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    Today, 11:02 AM
    I can take a empty case right off of the ground and run it through my Dillon and make a loaded round out of it. It will function and shoot just fine. But there are a few things that can jam up the process. One of them is getting a military case with...
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    Today, 08:28 AM
    I agree with Jeepy, I use all old/new 2400 in my 22 hornets and find little if any difference. If the powder was stored properly and unopened (smells good, looks good) I use it. If opened, use it as nutrition for your lawn, no questions.
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    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    Thats a nice haul! Every good score does not have to be measured in tons! Looks like a lot of soft lead.
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    Yesterday, 11:26 AM
    Hoping gdkmedic will come back! Looking forward to hearing more about this. Such as what it weighed, how he loaded and hauled it and how he melted it. I have my own methods but really like to hear about others methods.
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    Yesterday, 10:51 AM
    Weekly bump, still looking!
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    Yesterday, 04:53 AM
    I've found a few of those and yeah, they go in the trash. I also find some composite weights, a plastic looking thing.
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    01-14-2018, 10:38 PM
    The title sounded like you were thinking of shooting the bullets again! After reading more, I understand that you are talking about recycling range scrap! Many guys on here do and several have bullet traps. There is even a pretty good thread about...
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    01-14-2018, 10:33 PM
    I've seen plumbing lead in piles of construction trash at curbs in front of older houses before. You might cruse through older neighborhoods occasionally and look for any remodeling. I've seen shower drains and sheet lead piled up with old flooring...
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    01-14-2018, 10:27 PM
    The LE Community is a Brotherhood that usually sticks together. I would bet that you can get permission to mine that range. And yeah, moving a stash is a pain but most of us are more worried about running out than we are for whoever has to deal with...
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    01-14-2018, 10:22 PM
    My reply was to the original question, not noticing that it was from 2014. To kevin c--- I would think blocks or bricks, if stacked securely, would do to elevate your cooker. Most of the heat will be going up. I place a sheet of plywood under...
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    01-13-2018, 10:54 PM
    Networking! Yup, put the word out. The more eyes that are looking the better!
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    01-13-2018, 02:15 PM
    I'm envious of you guys that can find pewter. I find very little thats affordable. I depend on solder for my tin source and the rosin and acid core stuff is messy to work with.
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    01-13-2018, 02:09 PM
    I wish I could have found a stainless pot to use. I looked at my dutch oven today and there is a funky looking scale in it, left over from the flux. It will clean up, its just something else to do.
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    01-13-2018, 02:03 PM
    I use clip-on wheel weights in all of my magnum pistols. The BHN runs 12-14. I never have never used anything softer so I don't know how that would work. I have used harder alloy and it was not as accurate.
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    01-13-2018, 01:54 PM
    I would expect it to work ok. I would cast a few before I added any alloy. My biggest problem was getting the skirts to fill out. Adding a little tin would help on that.
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    01-13-2018, 01:46 PM
    I've melted wet lead before with no problem. I loaded the pot before starting the fire. The water evaporated or cooked off before the lead melted. The only wet stuff that has ever bothered me was jacketed bullets. I try to use a covered pot for...
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    01-13-2018, 01:40 PM
    I would try any of the medium range powders in whatever caliber you choose. I probably would stay away from the very slow and very fast choices. Pay close attention to any shot that does to sound right to you.
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    01-13-2018, 01:36 PM
    If your sample in original form was easy to bend I would expect a low reading, maybe even less than 8. But a swing from 8 to 19 makes me suspect an error in your testing. Thats wider than I have seen before. Even with the time frame and temp...
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    01-13-2018, 01:20 PM
    Glad this worked out for you. Good Luck in 2018!
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    01-13-2018, 01:18 PM
    There would have been welcome in Arkansas too! Good for Alabama, and good for the South.
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    01-13-2018, 10:02 AM
    Yeah, Thanks for the reminder. I melted a pile of solder the other day. Everything, ladle, skimmer and molds got to spend some time basking in the flame.
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    01-13-2018, 09:14 AM
    Slug your bore! :razz:
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    01-12-2018, 08:08 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Coww ? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    That sounds like a good friend! Wheel weights are about my favorite alloy and they are getting harder to find. I also hand sort all of mine. All I do is look at each weight and make a test cut on the suspicious ones. After a little while the zinc...
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    01-11-2018, 06:15 PM
    Melted a bunch of odd solder that I have saved up. Ended up with 24 1/2 pound ingots and 28 1 pound ingots of mixed solder. Hoping to melt wheel weights tomorrow, weather permitting.
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    01-11-2018, 06:10 PM
    It finally warmed up enough that I fired up the smelting pot. Because of the small amount of solder that I had I used my dutch oven instead of my bigger pot. I started off with 28# of dirty solder. A 5 gallon bucket of odd solder mostly on spools....
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    01-11-2018, 05:35 PM
    C'mon fellas, step right up! If you haven't held a Miha mold in your hands then you don't know what you are missing. The machining is absolutely perfect. The cost for these are incredibly low considering the quality of the mold, the time it takes to...
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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
GC Gas Check