Myopia: (n) a lack of foresight or discernment: a narrow view of something
Is there a video or transcript of your presentation at Lecompton?
BW: Best that's available is this newspaper account. I wonder if I can attach my powerpoint here - that would give you a lot better idea than the paper. Giraffe: One of the things I've learned about zinc is it is very bad for making cast bullets. As in a small amount ruins your alloy permanently.I read that - it seems that many many people have made that mistake, usually by missing a zinc wheel weight or 5...But I did read a piece by a guy in Germany who couldn't get lead, so he cast bullets with 100% zinc. He claimed it worked just fine.I may try it, but it would be a last resort.
I just read about pure zinc boolits* the other day.The correct term is in fact "boolit"
The correct term is in fact "boolit"I have so much to learn...
I am a beginner myself, having cast only a hundred boolits or so.
Once you've cast, do you harden them? Add gas checks? And if not, have you found them to fire measurably dirtier than FMJ? While I'm a stickler for a clean gun, I can't say I enjoy cleaning it enough to do more than I have to...
I have done nothing but cast, lube and shoot. I bought Lee tumble lube dies. Supposed to make it simpler. Somewhere I read that these don't need to be sized, so I haven't done that. It is very simple, but...I measured some bullets and they are a few thousandths out of round. Now, I am thinking about buying a sizer. But first I should see if it even matters, accuracywise. I'm not sure I'm a good enough shot with a handgun to tell.As far a gas checks, I haven't used them. I've been reading quite a bit in some old Handloader magazines. I guess Elmer Kieth thought gas checks were a waste. They are unnecessary if your bullets are of the proper hardness and fit your gun. Might be easier to use a gas check than get all that right. In a rifle cartridge, a gas check is needed above a certain power level.I was always biased towards jacketed bullets, but I've learned that in a handgun at least, a cast bullet is no handicap.I haven't noticed much in the bore for fouling. Hard to see down there. Leading in the bore is caused by improper lubing or gas blow-by. Blow-by means you are pushing too hard (need a gas check) or your allow is too hard and the bullet doesn't upset to fill the bore. I understand leading can be a pain to get out.
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