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  • MaLar's Avatar
    Today, 12:36 AM
    I used only a grease cookie at a cowboy match once. Got dirty looks from the other shooters when pasters wouldn't stick to the cut outs to cover my boolit holes. I should have told you the targets (cutouts of bad guys) were at about five feet and...
    6 replies | 77 view(s)
  • MaLar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:22 AM
    I received my mold today and it looks good. Has one small flaw in one cavity I saw before buying it. I'll cast some next week when I have a few days off and see how it works.
    29 replies | 1375 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-16-2018, 02:20 PM
    Problem is we still have a lot here running around naked with no coat at all, but I am sure you can find them on Amazon.
    6 replies | 178 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-16-2018, 02:15 PM
    Its hard to tell from the picture, but the coating doesn't look like uniform coverage, but it could just be the photo.
    2 replies | 186 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-16-2018, 02:05 PM
    Yes, the bullets out of the mold are running 100.1 gr to 100.3 gr. using my range scrap. After PC I plan on a Ransom Rest test. In the IDPA I used to shoot the 9mm 100 gr. Berry plated bullets that were amazingly accurate with a lighter recoil...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-16-2018, 02:25 AM
    Sorry to disagree, but you are mistaken. A polymer jacket is much more than a lube, which is a common misconception. Polymer is as hard as copper plating and bonds better than plating to the alloy; a gas check doesn't bond at all. Polymer will...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-15-2018, 06:42 PM
    Hi Mike, I wasn't suggesting everyone start PC pure lead, my point as you found out, is the old alloy rules for lubed bullets doesn't apply to PC bullets. I shoot range scrap, which typically tests about 10-11 BHN and it works fine for everything I...
    17 replies | 350 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-15-2018, 06:14 PM
    If you are just starting out I would recommend getting a powder that works from Smoke and try the shake & bake method instead of spraying. The benefit is a completely coated bullet cooked standing up will give you a flat base; there will be no...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-15-2018, 06:04 PM
    Maybe I am missing something, but why gas check a plain base bullets when it would be so much simpler to powder coat them?
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-15-2018, 12:19 PM
    Mike, back in 2012 I was shooting a match a week in the IDPA and with practice I needed several hundred rounds a week. But after Sandy Hook the shelves went completely bare. I had plenty of brass, primers & powder, but my stash of 5K bullets...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    11-14-2018, 04:06 PM
    If you do have a problem in not using lube, try lubing bullets with "Ideal" yellow 77 #31-358 which is a water soluable wire pulling lube. It washes off with a garden hose followed with some hot water. I have actually used it on some very humid...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-14-2018, 11:30 AM
    I think at this point taking the gun into a smith is the prudent thing to do. When I slug a barrel I first cast some pure lead bullets for the caliber then size the lead slugs without any lubricant! I then powder coat the bullets. A properly...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-14-2018, 11:00 AM
    I can see no benefit of lubing a PC bullet, other than I may mist them with a 1 to 12 mix of lanolin and 99% alcohol to make sizing easier. A properly applied and cured powder coating is a superior lubricant to any grease combination; this has been...
    17 replies | 350 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-14-2018, 10:25 AM
    Nice find and like so many things, it doesn't matter what it did, it can be repurposed. All you have to do is come up with what you can use it for.
    18 replies | 532 view(s)
  • MaLar's Avatar
    11-13-2018, 12:00 AM
    I ordered the C358-260 got an email today saying it's shipped. Guess we'll see what happens.
    29 replies | 1375 view(s)
  • Bama's Avatar
    11-12-2018, 06:28 PM
    This is a good place for an RCBS Precision Mic. I use one to set most of my sizing dies. Using one you can set sizing dies right spot on. the cost is one that has proven to me to be one of the best expenditures I have made for good accurate amo!
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  • MaLar's Avatar
    11-11-2018, 01:25 AM
    your going to get me into trouble!!!!!!
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-10-2018, 10:02 AM
    Yes, Hydrogen Peroxide the same stuff you can buy at Costco, Sams or any drug store. You probably already have some in your medical supplies as it is a mild antiseptic. It is usually 3%, but strong enough to make the vinegar a super oxidizer that...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-10-2018, 09:29 AM
    And it will rust and pit steel if left for a long soak, so care needs to be given if used to remove lead from a barrel. However it does not effect stainless. But if you are using it for the purpose intended to remove those difficult to remove...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-09-2018, 06:46 PM
    I would clean the mold with toothbrush soap & water then with a 50/50 mix of white vinegar & peroxide, which should remove minute lead deposits. If you can see anything use a pencil eraser to rub with the mix. Then using the lead of a #2 pencil,...
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  • MaLar's Avatar
    11-05-2018, 09:14 PM
    MaLar replied to a thread members profile in Our Town
    I'd like to meet some of the people here maybe have a cast shoot some time.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-05-2018, 12:20 PM
    Instead of acetone I would suggest methyl ethyl ketone (MEK).
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-05-2018, 12:12 PM
    I looked up the video and the cam openers looks interesting. You are right these H&G 6 & 10 cavity are a pain in more ways than one. I wouldn't have either other that finding some desired bullet designs that just don't seem to ever be...
    9 replies | 461 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-05-2018, 11:38 AM
    Powder Coating does not change the properties of lead/alloy and neither does a jacket or plating, but what a jacket or plating does is encase the alloy and give the surface of the bullet different characteristics. Powder coating is a Polymer Jacket...
    5 replies | 410 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-05-2018, 11:04 AM
    Unfortunately, for me young & strong was a lifetime ago, but you are absolutely right for production run two 4 cavity simultaneously, they are a lot lighter and a lot easier to handle. One of the benefits of being retired is having the time to...
    9 replies | 461 view(s)
  • Bama's Avatar
    11-03-2018, 09:53 PM
    If you have to reload fairly quick after wet tumbling with ss pins, use plain corn cob media in vibratory to make sure cases are dry. Also if you are looking for replacement drums for rotary tumblers, look in some of the lapidary supply cat. They...
    41 replies | 1559 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-03-2018, 04:44 PM
    If you have access to a lathe or drill with a large chuck to spin the die, a little diamond paste on a wooden dowel may polish it out enough to stop debris from adhering. The paste will give it a mirror finish.
    83 replies | 7256 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-03-2018, 03:41 PM
    If I am not going to be using a mold for a while I vacuum seal it in a "Food Saver Bag". I also seal keeper ammo and other items in these bags. It wouldn't protect you from a direct fire, but definitely from a flood.
    11 replies | 714 view(s)
  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-03-2018, 11:25 AM
    I acquired this old H&G 10 cavity S-55 mold that to say it was in bad condition was an understatement. I have never seen a mold so abused, but the bullet cavities were pristine. I should have taken before photos, but the sprue bolt holes were so...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-02-2018, 11:36 AM
    Grmps, thanks for the info, but I have no need to open the door, so tiles would only add to the dynamic load and require more time and energy to bring the items up to curing temp. I have two Hamilton Beach Countertop Convection Ovens I set up just...
    54 replies | 2831 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