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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:37 PM
    Just use the search and you should find it.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:27 PM
    Your thoughts are right on. Tests on cast bullets 70 years ago proved the slightest deviation in the bullets base affected accuracy. Have you ever seen the physics experiment where identical projectiles are fired and repeatedly hit the...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:46 PM
    I have used graphite applied by pencil in my cavities and on mold surfaces for years to keep these small lead deposits from sticking, so I know that graphite is no problem with PC. I can't see how the spray would be any different as it appears to...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-16-2019, 08:04 PM
    I don't like the idea of driving steel rods down my barrels so fire and water trap all my slugs. I first cast pure lead bullets for a particular caliber and powder coat them. I load a very light load, just enough of a charge to clear the barrel,...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-16-2019, 07:48 PM
    Check out old post "New Life for H&G S-55 Mold"
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-16-2019, 07:25 AM
    Probably just the ravings of an old man, but I see all the things that defined America fast disappearing. On a positive note just this past week I cast 18K of a variety of bullets, so my plan is on it's way. Just as a mind game if I shoot 100...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-16-2019, 07:06 AM
    Ditto what Bangerjim said. PC is already giving approximately a 5% increase in velocity and keeping your barrel cooler due to its lack of friction.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-16-2019, 07:00 AM
    Yes. the pour tube does go through the burner. I did this and made the tube out of brass so it would stay hot and flow. That is the only complaint I have with my RCBS Pro Melt is the steel pour tube is the last thing to heat up. I keep a micro...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-15-2019, 01:17 PM
    Here are more photos and I have to say I didn't take a lot of time with this build as I originally planned on using it only once back in 2012 when the shelves were bare (Sandy Hook). I got back into casting then out of necessity and this was to be a...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-14-2019, 04:33 PM
    I remove all the screws in a mold and coat the threads with a anti-seize compound that contains copper or nickle, the stuff you can buy at an auto parts for coating spark plug threads. It is good for 1800F+ degrees, but don't over do it on the...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-14-2019, 10:14 AM
    For those that are fluxing the pot and especially using a lot of odd ball stuff for flux I sure hope you have a large fan pulling the fumes away from you. You do realize the it is the fumes coming off a pot can carry molecules of lead?
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-14-2019, 10:06 AM
    A hot plate works the best when it is converted into an oven. I cut a hole in the side of an old stainless pot with a clad bottom then bent some sheetmetal to better confine the area around the molds. I can heat multiple molds and can read the...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-14-2019, 09:29 AM
    A simpler solution is just cutting the top off an out of date propane tank. Mine will easily melt down 200+ pounds of ingots. If you can weld a bottom pour is easy to do and drops clean metal, not to mention faster and safer. Additionally you...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-14-2019, 09:08 AM
    I would try a couple of hours to overnight soak in Kroil Oil first and see if that will break it free. Not only is Kroil the best penetrating oil it works on breaking down the rust. As far as heat you shouldn't need that much to cause expansion if...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-14-2019, 08:50 AM
    Why don't you check out Evil Bay, I saw a H&G 4 cavity #68 plain base go for $70 a couple of weeks ago. I already have four 68's, 2 BB & 2PB, so I didn't need another one. You can't do any better as far the mold quality of H&G or the 68 bullet...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-13-2019, 05:47 PM
    It depends somewhat. I personally don't think there is any method faster than running two 4 cavity iron molds like the H&G or old Saeco molds. They produce beautiful bullets with hardly a visible mold line. Regardless of cavities I set my mold...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-13-2019, 12:01 PM
    And if I melt more lead I get more bullets and the entire reason I am there in the first place. When I run two 4 cavity molds I am dropping 20 bullets a minute.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-12-2019, 08:12 AM
    If you used 4 cavity molds your production would double and cut the cost in half.
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    02-12-2019, 08:08 AM
    JMax, it sounds like right or wrong we have a plan, as it would appear we are in the same boat. I too have no one to leave my "treasures" to and the ones that would receive them wouldn't have a clue what it was for, how to use it and certainly no...
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  • MaLar's Avatar
    02-11-2019, 11:10 PM
    I bought one years ago never used it until recently. The nose cast to large .353" should be .350". Cartridges loaded with it won't chamber.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-11-2019, 10:58 AM
    One of the old physics demonstrations was to take bullets with the base ground to an exact angle. When fired the point of impact could be calculated and controlled based on that angle. Since a bullet is steered from its base when you check a...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-11-2019, 10:41 AM
    Actually, they and I do have a purpose. I got to looking at several buckets of stored ingots and blocks of alloy and got to thinking, what I really need to do is just turn these hundreds of pounds of alloy into bullets. I have a lot of molds, but...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-11-2019, 10:12 AM
    I wanted to see how well the spray worked vs my penciled on coating of graphite. I sprayed the cavities as well as the surfaces. I have not measured the spray bullets against the others, but they look good and drop better than my penciled on...
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  • MaLar's Avatar
    02-10-2019, 10:21 PM
    I have an IJ70 single stack and the Ranchdog 100 gr FP Lee six cavity mold. They cast at .367". I tumble lube and shoot as cast. Works great and no leading. If they pass the plunk test then they work. I downloaded Ranchdogs load data before he took...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-10-2019, 08:43 PM
    Dragonheart have you tried the powder graphite I have some that I have used on my birdshot I was making. It was for aguri use in planters to keep seeds from hanging up wondering if it could be applied with a makeup brush like a blush I think my wife...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-10-2019, 08:24 AM
    Since I powder coat my checks are bonded in place.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-10-2019, 08:20 AM
    I also use one of the high temp lubes (1800F degrees) that contains copper inside the sprue and set screw holes. I originally purchased the lube at an auto parts supply to coat spark plug threads. Then I got to thinking it might work to keep mold...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-09-2019, 05:36 PM
    Actually, I think my method is simple. I won't say you can't get an adequate cure with your method, but timing from the flow has a better chance of under cure for the reasons I posted, however if you are getting the results you want great.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-09-2019, 01:05 PM
    From what I have seen, which is limited, large objects are typically preheated to a uniform temperature on the oven, then sprayed and returned to the oven for full cure. I now do the same thing in my shop when I PC tools and other large items. ...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-08-2019, 03:09 PM
    What can I say, this is just plain wrong! Eastwood doesn't make powder. I would suggest you follow the instructions of the powder manufactures instead, which for most powders is 10 minutes minimum once the substraight reaches 400 degrees. Most...
    26 replies | 806 view(s)
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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