Reloading...

Discussion in 'Knives, Gear, Guns And Other Tools' started by Andy the Aussie, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. shivermetimbers

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    Awoken some .54 Cal Maxi-Balls from a 30 year slumber. The lube is done and it almost looked like lead oxide build up. Thompson Center no longer makes them, other options are available. Undecided on lube at this point, Bens Red or Beeswax/Olive Oil for lube grooves. I have some Bore Butter, but read it gets runny in the heat. Will be applied via pan. Will be rolling with this round for Deer/Elk this year.

    I washed my hands A LOT during this, careful not to touch my phone, rub eyes or point at my brain.
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    Lengthy soak in mineral spirits.
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    Life anew, ready for some lube. Only 6 more boxes to do.
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    Bens Red Cast Boolit Lube:

    Excellent for a lubri-sizer or pan lube. Folks have reported excellent results with magnum pistols and rifle calibers pushing moderate FPS. Do this outside, I was ritualistic about it and took my time 1.5 hours very low heat, constant stirring and I still made a mess. The color is dead on. Burgundy color or burnt tire smell is bad. Slick and tacky stuff.

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    One of many threads. Ben actually chimes in.
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    You make it look easy. Ill bet its mind numbing.
     
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    @Strigidae, it’s not bad, it just involves some patience. A lot of folks crank the heat up and burn it.
     
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    Some projects I’ve been working on for the casting bench in my reloading room.

    1950’s Lyman 45 cast boolit lube sizer after, stripped, polishing active surfaces then nitre-blued and repainted Chevy orange. Lubed active surfaces with ballistol and pivot points with ballistol and maxima dirt bike grease. Nice and tight unit. Ever mind the dogs eyes....
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    Lyman 61 (made by Saeco for Lyman) lead furnace. Everything I’ve read about them and the Saeco has been good and sought after. They’re built like tanks. It makes my brand new Lee Magnum furnace look very chintzy. It worked when I turned it on for the first time. The spindle on the thermostat had a lot of slop in it. It’s been a fun project so far.

    A bit neglected.
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    After soaking in Kroil for a week. A wire wheel took a lot of garbage off. Soaking in rust remover and it’ll get the wire wheel again, inspect the rest of the wiring/heat element and replace the thermostat.
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    Cleaned up and after several coats of header paint (support rods).
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    Taken down to bare metal, wire wheeled, wiped down with isopropyl and several coats of paint. Drying overnight.
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    This it why, built right. Pot is pretty stout. The new stuff is very thin.
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    My beartooth bullets have shipped. Looking forward to 525 gr projectiles.
     
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    My casting section is about done. I’m ready to get this operation off the ground. I have a deal with one of the local tire shops, save their lead wheel weights for me in a bucket. Most of the time it goes in one ear and out the other. Mechanics understand beer. Needless to say, I have a growing stash...
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    I made a heat sink for my moulds between castings. Free from a computer shop, wired to a plug, same VDC, to run the fan. I took a dremel and cut scallops into the plastic scoop—intake/exhaust. Works good, simple.
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    I’m starting off with .45ACP using a H&G 68 clone made by Saeco. This is one of the older ones, the meplat has sharper lines. Should drop at 200-205 grains.
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    I also have a Lee mould for 230 grain LRN, similar to ball ammo, but tumble lubed. Then onto .357, .44, .45 LC and ease into rifle.
     
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    Has anyone seen the new Frankford Arsonal press? Looks pretty darn good.
     

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