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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Horse View Post
    Powder coating covers defects. Lubing, not so much.
    Ergo is the problem many times why, with PC'd bullets, they are not as accurate as lubed. At least [if not also weight sorting] a good visual inspection of the cast bullet is done before affixing the GC and lubing. Any visual defects and the bullet is not used. For my accuracy and/or HV loads I see no reason to shoot a bullet with "defects". The defective bullets are easily melted down to be cast again.

    Were I to PC I would also inspect for defects and weight sort [properly] and reject any with defects.
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    I like both PC and LLA. Both work great for my needs.


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    Melting range scrap with lots of powder coated bullets in it and as there is dirt lube powder coating and debris it smokes and fluxes along with all the wood and added oil in the pot , all done outside in a old propane tank cut in half .

    I still lube all my black powder bullets for cartridge and for muzzle loaders , powder coat for the pistols and some smokeless rifle loads , copper jacketed for others , so I find there is reasons and a place for each according to what I want at the time .

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    ^^^ Never thought of the Re-melting thing!!! Some serious fluxing required me Thinks. Never did that one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Gibson View Post
    Ergo is the problem many times why, with PC'd bullets, they are not as accurate as lubed. At least [if not also weight sorting] a good visual inspection of the cast bullet is done before affixing the GC and lubing. Any visual defects and the bullet is not used. For my accuracy and/or HV loads I see no reason to shoot a bullet with "defects". The defective bullets are easily melted down to be cast again.

    Were I to PC I would also inspect for defects and weight sort [properly] and reject any with defects.
    For accurate bullets they absolutely need to be inspected carefully before PC and GC (gas checks hide defects in the base). And even after applying PC they should be inspected again. PC'd bullets can be recycled as well. Just flux the pot and skim off the burned plastic (and gas checks).

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    The empty PC jackets in the melt remind me of cicada shells.

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    Black Powder - Lube . . . SOFT... and lots of it
    Bore Rider smokeless - Conventional 50/50 Lube or ALOX
    Anything else smokeless - PC

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    Quote Originally Posted by K43 View Post
    littlejack is right on. And traditional lube works. One never knows what is around the corner.
    I'm glad I kept my lube sizer.

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    A good reason to lube is I still got a bunch and it works.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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