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    Today, 04:05 PM
    based on your post I did a search and found:
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    Today, 01:51 PM
    I won't guess on the ratio, but my recent experience is they are either steel or lead, with a few something else. The stick-on weights with raised letters aren't steel but something much harder than lead (probably zinc?).
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    Yesterday, 07:28 PM
    oley55 replied to a thread Storing lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I guess I need to get way more busy scrounging. As is I don't have near enough to even wonder about storage. Just saying, I wish I had that problem.
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    Yesterday, 07:04 PM
    or a magnetic chip wand/swarf. Saw one being used on one of the machinist youtube channels a couple days ago and thought to myself, I need one of those. But they seem a little pricey for what they are. ...
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    08-02-2021, 02:43 PM
    oley55 replied to a poll Spent Primers in Cast Boolits
    miniature brass cannon barrels would be cool.
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    07-30-2021, 09:18 AM
    oley55 replied to a thread Moulds and size? in Casting Equipment
    The .001" over is for the groove diameter of the barrel, not revolver throats. Going .001" over the throat size does nothing for you as the throats will size your bullets back down to the .358".
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    07-30-2021, 08:14 AM
    oley55 replied to a thread Loading manuals in Cast Boolits
    welcome to the forum new old guy, this link contains probably 30 links to load data sources: and this for .357: ...
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    07-29-2021, 02:29 PM
    I am still a newbie to casting, but if casting pure lead isn't the answer to "fill-out" issues just a matter of higher heat? I was/am of the impression our reasons for casting at lower temps was primarily to prevent the tin and antimony from...
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    07-29-2021, 02:12 PM
    I have 6. 7 if I include my larger than necessary multi-purpose arbor press. 1 Lee 3 hole Lee turret 2 Dillon RL450s 1 Rock Chucker 1 RCBS A2 1 Forster Co-ax
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    07-29-2021, 01:39 PM
    oley55 replied to a thread Oversizer throats in Cast Boolits
    when I looked up heeled bullets ( ) the diagrams and description said the base of the bullet that fits into the case is smaller than the nose of the bullet. Quote from Corbin: "Heel-type bullets have a...
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    07-29-2021, 10:56 AM
    oley55 replied to a thread Oversizer throats in Cast Boolits
    at the risk of hi-jacking this thread, how does one size a healed bullet? Just wondering how that works.
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    07-29-2021, 10:46 AM
    I have a small tire shop which charges me $25 for a full 5 (plus a little) gal bucket which will generally get me 55 pounds of unprocessed WW. Lifting a full bucket is nigh impossible and very likely to fail. I always take 2-3 buckets, a flat...
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    07-28-2021, 10:36 AM
    yes groove and thanks for your mix ratios.
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    07-28-2021, 10:08 AM
    Charlie, I have a couple revolvers whose chambers and bore are very nearly the same as well. For the 'softer' alloy, would a 50/50 mix of coww and soww get me into the softer range for better bullet obturation/seal?
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    07-27-2021, 03:04 PM
    never been tested but have always wondered about all those sinkers I cinched down with my teeth as a kid. That aside I do try to avoid putting in a new pinch of tobacco while casting and reloading, but don't give it much of a thought when out...
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    07-27-2021, 10:31 AM
    which of the 18 'you' are you referring to?
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    07-26-2021, 04:18 PM
    seems like a lot of putzing around to find that special load that just clears the barrel but doesn't deform the boolit when it stops in whatever media, (and for sure the sand suggested media seems questionable). I know I putzed around finding...
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    07-21-2021, 07:41 PM
    ^^^good advice right there. I agree with the exception of those wheel weights which show deep gouge marks from being pried off wheels. Also, rather than diagonal cutters I use the small hand pruning clippers. They seem to stave off the blisters...
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    07-21-2021, 03:01 PM
    James, the very first sticky in the 'Lead and Lead Alloys' section is titled: 'Guide to hand sorting wheel weights'. Then scrolling down past the sticky's are a number of threads individually addressing you questions. ...
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    07-20-2021, 01:02 PM
    I'll be watching for more experienced folks than I to respond, but my off the cuff answer is "not a chance". Although I tried "shooting the lead out" with jacketed bullets back in the mid 80's, and was marginally successful, I would not try it...
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    07-20-2021, 08:38 AM
    Well I pretty much submitted the above with minor editing to Lyman with my purchase date and location information. I simply wanted to confirm the oversize issue had been resolved before I purchased again. To my surprise I just got an email...
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    07-18-2021, 08:26 PM
    many thanks
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    07-18-2021, 09:27 AM
    A set of fractal vise JAWS (only) did in fact just sell on evilbay for $2604 on July 12. They appeared to be the same size as those seen in the video. I posted the link here a couple days ago, but apparently ebay links to closed/sold item is a...
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    07-18-2021, 08:55 AM
    Sounding hopeful. The oversized pilot retention hole was/is not hugely oversized, but when the set screw is tightened down you will notice the wobble when the pilot enters the neck case. Did you trim any cases yet?
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    07-16-2021, 03:20 PM
    with absolutely no intent to ridicule, but expecting/hoping for the same POI is just about as naive as my past posts and attempts to find loads/cast bullets that would perform equally well in my revolvers and rifles. Try though I did, that dog just...
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    07-15-2021, 04:59 PM
    I don't know where to find the bhn conversion for 4H, but gotta think you are in the 32-34 BHN range. Foundry lead comes in at 34 BHN I think. Just playing with this calculator 10:1 (10 soft to 1 foundry) will give you an 11 BHN. Just an idea of...
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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