For those who may not know, art pencils are a cheap effective way to test the BHN of your bullet alloy.
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Kevin. I'm not sure that it matters? I have not heard this. I suppose it could make a difference but I don't see how. When I have some time I'll try it both ways and see if it makes a difference.I thought when trying to mark the ingots. You were supposed to push the pencil forward instead of sideways?
Count me among those that did not know this. I have the Lee hardness tester and am working on a stand for it as I have a hard time holding it steady enough to get an accurate measurement. What I like about the Lee is it has an accompanying chart to show how much pressure the alloy can handle. It allows me to load it accordingly and before I had that information, I was just guessing.
I have an art supply store nearby and plan to acquire those pencils. Much quicker than the Lee or others. Most of my alloy is just a guess as I scrounge for material and that simple pencil test is akin to magnet testing steel alloys. Just dandy.
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