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    12-06-2022, 08:46 PM
    Iím in fredj388ís boat: for target shooting terminal performance dependent on hardness is not an issue, and a fairly soft alloy shouldnít lead if coated, sized and loaded appropriately. From reading this forum, it seems finding hard alloys is...
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    12-06-2022, 08:36 PM
    Like you, I am confident in my math. But my personal experience and what I’ve been told by folks whose opinion I trust makes me less sure of how much precision is reasonable to expect from xrf analyzers. I have personally seen a Niton give three...
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    12-05-2022, 08:29 PM
    I also agree with BK7saum and farmbif about bullet hardness: if properly coated and loaded, even a soft alloy shouldn’t lead your pistol barrel, and as far as terminal ballistics, all that matters is that you have a bullet diameter hole in the...
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    12-04-2022, 04:30 AM
    As a long time action pistol competitor, I have to agree that you can’t really get around testing your loads over a chronograph. Exactly matching a tested load in a publication (very hard to do), likely won’t give you the exact same numbers...
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    12-02-2022, 05:51 AM
    Are you talking about a hand held analyzer, like a Niton gun of the sort often used by metals recyclers? How the sample is tested and how the analyzer is maintained can change the readings. BNE describes how he scrapes his samples prior to...
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    11-29-2022, 01:38 AM
    Veral sold me a hardness tester. He and I had a polite, respectful, prompt and informative exchange of a few emails on the niceties of fine tuning it. Iíll grant, though, that it was something like five years ago and came out of stock on hand,...
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    11-25-2022, 06:15 AM
    Joe, are you polishing the application of the release agent before heating, or afterwards as Trevor does it?
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    11-22-2022, 12:59 PM
    Thanks, Joe! Knock on wood, I haven’t had the problem myself, but was trying to respond on another thread where I suggested that the OP’s problem might be undercured coating left in the barrel.
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    11-22-2022, 05:32 AM
    Say, Joe, Somewhere in this massive thread you mentioned a solvent that helps remove HiTek that has been deposited in bores after shooting under cured boolits, but for the life of me I can’t massage the search tool to dig it out. What was the...
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    11-22-2022, 05:25 AM
    The brass or undersized bullets certainly could be the problem, but, given how hard you found it to clean out your barrel, there’s another possibility: if the coating is under cured, it may be leaving tenacious deposits in your bore. HiTek is...
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    11-15-2022, 04:05 AM
    I use acetone and a toothbrush.
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    11-15-2022, 04:02 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Mold HELP !! in Casting Equipment
    There may be, as those above have posted, a few causes for the problem you’ve encountered. In my case, it was a misalignment of the sprue plate openings with the tops of the mold cavities (incomplete closing) combined with letting the alloy harden...
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    11-13-2022, 05:56 AM
    kevin c replied to a thread Mold handles in Cast Boolits
    I’ve been lucky: I have Lee, Accurate and MP gang molds, and they all take the Lee handle and use the cammed sprue cutter. Mina also sells his own versions, and while I haven’t used them on any mold other than his, I’d guess they’d fit on the...
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    11-10-2022, 03:44 AM
    My experience with galling: https://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?444195-Polishing-nickel-deposits-off-a-carbide-sizer&highlight=Lacquer. Iíd made the mistake of trying to skip case lubing. My Dillon die was galled, not dirty; I could...
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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