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    Yesterday, 11:00 AM
    Dusty Bannister replied to a thread Beeswax in Boolit Lube !
    And now you will find out how much labor there is in cleaning and straining the "caps" to get a clean product for bullet lube. Do not make a sprint out of the project. Just take your time, process a batch and store it away. Dust is your enemy so...
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    10-21-2021, 11:37 PM
    It might be cheaper in the long run to have a mold maker just up scale your favorite bullet to the correct size. The problem with "bumping" up a bullet diameter is more than just one thing. First off, the small diameter will change before the...
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    10-21-2021, 02:43 PM
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    10-19-2021, 07:24 AM
    I agree with JimB, you will not have tin separate in an alloy. If you have oxidation from too high a temperature, the elements will form oxide in the same relationship as the alloy. BNE did a series of tests on this to verify that fact. You...
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    10-17-2021, 11:44 AM
    Was the BHN reading 20-22 after quenching from powder coating and baking? And how much time passed before taking the reading. Is it possible that the castings are being dropped from several inches onto a poorly padded surface? That might start a...
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    10-16-2021, 05:12 PM
    While the area code of the contact phone number can be a indicator, who is to say it is a land line? Many people change locations, but leave their cell phone number alone. I think the other flags are valid and would not take chances with the...
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    10-16-2021, 08:30 AM
    Good response to PM, packed well for travel from AK to VA. Good quality of items offered for sale. Smooth transaction. Would repeat transaction.
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    10-15-2021, 07:57 AM
    The open ladle will not be able to pour a clean casting if you have any dross floating on the surface. The side pouring ladle as RCBS or Lyman discharges the melted alloy from below the surface for a dross free casting. The correct tool will...
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    10-12-2021, 05:32 PM
    I would keep it simple if you are just looking to add one ingredient and use about one part bees wax and 3 parts Lithium chassis grease and skip the paraffin altogether.
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    10-12-2021, 08:41 AM
    I will take them per our PM exchanges. 5 - bags of 150 each 30-06 Fed. $75 each bag. Shipping included
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    10-10-2021, 11:37 AM
    PM sent on 30-06 brass.
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    10-09-2021, 08:56 AM
    Would the OP please provide a photo of how the PID probe is mounted against the base/spout? Generally, the probe is intended to be inserted well into the melt to get an accurate reading. Of course this depends upon which type of thermocouple is...
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    10-08-2021, 02:51 PM
    I agree that the mold is cold, and or oily yet from production. Perhaps you could be clear on how you are preheating the mold and for how long on a hot plate. Please do not waste your effort on making perfect sprue puddles when you clearly have...
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    10-07-2021, 01:32 PM
    There is a forum member that can make your life some much simpler. BNE does the XRF scan on samples for a very reasonable fee, and you know exactly what your alloy is. I would think you might be wise to just do a site search for a thread...
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    10-06-2021, 06:18 AM
    this week I am finishing arranging the purchase of a tanfoglio stock2 xtreme This gun, xtreme version, handjob trigger and alot of impoves surely that beretta has the same...
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    10-05-2021, 03:22 PM
    Adding copper yet removing tin and antimony with copper sulfate does not seem like a positive method of trying to harden an alloy. Also testing ingots rather than the cast bullet itself leads to error. Try again with the flat nosed bullet instead...
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    10-05-2021, 08:16 AM
    I would look seriously at the Lee 356-95-WF or whatever the correct nose nomenclature is. It is proven and within the usual weight range so would be easier on the firearm if loaded sensibly. There might be a time when you need a precise shot and...
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    10-03-2021, 06:07 PM
    Hello everyone, fresh start with a 9mm. since I have decided to start competing in ipsc again, and this time I have a Tanfoglio Stock II to shoot. The mold I was using on my glock was a 135 grain MP 135 round nose flat that I bought here from a...
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    09-30-2021, 04:37 PM
    I recently purchased 1K 22 cal fmj bullets and had them delivered to a friend in VA. The box appeared to be intact upon arrival, but the box of bullets had been packed for the trip with those little air pillows. The original box of bullets had...
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    09-29-2021, 02:39 PM
    Perhaps you need to be clear if you are planning on this bullet lube for smokeless powder or black powder.
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    09-27-2021, 08:23 PM
    If you fail to retain the gas check after annealing the checks, you might try a light tumble lube on the bullet and then seat the gas check. Once the bullet is seated and crimped in the case, it is only coming out when it is fired and that will...
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    09-27-2021, 07:43 PM
    Did you use an excessive roll crimp? That might prevent the case from opening up and sealing the cylinder. Not a max load for a 44 special, but toward the upper end of pressure.
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    09-25-2021, 09:54 PM
    Call a few of your local scrap yards to check the prices. You probably will be surprised what they will bring. See if they will buy brass cartridge cases as well. Some prices fluctuate quite a bit.
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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
GC Gas Check