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  • kevin c's Avatar
    Today, 02:59 AM
    If those ammo cans get filled with pewter ingots, I MIGHT be able to lift one. Lead alloy? No way...
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    Today, 02:52 AM
    Better protection, as in better immunity against future COVID Infection? I don't know how that can be known at this point, since the first cases were just a bit over a year ago (so long term natural immunity hasn't been put to the test yet) and use...
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    Today, 01:53 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Vacuum Packed Primers in Our Town
    Sounds like a good place to have supplies for TEOTWAWKI. I can't imagine a need for loading centerfire hunting ammo in a camp otherwise, but I confess that I'm not a hunter, so please correct any misconceptions on my part.
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    Yesterday, 02:07 PM
    A paper clip and propane torch take care of most of my plugging problems. The rest went away when I made sure to use only clean alloy.
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    Yesterday, 01:31 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Vacuum Packed Primers in Our Town
    It sounds like a great idea for long term storage, but, given the various posts I've read here about folks having zero issues using 50+ years old primers that were just in their original packaging and stuck up on a shelf somewhere in the house, how...
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    04-10-2021, 01:25 PM
    Got my first shot yesterday (the Moderna vaccine), traveling quite some distance to get it, as appointments in my area were booked up for weeks and I wasn't willing to wait. My arm's a bit sore, but nothing serious, and I'll be heading to the range...
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    04-09-2021, 10:42 AM
    I like isotope containers. Very clean metal, consistent in content, easy to handle and small enough to go directly into the pot. If you can get them directly from a radiopharmacy, it saves tremendously on the scrounging effort.
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    04-09-2021, 10:20 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Lead source in Lead and Lead Alloys
    The regulars, men and and women alike, quickly learn that open necked tops are not a good idea when shooting semi autos. Those who do so, especially ones sporting generous body proportions, are soon sporting nasty brass burns.
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    04-09-2021, 03:51 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Aluminum mould prep in Cast Boolits
    I've heard that MP aluminum molds are often good to go straight out of the box, but have always prepped them, and all my other aluminum molds, by degreasing by with an alcohol and toothbrush scrub, deburring the cavities with a softwood stick,...
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    04-08-2021, 02:20 AM
    I've used second hand muffin tins. They work well, but don't use the ones that are actually tin coated with something like pewter. The ingots will weld to the plated metal and will be the dickens to get out (unfortunately I have first hand...
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    04-08-2021, 02:14 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Lead source in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Very...mammalian...
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    04-06-2021, 03:50 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Lead source in Lead and Lead Alloys
    You could buy lead of various sorts here, in ingot form. Around a dollar a pound plus shipping for basic lead alloys, more for enrichment alloys like type metal. Greg's suggestion is a good one. While uncommon, another really good source is a...
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    04-01-2021, 12:04 PM
    Looks easier, but maybe a bit slower? JonB, lots of neat looking widgets on the cowboybullets site. Tempting...
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    04-01-2021, 12:04 PM
    Looks easier, but maybe a bit slower? JonB, lots of neat looking widgets on the cowboybullets site. Tempting...
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    04-01-2021, 11:43 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread ss pins in Cast Boolits
    A question for you pin users: does your pin cleaned brass stick in your dies more than brass cleaned by other methods? I gave up on the pins (I still wet tumble) because of really bad sticking of pistol brass with the expander and case mouth flaring...
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    04-01-2021, 11:32 AM
    Miha's molds are very well machined. Still, even though I've read here that folks have no issues using them straight out of the packaging with no prep, I deburrr the edges of all the cavities with a popsicle stick and and degrease them with...
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    03-31-2021, 03:33 AM
    I had a little conversation with a heavy metals toxicologist. What concerned him was not lead vaporizing off the melt (as pointed out it has to get much hotter than our setups are capable of to be an issue) but that lead and lead compounds can hitch...
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    03-31-2021, 03:17 AM
    Sorted brass. Calculated amounts of SuperHard and solder to add to various lead stock to make my favored casting alloy of 95-3-2. As a concession to convenience and speed I used a calculator with the numbers I plugged into the formulas I worked...
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    03-28-2021, 02:38 PM
    ^^^ For me that ends up being one per caliber that I own plus several in the caliber I shoot the most (both multiples and various weights, nose profiles, lube grooved or not, etc.).
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    03-28-2021, 02:28 PM
    I have never been able to get the mold heated right to clean off lead deposits. The waxes tend to burn, as do the skewers, leaving deposits, and alloy bars just smear more lead. It was also hard finding a way to handle the heated mold block. What...
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    03-28-2021, 12:00 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Is everyone ok? in Our Town
    Good to hear you and yours are OK. My wife and I have concluded that, while many parts of America come close to paradise, it seems all of them can have nasty turns that can really slam you. Out my way it's earthquakes and extremely left...
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    03-28-2021, 11:49 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Scored a bit of 22 ammo. in Our Town
    Handgun centerfire I reload; others I buy, but not recently since my stock has been sufficient. I've cut into my .22 LR supply, but while in previous shortages it was cheaper for me to cast and load a 9mm round than shoot a .22, the scarcity and...
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    03-28-2021, 03:33 AM
    Shooting 20 to 40 thousand rounds a year in practice and matches is common in the action pistol sports, so ordering primers in multiple sleeves of 5,000 is the norm. Bullets and cases are also ordered in the same orders of magnitude, and powders are...
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    03-23-2021, 04:33 AM
    I don't let it get too heavy or stay on too long. Sometimes the older and thicker build ups don't want to dissolve even in fresh acetone. The really old stuff I'll wipe out with an acetone soaked rag or paper towel and discard. Fresh build up is...
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    03-17-2021, 05:00 AM
    Modern food service pewter is lead free, but other versions can contain lead, and old pewter (the kind that's collectible) commonly did. Modern pewter is usually 90%+ tin, the balance being antimony and/or copper and the specific formulation makes...
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    03-17-2021, 04:02 AM
    Three to one pure to Lino would give you 3% Sb, 1% Sn, pretty much the nominal Sb content of COWW plus tin, of similar BHN (11-12), and can cover a fair range of applications. Lino certainly will be more homogeneous if melted together, and stores...
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    03-15-2021, 03:42 PM
    kevin c replied to a thread Reloading for others in Our Town
    I think there's a different mindset in those asking. Just about every reloader I know has self sufficiency in mind. But other folks are used to just spending the money they earn on ready to use goods without the ability to make such themselves. They...
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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