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    Today, 12:39 PM
    City boy here learned something new. I had no idea there were such things as fluid filled tires.
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    Today, 12:33 PM
    Especially nice that you got a lot of it as ingots rather than having to process it yourself, and that it's not all mystery lead. A good day for sure!
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    Today, 12:28 PM
    Dimaprok, I'm sure that if it were me, I'd wish my heirs would get more value, and of course I'd rather live long enough to use it all myself. Still, if neither is the way it turns out, I'd prefer it go to a caster than to landfill.
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    Yesterday, 04:34 AM
    I'm sure the old fellow is looking down from where he is now with some satisfaction, seeing that at least some of what he worked hard to accumulate has gone to somebody who will use it as he had intended.
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    07-06-2019, 12:07 PM
    Good to see that it will be put to use, not just dumped.
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    07-06-2019, 11:50 AM
    Like Bayou 52, I dislike water spots ( thought honestly it's just a cosmetic flaw). I spin the just wet tumbled brass in a media separator to remove most of the excess water, then use a towel hammock to get most of the rest. After that the brass...
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    07-05-2019, 02:38 PM
    JonB, what a practical application of science! And from the chart, it looks like it works for trinary solders too. What can you use for this? I think my convection oven with a digital temp probe would work if I started low and edged the temp up...
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    07-05-2019, 12:41 PM
    Richhodg66 and Dusty's recommendation to batch is what I'd suggest too. The way I look at it, a bunch of spools of different solder with different tin content means a new calculation on how much to add to each new pot of alloy. It gets worse if I'm...
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    07-04-2019, 08:32 PM
    And then there's hand cast (I figure, if I have to use my hands to actually produce a boolit, then that's hand cast), machine cast (I pushed a button after setting up and filling the pot and then watch them being made with my hands in my pockets),...
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    07-01-2019, 08:45 PM
    My Dillon SDB has the same type and size of combination expander/flare/powder die, and I had problems with under expansion of the case with coated boolits sized to .357 - kept shaving the coating. Turning the die down didn't work: too short. It also...
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    07-01-2019, 02:55 AM
    Out my way it's unlikely to see a candlestick for under a couple bucks, even with a discount. Even at a dollar, the net of three or four ounces puts the cost per pound over what I'd like to pay, especially considering the extra work of getting the...
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    06-30-2019, 03:01 AM
    I bought the same pan with the express purpose of making ingots. Never did use it. Gave it to my wife, and so far she hasn't used it either. We both ended up with other tools that suit us better.
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    06-28-2019, 03:37 AM
    A friend of mine helps out in a friend's premium winery, and has given me about four and a half pounds of reject foils, which he says are tin, not lead. I haven't melted them all down, but the ones I tested in a pot of pewter just above liquidus...
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    06-21-2019, 10:11 PM
    Is that soft lead for muzzle loaders (the leading and the ball both)? How about harder lead?
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    06-21-2019, 02:21 AM
    Well, it's not a perfect comparison, since in my case we're talking about two different boolit styles of the same weight, and I HiTek rather than PC, but I found that my boolit with one lube groove took less powder to make the same velocity compared...
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    06-19-2019, 03:08 AM
    One way to look at it is to determine what it'd cost you for a pound of the same alloy if you had to buy the individual component metals yourself. Lead scrounged yourself might be around a dollar a pound, so at 80%, what's in a pound of...
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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