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Discussions of bullet casting, sizing, etc.

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carload9
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Postby carload9 » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:51 pm

http://i1113.photobucket.com/albums/k51 ... 155086.mp4

3/4's of a thousand dollar bill and aint even got it plugged in. WHY? Cause iam sizing hi-tek-superclean bullets, no lube & no heat. Now just a mrbulletfeeder.net collator to feed it.

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Sparky45
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Postby Sparky45 » Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:03 pm

How easy are they to size? Are you having to spray them with a lube such as Oneshot? My HiTek will be here soon as I get paid.

carload9
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no

Postby carload9 » Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:34 pm

no, just push em thru easy, and mine are .355

Hi-Tek is like kool-aide, or creme coffee, not paint.

I talked with Rick, Iam nuts, but i plan on a collator on this thang one day.

Its built pretty (star) darn good, huh?

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Postby Sparky45 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:54 am

They are very well built. Mine, while not new, looks exactly the same except I have a label on the base that says Star and made in San Diego. I went through the effort of having a air fitting machined for the top of the lube ram to hook air onto the press, just haven't got around to actually setting it up. Now, with HiTek I don't see the need. I'll be doing .45 and .38 with HiTek and maybe some 240gr .30 Cal for my 300 BlackOut. Show some video of your setup once you get going with the collator.

rowe_s
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Postby rowe_s » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:43 am

Very Nice.
I wonder though if the piston that injects the lube might wear from running with no lube in it.

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rowe/sparky

Postby carload9 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:26 am

It has grease in it. I could look in there steve. Eric told me to remove orings for hi-tek under the die.

It will be a while before i afford a collator sparky.

"Its shake and bake mama".

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twins

Postby carload9 » Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:57 pm

twins: are exprnsive.
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Postby rowe_s » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:02 pm

They definitely haven't changed much. I didn't think the post office would have it to you yet. It was just the 25th at 1 PM when I mailed it. Here it is 55 hours later and I?m typing this.

I'll probably regret parting with it. But you seem to be coming up with some pretty neat ways of doing things, so it will be interesting in seeing your final setup with everything.

carload9
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yes thanks.

Postby carload9 » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:48 pm

yes, thanks steve! I will install star bullet feeder on it at 120$ which is real fair for what you get. I want put heater on it, but maybe they will sell me base plate too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXbLxgJnBnI

My brain will think up a mechanical foot operated action with same cams turning that u see in this vid but quite on the ears, without noise of motor and air assist. No air is needed because i do not use lube. I know i use hi tek. I have been thinking of pedals/chain from a bike mounted on concrete garage floor. Just put a small sprocket where the motor cam is. You see the handle action working. In 3 or 4 months i plan on a mrbulletfeeder.net collator installed up above feeding star.
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rowe_s
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Postby rowe_s » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:59 pm

Midway has a Lyman heater for 52 bucks. I don't have any idea how it works compared to the one you have.

To bad I didn't come up with this in the early spring, maybe you would have wound up saving some money. But 2 of them will look neat set up on your bench.

carload9
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clean air

Postby carload9 » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:03 pm

I CANT DO SMOKE FROM MY PISTOLS AND I WANT MY GARAGE SUPER QUITE AS POSSIBLE. ALOX TURNED ME AGAINST SMOKING FIREARMS.

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Postby El Hombre » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:00 pm

rowe_s wrote:They definitely haven't changed much.


You got that right; I look in my old Handloaders Digest from 30+ years ago and everything was mucho expensive. Star seemed to stay on that course. Pretty much a niche item these days.

OP, why not try the bullets as cast and coated and see how they do? I read most of the Hy-Tech thread on Cast Bullets, I would try to eliminate as much handling of all that lead as I could.

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el hom

Postby carload9 » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:28 pm

el hombre, i am gunoil (if your talkin to me) , I started the sticky on castboolits. I will shoot no more alox but i will shoot hi-tek-supercoat as i am doing and i will have to shoot some pretty blue lube rings, but no more alox.

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Re: el hom

Postby El Hombre » Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:55 pm

carload9 wrote:el hombre, i am gunoil (if your talkin to me) , I started the sticky on castboolits. I will shoot no more alox but i will shoot hi-tek-supercoat as i am doing and i will have to shoot some pretty blue lube rings, but no more alox.


I was referring to you, the OP. Have you tried the hi-tek bullets without sizing? You might not need to do that extra step...My attention span is getting shorter as I get older. Just sitting there for a couple of hours feeding bullets into a sizer, can't do it.

carload9
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well yea.

Postby carload9 » Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:27 pm

well i have done a few, but some want go. And so the pros say,"it shoots straighter sized. Heck, i dont know. I am just not that good at 2 years. I dont know enough and 60 years old these tool help and i guess i just have a sickness of waisting my money on my shop. Good i only shoot pistol. I have a good lil' system cause i am amature. I did stick some in the brass other nite and might play with it again.

The magma star is a machine that does install beautiful clean blue lube in the ring with bullet feeder and sizing just comes along with the deal. I love mashing lead. If i was retired and had 3 grand i would get into swageing bullets, now thats some good mashing. I love the Hi-tek-supercoat til "nano supercoat" comes along.

Update: video sizing my hi-tek stained (coated) bullets.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sISgevoaTcU


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