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Looking For An Easier Way...

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by SILENTSOUL308, Dec 12, 2007.

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  1. SILENTSOUL308

    SILENTSOUL308 Member

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    I am looking for an EASY method of painting bullets tips. You know, you see the color coded tips for API,AP,Tracer,etc....does anyone know of something out there that is already made for doing this job and or something to make it easier? I know I could sit at a drill press for an hour and drill out fifty holes in a piece of wood to make a template, but I don't want to waste my time if I don't have to.....a little help anyone?

    :D:banghead:
     
  2. MDW GUNS

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    You wrote it yourself, make a make a template.
    While I would not make it with 50 holes, twenty will do and that does not take too long.
    Just use it more often!

    Noticing that you are from CA, I hope you have a good understanding what options you have in CA pocessing and manufacturing this kind of ammo?!
    Even in LE you have to watch very closly your back; too many attorneys in CA.
    By the way, you wouln't be in the Fresno area by any chance??
     
  3. presspuller

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    I color code the primers if I want to keep them seperate. I have sharpies in about 5 different colors.
    I would think with paint you are gonna smear all that paint down your bore.
    It would take some time but model car paint comes in tubes that goes on about like using a magic marker. It has a felt tip but dispenses paint instead of ink.
     
  4. MDW GUNS

    MDW GUNS Member

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    You only paint the tip and not where the bullet has contact with the barrel.
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    These are all factory bullets and not marked by me!

    The problem with marking the primer is, that if any of that paint can come off, it might plug up the firing pin hole.
    So you need to use a marker which does not do that!
     
  5. SILENTSOUL308

    SILENTSOUL308 Member

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    sorry fellas, I should have been more clear. I am trying to figure out an easier method for quickly identifying my bullets. I load for my 300WM and I have several different load for different temps, and conditions, etc...

    I am not loading AP,API, or Tracers, I was just using those as an example.....

    I am loading 100% legal components, like you said, I am in LE, I can't afford to be messing around with the illegal stuff, it's just not worth it.



    p.s. I am not from Fresno either.....:)



    thanks for the quick replies all.....It looks like I'll have to start drilling holes after all.....:banghead:
     
  6. MDW GUNS

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    I would take an old ammo tray from Blazzer or so to drill up.
    For the different load however, I would just get diffent ammo boxes and mark it outside on the box.

    Trouble with marking the bullets like in the picture is, that if on the range someone might think that they are trasers or .....
     
  7. Eljay

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    What about just dipping the tip in the paint?? or paint on one of those sponge brushes and roll the bullet on it? Stiffer paper (thin cardboard) and a hole punch. Use a smaller dia case (223?) and a small hammer to punch holes, BTW I do this when making gaskets in the garage, some times use a dremel to sharpen the case mouths. Ok? Now your turn, you'll figure it out!
     
  8. DWARREN123

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    Use different colored permanent markers, not paint, paint can cause problems on bullets and primers.
     
  9. rcmodel

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    Military ammo is marked with lacquer. It won't hurt your barrel.

    If I had to do it, I'd get a few pieces of cardboard, punch holes in it with a leather punch, and stick the bullet tips through it.
    Then paint them whatever color with a can of auto touch-up spray lacquer.

    IMHO: Seems to me you are making accurate rifle shooting way more complicated then it needs to be!

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  10. ReloaderFred

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    The paint needs to be thinned quite a bit and after dipping the tip of the bullet, the round needs to be suspended upside down until the paint is dry. The key is the thinned paint and upside down drying.

    Winchester used to use a resilient foam in their ammo boxes that would stretch. If you could find some of those old ammo boxes, the foam would probably hold the loaded rounds firmly enough to allow the paint to dry. If you can't find any, PM me and I'll send you a couple.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  11. bobaloo

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    How about different color sharpies on the bottom of the case rather than trying to paint the bullet?
     
  12. Quoheleth

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    Three steps.

    One: take a factory box - like the styrofoam Remington uses - and using a sharp knife, cut the bottom end off so that the tips of the bullets are exposed.

    Two: take a sponge or some kind of foam and moisten it with your paint. You could also use a stamp pad, if you can find one that uses ink that'll stick to the bullets. Paint/ink should be "thin" enough to just make a schmeer of color.

    Three: With your hand over the primer-end of the boxed cartridges, press the bullets, in the styro box, down into the sponge/pad to desired depth.

    OR...after each round comes off the reloader, dip it in the sponge, and then drop into the styro box to dry.

    Q
     
  13. Shoney

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    One of the problems with paint or lacquer is that it can chip off easily when it is to thick. If you have lead tip bullets, do as the lead head fishing jig makers do, soak them over night in vinegar, allow to dry, then dip in a thinned lacquer.

    Quoheleth explained one of the better methods I have used with the foam cartridge holders.
     
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