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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-21-2020, 04:18 PM
    The problem with a HP's is when it hits bone it stops the bullet expansion. So before all those jump in saying, "Not mine". Just go to a ballistic testing site that has done tests on hollow points that have hit bone as opposed to those that have...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-21-2020, 03:53 PM
    I don't have a H&G #107, but from the description if you envision a typical 38 caliber wadcutter just in a larger diameter (44 caliber) then you got it, but some real photos would be nice. Actual photos of so many of these old and new cast...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-21-2020, 03:46 PM
    Actually, I constructed just that type of device for PC projects similar to what you named. I built a prototype curing lamp using a 220V. shortwave infrared tube about 12" long. I sprayed a sheet steel panel to test it out and it heated the...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-20-2020, 06:12 PM
    If you have access to a lathe it is easy to get a mirror polish. Buy undersize dies, then a dab of diamond paste on a wood dowel will smooth them out quickly. Then green compound to a high shine. Yellow compound will make it even more reflective....
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-20-2020, 04:13 PM
    Yes, they do come out as good as I have ever done. Making a bed of nails is a little time consuming but easy to do. I used carpet tack strip nails for my spikes. These nails are 3/4" long and are actually hardened concrete nails. Since I have...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-19-2020, 09:56 PM
    I feel fortunate to own several H&G molds including several 45 acp #130's #68's and a #7, #S55 & #115 in 9mm.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-19-2020, 09:47 PM
    You have the proof you know how to make a polymer jacket. Looks like your shooting ain't too shabby either.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-19-2020, 09:42 PM
    A properly coated and cured bullet does not have to have a gas check to be fired and protected from leading. However, a cast bullet with a gas check base has an imperfect base, it will shoot, but accuracy will suffer. The reason is a bullet is...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-19-2020, 09:29 PM
    Sorry, but you are mistaken and passing out bad information, obviously based on errors you have made in the powder coating process. A "properly coated and cured polymer" forms a jacket and performs all the duties of a jacket. Being a superior...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-19-2020, 09:09 PM
    When it comes to hollow points I do not tumble coat, I spray coat and cook on the same tray. I first place a sheet of parchment on my "Bed of Nails" as parchment protects the tray and the powder doesn't build up on the parchment. Next I preheat...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-19-2020, 01:33 PM
    One thing I did not mention is any contaminants on your bullets can cause the powder not to stick or have bare areas. Using a water drop when casting can cause this unless the water/container is absolutely clean. I don't use a water drop just for...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-17-2020, 05:43 PM
    I have TIC welded cast iron many times, so if you just want it stuck together I can do that. However, if you want it not to leak that's another story. Problem is cast iron has a lot of impurities that contaminate the weld creating small holes and...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-17-2020, 05:24 PM
    Here is the information I have ion the H&G #107: Edition – February 2010, Version 2.02 Hensley & Gibbs Numerical List of Bullet Designs by Wayne Gibbs, Summer 2005 Additions and Corrections in Italics by Tom Dugas – Summer 2005 to February...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-17-2020, 05:16 PM
    The NOE handles work the best on the NOE molds, but that is probably no surprize.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-17-2020, 12:27 PM
    I think you did the right thing in sending it back. I would try to figure out how it happened, maybe Al will give you an answer.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-17-2020, 12:19 PM
    I have a number of H&G molds and have made screws for several. I have never seen an H&G mold where the original handles were threaded and held snug. The H&G handles were custom fitted to each mold and designed to allow the mold blocks to pivot. ...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-17-2020, 11:48 AM
    I to would assume the coating was proper. If you want to check hold a razor knife blade 90 degrees to the finish and give it a light pressure scraping. A hard finish should resist being scraped off.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-17-2020, 11:39 AM
    Concerned about barrel wear I checked some of the additives used in Solid Tone Polyester Base Prismatic Powders a long while back I found no additive on a hardness scale that was even as hard as pure copper. When I started PC in 2012 I proposed...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-17-2020, 10:40 AM
    Some on this site have tried this, it is called "Undercuring Your Bullets". The coating sticks to the inside of the barrel very well, but the shine I think left something to be desired.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-17-2020, 10:29 AM
    I don't have the problem because I spray and cook my hollow points on my "Bed of Nails". I first punch down a sheet of parchment over the spikes, preheat the tray in the oven to 300 degrees. take out the tray and quickly spray PC. The powder...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-17-2020, 10:16 AM
    Drew, why don't you study up on Powder Coating before you knock it.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-16-2020, 06:07 PM
    If you haven't purchased the gun: the easiest way is simply do a "Partial Cure" on the first coat. That means coat as usual then stop the cooking process after the coating reaches a good even flow or 250 degrees should be a pretty good number. Let...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-16-2020, 05:30 PM
    I have never reloaded for 45-70 but it is a tapered case. So, I would ditto expanding a little more. Since it is a single shot I would taper crimp and not a roll crimp. You might want to check the brass thickness also. You say purchased...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-14-2020, 03:40 PM
    You really don't have to use a #5 container as most plastic will generate enough of a charge if the humidity is not too high.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-14-2020, 03:37 PM
    Yes, I have an old lube sizer I probably should put up for sale while it stills has some value as I will never use it again at least not for its intended purpose.
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-14-2020, 03:33 PM
    Some good advice here, but I didn't read any post about humidity. Winter usually has overall lower humidity levels but it still depends on where you live. If you live in the desert go ahead and shake away because what ever you do you will likely...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-13-2020, 11:18 PM
    On most of the Prismatic Powders the manufacturer recommends 12 minutes after the substrate reaches 400 degrees; powder flow has nothing to do with it. A Taylor glass thermometer is great at monitoring the ambient temperature in the oven, but...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-13-2020, 12:42 PM
    Looks like someone else has found a reason to PC. "Clean-22 uses an exclusive polymer bullet coating to greatly reduce copper and lead fouling in the barrel—without leaving a residue. It also cuts lead buildup in suppressors by up to 60...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-12-2020, 01:57 PM
    Actually, the real danger is to children, the younger the greater the susceptibility and risk of Permanent Damage. Everything around your casting area is highly contaminated with lead. This fine lead dust can be easily transported into otherwise...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-10-2020, 03:50 PM
    I tried HF Red a long time ago and in my opinion it was poor. Seeing that Red was the best of the HF lot I wouldn't even try the other colors. I agree with the recommendations for Smoke's Powder. Standing your bullets has one big plus and...
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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