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    Yesterday, 03:07 PM
    I just got finished putting a 3 prong grounded plug on the little 4 pounder. The Lee 4/20 comes from the factory with a grounded plug. Go figure… ground on one but not the other.
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    10-16-2021, 05:21 PM
    LOL, it was listed on the Florida Gun Trader long before the current craziness was going on. That pic is from the listing. I don't recall any questionable warning signs when I picked them up at his house. Just something he wasn't interested in...
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    10-16-2021, 03:42 PM
    I dunno how bumping without follow-up sizing works. Bumping is a wag at best with no control of where on the bullet the swelling occurred. A sizer kinda smooths everything out and provides a standard where each bullet is at least marginally the...
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    10-16-2021, 03:03 PM
    yeah, some more info would be interesting. It seems like the heat transfer couldn't be as fast or as complete as the submersion in a liquid. The liquid is in total and complete contact with the surface of the brass. Beads or fine silica would...
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    10-16-2021, 12:56 PM
    oley55 replied to a thread Really hard lead in Cast Boolits
    Mandoair, First of all, Welcome to the Forum! An FYI, the 'Lead and Lead Alloys' sub-forum about 2/3 the way down this Casting and Reloading section is chocked full or all types of lead and alloy information. It would help with your alloy...
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    10-16-2021, 08:13 AM
    I guess it all depends on what you see and what your friend is asking, but if the prices seems reasonable I'd probably try to buy the whole lot. Those you don't want or need can easily be swapped for what you need in swap-n-sale. I picked up...
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    10-15-2021, 09:44 PM
    this from Mk42gunner; and this from gwpercle; got me thinking. so I broke out the Lee 4 pounder pot, used the same alloy drained from the 4/20, lightly fluxed once with a bit of beeswax, prewarmed the mold at the 4 setting (versus the...
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    10-15-2021, 02:54 PM
    Catkiller45, my thought exactly, how much "TOO small" for your Henry rifle are your boolits? An oven thermometer, a cheapo toaster oven (new or from a thrift store) and a pound of PC powder is about all you need. At least for a look see, or...
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    10-15-2021, 07:10 AM
    No_1 replied to a thread Applying for a job in Our Chapel
    Thank you for sharing and giving life another chance. I am glad you are here!
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    10-14-2021, 09:01 PM
    vendor sponsors help fund this very fine forum. vendor sponsors who provide great products with research and forum support are even better. If you are thinking shake n bake (dumped in a pile or standup) you can't possibly go wrong with Smokes'...
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    10-14-2021, 07:22 PM
    there really isn't any pitting or corrosion on the element, but surely a possibility. why the element shorted is less of a concern than how it could operate in a shorted unsafe condition. Guess it's a good thing I never felt inclined to cast...
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    10-14-2021, 04:25 PM
    I primarily use a Lee 4/20 bottom pour pot, but also have a Lee 4 pound pot I use for this and that (salt bath annealing and small batch different alloy casting). A few weeks ago I was using it and thought I felt a tickle but didn't give it much...
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    10-14-2021, 10:52 AM
    Larry, for grins a couple weeks ago I tried heat treating some 2% and 50/50 at 450 for an hour then dropped into ice water. Via pencil I went from 11-12 bhn to 13 bhn. I had flat filed four sides before heat treating so I can continue to...
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    10-13-2021, 08:56 PM
    oley55 replied to a thread What is this? in Reloading Equipment
    Artfully demonstrated by Clint Eastwood in one of his western flicks, 'Pale Rider' I think, but it made an impression on me.
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    10-13-2021, 08:49 PM
    ^^^what he said. Latheless, I like that.
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    10-13-2021, 08:25 PM
    Larry, unfortunately I have recycled those I didn't PC, but I do have a few pure lead bullets I had cast for slugging and such. The nose in the area where I would be bumping the lands measures .3025". I'd say that falls nicely between your...
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    10-13-2021, 07:27 PM
    No_1 replied to a thread ML Buck in Hunting with CB's
    Nice kill! It’s always nice to get something on opening day.
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    10-13-2021, 07:04 PM
    If the above seems ok, what if I went a wee bit longer so I can be sure hot gases don't get around the gas check in the neck? The pic is seating at the second ring/lube groove with a 2.717" COAL making it a .122" jamb. The land engraving doesn't...
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    10-13-2021, 04:39 PM
    First time putzing with cast boolits for a bottle neck cartridge and am on the lower edge of the learning curve. Mold is a Lee LH 312-160 GC mold that LEE recently had on closeout for $15 so I bought it just to play with and learn. So I don't...
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    10-13-2021, 03:15 PM
    —> Barrel nut on SR Mauser <—
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    10-13-2021, 02:36 PM
    The lack of new vehicles has driven the price of used vehicles shy high. I wish you luck in your quest.
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    10-13-2021, 03:45 AM
    COVID has taken over every aspect of our society. It dominates our news as well as daily discussions and is the most volatile topic in the world at this very moment. It has touched the Cast Boolit family - we have lost one moderator and many...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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