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    Yesterday, 01:18 AM
    I just melted down some figurines from a company that describes them as “pewter”: the XRF on the batch came back only 26.6% tin, along with 66.3% lead, 6.5% antimony and 0.6% copper. A separate batch of food service pewter analyzed at the same...
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    01-23-2023, 10:31 PM
    I use a four station progressive (Dillon SDB) and also sort brass by head stamp. A recent change to non proprietary dies makes it easier for me to do the sizing, decapping, priming and M die style case expansion as one run, and then actual powder...
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    01-21-2023, 04:47 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Do We Melt or Smelt in Cast Boolits
    “Process” It’s got two syllables, so it’s better than smelt or melt. Amirite?
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    01-21-2023, 04:02 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread How to fix this mold in Cast Boolits
    I’m no expert, but I think I see both trivial and potentially serious issues. The hardware, sprue plate and the tops of the blocks are easy fixes ; it’s the mold faces and the cavities that worry me. If there’s pitting in the cavities and the...
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    01-21-2023, 03:42 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Stash smelted in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Well done! I, too, like looking at a pile of fresh cast anything, thinking, “I did that”.
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    01-21-2023, 02:39 AM
    By any chance, did the type look like this? https://castboolits.gunloads.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=226398&d=1535700030 I was told that the bottom part of the blocks aren’t lead.
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    01-21-2023, 01:45 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Do We Melt or Smelt in Cast Boolits
    This has been argued here many times. I guess it partly depends on how you define “ore” ;^] I prefer to call separating the metals I get from the stuff I don’t want “processing”, eventually ending up with casting alloy. That gets me around the...
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    01-21-2023, 01:19 AM
    Well, if the propane torch method works, in that there aren’t any bullet wrinkles after prepping the mold that way, then I’m willing to give it a go. Reminds me of breakthroughs in medicine where the established schools of thought were all wrong...
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    01-21-2023, 01:04 AM
    The lip of my pot is usually covered with ingots, so no room for the mold. I have a single coil electric burner that, at maximum setting and given enough time, has caused ~1/4” aluminum bar stock to melt, and has also warped a couple saw blades....
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    01-19-2023, 04:42 AM
    Thanks, Larry. I also clean with acetone. I also have reheated the cleaned mold to ~450° and rewashed them in the hopes that I’ll get any residual oil that leaks out, but your way sounds more efficient, and safer than what I once did to preheat:...
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    01-16-2023, 02:01 AM
    Thank you, Joe!
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    01-15-2023, 08:46 PM
    I myself am just a little unclear on reading the last few posts: are we talking about the bonding mold release, that comes as a gray powder usually is painted on with acetone as a carrier, originally designed for metal molds for glass, the one that...
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    01-15-2023, 04:07 PM
    Is that type, WW or both in the second box? Whatever they are, that’s an impressive sight!
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    01-15-2023, 03:59 PM
    Figurines I found were marked pewter; if not I looked up the manufacturers on my phone to check. I also took chances on items I couldn’t confirm if they have a lot of the characteristics of pewter and so far I’ve had really good luck. I’ve also read...
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    01-15-2023, 03:28 PM
    California has been so dry these past years that the the automatic reply to any rainfall is, “we really need all we can get”. Well, not so much as we’ve had recently. Local cumulative rainfall and the sierra snowpack are running about 100% over...
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    01-14-2023, 07:36 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Redneck leg weights. in Our Town
    I remember making ankle weights for my teenage son, also starting with denim cut from a pair of jeans. The school (in California, where else?) was “concerned” when they found that they were made of lead, and, more specifically, lead bullets. It...
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    01-14-2023, 07:24 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread The End is near... in Our Town
    They’re made in Oakland, California too. Walking through Chinatown, you can easily follow your nose to where they come off the machines (sort of a hot metal roller that bakes them as they go through, then shaped and supplied with the fortune slip...
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    01-14-2023, 04:57 PM
    I’m curious too, Larry. I’ve learned that it’s very hard to argue with success, so I hope you won’t mind letting me know what you’ve found that works.
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    01-14-2023, 05:32 AM
    You’re welcome. A couple more things, that may or may not be useful to you, depending on how you plan on lubing your cast slugs and whether they drop freely from the mold. I also deburr my new molds. The way I learned was to use a softwood...
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    01-12-2023, 03:50 PM
    I always thought that technically a basement was dug out. If I lifted my house off the foundation I’d be left standing on grade with a slope averaging about 40°. The only area partly dug out (maybe a foot on the uphill side) is the slab for the...
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    01-12-2023, 03:15 PM
    Sounds like decent pickings out your way. Good hunting!
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    01-05-2023, 10:12 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Lee APP press in Reloading Equipment
    I occasionally decap pistol brass in my APP, but mainly use it to size home cast boolits. In either case, short of having a case or bullet feeder, I can hand feed cases into the shuttle (and bullets directly into the die bypassing the shuttle...
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    01-05-2023, 07:58 PM
    I would think mineral spirits are better at removing oils than working as rust preventives? Aren’t they volatile enough to not stay on a mold as a protective coating? Mustang’s advice is good. You could also check your boxes for a stamp that...
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    01-05-2023, 06:47 PM
    As far as initial cleaning goes, I’d think being generous with the solvent, especially when rinsing, would remove the most oils, so I scrub with a saturated tooth brush and use a syringe to rinse with fresh acetone or alcohol. I’m lazy, and found...
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    01-05-2023, 05:33 PM
    I don’t think you’ll regret your new purchase. There’re lots of reasons people cast, so there’re as many reasons to buy different molds. If, for example, you’re cost conscious, just plinking or want to be more self reliant, an inexpensive mold...
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    01-01-2023, 03:29 AM
    My stock at home is in my unfinished above grade crawl space that’s tall enough to stand and walk around in (hillside home). Some of it is on the foundation’s sill plate, but most is sitting on pavers on top of a gravel and sand base. It’s dry...
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    12-31-2022, 06:03 AM
    Or you can use one pot mounted over the other with the top pot feeding already-up-to-casting-temp alloy into the lower. I do this, having stolen the idea from Ausglock, because I like to cast a lot of slugs per session with little downtime, and I...
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    12-29-2022, 02:49 PM
    Welcome! Fun? Habit forming? Economical? A great, potentially time consuming passion? Yes to all the above. And this site will enable all of that.
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    12-29-2022, 02:45 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread displaying guns on wall in Our Town
    Wooden curtain rod supports mounted on a nice stained board might satisfy the need to look decent and not cost an arm and a leg. Available at any hardware or big box home improvement store. You could chisel/file/sand the cut outs for the rod to get...
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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