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    Today, 04:47 PM
    Does it make a difference if the seating stem has some play as long as at its maximum position under load it ends up at the right depth? A little play might even offer a benefit. Allowing the bullet to begin movement gradually as the slack is...
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    Today, 03:56 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Pewter source in Cast Boolits
    Yes I was thinking OP was talking about tin wire or nuggets rather than pewter sold for casting pewter objects. Pewter is good because it adds enough antimony to not dilute COWW alloy when adding tin. Usually even a touch of copper for a tougher...
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    05-20-2020, 12:50 PM
    I sort. Gives me another great use for empty coffee cans (my coffee team is red) and garage sale bread loaf pans. I then bag and store. I just figure it takes so little effort and helps fill the time when the dear wife gets to the remote before I...
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    05-20-2020, 12:24 PM
    I'm set for 38/357 dies but worth noting one of those sets is Herters. Which is also what I use for some 30 caliber rifle with good results. I always lube cases anyway so I just lube a little more generously for a steel die set. Very good pay...
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    05-20-2020, 12:18 PM
    I'm posting on this old thread because I was casting some lead/tin alloy and got sidetracked for a bit. Pot is pretty hot with that alloy and I came back to a thick crust on top of the lead. Yellow with touches of black. Looked sort of like thick...
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    05-20-2020, 11:47 AM
    RogerDat replied to a thread melting pot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    The pot in the back right and the round bottom bud vase on the far left are both unusual. Only way to know is look up the pieces. find the value. Figure half that for wholesale if you sell it to a local antique place. Little less than retail...
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    05-20-2020, 11:04 AM
    Body solder also has lower tin versions in the 5 and 10 percent. One had to use high tin alloy to "tin" the surface to be filled, then could use lower tin as filler. Needed an alloy that you could keep in a putty like stage to push out and fill...
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    05-20-2020, 10:44 AM
    I do pretty much the same. but I melt the small quantity of misc. lead into one batch. By melting something I'm pretty sure is plain soft lead and dipping other items into the melt with a thermometer in it. Toss aside anything that doesn't easily...
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    05-18-2020, 05:11 PM
    Larger batches testing so you know the alloy and can calculate the hardness should work. You know the ingredients, you know the BHN close enough for a government job. Smaller batches it really doesn't matter too much why the alloy has a specific...
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    05-18-2020, 04:55 PM
    Any election has an impact. Uncertainty causes stock market to get skittish, potential gun buyers to get off the fence, gun owners to get more engaged with their supply situation. Election outcomes can then drive random actions that make lots of...
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    05-18-2020, 04:20 PM
    Both. One is great for quick tumble lube to crank out some plinking loads. Or stuff not being pushed very hard. While powder coat opens up the higher velocity loads and seems to work well with gas port systems. Pretty colors too. Which can be...
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    05-18-2020, 04:11 PM
    If they can pack the empty space with newspaper or better yet plastic shopping bags so the shot bags can't just flop around and bust through the box. Or with a soft bag they might be more likely to have the bag burst than the contents punching...
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Scrap.... because all the really pithy and emphatic four letter words were taken and we had to describe this way of getting casting material somehow.
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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