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  • Jim22's Avatar
    03-02-2021, 07:07 PM
    Just tried something new - for me - with the lead I scored at the scrap yard. I mixed two lbs of wheel weights with a dead soft two lb dive weight. Then added enough tin to give about 2%. The boolits cast beautifully - prolly because of the added...
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    02-28-2021, 03:38 PM
    I had one as well. They kick hard! Because they are so light. I put a .375 barrel on it - 27 inches long. Sent it to JD Jones to have it chambered to .375 JDJ. The long barrel adds weight and makes it about as long as a bolt rifle with a 22"...
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    02-24-2021, 08:23 PM
    The acid finds zinc?
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    02-24-2021, 08:22 PM
    My scrap yard is charging less than $1.15 for dirty lead. I think because I tipped the kid he will let me pick thru wheel weights next time. I'm gonna wait until frost is over - or maybe not.
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    02-24-2021, 08:18 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread RMR Lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    No. Rocky Mountain Reloader Supply. https://www.rmrbullets.com/ They have lead. They have a sale on.
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    02-24-2021, 08:08 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread RMR Lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Just joined RMR because of this thread. Ordered 20 lbs of core material. Sounds like it will add to my COWW stash.
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    02-24-2021, 07:39 PM
    Also did some weighing. The COWW ingots I cast yesterday average 417 grams each for a sample of five. I also weighed the pure tin snip-offs I bought from Rotometals. They are remarkably consistent at 15 grams each. So I divided the weight of the...
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    02-24-2021, 07:00 PM
    I live on the other side of the Cascades - almost to Idaho. I have an idea who this lady might be. Prolly not but I know someone who fits her description. I also looked on Gab but I'm not a member either. If she's in my area let me know. I'll...
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    02-24-2021, 02:31 PM
    It is a pretty bad time to find anything gun related. But, I started not long ago. Everyone has their favorite gear. I started with a single two cavity Lee mould in .358 158 grain, an RCBS lead pot, a Lee lead dipper, and a Lee .358 sizer. I...
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    02-24-2021, 12:46 PM
    No. I found one or two wheel weights that wouldn't mely so I threw 'em out. Also some stick on wheel weights and a battery terminal clamp. I'm still happy. Also found a couple lengths of scrap solder.
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    02-23-2021, 07:13 PM
    Picked them up today. The kid weighed it on the big electronic scale. I had said I wanted forty pounds but when he weighed it it was about 45 so I said I'll take the extra. While there I found three SCUBA dive weights. Two 2# and a 3#, also a...
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    02-23-2021, 12:11 PM
    The old man who owns the yard has a kid in his twenties doing the work. Deal was for an extra dime a pound the kid will smelt, skim off clips, ad make ingots. I'm looking forward to picking them up.
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    02-22-2021, 05:40 PM
    I have been casting boolits from straight COWW for powder coating. I have seen recommendations for a softer mix: Will this 49-49-2 alloy do well up to about 2,000 fps if powder coated or should I stick with what I've been doing? The COWW...
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    02-22-2021, 05:31 PM
    Stopped by my local scrap yard today. They will sell me lead at a good price. I asked about wheel weights. They had a lot. I will pick up 40 lbs of wheel weights tomorrow. Prolly order some pure lead as well. Does anyone tip the employees? ...
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    02-22-2021, 03:13 PM
    Just finished second batch. Shook them in JD Green about twice as long as the first batch. Looks like a nicer, thicker coating of powder. Put them in the oven and this time included my Taylor oven thermometer. It took a full twenty minutes to...
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    02-21-2021, 07:09 PM
    I found that the 1 quart cottage cheese tubs, Darigold in my area, have the triangle and 5 on the bottom.
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    02-21-2021, 07:02 PM
    My first batch of powder coated boolits. 158 grain Lee plain base cast of 100% COWW and black BB's. Smoke's John Deere Green. The coat looks kinda thin. May have to shake them some more next time. Tried the hammer test on the vise anvil and no...
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    02-21-2021, 12:57 PM
    I started loading with a Lee Loader in the early sixties. They were ten bucks then. >357 mag. and .38 special for my $87.50 Blackhawk. Had a friend who used one for 12 ga. shotshells. The only problem I ever saw with either was that with the...
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    02-19-2021, 09:01 PM
    A good gunsmith can fix this. I don't know how but I sent my 1894C in .357 magnum to Lew Bonitz at Grizzly Custom for a few things. lew@grizzlycustom.com. He specializes is Marlin lever rifles. He fixed what I wanted fixed and, on his own, fixed...
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    02-19-2021, 08:24 PM
    Will do, Steve. I just cast up some Lee 158 gr plain base boolits and powder coated them without sizing. They are close to .360". Gotta try 'em. I also have a Ruger 77/357 I want to shoot. Any tips for it?
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    02-19-2021, 08:07 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread Winchester Model 71 in Leverguns
    I never liked the Model 71 stock. Every time I shot one my thumb would bend my nose over. I have big hands and a big nose so everyone probably wouldn't have that trouble. Worst one I ever shot was Bud Liebing's .450 Alaskan. That was hard on my...
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    02-19-2021, 08:00 PM
    Some jurisdictions have apparently outlawed lead base wheel weights. I checked with a local tire shop here in WA and they told me this state had outlawed them.
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    02-19-2021, 07:53 PM
    I might be wrong but I think lead pipe is pretty much an east coast thing. Builders and cities used it for water pipe before the health concerns were well known.
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    02-19-2021, 07:50 PM
    Just be careful about getting too big a pot for smelting. That lead gets heavy!. I used an 8" cast iron skillet to melt 10 lbs or so of wheel weights. I could hardly lift it by the handle when full. An over-the-top bail would be better. Also, I...
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    02-19-2021, 07:28 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread Yipppeeeee in Hunting with CB's
    I'm afraid I wouldn't worry much about expansion using a fifty caliber boolit. It's already as big as a perfectly mushroomed .30 cal. boolit. And, as stated above, it will expand with your chosen alloy.
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    02-18-2021, 12:09 PM
    Yep, in a pile. I shook the tray as I took it outa the oven to loosen them up. Still wound up with two stuck together base to base. I will try standing them up in the future as soon as I can figure out how to handle them without disturbing the...
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    02-17-2021, 07:36 PM
    Just tried the hammer test. Coating is fine but looks a bit thin. May have to shake the boolits a bit more before cooking.
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    02-17-2021, 07:25 PM
    I just now finished powder coating about 100 .357 boolits in a cheap Wal Mart toaster oven. I tested it with an oven thermometer and found I had to turn the onboard thermostat down to about 320 degrees to get 400 degrees F. I bought a couple...
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    02-17-2021, 02:56 PM
    Have you tried using either .300 blk or .221 brass? They are closer to the right length and should not require neck reaming.
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    02-17-2021, 02:43 PM
    Reminds me of my paternal gramma. She wasn't a squirrel hunter. She loved to fish, though. Northern pike because she lived in Minnesota. She had emigrated from Sweden. She always said of the pike, "Pick 'em up by the eyes".
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I cast bullets for years when I lived in Alaska. Got away from it but am now coming back.
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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
GC Gas Check