Silicone Pyramid Baking Mats?

Joshua

Active Member
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I’m gonna buy some silicone mats. Has anyone tried these textured mats? It seems that they would do a great job separating the bullets from each other.

On a deeper level. Am I worrying too much about small uncoated areas from the bullets sticking to the basket, or to each other?

Josh

p.s. I don’t have the patience to stand them up.
 

Kevin Stenberg

Well-Known Member
By laying the bullets on their sides that would eliminate tipping.
I use mostly NS tinfoil. With the bullets laying on their side. If the foil hasn't been used before i haven't found the PC to stick to the foil and there doesn't seem to be any dings on the bullets.
 

John G

Well-Known Member
Yeah you really don't need to be to anal about it. I used to stand them up in a rack I built out of 1/2 inch hardware cloth, and still do a times, but..... Been using wire baskets from Bed Bath and Beyond same as CWLONGSHOT. I just keep them from touching as much as I can. The baskets work well.
 
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Ole_270

Well-Known Member
For my 30 cal and under I've been using the mini ice cube silicone trays. If I remember right they hold around 160 bullets and work great on the long Saeco #315 clones as well as the smaller 260283. That one is a little hard to stand on end and move into the oven without some support. So far I haven't noticed any scuffing on the sides or uneven coating thickness.
 

Joshua

Active Member
Thanks for all the input. I just ordered a mini ice cube tray. I’ll do a test. A Wire basket vs Ice cube tray accuracy test.

But, I suspect that I’m not that good a shot that I’ll even notice a difference.

Josh
 
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CWLONGSHOT

Residing in New England
When I powder coat, as a rule I use a basket and only as many at a time as to keep them in a single layer. NOT CAUSE OF STICKING, Because of heat. A single layer better ensures same temp for all bullets.

I will use a smooth Silicone matt when the bullets are 35 and larger and I want a powder like Eastwood thats thicker a d does "stick" more in my baskets.

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This is Eastwood Vermillion. Its a nice brite color, but is thicker coating and shows many "kickies" from basket baking.

I agree THEY ARE NOT A PERFORMANCE PROBLEM. But, they dint look as good or professional. Sometimes, looks are important. ;)

CW
 

Joshua

Active Member
So, I bought one of these silicone ice cube trays.
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And then this happened. The PC slumped and fanned out at the base of the bullet. This is what the bases look like after sizing.
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So, I’m gonna go back to what I was using.
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You can’t say that Bullet Casters don’t recycle.
Check out my new silicone .32 ACP loading block! Bet I’m the first guy on the forum with one of these!!!
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Josh
 

Rick H

Active Member
Damn, I have one of those silicone ice trays on the way.....and no 32 ACP either. Sounds like it might be time for a 32 eh? :headscratch:
 

Ian

Notorious member
Sizing more than a couple thousandths in one shot is part of your issue there, Josh. If necessary, I pre-size to my final size before coating and size again after. With flat-base bullets I usually pre-size them backwards to reduce base finning.
 

Joshua

Active Member
Sizing more than a couple thousandths in one shot is part of your issue there, Josh. If necessary, I pre-size to my final size before coating and size again after. With flat-base bullets I usually pre-size them backwards to reduce base finning.

Yes, that is how I sized those mini-ice tray bullets. The checks were installed and sized at .311” before PC, and then final sized to .311” after PC. To show the difference here is a photo of a wire basket PC’d bullet that was also sized before and after coating. It has a nice clean, smooth base.
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I had actually hoped that by sizing the ice tray bullets that the pc “skirt” would sheer off. I’m now deciding on whether to cull them or try trimming with a razor knife.
Josh