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  • kevin c's Avatar
    06-21-2021, 03:08 AM
    The Cast Boolits/Redneck Gold bar ingots (2 to 2.5 pounds) are stable sitting on the pot rim for preheating and several will go into the empty pot set end on. They also can be held with pliers or vice grips for easy lowering into the melt. The...
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    06-19-2021, 05:32 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Night casting? in Cast Boolits
    I cast at night on occasion. It draws moths and the attention of my neighbors, who are close by. The smell of roasting moth doesn't bother me (they don't seem to be able to get below the surface of the melt; I get sizzling, no spattering). Awakening...
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    06-17-2021, 12:35 PM
    Please let us know how it works out; it adds to the trove of useful hacks that help make this place so valuable to castaholics!
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    06-17-2021, 04:24 AM
    Just throwing out ideas here: Do you ladle pour or use a bottom pour pot? A bottom pour with a mold guide would take the weight of mold instead of your hands and wrists, and also save on holding a lead filled ladle. A new pot is bucks,...
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    06-14-2021, 04:06 AM
    These are blocks, not lead sheet? The ones I've gotten from two or three different sources were all for radioisotope diagnostics or cancer therapy, and analyzed out as pure. The sheet from the same sources (radiopharmacies) was also pure. ...
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    06-11-2021, 03:46 AM
    Horse traded for 4# of N320.
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    06-10-2021, 04:22 PM
    I'd also suggest a couple pairs of pliers: a needle nose set for picking up hot sprues and rejects, and a stronger set, maybe even vice grips, for heavier items like hot ingots and ingot (NOT boolit!) molds. For spill containment, a half or full...
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    06-10-2021, 01:11 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Scam call in Our Town
    I believe I almost got sucked in just now. My health insurance sends me text reminders on my phone, so I didn't get suspicious right away when I got a robocall, supposedly from them, asking if I'd signed up for Medicare (eligible soon, and I have...
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    06-09-2021, 12:48 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Screwdriver Boolits in Cast Boolits
    Interesting! Is the dollar plus per slug their standard or panic shortage price?
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    06-09-2021, 12:42 PM
    The Gorilla Glue fix is new to me, too. I've used JB Weld to reattach wood handles to the tangs. MP molds are pretty meaty; maybe a bit tiring or awkward to use for small hands. I hadn't appreciated that they don't open as wide; a possible issue...
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    06-09-2021, 12:32 PM
    The gravel surface on our bays is full of unfired rounds. On cold days when a burn barrel helps keep the range officers warm you can always tell the newbies from the grizzled old hands huddled around the barrel when a round lights off: ...
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    06-09-2021, 12:30 PM
    Great and interesting video! 400,000 rounds... *SOB*
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    06-08-2021, 03:22 AM
    This helps a lot: Sprues and fresh ingots into the top; hot alloy into the bottom. Both PID controlled, and if the sprues are added as cut and if the ingots spent time on the lip of the top pot before taking their lead bath, there isn't much...
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    06-06-2021, 10:00 PM
    What kind of press are you using, and what condition is it in? A progressive press with a rotating shell plate could have problems in or under the plate or in any of the dies in any of the stations that might cause larger than normal variations...
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    06-06-2021, 12:52 AM
    Looks VERY good!
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    06-06-2021, 12:51 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread I just can't stop... in Cast Boolits
    I've done it inadvertently with moths. Roasting moth doesn't smell like pine sawdust, but it's actually not bad. Makes me wonder what roasted cicada tastes like.
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    06-06-2021, 12:42 AM
    A vendor local to me (Bay Area) has received a shipment of Winchester small pistol primers. His cost (wholesale, I believe) is what he used to charge retail before the shortages hit. They're being doled out sparingly and infrequently.
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    06-04-2021, 08:56 PM
    I have reloaded well over 200,000 pistol rounds in various calibers on my SDB that's going on 25+ years old. Over that time Dillon has replaced every part of the press except the ram and dies, and some parts more than once, and with upgrades at no...
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    06-04-2021, 04:32 PM
    With my 8 cav 147 gr 9mm aluminum MP molds and a bottom pour with a feeder pot, a nice cadence allowing inspection and culling (actually very few rejects when at optimal mold temp) is right around 1000 an hour. I can go two or three hours before...
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    06-03-2021, 04:22 AM
    My apologies that I misunderstood you. I thought you were talking about the Production Pot IV rather than the Pro 4-20. With either, I still wonder if the MBC ingots would fit past the hardware. One at a time, maybe, which would mean melting two...
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    05-31-2021, 07:21 PM
    My metals recycler takes them, pays a little less than for cartridge brass. The last batch I remembered had a couple decapped live primers, and also what another reloader gave me, so the whole can went into my processing pot and I turned up the...
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    05-31-2021, 06:47 PM
    The website pics and description show you're buying 8# bar ingots, maybe 16# doubles that can be broken in two. I had casting alloy in 3# mini loaf ingots of similar shape, but much shorter and not as thick as MBC's. Just a couple would fit past...
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    05-31-2021, 12:48 AM
    What I use: What I learned: Lots of BTUs help, but a good wind screen and some sort of heat retaining/insulating jacket around the pot help even more.
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    05-28-2021, 02:38 AM
    I don't monitor temp when adding SuperHard to make casting alloy, but given that other the metals I use have melting temps up to that of pure lead, and that I use a high BTU burner, it's probably around 800°. I'm also sure that any unmelted lumps in...
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    05-28-2021, 01:53 AM
    I use N320 in the 147 grain loads that go through my Glocks with factory barrels. My casts are sized to .357" after HiTek coating.
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    05-27-2021, 05:05 PM
    I’ve got way too much to store that way, but for smaller quantities of special alloys, in ingots of the right size, that sounds eminently well suited.
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    05-26-2021, 03:55 AM
    Coming to the US anytime soon?
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    05-26-2021, 03:44 AM
    He's right, and so are you. It's been posted here that low quantities of zinc in lead are castable. Too much is not. Most casters prefer to avoid it altogether, and, that being the case, we're talking about berm mining some bullets made of a...
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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