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    Today, 05:50 AM
    Oh I know Indian Joe, and you're right. It's just the way I am partly. I love to read and study all I can find about anything that interests me. Besides, until recently, while caring for my sister all I had time to do was quick snatches of...
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    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    Sorry, I can't quote a citation, but I was reading a well done treatise on black powder a while back, whereby they did lab tests on the creosote levels of charcoal. Long story short, it recommended an absolute max temp for good charcoal as 320c...
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    01-14-2021, 07:41 PM
    Yeah. I've been dealing with Svarog only. It's my understanding that the only mold changed had been the Paradox, but who knows. I'm getting some new core pins to experment with changing how they cast that step at the bottom of the slug. That...
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    01-14-2021, 03:19 PM
    I bought my mold direct from Russia two years ago. I didn't know there had been mold changes/versions. Can you elaborate? Thanks! Vettepilot
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    01-14-2021, 02:09 PM
    Nice looking casts. But this is showing the wad seated to what we call "the second click". This is easily done and I have no problem seating my own to this level. Look at the slug on the left. See that pocket/ledge in the very bottom? Now...
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    01-13-2021, 07:48 PM
    I too have found numerous burrs/flashing in AR barrels, and they are definitely NOT a good thing no matter what type boolit you are shooting. And those dam burrs can be a pain to remove!! I also had been doing a lot of research on home-made...
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    01-13-2021, 07:25 PM
    As you can see from the two that I've shown that did not crack, the wad is seated with virtually no compression zone damage nor deformation. The Gualandi style Svarog slug I am struggling with is much thinner and less stout in construction than the...
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    01-13-2021, 04:43 PM
    I'm building an AR in 350 Legend specifically for plinking and hunting predators, using cast bullets. I chose 350 Legend, because of the AR calibers, it seems like a very good choice for cast bullet use. I just slugged the new barrel. It was...
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    01-12-2021, 11:27 PM
    This has happened on 15 different slugs, most of which had cast perfectly. I grabbed some rejects to put together to take the pics just to show exactly what I was talking about. As a matter of fact, those two that did not crack were rejects as...
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    01-12-2021, 03:45 PM
    Well, it's definitely not my lead. I can easily scratch the lead with a thumbnail on the cast slugs, and I smashed one with a hammer. Two medium hard hits with a hammer did this to the slug, and even where that skirt doubled back 180 degrees, it...
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    01-11-2021, 11:30 PM
    Yeah, that is my understanding as well; that water quenching does not harden pure lead. I only water dropped these out of habit, and because it rather guarantees the boolit/slug doesn't get dented nor deformed when dropped. It's on my "to do"...
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    01-11-2021, 10:02 PM
    Well, I did consider that, but it's pure, dead soft lead. I did water drop the slugs however. I don't think that would make pure lead this brittle, or would it? Vettepilot
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    01-11-2021, 03:37 PM
    I have devised a couple of different methods to seat the wad fully into the slug without damage to the wad. (I'm a machinist and make many precision tools.) So that's not my problem. My problem is if I seat the wad fully, to the point where...
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    01-10-2021, 04:37 PM
    I really need help here, regarding the Svarog "Italian Style" slug. (The pent roof, Gualandi style slug, to be clear.) I have searched and searched for info on this, and watched FortuneCookie45LC videos. I would think that since Reloaders Network...
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    12-30-2020, 05:00 PM
    Sounds like you are using the wrong rolling papers. It's harder to roll them without the sharp edges tearing the papers, but good papers do smoke better... Vettepilot
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    12-30-2020, 04:57 PM
    Well, I have molds that I didn't smoke that work well. Just the other day I was casting some Lee Key Drive slugs. If a mold IS likely to give you problems, it would likely be a complicated one like that, with the slotted core pin and all. But I...
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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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