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  • kevin c's Avatar
    06-21-2019, 10:11 PM
    Is that soft lead for muzzle loaders (the leading and the ball both)? How about harder lead?
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    06-21-2019, 02:21 AM
    Well, it's not a perfect comparison, since in my case we're talking about two different boolit styles of the same weight, and I HiTek rather than PC, but I found that my boolit with one lube groove took less powder to make the same velocity compared...
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    06-19-2019, 03:08 AM
    One way to look at it is to determine what it'd cost you for a pound of the same alloy if you had to buy the individual component metals yourself. Lead scrounged yourself might be around a dollar a pound, so at 80%, what's in a pound of...
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    06-16-2019, 02:41 AM
    Don't forget grains of powder instead of grams or ounces.
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    06-15-2019, 04:00 AM
    Is anybody else besides me still waiting on delivery of this mold?
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    06-15-2019, 03:43 AM
    I've found bits of coated lead after tumbling pistol boolits while applying HiTek. I pretty sure that they come off the casts, as my process after casting involves inspecting and picking up each one a couple or three times so they get separated from...
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    06-13-2019, 02:48 AM
    For 9mm at 900 fps I use two coats and never have had leading. But I distinctly remember somewhere in that monster HiTek thread a comment from old Joe the manufacturer and inventor of HiTek himself noting that one layer properly applied does the...
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    06-12-2019, 04:01 AM
    I can imagine pros and cons to both, but what I use are nut containers from Costco that have flat sides and four rounded corners. I think the corners make for a good tumbling action. I don't have one in front of me but I think the bottom is about 10...
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    06-12-2019, 03:34 AM
    This is my take on it. The aluminum 8 cav MP molds are what I need for the large number of boolits I shoot, but it is also a fact that I've already (noncritically) beat one up.
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    06-12-2019, 03:26 AM
    I have a 4 cav HP mold from MP in brass that is a work of art. I have several 8 cav MP molds in aluminum, and I'm pretty sure each weighs less than the 4 cav brass mold. The 8 cavity molds quickly produce the large volume of boolits I need. I...
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    06-12-2019, 03:04 AM
    Pride in a job well done is rarer even at a professional level. Greater responsibility but ironically less control, heavier work load, restricted resources, management that considers the individual replaceable regardless of experience and unique...
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    06-11-2019, 04:55 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread A dud CCI round ! in Rimfire Area
    The .22 conversions for my Austrian Tuppeware have eaten tens of thousands of the Remington "cheaper by the bucketful" Golden Bullets, since they're one of the factory recommended brands that cycle the slide reliably. The other brand recommended is...
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    06-11-2019, 03:57 PM
    I ordered most of my molds as BB figuring it'd be easier for seating than FB, though the stepped expander I'm getting from Lathesmith may make the issue moot. I coat all of mine as well. I would have thought the top of the mold face closing over...
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    06-10-2019, 03:12 AM
    I've been shooting pistol for 25 odd years, and a look at my reloading logs plus a conservative estimate of the amount of rimfire bought and shot says I've put about a quarter million rounds down range. Practice for accuracy was and still is a...
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    06-10-2019, 02:30 AM
    Congrats on the new baby on the way.
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    06-10-2019, 02:24 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Hog hunting in Cast Boolits
    Hahaha! My eyes are bad even on the Internet: at first glance I thought the pole supporting the gambrel was you holding a LAW. Hog hunting with a bazooka!
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    06-09-2019, 12:47 PM
    Not to be a wet towel, but as far as cherished tools to be passed on, I think it's best to be sure the intended recipient appreciates him or herself what the item is, how it's used, and actually has a need for it. In that case, every use recalls and...
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    06-09-2019, 12:16 PM
    A hack that works for me is to line my Dillon measure with a trimmed down document cover. I don't know what kind of plastic it's made of, but it doesn't discolor and has kept the measure from becoming opaque.
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    06-09-2019, 03:49 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Any truth in this? in Cast Boolits
    I take no credit; it's the N320: a stick powder that meters extremely well. Through my unmodified Dillon measure I can throw sets of ten consecutive charges that added together only vary +\- a tenth of a grain, and I've let the measure run empty and...
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    06-08-2019, 03:36 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Cheese cake in Cookin' Recipe's
    My wife makes a great philly cream cheese cake with a graham cracker rust. People tell her she could sell it. The irony is that she hardly eats any herself - way too rich for her personal tastes.
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    06-06-2019, 02:50 AM
    Interesting, counterintuitive fact there, Drew P. Had to review my high school science classes to understand why.
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    06-06-2019, 02:37 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Any truth in this? in Cast Boolits
    I am one of those who actually tried this. I used 180 grain 40 S&W slugs over N320. I think I went up to 30 minutes in a vibratory tumbler filled with a mix of corn cob and walnut hull. I put enough rounds in at the beginning to rattle my teeth with...
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    06-05-2019, 12:13 PM
    We have a number of plate racks and other steel target stands (to hold steel target plates) that get a lot of use at my range. The spatter from the rounds almost literally recoats the steel tubing they're made out of. The racks have surfaces that...
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    06-05-2019, 04:07 AM
    I've read and seen videos of folks who feel safe melting lead in the rain, based on the fact that raindrops on top of the melt just steams off. My thought has always been that I'm melting that lead to put into something else that isn't at seven...
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    06-03-2019, 08:52 PM
    Still waiting on mine. Bad enough the site was down today. So is my press and, with various minor physical ailments, so is shooting and casting. Getting crabby...(not your fault, Miha...).
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    06-03-2019, 01:40 AM
    Worst rusting I ever got was in a mold I was speed casting with using a wet towel. No such problems before that, and none in subsequent sessions with alternative cooling methods. Sorry for the drift.
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    06-03-2019, 12:38 AM
    I use HiTek coated casts of 95-3-2 alloy, sized to .357 in my Gen 3 G34 factory barrels, and have had no leading problems. .357 has worked in all my 9mm Glocks, with .358 causing some chambering issues. I use the "plunk" test in the barrel to be...
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    06-03-2019, 12:21 AM
    The cartridge doesn't need atmospheric oxygen to fire properly. All the combustion agents are contained in the powder itself, so the internal ballistics are the same at sea level or at 5000 feet. For that matter they'd be the same 500 feet...
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    06-03-2019, 12:10 AM
    Only four pistol calibers. But I shoot a lot of 9mm for ipsc, and for just the one caliber I have about ten molds in five or six different boolit styles and weights. I likely will buy more. If I start tinkering with loads in the other calibers I...
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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