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    Yesterday, 01:43 PM
    Ha, you beat me to it, thanks! I think you made the same assumptions I did, that each buyer's conditional price, if they had one, was met. We've been using $25 as that conditional price. I think you also put folks into the first option they...
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    Yesterday, 03:30 AM
    I've got stuff to do but likely a lot less than Lakehouse. I'll try to put one together in the next couple days. It will be in one of my following posts rather than the lead post, until Lakehouse can move it.
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    10-15-2018, 12:52 AM
    Ah, there are many here who wish to have your problem ;^D
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    10-14-2018, 10:38 PM
    Thanks for the up date, gents!
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    10-14-2018, 09:27 PM
    Folks, just to let you know that I pm'd Lakehouse, and that this is still a go. Things on the home front, though, are still tying him up (not for me to be specific, but there is more that he is dealing with than what he has mentioned so far). ...
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    10-14-2018, 07:22 PM
    :goodpost: This man knows. :p
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    10-14-2018, 07:16 PM
    Well, I used a harbor freight cast iron Dutch oven at first, and now use a cut propane tank pot (D Crockett did it for me, including a pour spout; knowing me, I probably would have blown myself up trying to cut the tank myself). Most stuff fit in...
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    10-14-2018, 06:28 PM
    Looks good. If it's stamped "pewter" that's a pretty reliable bet. European pewter may be marked "zinn" (German), "tenn" (Swedish), or "etain"(French). Be careful of candlesticks that have weighted bases: most of the weight in these is not...
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    10-14-2018, 05:58 PM
    4" pipe in a 4" casting pot (I think the biggest Lee is 4") might be a tight fit unless cut lengthwise, and even then a second cut to make thin strips or short sections might be needed. Still, cutting may be worthwhile regardless of the size of the...
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    10-14-2018, 12:15 AM
    They'll be in the mail Monday or Tuesday.
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    10-13-2018, 11:59 PM
    Time to give a little more back. I have eight of these fifty hole reloading blocks in good condition, free to those who actually can use them. Six are the #4S size, which is 0.475" diameter on my caliper, and two are the #6 size, which is 0.555"....
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    10-13-2018, 10:29 PM
    A cylinder with a 9.5" internal diameter and 6" tall has a volume of about 425 cubic inches. That's about 165# of pure molten lead. What is that helium cylinder made of? I have a pot that's a twenty pound propane cylinder cut in half. I have put...
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    10-13-2018, 03:16 AM
    F.A.R.T., three quarters full of pistol brass. Cold outside tap water almost up to the neck of the container. A tablespoon of Armor All Wash and Wax, a teaspoon and a half of citric acid, NO pins. 90 minutes, several water rinses, several turns in...
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    10-13-2018, 12:22 AM
    Elbow grease, some acetone (or soap and water for water soluble dyes) and a brush would show if it was ink on the surface, wouldn't it? Of course, even if the red color comes off, you still don't know the alloy composition, unless there is some...
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    10-13-2018, 12:17 AM
    The excellent Mr. Pardini makes a good point. My Lee and RCBS pots have a maximum diameter of four inches and, having curved rims, that means most items need to be comfortably under that. The cut propane tank pot D Crockett sold me is twelve inches...
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    10-11-2018, 03:59 AM
    :goodpost::goodpost::goodpost: This. (Actually, five, with one more on the way and another in an interest thread).
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    10-10-2018, 04:15 AM
    The percentages maybe missing something? The totals don't add up to 100 per cent.
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    10-10-2018, 04:02 AM
    I got a headache reading it, but Glen Fryxell's "From Ingot to Target" describes that tin and antimony in equal amounts combine to form an "intermetallic compound", the effect of which is to allow greater amounts of each metal to be dissolved into...
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    10-10-2018, 03:32 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Range lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Sintered copper from frangibles?
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    10-09-2018, 05:06 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread A day of Retirement in Our Town
    Congratulations! I just retired ten months ago, and find that I'm busier than ever, but now that's with the stuff I want to do, and with the folks I like being around.
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    10-09-2018, 01:40 PM
    Maybe not, but it's nice to have the option if you do ship. I currently have a lot of mini loaf pan ingots like dragon813's; they look like gold bar ingots (I cast them at my club, and am getting a bit tired of the "too bad that's not real gold"...
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    10-09-2018, 04:19 AM
    Is that the original Red Neck Gold? Never saw one before. Is it dumped just by hand, or is there a handle that uses those holes on one tab? Any cooling issues? Did you find the categories molded on top useful?
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    10-09-2018, 03:56 AM
    Just an observation: Rotometals is selling range scrap, and while it's great that this is a cleaned and fluxed product with the content analyzed and provided, that specific analysis applies to what they have currently. Scrap is inherently variable...
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    10-08-2018, 04:44 AM
    This is how it ended up. I got a bigger pot that will hold over two hundred pounds and sits a lot higher, so I went with one layer of cinder block, covered with steel plate. There's a lot less bending over. Curved wind breaks from an old BBQ (and...
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    10-08-2018, 03:58 AM
    This is what I ended up with. There is one of DCrockett's half propane tank pots inside that sleeve, which, as I described above, has a couple batts of pink Fiberglas wrapped in foil and sandwiched in sheet metal. Seems to work fine.
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    10-06-2018, 12:27 PM
    I cast to feed my action pistol habit, which goes through two to three thousand rounds a month. I have been casting in two or three morning or afternoon sessions to make a one to two month supply of 3 to 4 K, using a bottom pour with a feeder pot...
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    10-06-2018, 04:26 AM
    I haven't had any problem with what I got from them, but I haven't been using it straight. The lot I got from them was about 1.5% Sb, and I alloyed it up to 3% Sb, 2% Sn using SuperHard and pewter. Cast 9mm 147's and 154's (nominal weight, with...
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    10-05-2018, 02:02 AM
    Fitting into a SFRB is nice but for me the general shape and weight is what I want for casting. Still, for what it's worth, perfectly poured ingots from a mold designed to fit maximally in 8 5/8" can have the width of a top and of a wider...
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    10-04-2018, 04:25 PM
    Are those full "sheets" like a full page, made of a single piece of metal? Linotype ("Lines O' Type") is a thin strip of alloy with a single line of reversed print on one edge. Monotype ("Mono" as in a single letter) is a single reversed letter...
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    10-04-2018, 03:40 AM
    Nice little trick, there, gramps!
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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