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  • marek313's Avatar
    01-17-2018, 12:29 PM
    I dont have a problem working with 2 cavity steel molds but for volume shooting you cant beat Lee 6 cavity aluminum molds. They heat up quicker then steel and cool of quicker as well. If you get your alloy temp right you can find that sweet spot...
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    01-17-2018, 08:58 AM
    This topic always ends the same way but I think there is probably better way of looking at this. Look at Lee as an entry level progressive press. Yes it works if you set it up properly but it is not a Dillon or Hornady. Price reflects that...
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    01-16-2018, 05:32 PM
    Did those bullets age couple days or was that BHN tested right after? I'm thinking that might go up couple more points as they age but thats hell of a bump in hardness. Thats why I always water drop. Because hard lead i well hard to find these days...
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    01-12-2018, 02:58 PM
    Makes sense now. Thank you. Yes I did Thanx
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    01-12-2018, 02:46 PM
    I'm sorry and let me just say that I'm not trying to be mean. I keep seeing these statements how Hi-Tek was specifically formulated as bullet lubricant. How much better it is against PC etc. Personally I never used as I exclusively PC everything but...
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    01-11-2018, 05:56 PM
    Sorry if I'm not clear. I just powder coat, bake for 15mins and water drop but I was wondering whether heat treating it for that extra hour either before or as it bakes PC was worth doing in order to increase BHN. I havent done any testing but I...
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    01-11-2018, 05:24 PM
    marek313 replied to a thread Jumping in. in Cast Boolits
    I think we are on the same page OS OK. My setup is very similar except I added wind shield to help preserve heat. Sometimes I even lay pieces next to the pot since you have a large burner like me there is enough residual heat to remove any moisture....
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    01-11-2018, 04:08 PM
    Tell me if this makes sense to you guys. I'm just sitting here at work thinking and reading :coffeecom Water quenching boolits as everyone knows increases hardness provided you have enough antimony in your alloy right. I think i saw some articles...
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    01-11-2018, 03:45 PM
    marek313 replied to a thread Jumping in. in Cast Boolits
    Very true. Also let me be the first to admit that I have in the past added lead pipe to already hot alloy without any issues. Cmon nobody else is going to admit it lol I know there are others doing it because there is no way to get a full pot of...
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    01-11-2018, 03:00 PM
    I can tell you 4.0-4.2gr of W231/HP38 under PCed Lee 356-125-2R works fine in my Sig P320 and Taurus PT111. I'm pretty sure I've seen other people using similar load without issues so I dont see why it wouldnt work for you. As for sizing I started...
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    01-11-2018, 11:03 AM
    I have the 6 cavity version of that 312-155 and i like it too. It works great in my 300AAC. I just loaded about 1.5k of those in 300AAC under 15gr of H110.
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    01-11-2018, 10:43 AM
    marek313 replied to a thread Jumping in. in Cast Boolits
    My advice is start looking for lead locally. That 40lbs isnt going to be enough. Not because your going to shoot it all right away but because I found casting very addicting and if your anything like the rest of us here so will you. It relaxes me so...
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    01-11-2018, 10:18 AM
    marek313 replied to a thread 300 blackout issue in Cast Boolits
    I use exactly the same recipe for my PSA 300AAC and it works great with no leading but you def have to flare cases. Without flare I'm shaving off ring of lead every single time. So far only leading I found was around gas tube where it connects to...
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    01-10-2018, 06:19 PM
    My 356-125-2R I think casts around .358-.359 and I PC on top of that and size to .3575 for both 9s and 38Special. After they age for a week or two they spring back to almost full .358. They work great in my 9s and 38Special which needed a little...
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    01-10-2018, 05:56 PM
    Granted I only own 357Magnum but I use W231\HP38 for light loads, HS6 for mid loads and A#9/H110 for full loads. I dont own 44 magnum but I'm surprised that I dont see more votes for HS6. I started using it recently in my FNX45 , Ruger GP100 MC and...
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    01-10-2018, 01:08 PM
    marek313 replied to a thread Curiosity in Cast Boolits
    Thats what I use and it works great. Also if you find one with damaged bag like I did it will save you another 20-25% As for my routine I dry tumble everything first Resize and decap in one step. Doesnt make much sense to do it twice. Clean...
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    01-10-2018, 11:53 AM
    Everything i find is copper based and always floats so its not a problem. I know Ruger ARX is one of those and its labeled as polymer-copper but I've seen other brands too and they always float.
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    01-09-2018, 01:16 PM
    I started with couple free WW buckets but unless its free i would never mess with WW again. I dig out some range scrap myself but again I wouldnt pay for it. I buy everything I need at my scrap yard at $0.85/lb. Price wasnt that appealing to me...
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    01-03-2018, 12:15 PM
    I just started reloading recently but after reading many posts here and on other sites I went straight to PC and never even tried any other kind of lube. Yes standing those little puppies up on a tray takes some time but results are great. I had a...
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    12-29-2017, 11:57 AM
    I'm thinking Harbor Freight little saw should be perfect for this too. I use it with a small jig for cutting down 5.56 to for m 300AAC.
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    12-29-2017, 11:22 AM
    marek313 replied to a thread Powder Coat PITA in Cast Boolits
    Oh man i feel like we are exactly in the same boat. That deep burn kills me to the point where I'm on the floor rolling around because as you all know I had to finish that batch right ? :veryconfu So last night I took all my stuff upstairs and...
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    12-28-2017, 05:56 PM
    When I'm done shooting I tend to walk around my sand pit and recover some fired projectiles. The only reason I prefer bright colors is because I can walk around and quickly pick up 5 lbs of my 45s from the backstop. Its like picking red cherries...
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    12-28-2017, 05:06 PM
    marek313 replied to a thread Powder Coat PITA in Cast Boolits
    Thank you for all your great suggestions. Keep them coming. I dont see myself switching now from PC to anything else because I do like my PCed boolits. I might have to give wire basket another try. Since I normally do everything in my man cave...
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    12-26-2017, 05:57 PM
    marek313 replied to a thread Powder Coat PITA in Cast Boolits
    I tried using wire basket but I had many stuck really bad together and to the wire basket as well. Its probably because I like pretty thick layer of PC on my boolits so when they touch for any reason they are really stuck together to the point that...
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    12-26-2017, 03:14 PM
    Thats fine but not all shrapnel is going downward. It splatters in a full circle so some of it goes up and because of this angle now it bounces back at the shooter. Good part is that it loses momentum pretty quick and by the time it comes down its...
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    12-26-2017, 02:02 PM
    marek313 replied to a thread Powder Coat PITA in Cast Boolits
    I have to find easier way to do this. Results are great but its very time consuming as you all know.
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    12-26-2017, 01:50 PM
    I use similar setup with the same mold and it all works great for me in my two 9s. I think as you found out you need little more hardness to get those boolits to keep size. Water quenching helps but you have to remember to let those boolits age for...
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    12-26-2017, 01:24 PM
    I shoot cast 99% and we shoot plates often when its nice out. I never had anything dangerous come back at us but couple of shards came down from the sky few times because it thats where it mostly goes when its splatters on the plate. Nothing like...
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    12-26-2017, 01:09 PM
    marek313 started a thread Powder Coat PITA in Cast Boolits
    I know many people here powder coat and so do I. It works great and its super clean but I hate sitting there pulling my boolits one by one out of my tumble container and standing those up on the tray. It takes forever and it really kills my...
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    12-26-2017, 12:50 PM
    marek313 replied to a thread Casting thermometer in Cast Boolits
    There seems to be two different schools as far as casting equipment is concerned. "Old school" casters can cast perfect bullets with a pot over wood burning stove using some old rusty ladle. That usually requires some time and trial and error to...
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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