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  • kevin c's Avatar
    Today, 02:11 AM
    I'm just happy my wife just smiles when I bring home more pewter or lead when I haven't even made a small dent in the stash I already have.
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    Today, 02:00 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread 147gr 9mm in Cast Boolits
    3.2 to 3.4 grains VV N320 over a HiTek coated 147 sized to .357" gets me a bit over 900 fps and good accuracy through my G34 factory barrels (for USPSA Production division action pistol).
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    09-19-2019, 03:03 AM
    So THAT'S why everything is upside down: keeps the bench clear...
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    09-18-2019, 05:32 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Another score in Lead and Lead Alloys
    My lead source has a manager who doesn't accept gifts, but I bring snacks to the staff. I'm pretty sure it helps them to remind their boss who takes all that lead off their hands when it starts to pile up.
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  • kevin c's Avatar
    09-18-2019, 05:28 AM
    Remember that between local taxes and the buyer's premium, the cost to the winning bid can be another 20%.
    2 replies | 145 view(s)
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    09-18-2019, 05:19 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Tin in Lead and Lead Alloys
    If they won't sell to you but can't ID the tin, and are going to sell it to a wholesaler at lead prices, maybe you could swing a trade: offer them two or three times the weight in lead for the tin. They will get two or three times the money and you...
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    09-18-2019, 04:59 AM
    I have ingots I had personally cast that never saw water at any time, and are stored in a place that is dry but not temperature controlled. Put cold into molten lead, they will sputter, and I'm pretty sure that it's not hot air but condensed and now...
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    09-18-2019, 04:46 AM
    That's a good start, 1775! You got a better price per pound and a bigger score than I got with my first purchase, 350# ago! Is that a hollow based candlestick? A fair number of them are weighted, with a bottom plate of pewter covering the weight...
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    09-18-2019, 04:29 AM
    Glad to hear you're OK. On your question about pot depth, if your going to ladle cast out of the pot on the hot plate, I'd think deeper would serve you better, given the same lead holding/melting capacity, since you'll have to be able dip the...
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    09-18-2019, 04:07 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Very shooty weekend! in Cast Boolits
    Sounds familiar. We get a fair number of my wife's overseas relatives visiting as house guests. Pretty much expected is that want to shop, see the local sights, and shoot, and not necessarily in that order.
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    09-18-2019, 03:40 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread flat or bevel base. in Cast Boolits
    Funny, I had thought that the geometry of a bevel based mold made it more likely to hang up the boolits, but I grant that I'm new to the game, and have mostly BB molds for the sake of easy loading. Most of them, even the well seasoned ones, seem to...
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    09-13-2019, 03:18 AM
    I'm curious; were the reloading tools and lead listed in the estate sale description, or was it something that was an incidental find? Occasionally I'll see fishing equipment listed and pictured, including lead weights, but I've never seen casting...
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    09-13-2019, 03:10 AM
    Once my first bottom pour pot jammed wide open with most of the alloy still inside. I was lucky to have enough ingot molds available to catch it all. Since then my rig has a half sized jelly roll pan (13"x18"X1") under it ready to catch any spill....
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    09-12-2019, 10:21 PM
    So, basically the flea market guy wanted to sell at close to market price at a venue where the idea is to sell things that buyers think are a bargain. If he sells at that price, he's found an uninformed customer. You're not that. If he ends up...
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    09-12-2019, 09:42 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread slag in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I've process thousands of pounds of antimonial lead, and saved all the dross. I've processed just a small fraction of it, but ended up with twenty odd pounds of a hard alloy. I intend to process it all, combine the lots, and get an analysis. ...
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    09-12-2019, 08:51 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Reload primers in Reloading Equipment
    Interesting read in any case. Thanks! I like the commentary from Main Street Toys.
    14 replies | 856 view(s)
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    09-12-2019, 08:45 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pulled primers in Reloading Equipment
    I am another who will use pulled primers in noncritical use applications. Most of the time, though, I let cases from disassembled rounds accumulate, rather than deprime them. When I have enough of one caliber, I'll pull the decapping pin out of my...
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    09-12-2019, 08:24 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread 10 years, and 3500 posts in Our Town
    Strength, wisdom, humility, good grace and dignity. What's not to like? I'm on the wrong coast, but if I get out your way, I hope you won't mind if I look you up.
    23 replies | 593 view(s)
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    09-12-2019, 08:20 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Michigan bear in Hunting with CB's
    A good hunt for all concerned.
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    09-12-2019, 08:17 PM
    I have an 1100 watt coil hot plate that got hot enough to melt the three pound ingots I was trying to preheat for my casting pot. Fortunately it was a slow process that I caught before I ended up with a mess. IIRC, at a medium high setting it...
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    09-11-2019, 02:16 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread flat or bevel base. in Cast Boolits
    I can imagine the hassle of a bevel filled with hard lube, but haven't had to worry about the issue personally since I coat my casts. Maybe it's me or the way things whirl around on my little four station progressive, but even with a generous flare...
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    09-10-2019, 03:49 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread lead/tin in Cast Boolits
    That was a nice summary in that read, JB. Thanks for finding it. The only spot my thinking varies is that I find a very light, matte surface frost shows up when my boolits are the most consistent, with the fewest rejects, using my technique and 3-2...
    33 replies | 830 view(s)
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    09-09-2019, 02:33 AM
    Definitely true that I have collected pewter that my family has laid claim to, admiring form or workmanship. In my area, while it took a few years, a few more dollars and lots of effort, I have found modern food service pewter for all my needs,...
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    09-08-2019, 01:24 PM
    You have a good kid, there! Aside from the hassle of the flux, and of determining content, that is very good stuff for sweetening alloy Ask him what they use; it'd be convenient if it's all of one tin content. Even if not, if you melt it into...
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    09-08-2019, 01:08 PM
    If you hadn't said otherwise, I would have bet good money that your picture and uscra112's comments were about some old collar bone you found in the woods!
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    09-08-2019, 02:28 AM
    Kinda depends on how available pewter is in your area, and how badly you need tin. Some parts of the country seem awash in the stuff and of course, with the better supply, the cost is usually low. Other areas seem to have none, and any score at...
    23 replies | 791 view(s)
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    09-08-2019, 02:02 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Cutting lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Oops, I need to change my thinking here: I keep forgetting how dense lead is, by which I mean 500 pounds is heavy, but isn't physically huge. If pure lead, it's about 1250 cubic inches, which could be contained in a 10"x10"x12.5" cube. I also...
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    09-07-2019, 01:51 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Cutting lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Pool acid, AKA muriatic (hydrochloric) acid is what you want. A few drops on a clean surface of the keel will fizz/bubble if zinc is in the metal. If you value your clothes and person, watch out for drips and spatters. ETA: I think I got mine...
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    09-07-2019, 02:00 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Cutting lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I think the weed burner might work OK, by itself or with a big pot. I put scrap isotope generators and containers that weigh 18 or 32 pounds into my scrap processing pot. If I hit one of them with the HF weed burner, not even wide open, the...
    30 replies | 1050 view(s)
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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