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    Gonna have to check out your arms next time I see you, Popeye. I can't see many people shaking a half-gallon jug with too many bullets in it!
    Loren

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockshooter View Post
    Gonna have to check out your arms next time I see you, Popeye. I can't see many people shaking a half-gallon jug with too many bullets in it!
    Loren
    Next time I make a run of boolits, I’ll have to give one a try. Could take a while to fill it up. I might have to see if I can get Don to assist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingmonkey35 View Post
    This has been discussed on a different post.

    Large mix. But you will find a majority of people use a shake n bake method with standing the bullet up.

    Less do a bake in a pile method as it leaves divits and spots.

    And even less that use ESPC. Wich is still the best.

    You can have great results with whatever method you choose. But outside factors come into play.

    Humidity. And brand of powder being key.

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    I stand the bigger boolits (like .40+ rifle boolits) up but just dump the 9mm’s out onto non-stick foil and the only “troubles” I get is if 2 stick together. Mine still get coated all around and even the big ones get coverage of paint on the bottoms. I use Smoke’s powder and bake at 375F for 10 minutes. Shake and swirl for a maximum of one minute with black BB’s. I face the door of my oven to the North (towards the shooting range) and make sure to take a whiz before going outside in the winter. Also, wear my lucky casting pants. Nothing else too special...

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    I might try a cheap harbor freight tumbler and the bbs.

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    I put smaller plastic containers in my rotary tumbler to keep the tumbler clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conditor22 View Post
    I put smaller plastic containers in my rotary tumbler to keep the tumbler clean.
    Thats a good idea. Thanks for the tip.

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    Greetings; No AirSoft BB's 'round here now, but anxious to try PC'g. Rinsed 90 215gr 45's, dried in oven, shaked & swirled and tried picking them with Nitrile glove coated in powder, the powder rubbed off where touched. I'll get some Blk BB's ASAP & skinny needle nose pliers, if I may ask a tech question...Is there a temperature where the powder (Eastwood) actually "flows" to fill in tiny voids, say 300ish, or if not, then just cook'em at 400 & move on?


    I just had an idear; thin piano wire bent to form a custom 'tweezer' to fit the grooves?!? I'll post results. Anyway, here's a pic of the batch I mentioned. NOTE: I started using the Hot Pink 'cause it was on sale in their "Ugly Color" bin, but that looked tooo 'happy', so added some black; wife asked if Burnt Grape was what I was going for, well "Yes, of course"! These will suffice for plinking for sure - right?
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    Thanks pards.
    Caster & CWW / Lead miner.
    Mountain Mold 45-70-405, 80% Meplat, sized .461" dia; [for Micro Groove Marlin 1895GS]
    Lyman mold #429421 "Elmer Keith" style 255gr, Dbl Cavity; [for .44 Mag, S&W 629, Alox lubed]
    Lyman #356402, 9mm, Sngl Cavity [for a friend]
    LEE #90282, 12ga Drive Key, 7/8oz Slug [for: Son's 3-Gun]
    LEE #90349, 452-255RF, 6 Cavity [for 45 Colt & 45 ACP; Alox lubed]
    LEE #90697, 453-200RF, 6 Cavity [for 45 Colt SASS, 215gr Alox lubed]

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    I have had best luck with powder coat sold by guy on here—Smoke something.

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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"
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