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    Yesterday, 10:51 AM
    I think the newer sets will even do the 45 GAP.
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    Yesterday, 10:46 AM
    That sounds like a fair price. I will usually go up to 75% of new price for equipment in good condition. Less is better of course, but you also need to consider the availability of the equipment.
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    Yesterday, 10:36 AM
    I've never considered the value of my time for my hobbies. I'm retired now, but when I was working free time was hard to come by. Especially in the Spring. Often I would have to choose between working and making money or being off and relaxing. But...
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    09-22-2017, 12:53 PM
    Looking forward to seeing more on this. I always enjoy seeing your projects and admire the workmanship that you put into them.
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    09-22-2017, 12:48 PM
    I'm not sure that we are all on the same page here. There seems to be some confusion in defining "compound linkage". My first press, an old Herters "C" frame press, had a much simpler linkage than my Rockchucker has. You had to stand up and...
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    09-21-2017, 12:33 PM
    Not at the loading bench but I sorted another bucket of wheelweights. The more you do the easier it gets. Kinda boring though!
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    09-21-2017, 12:18 PM
    Oh yeah, you are all set then.
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    09-21-2017, 12:14 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Casting flux in Our Town
    I need some, wish I was close to you. I would just put it out with the trash. It seems a waste but you can buy a bag at the farm store for a fraction of the shipping cost. Be careful with the flowers, sometimes the rosin in fresh pine will hurt them.
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    09-21-2017, 09:22 AM
    The alloy separating out and not mixing back in is my major concern. Sorting this stuff is going to be a major job, but I am retired and usually have a few slow boring months in the winter after hunting season. Probably no worse than sorting...
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    09-21-2017, 08:54 AM
    lightman replied to a thread TexasGrunt in Cast Boolits
    I attempted an Email today. Hoping to hear something back. He has had a rough time and I'm getting concerned. Hope all is well!
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    09-21-2017, 08:44 AM
    lightman replied to a thread I want SHINY brass in Our Town
    Any polish will work. The automotive line of stuff available at Walmart is just cheaper than the stuff sold to reloaders. NuFinish is a favorite but most any brand, even the store brands will do the job. A splash of mineral spirits helps cut it and...
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    09-21-2017, 08:38 AM
    I've hooked up some of those surplus generators for some of the volunteer fire departments and police stations around here. They are like most military equipment in that they are over built and are tough and durable. I could have got one for myself...
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    09-21-2017, 07:25 AM
    Me and Biggin just bought 20 buckets of weights. They were level full, leaving enough room to snap a top on them. The clip-on weights went from 130# to 160# and the stick-on weights were a little lighter at between 110 and 120#. These were weighed...
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    09-21-2017, 06:40 AM
    I like Redding and Wilson seaters. The RCBS competition seater that I had did not do anything that a standard seating did did not do according to my group sizes. The loading window was very convenient though, a nice touch. The older Bonanza...
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    09-21-2017, 06:30 AM
    If I ever move and build again my floor will be 6 or even 8 inches and will have both wire and rebar in it. Buy once cry once!
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    09-21-2017, 06:24 AM
    Its still in the upper 80's here and may hit 90 this week. My casting will start up again after hunting season. I've been sorting wheelweights and its even warm for that unless I turn the fan on. But, it will eventually cool off.
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    09-21-2017, 06:09 AM
    Tom, you can reinforce those shelves by bolting or screwing a piece of angle iron under them. I done a few of mine by using electrical strut. You can get it in different thicknesses, different finishes and with different size holes or no holes in...
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    09-21-2017, 05:57 AM
    lightman replied to a thread I want SHINY brass in Our Town
    The level of shine on your brass is a personal thing. Its kind of like your car. Some guys wash and wax their car every weekend. Some never do. The main thing is that you don't want dirt and grit in your dies or chamber. Also sizing dirty brass will...
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    09-20-2017, 10:30 PM
    The recent thread on type metal hardness inspired me to start this thread. I have three 5 gallon buckets of type. Its mixed foundry, mono and maybe a little lino. I've had it for about 40 years. I'm thinking about what to do with it. I'm considering...
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    09-20-2017, 11:14 AM
    I cast because I enjoy it and I like the satisfaction that I get from converting dirty nasty lead into nice bullets. At one time my equipment was paid for but not anymore. Between buying H&G molds, a Star sizer, a hot plate, a PID and a bunch of...
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    09-20-2017, 10:56 AM
    I have always liked RCBS molds and most of my casting is for 9mm, 38/357, 44 and 45. I've slowly been replacing these with H&G molds in the same calibers. These are a joy to cast with.
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    09-20-2017, 07:50 AM
    Are you still under the lead embargo? :)
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    09-20-2017, 07:47 AM
    lightman replied to a thread I want SHINY brass in Our Town
    Its an automotive polish. You can get a nice polish with corncob and automotive polish. It just does not quite get as shiney as stainless media and citric acid. That stuff comes out like jewelry! And it takes less tumbling time, if time is important...
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    09-20-2017, 06:39 AM
    I've never used anything except iron, except once. I've been very pleased with iron. Years ago, like 40 years ago, I had a Lee 2 cavity. Being nice, I'll just say it was problematic and did not earn a permanent place on my casting bench. I'm...
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    09-20-2017, 06:17 AM
    I would love to have some stainless ingot molds made from angle or channel. They have no moving parts and heat transfer would bot be a problem. I'm thinking a stainless bullet mold would be problematic for all of the reasons listed above. It would...
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    09-20-2017, 06:10 AM
    How do you measure the amount that you use as a sweetener? Mine are still in the original letter form and all mixed up. Mono, foundry and maybe some lino. I understand that if you ever sell any that the buyer usually wants it in the original form. I...
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    09-20-2017, 06:00 AM
    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I wish that I liked my buddies Seiko mold better as that bullet shoots very well in my Contender. I'll have to check out NOE. I have always been well pleased with any and all of the RCBS molds that I ever bought....
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    09-20-2017, 05:51 AM
    I'm thinking maybe a fake business card and a work shirt with a company name stitched over the shirt pocket. Maybe impress them with a disposable hazmat suit when you load up the lead! :drinks:
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    09-20-2017, 05:36 AM
    lightman replied to a thread I want SHINY brass in Our Town
    The level of clean that stainless media can get brass is actually scary. When I first started using stainless media I dug some brass out of the burn barrel at the range and tumbled it. Two hours had it cleaned up but it was not great. I changed the...
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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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