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    Today, 05:24 PM
    Thanks, Dragonheart. Knowing about alternatives is always useful, and this sounds like an especially good one.
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    Yesterday, 04:07 PM
    I shoot Glocks in action pistol sports. They seem to like boolits that I cast at a nominal .358" that I size down to .357" and double coat with HiTek. I use Accurate and MP molds where you can specify the diameter as dropped (though the alloy you...
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    Yesterday, 03:57 PM
    Hmmm. Y'know, I'd figured that heavy cotton long sleeved clothes, closed top shoes, gloves and safety glasses were enough for boolit casting out of a 20# pot, saving the welder's gauntlets with extra cotton liners, leather apron and arm covers, full...
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    Yesterday, 03:35 PM
    I've been fortunate that my visits from the TF were minor and injury free. Both came from submersions of cold metal (ladle in one case, an ingot in the other) into the melt. The ladle was stored under cover but outdoors. The ingots were stored...
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    Yesterday, 12:17 AM
    Maybe I don't have the terminology down, or I'm hitting in the wrong place. At the end of each arm of the handles is the connection to one of the mold halves, and the arms themselves have a crossed connection. I thought the first were the hinge...
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    04-03-2020, 01:01 AM
    I have several of Lakehouse's molds. There's a lot of metal in the drafted side walls and dividers that I think would make the mold pretty stiff, but, even if there is a tiny degree of warping, this is an ingot, not a boolit mold. They'll probably...
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    04-03-2020, 12:19 AM
    Just my personal experience, but I will state with certainty that the quart of pool acid that was blistering never saw the light of day after I bought it. The container sat in another plastic bucket in my basement for zinc testing, but since I soon...
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    03-31-2020, 08:20 PM
    You can get a quart (still way more than you'll ever use this way, I know) any place that sells pool supplies. Handle with care: very corrosive. My old quart started eating through its plastic container after a couple or three years. IIRC, zinc...
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    03-31-2020, 06:59 PM
    A quick look at the RotoMetals site shows SuperHard sold as five pound bars. They did sell the nuggets before (I have piles of them) but while pure is still sold that way, I don't see it for SH. Anyway, those nuggets are better described as chunks...
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    03-29-2020, 10:29 PM
    95-3-2 works for me for 9mm and moderate velocities. Depending on fill out, less tin might work, and if you coat the boolits (powder coat or HiTek) many say that a softer alloy works just fine. For just about everything you need to know about...
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    03-29-2020, 05:32 PM
    I have the double jet burner. It really didn't do a good job of quickly melting scrap or ingots (starting from an empty pot) until I put up 360* wind breaks around the stand and an insulating jacket around my half propane tank pot, and even now I...
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    03-29-2020, 03:49 PM
    More PPE and safety consciousness. Better ergonomics in your setup and casting technique. Saves on burns and elevated lead levels. Prevents contamination in your work area (you don't want to encounter the tinsel fairly even once). Easier on the...
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    03-29-2020, 03:34 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Weigh check and sort? in Cast Boolits
    My understanding is that, since all the alloying metals we add to lead are less dense, the resulting alloy will cast a lighter boolit compared to pure lead. There may be formulas that will predict the density of an alloy with more or less tin or...
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    03-28-2020, 03:57 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Weigh check and sort? in Cast Boolits
    My action pistol sport requires meeting a power factor that is calculated using boolit weight and velocity, with each competitor's ammunition checked by actually pulling apart competitors' rounds and weighing the bullet, while shooting other rounds...
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    03-22-2020, 08:39 PM
    Welcome , Strafer!
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    03-22-2020, 03:07 PM
    I've not tried it myself (I use 95/3/2 in 9mm 147's pushed only to around 900 fps), but supposedly the coatings (I think this applies to powdercoat as well?) let you get away with softer alloy than would be needed for traditionally lubed cast....
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    03-22-2020, 02:57 PM
    The thread JonB linked to is one that helped me a lot, though my applications don't require sorting boolits to the nearest fraction of a grain. For me, the most helpful bit of advice out of that thread was avoiding shiney casts. With my alloy...
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    03-22-2020, 02:14 AM
    IIRC, a member here who has access to XRF equipment, BNE, did an experiment where he repeatedly skimmed the oxide dross from a pot of very hot alloy over an extended time and then analyzed the composition of the alloy left in the pot. It did not...
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    03-22-2020, 02:00 AM
    Sorted several thousand 9mm cases by headstamp these past few days. Loading planned next, then casting and coating. I want to fiddle with my new APP, but I really need to clean up my bench. Plenty of time, between being retired and being in...
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    03-22-2020, 01:46 AM
    Good that you found a fix. Still, there are many HiTek users here that say they have used the coating without problems up to rifle velocities. What cartridge were you loading for? Are the casts bullets the right fit for your bore? How is the...
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    03-21-2020, 02:57 PM
    I have most of the stuff mentioned above, minus the whisks (my scrap source is pretty clean) and the extinguisher ( outdoor set up over a paved area, with a hose and tap ten feet away). One thing I use besides channel locks are a pair of vise grip...
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    03-21-2020, 02:29 PM
    I think you're smart to have considered the ground you have to work on. Level, smooth (at least under the feet of the stand) and firm. Nothing to predispose tilting, tipping over and spilling. A leveled piece of heavy plywood set on ground that...
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    03-19-2020, 11:17 AM
    Have you contacted him about getting the wrong lube?
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    03-13-2020, 02:49 AM
    I don't get the TP thing either. Went to a local chain grocery market to buy some dairy products and found paper towels, hand sanitizer and a lot of food items like bread and cereal sold out. The line to the registers literally snaked all around...
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    03-13-2020, 02:28 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Nice ingot molds in Casting Equipment
    I don't think I've seen anything exactly like those. What are the dimensions of each cavity? It's cast iron, right?
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    03-12-2020, 01:28 AM
    I tried the same thing with a brand new Lee six banger and the pewter I got even before I got any lead. First boolits I ever cast. Beeyooteeful! And I almost got a hernia trying to cut the sprue. With a 450 degree solidus and a cold mold and...
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    03-12-2020, 01:08 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Wheel Weights in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Would it be possible to start with molten lead already in the pot and just put the pins lead covered end first to melt the lead off?
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    03-12-2020, 12:52 AM
    OS OK, Does the trap stay on the wagon, or is that just for moving it around or cleaning it out?
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    03-11-2020, 11:58 AM
    I found that whacking plated slugs set on concrete or a steel plate would split the plating enough for melting. I used a waffle faced framing hammer. Yield out of my club's berms was 60 something percent of alloy at two percent Sb, no tin. Hard...
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    03-11-2020, 03:48 AM
    That was Elvis ammo, along with a couple others. It's good to know that iron molds work, though I'd have to get them made. Anybody know how brass and zinc get along?
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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