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  • lwknight's Avatar
    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.
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  • jimkim's Avatar
    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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  • lwknight's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 09:36 PM
    It appears that the closer to retirement age the more casters there are. Maybe kids in college and trying to eek out a living dampens the casting spirit. I started casting at 18 years old but did not do much till I was in my late 40s. Mostly...
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    07-18-2017, 08:44 PM
    jimkim replied to a thread motor????? in Reloading Equipment
    You're welcome. You might pull the shaft on that motor, and look at it. I had one FA tumbler lock up. I pulled the shaft, and it had worn flats on it. I put it back in and lined the round sections up with the bearings and it worked again. It...
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    07-18-2017, 07:43 PM
    jimkim replied to a thread motor????? in Reloading Equipment
    That is odd. I guess it's made to be non-serviceable. Wrap it in bubble wrap, and tape. And send it like that. Shop around for the best shipping price. Don't forget about 3rd and 4th class mail. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    07-18-2017, 09:42 AM
    jimkim replied to a thread motor????? in Reloading Equipment
    I went from the FA, to a Thumler. It's night and day. My FA motor is still working eight years later, but it keeps breaking bowls. I decided to build a base with a threaded stud so I can use regular tumbler bowls on it. Sent from my VS880 using...
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    07-18-2017, 08:53 AM
    jimkim replied to a thread motor????? in Reloading Equipment
    Ask them if you can keep the bowl, and remove the threaded shaft. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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    07-18-2017, 07:04 AM
    jimkim replied to a thread motor????? in Reloading Equipment
    Pick the one that matches. They start at roughly $9.00, and go up from there. You could take the motor to a Home Depot, Lowes, or Ace Hardware. ...
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  • jimkim's Avatar
    07-18-2017, 05:29 AM
    jimkim replied to a thread motor????? in Reloading Equipment
    Five years ago RCBS had motors for $15.00. You can call them, and see if they still have them. The motors in the tumblers are usually exhaust or vent fan motors. ...
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    07-17-2017, 02:52 PM
    lwknight replied to a thread Coleman Stove in Casting Equipment
    Seriously? You are comparing low pressure thin wall tanks to high pressure scuba tanks. They are worlds apart on so many levels. Of course you will find fatigued scuba tanks if you work at a testing facility. First you were talking about...
    39 replies | 1878 view(s)
  • lwknight's Avatar
    07-17-2017, 02:43 PM
    We sometimes get junkers in that would be great for re-purposing. People sometimes ask us to dispose of the junkers and like a fool , I let them leave them here. I guess that most propane companies get the same treats so ask around. Most...
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    07-15-2017, 02:09 PM
    lwknight replied to a thread Coleman Stove in Casting Equipment
    How do they fail? I have refilled mine dozens of times ( back in the day) and the only thing that goes bad is the relief valve used for venting sometimes will not seal properly then I have to throw them out to pasture. Maybe I will see more than...
    39 replies | 1878 view(s)
  • lwknight's Avatar
    07-09-2017, 05:47 PM
    I would say to melt them and recast into useful sized ingots and test the hardness after they age for a couple weeks then you will have a good idea what they are. Y'all know me, melt it is my answer to everything unless I shoot it first then...
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    07-09-2017, 05:41 PM
    Wow!! That is quite different. Does the heater flip up or the bolt just holds it in the pot?
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    07-06-2017, 02:22 AM
    Perfect set up. You can also cook your bacon without stinking up the house or having to clean up the mess unless you just want to.
    38 replies | 1429 view(s)
  • lwknight's Avatar
    07-05-2017, 09:01 PM
    303 guy has a lot of discussion about that. As best I can remember from what he said is that it does not affect the hardness or casting but makes the bullets more resistant to fragmenting therefore giving better control of expansion and weight...
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    07-05-2017, 08:57 PM
    Thanks for sharing about the magnet. Strong magnets have 1000s of uses everyday.
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  • jimkim's Avatar
    06-30-2017, 04:47 PM
    First choice my Lee Classic Turret. Second choice my Dillon RL300. Third choice either my Lee Classic Cast or my RCBS RS(not an RC). The Lee CC has more leverage, and more room, but the RS has a kool factor, the newer presses lack. It's just a neat...
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  • jimkim's Avatar
    06-29-2017, 04:25 PM
    I have a new frame. I bought it several years ago. I was using it as a powder measure stand. That frame costed about half what the cheapest stand did. I thought it looked better too. Now, I've decided to build a small portible press using that...
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    06-28-2017, 11:56 PM
    Bump. Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    06-27-2017, 11:52 PM
    Are you saying that the antimony did dissolve in the lead before you added any tin? Or were you talking about the superhard?
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    06-27-2017, 04:48 PM
    A couple years back I had a scrap yard hit me up for like $1.50 per pound and I told him that I was thinking more like $0.85 for all of it. He sent me to his bigger yard where I got a 2,400 pound gaylord. Low and behold there was 60 pounds of high...
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  • jimkim's Avatar
    06-26-2017, 11:25 PM
    I'm looking for a broken Lee Reloader press. That's the little dinky C-frame press. If the price is good I'll buy a whole one. Thanks Sent from my VS880 using Tapatalk
    7 replies | 508 view(s)
  • lwknight's Avatar
    06-26-2017, 10:08 PM
    The finning means a tiny flake of something stuck to the mold. Inspect very carefully. it is probably a small flattened blob of alloy preventing the mold from closing completely. It could even be that you might need a dab of lube on the alignment...
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    06-26-2017, 10:02 PM
    That purpley color only means that pure lead oxidizes really fast. Not an indicator of having been too hot but indicates pure lead. It won't do that if you pour in in a cold mold but your ingot might be ugly.
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    06-26-2017, 09:49 PM
    You are coming up with about 4% antimony and 5.4% tin. You might be able to spare some tin and still get the same results unless you are using more tin to make the bullets tougher so they won't fragment so bad.
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    06-26-2017, 09:13 PM
    You should not have to melt the antimony. The tin will dissolve it like water does salt. It is hard to melt antimony. Now for the question that I cannot answer: How much antimony will the tin hold before it quits dissolving it? Also I know that...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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