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    Critique my boolits

    After several false starts over the years, I finally cast my own boolits today. I had a high reject rate as I was learning about controlling my mold and furnace temps.

    How do these look? They're representative of the ones I think I look acceptable. They are going to be powder coated, so I'm not too worried about minor cosmetic issues. Anything obvious jump out? They were cast from range scrap I smelted a few weeks ago.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Those look great to me. Load em up.

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    Just fine!
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    The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Coat them and load them. Your gun will tell you if they are good. I shot my first batch last week in several test loadings and found extremely accurate loads for both of the bullets I tried.

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    They will look a little odd in a .45-120-3-1/4.

    Especially if the PC is pink.
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    shoot 'em !!

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    They look good. Well filled out.

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    Look great. Shoot them

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    You don't want toshoot those failures. Send them to me. I'll dispose of them ( down range ) for you.

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    Looks like they will shoot fine. Once powder coated you'll fine out how they size up. I find some moulds are great for PC others are a little to large to begin with then adding the thickness of the coating they size quite dry. Good luck and be sure to keep us posted.
    Sometimes it takes a second box of boolits to clear my head.
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    Thanks everyone. The hot plate I ordered from Amazon was DOA, so I ran several cycles of pour/discard heating the mould until I got some decent boolits. Tomorrow, I'll PC the good ones & melt the rejects.

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    They look fine. If you pan lubricated them, you would have shot them by now with out the muss, cost and health risk of powder coating.
    To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, the trouble with many shooting experts is not that they're ignorant; its just that they know so much that isn't so.

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    I went ahead and powder coated some tonight. Pretty happy with how they turned out.

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    I've been finding PC covers imperfections and squeezes them smooth when sizing. My gun can't tell the difference by the small groups it's printing. PC looks good. Are you tumbling? If so bounce them in a separate container after removing them from tumbling. It will give you a more even coat.

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    I used the shake and bake method with Smoke's powder.

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    After I shake them I drop them in another Tupperware container and bounce them a few times. It knocks off the excess powder and gives a more even coat.

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    Thanks, I'll give that a try next time.

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    They don't turn out perfect every time but these were shake and baked with smokes powder and I bumped the heat up to 350 for 20 min.

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    yes I don't try for a heavy coat either.
    I did at first then realized I wasn't getting a good smooth coating.

    make sure you put a little lube on them before you size them.
    it sucks melting drilling beating them out of the die.
    it's all an educated guess,,,, till the trigger is pulled.

    this opinion brought to you by mister low-tech solution..

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    I have a feeling there will be a lot of learning as I go along.

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