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    Today, 02:08 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Lunar eclispe in Our Town
    Cloud cover, dang it…
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    05-13-2022, 04:20 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Pewter Haul in Lead and Lead Alloys
    VERY well done!
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    05-11-2022, 02:26 AM
    I was under the impression that commercial ammunition, at least the pistol plinking varieties, is made with large lots of powder that the ammo company tests the burn characteristics of. A load is created with the desired performance parameters. When...
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    05-05-2022, 05:41 PM
    This explained it for me: https://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?63550-Gold-and-purple-and-blue-Oh-My!&highlight=Lead+blue+interference
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    05-04-2022, 04:00 AM
    I mentioned that the foils I had melted into known pewter at around tin liquidus temp. I neglected to add that the melt was a large lot of pewter I had analyzed: no aluminum, just tin, a little copper and antimony and a touch of lead that I believe...
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    05-03-2022, 05:32 PM
    I clean a lot of 9mm brass in my FART, loading 1400 to 1600 per two hour run, using citric acid and car wash n wax. I fill with enough water to cover the brass. BUT, I dont use pins, finding them a hassle and personally not caring about...
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    04-26-2022, 05:22 PM
    IIRC, we want both reduction of lead oxides and removal of contaminants. Sawdust does both, producing carbon monoxide as a reluctant and charcoal residues (not the ash, I think) to pull out contaminants. I’ve read that the resins in pine are...
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    04-26-2022, 05:07 PM
    I found these at a thrift, bearing an unfamiliar touch mark from Indonesia. That’s a hammered finish on hollow double walled mugs, each weighing a hefty 24 ounces. I was afraid that they had some sort of filler, but drilling through one showed only...
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    04-26-2022, 04:49 PM
    I make trinary casting alloy (95-3-2, accurate to 0.1%) from antimonial lead (radioisotope containers) and tin (pewter), both processed into storage lots and XRF’d for exact content. The source for both is scrap, and much cheaper than buying...
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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