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  • kevin c's Avatar
    07-05-2020, 07:56 PM
    This has been floating around the net for years, but it still is good for grins: EVIL SQUIRREL I never dreamed slowly cruising through a residential neighborhood could be so incredibly dangerous! Studies have shown that motorcycling...
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    07-05-2020, 06:11 PM
    Popper, as an uncoordinated klutz, even with a nice mold guide I can barely get a decent 8 cavity pour while filling in one direction only, but I'll work on the alternating push/pull. Toallmy and DocS, I've another thread going on these same...
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    07-05-2020, 05:53 PM
    I guess free sometimes isn't. But I applaud your determination.
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    07-05-2020, 05:51 PM
    I wonder if they'll keep trying to eat my boolits AFTER they're coated: I'm using Black Cherry...;^]
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    07-05-2020, 05:48 PM
    Hot work, but good job. Makes a cold drink while surveying the results of your effort that much more satisfying.
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    07-05-2020, 05:31 PM
    I suppose it could've been a rat or opossum, but I doubt it. The deck is fifteen feet plus above ground level (hillside house) accessed (for humans) only by climbing 33 free standing steps in three open air flights, or from inside the house. Rats,...
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    07-05-2020, 03:51 PM
    I cast and coat on my deck. Last night I left some freshly cast 9mm out there preparatory to coating and this morning found one on the steps below, 50 odd feet away. I was wondering how it got there when I saw the tooth marks: Most squirrels...
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    07-04-2020, 01:53 AM
    I haven't run across any isotope containers like those, though there seem to be quite a variety. The ones I've come across are all recent manufacture, and have mostly been 2.5 to 3.0% antimony without tin. Others are a very pure lead on analysis,...
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    07-03-2020, 11:59 PM
    Pine needles, sawdust and paraffin wax go into the processing pot. Beeswax goes into the casting pot (sometimes: I'm not sure it reduces the oxides that much seeing as I still end up skimming out a heavy dross that has rendered out a lot of metal,...
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    07-03-2020, 07:43 PM
    I hear you banger. But since the thread started off on a tangent, I figured it wouldn't be a bad thing to help it along and satisfy my curiosity at the same time. I have a few decades old bags of Kingsford briquettes that got wet. Nothing but...
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    07-03-2020, 06:14 PM
    I found my aluminum 8 cav MP molds cast well in a fairly narrow temp range that, starting out, I tended to lose on the low side rather than overshooting. I think, as a result, I now crowd the high end of the range by cycling quickly so I can cast a...
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    07-03-2020, 11:55 AM
    Isn't borax a common flux material? I wonder if it's a common enough ingredient and present in sufficient amounts in briquettes to be useful.
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    07-02-2020, 07:14 PM
    Thank you, gentlemen! The wisdom, experience and advice is much appreciated.
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    07-02-2020, 06:23 PM
    That's a good suggestion, Winger. I love finding use for stuff that others would throw out without a thought. Makes me a pack rat, maybe, but I can put up with being called that.
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    07-02-2020, 06:17 PM
    No cash outlay is VERY satisfying. Of course, your back may disagree...
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    07-02-2020, 06:01 PM
    Thanks for the suggestions! I'll consider lowering the temp or working on cooling the sprue more, and maybe find some burlap. The irony is that I have very consistent bad technique: for four molds now I've cast the same way, gotten great boolits...
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    07-02-2020, 05:22 PM
    Hmm, it's true I like a little matte frosting on the boolits: they seem to have the best and most flawless fill out and finish that way. And I recall now that that occasionally I get a "crumbly" sprue at the same time. Maybe keep the same...
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    07-02-2020, 05:08 PM
    This keeps happening to my 8 cavity aluminum MP molds. The scoring is in a circular pattern with the pivot bolt being at the center, and I think that there may be burrs raising the plate a bit (I can see light between the plate and mold blocks),...
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    07-02-2020, 02:50 PM
    Winger: 720 is too hot? Outpost: I'd tried the sponge technique and ended up with rusted hardware. I do use two molds alternating and have scrubbed the mold and sprue with oiled cloth and it does get off just about everything but what is right...
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    07-02-2020, 12:29 PM
    This is a consistent problem for me, that on my 8 cav aluminum MP molds I get semi lunar accumulations of lead around the sprue holes, all on the underside trailing edge. This happens after a few hundred cycles and causes finning on the boolit...
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    07-01-2020, 04:56 AM
    If you're well enough to be browsing the forum, welcome back, Joe!
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    06-29-2020, 09:30 PM
    jsizemore and conditor22 both may be onto something as far as how to use the BTU’s effectively. Before I insulated and shielded my double jet burner, I’d crank it all the way up (200,000+ BTU’s) and barely melt anything. All that energy just went to...
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    06-29-2020, 01:27 PM
    I get 250# X 4 melts out of a 20# tank (~15# propane?). That's using a covered pot with a fiberglass insulating jacket and a windbreak around the stand, and includes the propane using a weed burner on top to speed melting. It also helps that my...
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    06-24-2020, 02:35 AM
    Pm sent.
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    06-23-2020, 11:21 AM
    I just checked a couple bottles of Black Cherry mixed up from the powder a year ago; one at 20/100 and the other 20/200 in acetone and stored in a California basement (cool, but never below freezing). Like eljefeoz, there was a congealed mass at the...
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    06-22-2020, 04:43 PM
    Using 8 cavity aluminum molds with a bottom pour, and averaging just under two fills a minute, I push the mold away (filling the furthest back first). Maybe it's just what I've gotten used to, but I find it easier to see the sprue cavity and control...
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    06-22-2020, 02:10 AM
    That's a nice stash. I have a part of mine in the house where I can cast in fresh air and privacy, but getting it up there (hillside home with 63 steps to the entry) was no joke.
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    06-21-2020, 03:00 AM
    Like Winger said. You might think that your thanks weren't enough, but he did pick YOU to be the recipient, and YOU to be his long time friend. Chances are, many times over those years, not only did he see you shoot, he learned to appreciate...
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    06-21-2020, 02:30 AM
    The purest lead I've found is radioisotope shielding in the form of bricks, heavy slabs and containers. I'm not certain, but it might have to do with meeting certification standards. Very dense, dark and shiny fresh cast, dark and dull when aged,...
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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