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    12-07-2017, 03:47 AM
    Thanks for your advice! In my limited experience with zinc I'd always thought it was stiff, not bendable like pewter so I wasn't sure the muriatic acid test was the way to go, but I'll try that, and try the melt at 450 as well.
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    12-06-2017, 01:05 AM
    So I got a beat up old cup with incised decoration in a bunch of marked pewter in an estate sale. It has that dull sound rather than a ring on being tapped. It bends easily and has the same tin cry on being bent up as marked pewter. It melts readily...
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    11-30-2017, 03:53 AM
    I have too many keys as it is. I also lose them way too easy (I have already had to pay the bank to drill out the save deposit box lock after I manage secure both my keys just a little too well). All that made me think the resettable locks were the...
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    11-29-2017, 04:29 AM
    I think I used mine the first year and not since - after all, it's literally eight inches from my nose.
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    11-29-2017, 04:24 AM
    For me it's those blasted resettable letter or number combination locks. That special set of numbers or unique spelling of a personally meaningful word is so special, unique or meaningful that I almost never remember it the next day and up end up...
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    11-23-2017, 03:42 AM
    Second stamping session went a lot faster: three letter description, percent content Sn and/or Sb. Held the stamps together with duct tape which is easier and faster than the turnbuckles. Three together seemed to work, and could usually be done with...
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    11-21-2017, 04:30 AM
    Thread resurrection: Trying the stamp approach. Got three sets of the 3/8th inch Harbor Freight stamps and some turn buckles. The grouped stamps in the turn buckles gave me fits until I realized that I couldn't mix and match stamps from...
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    11-21-2017, 02:47 AM
    So far, the pewter requisitioned by my wife and future daughter in law has been admired, acquired, stashed and stowed. None of it has been eaten off of or drunk out of, even by the original owners as best I can tell from the look of the pieces...
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    11-21-2017, 02:38 AM
    I'd read here that one reason the commercial casters use hardball is the same reason growers ship under ripened or otherwise more firm tomatoes: they stand up to the rough handling of transport a lot better (I've seen transport trucks on the road...
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    11-21-2017, 02:30 AM
    A buddy here showed me his casting shed: it's tilting from all the lead he has stashed on the downhill side but he knows what everything is, where it is in the shed and how much he's got. Right now most of my alloys are in ~3 pound mini loaf...
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    11-21-2017, 01:26 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Smelting pot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Hmm, I have a Bayou Classic double jet burner, but the frame is round bar, the cook surface is 22" on the diagonal, and it's advertised as being able to hold a 162 quart pot, which would be over 300# if full. The model number is sp40. I guess yours...
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    11-15-2017, 04:52 AM
    Update: Just got the Xrf back from BNE, and hats off to him for helping out and so quickly. The big 58# unpainted beast is about 4% Sb, the rest Pb, and the green 38# container is about 2% Sb and the rest Pb. Interestingly enough, no tin in...
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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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