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  • RogerDat's Avatar
    02-18-2020, 08:27 PM
    I can see an angled shot being deflected into a hard surface that would then ricochet back at the shooter. It says shooter was hit in the jaw and had to have it wired shut. Pretty sure that means a whole lot of energy was spent before the bullet...
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    02-18-2020, 08:06 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Home-made 50/50 in Boolit Lube !
    I have gone by melted volume for beeswax and Crisco. Liquid volume for Alox and floor wax mixes too. Can be done with two measured marks one as "full" and one 1/2 way to full on a container. Squirt bottle or can vegetables came in. I just mark...
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    02-18-2020, 07:53 PM
    I have used both of the OP measures on a turret press. I think the drum measure can be mounted on a stand easier than the auto disk. The auto disk is designed to be used with through the die type dispenser and gets opened by pressure from below...
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    02-18-2020, 04:32 PM
    I was looking for an open utility trailer. I bought the one I did because walking down the line of trailers at these guys shop I saw welds on every one that showed they knew how to weld well, and consistency that showed they paid attention to do it...
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    02-18-2020, 04:05 PM
    You make the angle iron molds the same as the channel iron molds pictured above. With the "point" down. Making sure the ends of the angle iron are slightly wider at the opening so the ingot drops out easily. You pour to fill each cavity on it's...
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    02-17-2020, 08:00 PM
    This is why one buys these molds. They stack solidly and compactly. The size and weight it a good one for making a pot of casting lead. That was 6 buckets of 80 lbs. per bucket of sorted WW's Now it is a solid cube of WW lead in CB ingots...
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    02-17-2020, 07:55 PM
    I think it would take some major heat to get lead to flow along a mold with dividers. I also think weight would become a factor. One has to dump the mold. Which often involves lifting it up and dropping it to knock the ingot loose. 3 cavity...
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    02-17-2020, 07:40 PM
    Monotype, Foundry Type are both individual letters, both are rich alloys but they are not the same alloy. To a large extent I stopped trying to sort the two. Not worth it. Now I just melt a sample handful and assume the bucket is the same. You...
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    02-17-2020, 07:27 PM
    I use a plastic drawer that sits in my lap as a sorting tray. I toss the obvious items to respective sorting buckets. Items such as Stick on WW's or steal stick on WW's. Then hit the remainder with the nippers. Refilling the tray as it gets...
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    02-17-2020, 07:13 PM
    Plain soft lead and COWW's tend to run the same $1 a pound +/- a bit. Plus shipping. Larger market for the harder COWW's than plain but OP is correct the muzzle loaders do need the plain soft lead. Some revolvers or 45 ACP will do better with a...
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    02-17-2020, 04:44 PM
    If one looks at the poll results there are a few powders that have a lot more votes than others. This isn't proof these powders are or will be more accurate, but it is an indication that they are likely to be more accurate. A little reading...
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    02-17-2020, 04:25 PM
    You can't over pack, no such animal. Unless I guess you only used packing material and no content. The second shipping label information inside is a good idea. If the outside label gets damaged, or the box gets totally mangled the post office...
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    02-13-2020, 07:04 PM
    I'll follow up on this. If you notice the date of my joining this group, its about a year after we started the DR program. I lurked for quite some time before joining. Why was I here you ask? I had molds, lead, and a melter and I couldn't afford...
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    02-13-2020, 07:01 PM
    A little over 10 years ago the wife and I were in a bind, daughter going to college, heater/ac going out etc and we said enough. We went full Dave Ramsey and in two years we had paid off everything but the house and paid cash for a new central air....
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    02-10-2020, 06:13 PM
    I wondered if anyone snagged some of that when it was offered at Rotometals. I seem to recall the price wasn't too bad and it isn't like they are making more of it to find in the scrap yard.
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    02-10-2020, 06:05 PM
    If planning to offer for sale do not melt it down. In raw form it is like a silver dollar or gold krugerrand it's form proves it is a bona fide printing alloy. If it is mixed melt a sample like a ladle worth, take a reading or run a test from...
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    02-10-2020, 05:52 PM
    I don't either which stinks! Spent decades learning how to do that sort of thing well and then the requirements for testing equipment got out of reach and now even R&R has a high cost in terms of what is going to ache or stiffen up if I do...
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    02-10-2020, 05:35 PM
    Old house roof tear down can yield soft sheet lead. Boots for around stacks were lead as mentioned but so too was flashing used around things like a chimney or along dormer wall. Old houses can also yield soft sheet lead used as a water barrier in...
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    02-07-2020, 06:28 PM
    It is especially nice when I get both mistresses together and hot at the same time. Generally leads to a good time for the next couple or three hours.
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    02-07-2020, 06:21 PM
    It does get to be a tougher call. Once one has a supply on hand maybe the money is better spent elsewhere or maybe... ..snagging that item to rescue it from a dreary life as a dust collector and providing it with a better future in the casting...
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    02-04-2020, 06:42 PM
    Amen. I used to shop at a scrap yard, lots of goodies came from there. Was sold to a waste recycling corporation. Now can't buy there anymore because they don't want the liability of people in the yard. Wheel weights the ratio of lead to zinc...
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    02-04-2020, 06:24 PM
    I have sold pewter, it has an advantage in that the value of the metal makes shipping less of a factor. Most has been 88 - 96 percent tin. I only sell hallmarked stuff. I will melt down other things such as block tin (tubing) or organ pipes,...
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    02-04-2020, 06:01 PM
    Well cooler melt didn't help, I also tried filling the ingot mold a little less. I was thinking contraction of smaller volume would be less. Didn't seem to make a difference. I think essentially the exposed surface hardens and can't follow the...
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    02-01-2020, 02:43 PM
    All the good sources covered. Pewter or solder is often for sale in the S&S section of the forum. Folks will trade for your lead. You can scrounge for it. And it really doesn't take a lot of pewter to sweeten a whole lot of lead. Or a whole lot...
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    02-01-2020, 01:58 PM
    Since I am dealing with an alloy near the monotype listed The .66 percent linear contraction seems likely. I could try lower temperature melt and see if that helps. I still have another batch left that is 6/16 alloy. I expect it will have a...
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    02-01-2020, 01:49 PM
    Hello my name is RogerDat and I have a problem turning down lead. Free lead for sure, cheap also, even a good price makes it unlikely I will resist temptation. It isn't really a problem unless dear wife figures out I don't have an expensive...
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    01-31-2020, 08:15 PM
    I like titegroup but have also been impressed with bulls eye since I tried it. If I want dear wife to enjoy shooting then mild target loads are a requirement. Thing is I enjoy them also and zero chance of her accidentally getting a hotter load if...
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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
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