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  • lwknight's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:08 PM
    It probably still had antimony in it if you can get any reading that is not as soft as any lead you ever tested. Pure lead cannot be tempered or annealed. It simply just is what it is. Dead Soft.
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    Yesterday, 09:04 PM
    Pure lead is as soft as it gets. Heating or quenching will not change it. Lead pipe is not necessarily pure lead. Often it has tin from the solder joints and antimony in it. What you are calling pure lead probably is not pure or it would be as...
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  • jimkim's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:35 AM
    I don't know. I did order a 303 Brit expander for my 30-30 though. If your seater is built like mine, you can use the same top punch you size with as a seating plug. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    10-14-2017, 04:39 AM
    It is $$$ worth of good stuff. Just not usually preferred for bullet casting.
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  • jimkim's Avatar
    10-13-2017, 02:06 AM
    Been wanting one of these to play with. I want to box the frame, add a thicker base, and relocate the linkages to the top of the press. I want to build sort of a miniature Redding 700. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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  • jimkim's Avatar
    10-13-2017, 01:49 AM
    In a shop I would use a 1.0000" gauge block to verify it at 1", and a 0.1000" block at the low end. If it is correct at zero or with feeler gauges, then that should be good enough for measuring bullets. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    10-12-2017, 08:59 PM
    lwknight replied to a thread I hate you all in Cast Boolits
    Ahh, another satisfied customer.
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    10-11-2017, 11:40 PM
    lwknight replied to a thread PID Question in Casting Equipment
    I'm not sure about the Omega controller but anything that has a switch can be connected to a relay circuit. I plan to set up dual soloniod valve for the smelting pot. On low temp alarm , it will fire full power then drop to low till temperature...
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    10-11-2017, 11:26 PM
    Don't melt the stein. Beer tastes better in it.
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  • jimkim's Avatar
    10-09-2017, 02:57 AM
    Easier to build. Less expensive. More room for your hand. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    10-08-2017, 08:01 PM
    Probably, the range scrap has mostly pure lead with some tin and antimony in it. The pipe appears to have even higher tin content and the roof jack has the lowest tin content. All of these can probably be considered soft lead even the range scrap....
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  • jimkim's Avatar
    10-08-2017, 01:40 AM
    1982 Lee turret press. I bought it and some other equipment from a friend. I gave it, and a Lyman 500 scale, back to him in 2012. He wanted to start loading again. I still have the Lyman mould handles, autodisk measure, autoprime, and Lee carbide...
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    10-07-2017, 10:16 PM
    lwknight replied to a thread PID Question in Casting Equipment
    I used the low temp alarm circuit for high power heating. You can set the alarm to whatever you want completely independent of the regular temp control. Also I do not trust the SSRs for heavy loads. You can use a 24volt transformer and 30 or 40 amp...
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    10-04-2017, 10:56 AM
    I just can't see a 900 watt hotplate getting the job done. You need more firepower to continue to figure out it something is going on with the alloy or it is simply not melting all the way through.
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    10-02-2017, 07:08 PM
    The hotplate could melt small batches for casting but would be too puny for smelting junk. The turkey fryer burner is cheap and worth every penny. 200,000 btus of lead roasting fun.
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    10-02-2017, 06:32 PM
    The higher lead will not make significantly larger bullets. Possibly the tin bullets were coming a bit smaller because you were casting tin so hot. Personally I never tried it because tin was too precious. Your molds are rated for a mostly lead...
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  • jimkim's Avatar
    10-02-2017, 04:53 PM
    Is it the frame or the ram, that is the problem. You may be able to find another ram, that fits, or can be adapted. Calling the manufacturer, would have been my first choice. Earlier, I assumed you had, or tried. My apologies. Sent from my VS880...
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    10-02-2017, 02:23 PM
    Use a rubber O-ring under the locknut, and another rubber O-ring in place of the wire clip to hold the shellholder. Maybe, between the two, they will self align enough to fix(bandage) the issue. One thing that would work, requires machining. You...
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    10-02-2017, 02:00 PM
    Nice! Now, if only they would offer a single die solid steel top, and larger diameter steel pillars. Something along the lines of the 50 BMG presses from RCBS, and Hornady. HINT HINT HINT!!!! Lol Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    09-28-2017, 08:14 PM
    You will get a little (very little) tin if you melt the joints with the tow parts. If you really want purely pure lead you will need to cut the flashing part off the boot and cut the bottom off the boot where it is soldered to the flashing....
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    09-27-2017, 05:34 PM
    lwknight replied to a thread Gallery Load in Cast Boolits
    Not to restart a war or kick dead horses but I would point out that reduced loads mean reduced rpm's on the bullet. Therefore a lighter bullet will stabilize at lower velocity than a longer shaped heavier bullet.
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    09-27-2017, 05:25 PM
    Overheating lead makes a hazardous substance. Luckily I have a way to safely dispose of it. Just send it to me and I will take care of it for free. You did not hurt a thing bro.
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    09-27-2017, 11:02 AM
    You were worrying for nothing. Type metal is already clean and it is easy to melt and mold. It is much less of a job than cleaning up old lead/WW junk.
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  • jimkim's Avatar
    09-24-2017, 07:20 AM
    Thanks. Gonna hold on to all the parts that came with it. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    09-23-2017, 09:16 PM
    M.L Stith. These are antique bases and rings. If anyone knows of any 1" rings that will fit these, please point me in the right direction. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    09-23-2017, 08:24 AM
    I would like to find a mount like this. What brand is it? Where do you find them? Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    09-23-2017, 08:11 AM
    I recently bought an 03 Springfield. It came with a Lyman 2.5x All Weather Alaskan scope. I want to swap to a modern mildot, variable power scope. I'm looking for mounts that will use the bases that are there. I can't use the rings that came with...
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    09-21-2017, 10:46 AM
    You didn't say what gas system length you are using. In MY AR, I shoot the Lee 309-200-R subsonic with H4198, at below book loads. I has a pistol length gas system. I seriously doubt that H110 can be made to function because of that particular...
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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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