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    Yesterday, 09:31 AM
    My understanding is that some (many? most?) ammo manufacturers buy powder in bulk, use in house labs to test it’s characteristics, and load from there. Each new batch of powder needs testing to adjust the load so it meets the performance standards...
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    Yesterday, 08:54 AM
    Let me guess: shooting for accuracy? I’m into the action shooting sports, where time highly affects scoring. Shooting as fast as possible means acceptable hits can be a foot or more apart, so the target frames get shot through regularly. Wood...
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    10-03-2022, 09:19 AM
    I have an LBT, and like it. But I have to confess not using it much. Since I get all my batches of base alloy analyzed, I know exactly what I have and what I need to add to mix up a specific alloy mix with a known hardness.
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    10-02-2022, 07:14 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Web pewter? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    imashooter2 knows his stuff. See also his massive stickied thread on pewter touch marks.
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    10-01-2022, 11:08 PM
    You’re going to be busy for a while, processing that magnificent score. It may not matter to you, but my little bit of reading on the subject suggested that not only did old pipe organs vary the note of each pipe by changes in length and...
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    10-01-2022, 11:01 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Web pewter? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Pewter does seem to vary in hardness, depending on the exact alloy, but WEB is a known pewter manufacturer, and a pewter goblet is right up their alley. Other pewter clues are if the cups are deformable (bendable by hand, and staying bent), have...
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    09-07-2022, 03:00 AM
    An expert in heavy metals toxicology I spoke to agreed with the idea that lead fumes from molten lead at the temperatures we use isn’t much of a concern, but noted that there is risk from smoke particles from burning materials with the lead can...
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    09-06-2022, 08:58 PM
    As commented on above, tin is expensive, so using no more than the small amount needed to make lead cast well is what most recommend. At 60% tin, one part by weight of your solder balls melted into 59 of non tin containing alloy gives you 1% tin...
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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