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    03-13-2018, 11:33 AM
    Are you melting both clip on an stick on wheel weights in your pot? Stick on if lead is usually very soft, near pure. I usually melt these separately and mark as pure. Clip on are usually hard enough for most handgun rounds and light rifle loads....
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    03-13-2018, 11:15 AM
    I sent Don a small flat rate box of pure lead, hope he can get his grandson to use it. I have made muzzleloader balls from battery lead over 35 years ago and it is very hard to load them as they do not like to engrave the rifling. I did dispose of...
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    03-13-2018, 10:59 AM
    I use candle wax or bullet lube in the case mouths. I save any lube that squeezes out of my luber sizer just for this. Beeswax also works well.
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    03-12-2018, 11:16 AM
    I use 12grs of Unique with the Lyman 160gr Loverin bullet. This bullet has long parallel sides to help fill the throat. Your Lee should work also just load it as close to the rifling as you can. I would start at 10grs and work up one grain at a time.
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    03-12-2018, 11:05 AM
    Be aware that the high BC bullets like the Hornady ELDs are very long and may not cycle thru the action while set close to the rifling. I have run into this problem with a new Ruger Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor. Accuracy with magazine length cartridges...
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    03-12-2018, 10:58 AM
    I have the Ruger Predator in 6.5CM. Had to relieve the stock at the right side of the fore-end as it would rub on the barrel when fired. Accuracy is very good with most factory loads I have shot with the Hornady ammo usually under 1 moa. My...
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    03-08-2018, 10:32 AM
    My only experience with sabots was a Lyman 45gr 22 cal. boolit in a sabot in the 30 carbine. I found that sized boolits were slightly more accurate than unsized. I was trying for higher velocity but only gained about 200 fps in the little carbine...
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    03-08-2018, 10:24 AM
    I've shot cast up to 3,000 fps in my AR15 with good accuracy. Better accuracy is had at 2,700 fps, equal to Federal American Eagle. No leading. Twist is 1 in 9. Bullets were cast of linotype, heat treated, then Hi-Tek coated with minimal baking...
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    02-27-2018, 10:14 AM
    leadman replied to a thread Hardness in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Welderduck, you can water quench your coated bullets after coating to increase the hardness if needed. I have done this many times for various reasons. You can also heat treat the bullets in an oven and water quench between coatings to help maintain...
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    02-23-2018, 09:59 AM
    IIRC there is calcium in battery plates. I did use old batteries many years ago but disassembled them where I worked and could dispose of the waste materials there. The lead was used to cast muzzleloader balls and fishing sinkers. Sinkers worked...
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    02-23-2018, 09:49 AM
    I use only linotype for the 22 caliber bullets with Hornady copper gas checks. If you want to shoot at 3,000 fps or faster heat treating the lino is the way to go. I have obtained 3,619 fps average by doing this. The 3,619 fps loads were for...
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    02-23-2018, 09:30 AM
    leadman replied to a thread Truck camper? in Our Town
    When I built mine I used 2"X3" boards, notched to fit the side rails which were 2"X4", screwed and Gorilla glued. Saved some weight and proved to be strong enough to survive for about 20 years so far. I sold truck and camper to a friend, who sold it...
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    02-22-2018, 11:18 PM
    I have found the Lyman 323470, about 170grs, Loverin style with mostly bore sized body shoots very well in my RB. I load this in front of 12grs of Unique and it is very accurate even at 100 yards and makes a good small game load.
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    02-22-2018, 10:56 PM
    sharps4590, the Rolling Block is different in when you do have a problem and the gun breaks the most likely location for the loose parts is in an eye socket. Use caution in loading for these old guns. There are pictures on the internet of blocks...
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    02-22-2018, 10:40 AM
    leadman replied to a thread Truck camper? in Our Town
    Most of the newer RVs are made with those foam panels. Problem is they tend to delaminate if water should get to them. I currently have this issue with my motorhome. If I build another truck camper or other similar item I will use the aluminum...
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Married for years. Two sons, 2 granddaughters.
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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