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    Does close " COUNT "???

    I pencil test all the lead that I pour ( cup cakes ) soon as it is cool 2-3 hrs. w/ the " PENCIL " test ,,then come back 2-3 wk's later and scratch again ,, they have been staying the same ( pencil test ) ,, I use a magic marker to write on ea. B3,, HB,, etc. , etc., If I want a BHN of 11-12 , If,I mix 11 BHN with a 22 BHN , ( 1: 1 )to get back to 11-12 BHN ,, how close will I be ??? .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hootmix View Post
    I pencil test all the lead that I pour ( cup cakes ) soon as it is cool 2-3 hrs. w/ the " PENCIL " test ,,then come back 2-3 wk's later and scratch again ,, they have been staying the same ( pencil test ) ,, I use a magic marker to write on ea. B3,, HB,, etc. , etc., If I want a BHN of 11-12 , If,I mix 11 BHN with a 22 BHN , ( 1: 1 )to get back to 11-12 BHN ,, how close will I be ??? .

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    If you mix 1 at 11 and 1 at 22 you will get 16 to 17 BHN. But the ingots generally do not measure the same as the bullet cast from the same alloy due to different cooling rates. Sort of close maybe. I do not measure ingots except to rough sort by hardness.

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    Hey Dusty,, I should have been thinking better ,, pure lead is about 5BHN,, at 2-1 ( 2-5BHN ,,1-22 BHN ) might come closer ?? Or am I trying to make my math to simple ??

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    That sounds better, if you are confident in your numbers.

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    The pencil test only gives me a guest-a-ment of the mixture. I ck. for fill-out & dia. Fix'n to make up about 40+ lbs. for a .215 gn. bullet want to do all from the same mix . ( pot holds about 80# ) .

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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
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