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    01-10-2017, 11:12 PM
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    01-10-2017, 01:31 PM
    As with any mould design, there is a diameter range. Most of the Lee moulds I own cast a bit over advertised diameter, which allows the owner to size to the desired diameter. Diameter can also be tweaked by adjusting alloy recipe......more antimony...
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    01-10-2017, 01:16 PM
    I suggest you place your casting station where she never has access. Kids are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning. Having a toddler walking/crawling on the floor below a casting pot is probably not a good idea.
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    01-07-2017, 11:26 PM
    Steel reloading dies are harder than woodpecker lips, I wouldn't worry about changing their dimensions as long as you don't go "crazy". The real cure for this problem is to clean the brass before sizing.
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    01-07-2017, 11:21 PM
    454PB replied to a thread Opinions on value? in Our Town
    That's interesting, many years ago I bought about 10,000 primers from a friend. Each brick had the original purchase date written on it. The oldest were from 1974, and I've shot several thousand of them without one misfire.
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    01-04-2017, 03:00 PM
    You can do some math and come fairly close......but it's probably as fast and easy to do what R5R said. Foundry type is supposed to be 15% tin, 23% antimony, and 62% lead. If your RCBS pot is 2/3 full, call it 15 pounds, or dump it out and start...
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    01-02-2017, 02:16 PM
    I agree with jsizemore, I had the same problem some years ago, one of the side springs had broken.
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    12-31-2016, 03:12 PM
    From your description, your first batch of boolits were either pure lead, or pure lead with a small amount of tin. Alloys that contain antimony (like wheel weights) will solidify with that "galvanized" look once the alloy and mould get hot. That...
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    12-29-2016, 11:11 PM
    Add some linotype......I'd use 75/25 pure lead to linotype. It will produce an alloy close to wheel weights.
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    12-26-2016, 12:38 PM
    I also use the Lee tester. Linotype can read all over, but for me, it's very close to 22 BHN. My type metal hoard is a mixture of everything from foundry type to linotype spacers, and I mix it all together. The mixture is around 26 BHN. Over the...
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    12-22-2016, 11:18 PM
    It says 500 watts in one photo, so it's a 10 pounder.
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    12-21-2016, 11:20 PM
    Yes, linotype mixed with pure lead in various ratios makes a good casting alloy. I usually use a 50/50 mix, which is about the same as "Hardball".
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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"
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