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     Smoke4320 
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    Preheat oven to 400 degrees

    The way I Dry Tumble is to get a plastic container with a snap on lid that has a triangle and #5 stamped on the bottom (this is VERY important to get acceptable static). I have gone to using Ziplock S Round (2 cup) twist lock containers (Rubbermaid equivalent will NOT holdup). Others use cool whip containers.

    Add enough BLACK 25 gram Airsoft BB’s to cover about 1/2″ deep on bottom. (2 to 3 layers deep).

    Add 2 teaspoons of powder for cool whip containers (for the first load ONLY) in the S Round containers. 1 teaspoon is more than enough for subsequent loads.

    Add 50 to 100 bullets . The smaller ones like 223 would be 100, larger like 45ACP 230’s might only be 30 at a time.

    Snap on lid and swirl the container to the count of 30 then shake fairly hard up and down to the count of 30. Lift lid,
    If not coated enough close lid and repeat shaking .. don’t be afraid to shake HARD
    If coated well Pick up bullets one at a time with mini long needle nose pliers. Tap pliers on container edge to shake off excess powder back into container.

    Put bullets on cookie sheet lined with nonstick foil (will last many many cycles).
    Put in oven for 15 minutes. Pull out let cool and put in a bullet box.

    Oven. You need to be sure what temp the Oven is actually cooking at… your aim is between 375 and 400 degrees. Oven needs to be preheated before putting bullets in. I found my oven takes approx. 8 minutes to reach 380 degrees.

    Do a few small batches, say 10 bullets, till you find what temp YOUR oven gives a nice even flow to the powder. Too cool and you get clumps. Too hot and you get nice looking colored clumps melted lead puddles.

    A convection oven with a fan to distribute the heat evenly throughout the oven will give you an almost sprayed slick look.
    Walmart sells an Oster convection oven (biggest they carry) for $90-$99.00.. It does a great job ..
    Also pick up a couple of their heavy cookie sheets 11″ x 9″ if I remember correctly . now you can do 2 trays at a time 200-300 bullets in one cooking session

    Blue Nitrile gloves can be used to pick up bullets. So far other gloves have proven to not work (they will remove powder everywhere the gloves touch).

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    Smoke,

    Great write up. What brand powder coating would you recommend?

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     Smoke4320 
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    Mine of course see thread in vendors section for prices and colors

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