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  • Traffer's Avatar
    08-10-2020, 11:52 PM
    Thanks guys. I just might try the hibachi grill technique with a leaf blower. I have used leaf blowers to burn wet and rotting wood before. Makes a huge difference. Just like a forge.
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    08-10-2020, 01:38 AM
    Thanks for mentioning that. A while back I asked the general population here if they had any scrap dies that I would "play with" to modify. I used a few of them for various things but could not anneal them and those babies are hard...considerably...
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    08-07-2020, 05:22 PM
    Wow, thanks for all that very valuable information. Nice to see it laid out like that. I can learn that but a little hear and a little there. Was trying to gather info about heat treating a while back...did source some fire bricks but no place to...
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    08-07-2020, 02:36 PM
    Lot's of interesting conversation going on here. So I will chime in. About the "Sloppy thread" observation on Lee Dies... Indeed, this allows them to self center. Most of the Lee systems of dies don't really need self centering dies. My dies...
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    08-06-2020, 11:08 AM
    I can understand that. Mine have crispy thick bottoms where the PC runs a little. I don't do gas checks and I swage the entire finished bullet so it doesn't matter but I am curious. What kind of mesh? like screen or expanded metal?
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    08-04-2020, 11:06 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Powderless .22's in Rimfire Area
    I used to use both BB and CB caps in my 1890 Winchester (1906 model) gallery pump gun. They worked fine. Any non auto loader that will shoot a short should be OK with CB or BB caps.
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    08-04-2020, 11:01 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Powderless .22's in Rimfire Area
    People VALUE those things. Don't toss them. They will shoot without powder. I believe they can be used in Flobert 6mm garden guns also. People hunt for ammo for those. If you can pull the bullets you can sell just the cases to those like me who...
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    08-04-2020, 07:18 PM
    You may notice on post #6 I pointed out that the Bowmalloy bolts that i use are hardened through and not just on the outside like grade 8 bolts. I made a couple of differential screws...Very interesting and potentially useful little thingys. I also...
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    08-04-2020, 06:36 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Making Pickles in Cookin' Recipe's
    I told my wife that they are "probiotic" (which they are)...now she MAKES me eat them ....sly devil that I am.
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    08-04-2020, 06:04 PM
    You are FAR FAR ahead of me on the journey of learning this craft. Compared to me you are like Robin Renzetti. Here is an example of his videos:
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    08-04-2020, 09:53 AM
    Traffer replied to a thread Making Pickles in Cookin' Recipe's
    I think those are half-sour pickles. Half Sours have NO VINEGAR. Way my favorite.
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    08-04-2020, 05:45 AM
    I would love to be able to harden and soften steel. NO MONEY>>>NO TOOLS. My machine shop consists of a HF mini lathe on a cart in my living room in our 480 sq ft apartment. If I could I would do it right. I do well with what I have.
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    08-04-2020, 02:01 AM
    I looked up the bolts that I use. They are Bowmalloy. Rockwell hardness C39 to C42. Compared to Grade 8 which is C33-C39. They have 200,000 PSI tensile strength compared to grade 8 which is 130,000 PSI. They also have tighter specs on the thread....
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    08-04-2020, 01:50 AM
    Interesting...were they polished well?
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    08-03-2020, 09:49 PM
    I believe they probably do have sloppier threads but I don't think that hurts anything. As far as skill... I have only been machining for about 3 years now. It takes a desire and the guts to make lots of mistakes. That leads to skill. Most people do...
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    08-03-2020, 06:36 PM
    If I can help someone realize the danger in breathing the fumes, has that helped?
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    08-03-2020, 05:10 PM
    Well as some of you know, I have been attempting to make dies from bolts. Here is where I am at with that:
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    08-03-2020, 01:09 PM
    Your snarky comment doesn't really deserve an answer but I will give one for the benefit of others: I had a pretty good percentage of my lead supply that was acting suspiciously like it had zinc in it. Was just starting in the casting realm and...
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    08-02-2020, 09:30 AM
    I tried sulfur once and never again. BAD BAD BAD BAD...Don't do it. Fumes are really bad...very hard to work with... I got "black goo" that formed on top of the melt. It took a while for the goo to get kind of ash/cinderish. I ended up using about 5...
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    07-30-2020, 09:54 AM
    And Hebrews 12:1 puts the meat on the bone: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out...
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    07-29-2020, 02:19 PM
    So, Like after reading the heading for the post I was intrigued. Thinking maybe someone was making a 27 caliber rim fire round. The 17 WSM is a rim fire round based on the 27 caliber nail gun cartridge. A straight walled 27 caliber would not be...
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    07-29-2020, 02:14 PM
    Ditto nhithaca on this one: I would definitely NOT shoot modern 22 short ammo in this gun. Use CB or BB caps. When Flobert came out with the caliber in the late 1840's it was a non-powdered cap pistol. I am not sure if by the 1860's they were...
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    07-25-2020, 07:15 AM
    I probably have but don't recall anything specific...memory is going on me....There are lots of ways of making bullet molds. The trick is precision. The more precise you can be the better the mold will be. CNC would be probably the best. But it can...
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    07-25-2020, 12:39 AM
    There are quite a few guys who have made their own dies for converting 22lr cases into .223 jackets. I made a set for the heck of it. And I am a noob machinist at best with only a cheap 7x10 Chinese minilathe. I made them out of 7/8 14 bolts. There...
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    07-25-2020, 12:22 AM
    I have a tube fed 16 ga bolt. I think it is a Ward's or something like that. They are about the cheapest shotguns on the market. Cheaper than single shot's. I got mine when I was a teen... was given to me. I butchered it up to make a slug gun out...
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    07-21-2020, 05:56 PM
    Yup, Grill mats are it! Mine is copper color but they call it teflon. Will never need anything else. Like I said $1.15 per sheet on eBay from our friends in China.
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    07-16-2020, 10:27 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread what is it? in Our Town
    I don't think there is any doubt that it is the main beam in some kind of heavy press. Many hand presses years ago were made on that principle.
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    07-15-2020, 01:27 PM
    Hey... Does anyone know how to make lead shiny. Like a fresh cut or like how boolits come out of a mold? I swaged up a bunch of boolits to powdercoat then reswage. Would like to use Smokes Clear on them. But tumbled them for a few minutes to get...
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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