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    Today, 05:47 AM
    A small bit of colour coming off is normal, especially on dark colours, if you can wipe and see lead, it's not cured. I get the slightest black tinge on my cooked K15 projectiles after cooking and cooling when doing a wipe test. You need to look...
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    Today, 05:13 AM
    For sizing, i agree, go geared motor, it will not *spring* like an air cylinder will. Motor i'm using: gearbox: Hopefully those links will work.... 28:1 reduction box and a 1350 rpm 3 phase motor so i can control the speed with a VFD
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    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    Nice job, from un-boxing to casting
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    Yesterday, 10:59 PM
    The one i built from "junk" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYMW5v0P5SY The home made nose down collator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKwJpsWs_bw When i cast them right, i don't need much force to size when coated in hi-tek. The only...
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    Yesterday, 08:22 PM
    I had the same thought as you, cook cooler, but longer to keep the colour right, i guess you just need to tinker till you find what cures it and doesn't darken it too much.
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    Yesterday, 05:24 PM
    My old house oven must not be powerful enough, i tried 200c for 8 minutes with 2 trays, they came out slightly sticky and failed wipe, so it hadn't cured, second bake at 12 minutes fixed them. I tried to save myself time, but meant i needed to...
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    Yesterday, 05:14 PM
    Sadly i can't help, i use K15 black, so excessive cooking times are not an issue, but i pass every wipe and smash test. I cook at 200c for 12 minutes, one day i messed up and had the temperature way low, it failed wipe on the initial test so much...
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    Yesterday, 04:08 PM
    Isn't failing wipe test due to not baking long enough? Failing smash test was cooking before they had time to dry or they have some moisture trapped in them? On dry days, i generally leave them an hour or so, when they feel dry, i break them up...
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    07-14-2019, 05:07 AM
    I hear ya... When i get time to cast i spent far too much time messing with my machine to keep it running :( Any other time i have, seems to be eaten up with outer projects, normally not for me either, the last little bit is spent with the wife who...
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    07-13-2019, 05:33 PM
    A break sounds like it's somerhing you sure need. August up here is still pretty nice, our winters are pretty weak, but it's also ekka time when it's windy and flu is about, so stay away from people :)
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    07-11-2019, 05:01 PM
    If you leave now, you may just get here in time :)
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    07-10-2019, 06:58 AM
    I think he lives a bit far away to bring the rum from the distillery. Hi-tek covered steak is one way to make it so even I couldn't burn them :)
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    07-09-2019, 11:32 PM
    It was lost in the mail? Invite Joe to bring the hi-tek :)
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    07-09-2019, 11:30 PM
    There was a video Jmorris put up showing his reloading presses running, he ran it with a cam style setup with an electric motor to actuate the arm. No reason why that won't do the trick, agreed that no computer is needed, if you have limit...
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    07-09-2019, 07:21 PM
    I need to make my "concrete mixer" for projectiles first, so i may have to see your setup first :) Sounds good, i like talking **, or so my wife says.... Keep me up to date on when this shindig is happening.
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    07-09-2019, 07:14 PM
    I like this idea, i may need to give it a go.
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    07-09-2019, 03:58 PM
    :) Starting on the sizing of the 13k today, the collator is playing up a bit, not sure why, it's just being fussy, then i'm on to the task of starting on the extra 7k! We'll get there in the end!
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    07-08-2019, 11:28 PM
    You'll have to let me know how you go with the aqua lube, i know Trevor swears by it. I haven't had issues with sizing so far *knocks on wood*
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    07-08-2019, 05:42 PM
    That is quite a bit hotter than i run mine, yet i have one mould, not 8 to keep up to temperature :) I think i'm currently running at 350c, i was running at 320, but i was getting spout freeze when my PID was on the fritz, i just never went back...
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    07-08-2019, 05:20 PM
    I wouldn't dare call him an old fart, he may cut me off from his supplies of hi-tek. He is hooking me up with some 500+ and 2kg of powder. I hope the 500+ solves my sprue issues, I try and cast with the lead as cool as possible to fill out the...
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    07-08-2019, 04:48 PM
    Mine mixes them up too, i don't get loads of sprues in the projectile bin at least. One thing that will help is to watch what it's doing, see where they are going, do they fly straight off the sprue cutter and into the projectile section? if so,...
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    07-08-2019, 05:31 AM
    Thankfully i have no issues sizing, all the ones i cast, get squeezed through without any issues (i only make 9mm/.38, not interested in bigger ones that i potentially won't use), but i may take you up on the spew plate lube, see if it helps with...
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    07-08-2019, 02:28 AM
    It's a fine start though, you'll fix the little issues. Ill need to start doing the warm up before i get home too, good idea Yeah, sizing is not fun by hand, lovr my auto one. I spent years doing it by hand
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    07-07-2019, 10:10 PM
    I cut more bumps into the post that the primer tray gets shaken around with, it seems to keep them feeding down the ramp better. A few drops of powder make them not work as they should too, a spray of compressed air can fix it most of the time.
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    07-07-2019, 10:08 PM
    Awesome job, i assume it performed well for you? Mine keeps getting lead build up between the mould and the sprue, i have to scrape lead off every 100 or so cycles and give it a drop of oil to keep it at bay. I don't know what the difference is with...
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    07-07-2019, 05:53 PM
    Sand paper to stop the cascade effect is a pretty good idea, when i was messing with mine years ago, there was no better way to get a cuss word out than to fill the rube and start loading and having the entire tube empty in front of your eyes.... ...
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    07-07-2019, 06:23 AM
    I saw then advertised in cleavers too, i'm not up for the price on them though.... CCI standard are expensive enough, not looking forward to my next case of 5,000 to feed my buckmark :(
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    07-05-2019, 09:02 PM
    I may have the tools, but not the best with precision like this, but we shall see. Nothing to loose, it will be an adventure
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    07-04-2019, 02:53 AM
    Mine has a pretty short stroke to assist in giving more pushing power. I tried to time it so it was closer to the end if stroke when pushing the bearing surface of the projectile through the die to get as much leverage as possible.
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    07-04-2019, 12:02 AM
    The weird thing is, i machine stuff in imperial, yet measure other stuff in metric.... Stuffed if i know why, but eh, it works for me. You siring up people mixing metric and imperial does not surprise me at all. I too like doing stuff like that...
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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