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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:31 PM
    Yes, if the coating did not get a full cure you can cook again. Doing what is called a "partial cure" is a way professionals get a thicker coating. You just do a coat the stop cooking after the first coat starts to flow then add a second coat and...
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    09-22-2018, 12:01 PM
    I have and Eastwood Dual Voltage Gun and I recommend it, but I have never used Eastwood Powders. I would think that Eastwood would sell quality powders, but powders not necessarily good for tumbling. I have been PC since 2012 and have tried a...
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    09-22-2018, 11:37 AM
    I am sure you already know this, but make sure your bullets are out of the mold clean before coating. You will find some powders to be better quality and some harder than others, but they shouldn't scrape off easily. I don't know who came up...
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    09-21-2018, 03:34 PM
    Is it the sprue plate or is it the top of the mold? I've run across several Lyman molds that had warn where the sprue connected to the top of the mold (from lack of lubrication and tightening too tight), the only fix was to have a few thousanths...
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    09-21-2018, 12:56 PM
    If it sets your mind to rest I have fired plain base powder coated bullets at 3500+ fps without leading and PC pure lead at 1400 fps with no leading. I only use quality powders for powder coating, not Harbor Freight. As long as the coating is...
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    09-21-2018, 12:38 PM
    Brownells has a lot of products to say the least and I have tried many of the bluing products over my many years, but for cold bluing the only one I have found that rivals a tank job is the Oxpho. You want the cream and not the Oxpho liquid....
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    09-20-2018, 08:33 PM
    Nice job and it does look like artwork. I just put few rivets in ends of a piece of roof flashing to formed into a cylinder.
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    09-20-2018, 08:03 PM
    Here is a simple trick that you may be surprised at how well it works and that is use a #2 pencil and color the cavities with the pencil lead.
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    09-20-2018, 07:52 PM
    Before you go to the expense of re-bluing, I would suggest you first try Brownells Oxpho-Blue Cream to restore the bluing. I think you will be surprised at the result. It will give you a deep blue/black finish. Just clean the metal and I like...
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    09-20-2018, 11:33 AM
    Yes, your point is well taken, the coating will most definitely increase the diameter of a bullet and a bore rider design is more problematic. This is the reason sizing is so important, but a two step sizing process still leaves you with a...
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    09-19-2018, 10:14 AM
    I would suggest you read some of the old posts, mainly, "Accuracy at 350 yards" where this is discussed. Actually it is the bore rider design that has proven to be the most accurate, but sizing a lopsided bullet is not a simple task.
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    09-19-2018, 10:09 AM
    No the coating doesn't have anything to do with it. It is just the physics of casting. Take a cast rifle bullet, since they are longer, and roll it on a concentricity gauge if you have one and watch the dial caliper move several thousands meaning...
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    09-19-2018, 09:59 AM
    Yes, I did the same on my wet SS pin case cleaner by installing a salvaged fan out of an old vent hood. It blows air through the salvaged washing machine motor that now runs so cool you can put you hand on it. I built my cleaner then found it only...
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    09-18-2018, 03:31 PM
    Very interesting, can you imagine this happening now? I have never seen a mold like they were using. Thanks for sharing.`
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    09-18-2018, 03:15 PM
    One other point in my opinion the old Saeco Molds like the H&G are better quality than the new, but you may have to take what you can find.
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    09-18-2018, 03:08 PM
    All handgun calibers work well with PC bullets. The problems show up with cast rifle bullets, but it is not the powder coating it is the fact that a cast bullet comes out of the mold lopsided. Meaning it is not a concentric bullet, so loading full...
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    09-18-2018, 03:00 PM
    Good point. Also if you set up a fan to cool the relay. With a fan running constant on my heatsink & relay it operates at less than 90 degrees F.
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    09-17-2018, 03:33 PM
    The next test is the scrape test. Take a razor knife and do a 90 degree scrape on the polymer to check the hardness. If the polymer scrapes off easily then it is not hard.
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    09-17-2018, 03:26 PM
    1400FPS. Sometimes the old brain doesn't engage and something familiar pops up in its place.
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    09-16-2018, 08:41 PM
    If your PC substrate temp has stabilized at 400 degrees and it cooks for 10+ minutes at that temperature that will cure the vast majority of powders. All the electronics are great, I love technology, but when it comes to monitoring temperature give...
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    09-16-2018, 03:48 PM
    Good idea, but the problem he has is not carbon, it is cooked on polymer that came off under cured bullets. A partial cure (under cure) is intentionally used when you want to add additional coats of polymer so the base coat will flow and stick to...
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    09-16-2018, 01:42 PM
    Amazing how easy it is when you go with what works like a quality proven powder. Looks like you are already on the road for success and I suspect you are now hooked, so welcome to the club. You will find this site has a pretty good support...
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    09-16-2018, 01:09 PM
    My best advice is order a Glass Taylor Oven Guide Thermometer $12 from Amazon and set it where you read it through your oven door. Cheaper than bore solvent and a whole lot less effort. I would use the HF powder on PC other things other than...
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    09-15-2018, 11:45 AM
    I have never seen an H&G #337 for sale. You might want to look at the Saeco #065 or #066, both 180 grain SWC, but the design does not have as pronounced of a shoulder as the H&G. I have the #065 and it shoots well; it is a popular light bullet...
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    09-15-2018, 11:28 AM
    I have used the Inkbird's. I would suggest you look on Amazon for a kit, which includes the PID, thermocouple, heatsink & relay. A kit typically kit runs under $40. Just make sure your PID has the temperature range you need. I would also suggest...
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    09-15-2018, 11:07 AM
    What is really hard to believe is Harbor Freight sells powder in bottles that do not fit their own gun. Not that I use HF powder, but I tried it........... once! If you use a lot of different powders/colors the Eastwood bottles are cheap in...
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    09-15-2018, 10:48 AM
    If you are using a Lee multi-cavity mold I would start by checking the bullets diameter. Don't be surprised if they are not the same.
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    09-14-2018, 10:03 AM
    Not to belittle anyone's contribution and I have no doubt that any swagged bullet that improves the concentricity over a cast bullet will be more accurate, but we need are tests using full power loads at 100 yards or more to either prove of disprove...
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    09-14-2018, 09:42 AM
    The only casting box I have ever heard of was what we used back in my college days to make sand molds for pouring foundry metals, so I am pretty sure this is not what he means. I suspect his reference to a casting box is something like I use,...
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    09-14-2018, 09:09 AM
    Ghh3rd, one thing you might want to consider is converting a standard oven for powder coating. I got a good quality 30" built in oven from a neighbor for the effort of hauling it off. The all digital control was out and it would cost a lot to...
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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