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    Today, 02:09 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Had a 1st in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Lightman, I have other sources of SB and SN, so, unless I proactively dispose of it, my stash of factory Lino ingots may be a major score for some future caster as well.
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    Today, 01:56 PM
    Be that as it may, I've shipped 60+# of lead in MFRB's many times that were always encased in clear tape (with an internal plywood box providing the main support and protection) with the only complaint from the postal worker being "I'm not lifting...
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    Today, 01:26 PM
    Congratulations on recruiting, encouraging and mentoring the next generation. When it is your very own family that must be especially satisfying. But as the others' posts implied, better teach him the fine art of lead and tin scrounging first!
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    Today, 01:21 PM
    The master chef in the house is my wife. She'll put anything that would bake on a flat surface on parchment paper. If a browned crust is important it goes in cast iron.
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    05-24-2020, 03:25 PM
    My take on caliber choice in the action pistol sports is a bit different. I think it's driven by the nature of the sport, the desire to look for competitive advantage, and the rules meant to constrain that desire for the sake of making it a game of...
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    05-24-2020, 05:23 AM
    California still has social distancing in place, along with other restrictions. That makes isolated practice on my club's ranges possible, but matches, with their squads of sometimes twenty or more sociable folks, are problematic.
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    05-24-2020, 05:08 AM
    Are the guys in Maui still shooting? Island hopping for matches or practice isn't really an option I guess.
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    05-24-2020, 05:03 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Flux in Casting Equipment
    Funny you mentioned the cheese wax, George. I used it too, but the smell reminded me of grilled cheese sandwiches, a bit too distracting. The beeswax smells nice, but doesn't make me hungry, and while I've heard it draws bees, I haven't seen that...
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    05-24-2020, 02:55 AM
    Member BNE is our great testing resource, but he's taking a bit of a break at the moment. That'll just give you more time to gather solder. What he requests is a BB sized test sample and a pound of lead (I think he prefers pure). Your only other...
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    05-24-2020, 02:18 AM
    I'd think that what you cast your tin into sort of depends on how much you're casting at a time and how precise you want your alloy to be. Some folks add tin to a pot of alloy until it casts the way they want, using bullet sized chunks or dipping...
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    05-23-2020, 03:37 PM
    I have the version Rotometals sells, that they say is the same as the RCBS. It worked fine, though it did not come with a hands free clip to hold it in the melt. A thermometer still requires adjusting the heat to your Lee pot separately and then...
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    05-23-2020, 01:30 PM
    Liquid pure tin is about 2/3rds the density of that of lead. If full to capacity, you have over 24# of tin between the two pots, which may be worth more than what you paid for them (tin is 11 to 25 dollars a pound retail at Rotometals). Great thing...
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    05-23-2020, 09:00 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Flux in Casting Equipment
    George, I keep reading that the Marvelux can leave a difficult to remove crust in the pot and on tools. Are folks not using it right? I use pine sawdust and a generous amount of paraffin when processing scrap lead. I use beeswax in the casting...
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    05-23-2020, 08:51 AM
    Say, BNE. Your analyses all add up to 100.0% metals. Is the XRF not calibrated for the oxygen or are the oxides added into the metal content? Does the analysis exclude lead oxides?
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    05-23-2020, 08:33 AM
    RogerDat, did your crust look like the pics in this thread (1st and 14th posts)? This guy was probably running a really hot pot. The thought there was that maybe the oxides were of tin rather than lead. ...
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    05-23-2020, 03:56 AM
    Wow, that nasty stuff is chock full of tin, and the alloy I'd considered full of toxic metals is actually just overcooked high tin alloy. If it can be reduced, that'd be a great save. Learned something here. Thanks to both the OP for not being...
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    05-22-2020, 12:28 PM
    USPSA - United States Practical Shooting Association IDPA - International Defensive Pistol Association ICORE - International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts GSSF - Glock Sport Shooting Foundation PF - Power Factor (bullet weight in...
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    05-22-2020, 11:39 AM
    Not WW lead, but I've found other lead FS on CL, though I haven't bought any, finding better prices and more surety of content from my other sources. Scrap wave solder I've bought at a fairly good price for the tin content, though wire solder goes...
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    05-22-2020, 11:31 AM
    For those in the US, TAP plastics has HDPE bottles in various sizes that work well as HiTek storage containers. Just be sure to buy the right caps that don't have a glued in paper liner. They also sell tubing that can go on the end of syringes,...
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    05-21-2020, 11:53 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Pewter usually is ductile, not brittle. You might have a white metal zinc alloy, in which case it has relatively low melting point (zamak alloys of zinc, aluminum, copper and magnesium, commonly used for die casting, melt around 700* F, whereas...
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    05-21-2020, 12:21 AM
    I sort my action pistol 9mm match brass, but not practice or plinking brass. It started with inspection to cull damaged cases, then moved on to eliminating certain head stamps that I had problems loading. That I do for all brass I use, but...
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    05-20-2020, 12:37 AM
    I only load pistol, but, assuming the same components, set up, powder lot, etc., I've personally have had, and have read in other reloading forums about, greater than expected ES from powder clumping and bridging, and especially debris in the...
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    05-20-2020, 12:26 AM
    Sargenv, don't sell all that Varget 'till I get to the club!
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    05-18-2020, 02:44 PM
    Rotometals sells pure antimony as "shot", in chunks, blocks and in ingots. The shot looks like fine gravel or pellets of varying sizes: https://www.rotometals.com/antimony-shot-1-pound-99-6-minimum-pure/ If you could keep it from floating to...
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    05-17-2020, 05:27 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread What to add? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    To 88# of your pure, add 10# of SuperHard (30% Sb) from Rotometals, and two pounds of tin (or 2.2# of pewter) to end up with an alloy of 95% Pb, 3% Sb and 2% Sn, which is pretty much COWW with extra tin and no arsenic.
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    05-17-2020, 12:36 AM
    I forgot about the magma pot. Not blessed with the cash. Not a shotgunner so I'll ten your word on the shot maker.
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    05-16-2020, 07:52 PM
    The size of the ingots from the angle iron and cast iron pan ingots makes me think they'll only fit back into your processing pot. Are they storage ingots for future processing into other alloys?
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    05-16-2020, 07:46 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread melting pot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Are you asking whether there non pewter items in your stash, or if there are rare or high value items there? If it is marked with the word "pewter" or its equivalent in another language, and is modern in form or like commonly found colonial...
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    05-14-2020, 03:13 AM
    I REsorted my once fired 9mm brass by headstamp (same companies, different variant stamps). I REcleaned my once fired 9mm brass (tumbled in walnut hull and store a while back. Got a bit dull, and I've gotten into wet tumbling recently, soooo...)....
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    05-12-2020, 11:42 PM
    Wrong subforum, but I'm glad you got in on the deal.
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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