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    Yesterday, 11:48 PM
    I just tumbled my.media for the second 24-hour round to knock off any loose lead and sharp copper corners. The amount of stuff that I dumped out the first time had me worried that way too much of my powder would end up being metal and or rubber from...
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    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    Thanks for the reassurance CW. I'll have to get more pictures of my bore on here. It's not that bad. Right now my biggest worry is getting my dang breech bolt pin back into the lever. The pin is insanely tight fitting. I dig that target!
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    Yesterday, 04:02 PM
    Ok. This isn't really about the rusting and I'm not trying to blame that on BP or Winchester or anything. I'm not too worried about it. I know how to clean and oil a gun... I was just really surprised to see that considering how we'll I've been...
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    Yesterday, 02:48 PM
    Are saying a bit of lead fouling is good? I was under the impression that lead in the bore is not the same as copper, where some copper fouling can help accuracy because it will fill in small imperfections, but lead is soft enough it will just...
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    Yesterday, 11:58 AM
    I definitely don't want to sell it. I've gotten myself attached to it and I think my wife would kill me! I'm in Utah and their HQ is about 45 minutes from my house, so I could potentially just drive over there to talk to them in hopes it would...
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    05-07-2021, 11:31 PM
    Oh yes... How does it feel when running a patch down? After I clean it and remove the lead, it feels pretty smooth. It doesn't feel like there's rough spots in there. It feels MUCH better than those pictures look
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    05-07-2021, 11:20 PM
    Yes those horizontal marks are chatter marks, I think. They seem to be about average from other pictures I've seen of Browning and Winchester bores. You think I ought to call them on it? I was saving "lapping" it as a last resort. I've done it...
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    05-07-2021, 04:57 PM
    Great idea!! Is the fit good enough that it could be used as a puck press? I realize the PVC ones aren't perfect, but it sounds like they work ok if you reinforce the outer sleeve. Keep track of your grades and keep me updated! I had planned on...
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    05-06-2021, 10:19 PM
    Heck yea!! So are you saying you for your 45acp to work with black powder? I told my brother yesterday that I was working on making some and he said he needed to do that for his 45. I told him I didn't think it would function....
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    05-06-2021, 08:42 PM
    Well, I had to go out and shoot today after work for some stress relief. I wasn't able to do any more scrubbing on the bore to get the teensy bit of lead that was left (if it was lead) before going. These rounds were 457193, 4gr 4227, 68gr 2F, a...
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    05-06-2021, 08:14 PM
    Well I tumbled my media last night to smooth the edges of the cut copper pipe and test the tumbling.... The force with which it sounds like they're pounding inside sounds like it ought to do fine! I'll just Mill for 12-18 hrs to make sure it goes...
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    05-06-2021, 01:43 AM
    One other thought though. Previously, it was stated that I need to get all the lead out of the barrel when removing it. Is that referring to every little bit that I can see when using a borescope? There is a very very small amount that might be...
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    05-06-2021, 01:33 AM
    I was looking at those expanders today thinking about buying one. But, i kind of thought I should see what diameter bullet is going to work best in my gun before. Yup, if the neck tension wouldn't be the likely culprit and the wad wouldn't...
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    05-06-2021, 01:28 AM
    I put my lead/copper media in my kid's thumpers tumbler to get some of the extra lead junk knocked off the copper and counted 36 rpm. That's wayyy slower than the 65 that has been recommended all along in this thread. For those that use the cheap...
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    05-06-2021, 01:26 AM
    Thanks for the link. I believe I've looked at their site before, but decided not to order there because the powdered 10lb only says greenhouse grade and doesn't have any analysis document or brand/source. They are a touch cheaper than Duda, I think.
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    05-06-2021, 01:25 AM
    How did it work out for you, lags? Any noticeable difference between that and higher quality kno3?
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    05-05-2021, 11:05 AM
    Does anyone know how pure the spectraside stump remover actually is? The sds says 100% but when pouring some out last night to grind it, there's definitely some other stuff in there. There were a few small dark colored flecks of unidentifiable...
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    05-05-2021, 09:37 AM
    That's interesting. What do they make from it? Something that gets wet often? I am pretty sure that a lot of snow skis are made from that wood.
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    05-05-2021, 02:04 AM
    There it is. 191g of Paulownia charcoal. It's all fully charred and I didn't see a single bit of white/gray ash, so that's good. A lot of it has this shiny film on it with some "bubbles"? that looks sort like tar, which I think may be the creosote....
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    05-04-2021, 11:29 PM
    I made some Paulownia charcoal tonight! Put it on it's side on my propane burner on medium low, put my large stockpot over the top to act as an oven (no holes for drafting though) and took the pot off to check temp every 5-10 minutes. It got up...
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    05-04-2021, 07:38 PM
    That there is something I thought about and forgot to ask! I always do try to keep my barrel cool or no more than a touch warm. How warm does the barrel have to be for it to increase the likelihood of leading? The barrel on this gun is real...
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    05-04-2021, 01:42 PM
    Agreed! Thank you guys for all the helpful information. I really appreciate it. I'm having a load of fun learning. A guy basically has to throw out 75% of what he knows about loading smokeless bottleneck jacketed rounds! Is your opinion that the...
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    05-04-2021, 12:08 AM
    Yea I was really drawn to the Lee because I like their affordability despite how high of quality ammo you can load with their equipment, and the fact that the mold has the sprue plate on top... That would help prevent buggered up bases due to...
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    05-03-2021, 06:10 PM
    Ah I thought a hot plate heating element would get plenty hot. Good thing I didn't buy one! I've got two turkey fryer burners. It's just that so much of that heat/energy is wasted. I was looking at an induction hot plate at the thrift store for...
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    05-03-2021, 02:44 PM
    I picked up a paint can over the weekend and did a test run with some cedar shavings. Put a dial thermometer in the lid and poked a 1/4" hole for the vent. Stuffed it full of shavings and put it on it's side on my propane burner. It took quite...
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    05-03-2021, 02:25 PM
    That's great! What kind of charcoal did you use?
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    05-03-2021, 02:21 PM
    I'm hoping I can get some more loaded this week for the range. Been busy working on the house and playing with lead. I got two 5gal buckets of wheel weights for a total of $20. It's probably yielded about 50lbs lead ingots. I've been learning how to...
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    05-03-2021, 02:15 PM
    After using some cedar shavings for flux, it seems to have cured the ills of my "rusty" spoon. It's now just black.
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    04-30-2021, 04:56 PM
    Thanks for the link! And ugh!!! I think I removed a bunch of my time and tossed it in my steel we bucket due for recycling :( I'll have to dig what I can back out and see if I can get it reduces back into the ingots I made.
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    04-30-2021, 03:45 PM
    Yes maybe it's silly going through all the effort to make charcoal when a simple paint can retort would work well. But futzing around with the process is half the fun for me! I'll try out that seal with some scrap pine so I can find out of it...
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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