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  • kevin c's Avatar
    05-26-2018, 10:49 PM
    37 molds in two months. I'm short on experience with group buys, but that seems like a lot, and fast to boot.
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    05-25-2018, 02:45 PM
    I got my Introduction to Boolit Casting 101 from various YouTube channels. I imagine many do the same. Still, YouTube and the internet can't always be relied on for 100% reliable information so having alternative sources is useful. And you hope...
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    05-25-2018, 01:10 PM
    Thanks to all for offering your expertise! This forum has really saved me and other new casters a tremendous amount of groping around in the dark (not to say that groping around in the dark isn't a pleasant experience in the right circumstances ;^D.
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    05-25-2018, 12:55 PM
    Yeah, reddog, I've already asked my casting mentor if there's a local BMBA (Boolit Mold Buyers Anonymous) chapter I can join... So (again a newby question), lots of pours (long or frequent casting sessions) aren't necessarily harder on the mold...
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    05-24-2018, 03:51 AM
    Grmps, that's a good observation there about the weight, which is part of why I mainly bought aluminum. Still working on my technique with the 8 cavity versions from MP - I've mainly been casting from the five cavity Accurate molds, but I can...
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    05-24-2018, 03:41 AM
    Ah, well, I'm just retired but still mostly in one piece, and have a grown son and a wife who's into ballroom dance but who has a husband with two left feet. She does her thing, I do mine, and we talk about it each evening, and have other things we...
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    05-24-2018, 01:48 AM
    Newby questions here (I searched but mebbe used the wrong key words). I have been casting for a year or so, reading here and trying out my molds (MP 4 and 8 cav, Accurate 5 cav and the 6 banger Lee molds I first got), and am at the point where I...
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    05-18-2018, 02:25 AM
    Trade for it in S&S?
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    05-17-2018, 03:01 AM
    You're golden! Er, I mean tinny. Uh, stannous? Any way, congrats on the major score!
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    05-12-2018, 10:56 PM
    An archeologist friend of mine suggested buying what she uses. While probably better made than what I could cobble together, they're a bit pricey at sometimes a hundred dollars or more (for the rocker version). That's a lot to spend for something...
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    05-11-2018, 02:18 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pewter Haul in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Maybe you won't be in the doghouse. Pewter ingots are a lot more compact than the scrap we buy. Starting out, Orisolo sold me forty pounds of pewter bars that shipped in a shoe box sized container. The 230# I have scrounged since then (ten year...
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    05-11-2018, 04:20 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pewter Haul in Lead and Lead Alloys
    That's why I plan on melting mine when nobody else is at home ;-)
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    05-10-2018, 03:55 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread lead analysis in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Fair enough, Grmps. I've only been casting a year or two and maybe, like any beginner mixer and heater of various substances, I stick close to the book in terms of ingredients and instructions to make sure the cake or the bullet comes out like I...
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    05-10-2018, 03:45 PM
    "Ideal" (as an adjective) bullet alloy depends on the application, and perhaps is subjective in any case no?
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    05-10-2018, 03:40 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pewter Haul in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Nice score. You also sound like you have more discipline and sense than I do. Unfortunately I'm beginning to treat the collection of pewter like that for lead: once started it never stops, and I am never convinced I have enough.
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    05-10-2018, 03:34 PM
    My experience exactly. It works quite well.
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    05-09-2018, 03:22 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread lead analysis in Lead and Lead Alloys
    BNE is a hugh asset to this forum's casters. A pound of lead, depending on how you got it, plus SFRB shipping is a reasonable cost to know exactly what you have, especially if you send multiple samples ( I've sent up to ten, IIRC, which means the...
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    05-09-2018, 03:00 AM
    I have bought almost all my lead. I pretty much have to. Once I got a third of a bucket of never used lead ww through a friend, and then a couple handfuls in garage sales. Nothing but zinc ww otherwise (California resident here) I have also...
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    05-09-2018, 01:55 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Ingot ID in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I think the six sided muffins with with cast in markings, some times found a connected string of up to five ingots of five pounds each, are plumber's lead, usually very soft lead that is or is close to pure.
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    05-03-2018, 11:34 PM
    I shoot a lot of 22 LR. For a while i figured it was a cheap way of doing certain drills for action pistol, and I can burn sometimes a thousand rounds in a week. Then it became unavailable, and then barely available and expensive, and I realized...
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    05-03-2018, 05:15 PM
    I'm staying out if this one... ;^D
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    05-03-2018, 02:50 AM
    Lake house, is it too late to add a pair of handles to my order?
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    05-02-2018, 12:51 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Dumb question in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I've got a few of those too! They work better in warm weather, when I don't have gloves or shoes on...
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    04-30-2018, 01:27 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Dumb question in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Haha, of course, you're right there, banger. It's not rocket science after all. Once in a while I just try to get one last use out of these old grey cells before they shrivel up completely.
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    04-30-2018, 12:05 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Dumb question in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Gee, is my math off? The weight of Sn in one pound of 20 to 1 (one part in 21) is going to be the same as in the total weight of newly mixed 30 to 1 (one part in 31) and that amount of 30:1 is going to be the original pound of 20:1 plus X amount...
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    04-29-2018, 04:30 AM
    I tried those 88 cent Walmart pans and had the same sticking problem. I basically destroyed the pans what with melting out the ingots and then trying various ways of rusting what was left. Wish I'd seen the idea about the graphite spray. I have...
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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