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Fun With Powder Coating

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Scott F, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. Scott F

    Scott F Oregon City, OR Active Member

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    A little girl seems to hang around my back yard from time to time asking questions and telling stories as only little girls can. I don't mind, if fact she is kind of special to me and I know she is missing her daddy. He is on his third tour in the sand box as one of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. Anyway, she shows me her pink My Little Pony and tells me they are real and someday soon they will all come to life, millions and millions of them all real pony size for little girls to catch and ride.

    Got me to thinking, millions and millions of them roaming around the neighbourhood waiting for little girls to catch them could become a problem.

    The next day my nephew drops by and asked me to cast him up a bunch of 38 bullets and powder coat them. My old man brain got me to thinking why not have some fun and make My Little Pony defence bullets. So into the powder coating tub goes a spoon full of white and a spoon full of red. It worked so well I went ahead and coated some 45 bullets for my 45 Colt just in case some of those pink ponys get real real big, like draft horse big.

    The Results surprised me.

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    Then I got to thinking about some of the powders I have that work real well and a couple I have that will not work with the shake and bake method at all. Would a mixture work? So into another tub goes a spoon full of white that works and coats like a dream along with a high gloss black that only works with a powder coat gun. Bingo, it comes out speckled and make a dark granite coloured coating. I thought they were kind of cool too.

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    That is what you get when you let an old man play unsupervised. :grin:
     
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  2. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I bet the powder coating makes it easier to get those slugs out of ones nose, yeah?


    :D
     
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  3. Scott F

    Scott F Oregon City, OR Active Member

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    You bet it does. Please don't ask how I know. ;)
     
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  4. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    What effect will the powder coat have on the barrels rifling?
     
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    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  6. Scott F

    Scott F Oregon City, OR Active Member

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    None. Folks have been doing it a coupe of years now and shot way more than I have and report no adverse reactions. I have a Blackhawk in 45 Colt that has never seen anything but powder coated cast. I comes clean tithes just a swipe of a patch. It is inexpensive to start, a lot easier than conventional lubing and sizing and a lot less messy. You can shoot soft lead as fast as a handgun can push them.
     
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  7. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    :eek: :eek: :eek: I was thinking about that little girl....And how she'd react when you told her about the "Special Bullets" for all those pink ponies!
     
  8. Scott F

    Scott F Oregon City, OR Active Member

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    I ain't dumb enough to tell her. Getting my tail whupped by a little girl is bad for one's reputation! :eek:
     
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  9. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Rainbow bright!

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    lol
     
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  10. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Shoot a little faster as the coating is slicker than lead.
     
  11. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    @Scott F
    I would have never thought powder coating a bullet could be fired. I figure it would have galled the rifling.
     
  12. TM-Salem

    TM-Salem Salem Active Member

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    I have been powder coating lead bullets for the last 3 years, The powder bonds to the lead at a molecular level and becomes a jacket. If you do it correctly (the correct temp for the correct time) there will be 0 leading in your barrel and your barrel will last a very long time. There are people that have well over 100,000 rounds with powder coated bullets through their handgun barrels and they say that they still look brand new.
     
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