Standing tall bullets for PC

Will

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Maybe I’m just not a steady hand but recently I’ve had a time trying to stand 30 cal bullets for PCing. I never can make it to the oven with a tray before stuff starts falling over.
Does anyone have a solution for this? I plan to shoot these at higher velocities so I want to the coating very uniform.
I have seen some use silicone ice trays but I’m still not sure if it leaves spots from contact on the sides on the bullet.
Let me know what’s working for you.
 

JWFilips

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Will
If you can find yourself a perforated plate That would allow you to set the bullets in nose first the bad marks would be on the ogive...If you are lucky like me the metal perf area doesn't touch my rifling nor my chamber!

When you get older you tend to shake more! I have used plastic bullet trays in the past to set my bullets on the silicon sheet Like nice little soldiers ! however recently I can't lift the darn plastic holders off the 50 bullets with out tipping over the whole mess! because I shake at the last moment!
 

Will

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I’m only 34 but I’m already developing arthritis in my hands pretty badly. Can’t seem not to be shaky when I’m handling a tray of bullets.
I may try some type of a perforated sheet.
 

JWFilips

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In my job ( Commercial Photographer 47 years) I have accumulated a lot of junk! I had two big clients in the past that were companies that perforated metal! So I had a good bunch of samples of their products! Never realized that it would pay off in my later hobbies!
Stainless steel aluminum etc all types of perf! So I finally repurposed them for PC coating!
 

Rick H

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plastic spacer from a box of cartridges..put the bullets in point first. Put the Tray on top turn the tray and bullets and spacer right sideup and place in oven....carefully lift tray off the stacked and aligned bullets.
 

popper

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45cal spacer with the bottom of the hole ground off. Pick up nose first with hemostats, drop in hole. Fill tray and pick up the spacer. I use a steel plate, NSAF covered, get 100 per tray. I cook on a hotplate with a ceramic tile on it. Set to high and leave for 1/2 to 1 hr depending if I WD. I cover with a plastic baking dish from her. Use 2 pliers to move off the hotplate to cool.IMG_0007.JPG
I did use the perf. plate when I was ESPC & using oven. This is MUCH easier!
 

Ole_270

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fiver

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I drop them point down on a piece of 1/4" hardware cloth I opened the holes on with a punch.
zero dollar cost option.
I'd have probably bent and drilled a piece of sheet metal to fit one of my baking sheets if I didn't have the screen on hand.
 

Will

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I use silicone mini ice cube trays for 25 and 30 cal boolets. Square holes that fit pretty well. Run them through the oven one cycle empty to burn off the release agent on them when new.

I powder coat and place in the tray, then put the whole thing in the oven on the normal metal tray. works real well.
Do these trays leave any marks where the silicone contacts the bullet?
 

Ole_270

Active Member
I didn't notice any, been several months since I ran any of them. I was expecting to see fins on the bases when the paint flowed down the shanks but they looked good.