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  • kevin c's Avatar
    Today, 05:34 AM
    Wow, a nearly nine year old resurrected thread! I think this is a question that gets answered with, "it depends". Shoot a few dozen rounds a year of an unusual rifle boolit loaded for accuracy? Pressure ladle casting into a one cavity hand...
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    12-11-2019, 02:39 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread #2 babbitt? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    What references I've seen seem to show some variation in content, even for a specific grade of Babbitt alloy. Still, for the tin in #2, that variation is only a couple percent around 90% (with the balance being Cu and Sb), so treating it like 90%...
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    12-11-2019, 05:52 AM
    I'm pretty sure the Rowell ladles are made of cast iron, which I thought is hard to weld onto (but I'm not a welder, so correct me if I'm wrong). RotoMetals also sells what they describe as pressed steel ladles with double spouts. They're not...
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    12-09-2019, 02:22 AM
    See my comment above... More to the point, as others have pointed out, it depends on how much you shoot, how long you plan on shooting, whether either might change, how available lead is now and in the future, how much it costs and will cost, how...
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    12-08-2019, 02:18 AM
    Lotta folks here might allow that you've gotten off to a good start...
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    12-06-2019, 10:15 PM
    I don't know about melting, but my Dillon measure discolored to the point that I couldn't see through it. The new one has been fine over several years after I lined it with a piece of document cover. Of course, Dillon could have changed the...
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    12-06-2019, 05:10 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Lead Shot? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    It can be, but everything I've read here suggests other, better alternatives. First, while some lead shot contains a small amount of arsenic which can help in hardening your casts by heat treating, you may not need it, and the rest of the shot...
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    12-06-2019, 02:40 AM
    I'm a fan of the citric acid technique. 10% solution. Warm or hot water works faster. I'm no chemistry or materials maven, but I read here that the citric acid makes the steel a bit more tarnish and rust resistant (passivation I think it's...
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    12-06-2019, 02:22 AM
    ..."55 gallon drum full of WWs"... Hope you have a REALLY big pick up truck...
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    12-06-2019, 02:09 AM
    Funny you should say that, Peregrine. I'm rereading The Hobbit right now, and just finished the chapter describing Smaug sleeping on Thror's treasure. Every year or so I reread it, along with LOTR and the Simarillion, around the holidays. First read...
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    12-06-2019, 01:48 AM
    Supply 'n demand and relative resource value and all the other economics stuff that went in one of my ears and out the other like Tripplebeard's German did for him, makes me wanna say somebody who can get cheap pewter easily but who needs lead ought...
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    12-05-2019, 04:51 PM
    Which is why RogerDat and I use a soup ladle to fill the big Rowells from the pot. It takes almost three full ladles to fill my #5, but the advantage is that I can get alloy from the pot down near the bottom, and I'm not dipping and dripping with...
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    12-05-2019, 05:09 AM
    I've still got mine, but it's the same deal: I have more than enough so the search doesn't happen unless the estate sales and the thrifts are convenient for me and sales only happen if the price is right. Gone are the days when I made the rounds...
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    12-04-2019, 03:15 PM
    Musta sucked, being a butcher's apprentice back in the day. "Hold her tight there, my boy. Drat this hangover..."
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    12-04-2019, 02:58 PM
    "Der Metzger" translates into "The Butcher". ETA: Ha, Der Jäger is faster on google translate than I am! ;^D
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    12-04-2019, 12:53 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread flux in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I tried it with walnut hull and corncob, both clean (I also worried about contaminants). They worked ok, but not as well as pine sawdust, and a bit better than pine needles. Pine wood shavings from a planer also worked well. From what I’ve read,...
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    12-04-2019, 04:58 AM
    Thanks for the observations, RogerDat. It turns out that I picked up a #3 Rowell, but I haven't used it yet to cast any 2.5 pounders (have to recover from some doctoring first). Even submerging the bowl of the #5 in the melt for a minute...
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    12-02-2019, 05:09 AM
    Reasonable approach, and what I ended up deciding to do myself by buying only the deluxe package and swaging parts in the current sale. My use will be sizing mostly one caliber, and the press, plus or minus the automation parts, should do that with...
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    12-01-2019, 11:28 PM
    ^^^ After wasting the better part of an hour looking through their site looking for the same info, I have to agree.
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    12-01-2019, 09:21 PM
    Sorted 9mm once fired brass by head stamp. Some brands I won't shoot, and same head stamp brass is more consistent in the loading and the shooting. Maybe not essential for the type shooting I do, but it's something I can do one handed (had a...
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    12-01-2019, 09:13 PM
    I had the same results with 95-3-2 alloy. This was in my pre PID controlled pot set for 720 degrees when full. The problem showed up with a more than half empty pot still on the same thermostat setting as full and after I had paused in the session...
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    12-01-2019, 08:58 PM
    I think the drop in sizers that fit their quick change Breech Lock system are just one option. From my reading, I'm hoping I can use regular threaded dies; it'll just be slower to swap out if I want a different diameter sizer. I sure hope that's the...
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    11-30-2019, 05:02 AM
    I'm in at Titan's prices. I have all the Lee sizers that screw into the presses with the standard threads. I don't have to buy the breech lock versions, right?
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    11-30-2019, 04:20 AM
    I usually air dry in the sun, but it's getting colder and wetter out here now, and I've moved indoors. After using a towel hammock to knock out most of the water from inside the cases (cleaned with primers in), I dump the cases over a fine mesh...
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    11-29-2019, 05:35 AM
    I use a 95-3-2 alloy (just a bit harder than air cooled COWW's, I think) to cast my 147's, sized to .357 for my factory Glock barrels. HiTek coated and pushed to around 900 fps, I get no smoke, no leading, and all the accuracy I need.
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    11-27-2019, 03:54 AM
    I've got two of Hatch's PIDs. If I had more pots I'd definitely buy more.
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    11-26-2019, 03:15 AM
    A fellow shooter at my club used a HF mixer like that to clean brass (using pins and a formula called Brass Juice). He rinsed the brass and then tumbled it in the same mixer using a generous amount of clean corncob media, which he would air dry and...
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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