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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 PM
    I just cast PC & shoot whatever size my dies make, usually right on or .001 over barrel actual size. PC is very forgiving and will take care of any (minor) sizing problems But.........................slug 1st before buying molds or dies. Just...
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    Today, 11:29 AM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Lloyd Smale? in Our Town
    I really did not notice he was gone. I know he sure liked to argue with me and most on here about everything under the sun. Guess some people are like that. I wish him well in his new life "over there".
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    Today, 01:35 AM
    I was looking at my "stach" of many powders and most were in the $20-22/# range from a few years ago. A few were $17! At the rate I am casting and reloading now, those bottles (most are new & unopened) will last me many years! All from LGS's. I use...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:23 PM
    Read the label on the spool or package. It will tell you the exact % contents. None of them will have Pb these daze. Different brands will vary but the bulk of the "silver" metal in there is Sn, a harmless non-carcinogenic, friendly metal.
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    Yesterday, 05:18 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Midway USA in Our Town
    i week to your door is good these daze! Like said, in the past I always figured 2-3 weeks, what with check clearance waiting, picking, packing, and shipping via ground. Cc's sped that up a lot. All the many industrial products I provide to...
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    Yesterday, 01:18 AM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Lunar eclispe in Our Town
    Nothing special here in AZ. Clear black sky and an eclipse. Others with mega moons have been much more spectacular. It' now only a crescent moon. Catch 'ya on the next one!
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-15-2022, 04:53 PM
    Here is AZ, I just spread them out on a big old towel on the side of the pool decking and leave them for a few hours. The get REAL hot! For free! Everybody has access to the sun.......sometime! Use it and do not waste money on ovens,...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-15-2022, 02:33 PM
    I thank them ever so kindly........................and then decline to accept them.....................due to MY personal safety concerns. I have no problems being at the range and THEY shoot THEIR reloads in THEIR guns, but I refuse to use...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-15-2022, 01:59 PM
    Get a 2nd job or win the lottery. The equipment (if you buy it) is totally ridiculous in price. Not worth the price to me! I could make most, if not all, of it in my machine shops. But if you shoot 10's of thousands of "need to be swaged"...
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    05-13-2022, 02:14 PM
    I use boiling water and citric acid as a cleaner in a big tub. Works great. Not mirror shiny but good enough. Brass in your dish washer is just looking for an appliance repairman to call!!!!!!!!
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-13-2022, 01:36 PM
    Don't limit yourself to silly diluted rattle cans!!!!!!!!!!!! I have noticed while strolling down paint isles of all stores the spray paints are almost non-existent. Stick with an auto paint blending store. They have plenty of good quality bulk...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-12-2022, 01:49 PM
    The price I mentioned was for a QUART CAN of special paint, not a lousy rattle can. I have painted many items out of that quart can and have a lot left, unlike rattle cans that are mostly vehicle and propellant and a little real paint mixed in.
    39 replies | 903 view(s)
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    05-12-2022, 01:44 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Cost of Ammo in Cast Boolits
    You picked this hobby by choice. Now you either live with those prices or find something else to do with your time as I have done. Prices will eventually calm down but nothing near what you referred to in the 60's. :violin: banger :popcorn:
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-11-2022, 06:00 PM
    The local auto paint store is your friend! Not Lowes. Not Home Depot, Not Ace Hardware. As said, take it with you and they will color/laser match it 100%. Won't be cheap!!!!!! I paid $37 for a quart of custom-blend special "tool green" but...
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    05-11-2022, 05:53 PM
    I say firewood! That is real garbage and the time, electric energy, and effort used to cut, plane, sand it is not worth it! After all, it is ONLY old pine. I only use excellent 100% grad A lumber, mainly oak and walnut. I do not ever mess...
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    05-11-2022, 05:47 PM
    If it worked then, it will work now. Pb melts the same way it did back in it's day. I use one very similar to re-melt COWWs and scrap all the time. Just make sure you can pick up the HEAVY put full of molten lead! The clearance on the original...
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    05-08-2022, 09:03 PM
    I did that in MI years ago. Sand did the trick.
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    05-07-2022, 05:12 PM
    Possibly your thinking that we need/want 1,500°F 80# capacity pots? Just saying....................my two Lee 4-20 pots + the Lee 10# pot have served me well for many years at ±700°F or so Pb alloy melting and casting ~18# of Pb and feeding ingots...
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    05-04-2022, 01:22 PM
    Next time (and even how) spray some dry lube silicon spray on the battery and tools slide areas. That usually will lend a helping hand!
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-03-2022, 06:01 PM
    The ONLY time I weight boolits is either with a new mold or I change the alloy mix drastically. Once I know the weight, I write it down on a slip of paper and put it in the mold storage box. End of weigh scale usage! I am not one to weigh every...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-03-2022, 01:04 PM
    1 and done with me. I have never had the need or requirement to double coat. It could lead to unbalanced weight? Or the sun rising in the west? Who knows? But if you do not see any deviation in performance with 2 coasts....go for it.
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    05-02-2022, 09:34 PM
    ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!!! I was only saying I had good luck with them. Many did not. That's the luck of the draw, I guess. Win some loose some. AND............................they took credit cards, so I had a guarantee there, as did everybody...
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    05-02-2022, 09:31 PM
    I leave an inch or so of normal alloy in my pots (3 of them). Heating up next time is much faster! About every three melts I will dump the crud in it completely at the end and clean it. I NEVER leave lead in my molds (Al and Brass). I have seen...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-02-2022, 06:38 PM
    Smells of rotten fish! DO NOT lose your hard-earned money on those clowns. BUYER BEWARE!:shock:
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-02-2022, 01:33 PM
    Who Cares? You now know what is in them, so use them and be glad of the free alloy!
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-02-2022, 10:24 AM
    GB's are VERY slow! Most always have been. I have waited months for some I have. And people are not casting as much due to material shortages. I know I am not casting right now. And I have way too many molds as it is! I only buy brass 5-6 cavity...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-01-2022, 06:14 PM
    A good resource - at the tip of your fingers, on the net! https://www.dailymetalprice.com/metalpricecharts.php?c=sn&u=lb&d=480
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    05-01-2022, 06:10 PM
    In another thread of mine, I have discussed and proven the foil wraps and caps on high end scotch, whisky and wine are pure Sn. Not a lot of it, but if you save up your own + ask a bunch of friends and relatives to save their foil tops, it adds up....
    4 replies | 311 view(s)
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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