35 AM
    Usually not. Seems like I couldn't tell any difference until they went into the sizer. If I'd really studied them, I might have been able to see a difference in width of the mold's split line on the sides. I just didn't examine them that closely....
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    09-18-2020, 12:56 AM
    If you go with Lee, I'd encourage getting the 6 hole variety. They're good, and if you're careful with it- you can probably cast several hundred pounds of boolits with one until it gets a little sloppy or the handles break.
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    09-18-2020, 12:02 AM
    They both work. My only issue with Aluminum molds is they tend to get sloppy and wear out sooner if you're a little rough with one. I sometimes have trouble keeping the heat right with them since the Alum. cools so much faster than Iron or...
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    09-17-2020, 10:50 PM
    Winger Ed. replied to a thread Building a Garage in Our Town
    OK, the last thing I can think of: We have a minor problem of flash floods & their run off waters here. So in this neighborhood-- you need to consider the top deck height of your floor/pad. Our city code calls for the top of a slab to be a...
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Just outside Gun Barrel City, Texas
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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
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