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    Yesterday, 10:14 PM
    243winxb replied to a thread Lead smear on block in Cast Boolits
    Tiny gas bubbles are called porosities, but larger gas bubbles are called blowholes or blisters. Such defects can be caused by air entrained in the melt, steam or smoke from the casting sand, or other gasses from the melt or mold. (Vacuum holes...
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    Yesterday, 09:28 AM
    243winxb replied to a thread Lead smear on block in Cast Boolits
    Interesting. New to me. I did notice the bubbles.
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    Yesterday, 02:01 AM
    A free new gun? Lucky you. A new 44 mag will have the endurance package. My M29-2 didn't and is back for repair now.
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    Yesterday, 01:40 AM
    Taper crimp- just try to remove the bell/flare , to much and it may shave lead. Adjust the taper crimp die on the longest trim length brass of the lot. Its best to seat and crimp in separate operations, using an extra taper crimp die.
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    Yesterday, 01:30 AM
    Sticking in seating die. Bullet diameter can be a little big for the Hornady sleeve? RCBS doesnt have or need a sleeve. Shaving- the seat die may remove the .010" bell/flare to soon. I have opened the inside diameter of a die to correct...
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    Yesterday, 12:24 AM
    243winxb replied to a thread 44 mag pistol groups in Cast Boolits
    I shoot for score. One of my better targets. Oven heat treated bullets, water cooled test. Cast bullets cant be to hard. imo. No skidding or slumping. Age 73 now. The good old days are gone.
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    Yesterday, 12:12 AM
    243winxb replied to a thread Lead smear on block in Cast Boolits
    Soak with Hoppies number 9 bore cleaning solvent. At least 8 hours, 24 is better. Then try this razor blade to lift it. Dont damage the mold.
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    05-05-2018, 03:46 PM
    Close enough to the groove diameter on most throats. Leave it alone, if shooting at 7 to 25 yards . For 50 yards, get it adjusted. I have 1 tight throat i dont use at 50 yards when shooting targets.
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    05-05-2018, 03:37 PM
    243winxb replied to a thread Casting temp in Cast Boolits
    aluminum, brass, iron mold? They make all 3. Basic. Lose the lube. Maximum heat till bullets frost. Then back off the temperature some.
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    05-02-2018, 12:44 AM
    Frosted will be smaller in diameter by a tiny amount. If bullets are oval, the mold is not closed compleatly.
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    04-25-2018, 07:16 PM
    If powder coated works , i see no reason why tumble lube will not. Only soft alloys push lead to the base, even with a lube groove.
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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