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  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    Today, 06:39 PM
    If you are adding it to other pewter to make ingots, just throw it in. If you are adding it to pure lead, I think it would be better to remove the glass and weight the pewter to get an idea of what percent alloy you are making. Maybe you want to add...
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    Today, 06:01 PM
    I’d be interested to know if there is much of a velocity difference as well as accuracy. If you are doing controlled tests, please post your results.
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    Today, 08:34 AM
    So what’s supposedly the difference between Matt and gloss powder. Actually this is the first time I’ve heard of Matt finish powders. When I first read this thread, I thought it would about the coating process. I have heard before that an unsmooth ...
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    Today, 08:20 AM
    Boolits need to be perfectly clean before PCing. I think mineral sprits or paint thinner could still leave a residue. I would go with acetone or break cleaner (more or less the same thing as acetone I believe).
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    Today, 08:13 AM
    Thumbs up to NOE sizing dies. All the different incremental sizes you can get are great. The only difficulty I’ve had getting boolits through after PCing is and I admit I am guilty of often not knocking enough powder off and there is a accumulation...
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    Today, 07:37 AM
    When I stopped raising rabbits around fifteen years ago, some people were using cages with a small cubby and the rest was a wire grate. The rabbits could easily walk around on it, but their droppings and urine fell through to a tray, that could...
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    Today, 03:06 AM
    This thread is very interesting to me because I have been wondering how to reduce the hardness of my lead. I collect range scrap from an indoor range and it is quite easy compared to mining a berm. Also there are no jacketed bullets in the scrap....
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    Yesterday, 09:43 PM
    It would be nice if they could be recycled and not sold to be melted down.
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    Yesterday, 09:38 PM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread 8 lb ingots in Casting Equipment
    They should work fine. Only drawback is if you add an ingot to refill the pot while casting, the mass of it will bring down the temperature of the pot for quite a while. Consider pre heating additional ingots to be added on a hot plate or other heat...
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    Yesterday, 09:17 PM
    Great chart. Thanks.
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    Yesterday, 04:03 AM
    I don’t fully understand. Are you talking about guns that were licensed by S&W to be produced in other countries, or are these guns that are S&W style made in other countries with nothing to do with S&W?
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    Yesterday, 03:49 AM
    I get almost all my lead from range scrap. I used to think jacketed bullets all had pure lead cores, but have since seen comments say often they use hard lead. I guess range scrap is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get....
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    Yesterday, 03:38 AM
    I’ve seen a lot of different methods for prepping a mould discussed here. I wash mine with brake cleaner followed by hot water and dish detergent. Some times they just need to be used a little to get broken in. Brass could be different. I only have...
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    Yesterday, 02:57 AM
    Today some raise them free range. They have a big pen with grass and PVC pipes buried.
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    Yesterday, 02:46 AM
    My wife made me stop too. I still buy them sometimes. My favorite way to cook them is on a rotisserie, wrapped in bacon and herbs, over a charcoal fire.
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    03-04-2021, 09:35 PM
    I have a NOE boolit sizer and a range of inserts. I try the slug in the smaller size working my way up until the boolit passes through. It works like a go, no go gauge.
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    03-04-2021, 09:24 PM
    I was considering one a few months ago, but decided to overhaul my Lee 4-20 and add a PID. There’s also a concern about the mould support. Lee molds won’t fit one or both. I forget the details. There were other things too that made me to put off...
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    03-04-2021, 08:53 PM
    One of the fastest meats to raise. No pun intended. Can be excellent quality if the right breed and raised correctly. Quality of meat is more important than size as far as breeds are concerned. Don’t wait too long to harvest them. Here’s one of the...
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    03-04-2021, 07:41 PM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread Amazing resource. in Our Town
    This is a great forum. Besides getting information on casting and gun related topics, I’ve gotten a lot of help for other unrelated projects I’ve had. The members have a wealth of knowledge beyond firearms.
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    03-04-2021, 07:31 PM
    They’ve served me well in the past, but you need a real bumper.
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    03-04-2021, 07:20 PM
    To be sure of what you will end up with, do a small batch and test it for hardness, as was mentioned. If it turns out too hard or too soft, it will be a lot more work and propane (or whatever your heat source is) to get it to what you want. If you...
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    03-04-2021, 06:19 PM
    I never considered myself a heavy salt user, but my blood tests always came back at the top of the maximum limit, so I tried to reduce my use of it. When I found out that salt is now not considered as bad for you as once thought, I started using as...
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    03-04-2021, 08:51 AM
    Be careful before you start selling some. If you have doubles it may be because the first one had problems, requiring a second one to be bought.
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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
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