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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:45 PM
    While many of us castbooliteers have vast knowledge on a vast variety of subjects, I would think your questions will get better answers from Frontier enthusiasts than from castboolit enthusiasts I would try a place like this....
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:01 AM
    I also had issues with pan lubing. A Kake Kutter is the answer.
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  • HollowPoint's Avatar
    01-15-2018, 09:58 PM
    I turned a couple of metal pillars on my lathe and did my Tikka hunters' pillars using Acra-Glass I bought from Brownells. The rifle was already accurate right out of the box but I figured a little bedding wouldn't hurt. I just sanded the areas...
    3 replies | 77 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-15-2018, 07:34 PM
    I would imagine the Old NRA lube would match your desires (pan lube-ability and easy to get ingredients) and would probably work "ok" in all your applications. Old NRA lube formula 1 part Beeswax 1 part Paraffin 1 part Vaseline All parts by...
    6 replies | 199 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-15-2018, 07:15 PM
    This sounds like a special project. PS, I moved your thread from Our town, to Special Projects
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-15-2018, 05:22 PM
    Is Lyman having these NEW handles imported ? Photo below is from a recent Facebook post, when questioned, the person posting the photo claims he has arthritic thumbs and doesn't have a death grip.
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-15-2018, 04:05 PM
    PM sent
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    01-15-2018, 11:53 AM
    The sad thing is you may try time after time and suddenly the problem disappears without you knowing why. A little lino (to harden and fill out) added will likely help. Once you get the melt level down in the pot, a good scraping of the pot...
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  • lwknight's Avatar
    01-14-2018, 02:00 PM
    Of course no one would exaggerate just a wee bit around here would they?
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-13-2018, 11:57 PM
    I have seemingly been lucky with my orders from Solvenia. All three were 7 to 10 days...surely less than 2 weeks. But as been stated above, anytime commercial products cross borders, customs can hold them for whatever reason they deem necessary.
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-13-2018, 10:58 PM
    thanks for the link. Interesting, I was sure small rifle primers were taller than small pistol primers. I guess I have never measured them? if I did measure them, I would have remembered they were the same...As I have surely measured large pistol...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-13-2018, 06:16 PM
    It seems the only critical dimension is the OD of the body (0.750") that mates to the Star Lubsizer Machine http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?32648-Observations-on-making-dies-for-Star-machines
    4 replies | 294 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-13-2018, 02:07 PM
    Checking alloy hardness on ingots can be problematic, due to differing conditions effecting the speed of cooling. Also, Technique is everything when trying to get repeatable readings with the Lee hardness tester.
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-13-2018, 01:57 PM
    My 2 I wouldn't use large rifle primers in pistol brass, Large Rifle primers are taller than pistol primers and will not fully seat in a pistol case.
    18 replies | 505 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 03:57 PM
    Groove type doesn't matter, You will be OK, I suspect the only drawback might be they may be more smokey when shooting them.
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 03:00 PM
    If you have a lube groove full of Alox, you surely don't need to apply it a second time. That is LOTS more than I use per boolit. I'm surprised that you got it to dry? When I TL boolits, I apply as little as possible. The boolits on the...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 02:45 PM
    I spray my Iron molds with Kroil (aerosol) and store in air tight food storage containers. The first containers I've found are made by "Lock-n-Lock", they were $4 each, but now are they are no longer made, I have seen are others like SnapLock and...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 02:36 PM
    It doesn't work like that. What will happen is you will get irradic results in BHN from one batch to another. Have you read this? http://www.lasc.us/HeatTreat.htm
    24 replies | 768 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 02:23 PM
    Annealed GC: Sometimes a GC seats stubbornly, making them difficult to crimp on squarely during sizing. Annealing them (copper or Aluminum) will soften the metal allowing them to be seated easily and squarely. I've never needed to do that, but...
    9 replies | 181 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 02:18 PM
    pineknot, Welcome to the forum. You've asked some good questions. tigweldit gave you some good answers. If you haven't read the Lyman cast bullet handbook 4th Ed. ...find one and read it. It goes into detail about the all the facets of...
    9 replies | 181 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 01:09 PM
    I deleted many posts. To those who's posts got deleted, please re-read the rules. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?335525-S-amp-S-Rules-amp-Definitons&p=4057211#post4057211
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 12:55 PM
    2400 would be an excellent choice for "ruger only" loads in 45 colt.
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  • HollowPoint's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 11:21 AM
    I went through all of this with my No.4 MK1 Enfield. I managed to find a specimen of each of the various bolt sizes but none of them really fixed my headspace problem. The one marked "0" was actually shorter than the one marked "2". Bolt heads...
    25 replies | 556 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 11:13 PM
    Some people will tell you that some Lyman molds will drop under-spec boolits. If you use a alloy with less than 5% antimony and if you tend to cast HOT, you may well get under-spec boolits. If you cast with Lyman #2 alloy(95-5-5), a 311359...
    3 replies | 128 view(s)
  • lwknight's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 07:04 PM
    You can spoon off a lot of that flux stuff then pour into a slick sided stainless bowl or whatever. Once it cools, you can chip the rest of the flux off and remelt to cast into small ingots.
    2 replies | 162 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 06:53 PM
    It's probably a shot in the dark, But I sent Lee an email suggesting a "Limited Run" of the 410-195-SWC in 6 cavity. They are a banner advertiser here...so they should know about us...I mentioned there could be a bunch of us that cast for 41 cal,...
    1 replies | 53 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 06:18 PM
    Well, I just finished cleaning the gun. It was Lead fouled pretty good. It took about 25 patches to clean it out. I use a brass jag and thick flannel shirt patch. I alternate the following: >wrapping a string of copper choreboy on the patch...
    27 replies | 1905 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 05:45 PM
    I started a thread on the NOE forum to start a discussion about a lightweight SWC in 41 cal. The Lee 410 195 SWC works great, but they don't offer it in a 6 cavity. The old Lyman 41032/410032 is hit and miss as they vary from 200gr to 225gr. ...
    1 replies | 53 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 05:03 PM
    All the commercial separators are basically the same with the exception of cheaper ones. Tumbling with a closed clamshell container almost full of water efficiently rids the pins and rinses the brass at the same time. With planning, they can be...
    26 replies | 994 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 04:25 PM
    I use only wax for flux in the casting furnace. Sawdust and wax together can stick to the pot below the surface and migrate to the spout as waxy charcoal specks. The cast iron smelting pot gets sawdust and wax until the alloy isclean. If you only...
    25 replies | 626 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 03:49 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Any wood workers? in Our Town
    The mule might be outdated as a power source, but the plow has only been multiplied and a tractor used to pull it. Its the same method of farming that has been used since metal tools were invented. We use what ever tool is at hand. If a plane and...
    48 replies | 1083 view(s)
  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 01:00 PM
    The Rifle arrived yesterday. Invoice stated: Replaced Carrier, ejector, adjusted lockup, and checked over rifle. initials: H. W. =============== Anyway, I opened the box, they reused my rifle case as packing, that was nice, I wasn't sure I'd get...
    27 replies | 1905 view(s)
  • dale2242's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 07:58 AM
    I could use it.....dale
    5 replies | 192 view(s)
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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"
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