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    Today, 02:57 AM
    Hardness tester might be nice to have. I don't have one though. Keep your eyes peeled and you can get one reasonable here. My unscientific approach is to take a razor knife and cut a sliver off of both the suspect lead and either a wheel...
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    Today, 02:37 AM
    I would spray it well with break cleaner and scrub the cavities and mould face with a toothbrush. Then I take a pencil and color the tops of the blocks, the bottom of the sprue plate, and the alignment pins. Then I'd heat it on the lead and let it...
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    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    Conditor22. Thanks for that glue bullet trick. I'll retain that info.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    Sounds like you are off to a good start. You also need a source of lead. You about have the basics covered, but you can keep upgrading until its silly!
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    Neat idea! My hot plate sits on the table so I looked through the scrap pile and found a piece of square tubing the right size. I think its 2-1/2 inches, way heavier than necessary but it works.
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    Yesterday, 08:54 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Ornery Brass in Cast Boolits
    I reloaded for a number of years using range brass before I ever experienced this. Now it seems to be a lot more common.
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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    I was looking for a 20# propane bottle for a member, Tazlaw, and rode down to the river where all of the flooding was last spring. I didn't find Tazlaw a bottle but there are several 250 and 500 size tanks laying in the woods, having broken loose...
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    Yesterday, 01:56 PM
    Bazoo replied to a thread Blanks in my ar. Crazy! in Cast Boolits
    Hornady sells blank making dies.
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    Yesterday, 11:43 AM
    I've cleaned an aluminum mould with a brass/bronze toothbrush. Extremely gently and with caution to work towards the cavity edge and not away from it. In this instance I did it cause I was stupid and had melted a nylon toothbrush in the cavity...
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    Yesterday, 01:55 AM
    I'll be dogged, that is an icecream churn motor! Beats the cobbled together thing I was working on.
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    Yesterday, 01:46 AM
    Betcha that baby will need some trimming. What brand?
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-26-2020, 11:12 PM
    Glad to hear that it arrived. This problem seems to be getting more common.
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    02-26-2020, 05:56 PM
    In the book, the Art of Bullet Casting, there is an article by one Mike Venturino, in which he tests the accuracy of bullets produced by the individual cavities of a double cavity mould. I don't remember the caliber, but it was a revolver...
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    02-26-2020, 04:18 PM
    Bazoo replied to a thread The LEE Furnaces in Casting Equipment
    The 20 pound pot is big enough that if you want or need to ladle cast you can. The 10 pound pot is not large enough diameter to allow ladle casting even if the bottom pour mechanism is removed.
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    02-26-2020, 11:07 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Ornery Brass in Cast Boolits
    When I trade or sell brass I deprime it so that this does not happen to the other party.
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    02-26-2020, 02:59 AM
    Bazoo started a thread WTS Books in Swappin & Sellin
    Couple books I want to sell. I'm glad to accept cash, paypal and postal money orders. Lyman cast bullet handbook second edition. Has some creases on the cover and a little wear on the edges but is in good solid shape. 20.00 shipped Lyman...
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    02-25-2020, 10:21 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Ornery Brass in Cast Boolits
    Same thing here. Too much trouble for the rewards. Mine were 9mm. And I suspect moisture was the cause.
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    02-25-2020, 05:03 PM
    You aught to consider giving it to one of the members here who would be willing to chance it's use. I'm sure many here would consider it to be a blessing.
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    02-25-2020, 08:59 AM
    I'm not sure what I would do in this situation. But looking forward I would develop a routine to avoid this problem in the future. Only one powder on the bench at a time and full concentration.
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    02-25-2020, 12:41 AM
    What are you going to do if you start using it and find that it shoots better than ever?
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    02-24-2020, 10:25 PM
    I label my powder measure too. And I leave it labeled when empty as to what powder and amount it's set for.
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    02-24-2020, 10:22 PM
    I pour over the pot so I don't have much mess. I get lead all over the mould, at the end of casting I heat the mould on the lead again and wipe it clean of splatter with a rag.
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    02-24-2020, 09:50 PM
    Thats a nice looking job. I like the fixture you made to position the handles.
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    02-24-2020, 09:45 PM
    I'm another that has no idea. Between the load ammo, the bullets that are lubed and the unlubed bullets, I have no clue. It would be easier to say how many jugs full.
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    02-24-2020, 09:34 PM
    lightman replied to a thread food for thought in Our Town
    When I retired and rolled my 401 plan over to a different institution my financial advisor suggested for me to consult an estate planning attorney and to get an insurance policy to cover stuff like this. I sort my brass by headstamp, but I often...
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    02-24-2020, 07:35 PM
    If you ain't mixed it yet and the jug has not been disturbed since dumping you might could cut the top of the jug off with a razor knife and skim the first 1/2" of powder off carefully. You might be able to see a difference too in good light. ...
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    02-24-2020, 06:31 PM
    I get the best results with about 1/2-3/4" free fall. Both in terms of fillout and not having inclusions caused by the oxidized film. Nothing wrong with shooting those bullets. You get too picky and you won't ever have bullets to shoot. ...
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    02-24-2020, 02:50 AM
    I ended up shelving the gun because it leads up bad due to a tight spot in the barrel. It is gone back to Ruger currently. We'll see if they fix it or if it's on the chopping block.
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    02-24-2020, 12:08 AM
    Bazoo replied to a thread stirring? in Cast Boolits
    Stirring by itself adds nothing. Fluxing however, combined with stirring is beneficial because it cleans any foreign matter out of the alloy. Oxidized alloy on top of the melt is reduced back in, and any debris is moved to the surface for...
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    02-23-2020, 11:03 PM
    Part of the reason I'm thinking to do something to the grips like grooves, is to index the gun in my hand. The extra grip is icing on the cake but I'm thinking the consistent feel will help my accuracy some.
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Firearms, reloading, casting and the history thereof. Knives & sharpening stones. Chess & scrabble.


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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