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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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    11-05-2017, 10:53 PM
    Sorted and stored away a bunch of brass. Added a few cartridges to my collection and updated my list.
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    11-05-2017, 10:48 PM
    When I have alternated molds I found it easier to get good bullets if the molds were made from the same material and the bullets were of similar size. An example, my 38 SWC mold has to be run hot and as fast as you can while you have to go slow with...
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    11-05-2017, 01:17 PM
    We just returned from another road trip with another 2800+ pounds. Our first load was; 152 150 140 133 130 149 150
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    11-05-2017, 12:59 PM
    Thats for sure! I was not feeling well that day and Biggin and the other fellow did most of the lifting!
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    11-05-2017, 12:56 PM
    Thats a fair price for most places and a great price in some locations! Me and Biggin just bought another 2800+ pounds from a fellow caster. We gave a little less than that for sorted wheelweights and a little more for some that was already in...
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    11-05-2017, 12:52 PM
    I doubt you can tell anything about the content by looking, only that antimony is present.
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    11-05-2017, 12:51 PM
    There is a free calculator, designed by a member here, that you can download. A quick search through the stickies should find it for you. Wheelweights are pretty close to your number already so I would think it would take very little lino to get you...
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    11-05-2017, 12:48 PM
    Like the others have said, water on lead is no problem. Water in the ingot mold will be a problem. Bugs or bird droppings offer no problem either. Now, a big White Oak Acorn can cause some excitement! So would hail! I would have quit as soon as the...
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    11-05-2017, 10:46 AM
    I enjoyed the "Series" even though I did not have a favorite team in it. I could not help but notice that all of the players stood for the National Anthem!
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    11-05-2017, 10:43 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Ed Freeman in Our Town
    I think this Hero actually past away a few years ago, maybe sometime around 2008 or so. Everytime I read that the hair stands up on the back of my neck! The movie "We Were Soldiers" depicts this Hero's actions.
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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