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    Yesterday, 11:19 PM
    Uhhhhh....you cook in the casting room?
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    Yesterday, 02:02 PM
    454PB replied to a thread CB for 454 in Cast Boolits
    I keep an eye on erosion in all my .454 revolvers (as well as my other magnums). I used H-110/WW296 and AA #9 for all my high pressure loads for many years. More recently I've been using Hodgdon Lil'Gun, which has an internet reputation for burning...
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    12-20-2014, 10:19 PM
    454PB replied to a thread CB for 454 in Cast Boolits
    My FA 83 uses boolits sized .452", but will not accept anything over that.....they won't fully chamber. But, my Taurus Raging Bull and Ruger SRH are the same.....nothing over .452" will fit the chambers without forcing them in.
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    12-20-2014, 02:26 PM
    I have a lot of the same stuff. I recommend you NOT melt it into ingots for a couple of reasons. Number one, once it's ingotized, the only way of identifying it is by marking it. You, or your heirs may want to sell it some day, and it sells much...
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    12-20-2014, 02:09 PM
    454PB replied to a thread CB for 454 in Cast Boolits
    These are the two moulds I use the most, and for lighter loads, I like the RCBS 270 SAA.
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    12-20-2014, 01:52 PM
    55 bhn?
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    12-18-2014, 02:38 PM
    Apparently the chart Charlie posted is for non heat treated alloys, because even a COWW alloy heat treats way harder than these numbers.
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    12-17-2014, 11:05 PM
    I also use a propane torch. I place the mould on the shelf below my casting area with the blocks hanging just past the shelf and place the torch below it with the flame touching the bottom. Within a minute or two it's up to temperature. I've...
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    12-17-2014, 03:16 PM
    Seems like a lot of extra work, if you have range scrap with 4% antimony you could add 1% tin and water drop the boolits for 24 to 26 BHN and they shouldn't shatter.
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    12-17-2014, 03:08 PM
    I guess I'm lucky, I bought my Blackhawk .45 convertible about 30 years ago, throats are .4525", barrel is .452", and it shoots better than I can hold. More recently I bought a Lipsey SBH Hunter in .45 Colt, and it's the same.
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    12-16-2014, 11:51 PM
    I use the dental X-ray foil too, and it hardness tests around 7 BHN, so it's not "pure" lead. Some say it contains 1% tin, which sounds logical because it casts very well.
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    12-16-2014, 12:41 AM
    I agree, alloy and mould too cold.
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    12-16-2014, 12:39 AM
    454PB replied to a thread Dazed and Confused in Boolit Lube !
    Years ago when I started casting I used a mix of equal parts beeswax, paraffin wax, and mineral oil (16 ounces for a pound). I worked very well and didn't require heat if ambient temperature was around 60 degrees. I now just order 20 sticks of...
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    12-16-2014, 12:32 AM
    I suggest you check Goodwill or other second hand shops for a baby scale. The one I use goes up to 25 pounds and is accurate enough for alloy recipes.
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    12-15-2014, 11:10 PM
    OK....range scrap. It's unusual to see it that hard. My point was that a slug poured with pure lead will always be heavier and softer than one poured from an alloy containing antimony and tin. If it isn't, there's something else going on.
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    12-15-2014, 11:03 PM
    If you size them within hours of water dropping, the hardness will not be affected. Another way to do it is to use a sizer that is big enough that it doesn't reduce the diameter.....and so would be for lubing only. My wheel weights measure 11 to...
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    12-15-2014, 03:07 PM
    Pure lead (5 BHN) needs higher temperatures to cast well, because it has a higher melt temperature than lead that is alloyed with tin and/or antimony. Also, the addition of tin improves fluidity and produces a better boolit. You didn't say what your...
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    12-15-2014, 02:52 PM
    The 50/50 mix of lino and pure lead will work fine and should be around 16 BHN if the lino is not diluted. Sometimes linotype has been used until the tin and antimony content has been lowered by remelting, resulting in lowered hardness. If you...
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    12-10-2014, 11:04 PM
    I drain mine after each use. I used to leave the lead in, but I tend to change alloys a lot and I got tired of having to heat the pot just so I could empty it for another alloy. This does increase the melt time, but it's still less time...
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    12-10-2014, 12:25 AM
    I've also used the Lee 340 designed for 45/70. In my guns, I have to size it down to .452", any bigger and they won't chamber.
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    12-09-2014, 01:34 PM
    The Lee tool requires some juggling and practice to learn how to get a good, steady reading. However, in the tests done by Shay some years ago, it compared very closely to lab grade equipment.
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    12-09-2014, 01:26 PM
    If you treat Marvelux the same way (drop on top of the melt and let it sit for a few seconds), you will have no problems with moisture. I've used Marvelux for over 30 years and have NEVER had an "explosion" of lead. All tools used for casting...
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    12-06-2014, 12:36 PM
    454PB replied to a thread This Lino?? in Lead and lead alloy's
    No way to know. He was asking pretty much the same questions as the original poster here, and I told him to send me some samples for testing. The results surprised me as much as it did him.
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    12-05-2014, 11:21 PM
    454PB replied to a thread This Lino?? in Lead and lead alloy's
    Very good info here, and to add more confusion...... One of our forum members sent me some samples for hardness testing. The sample on the left is a piece of my foundry type, all the others are from him. Note the extreme difference in hardness.
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    12-04-2014, 11:08 PM
    Have you considered a good set of shooting gloves? I use Uncle Mike's when shooting more than about 10 rounds of heavy .44 magnum loads
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    12-02-2014, 11:54 PM
    I went back and looked at my notes. I used a #5 drill (.2005") bit with the point ground nearly flat to open the primer pocket. I then used a Lyman primer pocket uniformer to insure a flat bottom on the hole. I also used a #45 drill bit to open...
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    12-02-2014, 12:29 PM
    I don't harden either.....and I have sizing dies that have sized many thousands of boolits.
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    12-02-2014, 12:42 AM
    454PB replied to a thread My melt is being weird. in Cast Boolits
    You don't say what alloy you are using, but the description sounds like pure or near pure lead that is very hot.
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    12-02-2014, 12:37 AM
    I do it as theperfessor described. I'm sure there are better ways with better equipment, but it's simple and I have the "tools" on hand.
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    11-29-2014, 03:01 PM
    I won't address the reasons you may want to do this, but I modified 50 rounds of .454 Casull brass to accept large pistol primers (normally it uses small rifle primers). I did this in my lathe, then used a Lyman primer pocket uniformer to achieve...
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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"
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