Black & Blue

Reloader762

*Load Data Eligible M91/30 Mosin
Well it's Friday and my day off and my black and signal blue powder coat came in this week from Smokes over on CastBoolits so I coated up 200 of each color of the Lee .365 120 gr. TC bullets I cast up last weekend. The black didn't coat as well as I had hoped it would which could have been the humidity as it was up quiet a bit today after a week of steady rain. Before I ever put the black bullets on the tray I threw in a 1/4 teaspoon of white PC sometimes that or a little clear helps with coverage plus it gives a different affect and they look much better.

I have them all sized and ready to load, I just need to spend a couple of hours at the bench and get that done.

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Reloader762

*Load Data Eligible M91/30 Mosin
@Reloader762 The bullets look great! I like the blue color. The black looks sharp also. On the black is that only coated once?

The big Brown truck just dropped off a box from Eastwood for me. Got Ford Lt Blue, Lime Green and Signal Red, cant wait to try them out. Doing my Happy dance! 🕺

Reb
It's only one coat on the black but I tumbled it twice. The first time the black didn't take that well by itself so I added a bit of white to the mix tumbled it again and it coated much better. The humidity was pretty high around here yesterday and that may have had something to do with it but not sure. Sometime I just get some powders that don't coat well no matter what I do, thats why I buy small samples to begin with.

I will be interested in seeing how the Lime Green turns out, been thinking about trying that color.
 
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Reb Tyree

Load Data Elibible CZ75B SA
It's only one coat on the black but I tumbled it twice. The first time the black didn't take that well by itself so I added a bit of white to the mix tumbled it again and it coated much better. The humidity was pretty high around here yesterday and that may have had something to do with it but not sure. Sometime I just get some powders that don't coat well no matter what I do, thats why I buy small samples to begin with.

I will be interested in seeing how the Lime Green turns out, been thinking about trying that color.
I'll post how the Eastwood Lime Green turns out. Thanks for the tip on the black. It will be my first time attempt at PCing the bullets. So far only have 50 bullets to PC.

Having issues regulating the heat on my Lee 4-20 pot. Nothing but headaches trying to regulate the temperature between 650 - 750 degrees.

I'll try again today, if I can't get it to regulate the temperature correctly then I'll be ordering a new Lyman!!! The 4-20 will only be used to make ingots.

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walterbunning

Load Data Eligible Ruger Blackhawk
Staff member
perature correctly then I'll be ordering a new Lyman!!! The 4-20 will only be used to make ingots.
Reb
That’s where I am with my 4/20 and the Mag 25. With my 4/20 I found that a setting of around “4“ kept my pot where I wanted it. But that would change as the level in the pot dropped. When it started to get too hot, I’d toss some sprues back in go cool the melt back down. It can be a constant effort. The PID controller ended the struggle. If I I had it to do all over again, I’d have started with the Mag25. Hindsight!
 

Reb Tyree

Load Data Elibible CZ75B SA
That’s where I am with my 4/20 and the Mag 25. With my 4/20 I found that a setting of around “4“ kept my pot where I wanted it. But that would change as the level in the pot dropped. When it started to get too hot, I’d toss some sprues back in go cool the melt back down. It can be a constant effort. The PID controller ended the struggle. If I I had it to do all over again, I’d have started with the Mag25. Hindsight!
@walterbunning That's exactly where I'm at with the 4-20. So now after an hour I've finally got it to stabilize at 725-750 for about 10 minutes. then it's back to 800 plus a setting of 4, the fluctuating back to 800+ degrees according to my Rcbs lead thermometer.

I'm about to call it a day and go order the Lyman!

Out of 35 pours, I have one good bullet. Lead is correct, moulds are heated on a single burner hot plate. Lead was fluxed with beeswax. This is supposed to be fun, not a total headache!!! 🤨😡🤪🤨😐🤔
 

Reb Tyree

Load Data Elibible CZ75B SA
@walterbunning Took a break to mow the lawn before tomorrow, looking at a hot spell for a week or so of temperatures over 100+.

I came back and decided that I would try again to cast some 9 mm,125 gr, RN, out of my Lee 6 cavity mould. Temp stabilized at 725 for now. Knocked out 50 so far.

Decided that I will order the Lyman Mag 25 and be done with all the headaches of the Lee 4-20.

I'm going to PC this batch in the Eastwood Lime Green later today if all goes well.

I apologize to @Reloader762 for changing the subject of your post concerning my issues with my Lee 4-20. I'll post how the Lime Green turns out for you.

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Reloader762

*Load Data Eligible M91/30 Mosin
Those two colors applied pretty nice. Their both good colors.

Highboy
The signal blue was no problem, blue always seem to cover very well, the black didn't want to cover all that well no matter how much I tumbled it. You could tell it wasn't going to turn out well right off the bat so I added about a quarter teaspoon of white powder I had and it did the trick. I probably want try straight black again till Winter gets here.
 

76Highboy

Load Data Eligible Ruger SR1911
Staff member
The signal blue was no problem, blue always seem to cover very well, the black didn't want to cover all that well no matter how much I tumbled it. You could tell it wasn't going to turn out well right off the bat so I added about a quarter teaspoon of white powder I had and it did the trick. I probably want try straight black again till Winter gets here.
Is that because of higher humidity levels in the winter?

Highboy
 
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