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    Today, 04:42 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Organ pipes? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I melted some known pewter in a pot and maintained a sub 400* temperature to test if samples of these different types would melt. Confirming not zinc and not lead. Leaving open a pretty wide range of tin alloys as possibilities. As you can see...
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    Today, 03:59 PM
    I have had batches of spacers go from monotype to less than linotype. Once upon a time I sorted them and in the couple of batches of lino the spacers I tested they just didn't vary much. So I stopped. Mine were less than linotype as I recall. ...
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    Yesterday, 07:19 PM
    Sample "Sulfur Solder" Pb = 67.8% Sb = 0.5% Sn = 30.3% Zn = 1.4% Sample "Sulfur Pewter" Pb = 5.4% Sb = 6.6% Sn = 81.0%
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    11-15-2019, 08:45 PM
    Please invoice me for 2 when you get the other orders handled. PM works best. I hope to enjoy these as much as the earlier Cast Boolit molds. How close are you to knowing a final cost and the resulting price?
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    11-15-2019, 08:39 PM
    The USPS flat rate box or padded envelope ships to Hawaii or Alaska for the same price as it does in CONUS. Nice thing about the USPS is it doesn't charge by distance but is mandated to provide equal charges for all domestic mail. Set of dies...
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    11-13-2019, 08:27 PM
    If I didn't already have a large one and a small one that cost about $15 between them... I would brave the wrath of dear wife if I got a new toaster oven to cook bullets while she makes do with the old one. Just a small tip. Use it before she sees...
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    11-13-2019, 08:21 PM
    5 Gallon Homer bucket from Home Depot. Water is warm if the hose was laying in the sun or I decide to wait for the water in the house to run hot. I think the citric acid does a good job of tarnish removal, I think the few drops of dawn dish soap...
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    11-13-2019, 03:07 PM
    Or force us to only buy domestically produced products that cost a great deal more or are inferior to an imported option. What capitalism is good at is efficiently providing goods to people who have the means to purchase them. When forced to...
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    11-12-2019, 02:29 PM
    Mossberg makes a nice 20 gauge jr. model of the 500. A decent choice for a child near or in their early teens. One can load mild shells. The 20's are useful for sporting clays which can be very enjoyable but not super involved competitive...
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    11-12-2019, 02:16 PM
    I only fill my #5 enough to do two ingots @ 2.5 lbs. each. Maybe around 2/3 filled rather than full. I found I had a better rhythm to pour two, scoop, pour two, next mold. Easier to handle that monster ladle if it wasn't full. Will probably do...
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    11-11-2019, 06:41 PM
    While being a bolt gun, not an autoloader the Ishapore 308's mil-surps from India have a solid reputation for accuracy and durability. Prices are not too outrageous either. A bit heavy but if you don't anticipate carrying it extensively in the...
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    11-11-2019, 06:24 PM
    Around here one has to search for yards or tire stores that will sell. A privately owned yard was recently purchased by a big recycling company. No more digging in the bin there. The reason given for not allowing sales to the public does make...
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    11-08-2019, 08:56 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Organ pipes? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Hit it with a propane torch. Tin alloys and lead should melt a whole lot easier than zinc. I have a couple of 5 gallon buckets call it a bit over 30 pounds of that stuff. Have gotten it before. The different pipes have a different composition. ...
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    11-08-2019, 08:36 PM
    I think that may be 67 Pb and 33 Sn which would be a common plumbing alloy. And as pointed out 63 Sn 37 Pb would be the eutectic alloy also somewhat common. No mention of a 67 Sn and 33 Pb alloy specifically in the table despite covering a lot of...
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    11-08-2019, 08:13 PM
    First time I ever heard a guy use a leaking thermos as a reason for buying big tools at Harbor Freight. Just saying I can't even imagine getting half way through that explanation to wife as to why I came home with a cement mixer before she rolls...
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    11-08-2019, 07:36 PM
    I collect spent primers and failed brass in a coffee can. I always use a pair of pliers to crush the case mouth when I discard brass. I have no desire to accidentally get failed brass back in my own good brass and I have bought brass from scrap...
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    11-08-2019, 07:04 PM
    I bought a used Frankford Arsenal Rotating Tumbler both because I found it used at a good price and because buying and owning a FART makes me smile when I think of it. I still tumble some brass after wet tumbling in dry media with a dash of...
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    11-07-2019, 08:44 PM
    I ordered and received a Rowell #3 bottom pour ladle. Have not used it yet but at 3 inch diameter it is close to the same size as a ladle I commonly use for making ingots, Mostly slabs in bread loaf pans but also in molds. Most of the time I use a...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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