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  • reddog81's Avatar
    08-18-2018, 09:39 PM
    $.20 would be really "fair" for the guy buying it, not so much for the seller... Smelting the wheel weights into ingots shouldn't be too hard if he's got a setup that comes with the lead. I'd pay $.50 for lead wheel weights and would consider...
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    08-18-2018, 06:56 PM
    It looks like they used either the wrong sized firing pin or wrong sized bushing. Should be an easy fix for someone who knows what their doing. Sorry for the confusion as my first post assume 45 Colt.
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    08-18-2018, 12:37 PM
    What size of bullet? 6.3grains is a light load for 45 Colt. Every time you fire a centerfire round the pressure from the primer causes the to primer back out and then once the gun powder ignites and starts pushing the bullet down the bore the...
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    08-17-2018, 07:11 PM
    Going from 1.15 to 1.12 is not that drastic of a change. Find the longest OAL that works and you should be fine. I'm not sure what you mean by a charge of 3.9 to 4.3. I'm sure 3.9 will be fine. 4.3 is a max load and is probably OK for any...
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    08-17-2018, 06:41 PM
    I'd load 0mm to right around 0.0. LOL... sorry couldn't resist. I've never used that bullet but I have used the Lee 125 grain round nose flat point intended for .38 Special in 9mm. When seating this bullet the case mouth ends right in the...
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    08-16-2018, 11:02 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Mihec mold shipping in Cast Boolits
    I've heard horror stories about shipping getting held up for weeks but I've ordered 4 or 5 molds from him and they always surprise me with how quickly they arrive.
    4 replies | 177 view(s)
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    08-14-2018, 07:53 PM
    10 grains of Blue Dot behind a 200 grain SWC works well in 45 ACP carbines. You can get over 1200 FPS with ease, but it's not a load i'd shoot in a handgun.
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    08-13-2018, 11:02 AM
    I made it to the range over the weekend. I had cast some pretty soft stuff for use in my 929 revolver and used that for some starting loads in a Glock 17 and a CZ 75 B. 3.4 N340 was right around 880 to 899 FPS in the 3 guns. 3.0 Bullseye was...
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    08-11-2018, 04:02 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Bulletproof backpacks in Our Town
    If he isn't going to use it I'd pass. Over the 20 years or so there an average of 15 people who die in school shooting every YEAR. 11 kids die every DAY in texting and driving accidents. 1,000+ kids are shot every year accidentally. There's...
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  • reddog81's Avatar
    08-09-2018, 07:49 PM
    For casting I usually just drain the 20 lbs Lee pot until the lead starts to dribble out rather than a steam. For loading it could be anything from 20 .30-06 rounds or 200 45 ACP rounds. Or whenever the spousal unit start making funny noises like...
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    08-09-2018, 06:36 PM
    A quick Google search seems indicate Colt used 1:14. Given that all the major manufacturers use 1:14 to 1:18, I'd probably saw 1:20 isn't ideal unless you're planning on loading light bullets to high velocities and then maybe the slower twist will...
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    08-08-2018, 04:30 PM
    That's a pretty quick progression. There's a couple of steep learning curves that must be overcome to start shooting, relaoding and casting in that short of time frame. Congrats and welcome to the forum.
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    08-08-2018, 03:17 PM
    Removing the lube and powder coating is a great option if you're setup for that. The bullets only have a small fraction of silver like other have mentioned. Actual silver bullets for a 45-70 would have about $10 worth of silver in each bullet.
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    08-08-2018, 09:48 AM
    Learning how to powder coat is fairly easy. It's kind of like learning to cast - it's easy once you get the hang of it. There are a couple of rules you need to follow, but everything you need to know is spelled out in detail on the "Coatings and...
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    08-07-2018, 11:37 PM
    For a target load I'd try 4.5 grains of Bullseye. 45 ACP can definitely lead and lead badly. I decided to powder coating after I had a giant pain cleaning out some 1911 barrels and haven't looked back.
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    08-06-2018, 11:46 PM
    I always stand them on their base on a toaster oven tray. Works better with pistol bullets than rifle bullets but still possible with 200 grain 30 caliber bullets.
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    08-06-2018, 11:00 AM
    I was planning on loading as long as possible and figured it'd be around 1.14. The nose of the bullet is really long and since it's a round nose you should be able to get over 1.1 easily. I cast a full 20 lbs pot of these over the weekend and...
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    08-04-2018, 11:03 PM
    Is that from an NOE 358-135 HTC mold? I had the exact same problem with that mold. I cleaned / opened up slightly the vent lines and that fixed the problem. Air was getting trapped in the mold
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    08-04-2018, 09:57 AM
    You might be able to get by without fluxng. Is there some benefit to not fluxing? It takes less than a minute and gets rid of crud you don't want that could cause problems. The few batches of wheel weights I've processed were pretty dirty so...
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    08-03-2018, 05:29 PM
    H&G 68 has no crimp groove, only a lube groove. I load at 1.24 to 1.25 for my 1911's and that worked fine for my new Glock 21 also. There should be a sliver of the front driving band showing. What gun? Someone might be able to give better...
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    08-02-2018, 10:55 AM
    I have mine shipped to where I work. I'm never home during the day and we have a receiving department that doesn't mind handling stuff like this.
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  • reddog81's Avatar
    08-01-2018, 04:30 PM
    The 6" barrel requirement is really going to limit a search. The S&W model 25 and all the variations of it mentioned in Outpost75's post are going to be the most popular and common options.
    23 replies | 887 view(s)
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    07-31-2018, 05:22 PM
    marek313 is right. Online marketing is a gigantic industry and every website you visit is trying to sell you stuff using any method possible. No one is sitting back watching you, it's all done automatically and is happening to 100,000's of other...
    41 replies | 1537 view(s)
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    07-30-2018, 11:31 PM
    $1,000 for a model 14??? There a pair of super nice K-38's on the S&W forum for $750 and $775 a piece. I don't know where you're looking that they're more than that.
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    07-28-2018, 11:20 AM
    Do you have access to pure lead, Linotype, other lead alloys with known hardness? I don't know anything about he hardness tester you speak of but if you can get reliable and repeatable readings with known lead alloys you should be able to get a...
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    07-26-2018, 04:47 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread removing powdercoat in Cast Boolits
    I had some bullets that I thought had been tumbled lubed and I wanted to wash that off and powder coated them. Turns out they must have been coated with a clear powder coat. I originally let them soak in some acetone and that had a small impact...
    32 replies | 1024 view(s)
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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