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  • kevin c's Avatar
    Today, 05:11 PM
    I have to get to it too. Here on the Left Coast it's warmer, but we're just getting past the rainy season, and of course I process outdoors. True that rain on top of the melt isn't a concern, but rain in the ingot molds certainly is. Cooler is...
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    Today, 03:24 PM
    Yeah, I was a bit disappointed when I analyzed my big 32# generators (the ones shaped like grenades) and didn't find any tin at all (I read here they were 96-3-1). And when I've analyzed different lots of the same styles of containers, there's a bit...
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    Today, 03:14 PM
    I asked that question and Petander, who uses the metal probe in his sensor bullet, replied, saying just the tip reads temp. No personal experience, though.
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    Today, 03:08 PM
    I got a saw blade now. We'll see if it warps (maybe flip it over regularly, or turn off the heat when the mold is up to temp?). Anyway, better the blade than the mold.
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    Today, 02:07 PM
    All spoken for, pending funds. Replies to pms forthcoming. Apologies to the latecomers!
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    Today, 03:09 AM
    I have isotope lead in excess of my needs. Time to share some of the wealth. For sale are ten crates of unpainted small containers, all the same, approximately 20 ounces each (shown in this thread, post #7, second picture:...
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    Today, 02:24 AM
    That's good to know. My counter top convection unit isn't that big, and like avenger's, has elements above and below. Some experimentation may be in order.
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    Today, 12:17 AM
    Or maybe only heat the scrap in an empty pot and never put it into molten alloy? I’d figure bringing up the temperature of the scrap in an empty it would drive out the moisture before any melting.
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    Yesterday, 09:19 PM
    Vendors and members in the S&S forums will have it up for sale on occasion at around a dollar a pound plus shipping. Sometimes you can find it yourself for less. Good luck in your hunt.
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    Yesterday, 03:37 AM
    I set up two small pet feeders, one on each side of my progressive press. Left side is for boolit feeding, right is for case feeding. This should make more of each available without taking up much of a foot print. It also keeps the components...
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    Yesterday, 02:52 AM
    I bet your ingots stay nice and shiney in those air tight cans, Land Owner. Unless high in tin, mine get dull and sometimes film coated with oxide, being stored in open stacks in my unheated basement that sometimes is a bit damp. ETA: You must...
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    Yesterday, 02:45 AM
    The leather mallets don't rebound either.
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    02-13-2020, 05:05 PM
    A pot that size with cylindrical walls has a theoretical capacity of over 850# of lead. A few questions worth considering: Are you ever going to process that amount at one time? Do you have a stand that can bear the weight? Do you have a...
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    02-13-2020, 04:22 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Site Security in Cast Boolits
    I've had the same problem, though not here. It's not bad vision. I think that the figures are sometimes indistinct or, even if easy to see, can be interpreted in different ways. Either way, it's annoying at the very least.
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    02-13-2020, 04:11 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread First time casting in Cast Boolits
    Those look great! You're a natural!
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    02-13-2020, 04:08 AM
    Mine came today from Titan, ordered around Black Friday last year. Titan cancelled and refunded the old Lee swager, but I neglected to order the new one for the AAP, and additionally I don't have the Lee Universal decapper (I load on a SDB with the...
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    02-12-2020, 11:30 PM
    It's reasonable to buy just what you need, especially if there are higher priorities for your spare cash. But if you do have funds not needed for other things, and also have the space to store it and the back to haul it, it's not unreasonable to...
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    02-12-2020, 11:19 PM
    That's funny, Dimaprok, because it was on my 4-20 that I had to keep turning down the temp dial to keep the alloy at constant temp as measured by thermometer. Like you, my pots are now PID controlled.
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    02-12-2020, 12:57 PM
    I don't know Ramsey, but the ideas of being debt free, of tracking expenses, of having financial goals and ultimately financial independence are good ones that are not new. There's a book I read a few years back that may be pertinent here, that...
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    02-12-2020, 02:17 AM
    It looks like you got some good stuff to work with! I think that's the consensus opinion here, along with the though that the exact composition is still not a sure thing. Seeing the bullet you cast, I think Dusty Bannister is right: the alloy or...
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    02-11-2020, 06:15 PM
    Wet tumbling brought down my lead levels after switching from dry tumbling and no longer mining my clubs dusty berms. But that's a really good observation on the skin contact with the cleaning water. Gloves it will be from now on. Thanks, Ausglock.
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    02-11-2020, 06:05 PM
    I found this. I'm not entirely sure, not knowing that much about the actual composition of a "page" of type set up with Linotype, but slugs could be the blank spacers or maybe the whole length of Linotype with letters that made up one typeset line....
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    02-11-2020, 01:47 PM
    I have a few of the long pigs that may be replenishment alloy. They all have cast in markings saying "Federated Castomatic", and have ink stamps indicating 7% Sn, 11.25% Sb, 81.75% Pb. The broken off ears have that fine crystalline look that I'm...
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    02-11-2020, 01:20 PM
    From all of us, you're welcome. Have fun shooting, and here's to hoping you won't rule out casting your father's bullet yourself with his mold (I can't think of many better ways to honor his memory).
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    02-11-2020, 12:56 PM
    That was a very interesting read, thanks!
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    02-11-2020, 11:55 AM
    If the folks on this forum were into the stock market, we'd all be called value oriented investors.
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    02-11-2020, 03:11 AM
    Got my TruBlu from Donnie today. It came with specific instructions on temp to cure at and that baking over the recommended three minutes at temp might yield a green color instead of the blue. The sheet also recommended the AtM technique. Gotta...
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    02-11-2020, 02:44 AM
    IIRC, Rotometals sold it as Lino but it was in individual letter form. I got a box also.
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    02-11-2020, 12:01 AM
    Many different kinds of Babbit metal which range from a lot to a little tin. I'll give you the default answer: melt off a bit and send it and a pound of lead to BNE, then you'll know for sure.
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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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