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  • kevin c's Avatar
    05-13-2021, 02:07 AM
    I guess I could cast hot; I hear it works just fine. But since I have a good supply of pewter and other tin and since this nearly 32# chunk of lead needs to be melted down to make usable casting ingots anyway, I turn it into 95-3-2 alloy and that's...
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    05-13-2021, 01:52 AM
    It's nicknamed a moly cow, used to extract one radioactive material, to be used in medical diagnostics, from another that decays into it. My experience matches that of too many things. It's clean alloy, but of the fifty odd that I've gotten from...
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    05-13-2021, 12:38 AM
    Every eight cavity aluminum MP mold I own (about a dozen) came with a Lee style cammed sprue plate lever, and all have a countersunk bolt in the side of the right hand block at the cam contact point to take the pressure. There's also an...
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    05-12-2021, 04:14 AM
    I've personally had no issues remelting HiTek coated bullets other than that there's a bit of an odor. Take a close look at any pulled cast bullet that you loaded yourself; it can be instructive. A circumferential impression in the crimp groove...
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    05-11-2021, 03:41 AM
    Dual bladed circular saw. Maybe I just had poor technique, but the chatter from a Sawzall felt like it would knock out my fillings. Axes are hazardous to my health. Even a hatchet set carefully on lead and hit with a maul threatened to amputate...
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    05-11-2021, 03:28 AM
    Each year my club builds new props for our action pistol matches. I can confirm that the stick lumber and ply we just bought cost us triple what it did a year ago. Unfortunate we had to grin and bear it, as we're hosting a major match at the end of...
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    05-11-2021, 03:13 AM
    I have no firearms that could be called collectible, but I do have pistols that are BNIB. That's because Glock pistols are not expensive so owning a couple of a model doesn't break the bank, and being tough, reliable service pistols, I can shoot one...
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    05-09-2021, 05:10 AM
    I have been very impressed with the quality of the Accurate molds I ordered, the fact that they are cut to order, including dimensional alterations depending on the alloy to be used or other changes requested. Great customer service: Tom sent me...
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    05-09-2021, 04:31 AM
    Like some here, I cast in binges; 5-10K of the same boolit over a week, followed by coating and sizing. This provides enough fodder for loading and shooting action pistol for a few months (the loading also tends to be done in marathon sessions). I...
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    05-08-2021, 02:37 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Cleaning a ladle in Casting Equipment
    There are some really great techniques described here that I'm going to have to try out on my big Rowell.
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    05-08-2021, 02:20 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread SELBY Ingot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    People seeing my stash of ingots inevitably comment, "Too bad that's not gold...". I think I need a snappy comeback, like, "No. Too bad it's not Bitcoin...", except for the physical vs digital disconnect.
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    05-08-2021, 02:13 AM
    Well, new popsicle and paint stirrer sticks, which seem to be softwoods, don't work so well for me. The sticks I have are dry, but maybe residual moisture in the wood or off gassing as it chars cause sputtering under the surface that I do not care...
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    05-07-2021, 03:24 AM
    Almost all my molds (aluminum 5 to 8 cavity) are BB, and most of them have a sticky cavity or two. I haven't cast the two or three FB molds I own, are you saying they always stick, or have I just had bad luck or bad technique with the BB molds?
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    05-07-2021, 02:20 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread SELBY Ingot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Nah, keeping the door open isn't the point. What you want is to be able to tell visitors, "Watch you step; don't trip over the 24 thousand dollar ingot there by the door...".
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    05-06-2021, 11:48 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Acceptable variance in Cast Boolits
    My application is not very demanding accuracy wise, but the rules of the sport (action pistol) do require a minimum power factor based on momentum (speed times bullet weight) and are very punishing if the ammunition used falls below that. So highly...
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    05-06-2021, 04:32 AM
    This is what eight of Lakehouse's CB molds recently let me do: That's about 1300 pounds of 95-3-2 alloy, made up from medical isotope containers, SuperHard and a mix of pewter and wave solder. Should be enough to keep me casting over the next...
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    05-05-2021, 01:17 PM
    I do hope you were able to stay upwind as you melted them ;^] I melted down some 2" pipe for a buddy. Cutting it up to put into the pot, I found that it was full of whitish crumbly stuff. I'm hoping that it was just mineral deposits :^P
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    05-05-2021, 12:32 PM
    Speed and ease of placing bevel based bullets perfectly upright on the case mouth were the main reasons I went that route, since I need to reload tens of thousands of rounds yearly. That was with standard case mouth flaring; now that I have an M...
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    05-05-2021, 04:56 AM
    At least for HiTek coating, silicone lubes are bad news. Per the inventor, it prevents adhesion if there's even just a trace on the cast slug. Perhaps not an issue with standard lubes. Dunno if PC would have issues. I do use spray on silicone...
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    05-05-2021, 04:23 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread SELBY Ingot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I have to agree that the number of people willing to spend $1200 for a 5# chunk of lead has to be very small. My two ingots are not the same as the high priced one, so I have doubts as to their value as anything other than ten pounds of plumbers...
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    05-04-2021, 01:59 AM
    De nada (or is it "por nada"? I never got the regional variations straight). I hope to visit your country some day.
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    05-03-2021, 06:25 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Donut sticker shock in Our Town
    I will trade you an unopened pound of Varget for a dozen Krispy Cremes, but only recent production (fresh out of the icing conveyer).
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    05-03-2021, 02:07 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread SELBY Ingot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I have a Selby ingot of a different type. Here's what I found out, similar to your research, though every item is different, and the value of what we each own is in the eyes of the commodities market in the one hand and of a collector on the other....
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    05-03-2021, 03:45 AM
    I've only been casting a few years, but I can at least describe the mistakes I've made and what remedies I've used in casting 25 to 30 thousand pistol bullets in multi cavity aluminum molds. The first thing worth remembering is that aluminum is...
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    05-02-2021, 10:01 PM
    I started with aluminum molds, having picked them for lower cost and higher capacity. The first ones got beat up pretty badly, but I've learned to take better care of newer molds. I also have a couple brass molds, but haven't used them yet. If...
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    05-02-2021, 08:06 PM
    Like lightman says and also Glenn Fryxell ("From Ingot to Target"), the resins in softwoods like pine seem to help clean and reduce the alloy. Hardwood sawdust I'd guess will also provide the carbon monoxide for reducing oxides and the char to act...
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    05-02-2021, 03:49 AM
    IIRC, over in the coating sub forum there are posts in the big HiTek thread (by Ausglock) about successful using pure lead HiTek coated 45 ACP cast. Free is good. For the cost of shipping, you could swap for harder lead, or sell and then use the...
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    05-01-2021, 09:36 PM
    Another thing to look out for might be called "squirters". Part of what I melted the other day were various pulled bullets, including some plated slugs. I though I had found all of those and had given each a couple good hard whacks with a waffle...
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    05-01-2021, 04:11 AM
    I had reason to melt some stored range scrap yesterday (from the days when I mined my club's berms; now I buy clean isotope containers straight from a radiopharmacy). The bucket probably has over 150 pounds in it, back when every slug was cast or...
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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