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  • Bama's Avatar
    02-18-2018, 06:36 PM
    And just what is wrong with seven molds for one caliber--always have a backup- - - now when you get up to 14, you may have a problem- - like how to store them!
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  • Bama's Avatar
    02-18-2018, 06:32 PM
    Another angle to think about is the heat transfer from the hot gasses to the bullet. If the heat transfer rate is not high enough the surface ( may just be one molecule thick melts and carried away with the gas flow) will be vaporized. This is the...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    02-18-2018, 06:02 PM
    YES The purpose is to try to have a uniform pressure going into the measuring cavity, otherwise if you had a full hopper in would measure one weight of powder and when the powder was low in hopper it would give a lighter weight of powder which is...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-17-2018, 11:15 AM
    Bangerjim, I give up! How many years have we been telling anybody that would listen, time and temperature is the key to getting properly cured PC bullets and the only way to know the temperature is with a good thermometer? You can lead a horse to...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-16-2018, 03:43 PM
    Well not really. Polymers start to flow well under 200 degrees a long way from most manufacture's recommended 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Leaving you bullets in an oven for an hour that has not come up to or maintains the required temperature does...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-15-2018, 11:38 AM
    I found a brand new B&D toaster oven at the Goodwill and it is useless. The temp varies 50+ degrees, not worth the cost, time & effort to install a PID. I would suggest getting a Taylor Oven Guide thermometer and make a couple of test runs...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-13-2018, 07:20 PM
    Yes, it really is that much better. I have run test with PC pure lead at 1200 fps with no problem and range lead 10-11 average BHN at 3500+ with gas checks without leading just to see what the limits were. So the PC is not a problem, getting...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-13-2018, 06:20 PM
    Knowing what I know I would rather have a used original Pro-Melt than the new one.
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    02-13-2018, 05:59 PM
    Take advice from those that have been doing this sucessfully for years and get your powder from Smoke. Put the powder, bullets & BB's in a simple Cool Whip Container and shake it for about a minute. Stan the bullets on parchment paper, non-stick...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-13-2018, 05:48 PM
    A $10 Taylor Oven guide Thermometer would have been a lot cheaper.
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    02-13-2018, 05:46 PM
    Gas checks on PC handgun bullets is a waste of time, effort & money, so I would suggest flat or bevel base molds. Accuracy will suffer shooting a PC gas check bullet without the check, but it can be done. So far I can not determine that the lube...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    02-09-2018, 07:22 PM
    You are on the right track--have fun be careful and take good notes and share!
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    02-07-2018, 04:54 PM
    It has in all my testing although I only use Smokes " bacon Grease" on higher velocity rifle rounds. My belief is that you hit the nail directly on the head. Anything you can do to align the bullet with the axis makes a positive impact on...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    02-07-2018, 01:20 PM
    I found a number of years ago that commercial powder coaters typically preheat components before they are sprayed. I have used the same technique powder coating a number of things other than bullets, but the process works quite well on bullets. ...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    02-06-2018, 01:58 AM
    Look up electrolytic rust removal. It removes red rust and converts it to a light black rust If you want to try PM and I can send you the required eqptment only issue i have found is after cleaning it will re flash rust rapidy unless oiled or...
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  • Bama's Avatar
    02-06-2018, 01:22 AM
    Red Dot works well. Pressure will start to rise quickly at the upper end of load. with PCed bullets the 165 grs maxed out at about 1900 fps backed back down in usable range the load is accurate and a pleasure to shoot. Not much powder so you have...
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  • MaLar's Avatar
    02-06-2018, 12:32 AM
    Try your local headstone maker they use abrasives of different gritts. I asked the one here and they gave me a large paper cup full just for asking.
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    02-03-2018, 01:16 AM
    The only thing I have found so far that really works os vibratory cleaner with fine walnut shells and about a tablespoon of NU Polish drizzled into it. There is something in it that takes the lanolin off and it also cleans the black necks on bottle...
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  • MaLar's Avatar
    01-30-2018, 12:20 AM
    I've tried Pacific here in Poky and they won't sell lead of any kind.
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  • Bama's Avatar
    01-26-2018, 08:06 PM
    Cgood idea, I am going to make one up. Would let us old guys with joint issues cast a few more years. Keep ideas coming. Thanks
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    01-26-2018, 07:38 PM
    Several thing look like are going on. Looks like bullets that have one side of driving bands cleaned off are not centered when going through die or thr die needs polishing. I would polish, size before and again after pcing. You may be trying to...
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    01-24-2018, 10:09 PM
    Thanks guys, looks like I am the limiting factor in casting in cold weather! It finally got above freezing and wind has settled a little, casting no problem. Did have to raise temp on hot plate to fill out a 6mm long 120 gr bullet. Raised hot...
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    01-24-2018, 04:01 AM
    Bama replied to a thread water in the mold in Cast Boolits
    An old undershirt streached over a five gallon can with about half full of water. Push down in center then cut slit in shirt. Bullets land on shirt roll down through slit and into water--no splashes no banging and they will be cold when you pour...
    19 replies | 651 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