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  • kevin c's Avatar
    Today, 03:53 AM
    How much would it cost you for the component metals? Lead and tin (in the form of pewter ~92% Sn content) are ~$1 a pound and ~$9 a pound respectively in the S&S. Antimony is harder to find and work with, but if you could combine it yourself...
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    Today, 02:25 AM
    I was gonna reply when I first read this thread this morning but just now found my tablet. Normally I leave it charging and just follow the wire but this time I'd picked up and put it down unplugged not even ten feet away, but, of course, it...
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    Yesterday, 02:44 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Lead Free Primers in Cast Boolits
    The problem comes in trying to appreciate the practical implications of some measured amount of increased risk. If, for instance, you could prove that some exposure or activity increased health problems ten fold, but that new rate is only, say, ten...
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    09-19-2020, 09:11 PM
    I wouldn't have thought the amount of air in the case could cause enough moisture condensation to matter, especially as I thought that rounds are mostly air and moisture tight?
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    09-18-2020, 11:48 PM
    My impression is that the extra weight of a heavier WW is mostly in the lead, so you're probably well over 20# of the good stuff.
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    09-17-2020, 12:40 PM
    I mostly use coated bullets so I haven't got the personal experience to pass on about bullet lube contamination. I can tell you through personal experimentation that very heavy case lube contamination can cause squibs and hang fires, but it takes a...
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    09-17-2020, 11:58 AM
    Right now, for some, that's almost none; for others who planned ahead and had resources, an awful lot.
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    09-15-2020, 12:30 PM
    I need bullets in bulk, up to thousands each month. I can't baby each slug individually to maximize accuracy, and my application (action pistol sports) doesn't need it anyway. They may be nigh on perfect out of the cavities, but they aren't by the...
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    09-15-2020, 12:02 PM
    Thanks, folks. I was just suprised that the hardware folks had no idea what I was asking for. I mean, I'm a white collar kind of guy who's never seen the inside of a professional machine shop and I've heard of it, but these supposedly knowledgeable...
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    09-14-2020, 04:02 AM
    I've read that they make processing lead smell nice, but haven't used them myself. Part of that reluctance was a superabundance of paraffin, part was wondering whether there was enough salt in the bacon grease and metallic and other contaminants in...
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    09-14-2020, 03:57 AM
    I vote for SuperHard as well. Just the thing for finely tuned alloys made up from the XRF'd source metals I use. If I'm honest, that degree of precision is likely not essential for my intended use, but old habits die hard.
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    09-14-2020, 02:26 AM
    I'm going to fix up some mold blocks and sprue plates, sanding them for a better fit. Went to the local Ace Hardware, and nobody there (went through five sets of puzzled looks and "never heard of it"'s) knew what Dykem Blue or lay out fluid were. ...
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    09-14-2020, 02:17 AM
    It seems that others' experience is different from mine, but I have a 147 lube grooved bevel base design that, compared to the same weight grooveless BB design, takes significantly less powder to make the same velocity out of the same pistol. Both...
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    09-13-2020, 12:48 PM
    If the ingots are close to one another in weight you could stack them alternating up and down on each level. They'll be closer together and save some space, and they tend to interlock, making the whole pile more stable. Still best to put them inside...
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    09-13-2020, 03:01 AM
    ^^^ What I do.
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    09-12-2020, 01:47 AM
    Mixes mean that the most stable crystalline solid structures of each pure metal don't form and less heat is needed to melt them, so melting temps under that of the lowest constituent metal are possible. The temp for melting is a range that varies...
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    09-12-2020, 01:01 AM
    A propane torch or, better yet, a weed burner will make very short work of the coating. Do wear a respirator (the fumes are bad for you), and use a wire brush or a metal scouring pad on the cooled pan to get out the ashy residue.
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    09-10-2020, 12:52 AM
    I have way too much SuperHard and typemetal to ever worry about making up my own Sb enrichment alloy, but good to know.
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    09-09-2020, 12:54 PM
    It may be extra effort, but with the older building stock on the continent, I can't help but think that soft lead from demolition work could be found readily. Not as convenient nor as plentiful as your indoor source of hard lead, but one or two...
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    09-09-2020, 12:34 PM
    Very cool. No known issues, Dusty? No observed fumes or other weirdness, trebleplink?
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    09-09-2020, 12:19 PM
    Gnappi, do those .355's shoot well for you? .356/.357 is more common in cast 9mm, and some folks go larger if bore measurements of the gun being loaded for are above nominal.
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    09-06-2020, 12:57 PM
    Thank you Joe! My oven has decent temp control as K probe testing has confirmed. I bumped up the temp mainly because of wipe off, but I may have been too unaccepting of seeing any color at all at two minutes and beyond at confirmed curing temp. I...
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    09-06-2020, 02:46 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Mining lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    S&S prices at around a dollar a pound plus shipping is more than what you were paying, but it's an option.
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    09-05-2020, 03:14 PM
    Isn't this the stuff the truly sociopathic mix up and throw at people to blind and disfigure them? That was dissolved in water, used at room temp or up to around boiling. Here were talking about the pure chemical on top of molten lead at 700-800....
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    09-05-2020, 02:41 PM
    Ah. I saw in another thread that aluminum can soften and fail with repeated use for molten lead, though there it was a pot over open flame used for melting scrap. Is that what happened?
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    09-05-2020, 11:56 AM
    Was this "caustic treatment" described, and did the handbook say what it was treating and why it's thought necessary? Never mind. I found the other threads.
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    09-05-2020, 11:44 AM
    I've always turned the trays halfway. I tested the oven with multiple simultaneous K probes and found lower temperature in two opposite corners (10C low in one, 3C in the other). A 90 turn along with a couple firm shakes evens out the baking and...
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    09-05-2020, 05:17 AM
    My oven does have elements above and below and I'm pretty sure all four (two up and two down) are cycling. It is a convection oven (the largest countertop Breville) and I do have the fan running continuously, but I also confess it doesn't sound...
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    09-05-2020, 04:34 AM
    So those triangular molds are aluminum cake baking pans? Did I understand right that one failed on you? Was it at a seam or edge that was soldered or had a poor weld, or did the sheet metal itself fail? I've never tried alloying Sb into lead. I...
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    09-05-2020, 04:20 AM
    Costco nut containers. But I use them for HiTek coating. For PC, I'm not so sure, especially about the static electricity thing.
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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