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    Yesterday, 01:51 PM
    Melted some lead sheathed cable, some foil from dental xray film. Cleaned up enough to find the floor and at least some bench top. Ran the brass from a friends funeral salute through tumbler with SS pins so his widow would have clean brass to put...
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    Yesterday, 01:45 PM
    My vote goes to.... Black Powder. Which is almost non-existent in retail outlets, just the substitutes are generally found. I don't think it would be likely to be discontinued as it is to be phased out or banished. Lot of people use the BP...
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    Yesterday, 12:29 AM
    Zombie thread alert! This thread is from 2014 so the announcement on discontinued powders is 5 years old.
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    Yesterday, 12:23 AM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Ingot Mold Questions in Cast Boolits
    Those molds that Lakehouse designed and got a company to make are pretty nice indeed. I think he is working on a or now has a mold that embosses Redneck Gold on the ingot. Check the vendor section or completed group buy to find him for sending a...
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    10-21-2019, 11:52 PM
    Thanks for the other ideas. I did wonder about heat. I was using an electric hot plate to melt the blocks that I poured when I melted the cable over the fire. I have used that hot plate for melting ingots before but most often for pewter or at...
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    10-21-2019, 11:29 PM
    Hmmm I seem to recall shellac is a wax based finish so that sounds like it would work to seal and yet melt off easily. My junior high shop teacher would be proud I remembered that. As well as remembering you never use a screwdriver as a pry. :-)...
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    10-21-2019, 05:23 PM
    I have also heard that. The military brass they want visual proof that the annealing was done. I could see where an unscrupulous contractor could skip that step or it could be skipped accidentally and create some fragile brass due to forming the...
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    10-21-2019, 01:13 PM
    Body solder was typically in a lower tin and higher tin varieties. One was used after an acid to "tin" the surface to be filled. Heating the metal and rubbing the solder on it like a crayon to get a bond coat with the metal surface. Then the...
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    10-21-2019, 01:02 PM
    Lead free is most often very high tin with a little bit of something as an alloy. Two ways I would personally use it. I would just guestimate it as 90% tin and use it as a pot sweetener when I felt a bit more tin was needed. Working from a...
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    10-21-2019, 02:07 AM
    Would 71 grain ranch dog style 32 bullets be of interest? I cast them for a 32 ACP they have a RNFP profile with tumble lube grooves. You can PM me if you want to discuss.
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    10-21-2019, 01:10 AM
    Two subjects on oxidation. How to people prevent plain lead ingots from oxidizing in storage? I have some pucks that have been in a crate in the garage for several years and they have either a thicker black oxide coating or white oxide dust...
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    10-21-2019, 12:42 AM
    One ton is a nice goal... but a lousy stopping point. :-) Here is the thing, your going to use them and when you get down a few or several hundred pounds then you will want to get some more. Problem is all your old sources will be gone. Either...
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    10-21-2019, 12:26 AM
    +1 on provision for wind screens. Angle iron legs such as those in post #8 would be my preference and make sure they are braced and or tied together toward the bottom. Legs spreading or shifting sideways are what I would worry about. Mine is a...
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    10-21-2019, 12:12 AM
    A lot of the lead shielding used in x-ray rooms is pure or nearly pure lead. The specifications for how thick the lead has to be to block a given strength of radiation is based on pure lead. I believe I was told a while back that the thickness...
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    10-20-2019, 11:55 PM
    Babbitt can be a large range of alloys. Some are nearly pure tin. Others are lead based and run closer to Linotype alloy in composition. Some good reading in the chart of Babbitt I would add that...
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    10-18-2019, 12:12 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread pewter find in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I would add the trick is the same as at auctions. Have to know the market value of the item to avoid self inflected wound. Or cost of a comparable but maybe lesser item. Saw a nice propane fryer early this summer. High end model. Price was...
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    10-14-2019, 05:46 PM
    Yes I know I am resurrecting a zombie thread. Found 25 lbs. of these dental xray foil pulls again. And despite swearing I would never melt them down again due to the plastic coating and pieces of plastic coated paper mixed in that stink and burn...
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    10-14-2019, 05:37 PM
    Good to know. One thing I would think water dropping might have going for it would be if it creates a harder bullet without becoming as brittle. One can get pretty hard with antimony but can end up with bullets that shatter and lose all mass on...
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    10-14-2019, 12:37 PM
    Figure on $1 a pound or less for either WW's or plain soft lead. S&S forum runs about a buck, regional prices can vary. The WW's are generally more useful as they are "ready to go" as is or with a touch of tin. However the plain soft lead is...
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    10-14-2019, 12:21 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread pewter find in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Great Score! I have had people refuse to budge on pewter or other prices at an estates sale. Have had it suggested that if I come back at the end of the sale then maybe. No interest in second trip. Did mention if I came back I would pay even...
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    10-14-2019, 12:13 PM
    Despite having provided the recipe for Hardball because it was consistent with the stated wish to "get in the Lyman #2 range" I would tend to agree with the other posters suggestion of trying 1 part linotype to 4 parts range lead. This would be...
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    10-14-2019, 11:58 AM
    Also tin and antimony combine as greater than the sum of their parts. Which has more impact on how "tough" or fracture resistant a bullet is than it does on BHN. Tin and antimony I guess you could say "mesh" on the molecular or granular level...
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    10-11-2019, 03:35 PM
    roughly speaking to get to Lyman #2 from linotype which is 4/12 you would need to bring the tin up with pewter to get to 12/12 then cut with lead by a little more than 50/50 to get the tin and antimony down to 5/5. Easier approach is go for...
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    10-11-2019, 03:31 PM
    You want to download Bumpo's lead alloy calculator It is an Excel sheet that is set up to calculate alloy percentages and apply formula that yields BHN. If you don't...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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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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