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    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    Cowboy_Dan replied to a thread Shot maker in Casting for Shotguns
    As the molten lead falls it morphs through several shapes from the air resistance. To get round shot it has to either almost not fall any or fall a considerable distance.
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    02-25-2017, 12:27 AM
    Up and to the left? Would they possibly be moving slower and leaving later in the recoil cycle than your usual load? Can you safely go faster?
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    02-23-2017, 04:19 AM
    Not to hijack, but does the oversized shot tend to be round? Seems like a way to make a dripper more versatile.
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    02-22-2017, 01:09 AM
    Here's my submission, a Christmas tree that reached all the way to the spout of my cooling Lee 20 Lb'er. Even has a woman trimming it near the bottom, you can see her bent over with her arms on the branches.
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    02-21-2017, 12:09 AM
    I have used the 155 gr standard lube groove model. Shot pretty good in my SKS the first time I tried them out, but I didn't measure them before I pc'ed them. Still have some uncoated examples if you're interested, but definately showed signs of...
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    02-12-2017, 07:10 PM
    Hotter lead shrinks more as it cools, to a point. You may or may not be able to measure a difference in diameter, but the second set definately have less volume assuming that both sets were cast from the same batch of alloy (thus having the same...
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    02-10-2017, 11:27 PM
    I run 30:1 in my .45 Colt and hollowpoint .44 Spl loads. Works fine without leading with NRA 50/50.
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    02-07-2017, 02:10 AM
    Mine went wonky last casting session. It would vary from giving me plausible numbers, implausible numbers (1700F with partially melted ingots and 350F and fully liquid as extremes), and dashes. Adjusting the wire adjacent to the thermocouple...
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    02-02-2017, 01:06 AM
    Mine is branded "Lyman" but I am sure someone else made it.
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    02-01-2017, 10:52 PM
    Do you have the base plug? The wide point may be for indexing an adjustable plug, but it seems that would make casting a bit of a hassle. At that size I'm thinking 54 caliber muzzleloader. Is the ring maybe for filling the grooves at firing? ...
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    01-31-2017, 09:35 PM
    Wait, are we talking about the foils or sheilding? Sheilding could be dead soft, but the batch of dental foils I ingoted are closer to COWW hardness, maybe with a percent or two of tin judging by fillout. An older thread I dug up with the search...
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    01-31-2017, 08:54 PM
    Most alloys will have a slushy phase between full solid and full liquid. They will start to melt at one tempreture, this is called the solidus, the highest tempreture with no liquid. Tempreture will continue to climb until it reaches liquidus, the...
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    01-30-2017, 11:16 PM
    I'll take: and if still available.
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    01-30-2017, 06:27 PM
    Cowboy_Dan replied to a thread W231 in Cast Boolits
    Maybe try a quick tumble in BLL. There is a sticky in the lube section with the recipees (one uses a no longer available ingredient).
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    01-29-2017, 10:30 PM
    Probably worth a try, and a look at the MSDS. Just be smart and be safe if you try those boolits.
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    01-28-2017, 11:14 PM
    Give them a little time to harden up, BHN doesn't instantly go to its max. Unless I am misreading and you found out about the supposed alloy mixup some other way than by testing the boolits.
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    01-28-2017, 10:37 PM
    As to your sprue lube, I use that smoking to indicate that my mould is up to temp. You should be able to feel when a new application is needed. It only takes a little.
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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
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