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  • Bama's Avatar
    10-15-2019, 01:46 AM
    Another thing to consider is the added core. Is it possible that it could be considered as armor piercing and if so could be serious unneeded trouble.
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  • Bama's Avatar
    10-13-2019, 07:06 PM
    Tapping against the side of plastic tube also excess powder drops back into tube.
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  • MaLar's Avatar
    10-13-2019, 12:57 PM
    I've had difficulties trying to estimate alloys. I ran across this on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y0raK6_Vbk What do the knowledgeable people here have to think of this? My OS is Linux so the alloy calculators for windows don't...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-12-2019, 02:32 PM
    Check out post #19 on how to PC and end up with a clean check base. I double coat rifle bullets like you see in post #19 a spray first coat then a clear second coat that bonds the check to the bullet like it is one piece. After a double coat my...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-12-2019, 11:27 AM
    It is not a problem to recook, in fact that is the recommended method by the powder manufacturers to do a multi coat. It's called a "Partial Cure" where you do a first coat and cook until the powder obtains a smooth coat usually under 300 and then...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-12-2019, 11:16 AM
    When the term "Caveat Emptor" was coined I think they may have been talking about Evil Bay.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-12-2019, 11:01 AM
    A hard lesson to learn but one you need to learn. Although I would alter the three words slightly. "Never Lend Tools" and if you do just say to yourself I really didn't want that tool or I am ready to buy a new one. I am a tool guy and one truth I...
    15 replies | 993 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-12-2019, 10:33 AM
    Clear dose leave a beautiful surface. I have been PC since 2012 and I have tried just about everything. I have tried wire, it left imperfections on the base. I have tried screen, total disaster. Any imperfections on the base of a bullet...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    10-11-2019, 11:06 PM
    A really good source of info and hardening alloy is roto metals. Even has programs for amount you need. I use the copper babbit as a source of copper for really fast velocities similar to jacketed and they have one c allied super hard. That really...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-11-2019, 01:18 PM
    Dragonheart replied to a thread Gas Check Dies in Gas Checks
    You might try freechex.net, send him an email or letter to see if he has any tools left for sale. I suspect most that are lucky enough to have one of his tools are not going to part with it.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-10-2019, 09:34 AM
    I automated my sizing years ago using an air cylinder and I can do about 2K an hour. Unfortunately, this is a project that requires a good bit of tools and expertise to put together.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-10-2019, 09:22 AM
    RCBS has always had excellent service after the sale. But as far as I am concerned the old Pro-melt did what I needed it to do better than anything out there. Sometimes the old, "If it ain't broke don't fix it" is the best way to go.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-10-2019, 08:35 AM
    Exactly my point and the reason that timing should be as the powder manufacturers recommend: 10 minutes when the substrate reaches 400F degrees. If you follow their recommendation then the load makes no difference. If you use the "time after flow"...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-10-2019, 07:19 AM
    Water quenching is a good way to contaminate your cast bullets; a little oil in the water and the powder doesn't stick. Once coated you can quench straight out of the oven if that is what you want.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-10-2019, 06:02 AM
    Dragonheart replied to a thread Gas Check Dies in Gas Checks
    I use the Freechex III & IV. If you want to make gas checks, when it comes to tools I don't know how dropping a perfect check in a single stroke can get any better.
    9 replies | 1522 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-10-2019, 05:38 AM
    OTShooter, you are correct, start our with the right equipment and the whole process just becomes an assembly line. Getting the bullets hot enough is also absolutely correct, but cooking at the right temperature usually 400F is is where there seems...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    10-09-2019, 08:55 PM
    You may want to look up ele Electrolytic rust removal. Not sure on mold but it does a great job on old tools. Only removes or converts rust with no additional damage to base metal, only requires a battery charger and washing soda and a five...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-09-2019, 10:08 AM
    Dragonheart replied to a thread NOE sizer in Casting Equipment
    A bore rider design may indeed benefit from nose sizing if used to fit the nose to the barrel lands. Even if the bullets remains non- concentric as there will be swagging done by the barrel because the nose is riding on the lands and the bands are...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-09-2019, 09:20 AM
    Glad you like it and so easy to do, just note to how the cartridge headspaces. It not only works with pistol cartridges it works for rifles also. You do want some bullet jump, but usually the shorter the jump the better the accuracy.
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  • Bama's Avatar
    10-07-2019, 07:12 PM
    The gases have a high percentage of sulphuric acid,be careful, doesn’t take much exposure for bad things to happen!
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    10-07-2019, 05:15 PM
    Bama replied to a thread Casting indoors? in Reloading Equipment
    Going through the design process now for indoor casting and found a factor that. Should not be overlooked. Most houses today are built tight and as a result if powered exhaust is not accounted for, bad things can happen. If you rely on natural...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-06-2019, 11:07 AM
    You are absolutely right casting and PC is remarkably easy, but like anything there are rules to follow and there will always be those through ignorance, arrogance or stupidity will not follow rules.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-06-2019, 09:37 AM
    One thing you will find here are a lot of opinions. I am 71 and I cast my first bullet when I was 17, so I have a lot of opinions, but I am not going to try to sell you on any equipment because I don't know how deep you want to get into this or how...
    21 replies | 685 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-06-2019, 09:19 AM
    Dragonheart replied to a thread NOE sizer in Casting Equipment
    If you are only going to size one or two calibers I would buy the Lee as I find it to be faster sizing. If doing more calibers Noe becomes less and less expensive because you are just adding bushings. The NOE sizer is more accurate than the Lee. ...
    17 replies | 698 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-06-2019, 08:49 AM
    Honestly when you get you hands on the Pro-Melt I doubt you will ever use the Saeco, but it deserves to be cleaned up. The rust can be remove by several ways. I would first dismantle it as much as you can for access and to protect things like the...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-06-2019, 08:17 AM
    Your solution for bullet to barrel fit is easy to solve not just with the H&G 275, but any bullet. Bullet Jump is also a big factor in getting the best accuracy. Since we are talking 9mm I take a sized case trimmed to .750", what I have found...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-06-2019, 07:26 AM
    My old Hamilton Beach (since 2012) has cooked tens of thousands and still going strong, but the very first thing you need to do is see if your oven will reach 400 degrees. Next see how well it will stay at 400 without a lot of variation. To do this...
    22 replies | 755 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-06-2019, 06:29 AM
    I don't use my cast HP's in my carry handgun, but I do cast hollow points and spray powder coat them. I do not powder coat the cavity. to keep the powder out of the cavity I constructed my "Bed of Nails" which makes it easy to PC the bullets then...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-05-2019, 09:50 AM
    Basically you have lead dust in the powder. Most tumblers are too aggressive to begin with and the reason I modified mine so I can adjust the level of vibration.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    10-05-2019, 09:44 AM
    A good reason to think about powder coating. I double coat rifle bullets to create a polymer jacket for the alloy. After the first coat I set the check, the second coat creates a bond so the check is there to stay and will be found with the...
    9 replies | 463 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