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    02-14-2018, 09:30 PM
    docone31 replied to a thread Just for stuff in Leverguns
    It really isn't just that it is hygroscopic, it is also corrosive. Pyrodex has its issues. I did indeed spend time cleaning the rifle. It was real clean though, no leading, no residue to speak of. I used lots of water, elbow grease, and when dry I...
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    02-14-2018, 02:27 PM
    docone31 started a thread Just for stuff in Leverguns
    I just got back from the range. I got this here 1895 Marlin, in 45/70. I do like it. Well, I just cast some Lee 405 solids, with pure lead. Large heavy bullet. Loaded her up with 65 gns of Pyrodex. All I can say is wow! What a performer! I was...
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    02-06-2018, 11:12 AM
    WHat I do with the aluminum molds, is to smear Clover on a casting, and cast through a galvanized nut. This I eject, and add Clover. I take a wrench and then turn it in the other cavity, same with the other casting. This I put in the other cavity,...
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    02-05-2018, 06:18 PM
    Lee has stepped up to the plate here. Polished cavities, accurate alignment, even put the mold number on the mold itself. I will soak it up in mineral spirits overnight, and cast away. Amazing difference. Go Lee! Very well made.
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    02-05-2018, 06:08 PM
    Went to Ace, and found a tub of JPW. Price was right, so that is the way to go. The Turtle did not look like it melted into well.
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    02-05-2018, 02:37 PM
    I have some Turtle wax on hand, can I combine with Alox 50% and Turtle wax 50% to make a good tumble lube? I can add mineral spirits to loosen the mix?
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    02-05-2018, 12:43 PM
    I have used Lee pots for years. This last one for over a decade. A 20# pot. No drips at all. When I got this one as I got my others, I removed the spigot, put Clover on it, replaced it and turned it untill smooth and turned it every time i turned it...
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    01-30-2018, 08:19 PM
    If you take a Lee, .54 cal, then smear Clover on the casting, with a sheetrock screw in the sprue, and rotate it, then, you might get there pretty quickly. Might try it, who knows?
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    01-30-2018, 04:57 PM
    docone31 started a thread A question in Leverguns
    I have a 45/70 Marlin 1895. It is a Ballard rifling barrel. Now, with the castings, are they pure lead, or a WW mix? I have lots of both, so I can blend my pot. Also, anyone have any experience with 45/45/10 lube mixes. It does sound like the...
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    01-20-2018, 08:25 PM
    I am going to use Lee molds for my 45/70. I use 4895 for powder. Any advice on the mold to use for this rifle> I am leaning to the 345gn mold, but the 405 also has my attention. Any ideas?
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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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