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    Yesterday, 04:30 AM
    Thread resurrection: Trying the stamp approach. Got three sets of the 3/8th inch Harbor Freight stamps and some turn buckles. The grouped stamps in the turn buckles gave me fits until I realized that I couldn't mix and match stamps from...
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    Yesterday, 02:47 AM
    So far, the pewter requisitioned by my wife and future daughter in law has been admired, acquired, stashed and stowed. None of it has been eaten off of or drunk out of, even by the original owners as best I can tell from the look of the pieces...
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    Yesterday, 02:38 AM
    I'd read here that one reason the commercial casters use hardball is the same reason growers ship under ripened or otherwise more firm tomatoes: they stand up to the rough handling of transport a lot better (I've seen transport trucks on the road...
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    Yesterday, 02:30 AM
    A buddy here showed me his casting shed: it's tilting from all the lead he has stashed on the downhill side but he knows what everything is, where it is in the shed and how much he's got. Right now most of my alloys are in ~3 pound mini loaf...
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    Yesterday, 01:26 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Smelting pot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Hmm, I have a Bayou Classic double jet burner, but the frame is round bar, the cook surface is 22" on the diagonal, and it's advertised as being able to hold a 162 quart pot, which would be over 300# if full. The model number is sp40. I guess yours...
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    11-15-2017, 04:52 AM
    Update: Just got the Xrf back from BNE, and hats off to him for helping out and so quickly. The big 58# unpainted beast is about 4% Sb, the rest Pb, and the green 38# container is about 2% Sb and the rest Pb. Interestingly enough, no tin in...
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    11-11-2017, 02:08 AM
    I have a set of shakers as well, about 12 ounces together, 4" tall, 2" across. Looking close after I got them (part of a big lot), I doubt that there's even three ounces of pewter over the plastic cores of both. Taking apart candlesticks and...
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    11-09-2017, 01:58 AM
    I do the coin thing using minimuffin tins (just make sure they aren't the older steel ones with tin plating - I understand it's a great way to practice cussing in three or more languages). 'Course, that was with Orisolo's big ingots of already...
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    11-08-2017, 02:21 AM
    OK, sargenv convinced me to dip my toes. Put me down for one 8 cav aluminum bevel base slick side for HiTek for kevin underscore c #fifteen#twenty at ya ho o d o t c o m
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    11-04-2017, 09:42 PM
    So in this particular situation, it'd be the moisture in the mold, not on top of the melt, that's the invitation to the tinsel fairy? I'm asking because it's getting into the wet season out my way, and I have lead I'd like to ingotize. I can cast...
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    10-27-2017, 02:12 PM
    If pics are sideways, sorry, still new to this. These are the two iodine containers I picked up. The unpainted one weighs 58# with the hardware, is 5" in diameter and 7.25 " tall (without the hardware, which seems to be stainless steel). It...
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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
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