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    Today, 04:13 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Ladle weirdness in Casting Equipment
    Are you casting really hot? There are a couple other threads discussing similar findings with pure, and the speculation of some is that it might be a lead oxide. Maybe lower the pot temp a bit, or try pressure pouring to reduce air exposure?
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    Today, 03:52 AM
    For me, it's easier to get in the groove once I've been there. I seem to need to get reacquainted with the pots and preheating hot plate, the alloy and the molds, each time I've laid them aside for a while. Once I get my rhythm back, it can flow...
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    Yesterday, 12:40 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread What to add? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Three parts Lino and one of pure, making 9% Sb and 3% Sn, or three of pure and one of Lino, to make 3% Sb and 1% Sn?
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    05-27-2020, 12:05 PM
    The cross also works to give you proportions for mixing up new percentages of tin or antimony. I don't do that kind of load development, so I don't know about the software.
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    05-27-2020, 04:17 AM
    BHN mixing cross: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y0raK6_Vbk Dude's German or Austrian, and writes his numbers the way he was taught. I assure you his math is right, though assuming a linear relationship between boolit alloy hardness and...
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    05-27-2020, 04:03 AM
    All my six and eight cavity gang molds have the Lee style cammed sprue plate opener, but I still use a hammer on the handle bolt to tap out stubborn boolits. I've used plastic solid and dead blow hammers, and lead weighted dowels, but they all get...
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    05-27-2020, 03:55 AM
    If the charcoal or iron or, in my case, the silica gel in desiccant packs are sealed against exposure to what they react with (just a ZipLok freezer bag) then they may stay fresh. The VCI emitters I use come sealed in plastic, to be opened for use....
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    05-27-2020, 03:42 AM
    This is my experience. Processing lead outdoors in an area with frequent swirling winds, close to a steep berm and buildings, I swear the smoke will chase me around the pot. The respirator had an impressive effect; all of a sudden the air I was...
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    05-26-2020, 02:09 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Had a 1st in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Lightman, I have other sources of SB and SN, so, unless I proactively dispose of it, my stash of factory Lino ingots may be a major score for some future caster as well.
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    05-26-2020, 01:56 PM
    Be that as it may, I've shipped 60+# of lead in MFRB's many times that were always encased in clear tape (with an internal plywood box providing the main support and protection) with the only complaint from the postal worker being "I'm not lifting...
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    05-26-2020, 01:26 PM
    Congratulations on recruiting, encouraging and mentoring the next generation. When it is your very own family that must be especially satisfying. But as the others' posts implied, better teach him the fine art of lead and tin scrounging first!
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    05-26-2020, 01:21 PM
    The master chef in the house is my wife. She'll put anything that would bake on a flat surface on parchment paper. If a browned crust is important it goes in cast iron.
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    05-24-2020, 03:25 PM
    My take on caliber choice in the action pistol sports is a bit different. I think it's driven by the nature of the sport, the desire to look for competitive advantage, and the rules meant to constrain that desire for the sake of making it a game of...
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    05-24-2020, 05:23 AM
    California still has social distancing in place, along with other restrictions. That makes isolated practice on my club's ranges possible, but matches, with their squads of sometimes twenty or more sociable folks, are problematic.
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    05-24-2020, 05:08 AM
    Are the guys in Maui still shooting? Island hopping for matches or practice isn't really an option I guess.
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    05-24-2020, 05:03 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Flux in Casting Equipment
    Funny you mentioned the cheese wax, George. I used it too, but the smell reminded me of grilled cheese sandwiches, a bit too distracting. The beeswax smells nice, but doesn't make me hungry, and while I've heard it draws bees, I haven't seen that...
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    05-24-2020, 02:55 AM
    Member BNE is our great testing resource, but he's taking a bit of a break at the moment. That'll just give you more time to gather solder. What he requests is a BB sized test sample and a pound of lead (I think he prefers pure). Your only other...
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    05-24-2020, 02:18 AM
    I'd think that what you cast your tin into sort of depends on how much you're casting at a time and how precise you want your alloy to be. Some folks add tin to a pot of alloy until it casts the way they want, using bullet sized chunks or dipping...
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    05-23-2020, 03:37 PM
    I have the version Rotometals sells, that they say is the same as the RCBS. It worked fine, though it did not come with a hands free clip to hold it in the melt. A thermometer still requires adjusting the heat to your Lee pot separately and then...
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    05-23-2020, 01:30 PM
    Liquid pure tin is about 2/3rds the density of that of lead. If full to capacity, you have over 24# of tin between the two pots, which may be worth more than what you paid for them (tin is 11 to 25 dollars a pound retail at Rotometals). Great thing...
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    05-23-2020, 09:00 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Flux in Casting Equipment
    George, I keep reading that the Marvelux can leave a difficult to remove crust in the pot and on tools. Are folks not using it right? I use pine sawdust and a generous amount of paraffin when processing scrap lead. I use beeswax in the casting...
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    05-23-2020, 08:51 AM
    Say, BNE. Your analyses all add up to 100.0% metals. Is the XRF not calibrated for the oxygen or are the oxides added into the metal content? Does the analysis exclude lead oxides?
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    05-23-2020, 08:33 AM
    RogerDat, did your crust look like the pics in this thread (1st and 14th posts)? This guy was probably running a really hot pot. The thought there was that maybe the oxides were of tin rather than lead. ...
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    05-23-2020, 03:56 AM
    Wow, that nasty stuff is chock full of tin, and the alloy I'd considered full of toxic metals is actually just overcooked high tin alloy. If it can be reduced, that'd be a great save. Learned something here. Thanks to both the OP for not being...
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    05-22-2020, 12:28 PM
    USPSA - United States Practical Shooting Association IDPA - International Defensive Pistol Association ICORE - International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts GSSF - Glock Sport Shooting Foundation PF - Power Factor (bullet weight in...
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    05-22-2020, 11:39 AM
    Not WW lead, but I've found other lead FS on CL, though I haven't bought any, finding better prices and more surety of content from my other sources. Scrap wave solder I've bought at a fairly good price for the tin content, though wire solder goes...
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    05-22-2020, 11:31 AM
    For those in the US, TAP plastics has HDPE bottles in various sizes that work well as HiTek storage containers. Just be sure to buy the right caps that don't have a glued in paper liner. They also sell tubing that can go on the end of syringes,...
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    05-21-2020, 11:53 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Pewter usually is ductile, not brittle. You might have a white metal zinc alloy, in which case it has relatively low melting point (zamak alloys of zinc, aluminum, copper and magnesium, commonly used for die casting, melt around 700* F, whereas...
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    05-21-2020, 12:21 AM
    I sort my action pistol 9mm match brass, but not practice or plinking brass. It started with inspection to cull damaged cases, then moved on to eliminating certain head stamps that I had problems loading. That I do for all brass I use, but...
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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