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  • HI-TEK's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:09 PM
    Thanks Avenger We have a saying, "waste not want not". If the products work with using at minimum rates, why waste it with over use. It simply wont work any better. With Aqualube, can you please advise what you use or purchased, and how do...
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    05-10-2021, 09:05 PM
    Thanks Avenger When applying the solution of the bonded coating version of the 500+, painted onto Brass or other metals, we wont know how well the bonding agent will stick onto various metals. In theory, it should work OK, as the bonded version of...
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  • Ausglock's Avatar
    05-10-2021, 04:39 AM
    I don't have any Brass molds. Only Ally and iron. Testing it on iron mold sometime this week.
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  • Ausglock's Avatar
    05-10-2021, 12:04 AM
    Tazz. We looked at them back in 2015. They are a lot worst now than back then.. I don't envy you...
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  • HI-TEK's Avatar
    05-09-2021, 11:33 PM
    I really cannot answer that question. I have never had opportunity to test it.
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  • Four Fingers of Death's Avatar
    05-09-2021, 09:09 AM
    I have this exact rifle (carbine?). It is a match for my Ruger American Compact in 223. I am undecided as to what scope to mount to it. My Leupold 1.5 - 5 (or 4?) VariX111 is looking good at this stage. Although I do have a VariX11 in 2-7 kicking...
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  • Ausglock's Avatar
    05-09-2021, 08:06 AM
    Tried casting from a dead cold mold treated with the new release bonding agent. First bullets out were perfect.....Surprised the hell out of me.. Cast for 1 hour and they were still falling free with only a light tap on the handle hinge.
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  • HI-TEK's Avatar
    05-04-2021, 09:32 PM
    Dsltech1 This is similar but not the same as the liquid version. These products produce a silvery steel Grey finish. One simply as a powder brush on, and the other one is a powder made up with solvent to act as a paint type system that will bond...
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  • HI-TEK's Avatar
    05-04-2021, 09:21 PM
    You used the bonded version of the 500+. At a guess, it should last longer as a release agent because it is bonded to the mould and does not transfer. In terms of how long this bonded version will continue to work as a release is a guess at this...
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  • Ausglock's Avatar
    05-04-2021, 09:08 PM
    I cast another hour last night with the same mold that was treated on the weekend. Pre-heat as normal while the pot is melting. First bullets out where perfect and fell from the mold. Nice.
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  • HI-TEK's Avatar
    05-04-2021, 06:37 PM
    Tazza, You received two separate products One was Aqualube that is used for sizing after mixing/diluting with denatured alcohol. The other product you received was the 500+, brush on powder, used as is onto molds and surfaces, where you don't...
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    05-04-2021, 05:58 PM
    To DDriller and Burnt Fingers I am pretty sure that the stuff (powdered non bonded version) is available in small quantities in the US at this stage. I suppose, first in best dressed. Tazza the stuff reported upon by Ausglock is a bonded...
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  • Ausglock's Avatar
    05-03-2021, 05:24 PM
    Keep an eye out for the New HITEK mold release. tested it over the weekend on a Lee 6 Cavity 105gn SWC 9mm mold. This mold is a bugger to get the bullets to drop from. Little weight and lube grooves make it want to stay in the cavities. Had to rap...
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  • HI-TEK's Avatar
    04-28-2021, 10:12 PM
    Tazza, That coating had contained slow drying solvents. When coatings were heated in the oven, those slow drying solvents that were trapped in the film were evaporated from the coatings, and, were contained/concentrated in the oven. I am not...
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    04-28-2021, 09:26 PM
    Tazza I am aware that some manufacturers are using LPG or natural gas heating to bake coated projectiles. In all the years, I have never been advised about any ovens with fumes catching alight . I have many times, repeated, that air is a very...
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    04-27-2021, 09:05 PM
    It would be great if we can get a few kilo samples of roasted Coffee Beans as well to have decide if oven works OK or not... Just thinking... I wonder what temperatures would the system take, especially the Rubber conveyor. If it is a Silicone...
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  • Ausglock's Avatar
    04-27-2021, 08:52 PM
    Was talking to a mate in Victoria who makes gas IR heaters for potato chip and coffee bean roasters. He can do a Gas IR heater with a rubber conveyor. He is sending photos of the units.
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  • HI-TEK's Avatar
    04-27-2021, 07:17 PM
    Jatz & Tazza With the way you all seem to be heading, it may end up a smart machine, self thinking, self fixing, and non reliant on human errors, producing product automatically....LOL
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  • Four Fingers of Death's Avatar
    04-26-2021, 06:32 AM
    Smokin!!!! That will send pills wayyyyyyyyyyy out there!
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  • Ausglock's Avatar
    04-21-2021, 09:00 PM
    I have fitted pilot lights to my oven. The 2 SSR's that run the 2 heating elements each now have a pilot light to show when they are energized. I had a runaway the other day due to a faulty SSR. Now I can see the SSR's cycling as the PID sends...
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    04-20-2021, 09:43 PM
    I may be incorrect with my assumption, but what I seem to be constantly reading is, people quoting the Oven temperatures. No one seems to be checking what is actual coated product temperature that is being cured. I again stress, the oven...
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  • Four Fingers of Death's Avatar
    04-19-2021, 09:09 AM
    As well as a better finish on the Winchesters, they only made a fraction of the numbers that Remington and Eddystone made. I have the figures somewhere, the Eddystones were the most prolific by a large margin from memory. I think the Eddystone...
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  • HI-TEK's Avatar
    04-19-2021, 04:36 AM
    Probably an Infra Red thermometer from eBay, similar to what is used to measure persons will be most efficient way to determine your cast temperature, and calibrate your thermometers. You simply point, apply the trigger and you get instant...
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  • Ausglock's Avatar
    04-19-2021, 04:35 AM
    PID with a K sensor will still indicate in boiling water. I have run 2 seperate sensors in my oven and there was 1 degree difference at 200Deg C.
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  • HI-TEK's Avatar
    04-19-2021, 03:57 AM
    I suspect that your thermostat is not working correctly. For coatings to turn that colour there is a strong indication that you are not in control of your temperatures.
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  • HI-TEK's Avatar
    04-19-2021, 01:15 AM
    MJWCASTER Interesting report I just wanted to advise, that coatings have been baked at 200C for a week. Aside from going Black none failed smash test, and, l in fact they were most accurate ammo. I think you may have found the problems with...
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  • HI-TEK's Avatar
    04-18-2021, 07:47 AM
    Jatz357 I am sure that some folks already have power usage data vs production rate, with using convectional oven baking. I may be wrong, but the power consumption for the IR seems to be be closer to 50% of power used by fan forced ovens. I also...
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  • HI-TEK's Avatar
    04-18-2021, 06:53 AM
    Tazza The most significant difference between hot air baking and IR baking, is the way heat is transferred into the alloy Air fan forced conventional oven heating method, the heat has to push through the coating to get to heat the alloy. With IR...
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  • HI-TEK's Avatar
    04-18-2021, 06:03 AM
    Tazza What little I know about the IR oven system I believe that the residual bake time in oven is about 5 1/2 minutes or so. Product leaves at about 190-195C at that exit point. From watching the video, he seems flat out keeping the oven fed. ...
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  • Four Fingers of Death's Avatar
    04-18-2021, 05:47 AM
    You haven't mentioned what version it is. I don't know about the US, but in Ausralia they are pretty common. Eddystones are like bottoms, everyone has one and they don't bring good dollars (even though they are perfectly serviceable), Remingtons...
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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"
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