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  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:48 PM
    For those of you who think a single will produce a more constant boolit, due you have any ideas or guess why? Maybe a single has more all around equal heating and cool of the mold?
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    Yesterday, 04:56 PM
    I’ve done most of my casting with double molds. Now I find myself using some single molds, because what I wanted was only available in single, or the mold came with the gun. I’m realizing that it takes a lot more time with a single mold than a...
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    Yesterday, 04:12 PM
    Why do most consider Lapua to be the best brass today? What happened to Norma? You don’t hear much about it today. Did the quality go down?
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    Yesterday, 04:02 PM
    I have no problem using NOE expanding plugs for my .45-70 brass. I do anneal it as they say to, because I am loading BP into them. I think I like the idea of them being thicker and tougher. I would have thought the opposite owing to their reasonable...
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    Yesterday, 03:51 PM
    I don’t doubt you know more it than me. I was told about it years ago and used it to clean up SS in a marine environment. Hosed it off with fresh water afterwards. From what you have said, I wouldn’t do it again.
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    Yesterday, 03:42 PM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread Ornery Brass in Cast Boolits
    It’s interesting to find out that corrosion can make them so hard to get out. Most military brass with crimped primers can usually be de-primed without too much difficulty. I would hate to deal with brass that was corroded and crimped.
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    02-25-2020, 05:27 PM
    Is thee a formula for determining the weight of a pure lead round ball by its diameter. It would be easy just to weigh it, but I donít have one and I want to make a boolit close to the same weight.
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    02-25-2020, 05:19 PM
    What are the regulations on shooting PCed boolits in composition ? Are they always allowed, sometimes or not at all?
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    02-25-2020, 05:14 PM
    I may be using the wrong type, but mine have started buckling up on me making it difficult to stand up boolits. I’ve been thinking about a Teflon cookie sheet.
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    02-25-2020, 05:07 PM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread Ornery Brass in Cast Boolits
    Maybe you can find or make a larger diameter de-priming pin.
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    02-25-2020, 05:00 PM
    You can use a solution of HCL. Start slowly without too strong of a solution. Increase it as you see fit. Many rust removal products have additives to convert the surface to protect it from re-oxydation. They tend to turn the surface a blue to dark...
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    02-25-2020, 04:41 PM
    Starline has provided a great service to all hand loaders. Reasonable priced brass of good quality. Most of all they have made it for calibers that weren’t available elsewhere. I hope they keep up their good reputation and the company continues to...
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    02-25-2020, 04:30 PM
    I did that when I poured the wrong powder into a container. I cut the top off and went below the added powder and saved majority of the powder on the bottom. What was on top, not very much, I got rid of. The powder I kept worked fine. I now...
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    02-25-2020, 04:16 PM
    Just a quick check. Download another browser and see if you have the same problems using it.
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    02-24-2020, 05:19 PM
    How hard is it to solder a front sight on and get it right? Iím leaning to having a gunsmith do it for me. Iíve done a bit of soldering with propane, but think this job would be done better with mixed gas, heating a small area fast with a tiny...
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    02-24-2020, 04:52 PM
    Those who say they get deformed boolits from dropping into water, are you using pure lead that would deform more easily than a harder alloy? Do you think the boolits deform, because they are not cooled enough by the time they reach the bottom?
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    02-24-2020, 12:24 AM
    That means a good crown is important on a smooth bore as well as other guns.
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    02-23-2020, 11:06 PM
    Don’t forget if you are using pure lead, water quenching shouldn’t harden it.
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    02-23-2020, 10:57 PM
    I’m not looking at shooting beyond fifty yards. Next question would be where you place the sprue. If it is on top, wind force could tend to start turning it and maybe even spinning it. If this spin would help fine, but if not it may be best to...
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    02-23-2020, 10:46 PM
    I am asking about smooth bore. Rifled bore is another subject.
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    02-23-2020, 10:43 PM
    If you are going to load lead boolits plane or PCed, you need at least a little bit of flare or you will often be shaving lead or PC off. You can start with a lee universal type at first and then buy new inserts from NOE, that fit in the Lee flaring...
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    02-23-2020, 07:51 PM
    Did he even know what size bullets to by?
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    02-23-2020, 07:45 PM
    If you are starting with wheel weights or lead that hasn’t been properly fluxed before, you definitely need to start with sawdust or another carbon based flux. When my sawdust wasn’t dry I used Quaker Oats once. After the sawdust droth is skimmed...
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    02-23-2020, 07:27 PM
    I read somewhere that a bare ball, rolls down tte bore and develops a spin, making it more accurate. I can’t believe it is more accurate, or a lot more competition shooters would be doing it.
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    02-23-2020, 04:32 PM
    The hardness will vary. If it’s important to you, melt in a big pot and don’t add until it is almost empty. Then mark the ingots from that pot, so you can test one for the hardness and know what the rest of the Lot is. I lose a lot of weight in...
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    02-23-2020, 04:01 PM
    I’m not worried about Tight Group, because I don’t use it. Someone mentioned all double base powders. Those I do use. Anymore details regarding double base powers?
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    02-23-2020, 03:53 PM
    Have you slugged your bore yet to be sure you will be getting the right finished diameter, or one large enough to size down? Noe has a really good selection of neck expanders that are reasonably priced. They also have a sizer that takes a range of...
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    02-23-2020, 03:39 PM
    What happens to a patched round ball when it leaves the muzzle of a smooth bore. Does it start to spin on one of its axises. Wobble some, or just stay in the same orientation as it was loaded. Iíve heard and read a lot of different things and would...
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    02-18-2020, 05:27 PM
    I drop mine into water because I got dents and worse otherwise. When everything is right and I’m in the groove, I don’t want to stop to move boolits around, so they don’t land on each other. I use a four gallon bucket and have never had problems...
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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