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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 07:16 PM
    Did you ever get around to this? Curious if it worked for you.
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    Today, 09:29 AM
    15meter replied to a thread Mystery metal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Huh?
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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    05-17-2022, 08:01 AM
    15meter replied to a thread 50-70 government in Vintage Ammo
    I got poked! And finally looked. Got 2 on the bench looking for a new home. One the neck is split, other one, burned through the neck when annealing. This is turned, not drawn brass, the neck is paper thin and is extremely difficult to...
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    05-17-2022, 07:53 AM
    Any luck with Dick Williams? Not Williams Gunsight, forgot to point out there are two Williams gun shops in mid-Michigan. Everybody knows Gunsight, not many know Dick Williams.
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    05-17-2022, 07:35 AM
    Nice start on manuals. Don't turn down older manuals if you can get them free or cheap. The older manuals have load data for older powders that have fallen out of the most recent manuals. If you hang around gun clubs or troll garage sales you may...
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    05-16-2022, 10:11 PM
    Stamped on the ground surface under the bushing. Usually a two digit number. And the ground surface is not always ground, my 1969 A3 appears to be ground and left bare metal. The 1974 Rockchucker looks machined under the paint.
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    05-16-2022, 10:01 PM
    For a first manual this one is hard to beat: https://archive.org/details/LymanCastBulletHandbook3rdEdition1980Ocr/page/n141/mode/2up And the download is free. :drinks:
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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
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