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    06-03-2020, 12:41 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Core molds in Swaging
    The paper gives .0015 fudge room on both sides of center. So if your hole is off center just a little bit, the casting will still fall out of the mold. When you remove the paper the cavity is reduced in volume.
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    06-01-2020, 11:22 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Core molds in Swaging
    You could drill holes ok, but if the holes are not centered on the parting line of the blocks the cores do not want to fall out. Don't mount the blocks on the handles until after drilling the cavities. The fasteners are cleverly designed to not...
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    06-01-2020, 08:43 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Core molds in Swaging
    Charts for calculating weight of cores are here. Post #8 is where Gitano helped a lot. You still have to do some math. I have cut a few core molds on...
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    05-24-2020, 11:07 PM
    This question comes up so often. Brass is a little harder than copper, but compared to steel, brass is soft. Hot copper is sticky, but the addition of zinc makes brass comparatively slick. Most bullets are jacketed with gilding metal, which...
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    05-16-2020, 06:23 PM
    Good looking bullets.
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    05-14-2020, 11:47 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Joining an airgun forum in AirGuns
    Bob Strene is on many forums, even
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    05-13-2020, 03:50 PM
    I was using a lyman big dipper until the heating coil burned out. Strongly considering Turning some scrap aluminum to fit tight, and fill the bottom half of the pot.
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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