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    06-18-2021, 05:17 PM
    Brainstorming is why we are here. It is great
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    06-18-2021, 01:00 PM
    It will make Cheap Media. But with the ammo shortage finding old casings can be a little hard. People are hoarding them. But I do have a fair amount of spare casings that I won't reload like some brass .45 cases with small pistol primers pockets.
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    06-18-2021, 12:40 PM
    It is nice that your friend gave you the proper Latin name for your wood. But it is all Greek to me
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    06-17-2021, 11:43 PM
    Hay guys. I think I found something else to try for tumbling media that lessens exposed lead. I am going to half fill some 9mm casings with lead. Then I will press and roll crimp a .38/357 Copper Gas Check into the casing to cap it off and cover...
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    06-17-2021, 08:54 PM
    When I had my forge, I did cast some brass objects and parts for some rifles. It was a satisfying hobby , but lots of work. At the time . I worked for a Demolition contractor. I got tons of Brass valves , copper Pipe and Lead flashing to work...
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    06-17-2021, 06:43 PM
    I have made molds out of Plaster of Paris. They worked good. But be sure you dry the mold slowly and get all the moisture out. If you cook the molds too fast , they tend to crack. But this type of mold is a good idea.
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    06-17-2021, 04:12 PM
    I have in the past , cast melted aluminum cans and poured them into metal pans or square molds made out of sand. But that was back when I had a forge made out of an old truck brake drum. But In small amounts , you could probably just use a torch...
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    06-17-2021, 11:43 AM
    I haven't done it with casting Zinc yet, But with lead casting in wood , I line the mold with aluminium foil. Remember, This type of casting using wood forms is just to get a hunk of metal cast into a general shape.
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    06-17-2021, 02:11 AM
    The wood burns up as the Zinc cools. Harder woods do better . I never tried getting the wood wet. I was always afraid there could be a steam explosion. Zinc cools a lot slower than lead.
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    06-17-2021, 12:48 AM
    Well, It looks like Indian Joe had a good point. After cleaning my tumbler and the balls. I put them in and tumbled them for an hour. Inside the tumbler , there is a fine coating if bluish looking dust. So , it looks like we would be making...
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    06-16-2021, 11:31 PM
    If you want to cast Zinc slugs for your ball mill , and you don't have a mold. You can just drill 1/2" holes 1/2" deep into a block of wood and pour the zinc into that as a mold. They are not going to be as uniform as a mold will make. But you...
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    06-16-2021, 09:50 PM
    First report on how the powder coated balls are doing. They have been tumbling for about an hour. There are minor flakes of the powder coating that are in the jug. I expected that. Those are little flakes of powder coating that break off. The...
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    06-16-2021, 08:36 PM
    I agree that the harder Zinc will be better for casting into the copper or brass pipes. But why not just cast the balls out of Zinc Wheel Weights. It is a little more work to cast balls out of Zinc. But I have cast Boolits out of Zinc for various...
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    06-16-2021, 07:00 PM
    That is why I want to tumble the coated balls and see if they pulverize at all. It will be easy to tell if they do because they will leave Blue Color in the potassium nitrate when I mill that. Sort of like the grey dust found in it when I use...
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    06-16-2021, 06:22 PM
    The lead balls are cast and almost ready to come out of my toaster oven. I cast the new balls out of WW's since I couldn't find my stash of monotype. I used a .535 mold since I couldn't find my .600 lee mold. I powder coated the balls by the...
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    06-15-2021, 11:57 PM
    Tomorrow I will cast some new lead or monotype balls to powder coat. I don't want to use the old tumbling balls that might be impregnated with powder. You have to bake the powder coat on the balls. So just to be safe , I will start with new...
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    06-15-2021, 05:10 PM
    Since everyone is worried about lead balls making lead dust in your powder. I think I will try taking the tumbler balls and Powder Coating them and see if they hold up to tumbling. My lead Boolits pass the Hammer Test and the coating doesn't peel...
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    06-15-2021, 12:55 PM
    I have often Crazy Glued Iron Sights including front and rear to the barrels of rifles. I do that so that I can check alignment of the sights before I drill and tap them. This allows me to make final minor adjustments to the sights so when all...
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    06-08-2021, 11:41 PM
    What is the twist rate on your barrel ?
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    06-05-2021, 06:17 PM
    Have any of you guys that make charcoal out of different woods done any testing to see how the different woods compare to each other as per Weight to Volume. That possibly could be a way of selecting your wood for charcoal. We compare the finished...
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    06-04-2021, 08:12 PM
    Johnson's paste wax is what I have used as a release for many years.
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    06-04-2021, 08:00 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Round ball problem in Muzzleloading.
    If I want to check out what max. Or average size a mold casts , I just do some castings with Cerosafe. The castings show the Exact Size and shape of the mold. Plus any defects like old rusted spots on iron mold blocks.
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    05-28-2021, 07:13 PM
    Good shooting. Was that 60 gr by Volume or by weight. How is your weight to volume comparison to factory powder ? How clean did it shoot ?
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    05-27-2021, 01:03 AM
    I have several Mausers that I use the S&K scope mount . They work great as long as you like the long eye relief scopes. I have three different brands of scopes I use with this mount. I do not have a real preferance between them. But then , I...
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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