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    Yesterday, 12:34 AM
    A bucket of WW that’s 65-80% lead? You lucked out! Most buckets I sort might hit 50%.
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    Yesterday, 12:29 AM
    I didn’t know you could use broccoli as flux. :)
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    01-17-2019, 06:49 PM
    Sell the silver and use the money to buy more lead! :D
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    01-17-2019, 05:06 PM
    I inherited a Marlin .30-30 with microgroove rifling. It works well with .308 diameter, but I tried .310 and it seemed to shoot even better. I normally load them in 7.62x54R or even 300 BLK.
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    01-16-2019, 10:53 PM
    Not bad, but like everyone else said, muffin or loaf pans are much easier. Cast iron is great if you can find it cheap.
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    01-15-2019, 09:36 AM
    Scrap zinc is worth a lot less than lead, but a little more than steel. The bullet flattens out when it hits, but not as much as lead. It looks silvery, but it’s not as shiny or as soft as lead.
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    01-14-2019, 11:03 AM
    I think it’s just Russian steel cased pistol ammo right now. Tulammo 9mm, .40, and maybe .45. I found a zinc .40 in my brass last year. Here’s a photo from a seller: ...
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    01-11-2019, 01:27 AM
    Are you sure it isn’t the cold air forming a “skin” of antimony? I smelted about 50-60 pounds of WW last week and had a thick layer on top. I tested the dross with acid and it didn’t bubble. I remelted it with pure lead a few days later, when it was...
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    01-10-2019, 07:55 AM
    CPC24 replied to a thread 357 Sig...FINALLY in Cast Boolits
    Ive been loading 357 Sig for years. It was a bit confusing at first. However, once I started using the Lee FCD, I never had feeding problems again. I usually use 124 grain truncated cone, but anything from 100 grain to 147 grain bullets will work.
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    01-10-2019, 07:47 AM
    Some newer Russian steel-cased ammo has solid zinc bullets. Wolf brand uses zinc for pistol and rifle calibers.
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    01-07-2019, 03:38 PM
    I’ve cast Lee 230 grain subsonics out of 94/3/3, and they work beautifully. I mixed 5 pounds each COWW/SOWW with about 1/3 pound of pewter. Water dropped, they’re at least 18 BHN.
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    01-03-2019, 08:03 PM
    It’s not a priority; I found lots of cheap pewter over Christmas. I even found a pair of sterling candlesticks mixed in with the 99-cent plated ones! Those aren’t going into the melt... :D
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    01-02-2019, 04:19 PM
    I used a torch, so I’m not sure. It was higher than lead, but not much higher. It has the crystal structure like antimony, short and spiky. Tin usually makes longer leaf-shaped crystals.
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    01-01-2019, 11:41 PM
    I didn’t know that, thanks. It melted at a lower temperature than pure aluminum. I’ll keep it out of the melt, then. It’s not enough to save. I just did a big WW melt so I’m in no hurry.
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    01-01-2019, 08:34 PM
    It’s probably a high antimony lead alloy. I’ll just throw it in the pot next time.
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    01-01-2019, 05:26 PM
    I’ve been finding pewter at Goodwill, and have scored quite a bit lately. However, I found this one Christmas ornament that melted down into a gray lump that was definitely not tin or pewter. I tested it with muriatic acid, and it didn’t fizz at...
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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