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    06-04-2020, 07:52 AM
    Not a lot of call up here for re-enactment. Next time i get out is hopefully by myself in order to work up which lube with which load with which Minnie is best with what i have. I can only get out to about 150 yards where i shoot, but that should...
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    06-04-2020, 07:44 AM
    Winter casting in Canada in an unheated shop is pretty much a nonstarter for me. Have found that the pot must be run way hotter to keep the spout open, and the molds must always be on the hot plate to stay remotely warm enough. On sunny days, i...
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    06-02-2020, 09:33 PM
    i render all my scrap dirty lead and wheel weights on an open fire in a 1 quart cast iron ladle with a 3 foot handle. It`s wide and shallow. Easy to scoop the clips and other dross from, and has a pour spout to pour the lead into the ingot pan. Not...
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    05-31-2020, 11:24 AM
    eggwelder replied to a thread Furlough in Cast Boolits
    Being military i have not been affected financially, but have not missed being at work at all. I`m not scheduled to be back to work until the end of June, but having a taste of “retirement”, after 33 years i`m not sure how much longer i`ll be at...
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    05-29-2020, 01:15 PM
    I don`t have a Round ball mold as yet for this, and i am a Dutch Schoultz System devotee for my other RB guns, wiping between shots is almost SOP for me. Depending on the lube in the Zouave- fouling can be hard or soft. I use a fibre glass loading...
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    05-29-2020, 01:02 PM
    eggwelder replied to a thread Casting flaws in Cast Boolits
    The thick rim is from an Italian made mold hollow base mold. The base has some corrosion pits, not too worried bout it yet, but really no way to repair it either without extensive mold surgery. They seem to shoot well, and i`ll live with it. The...
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    05-27-2020, 09:05 PM
    eggwelder replied to a thread Casting flaws in Cast Boolits
    Another session today, fluxed with paraffin. Makes a nice flame in the pot. The boolits in each picture on the left are from the pot. Lots of blue dross or oxides that seem to be coming out the spout. Seems to clog it after a bit. The pot is cleaned...
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    05-26-2020, 07:52 PM
    eggwelder replied to a thread Casting flaws in Cast Boolits
    I was thinking thats what it was, i was knocking the drip off, but maybe there is cooler lead still inside the spout.
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    05-25-2020, 08:13 AM
    Next time i get out by myself i`m going to try grouping with the three different bulletin types i have with different lube mixes. Olive oil and beeswax worked wonders in my .50 investarms, and that has a ringed barrel. Won’t shoot round ball...
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    05-23-2020, 07:54 PM
    eggwelder replied to a thread Casting flaws in Cast Boolits
    Cleaned everything, even got the pot clean. Pot works like a charm now. Did some casting, first few boolits came out a bit wrinkled as expected, but nice looking, no blueish oxidization bits. Then they started coming out with the blue marks and...
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    05-22-2020, 09:24 PM
    eggwelder replied to a thread Casting flaws in Cast Boolits
    It is soft lead from stick on wheel weights. Makes really nice accurate boolits when cast with a torch, ladle and mold. My next step is a thorough cleaning of all equipment. The pot is mostly cleaned out, there is some impossible crud at the...
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    05-22-2020, 08:46 PM
    eggwelder started a thread Casting flaws in Cast Boolits
    Got a used Lee pot, a little dirty. Casting Minies for .58 right.now, getting mild localized pitting with a blue discolouration. I`m sure some of you have seen this before. Any ideas? Other side is relatively shiny
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    05-21-2020, 08:58 PM
    Will the vinegar/peroxide solution clean out hard lead/dross slag crap that wont even scrape out?
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    05-19-2020, 08:49 PM
    Had the rifle out a couple of time, just shooting, no load work ups, just making holes. First time I lubed with straight crisco, was pretty accurate off hand. Easy loading, soft fouling. Second time out was prelubed with bees was and olive oil...
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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