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    Today, 08:04 AM
    Thats a nice score! Most of the scrap yards around here have been bought by bigger corporations and won't sell to the public. I agree, get it while you can. Reddirt, sorry to hear that news. Thats a tough lick, my Friend!
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    Today, 07:58 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Smelting pot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Nice looking work on your smelting pot. I welded handles on my pot, mostly to help when moving it around. They are handy when you want to empty the dregs out of the pot when changing alloys. I agree, that stand looks a little flimsy. It may hold the...
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    Today, 07:32 AM
    Older houses often used sheet lead for roof flashing and the gasket (often called a roof jack) around vent pipes was often lead. I've heard of lead window weights but I've never seen one. Most all of this lead is soft.
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    Today, 07:14 AM
    lightman replied to a thread 4th generation bowkiller in Our Town
    Congratulations to your Grandson! And to you and your Son for raising him that way. None of mine are that old yet, but the 9 year old Grandson killed his first deer last year with a rifle. The Guys at camp made a big deal out of it and he walked on...
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    Today, 07:08 AM
    Yep, I'm one too! Being fairly recently retired from a demanding job, I really enjoy the freedom. If I want to go to deer camp a few days early, I can. If I want to stay a few days after the season closes, I can. If I want to come home during the...
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    Today, 06:52 AM
    Thats quite a story and a true friendship! Thanks for posting this.
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    Yesterday, 08:11 PM
    I've got about a gallon can of mixed cable ends. They are a real mix, everything from heavy equipment to the cheap after market replacement ends. I plan to test each one with acid and then smelt them together. Then I'll drop an ingot or two into...
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    Yesterday, 08:02 PM
    Nice Score! It pays to keep your eyes open.
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    Yesterday, 06:31 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Wasn't gonna tell ya... in Our Town
    You have had a great week! Hope your weekend is just as good.
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    Yesterday, 04:49 PM
    Congratulations on selling. Hope your move goes smoothly and your new home is everything that you want it to be. Stay in touch.
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    11-09-2017, 10:29 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Of all the nights! in Our Town
    Sorry to hear about your continued pain. Hopefully someday they will find something that will work for you. Having had back problems most of my life, I feel for you.
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    11-09-2017, 10:26 AM
    lightman replied to a thread New family member in Our Town
    Congratulations on the new Family Member! He's a handsome little fellow.
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    11-09-2017, 09:28 AM
    lightman replied to a thread pickup trucks? in Our Town
    Get a full size 4 door truck of whatever flavor you like. If you are in a place with few dealers, choose a brand with a dealer near you. Most of them offer a choice in engines and most of the medium size ones get decent mileage. My Wife's Expedition...
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    11-09-2017, 09:02 AM
    I've loaded a lot of them but I prefer brass. It seems like I loose Nickel cases to splits sooner than brass. I've also had the Nickel peel off and once or twice stick to the inside of my sizing die. I had to polish this out as it scratched all of...
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    11-08-2017, 02:01 PM
    You might look at the opposite side of the wall that you plan to use. There may be a receptacle there that you can come from. Its not as good as a dedicated circuit but should carry a light and an electronic scale. This requires some experience but...
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    11-08-2017, 01:56 PM
    I think I'll let my loading bench answer this question. 1. RCBS---I have more of these than any other brand. 2. Redding---This is the brand that I have the second most of. 3. Dillon--- Mostly used on my 550. 4. Forster---A nice set of dies but...
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    11-08-2017, 01:44 PM
    Thats a nice score! Hopefully it is old enough to be zinc free.
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    11-08-2017, 01:25 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Tada! I'm back... in Our Town
    Welcome Back! Sorry to hear of your difficulties but it sounds like you are back on your feet.
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    11-07-2017, 07:50 PM
    Not in the loading room but me and Biggin just finished unloading the 2800# of lead that we bought over the weekend. We loaded it by hand but used my tractor to unload it. Having a beer now!
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    11-07-2017, 03:20 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Flux in Casting Equipment
    I use pine sawdust followed by wax when I'm smelting. I use wax or bullet lube when casting. I've used a few different kinds of sawdust and the pine seems to work better. I bought one can of Marvelux years ago and never used all of it. One can of...
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    11-07-2017, 03:14 PM
    Mostly a bunch of tinkering type stuff! Cleaned a bunch of loading dies and sorted through a box of odd cartridges and cases that were given to me. A lot of them were duds picked up at the range and I'll pull the bullets, dump the powder and deprime...
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    11-07-2017, 09:20 AM
    Thats a nice press. You will enjoy using it. Congratulations on the purchase.
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    11-07-2017, 09:10 AM
    I never find pewter so I'm not an expert. But, I would suggest smelting it. Some of it may be coated with wax or polish and maybe other stuff.
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    11-07-2017, 09:06 AM
    I use the Lyman "M" die on rifle cartridges but have never needed anything else when using my RCBS dies.
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    11-07-2017, 08:57 AM
    As a general rule, shot makes good casting material. The biggest challenge is that it often contains some trash. The worst will contain parts of the clay targets. The wood chips in yours will burn and make good flux. I would not make another step in...
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    11-07-2017, 08:38 AM
    I was really hoping that his treatments would get him into remission. RIP Friend!
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    11-06-2017, 02:46 PM
    Oh yeah, I have a hand truck too! I'm in the process of designing and building a device that you can scoot a 5 gallon bucket into and pick it up with a hoist or maybe the loader on my tractor. Traffer, we can't find weights in that quantity at...
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    11-06-2017, 02:35 PM
    First of all, I salute you for still being active in the shooting and casting community at 80. I only hope that I can make it to where you are someday. I too, wish you were a neighbor. To visit and drink coffee together, maybe shoot a little, talk...
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    11-05-2017, 11:00 PM
    Yeah, your original post says stick on in capitol letters but I guess I missed it anyway. But the calculator is still a nice tool. Sorry about that!
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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