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    Today, 01:51 AM
    Am I understanding you right; that you pm'd BNE and he hasn't replied? I expect he will get back to you. An alternative (not cheap) is to have the analysis done by Rotometals. Another is to see if a local metals recycler is willing to use their...
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    09-24-2021, 12:17 PM
    I cast in volume for action pistol, which is not demanding of accuracy. Still, I want my boolits consistent, and as my cadence permits it, I inspect and cull as I go. I look for a light but even matte frost over the entire boolit. I think uneven...
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    09-22-2021, 12:48 PM
    Ah, you've been dangling the bait, and now, finally I'll bite. PM incoming, Chris.
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    09-22-2021, 12:20 PM
    I know Tom at Accurate requires that the casting alloy be specified since his molds are cut to order and he can alter the diameter bored so that the bullet will drop at the specified diameter with that alloy. Other manufacturers, though, mostly do...
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    09-22-2021, 11:54 AM
    K type thermocouples are pretty cheap, as are multimeters, if you don't already have one lying around. I just pop the bead end into one of the cavities. Yeah, I originally thought the problem was lead on the mold faces, but didn't find any, and...
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    09-22-2021, 10:49 AM
    Pm'd
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    09-20-2021, 05:19 AM
    I've never had an alignment pin move, and don't remember hearing about it happening in an MP mold, but I think that's the problem I have been dealing with. I started using a new 9mm mold from Miha. Perfect on inspection right out of the box and...
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    09-20-2021, 12:37 AM
    There's a lot of geographic variation in bargain pewter availability. In the NorCal Bay Area it took me three or four years to put together ~400#, though I could have gotten there much sooner without being price picky. I hit thrifts, estate and...
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    09-20-2021, 12:05 AM
    If filled to the top (not all lead, but with, say, some scrap stick lumber or ply layered on top of the lead to the point that it touches the underside of the lid), any weight on top of the lid wouldn't be bearing on the sidewalls of the tote, but...
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    09-19-2021, 11:58 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Tin in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I have an old roll of 95/5 solder where the non tin 5% is antimony, though I think the copper versions are newer and more common. Lots of casters get their tin from pewter, which often contains copper at a 1-2% concentration. No effects on alloy...
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    09-19-2021, 03:20 AM
    Hi, StuBach ;^]. Those boxes were given to me by friends who ordered from the Acme Bullet Co, who ship their boxed bullets inside USPS MFRB's. When I ran out it wasn't too hard to make boxes of similar size out of scrap ply. Mine were butt...
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    09-14-2021, 05:29 PM
    Like lign, I get the best boolits with the fewest culls when alloy and mold temp combined with the right cadence produce an even light matte frosting. And they all coat just fine.
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    09-14-2021, 04:06 AM
    Thanks, Gents. I plan on trying this on a new mold, one of an identical pair, with the other treated with the old aerosol mold release. Hopefully I'll be reporting back later this week.
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    09-13-2021, 12:05 PM
    To Joe and Trevor: I just got the bonded release powder. Just a few questions, if I may (I can run them by Alan, too, but I'd like to ask the maker and the prime user/tester). The instructions say to make a concentration of 5 grams per 150 ml...
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    09-11-2021, 04:12 AM
    Should have added that I have the same double jet burner the OP ordered. Extremely sturdy, and lots of BTUs. But I've found what really helps speed melting, despite the high heat output of the burners, are three things: First, some sort of...
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    09-09-2021, 03:38 AM
    My bottom pour Rowell ladle has a straight handle that doesn't dip into the pot well, filling less and less as the alloy level drops, so I actually fill the Rowell with a soup ladle. Two easy ladlefuls into the Rowell, bottom poured into uniform...
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    09-08-2021, 11:47 AM
    Good thinking, there, OS OK. Thinking out loud: The rigid PID probe is too long to sit in a cavity and go through the opening. I could drill a hole through the top; it's not like heat loss is going to be an issue. Or, easier, I could use a...
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    09-08-2021, 04:38 AM
    Well, I just tried out the aluminum strips on my 1100 watt coil, with the bread pan mold garage. The garage I went a little crazy on: it's two bread pans nested, sandwiching a layer of pink Fiberglas insulation, with one end cut off for mold...
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    09-08-2021, 04:18 AM
    My needs seem to be different from many, in that for the past few years I've been reloading a lot of 9x19 for action pistol but little else. One main load using one boolit, one powder, one primer. The boolits are stored in small plastic buckets...
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    09-07-2021, 03:00 AM
    Folks who might be inclined to help might not see your post here, as it's not part of the OP's topic. Maybe start a new thread? More details would help. How sure are you of the composition of the alloys you're trying to combine? Did you measure...
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    09-05-2021, 11:34 PM
    The fine folks at the Maui action pistol club taught me about the pleasures of Spam, specifically Spam musubi. Good stuff.
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    09-05-2021, 02:37 AM
    I'm guessing that it may be a variation on "Fine Metal" from the old English pewter name for the type of pewter used for for tableware that was a high tin, lead free alloy, but I'm not sure the content was/is defined for that kind of description. ...
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    09-04-2021, 11:47 AM
    (NODS HEAD VIGOROUSLY IN AGREEMENT) Lordy, yes. I'm still finding rusted tools in my shop from when I made that mistake, usually ones stored within three feet on the bottle. I'm just hoping the water heater and furnace on the side furthest away are...
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    09-04-2021, 11:40 AM
    Thanks for passing on your experiences and techniques (though I might suggest that you're kinda coming and going at the same time when you describe how easy it is but don't detail what you say are important safety considerations). Maybe what has...
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    09-03-2021, 03:14 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Adding Pewter in Cast Boolits
    By weight. I mix large batches of casting alloy, so I work in pounds and decimal fractions of pounds. Being a bit OC and having a science background, I've had my pewter batches analyzed, cast into bars plus small coins of various weights, and add to...
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    09-02-2021, 03:57 AM
    Muriatic acid is hydrochloric acid, or HCl. H2SO4 is sulfuric acid. I believe both produce hydrogen gas on contact with metallic zinc. When processing antimonial lead, if the melt gets too hot I'll get a skin of oxides on the surface that looks...
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    09-01-2021, 01:48 PM
    Can you throw up a picture of that roll? I have no idea what it is, but seeing it might bring something to mind, and, once ID'd, it could serve as a reference.
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    09-01-2021, 12:39 PM
    Action pistoleers use a lot of 9mm brass, and finding internally stepped cases is common. Out my way (California) I found IMT (International Munitions and Technology), Ammoload and FM (Freedom Munitions), all owned by the same US group that sells...
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    09-01-2021, 06:08 AM
    I have seen that color on occasion, but it's not consistent, not even in the same batch, poured into the same molds at what I think was the same temperature. ETA: And those Potter ingots sure look yellow to me, imashooter2!
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    09-01-2021, 05:59 AM
    Ouch, I'm not sure I'd be willing to spend that much. Glad you had them already.
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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