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    Today, 02:30 PM
    And even if "sun dried" only put the scrap into an empty pot. Any moisture hidden in the scrap will cause a steam explosion if submerged in molten lead, NOT something you personally want to be within 25 yards of, and not good for the ceiling, floor,...
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    Today, 02:17 PM
    Commercial cast is often (but not always) made with hardball (6% Sb, 2% Sn). COWW has been described as being made of 2-3% Sb, 0.5-1% Sn, and a trace of As, and is in the BHN range you want. If those commercial casts are hardball, mixing it 1:1 as...
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    Today, 02:06 PM
    A very interesting view, thanks (though it's been posted here at least two times before).
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    Today, 02:03 PM
    I know my blood lead levels went up significantly during the time I mined lead from my club's berms, which then dropped when I quit that and started using more PPE with other lead handling activities.
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    Today, 01:46 PM
    Maybe I need a better sense of how big a dent or nick has to be in order affect accuracy or function as opposed to just being aesthetically displeasing. A related question is about alloy hardness, its effects on surface defects, and whether that...
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    Yesterday, 11:44 PM
    Just a comment on ringing steel targets. Absolutely no doubt they're fun. I find it very gratifying to get the instant feedback on the hit. But I did notice personally that I started relying more on the sound of the hit to know I scored rather...
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    Yesterday, 11:10 PM
    How long does it take to dissolve the tin? I've left pool acid on the surface of pewter for ten or fifteen minutes and all that happened was a very slight color change. No bubbling, pitting or dissolving that I could see, as opposed to zinc items...
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    Yesterday, 07:34 PM
    My pure tin and pewter do not bubble at all. AAMOF! I use muriatic acid to test dubious pewter items. My ingots, nuggets and pewter are not tarnished, though I suppose under the right conditions oxides could form. I do not know if oxides of tin...
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    Yesterday, 02:19 PM
    I also don't need hard boolits for my application. More to the point, like Outpost, I like to eyeball the casts to check for defects and to monitor mold temp (to much frosting tells me to slow down). I drop onto folded towels on top of a tilt...
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    Yesterday, 12:46 PM
    I use an even bigger #5 Rowell ladle that holds nine plus pounds of alloy, though granted I have a cut propane tank pot that holds 250 pounds. You're right that the top of the bowl sticking straight out from the handle makes it hard to fill. A...
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    Yesterday, 04:18 AM
    I do that (BNE is such an incredible boon to the casting community). Sometimes I get carried away: on occasion I have so many varied scrapped containers that I process them into 10# ingots 20 at a time from a one pot batch, then recombine the same...
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    Yesterday, 04:08 AM
    Then you'd like the shielding lead (not the containers, which need to be harder to stand up to handling) that the pharmacies sometimes also scrap. I've had it analyzed: at least 99.9% pure.
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    Yesterday, 03:52 AM
    Hmmm. My experience is with a 500,000 BTU torch played over pots full of various isotope containers, which invariably start to melt almost immediately when hit with the flame, top down, closest and most directly in the flame path first. Maybe the...
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    Yesterday, 03:28 AM
    I'm trying to imagine how to make this work best. To pour just into one cavity and have the others filled from it, I'd think the notches would have to be fairly large, allowing at least the same total flow rate as what you are pouring. If slower,...
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    Yesterday, 03:09 AM
    It might be a low yield, high effort sort of situation. The falling plate racks at my club spatter the lead radially on hits on the plates proper. The plate hinges are welded to a solid steel bottom with a deflector shield angled in front. Only...
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    Yesterday, 02:26 AM
    Need a mini version of that. My aluminum eight cavity bevel base molds sometimes need more than just a bit of gentile persuasion. I was using the side of a pair of pliers, but steel on steel was scarring the handle bolt. A brass hammer...
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    Yesterday, 01:57 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Taming the Bugger 9mm in Cast Boolits
    Accurate and MP 147 bevel based cast of 95-3-2, two coats of HiTek, both with and without lube groove, loaded over 3.2 to 3.4 VV N320 to ~1.125", SPP. The rounds average 900 fps, and have never leaded my G34 factory barrels in the ~20,000 rounds...
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    02-17-2020, 02:40 AM
    Years in the water at the bottom of the barrel?
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    02-17-2020, 02:31 AM
    Even though I am an old, crotchety, analog kind of guy, I managed to do a google search for radiopharmacies, filtered to my area. It helps to live in a large metropolitan area with lots of tertiary level medical centers where the isotopes are used...
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    02-17-2020, 01:54 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Score!!!! in Lead and Lead Alloys
    And all parties left satisfied with what each considered deal. Win-win all around!
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    02-17-2020, 01:45 AM
    I'm the impatient sort who quickly resorts to blasting the top of the scrap pile with a weed burner to speed the meltdown. I'm pretty sure zinc would melt into the alloy with that approach, so my small stock of ww ended up getting sorted by the dyke...
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    02-16-2020, 05:11 PM
    I have to get to it too. Here on the Left Coast it's warmer, but we're just getting past the rainy season, and of course I process outdoors. True that rain on top of the melt isn't a concern, but rain in the ingot molds certainly is. Cooler is...
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    02-16-2020, 03:24 PM
    Yeah, I was a bit disappointed when I analyzed my big 32# generators (the ones shaped like grenades) and didn't find any tin at all (I read here they were 96-3-1). And when I've analyzed different lots of the same styles of containers, there's a bit...
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    02-16-2020, 03:14 PM
    I asked that question and Petander, who uses the metal probe in his sensor bullet, replied, saying just the tip reads temp. No personal experience, though.
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    02-16-2020, 03:08 PM
    I got a saw blade now. We'll see if it warps (maybe flip it over regularly, or turn off the heat when the mold is up to temp?). Anyway, better the blade than the mold.
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    02-16-2020, 02:07 PM
    All spoken for, pending funds. Replies to pms forthcoming. Apologies to the latecomers!
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    02-16-2020, 03:09 AM
    I have isotope lead in excess of my needs. Time to share some of the wealth. For sale are ten crates of unpainted small containers, all the same, approximately 20 ounces each (shown in this thread, post #7, second picture:...
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    02-16-2020, 02:24 AM
    That's good to know. My counter top convection unit isn't that big, and like avenger's, has elements above and below. Some experimentation may be in order.
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    02-16-2020, 12:17 AM
    Or maybe only heat the scrap in an empty pot and never put it into molten alloy? I’d figure bringing up the temperature of the scrap in an empty it would drive out the moisture before any melting.
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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