tinkertoy92 wrote:I made a bunch a couple months ago before discovering this forum, and I didn't get them even glowing orange- I heated them with a propane torch for about ten seconds a piece and then tipped them... it worked but I had to run them through the press pretty hard- I have since had my little brother who is borrowing my 22tcm while I'm in Europe switch to using an actual cutting touch with a wide angle tip. What I am told also works that I haven't tried yet is taking your lead melter (for those of you that also cast bullets) and holding the case head with a pair of pliers and dip the front 1/4 in the case in the molten lead, letting it soak in the molten lead for a couple seconds, and then pulling it and dumping it in a quenching bucket (the lead won't stick to non lead metals). I'll post results to this method the next time I'm stateside in January... the only other input I have on this topic is that a jewellers chopsaw from harbor freight ($25) with a sharpie mark on its vice at the proper length to cut the cases is invaluable for this process
You had to run them into the press "pretty hard" because you didn't heat them long enough. You ain't made to a Texan yet because you don't follow instructions. Don't you know that in order to become a Texan, you have to do exactly as the "Real" Texan tells you to! Now go back and follow my instructions, has worked in Texas for nearly 40 years and no process is better, simpler or cheaper to do yet, why it's because it's the way we do it in Texas. Have you caught on yet!
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