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    Yesterday, 11:37 PM
    Can .32ACP cartridges be safely fired in a .32 Long S&W or Colt revolver in good condition?
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    06-12-2019, 11:34 PM
    I use this one: https://www.harborfreight.com/long-reach-magnetic-pickup-tool-with-quick-release-93950.html Works great.
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    06-12-2019, 09:44 PM
    Dusty you are right - &#@% happens. These wheel weights have been stored indoors in a dry place for many years. No place for moisture to hide. However I'm gowned up and have a face shield and welders gloves on as a precaution. Now the recovered...
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    06-12-2019, 03:42 PM
    The exact (borrowed) pot, burner and ladle I'm using can be seen here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSgQ82Kqhzo I'm not at all concerned with trapped moisture with the wheelweights (both clip on and stick on) but when I begin the recovered...
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    06-12-2019, 01:34 PM
    With the amount of steel clips generated it's not practical loading the pot to overflowing with clip on wheelweights and just melt it down. I start with about one inch of frozen lead from the previous batch and load the slag from the previous batch...
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    06-12-2019, 12:51 PM
    2200 was originaly introduced years ago as a surplus powder. The 2200 available today is newly manufactured. Maybe the two have slightly different burn rates? Maybe the corporate lawyers bumped down the load data?
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    06-12-2019, 12:39 PM
    Yep - lowering the temp made the melt take a bit longer but makes the chore much more pleasant and uses much less propane. Glad I found my ancient Lyman thermometer from many years ago.
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    06-10-2019, 12:48 PM
    Made this melt/pour yesterday (Sunday). Started late afternoon about 3PM. Notice the amount of steel clips resulting in 149 ingots is just about the same in volume as the lead yield. Took everybody's advice and dialed down the heat. After a bit of...
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    06-08-2019, 09:26 PM
    The clips from the wheelweights go bye bye. Any slag or clips that have any lead stuck on them plus any spills and the flash clipped off the ingots goes back in the pot with the next melt. Don't want to waste anything.
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    06-08-2019, 12:56 AM
    osteodoc08, You hit the nail on the head. I dug out my ancient Lyman thermometer for my last melt/pour and it pegged at 900F. No wonder I've been using so much propane! Good thing I was super careful in the sorting cuz if I had missed any zinc it...
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    06-04-2019, 01:28 PM
    Thanks for all the replies!
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    06-02-2019, 11:40 PM
    This is 100% clip on wheelweights. Didn't think the pure lead would seperate and float on top. The ingots are plenty hard.
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    06-02-2019, 10:57 PM
    I'm smelting a BUNCH of clip on wheelweights. What is that bluish/purpleish film floating on top of the melt? I always flux/stir it back in before casting the ingots. Poured 152 approx 1lb ingots today.
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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