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    Today, 03:47 PM
    After nursing a hurt back for a week I ventured back to the loading room for a little while today. I started resizing a gallon can of 380's. Prolly knock off in a bit and continue tomorrow.
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    Today, 03:42 PM
    I was thinking the same thing. I like small ingots when adding to my casting pot because they don't cool the melt so bad. And I like for them to fit into my pot. I guess if you have tons and tons of scrap to smelt that larger ingots go faster. I can...
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    Today, 03:34 PM
    I've broken pins because of pea gravel in the case. Add a cobweb or two and the pea gravel won't shake loose. When I reply to those threads about "best dies" I often mention the advantages of having the same brands. That gives you the option of...
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    Today, 01:26 PM
    I'll also be another to recommend the Lyman. The Lee also has a loyal following. As far as straight data goes, it never hurts to have a few opinions for comparison.
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    Today, 01:07 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Anniversary in Our Town
    Congratulations on the Anniversary! Sorry to hear about your Wife's health problems. Sorry to hear about sparky's Wife's health problems too. You guys are stand up guys for sure.
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    Today, 01:02 PM
    I'm not an expert but I have a limited amount of experience with this. My experience is with power lines, different than a sewer pond for sure. With my company, the company rep will research property values in the area and attempt to buy the right...
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    Today, 09:12 AM
    I think this pretty much nails it! Lots of ways to skin a squirrel. Something beats nothing!
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    Today, 09:09 AM
    Yeah Firefighter, thats the one I mentioned in post #8. That one is a real beauty!
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    Today, 08:59 AM
    The only Lee die I have is a universal decapping die but I do use their trimmers some. You should try them before selling them, they work ok. I only use trim dies when I'm forming cases and have a lot of material to remove. My bench is inside and...
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    Today, 08:42 AM
    It sounds like you are off to a good start. Networking works. It just takes a while sometimes. Your roofer may or may not call. He may also tell you about another source. The way these things work, you just never know. Kinda like fishing! I'm still...
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    Today, 08:22 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Hazardous exposure in Our Town
    You know that they breed, right? Ya gotta keep them separated.
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    Yesterday, 04:09 PM
    This site needs a like button! We do this a couple times a year even though we are in Arkansas.
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    Yesterday, 01:54 PM
    Thanks for the link. Thats quite a setup. I probably saw your original post but didn't remember it. Love isotope lead. Its about the cleanest lead I have ever used.
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    Yesterday, 01:31 PM
    Pink brass sounds like too much Citric Acid. It takes very little. It depends on your water hardness but a 380 or 9mm case is plenty in a 15# drum. I started a thread a few weeks ago about my brass occasionally coming out dull. I about decided that...
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    Yesterday, 01:22 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Two years out in Our Town
    Having been through a few shortages I'm just maintaining now. Shoot a few, buy a few. No panic buying and no runs on components for me. If you're not well stocked up buying a little extra along would be a good idea.
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    Yesterday, 12:47 PM
    I started with a homemade burner from a water heater, a medium size Dutch oven and 1 Lyman mold. I quickly tired of waiting for the single mold to cool. I tried cooling the mold in a pan of water and/or on wet towels and also quickly tired of that....
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    01-16-2019, 11:51 PM
    I use a homemade jet burner on a homemade stand. About 30-32 in tall. The base is a blade off of a levee disc. The burner is made like a weed burner. I've never measured the propane usage to calculate the BTU output but I estimate it to be around...
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    01-16-2019, 10:48 PM
    Cool project!
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    01-16-2019, 07:22 PM
    Glad it worked ok for you. Just curious, what job does that motor do?
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    01-16-2019, 10:30 AM
    lightman replied to a thread My 105 shell in Vintage Ammo
    Thats a cool picture! Thanks for the explanation. I'll bet humping those guys would wear a guy out! I have a hunting buddy that was assigned to an artillery battery in Vietnam. I'm not sure if they were 105's or 155's. He has a crippled up hand...
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    01-16-2019, 10:22 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Babbit in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I agree with Roger that lead in its original form is more valuable for resale if that form is identifiable. Factory ingots stamped with the foundry name, linotype in type form, foundry type, monotype, solder bars ect. A linotype pig was once one of...
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    01-16-2019, 09:58 AM
    It been my experience that they are hard. Harder than factory which seem to be fairly soft and harder than the wheel weight alloy that I typically cast with. Some of the reason for this may be for trying to avoid damage during shipping. If you...
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    01-16-2019, 09:50 AM
    I do most of my casting in the Spring. I'll start pretty soon since we have been having a mild winter and I'll go up to early Summer or until it get too hot for comfort. I cast in my shop. Its not air conditioned but I do have a gas stove that I...
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    01-16-2019, 09:03 AM
    Wow, Sorry to hear about all of your health problems. Hope things smooth out for you soon. Good Luck with SS too!
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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