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    10-18-2017, 03:09 PM
    I imagine the really big boys order an alloy that they like. Most of the "smaller" guys I know that sell at regional gun shows use whatever lead they can scrounge and then add tin/antimony as needed to get hard bullets when water dropped. I know...
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    10-18-2017, 03:04 PM
    If the round drops into and drops out of the chamber, and you have used reasonable and proper load data and techniques, it will shoot fine.
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    10-18-2017, 02:55 PM
    sqlbullet replied to a thread Truck gun in Our Town
    Utah doesn't allow a loaded long gun in a car. As a result my first choice for a truck gun is an AR pistol with a 10-12" barrel and a good arm brace.
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    10-17-2017, 05:15 PM
    If the loaded round drops in and out of the chamber freely, and the load is otherwise safe, an oversize bullet will have no ill effect.
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    10-16-2017, 01:29 PM
    temperature is my bet. Cold ingot molds produce different surface than warm and hot. I will see dull, shiny and what I call "snowflake" all from the same lead depending on how cold or hot the mold, the lead and how fast it was cooled.
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    10-16-2017, 01:26 PM
    I certainly do. I have a sheet pan about 1" deep. I fill it about 80% full of water, then fine tune the levelness of my platform. I keep some framing shims around for that purpose. Once I am happy with the leveling, I place five mini-loaf pans...
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    10-08-2017, 10:33 PM
    11-12 from the mold. Ages to about 14. Water drops to 22. Less than full power Blue Dot charges in 10mm with 175 grain bullets will lead my Witness and Para Ordnance. Replicate the velocity with Unique, leading goes away, due I believe to the...
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    10-08-2017, 10:27 PM
    Another Frankford arsenal user that is very happy. Two or three years and probably about 40K rounds. Still on the original pins and the are still workin great.
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    10-08-2017, 11:59 AM
    I get this anytime I process high surface area to weight lead, like dental foil. It is lead oxide IMHO. I have had some success geting some of it back into the melt with parafin and sawdust or used motor oil and sawdust. I could be wrong about...
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    10-08-2017, 11:51 AM
    I have said elsewhere, and I will say it here. I am fine with them banning bumpfire stocks on the following conditions: 1. National Reciprocity for CCW 2. HPA 3. Every card carrying democrat that has a belt loop on their pants get...
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    10-07-2017, 10:08 PM
    I have had more leading from bullets being too hard than too soft. In fact, I don't know that I every had had a bullet that was too soft. I cast isotope lead. Sometimes I cut it 50/50 with pure, but most often I just use it as is.
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    10-07-2017, 10:03 PM
    I retracted my statements about their soft line because I went back re-read and thought about what they said. The said that the the ATF should review the existing decision that came under the Obama adminstration. They said that IF these stocks...
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    10-07-2017, 09:50 PM
    Before my BIL the dentist went digital I got a bucket of lead foil from him. What I got was near pure, but I have see lots of reports that others tested out with tin and antimony as zombywoof says. Sounds like you got the good stuff. Unless you...
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    10-06-2017, 04:43 PM
    Still can't buy the variety I can cast. I don't know where I would buy a 290 grain .358 HP for my 358 Winchester.
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    10-06-2017, 03:01 PM
    Props to Kentucky Ballistics for using Underwood ammo. No one can say any of those loads were below the capabilities of the respective cartridges!
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    10-06-2017, 02:48 PM
    As long as the loaded round is within specification and drops freely into and out of the chamber, nothing. Doesn't take much pressure to size a lead bullet down a bit.
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    10-06-2017, 12:24 PM
    I have two links and one comment: https://home.nra.org/joint-statement/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkWuYr0cD4M Is the NRA suggesting we ban dowel rods? On further consideration, I withdraw my criticism.
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    10-05-2017, 11:01 AM
    I pay annually. Most businesses do better with an ongoing revenue stream, so I provide one.
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    10-05-2017, 10:54 AM
    As a Mormon I tend to read more into Mark 10:14 where the savior says that little children are the kingdom of God. So, in my mind, neither. Until you are old enough to comprehend your actions as sinful, then you are saved. This also aligns with...
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    10-04-2017, 10:14 PM
    I have seen the occasional isotope generator that is chrome plated as well. Also usually pure lead underneath.
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    10-04-2017, 06:20 PM
    Technically, I think I went there when I told the OP that on another forum, sent him here and referred him to Mr. Gibson's excelllent writings on the subject. Larry lives there.:grin:
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    10-04-2017, 06:12 PM
    Great post Larry. I would just add one comment: The CUP method not only doesn't have any "other data", eg a pressure trace and curve, it doesn't actually tell you peak pressure either. It tells you the deformation effects of the average...
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    10-02-2017, 10:40 PM
    You don't mention what 10mm you have. That makes a difference in my mind. I would take a single stack 45 ACP 1911 over a single stack 10mm 1911. Even though all the single stack 1911's I own are actually 10mm. They ruled the sport back in the...
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    10-02-2017, 10:43 AM
    sqlbullet replied to a thread Hard drive eraser? in Our Town
    There must be a fortune to be made in buying rubbermade containers made from recycled pastic! All that sensitive data is still there somewhere. Seems like someone took the quantum no-deleting theorem a little too literally.
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    10-02-2017, 10:36 AM
    lightman, I would have felt fine if I got a lino ingot for 3 lbs of lead. But I traded 3 lbs of my iso lead for every 1 lb of his "lino". Kinda like trading $2 bills for $1 bills. Several different guys each took turns keeping an add at the top...
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    10-02-2017, 10:25 AM
    I picked up a dillon rapid trim. If you have enough brass to do to justify it, or just have buckets of money, it is the way to go. I had enough brass, still looking for buckets of money.
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    10-02-2017, 10:23 AM
    As moonie says, that mold is very finicky. I have one. I think alot of the issue is that cast boat tail bullets are just hard. I get much better results if I gas check them, but that is hard do as well as the bottom of the boat tail is a bit...
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    10-02-2017, 10:18 AM
    And not particularly well calibrated to be honest. A bunch of engineering goes into creating an accurate pressure barrel. A strain gauge on your gun can be calibrated and will provide more data points than a chronograph. It can be a guide in load...
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    10-01-2017, 10:45 PM
    I have a BUNCH of 308 blanks that came in a surplus batch of 7.62 I got a few years back. I did a fair amount of research into the same questions you have. Here is what I have learned. First, the brass is not from rounds that did not meet spec....
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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
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