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    Today, 04:54 AM
    Getting too hot for casting can show in the sprue, the mold and in the boolit itself. The sprue will take longer and longer to harden (hardening as indicated not just the physical change from liquid to solid, but also by a change in surface...
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    Today, 04:34 AM
    Won't people think you're shooting marbles? Of course, I've been accused of loading lipsticks into my magazines, so maybe I shouldn't yank your chain ;^]. I don't see why you couldn't coat your round balls, but I'll let a real front stuffer who...
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    Today, 03:51 AM
    My eight cavity aluminum molds still tip over, but that's probably because they all have the cammed sprue plate handle. So far I'm just propping them up with a length of 2 X 4, but that sure looks like a good fix there, OS OK.
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    Today, 03:36 AM
    While the 4-20 may not actually hold 20# (more like 16 to 18), it still will have about twice the alloy of the other. If your current needs are met with the smaller pot, and you don't anticipate needing more capacity down the line, then the...
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    Today, 03:17 AM
    Some use rubbing alcohol instead of the brake cleaner, but I think both are intended to do the same thing: remove any residual cutting or preservative oils used by the manufacturer. Another step for some is to rub the edges of the cavities with a...
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    Yesterday, 02:04 PM
    Are you processing scrap in your casting pot, and is it a bottom pour? There's enough trash in the scrap we use as source material and enough dross in the first processing steps to perhaps cause plugging or dripping problems in the spout. For that...
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    Yesterday, 03:17 AM
    Hot water, car wash and wax and citric acid. No pins, primers in. Tumble in a FART for 90 minutes, several water rinses, spin in the media separator to knock out most of the water, towel hammock to dry the exteriors and onto a wire screen to air dry...
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    Yesterday, 02:47 AM
    I've been going the other way but I'll try that. To be sure I understand, the tilt would be handles up so the overflow heads towards the next cavity, or handles down so it puddles over the cavity just poured? Didn't you have a video of the three...
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    Yesterday, 02:15 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread The LEE Furnaces in Casting Equipment
    My first pot, a 4-20, is, as noted above, prone to dripping, and has a practical maximum capacity of 17 or 18 pounds. Despite that, it was a good and inexpensive way to cast a boolit in volume, which is easier with a gang mold under a bottom pour of...
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    Yesterday, 01:03 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pure tin in Lead and Lead Alloys
    It's what I use. Be advised: this stuff is great at eating holes in your clothes. It also can fume a bit, which is not only bad for your mucous membranes, it will instantly rust steel tools on a pegboard just behind and above your bench top...
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    02-26-2020, 12:25 PM
    I think I read here that some versions of Crisco shouldn't be used for BP lube because they contain salt? Do you do an ingredients search or are there specific types known to be good or bad?
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    02-26-2020, 12:20 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pure tin in Lead and Lead Alloys
    From my limited testing, putting a high tin alloy like pewter into a bath of pool acid steadily produces fine bubbles as it dissolves. There is no vigorous "boiling" as there is with zinc. A fine black residue is left after the solid is gone, which...
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    02-26-2020, 03:04 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pure tin in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Is that solid or hollow, and what is the diameter?
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    02-25-2020, 10:08 PM
    AKA: "What happens if you don't hit the ends soon enough?" Never thought to try that, but if it works, good on ya!
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    02-25-2020, 10:03 PM
    I don't know. I judge my inventory of the one boolit I shoot by two methods: volume and weight. Volume is by the bucket or crate full, and weight is the pounds of alloy used up making a batch. Either way, I'm OK for the moment. OK, however, is...
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    02-24-2020, 04:31 AM
    Sure it's twice as big and nearly twice as hot, but at $600, it's way, way more money than an old 4-20 put on top of my old ProMelt. Ausglock's set up is the elegant inspiration for my poor but effective imitation.
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    02-23-2020, 03:28 PM
    My father flew in the superforts over Japan. The "Big Fat Momma". Lead navigator and bombardier for his squadron. Like many of his generation he didn't talk much about those times, though he wore his DFC with pride and sometimes joked that during...
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    02-23-2020, 03:05 PM
    I HiTek all my 9mm designs, both with and without lube grooves. So long as it's consistent, a couple grains weight difference from with/without lube grooves, bevel versus flat base, or a change in alloy doesn't make a difference in my...
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    02-23-2020, 05:20 AM
    And I basically gave up trying to rotate pictures. I find it usually works if I shoot in landscape orientation (image wider than tall).
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    02-23-2020, 05:09 AM
    I have a propane tank pot with an intact bottom ring. I'm actually thinking of adding a wider ring to make the base more stable. I also have a high output double jet burner that is rated at over 350K BTU's, but, like you, it took a long time to melt...
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    02-23-2020, 04:26 AM
    I put my 4-20 on top of my ProMelt. I shortened up the hardware and used a hole saw to open the base plate. It's clamped just using a couple mending plates, nuts, washers and thumbscrews. Both PID controlled. I figure the number of boolits and...
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    02-23-2020, 02:31 AM
    Those are kinda neat! They might be collectible, though I'm no expert. Here's where an in person inspection and weighing would be helpful. Like Conditor, I try to keep in mind how much I'm willing to pay. At $40 for the set, or around five...
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    02-22-2020, 03:00 PM
    Regional variations in pewter availability put the price all over the place. When first building up a stash, any price under commercial retail seems reasonable. If availability is good, you get a sense of the going rate and when a good deal is being...
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    02-22-2020, 01:32 PM
    The goblets I'd put money on being the real thing. On the other hand I'm doubtful on the Indian plate. I've not ever seen pewter from India. The form, the thickness of the piece, the finish and the molded in decorations are not typical of pewter...
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    02-22-2020, 04:04 AM
    Melting pure antimony takes more heat than most home operations can manage, And I've read of potential toxicity issues for the processor. It's true that lower temperatures can be used to dissolve antimony into lead (similar to dissolving table salt...
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    02-22-2020, 03:54 AM
    It's exactly like any other natural resource. The easy to access, high yield stuff is the sensible first approach. Only when that is depleted and the need and price go up is it worth extra time, expense and effort to utilize the lower yielding...
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    02-20-2020, 03:49 AM
    Hadn't thought of that risk. Fortunately, the foot of our sand faced berms covers the gravel where the racks usually go. I think that serves to bury the spatter and prevent ricochets. I think we have had more stuff coming uprange from pitted steel...
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    02-20-2020, 03:32 AM
    Except for the bullets (too much variation of me - I melt them down), I've done all that.
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    02-20-2020, 03:13 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Organ pipes? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Say, richhodg66, Did you ever get that analysis back from BNE? I'm asking because I just did a little experiment at the prodding of someone with better practical experience in metal/acid chemical reactions and discovered that tin will fizz and...
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    02-20-2020, 02:31 AM
    Wow, you're right! I took a strip of touch marked pewter and suspended it in a little jar of muriatic acid (pool acid - my bottle was marked something like 32 1/2% HCl. Btw, I thank you for encouraging the experiment; the old plastic bottle was...
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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