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  • kevin c's Avatar
    Today, 02:02 AM
    The FART works for me. I skip using the SS pins, as I don't care if the case interiors and primer pockets aren't gleaming, and minus the weight of media, I can put several more pounds of brass in per run. Citric acid and Armor All Wash and Wax in...
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    08-21-2019, 01:11 PM
    If your reading here didn't already turn up this information, either coating works with both standard and no lube grooved designs. There may be less coating in the groove with HiTek unless multiple coats and varied solution concentrations are tried,...
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    08-21-2019, 03:14 AM
    My understanding is that he does the analyses, with permission, after hours on equipment at work. He has gotten very popular here, what with all the enthusiastic recommendations and his extremely modest request of a pound of lead per test, and,...
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  • kevin c's Avatar
    08-20-2019, 05:33 PM
    I like Conditor's molds and ingots, but I also like his storage shelf: simple but solid, strong, practical and no nonsense. Looks like a good old fashioned made in the USA product.
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    08-16-2019, 06:05 PM
    I've considered the same; I guess at a certain age, pills of various sorts become a common theme. I wonder if they are rechargeable by heating like the big silica dessicant packs I have.
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    08-16-2019, 01:42 AM
    Another thought: while reading about it here makes me think that it is not an easy process, and also one that may require several safety precautions against toxic fumes, if you have access to pure antimony, there are descriptions here on how to...
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    08-15-2019, 05:42 PM
    Like stumbling on a pot of gold... I've read that an old pouring technique for ingots of iron was into a channel that had a row of molds running off one or both sides. It looked like a litter of piglets nursing from a sow. Hence the name "pig...
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    08-15-2019, 03:48 AM
    If you could post an image, it'd help to clarify exactly what you're describing as rough or lumpy. My ingots will have a striated appearance on the sides, like layers of stone, that don't go away until the mold gets hot.
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    08-14-2019, 11:36 AM
    Are you casting commercially? That sounds high volume enough that you'd need a regular supplier of consistent alloy, a different situation from most of us hobbyists. Maybe one of the companies below could work. ...
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    08-14-2019, 10:56 AM
    I made a quarter sized swinging target to let me practice at home (laser or airsoft) on one style of moving target used in action pistol. The full sized targets have heavy, steel weighted pendulums. I used lead fishing weights (this was before I got...
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    08-14-2019, 10:41 AM
    Such a wide range of what is considered an adequate supply. If you're only loading for a couple large game hunting rifles, even with practice and zeroing rounds ten pounds of lead might last a few years. If you do the action shooting sports and pump...
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  • kevin c's Avatar
    08-14-2019, 09:53 AM
    That's a very nice group for a stock service pistol! I shoot benched groups through my 34's at around 17 yards, as I understand the zero at that range matches that at 25 yards. I get about two inch groups, which is just a bit off the 4" you...
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    08-12-2019, 01:17 PM
    Dragonheart, please read my last post just a bit more closely: I said that HiTek is the way I go, by which I meant that was what I decided for myself only. I would not presume to decide for anybody else and meant only to offer one person's...
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  • kevin c's Avatar
    08-11-2019, 05:10 PM
    Not everybody likes Glocks, but they're a solid platform: reliable, shoot well, are easy to upgrade, and don't break the bank. Gen 3 34's are what I use for USPSA shooting. Back on topic (sorta...), HiTek is the way I go. I'm getting the hang of...
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    08-09-2019, 01:26 AM
    And we all appreciate the effort, Trevor, even if Joe doesn't :kidding: Jmac: I haven't used SNS cast: do they sell unlubed, unsized bullets? Is the HiTek adhering properly? My understanding is that sizing alters the surface to the point where...
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    08-08-2019, 03:58 PM
    My club wants some weighted stands for moveable "No Parking" signs. There has been some interest in the ten pound lead ingots I have rather than the classic cement in a plastic bucket option. We shall see.
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    08-08-2019, 04:41 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pewter? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I think about and buy pewter like RogerDat. I figure that, while the cost per pound might be higher for some items, I have to take into account the cost of my time, effort and gas in getting to the point where I'm face to face with a possible buy....
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    08-08-2019, 02:15 AM
    Hi, psychbiker, congrats on the nuptials. Where do you shoot? I'm at RRGC.
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    08-04-2019, 12:19 AM
    For me, S&B and PPU cases were too thick, causing bulges with deep seated 147's. That was back when I was using commercial cast sized to .356.
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    08-03-2019, 05:55 PM
    Well, if you do get a workable plan into operation, it sounds like you'd be doing her a big favor, and I think it's kinda nice that both parties can benefit.
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    08-03-2019, 05:45 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Steel Brass 9mm in Casting Equipment
    I haven't had any problems with them personally, running 9 mm 147's over a fast powder (VV N320) at 900 fps through factory Glock barrels. I even ran the load through the same stepped FM cases multiple times and only got split case mouths and zero...
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    08-03-2019, 04:35 AM
    The Selby that went for over a thousand was an old style, gold bar shaped ingot, not the more common plumbers lead ingot. But if Firefighter's research is right (and I don't doubt it since it confirms and elaborates on the little I found out myself)...
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    08-03-2019, 04:15 AM
    It'd be something for sure: expensive! :wink: ETA: as far as the chocolate bar type mold goes, I wonder if an old waffle iron would work. Not an ounce each but if the bridging metal between the "ingots" is thin, it shouldn't be too hard to break...
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    08-02-2019, 06:59 PM
    That sounds potentially like several hundred pounds! Your call, but I bet you could get that price down. Your call also, but given how some folks really seem to value the form, style, history, workmanship, etc., and not the material, I generally...
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    08-02-2019, 02:03 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Steel Brass 9mm in Casting Equipment
    I've run across a few of these two part cases in range pick up brass but hadn't learned anything about them. Thanks for the website link. Some of the pros mentioned in the referenced article are intriguing, but the type of shooting I do (action...
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    08-02-2019, 01:39 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Brass credit program? in Cast Boolits
    It might take longer and more effort, but could you sell the brass for scrap or reloading and use the proceeds to buy the projectiles?
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    08-01-2019, 06:01 PM
    At their respective melting points, molten tin weighs about 65% of the same volume of molten lead. If your source of tin is scrap food service pewter that's 92.5% tin, then the final weight of tin in a cast pewter slug is about 60% of the weight of...
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    07-30-2019, 02:55 PM
    I thought pistol brass gets shorter, not longer, with multiple firings? For practice ammo, I use 9mm cases from my range, where just about everybody reloads. The ammo functions fine. For big matches, I use once fired single head stamp cases of...
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    07-30-2019, 02:32 PM
    I now mix my casting alloy in bulk so I just weigh a pile of pewter ingots and small coins, adding, subtracting or switching out until I have the weight I want and then it all goes into the big processing pot. My very first cast boolits were...
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    07-30-2019, 02:21 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pewter? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Interestingly enough, apparently some of that Wilton aluminum alloy "garbage" has a collectors market. One man's trash is another's treasure and all that, don't you know. Since I don't know the collectible from what is still trash, I leave the...
    23 replies | 778 view(s)
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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
GC Gas Check