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    Today, 11:31 AM
    Ioon44, how long is your bake and at what temp? I'd guess that the same time at lower temp or a shorter time at the same temp if you're prewarming to a higher temp than most.
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    Today, 12:38 AM
    My Mark I eyeballs need a refit: the new Varget I just took a look at looks an almost identical graphite gray compared to the VV N320 I looked at before (same looking extruded short stick too). This reference describes Varget as gold colored and...
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    Today, 12:17 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread any one seen this? in Cast Boolits
    Buy it here, as available, in the S&S. Prices are very reasonable, and the vast majority of folks who sell here value their reputations in our casting community.
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    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    I'd heard that the aluminum cased Blazers were Berdan primed to make them effectively unreloadable (that people don't try)?
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    Yesterday, 10:27 PM
    I'll have to remember this. Loading to moderate pistol velocities and never changing from my favorite load using one powder and boolit, and finding the measure so consistent that the same dial setting never varies the drop, I've gotten lazy on...
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    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    I try to cast in volume, using stacked pots and 8 cav gang molds, occasionally two at a time. On consideration, I find cold weather induced spout freeze ups more disrupting and annoying than having to slow a bit or take a short break to let hot...
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    Yesterday, 05:11 PM
    Always fun to see Jerry shoot and hear what he has to say. More skill there than I'll ever have with any kind of firearm, with broader, deeper shooting knowledge and experience as well. That said, I'd never put unprocessed scrap in my casting...
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    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Lyman#2 in Lead and Lead Alloys
    My range lead has no tin; maybe yours doesn't either? I went ahead and added both tin and antimony to my analyzed range lead, ending up with a clean casting alloy of pretty much 95-3-2. Assuming no tin content to start with, you could mix 3 parts...
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    Yesterday, 02:29 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread New Guy in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Welcome to the wonderful world of rolling your own! I've never used it myself, but everything I've read seems to say Lyman #2 is a very good all around alloy and easy to cast. The high tin content, though, makes it expensive to shoot in volume. ...
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    Yesterday, 02:10 PM
    I agree with the impression that you have letterpress spacers there (I'm guessing there's no lettering along one long edge?). The long pieces look like Lino spacers. Some of those smaller rectangular pieces look like they're notched, typical of...
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    Yesterday, 12:23 PM
    The internal step in the Maxxtech case is much thicker than the one found in the FM (Freedom Munitions), IMT (International Munitions and Technology) and Ammoland headstamps, all the latter, per the cartridge collectors forum, being made by the same...
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    06-04-2020, 11:05 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Antimony in Lead and Lead Alloys
    It's unlikely your casting pot will get to antimony's melting point (1167*F), but, rather than melting it, it can be dissolved into the lead, like table salt (which has an even higher melting point of 1473*F) into water, at much lower temperature. ...
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    06-04-2020, 02:50 AM
    What I find impressive is the number of tweaks that folks have come up with, and this on an already very versatile press that has only been available for a few months.
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    06-01-2020, 11:57 PM
    So the two cavity handles aren't pinned on? Maybe this explains why I was never able to get them off the blocks...:^P
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    06-01-2020, 10:54 PM
    Good thinking out of the box there! I really like how the ingots will always be uniform in thickness from end to end and side to side, with only the one open end maybe being a bit uneven. I almost never seem to be able to pour on a truly level...
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    06-01-2020, 10:29 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Ladle weirdness in Casting Equipment
    Thanks, Bazoo! It turns out I have the same tools you do, as well as a cast iron ladle that cruds up easily. One difference is that my ladle is a Rowell #5 that'll hold just about ten pounds when filled to the point that I daren't take a step...
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    06-01-2020, 09:58 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Ladle weirdness in Casting Equipment
    Super sneaky, I'm looking forward to the vid. Bazoo, could you please describe your polishing process? Was that a cast iron ladle you worked on?
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    06-01-2020, 08:37 PM
    Does alloy hardness matter for a wad slug, cast ball in a cup or a saboted slug?
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    06-01-2020, 07:52 PM
    My understanding of COWW is that one of its advantages is the arsenic content, which is a grain refiner allowing effective heat treatment for additional hardening. You can duplicate the antimony and tin content of old COWW with metals bought from...
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    06-01-2020, 04:24 PM
    My range is a private one with pretty low annual fees, but we stay in the black by charging the public to use the ranges and participate in matches. Members pay too, but at discounted rates. Weekends are busy, but, if a member can get out there...
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    06-01-2020, 03:42 PM
    I envy you everything except the sore back you'll get mining those berms!
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    06-01-2020, 03:34 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pewter source in Cast Boolits
    Am I right in thinking you don't want to search for and melt down pewter yourself? It is probably the cheapest form of tin casters can find (easily much less than half the cost of retail), but it is also true that the hunt for it can be time...
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    06-01-2020, 01:07 AM
    Well, all'y'all's comments just show how few powders I've seen. I don't think I've used anything except canister pistol and shotgun powders of recent vintage (I just picked up some powders to try loading for rifle, but haven't even cracked open the...
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    05-30-2020, 08:27 PM
    I remember reading here of folks using various solvents to get it off. IIRC, kerosene and gasoline were mentioned. No personal experience, though.
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    05-30-2020, 04:08 PM
    Say, Dutchman, if you don't mind my asking: Is that keg cardboard with a metal top and bottom? Were there any changes in the cardboard, lid or base that you could see in the inside?
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    05-30-2020, 03:52 PM
    My impression is that heat is more a concern than humidity (unless your powder storage happens to be in a basement prone to flooding). I don't see any downsides to sealing powder in air and watertight packaging, though. I would be inclined to...
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    05-30-2020, 03:41 PM
    Now we know. Thanks for posting what didn't work out. All too often it's considered not worth posting, but it will save others the effort.
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    05-29-2020, 10:14 PM
    That smokeless powders don't need to be grey, or, more specifically, graphite colored to function. The graphite is just a coating for antistatic and metering characteristics. Yes, I've read about "poudre blanc", and have seen pictures of...
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    05-29-2020, 04:13 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Ladle weirdness in Casting Equipment
    Are you casting really hot? There are a couple other threads discussing similar findings with pure, and the speculation of some is that it might be a lead oxide. Maybe lower the pot temp a bit, or try pressure pouring to reduce air exposure?
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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