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    05-19-2015, 03:51 PM
    454PB replied to a thread Motherload stories in Cast Boolits
    About 30 years ago, a friend had the job of cleaning out an old print shop, I told him I'd take all the linotype. It took me a couple of years of reminding him, but one day he called to say he was on his way to deliver it (the print shop was 45...
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    05-12-2015, 12:54 PM
    Mild steel rod works fine for sizing dies, no hardening is required. I've made nearly all of my own sizing dies of mild steel, and none of them have worn enough to be measurable.
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    05-07-2015, 10:55 PM
    454PB replied to a thread Lead hardness in Lead and lead alloy's
    Way back in 1981 I got on a casting spree and cast 100 pounds of COWW into uncle Elmer's 452424 SWC. I water dropped these, stored them in pipe tobacco cans, and shoved them under the loading bench. Fast forward 30 years, I decided to do some...
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    05-07-2015, 10:44 PM
    If 18 BHN is your goal, you could use as little as 2% antimony. I get 24 BHN from COWW alloy water dropped, oven heat treating will increase that.
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    05-07-2015, 10:38 PM
    454PB replied to a thread marvelux! in Lead and lead alloy's
    I've used it for the last 35 years and tons of alloys. Preheat your stirring or dipping devices to avoid the tinsel ferry (even if you don't use Marvelux). I do all my casting indoors with no added ventilation. I keep seeing statements about it...
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    04-30-2015, 01:30 PM
    And bear in mind that most casters can't tell linotype from monotype, foundry type, or stereotype. If you REALLY want to know what your alloy BHN is....you need a hardness tester.
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    04-27-2015, 11:01 PM
    As of my vote, it's a tie. I only bought a .454 rifle because I already owned 3 revolvers in that caliber. I've done extended sessions (50 rounds) of shooting with full tilt 330 grain gas checked loads. Yeah, the shoulder gets a little tender,...
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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
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