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    Today, 04:24 AM
    Gee, all that sounds uncomfortably familiar...
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    Yesterday, 11:45 PM
    If you substitute wash and wax car wash mix for the dawn, the wax gives you a nice shine.
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    Yesterday, 03:26 AM
    About what weight or size ingot do you want out of the molds?
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    Yesterday, 02:59 AM
    Ten cavities? I thought the eight on Miha's aluminum mold drained my pot quick. Ten cavities I'd need more capacity then I ever dreamed of having.
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    05-24-2019, 04:27 AM
    Sorry, I'm foggy on the geometry here. Did you say it has an open bottom and top both, i.e., the four sides we see are covered with cast iron, but the top and bottom are completely open? If open top and bottom and assuming the sides are true,...
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    05-24-2019, 04:12 AM
    I think most if not all of it is Lino. My understanding is that Linotype machines cast a strip of alloy with letters for the text to be printed along one edge. That should be a solid but thin strip. Unlettered strips of varying widths, often but...
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    05-22-2019, 09:05 PM
    I find a dilute solution, about half the concentration of the standard mix, but one and a half the volume (so three quarters the amount of HiTek) applied as a first coat, covers the lube groove of my favorite boolit. A second regular strength...
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    05-21-2019, 04:17 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread One in a billion chance in Our Town
    Maybe I need to reconsider tumbling those 22's...
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    05-21-2019, 03:53 PM
    I have one set that worked great on my 4-20. It works great on my old ProMelt as well, and the adapter is now clamped to the top of the mounting post for the mold guide, where a binder clip on the bar holds my PID probe (just a hack to use the...
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    05-21-2019, 03:39 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread One in a billion chance in Our Town
    Any details on that testing, or where to find it? Might be interesting reading.
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    05-21-2019, 02:42 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread One in a billion chance in Our Town
    I stand corrected. My first hand experience and that of my friends with high primers is all in pistols with FP mechanisms designed for what I understand is the softer primer cup of small and large pistol primers. I've read that rifle primers have...
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    05-21-2019, 02:24 PM
    My thoughts also. Certainly there's a lot to be said for "free", but if you have to find it, harvest it, dry it and then chop it up before you have a usable product, that totally discounts your time and effort.
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    05-21-2019, 01:17 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Cleaning primed cases in Cast Boolits
    You want to get the lube off the exterior of the case? I've cleaned off loaded rounds by dumping them in a towel, spraying the pile with rubbing alcohol, making the towel into a hammock sling and running the rounds back and forth from one end to the...
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    05-21-2019, 12:46 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread One in a billion chance in Our Town
    I'd think that the odds would go up. Just like a chambered round with a high primer, where the firing pin would be hitting a primer that wasn't sensitized by having its anvil seated against the base of the primer pocket, a rock would be hitting a...
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    05-21-2019, 12:33 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread One in a billion chance in Our Town
    That was discussed on the Enos forums too. I don't recall any of the reloaders there (and there are a lot) reporting a detonation from tumbling live rounds. Maybe the geometry is wrong (not enough curvature of the extractor rim or pointiness of the...
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    05-21-2019, 10:06 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread One in a billion chance in Our Town
    That 20mm cannon round - sounds like it landed nose first on its contact fuze. Sad to hear of it.
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    05-21-2019, 03:34 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread One in a billion chance in Our Town
    I've seen threads on this in the Brian Enos forums. The primer is hit by something sticking up from the surface that the round falls onto and the cartridge detonates. Not being contained, the propellant gasses dissipate without high pressure and the...
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    05-20-2019, 04:26 AM
    Good to hear that the six inch pot worked. When I get my to do list down to a reasonable level I'll try my bigger pots on my coil hot plate (the burner is rated at 1000 watts).
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    05-19-2019, 04:20 PM
    I have eight cav aluminum molds by MP. I have one four cavity HP brass mold by MP that outweighs the aluminum ones. I think I'd end up with carpal tunnel syndrome or some such if I had an eight cav in brass. I do confess that the brass mold is a...
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    05-19-2019, 03:44 PM
    You know, lightman, I had been thinking along the same line, and actually got the pots in that size and a bit larger (I have a LOT of pewter, some of which is 12" or more in at least one dimension), figuring to use the hot plate as a more...
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    05-19-2019, 02:56 PM
    My local Ace carries both the solid plate and coil type hot plates, with one or two burners. Of course, you won't be paying five bucks. For mold preheating, I've read suggestions here of 350 to 450 degrees. For me, I set my eight cav aluminum...
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    05-18-2019, 10:14 PM
    At least for me, the difference between copper jacketed and coated slugs of he same weight, using the same powder charge, is 80 fps through my factory barreled G34's. Now, that isn't all attributable to coating versus jacket, since the coated bullet...
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    05-18-2019, 02:47 AM
    Hardball, which is 92-6-2 Pb-Sb-Sn, is in the right BHN range at 16. Alloying one part by weight of SuperHard with 5.33 parts of your base alloy will give you 92.7-6-1.3, which is pretty close.
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    05-17-2019, 09:12 PM
    Nah, not a gazillion. If you believe Wikipedia, the grill only made George $200 million or so...
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    05-17-2019, 09:06 PM
    I just use duct tape to hold my HF stamps together; up to three together. More than that I couldn't cover with the head of the hammer I used. Hitting them squarely every time to get clear impressions on the first blow is apparently beyond my feeble...
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    05-17-2019, 01:30 PM
    I'm not a big guy so I never thought I'd have the hand strength to cut them. And I'm used to whacking boolits flat to test the bake of my HiTek coated casts. Maybe I'll try cutting some day.
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    05-17-2019, 01:23 PM
    Good find. The SA's and Goodwills out my way don't seem to carry much in the way of flat, open element hot plates. You want a waffle iron, or slow cooking crock pot, or a George Foreman grill, no problem, but no hot plates.
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    05-17-2019, 01:13 PM
    Eleven years ago...
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    05-17-2019, 04:00 AM
    Skip the nail. What works for me is just a heavy hammer or small sledge and a flat surface. Whack the bullets until the plating splits. One or two light taps first to flatten the slug so it won't squirt out from a strong blow and end up under your...
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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