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    Today, 01:00 AM
    Our club's manager told me just a few months ago that we had 2 million primers in stock for sale to members. He put restrictions on quantity (1K/week) and kept the price to what he thought was reasonable but enough so that folks wouldn't be coming...
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    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    I've heard coatings described as having a function like a copper jacket. Whether they grip the rifling like copper or brass I don't know, but apparently they're durable enough to keep the lead from contacting the bore. My understanding is that...
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    Yesterday, 10:47 PM
    Per Wikipedia and Wiktionary tinsel is from the old French word for "spark", estincelle, and originally was silver foil. Both aluminum and lead foils were used in the 20th century before plastics took over.
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    Yesterday, 10:25 PM
    I got a roll of lead foil from a club member that seemed to cast only for muzzle loaders. All the ingots I got from him were pure, and, on XRF, so was the foil. I mostly cast one boolit in volume, so I use premade alloy in ingot form rather than...
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    Yesterday, 09:53 PM
    I have small hands and find the Lee handles easier to use. I just have to keep my mold tapper handy to reseat the loose handles now and again. Would JB Weld work? I understand that the sintered metal of the handles is hard to drill for cross pins. ...
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    Yesterday, 01:15 AM
    I did that, putting my 4-20 over the ProMelt I refurbished. I used a hole saw to open the aluminum base to let the lead stream through. The ProMelt is wide enough to allow clamping the 4-20 on top, though I did get hardware from Lee to shorten the...
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    01-19-2021, 04:44 AM
    I wet tumble both nickel and regular brass with a citric acid and car wash solution, and haven't ever had a primer do that, though I do start with once and multifired brass freshly picked up from the range, rinse thoroughly and dry promptly (I don't...
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    01-19-2021, 04:08 AM
    The holes are centered 3 3/4" from the back, 6 3/4" from the front. The weird shape of the base reflects the weird shape of the pot housing. Maybe it's more stable? Nice score on three pots, especially the original version ProMelt. Mine is...
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    01-18-2021, 05:17 PM
    That's a neat bit of casting lore that I never would have guessed. It's truly impressive the depth of experience to be found here. I note that, among themselves, the responders to the OP have over 30,000 posts and 50 years on line here.
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    01-18-2021, 02:52 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Thermometer in Casting Equipment
    Actually, Froogal, being able to read and understand the casting circumstances as they change seems to me to be a valuable skill acquired through much time and intelligent observation at the casting bench. I'd still argue, though, that...
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    01-18-2021, 12:38 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Thermometer in Casting Equipment
    ^^^ That's the one I got. While I now use PID controlled casting pots, I still use the dial thermometer for spot checks on my big propane fired processing pot. I rigged a stiff wire holder about 8" long for easier handling.
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    01-18-2021, 12:33 AM
    Buying marked pewter is the safest. Pewterex, though, and almost anything else made by Wilton, is not. Usually these ersatz plates, especially the ones that have sayings on them like "Give us this day our daily bread" have about the right color,...
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    01-17-2021, 01:58 AM
    The power of networking with friends has paid off for you. Congrats!
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    01-17-2021, 01:45 AM
    I empty mine. I thought I'd be switching alloys frequently, but it turns out I only cast a lot of one boolit for one gun in one application. So, no need for me to drain the pot to put in a different alloy. But I do because I don't leave my...
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    01-15-2021, 04:01 AM
    I couldn't find it. ETA: I think this is it? Reloadingeverything.com.
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    01-15-2021, 03:14 AM
    You might want to consider using certified alloys starting out, eliminating that variable in advance of working out the kinks in your technique. Afterwards, for the sake of saving money and effort both, finding a scrap alloy that is consistent...
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    01-15-2021, 02:37 AM
    What I did for two identical molds, looking to increase production, was to think that in the time I took to completely cycle one mold by itself I would need to find to do everything to cycle the second mold. If there wasn't enough time for...
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    01-14-2021, 02:58 PM
    I know from personal experience that packing lead and lugging it to the shipping office is literally a pain. Sometimes advertising locally can get you a buyer who will come to you, and may be willing to take the lead unpacked, doing all the heavy...
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    01-13-2021, 02:44 PM
    Are you talking about commercial bullet casting? I understand that buyers want a consistent and predictable product. Some commercial outfits will used certified foundry alloys for that reason. Others will buy scrap and blend their own, based on...
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    01-13-2021, 02:27 PM
    Beezapilot, as posted above pewter is about 2/3 the density of lead so what you'll get out of the mold will be lighter than lead balls out of the same mold. And my personal experience makes me also advise that you cut sooner rather than later if...
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    01-13-2021, 02:17 PM
    Sounds like home cast weights, but a pic would help settle the question.
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    01-12-2021, 03:28 AM
    I've heard that some use a casting pot, but the larger pieces won't fit into a 4" to 5" diameter version without putting effort into cutting or bending them a lot. I use an 11" SS pot over the propane burner I process lead with, turned down low. ...
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    01-11-2021, 01:15 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Money Orders in Our Town
    I used to specify a USPSMO, but now I'm also taking Zelle. Once notification is received, which is as fast as the sender arranges it, I have the funds in my account and then I ship. Faster too, for the buyer, who doesn't have to wait for snail mail...
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    01-10-2021, 01:46 AM
    Am I right in remembering that the main reason for cleaning primer pockets was to remove residue back in the days when the compound and/or the powder was corrosive? Does it make any difference otherwise? Don't get me wrong, I'm worse than most in...
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    01-09-2021, 04:36 AM
    Good to see the proof of what's possible. But the credit goes to you. It took hard work and persistence, just like your win.
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    01-08-2021, 03:16 AM
    I'd always been told that rifle primers are harder than pistol. AAMOF, back in the day, a fair number of the potentially high pressure loads meeting the old higher major power for USPSA shooting used srp's to prevent primer piercing. Less common...
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    01-04-2021, 11:08 PM
    I take it he drives his own truck, which has an RV ramp? Man, I was thinking you'd need more weight for a bench like this. Or maybe it's just me and my long shafted oversized expander that sticks, lifting the side of my whole 5' bench, even...
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    01-04-2021, 10:59 PM
    I thought most if not all the current shortages were happening well before November, and the same, as least for guns and shooting supplies, in prior years? Lots of unexpected weird stuff last year, above and beyond what might be anticipated with...
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    01-04-2021, 09:55 PM
    My OFM Glock barrels seem to like HiTek coated cast sized to .357. I've had months pass between HiTek coating and baking. No issues, other than if I left the coated boolits outdoors, condensation would make the uncured coating opaque and blotchy;...
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    01-04-2021, 05:07 PM
    Thanks to Ben for the OP and Minerat for the bump. This looks like something even I might be able to cobble together.
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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