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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Today, 12:44 PM
    Fred, painful doesn't go far enough to describe it! What you see in the photo is commercial baker's pans that went into my converted PID 30" wall oven. Yes, I placed them all using self locking tweezers, which is the fastest method I have found. ...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Today, 11:52 AM
    What is not to understand. Powder coating typically yields 5% increase in velocity with the same load. I discovered this back when I got into PC in 2012 when chronographing know loads using other types of bullets. When I made mention of this I...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Today, 05:10 AM
    Of course you could just powder coat your bullets and not worry about the hardness of the alloy and leading. When I make HP bullets I look for soft lead.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:03 PM
    I use a SS 1/2 sheet baker's wire cooling rack which fits inside a 1/2 sheet backer's pan. There are 900 H&G #7, 9mm bullets in a pan and 5 pans in a single cook. These are commercial pans and they do get heavy. Note the 1/2 sheet silicone baking...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:52 PM
    Cooked these yesterday. The first PC batch of over 15K bullets that the old Pro Melt poured out this last week. There are 900 of the H&G #7, 9mm bullets per 1/2 sheet baker's tray, times 5 trays in a single cook. If my Pro Melt died today I would...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:56 PM
    Country gent is dead on Might try some lanolin lube if using cast lube or some yellow 77 if you are going to PC.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:24 AM
    Federal came out with a line of PC bullets and obviously has the money and means for thorough testing, which they did before marketing the product. With the same powder charge you will see approximately a 5% increase in velocity and a cooler...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:18 AM
    Spar, I have seen this occur (tails) under two conditions. First was when the edges on the ram had become rounded and I was using a real soft alloy. In effect the bullet was larger and I was sizing or swaging the bullet down substantially. Base...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:17 AM
    Spar, I have seen this occur (tails) under two conditions. First was when the edges on the ram had become rounded and I was using a real soft alloy. In effect the bullet was larger and I was sizing or swaging the bullet down substantially. Base...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:00 AM
    The real culprit here is short of having a custom made mold is we don't have molds that are sized for powder coating. I own no less than 15, 9mm handguns of various manufacture and not a one of them slug over .3555", so to start out with a bullet...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-21-2019, 12:07 PM
    I only size after powder coating and to make the operation easier I mist the PC bullets with a 1 to 12 mix of lanolin and 99% alcohol. The alcohol evaporates almost immediately leaving the "wool wax", which lets the bullets glide through. The...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-21-2019, 11:41 AM
    Another vote for Pro-Melt.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-21-2019, 11:32 AM
    My lead comes from an outdoor range where everything has hit a steel plate backstop. I guess you could separate, but my last smelt yielded over 500 pounds of clean ingots. That translates to buckets and buckets of sifted out shattered bullets,...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-21-2019, 11:14 AM
    I completely agree with those that size & bulge bust every case. I do the same and figure I can spend the extra time in my reloading room and not the time being frustrated on the range with rounds that don't chamber. BTW: Years ago when I...
    40 replies | 738 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-21-2019, 10:52 AM
    You do realize the powders can have different bases, like polyester, polyurethane, epoxy, etc. The results of mixing can be a coating that does not have the properties of either powder and not in a good way. Back when I first started PC, now 7...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-20-2019, 09:32 PM
    Several years ago I posted a video on YouTube of my "Ram Chucker". I built a pneumatically operated inverted RCBS Rock Chucker press mainly for sizing. When Google took over YouTube old videos like mine got deleted and I never bothered to re-post....
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-20-2019, 09:19 PM
    Yes, I used 3/4" aluminum angle. I sanded the inside plastic to roughen the surface then put a few holes in the angle that contacted the inside of the cooler and bonded it down with a good epoxy, not the junk Harbor Freight sells. I considered...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-20-2019, 10:15 AM
    I usually tumble about a thousand+ cases at a time so I use an Igloo water jug. It has a screw on lid/sealing ring and vent in the lid that can be opened. I also have a one gallon jug for smaller batches. When the tumbling process starts there is...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-20-2019, 10:03 AM
    Sizing die brands do make a difference. Way back when I ran into a case that wouldn't chamber check after going through my sizing RCBS die I would simply throw the case in a box. Sometime later after purchasing my Dillon 450 press in the 1980's I...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-20-2019, 09:06 AM
    When I first got into PC I used my 450 to size. In the existing configuration it was way too slow of a sizing process for me, but it does a nice job sizing. I personally think you would be better served in purchasing Lee push through sizing dies.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-20-2019, 09:00 AM
    I hope you don't get into your quest and start thinking like I did, "taking on this project wasn't the best idea I ever had". Projects like this can end up being a real time killer. I didn't think so at the time, but I will now say putting this...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-17-2019, 07:37 PM
    Just use the search and you should find it.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-17-2019, 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
    02-17-2019, 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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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