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    Today, 10:56 PM
    15meter replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Squib/no powder followed immediately by the disassembly of the gun leads me to believe he is trying to cover for a double charge. I suspect that is much more likely. Just glad it was his gun, and no, I don't follow any of his reloading...
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    Today, 12:38 PM
    15meter replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Never heard the term before, no it wasn't my gun. Watched the guy blow the gun up at a cowboy shoot a number of years ago. I was standing about 30 feet directly behind him when he touched it off. He started the stage with a misfire/squib on...
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    Today, 08:48 AM
    Need to recharge the gun fund.
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    Finally found it, whisper loads. Last cartridge on the list in this article is 45-70. https://castpics.net/dpl/index.php/reloaders-reference/247-whisper-loads
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    Yesterday, 07:49 PM
    May try a PM (or email) to the guy that started this thread: https://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?97564-L-E-C-reloading-die-set
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    Yesterday, 07:44 PM
    Shrinking the size of the image is usually the cure, there's a size limit on uploads. Hope the helps. I ran into the same problem recently.
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    Yesterday, 07:16 PM
    Did you ever get around to this? Curious if it worked for you.
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    Yesterday, 09:29 AM
    15meter replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Huh?
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    05-21-2022, 11:40 PM
    And the Lyman #3 Manual is available as a free download. I think that's where my Blue Dot load came from.
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    05-21-2022, 09:55 PM
    Never heard of them before, but if they are anything like this press: https://www.doering.cc/dunbar.html They will be a fine tool.
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    05-21-2022, 09:34 PM
    15meter replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    That presupposes that I have such elaborate equipment, sounds way too high tech for a guy whose goal with cast boolit reloading is to ring dingers like this: Although this one doesn't have the same melodic tone it once had:-( And not make guns...
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    05-21-2022, 11:32 AM
    1) Multi-Scale universal charge bar, model C/CS. $60.00, shipped. 2) Standard 302 new style charge bar with rubber insert. 3/4 oz. $25, shipped. 3) Standard 302 new style charge bar with rubber insert. 1-1/8 oz. $25, shipped....
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    05-21-2022, 10:38 AM
    15meter replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    See post #16, I did the torch test on a single letter and #4 shot from a 1950's Winchester shotgun shell. It most certainly is not aluminum as I first guessed. Need to ship these and a couple others off to BNE for a definitive answer.
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    05-21-2022, 10:28 AM
    What I used was a textured paint. I know standard flat/satin/gloss can be custom mixed and put in a spray can. Wasn't aware that the textured was available as custom. Anybody know if it is?
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    05-20-2022, 08:57 PM
    15meter replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Reference was aluminum type in an automatic type setting machine that worked completely different than the hot linotype or the compose with individual letters and build up a frame that everybody is familiar with. Completely different technology...
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    05-20-2022, 02:05 PM
    Presenting my all spiffed up 1974 Rockchucker, gone is what was left of the ugly seafoam, red aniline dye drips from a different project and 48 years of ground in grease and grime. It'll do me. And there's enough left to paint my mailbox...
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    05-20-2022, 01:56 PM
    15meter replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Did the #4 lead shot and one of these letters with the propane test. It melts way faster than 50's vintage Winchester #4 shot reclaimed from OLD red paper hulls. Like almost instantly with the torch. The shot took a little bit before it...
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    05-20-2022, 10:33 AM
    15meter replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Walked through the local newspaper "composing" room more than once circa 1970. My mother worked at the newspaper. Back then security was non-existent. Suspect the difference between a burn from that 700 degree lead and cool to the touch aluminum...
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    05-19-2022, 11:46 PM
    Just do a couple of web searches for: "reduced loads for 45-70", "cat-sneeze loads", "mouse fart loads". You will find more that you would believe is out there. - I used to do a 4.4 grains of Clays behind a Lyman 457122 boolit. Just make...
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    05-19-2022, 10:38 PM
    15meter replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Listening to the printer, it sounded like the individual letters were not melted down and recast but were disassembled and sorted then reassembled for what ever was to be printed next. Probably try the melt test tomorrow. It would be sweet if...
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    05-19-2022, 09:03 PM
    15meter replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Took a sample to the local printer, he thought it was aluminum, based on weight and appearance. He said it looked like no type that he had dealt with before. He did keep the sample for his display case of printing oddities. He also said...
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    05-19-2022, 08:35 AM
    15meter replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    That was my first guess, I don't think it's heavy enough. An almost full two pound coffee can of linotype should be tough to pick up. One can weighs in at 20 lbs. A second can weighs in a 18 lbs. I've got a third can that is less than a third...
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    05-18-2022, 10:32 PM
    I was given ~ 38 lbs. of a mystery metal. I was told it was lead. It most certainly is not lead. 90% full 2 lb. coffee can weighs about 20 lbs. It's bright and shiny, like straight tin. It's some form of printing type. When you whack it with a...
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    05-17-2022, 12:44 PM
    Not much of a quest. Checked when I was in two different hardware stores and the Lowe's that's closest to my house. No luck. Stopped this morning at the hardware store that is 1-1/2 miles from my house for something else and checked their shelf...
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