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Thread: New to the ranks of PCing

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    New to the ranks of PCing

    Just received my materials yesterday.

    Here are some of my first results.

    First pic is an overview of work so far. I used Systema containers (#5 from WallyWorld and Weighted pellets for blanket fill.

    Second pic is my first 2 attemps with some 230gn 45ACP projectiles. RAL 5005

    Third pic is my 3rd batch of 45 Colt 255 grn Kieths. RAL 7000

    Thanks to all the fore runners to this system. Looks like it's gonna be fun and useful.
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    I have had great luck with powder from powder by the pound also!
    Its easy to use and the results are great.

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    Looking good!
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    looks good. nice job.

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    Need some more information. Power from where? Type of bullet cleaner you use. Temperature of oven and length of duration in the oven.

    Anyone near Casa Grande ? Want to teach an old Dog a new trick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6bg6ga View Post
    Need some more information. Power from where? Type of bullet cleaner you use. Temperature of oven and length of duration in the oven.

    Anyone near Casa Grande ? Want to teach an old Dog a new trick?
    These powders were from Prism.

    Usual temp and time: 400* for 20 minutes after they started flowing.

    I only cleaned the 45Colts with 92% alcohol, they'd been sitting around a while.

    I'm not one to teach. This is my first day of it. There's a plethora of information in this subdivision of the forum.
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    If they pass the hammer test you are good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slide View Post
    If they pass the hammer test you are good to go.
    They did. I forgot to get pics of the hammer smash test.

    Thanks
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    Have fun hammering, shape them into cubes great job for a first go

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    I think you've got it! Nice job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6bg6ga View Post
    Need some more information. Power from where? Type of bullet cleaner you use. Temperature of oven and length of duration in the oven.

    Anyone near Casa Grande ? Want to teach an old Dog a new trick?
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...ting-questions

    Did you never give it a whirl from several years ago?


    Cliffs notes:

    Get a small table top oven.
    Get some of Smoke’s PC powder.
    Follow his shake and bake directions.
    Place in oven and bake as directed.
    Take out and let cool.
    Size as usual.
    Load.
    Shoot.

    I’ve personally been putting it off because I have so much Lubrisizer stuff but will PC when hanging out with my buddy 45cal. It really is that easy. We use a Harbor Freight electrostatic Gun, but process still the same.

    You should try it.

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    Well, I had good intentions of getting 50 bullets powder coated but never got it done therefore the questions once again. Retired now and sometimes I have some time or at least I will when I get my painting done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpdrifter View Post
    These powders were from Prism.

    Usual temp and time: 400* for 20 minutes after they started flowing.

    I only cleaned the 45Colts with 92% alcohol, they'd been sitting around a while.

    I'm not one to teach. This is my first day of it. There's a plethora of information in this subdivision of the forum.


    Somebody wiser than me once said: "We teach best what we need to learn the most" & "If you don't Try you Can't "do" anything". Give you self some credit. It's not real hard to Teach when you're having so much fun at what your doing.
    Good Judgment comes from Experience, Experience comes from Bad Judgment !

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    Quote Originally Posted by nun2kute View Post
    Somebody wiser than me once said: "We teach best what we need to learn the most" & "If you don't Try you Can't "do" anything". Give you self some credit. It's not real hard to Teach when you're having so much fun at what your doing.
    Well, I really hate to be one of those wise guys that did something once and now I'm an expert.

    Thanks for all the encouragement fellow casters.
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    Good job, now you need to shoot the bullets you coated, then cast more bullets to use up all that powder. Seems like a never ending circle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonheart View Post
    Good job, now you need to shoot the bullets you coated, then cast more bullets to use up all that powder. Seems like a never ending circle.
    yes sir, need to but I'm waiting on a new sizing system............Lee APP press.

    Been doing honey do's all week end...........talk about a never ending cycle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonheart View Post
    Good job, now you need to shoot the bullets you coated, then cast more bullets to use up all that powder. Seems like a never ending circle.
    Isn't that just the truth! Need to cast more so I can coat more seems to be a theme. Gotta new mold so I need to cast with it so I can coat more....

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpdrifter View Post
    yes sir, need to but I'm waiting on a new sizing system............Lee APP press.

    Been doing honey do's all week end...........talk about a never ending cycle!
    I size pneumatically, but a manual press will work. Inverting a press and putting together a simple feed tube increases production a lot.

    I added a pneumatic cylinder to a Rock Chucker years ago then a few years later I just used a Pneumatic Cylinder alone. My feed tube has undergone several changes over the years. The one in the photo is held in place by a switched magnet so it is easy to relocate. Just some ideas to think about.

    Lee sizing dies work well, but are a little off.

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    Do you hand feed that feeder tube, Dragonheart? Could you please give me an idea of your cycle time or practical production rate (I have a lot of boolits to size)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin c View Post
    Do you hand feed that feeder tube, Dragonheart? Could you please give me an idea of your cycle time or practical production rate (I have a lot of boolits to size)?
    Yes, I hand feed into the tube. Age and arthritis has taken a tole so my dexterity is nowhere as good as it was when I was younger, but even so I can size a steady 35 bullets a minute or at least until I need a break.

    I constructed a bullet feeder, but by the time I loaded the feeder tubes I could have done it by hand. So I converted the bullet feeder to feed cases into my Ram Buster. I run all my range pickup of 9mm & 45 ACP into it to remove any bulge in the cases and once full length sized it makes the brass like new.
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