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    Today, 04:05 AM
    That's a fair deal, given that no time and gas money are spent scrounging. Seems the only extra effort might be making it into convenient to add small coins or bullets.
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    Today, 03:44 AM
    Filed away for future reference. Just the kind of practical tip that makes a forum like this worth browsing.
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    Today, 03:37 AM
    Thank you, John Boy and Lead pot. Not being familiar with ladle pouring, I got left behind there. Can you use the same technique for each of a multi cavity mold?
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    10-25-2020, 11:07 PM
    John Boy, are you directing the alloy stream to hit the inlet of the sprue plate, or the mold cavity itself? How much of an angle are you talking about?
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    10-25-2020, 01:23 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread solder in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I haven't dealt with acid core myself, but I've read posts here about soaking up the acid with sawdust (apparently skimming it before it burns off). Between skimming off both the sawdust and the usual dross, it seems there are no appreciated, or, at...
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    10-25-2020, 01:10 PM
    AndyC, the primed cases those glue boolits are loaded into aren't so cheap now. I'd bet your buddy is glad he has a supply of a currently very scarce resource.
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    10-25-2020, 01:05 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Why is Lead so CHEAP? in Cast Boolits
    According to this Wikipedia article, the silver in lead ore can be worth more than the lead itself.
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    10-25-2020, 01:01 PM
    I disagree...:kidding:
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    10-25-2020, 12:56 PM
    BNE, Are your weights consistent? I would have thought flat bases to be the most uniform weight wise, with small tear outs (even if small) and sprue stubs being more variable.
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    10-25-2020, 04:12 AM
    I gotta say, I have never been able to use tools wearing welding gloves. Maybe I just haven't found a pair that fits my hands well. I use one when ingot pouring (my big Rowell gets pretty hot with nearly 10# of molten lead in it) and when turning...
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    10-25-2020, 03:59 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread bhn question in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I use a 95-3-2 or 96-3-1 alloy, sort of a 1:1 hardball:soft mix plus a bit more tin in the first case, to cast 9mm that I HiTek coat and shoot without problems at 900 to 925 fps. At just a bit more velocity, I think your harder alloy should do fine,...
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    10-25-2020, 03:32 AM
    Sorted brass, and found that a five gallon bucket will hold almost exactly 10,000 loose 9mm cases. I also found that that's just shy of 90#, so the buckets are staying where I filled them...
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    10-24-2020, 02:11 AM
    For those a little light in the wallet, a plastic document cover, rolled up and cut to fit. It might make a difference what plastic the cover is made of, but the one I used never discolored, and the Dillon hopper it protects is still clear after...
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    10-24-2020, 01:50 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread RotoMetals in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Reliable source of certified alloys, but while buying in quantity gets you discounts and free shipping, your wallet will definitely be lighter after a foray onto their website.
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    10-24-2020, 01:43 AM
    15meter is pointing you in the right direction. The cheapest tin, under the spot price per pound, is second hand pewter. That even makes allowance for the fact that modern food service pewter ranges in tin content from 92.5 to 97 percent (the...
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    10-24-2020, 01:35 AM
    Isotope container lead is about 2.5% Sb, good for pistol but maybe not for rifle. Rotometals' SuperHard is my go to source for Sb mixing alloy (30%) if I need to cast at a higher Sb content. The recycling company I go to that specializes in...
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    10-23-2020, 07:48 PM
    Good job on the lead! If the jackets are really clean, they may be worth something to a recycler if you accumulate enough. Drinking from a closed container poses a relatively small risk of lead ingestion, but it's worth remembering that handling...
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    10-23-2020, 07:40 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread bhn question in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Your analysis is just fractionally under the Sb and Sn content of hardball, which is about 16 BHN according to my resources ( The same articles mention hardening over time, with the lowest numbers found right after casting and increased...
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    10-23-2020, 05:38 AM
    Another safety measure I take is making sure I have a clear direct path away from the pot in case of an eruption or catastrophic spill.
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    10-23-2020, 05:34 AM
    That's a good idea, Froogal. Spread out a bit, it could keep lead off stuff you don't want it on (metal cases and trays might shed the drips without a problem, but I do have scorched wood and pitted/melted plastic that might have been spared the...
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    10-23-2020, 05:29 AM
    10000 rounds a year is low for me, especially as I have more time since retiring. A few physical issues have limited not only casting and reloading but shooting centerfire, so it's mostly been 22LR drills to refine accuracy and technique in the past...
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    10-23-2020, 05:10 AM
    That works too.
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    10-23-2020, 03:45 AM
    "Refining" or "processing" work for me, though, as GLR said, if I slip up and say smelting, everybody seems to know what I mean.
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    10-22-2020, 08:08 PM
    BamaNapper, action pistol shooters can go through 30-50 thousand rounds a year in practice and match rounds. If those are 180 grain 40 caliber slugs, we're talking about up to 1200 pounds of alloy a year. In my case 3000 rounds of 147 grain 9mm a...
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    10-22-2020, 07:46 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Hello pewter! in Lead and Lead Alloys
    You inspired me, Tripplebeards, to go back to the hunt. After a long layoff, I picked up another 5# worth at an average cost under three bucks a pound this past week. I'll have to plan a major pewter melting day: even after flattening mugs and...
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    10-22-2020, 02:13 PM
    Or maybe "crack"? Fairly brittle stuff, Lino, isn't it? Many of the Lino pigs I've picked up have broken off ears, and once I score one with a chisel and gave it a firm tap with a framing hammer and it snapped.
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    10-22-2020, 02:01 PM
    Neat stuff, and thanks for the numbers and purchasing info especially. I'm guessing the same could be done with small pistol primers, or is cutting down the caps to fit problematic?
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    10-22-2020, 01:55 PM
    I'm not a chemist, metallurgist or materials engineer, but isn't the process the OP's referring to a surface treatment that doesn't change the characteristics of the underlying metal? It's a form of case hardening, isn't it, where you get an...
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    10-19-2020, 02:48 AM
    Soooo...high BC rifle boolits (long and skinny) are technically more difficult to cast well, or is it more that fewer defects are accepted, leading to a higher reject rate despite the same percentage of flaws in the same number of pistol boolits?...
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    10-19-2020, 02:37 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Coleman stove? in Casting Equipment
    I started with the same HF cast iron Dutch oven. It worked fine; I only moved on because I wanted even more capacity (ended up with a half 20# propane tank pot with a spout welded on).
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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