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  • kevin c's Avatar
    03-29-2020, 10:29 PM
    95-3-2 works for me for 9mm and moderate velocities. Depending on fill out, less tin might work, and if you coat the boolits (powder coat or HiTek) many say that a softer alloy works just fine. For just about everything you need to know about...
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    03-29-2020, 05:32 PM
    I have the double jet burner. It really didn't do a good job of quickly melting scrap or ingots (starting from an empty pot) until I put up 360* wind breaks around the stand and an insulating jacket around my half propane tank pot, and even now I...
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    03-29-2020, 03:49 PM
    More PPE and safety consciousness. Better ergonomics in your setup and casting technique. Saves on burns and elevated lead levels. Prevents contamination in your work area (you don't want to encounter the tinsel fairly even once). Easier on the...
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    03-29-2020, 03:34 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Weigh check and sort? in Cast Boolits
    My understanding is that, since all the alloying metals we add to lead are less dense, the resulting alloy will cast a lighter boolit compared to pure lead. There may be formulas that will predict the density of an alloy with more or less tin or...
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    03-28-2020, 03:57 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Weigh check and sort? in Cast Boolits
    My action pistol sport requires meeting a power factor that is calculated using boolit weight and velocity, with each competitor's ammunition checked by actually pulling apart competitors' rounds and weighing the bullet, while shooting other rounds...
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    03-22-2020, 08:39 PM
    Welcome , Strafer!
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    03-22-2020, 03:07 PM
    I've not tried it myself (I use 95/3/2 in 9mm 147's pushed only to around 900 fps), but supposedly the coatings (I think this applies to powdercoat as well?) let you get away with softer alloy than would be needed for traditionally lubed cast....
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    03-22-2020, 02:57 PM
    The thread JonB linked to is one that helped me a lot, though my applications don't require sorting boolits to the nearest fraction of a grain. For me, the most helpful bit of advice out of that thread was avoiding shiney casts. With my alloy...
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    03-22-2020, 02:14 AM
    IIRC, a member here who has access to XRF equipment, BNE, did an experiment where he repeatedly skimmed the oxide dross from a pot of very hot alloy over an extended time and then analyzed the composition of the alloy left in the pot. It did not...
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    03-22-2020, 02:00 AM
    Sorted several thousand 9mm cases by headstamp these past few days. Loading planned next, then casting and coating. I want to fiddle with my new APP, but I really need to clean up my bench. Plenty of time, between being retired and being in...
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    03-22-2020, 01:46 AM
    Good that you found a fix. Still, there are many HiTek users here that say they have used the coating without problems up to rifle velocities. What cartridge were you loading for? Are the casts bullets the right fit for your bore? How is the...
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    03-21-2020, 02:57 PM
    I have most of the stuff mentioned above, minus the whisks (my scrap source is pretty clean) and the extinguisher ( outdoor set up over a paved area, with a hose and tap ten feet away). One thing I use besides channel locks are a pair of vise grip...
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    03-21-2020, 02:29 PM
    I think you're smart to have considered the ground you have to work on. Level, smooth (at least under the feet of the stand) and firm. Nothing to predispose tilting, tipping over and spilling. A leveled piece of heavy plywood set on ground that...
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    03-19-2020, 11:17 AM
    Have you contacted him about getting the wrong lube?
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    03-13-2020, 02:49 AM
    I don't get the TP thing either. Went to a local chain grocery market to buy some dairy products and found paper towels, hand sanitizer and a lot of food items like bread and cereal sold out. The line to the registers literally snaked all around...
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    03-13-2020, 02:28 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Nice ingot molds in Casting Equipment
    I don't think I've seen anything exactly like those. What are the dimensions of each cavity? It's cast iron, right?
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    03-12-2020, 01:28 AM
    I tried the same thing with a brand new Lee six banger and the pewter I got even before I got any lead. First boolits I ever cast. Beeyooteeful! And I almost got a hernia trying to cut the sprue. With a 450 degree solidus and a cold mold and...
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    03-12-2020, 01:08 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Wheel Weights in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Would it be possible to start with molten lead already in the pot and just put the pins lead covered end first to melt the lead off?
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    03-12-2020, 12:52 AM
    OS OK, Does the trap stay on the wagon, or is that just for moving it around or cleaning it out?
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    03-11-2020, 11:58 AM
    I found that whacking plated slugs set on concrete or a steel plate would split the plating enough for melting. I used a waffle faced framing hammer. Yield out of my club's berms was 60 something percent of alloy at two percent Sb, no tin. Hard...
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    03-11-2020, 03:48 AM
    That was Elvis ammo, along with a couple others. It's good to know that iron molds work, though I'd have to get them made. Anybody know how brass and zinc get along?
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    03-10-2020, 07:01 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Reheating alloy in Cast Boolits
    ^^^ Pithy, practical and to the point.
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    03-10-2020, 06:58 PM
    How many here remember gas at less than fifty cents a gallon?
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    03-10-2020, 06:48 PM
    Ironically, the tin I have accumulated over the past few years is less expensive than the bismuth by at least a factor of two. Believe me, this is not something I'm doing with enthusiasm (changing boolit alloy from lead based to something else,...
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    03-10-2020, 05:55 AM
    I'm exploring cast alternatives to lead based alloys. Can you PC zinc or bismuth? Thanks in advance from a PC novice.
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    03-10-2020, 05:48 AM
    Thanks, Tazza and Joe.
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    03-10-2020, 04:05 AM
    Thanks for the tips!
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    03-10-2020, 12:42 AM
    Question for Joe: Does HiTek adhere to Zamak/zinc? I'm exploring alternatives to lead alloys for cast boolits.
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    03-10-2020, 12:39 AM
    Except for the cannon folk, it seems a pretty common sentiment here that zinc is not wanted as a boolit casting metal. However there is pending legislation on the Left Coast that might ban lead bullets at ranges (still would be legal to own such...
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    03-09-2020, 12:59 AM
    There are claims by vendors that my Bayou Classic double jet burner with a 20 psi regulator will crank out 367000 BTU's. Even so, it melts range scrap best when insulated and with a good wind shield around it. I didn't trust my ability to control...
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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