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    Yesterday, 03:27 AM
    Many aspire, but there can be only one...
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    Yesterday, 02:38 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Casting Furnaces in Casting Equipment
    I started with a Lee 4-20 and recently refurbished an old ProMelt. Now for volume casting the 4-20 acts as a feeder pot for the ProMelt. When casting in smaller volume I just use the Promelt - greater capacity, much less dripping, and more space on...
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    02-19-2019, 02:30 PM
    Thank you, Lakehouse. You put in a phenomenal amount of work here. This was not just a a matter of using a preexisting boolit design or punching in numbers on a template provided by a known mold maker, but was a build from scratch needing decisions...
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    02-19-2019, 01:50 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Tin value in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Certified pure tin will cost around that (I saw ads today from metals dealers for as low as $14.50 a pound, but that was in bulk and didn't include shipping). You can buy pewter (92.5% tin for modern food service items) in the S&S forums for...
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    02-19-2019, 01:17 PM
    I talked with a guy at the radiopharmacy where I buy scrapped isotope containers. He told me that one buyer they had before would sell lead bricks for radiation shielding made from the containers, which are ~2.5% Sb per the several analyses I had...
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    02-18-2019, 10:14 PM
    Stamping with letter punches makes a permanent record on the ingot of what you want to know about it. It is time consuming, though, especially if you have a lot of ingots, big or small (big, of course, saves some labor per pound of alloy). Some...
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    02-18-2019, 02:12 PM
    Hah, I type too slowly. Mini loaf pans work well for bulk storage, and have the advantage of being fairly cheap. I personally have used sizes that make ingots of three and nine pounds. They stack well if you take a little care to cast them all...
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    02-18-2019, 01:58 PM
    Welcome! Just a reminder that the basic equipment for melting lead scrap includes the right PPE. I'd strongly recommend head to toe full body coverage to protect against spatters, heavily insulated gloves like welder's, a face shield and/or a...
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    02-16-2019, 10:31 PM
    Pm at ya
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    02-15-2019, 05:57 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Ingot mold size in Casting Equipment
    I have a few of those pans but with only eight of the same sized cavities. The ingots weigh a bit more than three pounds if the cavity is filled to the top. The twenty four odd pounds in my pans will make the thin steel bend if I don't pick the...
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    02-15-2019, 05:18 AM
    Out here on the Left Coast pewter availability is variable. Persistence, though, can pay off. The thrifts are good for occasional finds of single or a couple pieces of pewter, and with Good Will's senior discounts and half off sales the price...
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    02-13-2019, 02:46 AM
    I've read here of berm miners hitting "lodes" of cast boolits in their digs because the shooters at their range use a lot of them and/or shoot into a specific spot. I've read here that the cores of jacketed slugs tend to be a softer lead than cast,...
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    02-13-2019, 02:29 AM
    It's nice to have a place to shoot that is close/convenient. Still, while I would use an indoor range if that was the main viable shooting option, I would have the same concerns raised by fredj338.
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    02-12-2019, 06:07 AM
    I have had very small bubbles form slowly on the surface of a Pb-Sb-Sn alloy that was analyzed and had no Zn in it per the report. I haven't tested anything that caused the fizzy type of bubbling I read about here.
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    02-10-2019, 03:42 AM
    Are there smileys for rubbing your hands gleefully or licking your lips in anticipation?
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    02-09-2019, 11:47 PM
    i have yet to see any lead casting molds at estate or garage sales here in the California Bay Area other than for fishing sinkers. None in the gun shows either. Maybe it's where I live, or maybe I haven't been looking long enough.
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    02-09-2019, 11:39 PM
    OK, that explains it. And if your buddy's stash is a few years old, you likely will have a very good ratio of lead to zinc/steel ww.
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    02-09-2019, 11:32 PM
    Well, gee, truckjohn, I think most here would say just the possibility that you might run out shows you don't have enough :kidding:
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    02-09-2019, 02:08 AM
    I'm guessing not? I'm assuming you bought typewriter for this possibility and so damaging it is not an issue. In that case you could pull up one key and try passing a propane torch over the end. Even if it is a lead based alloy I'd guess the...
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    02-09-2019, 01:57 AM
    If you are finding lead wheel weights in quantity in California in this day and age you are most fortunate.
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    02-09-2019, 01:53 AM
    I put together a insulated sleeve for my propane tank pot using a roll of 8" flashing, tin snips, aluminum rivets and pink fiberglass insulation. 'Taint pretty but it does the job. I use a jet burner, so the flame licks the bottom of the pot,...
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    02-09-2019, 01:43 AM
    For future reference to other thread viewers, I got mine at my local Ace Hardware.
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    02-07-2019, 07:01 PM
    I discovered that my SDB has run out. I've had the press for over 25 years and never had issues with J words or commercial cast sized to standard diameters, but with some of the cast designs I now use in oversized diameters, the run out causes the...
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    02-07-2019, 06:05 PM
    :goodpost: This. Not only easier on me, but the smoother action makes for a more consistent rhythm and, I think, a more consistent round. ETA: my Dillon SDB is of older vintage than your press. It came with a sizing die with a carbide insert,...
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    02-07-2019, 05:32 PM
    The basic reason for me is volume. I put 2 to 4 thousand pistol rounds through the same gun per month for action pistol, where Bullseye level of accuracy is not needed as much as reliable function. I leave the dies in the tool head, which holds...
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    02-07-2019, 02:49 PM
    Great story there, Ohiopatriot. Somebody wiser than me told me that good luck is made. Making the effort, following your hunches really paid off in your case.
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    02-07-2019, 02:31 PM
    Nice bit of information there, Outpost. Did I read correctly somewhere that antimony content improves the alloy's swaging characteristics? That seems counterintuitive to me.
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    02-05-2019, 06:08 PM
    Well, if the host for the image restricts access, you may not see anything. If the member posting the image tries to load the image hear but has exceeded his/her allotted allowance (like me) the image won't load unless the member eliminates prior...
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    02-05-2019, 02:05 PM
    I try to cast in quantity to last a few months. HiTek coating, baking and sizing I do together (sizing one batch as another bakes) at any time. The casts are then ready to load, and can be shot a couple weeks post baking. I store unloaded coated...
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    02-05-2019, 06:17 AM
    I try to do the same, though 9 or 10 # ingots for base alloy storage and casting ingots of final alloy in the 2 to 3# range is where I want to be. 25 pounds is too much for me to deal with, though I confess, the weight range of my ingots has been...
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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