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    Today, 01:14 AM
    Are we talking about literally vaporizing and then condensing metals, and in a partial vacuum to boot? That sounds way beyond the home hobbyist to me. But if metallurgists and engineers think otherwise, I'd like to hear the how-to.
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    Yesterday, 03:31 PM
    I used to say that I'm interested in casting pewter figurines, because that honestly is something I think interesting and might do someday with the good stock of pewter I planned to and now have collected. It's just that my current interest and use...
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    Yesterday, 03:10 PM
    Years ago a commercial caster and reloader explained that my factory new brass was sticking badly in my expander dies because it was so squeaky clean inside the case mouth. The soot in a fired case acts as a lubricant making expanding and case mouth...
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    Yesterday, 04:11 AM
    It doesn't matter how well stocked I might be; any gun owner living in California can't afford to be smug.
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    03-02-2021, 03:53 AM
    I've shipped brass and lead in USPS small and medium FRB's, and brass in USPS LFRB's. Tyvek is practically indestructible, yes, but the envelope shape doesn't allow maximal filling of the box (about 3K 9x19 for the MFRB, 5K for the large), so I...
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    03-01-2021, 06:17 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread I'm retired in Our Town
    Congrats! It's been about three years for me. People ask, " How's retirement?", and I say, "I haven't run out of money yet, so it's great!". If you've planned well financially and still have your health, there's so much that can be done. Just be...
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    02-28-2021, 02:55 AM
    Bevel base for me. I need to produce ammo in multiple four digit quantities each month for action pistol, where 2.5" 25 yd group accuracy is considered satisfactory. So even if some find them a little less accurate than flat based, that, for me, is...
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    02-27-2021, 01:28 PM
    See this pinned thread: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?172475-High-Copper-Alloys-Lets-discuss-this-further If you want to add ~ 2% tin, that Babbit in your casting alloy would end up adding 0.08% copper, or 0.0008 final copper...
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    02-22-2021, 03:29 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread RMR Lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    So, Sb content similar to COWW, but without the bit of tin that might help fill out, or the arsenic for additional hardening. Many applications don't need more hardness than what air cooled COWW provides, and I've read more than a few posts here...
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    02-21-2021, 04:57 AM
    I don't know why but with the dozen or so I've ordered from MP I've never had any shipping issues.
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    02-17-2021, 01:22 AM
    Of course you can look for a local CB member connection through the S&S. Another resource might be regional and state gun forums. At least in California, one of the forums has a buy/sell/trade area where members can post the area they live in and do...
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    02-16-2021, 01:24 AM
    I start my 95-3-2 alloy for my preheated 8 cavity aluminum 9mm molds at 730°. In addition to all the other variables mentioned, I find that, casting out of doors, air temperature and wind conditions also change how much I need to change that PID...
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    02-16-2021, 01:15 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread What is lead worth? in Cast Boolits
    Using rancher's numbers, that 60# of Lino is worth $150. So, if your powder is worth $50/# to you, it's a fair trade; it's a good deal if the powder is worth less than that to you. In this time of scarcity I think it's good to consider what that...
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    02-15-2021, 04:44 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread What is lead worth? in Cast Boolits
    Local availability affects local prices, but, at least on the S&S here, ingotted, cleaned and fluxed scrap lead will run around a dollar a pound, shipping cost often on top of that. Tin in the form of pewter is 8-9 dollars a pound, less for marked...
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    02-15-2021, 02:56 PM
    Like 10X, I've gotten estate cast bullets in calibers I don't shoot. On top of that they're all hard lubed, whereas I HiTek, and even if they were a caliber I use, it's easier to melt them down and recast than to strip off the lube as is necessary...
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    02-11-2021, 02:47 AM
    I got much more consistent drops of Clays (+\- 0.1 grains for charges between 3 and 4 grains) from my factory Dillon measure by strapping a small aquarium pump to the side. The vibration seems to help prevent powder bridging.
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    02-11-2021, 02:33 AM
    I asked each of them separately for replacement parts for molds I'd bought from them. The only question was "What's your address?". True that Miha was sending me a mold anyway, but he gave me all four complete sets of six cavity mold hardware...
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    02-10-2021, 12:18 PM
    I have reused Acme Bullet's plywood crates that fit into MFR Priority Mail boxes, and made similar of my own. They hold 60+ pounds of bullets and should do the same for ingots of the right size, such as the 2 1/2# CB or Redneck Gold versions that...
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    02-10-2021, 06:38 AM
    If you use BNE, the sample to be tested should only be BB sized. He's very busy and it's apparently harder and more time consuming to work with a large test piece. The ingots used for payment can be standard size. I usually use a propane torch on...
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    02-09-2021, 02:00 PM
    I wasn't clear enough in my description; high tin ingots will be lighter than lead ingots of the same age and size, but both will tarnish, given enough time and under conditions favoring surface oxidation. It's just that the high tin alloy will...
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    02-09-2021, 01:27 PM
    You didn't provide a picture of what you have. The ingots of solder we're referring to are factory produced, not home cast, and the numbers are cast in by the factory molds, not hand stamped. As farmbif described, some of the solder ingots have a...
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    02-09-2021, 01:12 AM
    I just heated up two or three quarts worth of spent primers in my processing pot. I did so knowing that I'd let three or four live primers get in the catch container (explaining how is complicated - let's just say I was inattentive). I did one or...
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    02-09-2021, 12:56 AM
    At the place I go to, they run a magnet through all my brass and the primers too. I've missed a couple brass washed steel cases, but never saw any primers stick to the magnet. My fired primers are almost all what I reloaded and shot myself, and I...
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    02-08-2021, 01:47 PM
    For whatever reason, scrapped primers bring a few cents per pound less than cartridge brass at the metals recycler I go to. I don't argue; I'd rather get money or lead in trade than just throw them out. I should add that it takes a few years,...
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    02-08-2021, 01:32 PM
    Member BNE does XRF. He'll send you results for a pound of lead alloy for each test, sent with the small sample you want analyzed. He has very specific instructions that he will pm to you; be sure to follow them exactly. High tin lead alloys are...
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    02-08-2021, 04:27 AM
    I'd like to have a casting area big enough for a drip pan. I use half sized sheet pan (18"x13") with a 1" lip, big enough to contain twice the lead in both my bottom pour and the feeder pot above it. Of course, that's only good for something like...
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    02-06-2021, 05:15 AM
    Unfortunately, unless I buy another fridge, your solution for your solution is not going to be the solution for my solution. SWMBO has spoken... Dunno for a fact, but maybe light or warmth over enough time can activate the catalyst just enough to...
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    02-05-2021, 02:23 PM
    I've had mixed HiTek clump up on me. It takes many weeks, and seems worse if the bottles are exposed to sunlight or the weather is warmer (Northern California), but happened even with half strength solutions, tightly capped and stored in my cool...
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    02-05-2021, 01:53 PM
    Before stacking a feeder pot on top of my 20# bottom pour, this is what I did. Basically I figured how many bullets to an ingot, and would put a preheated one into the melt when I'd cast that many. A preheated 1# ingot added to 16-17# in the melt...
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    02-05-2021, 05:26 AM
    A hot plate for preheating is a big plus, for both the mold (~400°F is what I've been told to shoot for) and ingots (dropping the temp of the melt with cold ingots and waiting for it to recover to casting range can really slow you down; it's also...
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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