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    Yesterday, 11:47 PM
    Haha true. Similar minded people often find themselves in the same places. Didnt think about getting brass...hard to find. Ill go by the indoor range tomorrow to see if i can get some.
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    Yesterday, 05:42 PM
    Hi vette, the routine I use is now to obtain a density I believe is substantially better than using the pressure and time alone, in fact I strongly suggest it to anyone. The amount of pressure applied and time is dependent on the amount of moisture...
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    Yesterday, 01:43 PM
    The density of the pucks is the amount of weight you have for a specific volume of the puck, typically should be close to 1.7 grams per cubic centimeter. If you divide the weight in grams by the volume of the puck in cubic centimeters you get the...
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    Yesterday, 06:09 AM
    Thank you for the report Hamgunner. I found a few carolina buckthorns here but they were so small i don't think i would have made much with them. Glad you did the test. Did you check the puck density by any chance? I suppose that the buckthorn pucks...
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    10-21-2021, 08:20 PM
    I tend to agree. There was a guy in FLA that blew his place up recently, when asked he said it was because he was reloading. I call BS on that, I cant figure out how that would happen reloading. But it makes you think about how many have taken up...
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    10-21-2021, 04:03 PM
    I don’t have the answers but I can guess that part of the KN03 does dissolve when the powder is damp. It dissolves in water like table salt so maybe it does disincorporate to some degree. The saltpeter particles after ball milling are extremely...
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    10-21-2021, 03:10 PM
    I could never ever live in a city again. I would rather live in a cave than a city or even burbs. I understand that sometimes you have no choice but personally i just could not. If you would pay me millions i still would refuse and i mean it.
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    10-21-2021, 07:39 AM
    I recently wondered if there was a way to test if the powder is properly milled before stopping the milling process. This was due to the “pearls” or specs of potassium left after testing the burn on some of my batches. I accidentally came upon the...
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    10-19-2021, 10:02 PM
    Vette, its funny you mention that, the last batch I milled clumped towards the opening so that led me to believe that my mill was not leveled but it had not sunk in until you wrote that. It makes so much sense, if you take powder with different...
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    10-19-2021, 09:57 PM
    ChrisPer: Yep, sounds about right...the propane system I was running before was very difficult to control and I was watching it like a hawk too. The temperature variation is a problem too, if it comes only from one direction the charcoal near there...
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    10-19-2021, 09:48 PM
    Holy smokes double buck! That looks great! I think i'm set for a decade! I really appreciate it. And i think i saw sassfarass by my work...also saw a ton of willow, younglings.
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    10-19-2021, 07:25 PM
    haha, projects keep me alive. I have a list...from dies on the lathe to rifle and pistol builds...nothing worse to me than a weekend spent loafing around.
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    10-19-2021, 04:13 PM
    Id like to have one of those little black powder testers they call "eprouvettes", like a liitle pistol that tests how reactive the powder is instead of pulling out the chrony, setting it up and scaring the neighbor, sold out on dixie and cant find...
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    10-19-2021, 09:37 AM
    You may want to try to make an electric kiln very efficient or what you save in build cost may go into paying an electrical bill. Same with propane. To get to a given temp, you need a certain amount of energy for a given amount volume heated. I...
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    10-18-2021, 08:25 PM
    double buck I sent you a PM about that.
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    10-18-2021, 08:23 PM
    Yeah, that's a good point, moisture is a big factor. Could be affecting the tests...
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    10-18-2021, 06:47 PM
    Doublebuck, I see you got great results with sasfarass, why not try that with a lower temperature charcoal and maybe adding a bit more potassium? I got to find out where they grow around here.
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    10-18-2021, 04:05 PM
    Do you test burn your milled powder Vette? If so what is a go or no go to you?
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    10-18-2021, 01:07 PM
    maybe, maybe not...depends on expectations. On another note, I keep samples of previous powders I made to retest. That one on the top, the 78-12-10 still spits out 850 fps for a 25 grain by weight charge as measured today on the chrony just...
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    10-18-2021, 10:59 AM
    I had a similar incident last year, we were out for a mothers day dinner with a bunch of people, one older couple in their 60's was with us that day and after dinner we were in front of the restaurant and this guy comes walking up and tells the...
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    10-18-2021, 08:29 AM
    Thanks for reporting that DoubleBuck. If you are using 75-10-15 increasing the potassium might be a direction. Do you or anybody test your milled powder to determine if its ready? If so, what are you looking for? From what I read, this was...
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    10-17-2021, 09:15 AM
    Some samples, 450 grain 50 cal eastwood ford blue and the other, 200 gr 45 cal mix of white and blue.
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    10-16-2021, 10:31 PM
    yeah...but the 45 gas check maker needed some touching up on my lathe, I ordered one but by the time I got it I had already made one for an experiment with "high walled" gas checks. Maybe I was the unlucky one. Im going to making my own from now on....
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    10-16-2021, 10:04 PM
    Hey thanks for the explanation about the brass cases Vette. I don't really recall how much time it takes to get to 550, under an hour for sure I would say. I let it cook for about 1.45 hours total after it reached target with a full (small) can....
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    10-16-2021, 12:40 PM
    you can try to break them up into coffee bean sizes today to quicken the drying if you want to wait till its dry before grinding.
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    10-16-2021, 11:40 AM
    Oh! I stand corrected. I wonder if they make 1/2 inch then?
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    10-16-2021, 10:24 AM
    Update on the kiln: its a plug and play. Set it and forget it. I controlled the rise before because I didn't want it to spike over the target temp but I just gave it a go to see what it would do today. It rose on its own to 555 and fluctuates...
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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
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