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    Yesterday, 09:40 PM
    They get special rates on freight They're local to me, and I talked with the owner. Their rates are so good it's cost effective for them to ship in dross by rail to process at one of their sites and sell at a profit.
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    Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    That's an awful lot of time, effort and propane to recast the pigs into smaller ingots that potential buyers might question more than the original form. OTOH, I've heard of lead in lino pig form that wasn't lino, just random allow poured into a...
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    Yesterday, 02:53 PM
    Blazer has a popular brand of aluminum cased pistol ammo. Very easy to recognize by color, weight, and the fact they tend to "float" to the top of a pile of brass being shaken in a separator. I think, at least at one time, they were also Berdan...
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    Yesterday, 02:17 PM
    I have both Accurate and MP molds (in aluminum). I'm impressed with the quality of both manufacturers' products. As mentioned, Accurate is the one who'll do custom designs. However, for those interested in high volume production, MP produces...
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    Yesterday, 02:06 PM
    Did you get the pot clean? What worked?
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    Yesterday, 02:03 PM
    Glad to hear he's not so bad. Despite extra staff precautions on PPE and general hygiene, hospitals are still where there's the greatest exposure to the nastiest infections, and I'm not just talking about COVID. Joe should hie his venerable fanny...
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    11-25-2020, 03:14 PM
    My understanding and personal experience is that the "guppy bellied" brass mainly happened in 40 S&W Glock barrels of a certain vintage. I didn't see much of it in my 40 loads, which admittedly never pushed the envelope velocity or pressure wise,...
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    11-25-2020, 02:52 PM
    Great emoji, 2A-Jay. First time I've seen that one.
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    11-25-2020, 02:45 PM
    I'd guess it's also partly what you get used to doing. My path to coated bullets started with high volume reloading to make shooting action pistol more reasonable cost wise. Commercial cast bullets with standard lube were less expensive than...
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    11-25-2020, 04:54 AM
    Thanks for letting us know, Trevor. Thoughts and prayers.
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    11-25-2020, 04:46 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Reaming VS Swaging in Cast Boolits
    I do what OSBB does and recommend sorting your brass. At least my experience with the once fired 9mm brass I pick up at my range (frequently rented to various agencies in the area) is that there are just a few brands that are crimped, and the...
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    11-25-2020, 04:06 AM
    Today I coated a thousand boolits with HiTek Kryptonite Green. I like the color (still messing with TruBlu). Sized another 1500. The day before another thousand. Before that I sized and primed 5500 pieces of pistol brass. I'll be loading it all...
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    11-24-2020, 10:10 PM
    Lead processing I do outdoors in an area my club lets me use, boolit casting is also outside, though it's on my deck. It's nice to do the processing in relatively cool weather, with a slight breeze to help with any smoke. So fall and spring are...
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    11-24-2020, 03:15 PM
    Maybe I'm just not patient enough, but I have never been able to get such settled out solids to redissolve well enough to be usable; too many floating clumps and bits jam the nozzles on my squeeze bottles and syringes, and if they get through, make...
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    11-24-2020, 02:53 PM
    Coated bullets (HiTek, specifically) have been all my OEM Glock barrels have seen for years. PC or HiTek, so long as the coating was cured properly and there's no mechanical damage (scraping during seating) there shouldn't be any alloy exposure and...
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    11-24-2020, 05:38 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Hoarding Strikes Again!!! in Our Town
    I use elbow grease as a base for boolit lube, but it also works great as a flux. I used to add sawdust too, mostly knotty pine. Hard to find now: all I can get is not pine with not holes.
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    11-23-2020, 05:12 AM
    Yeah, the looking can be tedious, but very satisfying when you score. I get the same satisfaction casting and loading ammo. But, as was said before, maybe it's a mindset born of different times. I load lots of pistol ammo on a very basic...
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    11-22-2020, 05:01 AM
    But some of us LIKE over analyzing the process and tweaking the parameters... Yeah, there's a limit to that though. I'm fine if my Black Cherry, Brick Red and Kryptonite Green are a little dark from a longer or hotter bake. It's just the Tru Blu...
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    11-22-2020, 04:17 AM
    Scrap yards may have them in their lead scrap, and some individuals with a source may occasionally sell them in the S&S. Radiopharmacies prepare radioactive materials for medical use. The materials come in lead/antimony alloy containers, most of...
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    11-21-2020, 02:21 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Stop Ring Bullet in Cast Boolits
    So, bullet seated so the case mouth is below the stop ring? Lube in the grooves ahead of the stop ring needed for the band behind, but exposed in the loaded cartridge?
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    11-18-2020, 02:47 PM
    I don't know if it is the shortest, but I have loaded a lot of rounds on my SDB. Even though it uses carbide sizing dies, I still lube the cases, making sizing very easy on the downstroke. Less effort means greater productivity and more consistent...
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    11-17-2020, 04:54 PM
    Seems like you have something that works for you that you cast, coated and load developed yourself. Satisfying, isn't it? Maybe I should say, satisfying for the moment. If time, your interest, and access to components like primers allow, I'd bet...
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    11-17-2020, 03:27 PM
    Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos, aka MagTech. Out of curiosity, I pulled a few rounds of different factory and reloaded pistol ammo salvaged from my range and gently de capped the unfired primers (I only use certain brands of brass). The...
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    11-17-2020, 03:27 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pewter statue in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Sounds like you'll be having your cake and eating it, too.
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    11-16-2020, 02:03 AM
    I have loaded close to a quarter million rounds on my Dillon SDB, and over more than 25 years Dillon has replaced just about every part of the press except the dies and ram. That being said, I agree that it's good to have spare parts to keep...
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    11-16-2020, 01:43 AM
    The pistol brass found at my range is driven by different things. The public line leavings reflect what Joe Public shoots, and that's quite a mix, mostly auto pistol and that mostly 9mm, though .40, .45 and revolver are there too. The action range...
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    11-16-2020, 01:05 AM
    Is this a recent problem? My impression (from admittedly more than just a few years back) was that they made really top notch pistol brass.
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    11-15-2020, 09:48 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pewter statue in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I bow to your superior Google Fu, NikA! You're right, though: what's asked for isn't always close to what it sells for. ETA: The artist filed for bankruptcy 15 years ago and has passed away since. From what I can read and what I see in...
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    11-15-2020, 06:24 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pewter statue in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Looks like a fantasy figure, so probably modern construction and maybe not great dollar value unless there's a collectors market? Richhodg66 raises an interesting question. I think pewter candlesticks are weighted with something much cheaper than...
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    11-15-2020, 05:51 AM
    My understanding of the effectiveness of hunting bullets that put down animals immediately is that, excepting shots that hit brain or bone, it's related to energy transfer causing hydrostatic shock, and that a big meplat transfers the high kinetic...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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