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    11-23-2020, 03:23 PM
    Yes, me too. We're lucky to have lots of testing and info available via the pyro guys. Besides all the great info in this forum, there wouldn't be much BP info without them. Vettepilot
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    11-22-2020, 03:35 PM
    The most consistent thing I've read/encountered speaks to milling for 8 to 12 hours being the trick for best performance. However, I've also read that there is nothing to be gained by milling more than four hours. Once again; too many variables....
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    11-18-2020, 04:19 PM
    If I remember right from my studies a couple years ago, "undercooked" charcoal makes what they called "Brown Powder" that was experimented with right around the time smokeless came out. It was supposedly stronger than black powder. I don't know...
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    11-17-2020, 04:51 PM
    As my fuzzy old brain fogs through this again, yeah, I seem to recall deciding 600 to 700 farenheit would be good numbers to use. I built up a large dutch oven with screw in vents and a barbeque thermometer to cook charcoal on my turkey fryer, but...
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    11-16-2020, 08:51 PM
    Two more interesting info sources: https://pyrosource.fandom.com/wiki/Charcoal_Suitability_Table https://www.amateurpyro.com/forums/topic/6381-consistent-quality-charcoal/ Vettepilot
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    11-16-2020, 08:28 PM
    Well, this isn't where I originally read it, but here's more charcoal info than you want to know... http://www.fao.org/3/x5328e/x5328e05.htm#:~:text=The%20friability%20of%20charcoal%20increases,a%20high%20fixed%20carbon%20content. Vettepilot
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    11-16-2020, 08:18 PM
    I'll have to cruise back through my research material, (and hope it wasn't on the computer that crashed, though I am fairly good about backing things up.) As I recall, cooking at too high a temp cooked off too much of the volatiles, and made a...
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    11-16-2020, 02:23 PM
    One thing I've come across in my fun studies of this whole thing, that I don't see mentioned here. That is the temperature of cooking the charcoal. If I recall correctly, it's best to cook it at no higher than 600 degrees farenheit, though I'm...
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    11-15-2020, 03:49 PM
    Ha!! Just had a mental picture.... a cooking retort stuffed as full as you could get it with tumble weed. Cook it up, open the retort.... and find ONE TEASPOON of charcoal!! :razz: :razz: [smilie=f:
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    11-15-2020, 03:44 PM
    I've kind of wondered in passing myself about tumbleweeds. As was said, they burn ferociously and with little ash. They'd be a royal PITA to collect and process, but do seem to meet the criteria of fast growing, light weight, etc. The other thing...
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    11-07-2020, 06:13 PM
    I just cut 1/4" off the barrel of my .22 rifle, and cut a new recessed target crown on it because the previous owner was nasty, (very nasty!!), with his cleaning rod. May or may not be an option in your case... Vettepilot
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    11-05-2020, 04:43 PM
    When I first learned that a lesser load grouped higher with a pistol, I was intrigued. Not intrigued enough to test it analytically, but the science made sense. My only actual experience was with a 30.06 rifle. It was sighted in with 180 grain...
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    11-03-2020, 02:30 PM
    Common ailment of coal miners called "Black Lung". Don't breathe charcoal, (nor any other), dust. Vettepilot
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    11-03-2020, 07:21 AM
    Haven't gotten around to pulling the treadmill apart yet, but most of the motors I've seen from them are sealed. If I don't end up using it for a tumbler, I'll surely find another use for it. I make/create a lot of things in the ole workshop. ...
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    11-02-2020, 09:14 PM
    I already did that; calculated for my motor speed, rollers, tumbler jar size, etc. and have the correct pulleys. But a DC motor variable speed tumbler might be more useful for other things, plus that brute of a DC motor would be tough to overload....
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    11-02-2020, 04:25 PM
    It doesn't really fit the bill of a fast growing, light wood, but has anyone ever tried Mesquite? (The hardwoods sometimes used don't fit the fast growing, lightweight wood formula either, really.) Seems like I read somewhere that Mesquite does...
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    11-02-2020, 04:10 PM
    Ah... the old Nylon 66. That was my very first gun. My father bought it for me when I was 12. (Once again, "The good old days") I scored a meat grinder at a second hand store I'm going to use to grind my charcoal, and if that doesn't come out...
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    11-01-2020, 06:42 PM
    I might partially be to blame for dumps getting shut down.... Many years ago there was a dump we used, both for trash and to shoot. This was back before burning trash was illegal, and half the time when we went part of the dump would be burning...
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    11-01-2020, 06:24 PM
    I suppose that might be true Indian Joe, but the freedom of shooting out in the wilds is very cool. The only time I've ever shot paper targets was when sighting a gun in. A target just needs to have SOME SORT of a reaction. And it's normally not...
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    11-01-2020, 02:56 PM
    I would have just painted the can. Range officers. Perish the thought! Thankfully, I've always lived in or near wide open spaces to go shoot in. In 60 years of shooting, never once been to a "range" thank god. Vettepilot
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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
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