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  • kevin c's Avatar
    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.
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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: http://www.bu.edu/articles/2016/squirrel-bone-gnawing/
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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.
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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.
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    07-09-2020, 05:38 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Reverse Glocked brass. in Our Town
    I first saw that on a commercial range that rented guns. Somehow the counter guy rented a forty Ruger and sold the customer 9 parabellum ammo. A minute later I saw him flying into to range to stop the customer but he'd already started shooting, and...
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    07-05-2020, 07:56 PM
    This has been floating around the net for years, but it still is good for grins: EVIL SQUIRREL I never dreamed slowly cruising through a residential neighborhood could be so incredibly dangerous! Studies have shown that motorcycling...
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    07-05-2020, 06:11 PM
    Popper, as an uncoordinated klutz, even with a nice mold guide I can barely get a decent 8 cavity pour while filling in one direction only, but I'll work on the alternating push/pull. Toallmy and DocS, I've another thread going on these same...
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    07-05-2020, 05:53 PM
    I guess free sometimes isn't. But I applaud your determination.
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    07-05-2020, 05:51 PM
    I wonder if they'll keep trying to eat my boolits AFTER they're coated: I'm using Black Cherry...;^]
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    07-05-2020, 05:48 PM
    Hot work, but good job. Makes a cold drink while surveying the results of your effort that much more satisfying.
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    07-05-2020, 05:31 PM
    I suppose it could've been a rat or opossum, but I doubt it. The deck is fifteen feet plus above ground level (hillside house) accessed (for humans) only by climbing 33 free standing steps in three open air flights, or from inside the house. Rats,...
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    07-05-2020, 03:51 PM
    I cast and coat on my deck. Last night I left some freshly cast 9mm out there preparatory to coating and this morning found one on the steps below, 50 odd feet away. I was wondering how it got there when I saw the tooth marks: Most squirrels...
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    07-04-2020, 01:53 AM
    I haven't run across any isotope containers like those, though there seem to be quite a variety. The ones I've come across are all recent manufacture, and have mostly been 2.5 to 3.0% antimony without tin. Others are a very pure lead on analysis,...
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    07-03-2020, 11:59 PM
    Pine needles, sawdust and paraffin wax go into the processing pot. Beeswax goes into the casting pot (sometimes: I'm not sure it reduces the oxides that much seeing as I still end up skimming out a heavy dross that has rendered out a lot of metal,...
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    07-03-2020, 07:43 PM
    I hear you banger. But since the thread started off on a tangent, I figured it wouldn't be a bad thing to help it along and satisfy my curiosity at the same time. I have a few decades old bags of Kingsford briquettes that got wet. Nothing but...
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    07-03-2020, 06:14 PM
    I found my aluminum 8 cav MP molds cast well in a fairly narrow temp range that, starting out, I tended to lose on the low side rather than overshooting. I think, as a result, I now crowd the high end of the range by cycling quickly so I can cast a...
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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
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GC Gas Check