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    Yesterday, 02:07 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread any one seen this? in Cast Boolits
    I can't answer your question but am curious as well. I wonder if there could be antimony in it. That would make the hardness go nuts. Like mentioned...Contact BNE about doing an XRF test. He doesn't charge but you donate a pound of soft lead to...
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    Yesterday, 02:02 PM
    I have a Remington 514. I broke the bolt handle off by pounding on it with a rubber hammer. (The bolt handle is the locking mechanism) I found out the Remington used a process of "Copper soldering" the bolt handle to the bolt. Like brazing but used...
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    Yesterday, 11:07 AM
    Traffer replied to a thread walleye hunting in Hunting with CB's
    That is a good tip...paint sticks better to harder lead. People around here would appreciate that since so many do cast their own jigs. I make my own "French spinners". Traditionally the bodies have been made with brass because of the density. I...
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    06-03-2020, 09:59 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread walleye hunting in Hunting with CB's
    I have been fishing walleyes that same way on the Wisconsin River in Central Wisconsin for the past 50 years or longer. There just isn't a better way to get walleyes. Period. That being said...I always painted mine. Like to see them purty. That's...
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    06-03-2020, 11:35 AM
    Traffer replied to a thread walleye hunting in Hunting with CB's
    Nice stuff ...gotta love Northern Pike....MMMMMMM good eating too.
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    06-02-2020, 05:37 AM
    When I was a kid many years ago...and pretty poor...Ammo was NOT WASTED. Even the 22. I used to take my brothers Remington 514 (single shot 22) to the range on my bicycle. It was about 4 miles out of town. Nobody was ever there...All new place, Very...
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    06-01-2020, 01:38 PM
    Thanks for the video. The TX22 is on my list for "next gun" now. Now all I have to do is find them for a crazy deal...Like $200 or less.
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    05-31-2020, 05:27 PM
    I think that it is decreasing. Casting your own has always been an answer to availability and price. Ammo has never been cheaper and it is probably more plentiful and available than ever. So fewer people are considering getting into it. I started...
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    05-29-2020, 03:54 AM
    How about Jiffy Mix...Aluminum?
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    05-29-2020, 01:04 AM
    I've heard that stew was a very good way to make bear...if you know how to do it. ...Your dog looks mighty proud too. Hah Congratulations...Me? Never shot a bear...Never saw one in the woods...They used to be darn near extinct here in WI. Made a...
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    05-28-2020, 11:54 PM
    THAT could get me to reconsider "liking biscuits" Mine made on a "cookie sheet" always had dark brown bottoms that I didn't like. Your biscuits look like MANNA. Gonna have to try that when my silicone baking sheet arrives from eBay.
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    05-27-2020, 10:29 PM
    Biscuits are not a big deal in Wisconsin. I really don't care how you bake them.
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    05-27-2020, 05:56 PM
    I think the hard stuff is this: 86.1% Lead 8.2% Antimony 5.7% Tin I had some batches of alloy tested by BNE and "I Think" this was that one. The alloy calculator that is floating around puts this at 18 BHN. But this might be something...
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    05-27-2020, 05:09 AM
    Wow. What a great way to calculate alloy mixes. Thanks very much.
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    05-27-2020, 01:27 AM
    Well I finally got my swaging die just right. It is a .357" round nose. I am going to swage some 124gn AFTER POWDRRCOATING. So I will have very nice concentric PC'd .357" boolits. I molded up a couple hundred boolits to use thinking they were 13...
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    05-25-2020, 07:44 PM
    Thanks for posting that link...Now we know!
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    05-25-2020, 07:40 PM
    I have a home made6 cavity 40 grain 22lr mold that stays nice and hot IF I cast as fast as I can. I first heat it with a torch and get the lead hot so I get frosty bullets then let it settle down.
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    05-25-2020, 01:46 PM
    Again ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ What He Said^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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    05-20-2020, 07:08 PM
    The problem is that to do a really professional job of re-cutting it is as hard as making the mold from scratch.
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    05-20-2020, 06:50 PM
    This is good to know and taken into consideration...wish I had known this many years ago.
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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
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