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    07-13-2018, 03:24 AM
    Thank you, Lakehouse, that does help. I hadn't thought about the weight, since I only have one brass mold, unused at the moment. Thinking about it, another difference is that the molds with fewer cavities use knock bar sprue cutters, while all...
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    07-12-2018, 12:11 PM
    Newby question: the casting cadence with a brass mold will likely be different from an aluminum mold of the same design and number of cavities, due to differences in heat retention, right? Also different with a different number of cavities? I ask...
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    07-12-2018, 04:53 AM
    With my alloy and casting technique my solid version mold casts consistently around 158 grains for all eight cavities. The HiTek coated bullet is one that I am trialing around 850 FPS (135 PF) for my Production Division Glocks. Very soft shooting...
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    07-07-2018, 01:48 PM
    I can't say that this shows that the Dillon's are leak proof, but I have put citrus based liquid cleaners in mine to soak overnight, to get built up dried polish and other crud off, and didn't see any leaks. The wet tumblers I've seen (I use a...
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    07-05-2018, 01:38 AM
    I'm in. One 8 cav aluminum, please (flat base, right? No bevel base option in this buy?). kevinXunderscoreXcX1520X@XyahooXdotXcom, no X's
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    07-04-2018, 01:58 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread FS: Ingot mold. in Swappin & Sellin
    Can't quite tell from the pic - is the mold drafted or at right angles?
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    07-04-2018, 01:53 PM
    S&B has plated steel cases as well. The Xtreme plated steel cases that I have seen are all marked "ST", while the regular brass cases are not. A magnet is faster for sorting, of course, but if you have a handful of pick ups and no magnet handy,...
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    07-04-2018, 02:58 AM
    I shot my 22 Glock conversion quite a lot. Still do, but when the time came when I could reload centerfire 9 mm for less per round than buying any 22 LR (if I could find any at all, and only a few brands would run in my conversion) I cut back. When...
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    07-04-2018, 12:34 AM
    First run done with the HF small cement mixer. 20# single caliber brass, couple tablespoons of Lemishine, three tablespoons of wash and wax, enough water to cover. No pins (I just tried the pins with my FART and I and going to skip them in the...
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    07-03-2018, 11:50 PM
    Thanks, leadmelter. I may not need the parts after all. I got the rust off the steel parts. Some engine paint on the base and may be some cold bluing on the small control parts of the spout will cover the raw metal. Some of the rivets have surface...
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    07-01-2018, 01:22 AM
    Thanks banger, for the link to the Wikipedia entry on white metal. What I get from it is that suspected white metal may be fine for our purposes (lead, antimony, tin) or not (cadmium, zinc) and that at least the example they provide can melt close...
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    06-30-2018, 04:07 AM
    Well, explanations of delays can be excuses or can be reasons, and delays can be accepted or not. I guess which people see affects how they view the whole situation and what they'll accept. I willing to wait, since this is just the first delay...
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    06-30-2018, 03:39 AM
    It only took us ten thousand posts to start paying attention to you, Ausglock and Joe... ;^D
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    06-30-2018, 03:24 AM
    Sigh, and I haven't even gotten to the problem of "white metal", which I understand melts at low temp like tin and pewter, but may have undesirable metals other than zinc, so it may not fizz with muriatic acid. I think that generally they are fairly...
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    06-30-2018, 02:09 AM
    Aqua lube 5000 is what I use - makes a big difference. The spray bottle I got from the good Mr. Miculek got unfixably plugged, so I measure it out in a syringe, having diluted it by half so I can measure it out more easily (I figured one or two...
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    06-30-2018, 01:35 AM
    Hmm. The problem is that I doubt that I can really seal off the ceramic in the sheath well enough to avoid getting any shed fibers into the air outside the sheath during routine handling (the equipment does not have a permanent set up or location;...
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    06-30-2018, 01:09 AM
    9 mm. But I could be biased because that's what I have the most of in handguns, it's the caliber I shoot in USPSA competition, and one reason I bought my carbine in nine is that it uses the same mags as my competition pistols.
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    06-29-2018, 02:19 PM
    Thanks banger and redhawk. Yeah, I make a basic rule that it's a pass on buying if the item is made in China or India. Funny though. I've read that some of that aluminum stuff (certainly not most, though) is worth quite a bit to collectors.
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    06-29-2018, 02:11 PM
    I am right now actually buying the lead stash of a retired shooter (a bad shoulder that surgery didn't fix enough has made him hang up his rifles). He insists on bringing it to the range where he still volunteers and where I shoot. I get it in dribs...
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    06-29-2018, 01:45 PM
    For volume I should think a bottom pour has huge advantages, especially with gang molds of six or even eight cavities (I have the latter, and it makes emptying the pot a very quick proposition). Another advantage is that the bottom pours I have...
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    06-29-2018, 01:17 PM
    IIRC, Glock factory magazines in the small frame guns limit COAL to 1.155 or less, though personally I've not run that long, and I don't know about the large frame guns. The "plunk" test tells me if I'm too long for the leade or if I'm into the...
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    06-29-2018, 11:09 AM
    My Glocks run factory bbls and, like Glockfan, I've had no problems. I load to 1.135, shorter or longer depending on boolit length, to maintain internal volume (I'm lazy, and leave my measure with the same powder and throw weight for most of my 9 mm...
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    06-29-2018, 10:59 AM
    But which part of the piece? Are there parts or shapes or designs that are more suspicious?
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    06-29-2018, 10:54 AM
    Thanks for your comments! Any issues with fibers coming off the insulation?
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    06-29-2018, 02:31 AM
    Ugh...Are you saying that even marked pewter can have zinc parts? I have 250 pounds of pewter collected over the past two years that I was planning in melting down in large batches to make small ingots. I definitely do not want to cast three or four...
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    06-29-2018, 02:10 AM
    I'm trying not to waste propane, and while my first mods have helped, I'm thinking an insulated sleeve around the pot itself will help a lot more. So far I have used wind breaks around the open base of the Bayou double jet burner rig I use, and a...
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    06-29-2018, 01:13 AM
    I am in the process of cleaning up an old Pro Melt gotten from someone who sold much of his shooting, reloading and casting gear to finance his dream of sailing around the world (not my dream, but to each his own and I wish him clear skies and...
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    06-29-2018, 12:53 AM
    I've been in on a few group buys, all in the past few months (it gets addicting). All MP molds, where the buys closed shortly after I ordered, were invoiced in two weeks or so, with my receiving shipment in a couple weeks after. That being said,...
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    06-29-2018, 12:17 AM
    It may be comparing apples to oranges, but for your Old Gold mixes, the concentration of the stronger is 20 grams of HT powder per 100 ml acetone and the weaker is about 18.5 grams per hundred, while my Black Cherry mix works out to about 16.7 grams...
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    06-28-2018, 03:34 PM
    I am fairly new to casting and coating, but will offer up my impressions and experiences. I've always been very precise in measuring and mixing my HT, and also in the baking process, but I now think that a range of mixes and baking temps and...
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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