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  • kevin c's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:59 PM
    I have enough to last me for quite a while for what I like to shoot. But I don't have much if any at all for what I don't shoot. So, plenty of powder, primers, brass and lead for common auto pistol chamberings, adequate loaded commercial ammo and...
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    08-04-2020, 12:28 PM
    Most common metals will scratch or gouge pewter. A house key made of brass or aluminum will do it. When I was serious about pewter hunting, I'd carry a small flat piece of known pewter, snipped from a mug or plate, to test with on the spot. If the...
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    08-04-2020, 12:10 PM
    Most of the labeled pewter I have, usually 92.5% Sn or better, doesn't make the "tin cry" when bent. Maybe the concentration of tin needs to be higher than that?
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    08-04-2020, 11:42 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Did we miss the boat? in Cast Boolits
    This is a relatively painless way of building a reserve, the cost being both less and spread out, but does take time, storage space, cash and foresight. It beats the miserable alternatives of no components = no ammo = no shooting, or the irritation...
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    07-31-2020, 03:52 AM
    The inventor and manufacturer of the coating recommends N methyl pyrrolidone. He has instructions in post #363 of the HiTek monster thread, page 19: It's an...
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    07-30-2020, 03:17 PM
    My understanding is that modern food service pewter (mugs, plates, bowls, etc.) is lead free and 92.5% or better in tin content, but that pewter for other objects (candlesticks, picture frames and other decorative items) may have less tin, and, if...
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    07-29-2020, 12:31 PM
    Try reading "American Rifle: A Biography" by Alexander Rose.
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    07-26-2020, 01:36 AM
    If they shoot well in your gun without causing any issues, then it's not of much concern. You may recall from your IPSC days that bullet weight times velocity had to make power factor, but, outside of that, I can't think of a situation in which a...
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    07-25-2020, 12:49 PM
    I don't imbibe. No objections to moderate consumption, I just don't have the right kind of liver for it. True that good hand washing is better than sanitizer, but I can't carry soap, water, sink and towel in my pocket, and for a while sanitizer...
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    07-25-2020, 12:28 PM
    Make my own now. Three parts 190 proof ethanol to one part aloe gel, a few drops of essential oils like spearmint and lemon, some vitamin E oil and I'm good to go. Smells better than what I can buy, about the same cost, no worries on content.
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    07-24-2020, 02:04 PM
    To the good advice above, I might suggest only this: if you'd like to have consistent and repeatable results, consider weighing the alloy you want to add the tin to before melting it, and weigh the amount of tin/pewter as you add it. Recording the...
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    07-24-2020, 01:54 PM
    You might want to drop member BNE a line. He might still be on hiatus, but he has been our resource for XRF testing of alloys. At the cost of a pound of lead plus the price of postage to him, he would PM you the analysis of the sample sent with the...
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    07-24-2020, 01:35 PM
    For me, capacity matters in a processing pot, along with free access for scraping down the sides of the pot and a wide enough surface to the melt to make fluxing and skimming easy. The wide rather than tall approach of a Dutch oven or propane tank...
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    07-14-2020, 11:33 PM
    You could do what folks do with berm scrap that might have missed live rounds: put them in an EMPTY cast iron pot with a weighted lid and heat over open flame until they're good and hot. I'd think any live primer would ignite well below brass...
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    07-14-2020, 01:00 PM
    It strikes me as odd that a scrapyard might refuse decapped primers as not being brass but will pay for undecapped cases.
    49 replies | 2193 view(s)
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    07-14-2020, 12:54 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Federal #100 SPP in Cast Boolits
    As mentioned above, the greater sensitivity helps in guns with lightened triggers. In the action pistol sports the revo shooters swear by them but the Federals are also favored in autos like Glocks where a light recoil spring may allow the slide to...
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    07-14-2020, 04:05 AM
    Neat stuff. I'm close enough that maybe I'll visit. Thanks for the link.
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    07-14-2020, 03:58 AM
    You got me there: I've never decapped or reloaded a steel case.
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    07-13-2020, 01:32 AM
    Primers for rifle and pistol are the same brass as the case, including the anvils. This I read in a 30 year old NRA publication on ammunition making by George Frost, and I can confirm from personal inspection and testing that they look like brass...
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    07-12-2020, 12:24 PM
    They do seem to like bones. Dunno if it's for their teeth or for the minerals, but here's some scholarly types on the subject:
    57 replies | 3223 view(s)
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    07-12-2020, 03:54 AM
    I used spent primers to fill the suede shooting bags I made (inside an inner bag of heavy plastic). The rest went with the scrap cartridge brass to the recyclers. IIRC, I got a bit less per pound for the jugs of primers than the cartridge brass....
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    07-12-2020, 03:39 AM
    Like FLINTNFIRE, I've never used a thermometer to monitor temp in my processing pot. I just want the melt to be completely molten and stay that way in the ladle and until it fills the ingot mold. The burner is turned up in the beginning to speed...
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    07-12-2020, 03:21 AM
    Update: my wife looked at the gnawed on bullet with some amusement and bemusement. Today, though, she found half her beans gone and the biggest, ripest heirloom tomato gleefully sampled by the squirrels, and now she's on the warpath.
    57 replies | 3223 view(s)
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    07-11-2020, 01:36 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread unusual ladle in Casting Equipment
    Very different! Have you tried it? How well does it work?
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    07-11-2020, 01:09 AM
    I have done everything you described, including the mad search and then resizing everything, and more than once, though it was with HiTek rather than PC. One hack: if it's just one lost slug and you're resizing down significantly, you can stop...
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    07-10-2020, 02:36 PM
    BTDT. The smell isn't too bad, but the sizzle and pop is a bit disconcerting...
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    07-10-2020, 02:28 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Sandbox bullet trap in Cast Boolits
    Does much sand leak out of the plywood target backer? How many hits will it take before needing replacement?
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    07-10-2020, 02:15 PM
    Like Ateam and dverna suggested, if you're willing to spent the time and propane, you can be sure of what you have by melting it all together and getting it tested, as opposed to having to rely on your best guess for every single one of those...
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    07-09-2020, 11:11 PM
    Steel plates. So long as they're smaller (much smaller is better) than the max scoring zone of the targets I shoot in USPSA, and preferably the same shape, it's a good and fun form of training, though the temptation to rely on hearing the ring of...
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    07-09-2020, 12:58 PM
    Haha, we've gone from what squirrels will eat to what dogs will eat! No worries on the drift, it's just funny is all.
    57 replies | 3223 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