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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:12 AM
    This may sound stupid, but I thought everybody knew about old circular saw blades as heat diffusers. Paper Shredder, Actually I didn't, my crews used the old blades on the stove to warm up their tortillas for lunch.
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    Yesterday, 10:07 AM
    If you need a thicker coating do a preheat on the bullets <150 degrees, then tumble. But don't go over 150, less is better, more is a mess.
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    08-15-2018, 09:26 AM
    Heavy flat diamond grating I found at a scrap yard worked for me. I just cut it to size so it covered the wire grid, but after a period of time the grid metal still fatuges under the weight of the lead.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 04:27 PM
    As I remember my old stove had metal supports that folded so the body was reasonably insulated from the table. The big issue is making sure the lead pot is completely stable.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 02:21 PM
    I realize most of what is discussed here in the past is not retained, but this is a long since dead horse. The short answer is this is not a problem and was proven by a number of tests of long term exposure of powder coated projectiles to numerous...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 02:10 PM
    One thing about floods, there are lot of good stuff people no longer want. Here is my 30" wall oven converted for powder coating. It started out life as an all digital oven, which means when the electronics go out it is major bucks to replace, so...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 01:58 PM
    One thing about Smokes Powder is it is a proven performer.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-13-2018, 12:11 PM
    My point exactly, and you sir have made the commitment of money, time and dedication to the hobby, so the rewards continue even if now at a slower pace.
    29 replies | 559 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-13-2018, 11:59 AM
    If you are not monitoring the temperature and duration of the oven with a good separate thermometer then that is likely your problem. Oven thermostats can not be relied on and you have to know for sure the PC cure was to specs. A Taylor glass Oven...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-13-2018, 11:45 AM
    I understand completely because you are looking at 70 year old hands in the photos. The silicon mats help a lot to keep them from sliding. Unfortunately a spray coating is fragile, so a dropped or toppled bullet needs to be culled. When I tumble...
    72 replies | 21128 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-13-2018, 10:33 AM
    Point taken and I absolutely agree that shooting & hand loading are rewarding hobbies, but if you do not shoot & reload several hundred rounds a year then do you really have a hobby? Is anyone that is only going to shoot a few boxes of cartridges,...
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    08-12-2018, 01:22 PM
    When it comes to PC Gas Check bullets this is the only method that has worked well for me. I put the gas check base into the holes that were reamed to size in a scrap sheetmetal tray. I spray the bullets then using self closing tweezers I transfer...
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    08-12-2018, 10:22 AM
    It's not the heat when it come to vapors coming off the pot on the gas stove it is just harder to get away from them standing over a pot. On my bottom pour furnace I have a fan running blowing the vapors out and away, but a fan disturbs the open...
    55 replies | 719 view(s)
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    08-12-2018, 10:05 AM
    Short of custom I don't know of any H&G #7 clones. I have a NOE 358-128 that is similar that shoots & feeds well, actually it is a 9mm #68 design . The #922 & #925 Saeco is similar, but nothing that I know of that has that H&G round shoulder...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 09:45 AM
    If you don't mind the six bullets being different sizes then the Lee would definitely be cheaper. Otherwise either of your original mold suggestions would be a better choice. Been there and done that so if you haven't guessed the only Lee mold I...
    21 replies | 650 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 09:10 AM
    Indeed the grid of the hardware cloth does a good job. I ended up affixing a piece if hardwire cloth to an angle iron frame I tacked together so I could pull the wire tight. I wanted a large enough piece to fit a half size aluminum sheet baking...
    20 replies | 607 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 08:47 AM
    For buckshot I just cut off the sprue with a pair of dyke pliers ground so the cutting edge is flat. I roll the shot between two stainless plates until they are round. Then I powder coat the shot.
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    08-12-2018, 08:31 AM
    Why not just powder coat the bullets? Then size them to what ever you wish.
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    08-12-2018, 08:20 AM
    No question is stupid, but yes the plastic egg crate light diffuses would melt. But have you priced these diffusers? they are not just a couple of dollars. In the $10+ neighborhood you can acquire a baker's cooking rack, which is a grid made of...
    72 replies | 21128 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-11-2018, 07:31 AM
    Thinking about the knowledge I have gained in my 55 years of hand loading I would suggest you forget hand loading and just purchase the ammunition you wish to shoot. Until your ammunition requirements go into the hundreds of rounds a year I would...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-11-2018, 07:14 AM
    Life is simpler by just getting your stock from Coil & Foil. If you use roof flashing you need the proper thickness, it needs to be annealed then cut into strips.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-11-2018, 06:40 AM
    I would suggest getting a strong lope or magnifying glasses to examine the cavity. Try using the eraser on a #2 pencil to polish the edge slightly. Use the pencil lead to coat the inside of the cavity. I agree, if you have to do more than this to a...
    11 replies | 324 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-11-2018, 06:29 AM
    Coleman white gas stove and cast iron pot is the way I started back in the 1960's. Can't say I recommend it, as I am now a lot older and a lot less ignorant. Inexpensive as electric furnaces are now they are a much better way to go. The furnaces...
    55 replies | 719 view(s)
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    08-11-2018, 06:08 AM
    If you want to stand up bullets you need to start off with a flat surface. I covered my oven's wire racks with roofing flashing for this purpose. Or you can use aluminum baking trays. On the flat surface cover it with a silicone cooking mat; the...
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    08-11-2018, 05:46 AM
    I guess if you use that line of reasoning you could say real carpenters don't use a tape measure and real handloaders don't use a scale. In all my years I have learned one thing and that is people are far from perfect, when you can take out the...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    08-09-2018, 10:59 AM
    Hey, you might be on to something? Maybe we should all give it a try? Honey, would you mind getting out and filling up the car? The smell of gasoline gives me a headache.
    14 replies | 297 view(s)
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    08-09-2018, 10:52 AM
    I tried the screen wire dump when I first started PC back in 2012. I could easily see I was purposefully making bullets that were not evenly coated, had dings, bare spots and non-flat bases, just to save a few minutes, to do what? I shot in...
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    08-08-2018, 12:03 PM
    Methanol alcohol is flammable also, so I wouldn't use it inside the house either, but I never considered someone would use any open flammable material inside the house to soak bullets. Of course I guess there are those that are using the kitchen...
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    08-08-2018, 11:42 AM
    I agree with your assessment on PC. I cast & coat during the cooler months as here in Texas it is no fun sitting behind a casting furnace when the air temp is 95-100 degrees. Also during the winter the winds come from the north and the humidity...
    41 replies | 1109 view(s)
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    08-07-2018, 04:34 AM
    You don't need much of an air compressor to deliver a constant 20 psi for the gun. When it comes to an inexpensive PC gun I recommend the Eastwood Dual Voltage Gun and a bunch of extra bottles. The Harbor Freight gun is cheaper, but for a little...
    33 replies | 733 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