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  • MaLar's Avatar
    Today, 01:49 PM
    Thanks for that. I've meet Mike and shot against him in a silhouette match, he beat me and I held the state record at that time. He's a very nice guy quite reserved I thought he was arrogant at the time He's just a quiet guy. Bought a boolit mold...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Today, 09:55 AM
    I loaded and fired a few dozen full power plain base 22 caliber 52 grain PC bullets out of my 22-250 just to test the durability of the polymer jacket and whether I needed to have a gas check. I did not chronograph, but estimated velocity was 3500+...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Today, 09:30 AM
    You are correct only the bands are sized and if all you want is a bullet to go downrange then sizing is a waste of time. But if you would like to know where the bullet is going to hit then ammunition as uniform as you can make it is the key to...
    24 replies | 401 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:07 PM
    If that were not true then all we would need was one type of bullet, one powder, one primer, one case, etc. and that would get downright boring.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:01 PM
    The problem I speak of is you can size the bands, but the remainder of the bullet is not sized so it remains as cast, lopsided. If the entire bullet was swagged then it would be a different story. The barrel only makes round what portion of...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:49 PM
    For rifle bullets I typically spray my first coat, partial cure, then size/seat the gas check. Then spray a clear coat and cure. I made a tray to hold the gas check base and keep the base clean so I don't have to fight to get the checks seated...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:01 AM
    Only the portion that engages the rifling will get reshaped, the remainder of the bullet is still lopsided and a lopsided bullet at some point will wobble.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:59 AM
    You have soot in your cases?
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-24-2019, 12:28 PM
    If you do not size then your bullets are egg shaped and not round whether they are PC or not. Cast bullets are egg shaped when they come out of the mold. I lightly spray mist my PC bullets with a mix of 1 to 12 of liquid lanolin and 99%...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-24-2019, 12:10 PM
    PC more accurate? In all honesty I really don't know as I have never done a side by side comparison, mainly because I have absolutely no interest in going back to that sticky gooey mess of lubing with grease, even if all lubed shots would go...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-24-2019, 11:13 AM
    Indeed double coating works for this, but most importantly for me is building up a thicker jacket on rifle bullets so the hard and tough polymer jacket is engaging the rifling and resisting torque spinup. Most rifling is approximately .004" deep. ...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-22-2019, 09:20 AM
    I doble coat rifle bullets to increase the thickness of the polymer. If I have a powder that will not tumble coat in a single coat I do a preheat to increase the coating bond & thickness. If I have a powder that will not give me a one coat...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-22-2019, 09:08 AM
    I have powder coated numerous items over the years and as Smoke pointed out the main consideration is the increase in overall thickness. Also as Smoke pointed out the use of silicone plugs to protect threads. In addition there is high temperature...
    13 replies | 431 view(s)
  • Bama's Avatar
    03-20-2019, 10:06 PM
    I run the 358156 with gc and powder coated at 1260fps using 2400 from a 2” river. I have not cronoed in. Marlin rifle yet but there is no question when it goes off. The alloy is softer than ww but with just a little copper. It is very very...
    18 replies | 519 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-20-2019, 12:15 PM
    You are 100% right, the powder manufacture' techs I spoke with back in 2012 did not know a thing about PC bullets, but they knew what their polymers needed to cure to obtain all the properties their polymers could deliver. The commercial powder...
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  • MaLar's Avatar
    03-19-2019, 10:37 PM
    Agreed!
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-19-2019, 08:28 AM
    Short answer, no. Lopsided cast bullets has nothing to do with alloy, the quality of the mold, the experience of the uses or the casting technique. It is primarily the physics of the cooling of the mold & alloy and the necessary mold tolerance...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-18-2019, 02:40 PM
    I was not a physics major, but I have had lengthy conversations with physicists discussing the cast bullet problem as well as testing of full power PC bullets. The problem is the rifle bullets, which tend to be much longer in length come out of the...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-17-2019, 08:07 PM
    So far no bullet has been a feeding problem. The little stubby 103 grain 9mm give me the most grief as there is so little to grab on to, almost as bad as the .22. My square tube drop shoot is held in place by a 65# on/off magnet so it is just a...
    23 replies | 853 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-17-2019, 01:09 PM
    Tied drilling first one and it held for a while, but bad choice. Second go round I purchased a five pack of K thermocouples for cheap off Amazon. I cast a couple of them into bullets using a mold cavity. Both of those are working great. I can run...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-17-2019, 12:30 PM
    I would say you are 2/3's right. I have never had a problem with storage in the last 7 years.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-17-2019, 12:27 PM
    OS, As usual you reply with plain old common sense and I guess being somewhat anal like myself helps. I personally just can't grasp the concept of those in a hobby that accept, as Smoke put it, "OK rather than Right". It is their nail to drive...
    23 replies | 853 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-16-2019, 12:35 PM
    Regardless of where you mount the thermocouple and even with a convection oven, if you are doing several racks of bullets the temperature will vary between the racks and on the individual trays. I have a PID controlled 30" convection oven...
    22 replies | 634 view(s)
  • MaLar's Avatar
    03-16-2019, 02:05 AM
    Never hit a hammer with another hammer or some hardened metal. They can shatter! I carry a piece of an easyout in my arm. Was tapping the easy out in a drilled broken off bolt in an engine block when the hammer head broke into pieces.
    18 replies | 397 view(s)
  • Bama's Avatar
    03-15-2019, 08:27 PM
    Looks like powder was not cured. Most powders I have delt with require about 20 minutes at 400'F. Let us know if that helps Also you should try some of smokes powders-check vendor section. After trying his powder I have not used any other except...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-15-2019, 04:49 PM
    Peracetic acid (C2H4O3) is a mixture of household white vinegar approximately 4% and 3% standard household hydrogen peroxide at room temperature. The is a warning posted at the first site mentioned and I agree with it completely: WARNING: I like...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-15-2019, 04:08 PM
    Velocity with properly coated and cured PC is not an issue. I use jacketed load data for PC and the only thing I see is about a 5% velocity increase. I have been doing this since 2012 and haven't bought a bullet since, but 99% of my shooting now...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-15-2019, 07:28 AM
    Properly cured powder coated bullets causing cartridge failure, long term ammo storage problems, eroding gun barrels, global warming, etc. is a horse that is dead and buried as far as I am concerned. I went to the range last Tuesday and fired...
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  • MaLar's Avatar
    03-14-2019, 10:34 AM
    Never had mold handles split. I've had them fall off while casting (a pain in the other end). When I'm done casting I glue them back on with Red RTV.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    03-14-2019, 09:15 AM
    I admit to being anal, but just to be fair I tried the dump method and went back to to my old ways. What I found was I can't cooks as many bullets rolling around on mesh or whatever, also they are much more likely to roll together and bond unless I...
    20 replies | 877 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