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  • lwknight's Avatar
    08-20-2017, 11:37 PM
    You could braze it over with brass.
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    08-20-2017, 11:34 PM
    Yes, it is true that using cast iron has a possible drawback that could get someone hurt. Always setup as if you think there might be a leak spring in your pot someday and you will do just fine. Thanks for the reminder D. Crockett.
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    08-20-2017, 08:42 PM
    You are going to end up with nothing more than trace copper and antimony from the bars. If you mix for 2% tin from the bars, you will have only 0.06% or 0.0006 ( 6 ten thousanths ) copper. That is like not really there.
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    08-20-2017, 08:27 PM
    I have tested old bullets with high tin that seemed soft onto the dirt and they expanded just like a soft HP with 95% or better weight retention, but the funny thing is that the fired bullet was hard when recovered. I think they may have been a...
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    08-20-2017, 08:18 PM
    The P.I.D. controller sure made thing easier for me too. Also , getting the alloy clean is important as well.
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    08-18-2017, 09:12 AM
    You were right in another post that something was missing from the equation. So why would an alloy with a 7 hardness mixed with pure lead end up even harder you asked. I suspect that what you tested at 7 had been cast at least a year earlier. ...
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    08-17-2017, 11:51 PM
    I have never done anything except wipe out any excessive rust with scotch-brite and never had any trouble. Just don't leave them out in the rain and everything will be just fine.
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  • badgeredd's Avatar
    08-08-2017, 08:23 PM
    Sit your bullet in a pan of water and play a propane torch flame over the nose. You will see the metal start to soften. Let it air cool and you will have an annealed nose that will expand more than the body. Edd
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    08-08-2017, 08:18 PM
    badgeredd replied to a thread Wood type??? in Muzzleloading.
    I would guess it is straight grain maple or possibly beech. Edd
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    08-05-2017, 09:16 PM
    The weat straw color on the ingots is an indication of a high tin content as you expected anyway.
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    08-05-2017, 09:07 PM
    If you have a true binary alloy of lead/tin it will never harden any more that the day it was cast. In fact it will get softer as time goes on. I had some 10 year old soft tin/lead bullets that when recast came out much harder.
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    08-05-2017, 08:57 PM
    It has no legs on it! It was probably a crucible. You would have to build a stand to support it. I would be afraid of welding directly to the pot. Cast iron is bad to break when stressed. Also when building the support you could incorporate a wind...
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    08-05-2017, 10:56 AM
    Also check Auber Instruments.
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    08-05-2017, 10:55 AM
    lwknight replied to a thread yay! in Casting Equipment
    I would think that you would be better off to not heat treat it. It will be a tough and ductile alloy as cast with that much copper. I bet you get a really good expansion with 90% weight retention. The bullets will eventually get harder but with...
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    08-04-2017, 08:28 AM
    Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    08-04-2017, 08:23 AM
    Me too. IMHO the Hollywood super turret is the best, but I don't know that I will ever own one. I just don't have that kind of disposable income now. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    07-27-2017, 09:45 PM
    It does look like cast aluminum. Mine look like cast iron. Totally smooth except for little imperfections in the iron. Also there should be a paint color "Lee Red" just like John Deere Green.
    32 replies | 2069 view(s)
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    07-23-2017, 12:51 PM
    I have some snack bowls and steins that I can't bring myself to melt. Now those ugly candle holders with the petrified dinosaur poop in bottom are no problem. Same for the creamers and ewers.
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    07-23-2017, 12:43 PM
    Agree with Bent Ramrod. I get a thin layer is yellow dust on my pot mostly at the level that is working. It is not below the lowest that I get to before adding more and not above the high level. I never worry about it but just keep going. Edit to...
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    07-22-2017, 11:06 PM
    I like it. I wish Lee would make a rifle and pistol diecast adjustable charge bar. When I first saw the picture, I thought it might be some type of disconnector or return bar, to replace the chain. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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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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