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    02-13-2020, 10:00 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread 25 cal pellet question in AirGuns
    Wally, seeing your are new to this forum, Working fast will be difficult if your pellets will not drop out of the mold. When cavities are cut the cutting tool leaves a tiny wire edge where the cavities meet. That little bit of metal makes the...
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    02-12-2020, 11:22 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Bleeding holes in Swaging
    If you want an ogive in wall of the die, it should be placed far enough in the longest conceivable core would be contained inside the die before you start forming. Your core will be smaller diameter than the slug, the curve of the ogive will...
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    02-12-2020, 08:47 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Bleeding holes in Swaging
    That die looks like it should have close fitting punches at both ends. Both ends need sealed enough to get enough pressure to force lead out of the bleed holes. The base punch (at lest in my vison) would be domed to produce a dished base. The...
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    02-11-2020, 10:04 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread 25 cal pellet question in AirGuns
    Alfred has it nailed. Keeping the temp of the mold up is the key. Not so easy when you only pour a little dribble of lead in big blocks each cycle. Avoid drafts. Apply heat with a hot plate or other means. I sometimes use a piece of steel...
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    02-10-2020, 10:15 AM
    Scopes that focus close in are rare. Tough inexpensive ones are even more rare. Thanks for letting everyone know.
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    02-04-2020, 01:02 AM
    I bought a 10-22 for a loaner rifle, took it out to the range one nice afternoon to sight it in. The trigger sucked. Gritty, like dragging the trigger over three bumps to fire. Was shooting prone, and had a nice comfy matt on top a piece of...
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    02-01-2020, 09:33 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Lead core problem in Swaging
    Lead has a known melting temperature. Adding tin lowers the melting temperature. Melt some of the suspect wire and check the temp.
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    01-30-2020, 07:29 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Lead core problem in Swaging
    Tin makes lead tough. Sometimes your die will break. If your die is 7/8-14 be careful.
    5 replies | 429 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"
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