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  • kevin c's Avatar
    01-16-2018, 03:07 PM
    Thanks lightman! I have decided to use two levels of cinder blocks. I leveled the ground, set three side by side, three more on top at right angles. I topped that with two plates of scrap steel that completely cover the top so any spills will not...
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    01-16-2018, 04:24 AM
    I am new to casting, but am casting in volume to feed my action pistol habit, which can consume a couple thousand rounds a month, and maybe more now that I have more time post retirement. Accuracy matters, but two inch groups at 25 yards is...
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    01-12-2018, 04:33 PM
    So ioon44 and snscasting, just so I am sure I understand, that splash of acetone and the load of new bullets cleans the bucket and acts as the first coat for those bullets? And to be sure I don't have to melt 2500 cast and extra heavily coated...
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    01-11-2018, 01:30 PM
    Thank you, Trevor. The specifics on your wash and how you incorporate it into the next mix confirms just how much I overdid it. I can salvage my mix by diluting it appropriately.
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    01-11-2018, 04:41 AM
    Thank you for your comments, Hi-Tek. Perhaps I misunderstood using the wash. Are we talking about putting a few mls of fresh acetone into the dry, empty container to dissolve the coating left over from just coating one batch, and then putting a...
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    01-10-2018, 01:35 PM
    Good to know. Thanks, all, for describing your experiences. :lovebooli:
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    01-08-2018, 03:51 AM
    Thread resurrection: I have a very sturdy Bayou SP-40 burner, but it kills my back leaning over my 10 quart pot to ladle pour my ingots. I'd like to get everything to a height better for me and worse for my chiropractor. The molds can go onto...
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    01-08-2018, 02:11 AM
    Anyone getting any "Siamese Twins": bullets stuck together after the bake? As I was running short I used a new batch of the black cherry for my second coat, preparing the same mix I used before (20 g in 120 ml acetone), from the same container of...
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    01-07-2018, 07:35 PM
    One 8 cavity Al bevel base solid .358 for kevin>underscore>c>one>five>two>zero>at>yahoo>dot>com Thx!
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    01-07-2018, 03:17 AM
    Mr Sheesh - those sound like tests that could provide useful information - thanks! Jarhead - yes I've seen that mark on some of the frangibles. Good to know they float on the melt (my eyes would stage a mutiny if I tried squinting at every slug...
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    01-07-2018, 02:51 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Retired and happy in Cast Boolits
    I just retired this past week. I have already cast 2700 pistol bullets, coated and baked once, second coat on and ready to bake, been to the gym twice, been to the range once, and have read two books cover to cover. So much to do. Lead melter,...
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    01-05-2018, 02:24 AM
    Wasn't there a company that marketed their cast bullets as being alloyed with silver? I would guess in small amounts only, and honestly don't know if it made a difference to the alloy. I think lead ores are often silver bearing, and have read...
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    01-05-2018, 02:17 AM
    So if it's tungsten I'll end up with with a powder that will sink to the bottom of the lead pot, which is way too cold to melt it (~6200F, per Wikipedia), I'm thinking that, if that's the case, I may forgo my habit of pouring out the last dregs into...
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    01-04-2018, 02:29 PM
    We have a number of police agencies renting our bays. Not only do they leave their brass (hey, my taxes paid for it) but, of course, their bullets are now in our berms. Lots of jacketed, of course, but some are frangibles, made of some...
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    01-04-2018, 02:15 PM
    The range scrap I mined from my home club's range, about 550 # net in ingots, xrf'd out to ~ 2% Sb, 98% Pb, no tin. Lots of action shooters using coated commercial hard cast explains that, I think. Some of our bays are reserved for club use...
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    12-29-2017, 01:34 AM
    I picked up that exact same plate with exactly the same touch mark at Goodwill today! Only difference was that mine weighed an ounce less. I'm finding it very common to see weight variations of 4-5% from otherwise identical pewter objects, even from...
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    12-24-2017, 01:52 AM
    Being the curious type and to make conversation as I moved the scrapped isotope containers from one pharmacy, I asked the manager who was waiting for me to weigh them why they did not reuse them. He gave a practical answer: not cost effective. Most...
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    12-22-2017, 12:05 PM
    Your family is not the problem. Remember the Sith? Master.../;^)
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    12-20-2017, 03:05 AM
    I believe RotoMetals is only phasing out SuperHard in bar form. They have put in a casting machine that produces nuggets and I was told that was going to be the main form for their products.
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    12-20-2017, 02:01 AM
    Dear Lord, I forgot I ordered, didn't check here, and missed the invoice. Sorry MiHec! Payment sent!
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    12-20-2017, 01:02 AM
    Good point. It's true that I generally pay more at Goodwill, which has overhead, and also has the time to see if the item moves at their higher price, than I do at estate sales, where there is just the desire to sell everything in the one or two...
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    12-20-2017, 12:28 AM
    Well, I really shouldn't count my chickens...etc, etc. but I'm hopeful the deals go through. I got the dimensions on the barrels: cylinders two feet high and a foot and a half across, half inch thick. I'm thinking a Sawzall with a well lubed...
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    12-19-2017, 12:46 AM
    I think the three hundred pound barrels are a one time score. The manager who wants to sell them, along with some other scrap lead, is moving his operation. Cheaper to sell to me than take them with him to the new location. But he says he has 8...
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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