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    Today, 12:53 PM
    This is pretty much my sentiments too. No doubt its a fine press. It would cost me a small fortune to buy enough die lock rings to convert all of my dies. If I bought one of these I would look into some of the custom jaws and springs that are...
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    Today, 12:43 PM
    Probably not. Most vibratory units are not water tight. Even then, I doubt you would get enough action from a vibratory unit. You can get pretty good results with a vibratory machine by adding some automotive polish to the corncob media.
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    Today, 12:30 PM
    I would have expected it to be the other way around, 95% tin. But a google search shows shootinfox to be correct. It looks like its 94.5% lead, 3.3% tin and 2.2% antimony. If it were mine it would go head first into my next wheel weight smelt. Nice...
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    Today, 12:10 PM
    Mine started leaking badly a few years ago and prompted me to tear into it. I found the "O" rings to be difficult to find. I got mine at a friendly implement (Case IH) dealer. If I did it again I would buy everything from Lyman. Thats not easy to...
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    Today, 12:19 AM
    I've always oiled mine and degreased them with either brake cleaner or electrical contact cleaner. Once, long ago, I decided to skip degreasing the one I was going to use and just let the lead burn it off. Well, it didn't! And I'm not sure if it...
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    Today, 12:12 AM
    Resized a coffee can of 380's that I started yesterday. Stumbled onto a nearly full coffee can of 44 specials that I resized also. Messed around and knocked over my shell holder rack so I had 20 something shell holders to sort!
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    Today, 12:04 AM
    I have used both "squeeze" and "pull". Never have used the word press. On my benchrest trigger I just caress it.
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    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    lightman replied to a thread What is This Boolit? in Cast Boolits
    I lubed mine with my fingers.
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    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    Saturday Night bump! Still looking!
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    Yesterday, 04:05 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Smelting pot in Casting Equipment
    We all started off that way. Returning a PM with my contact info. Looking forward to it.
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    Yesterday, 03:37 PM
    I stack mine in milk crates too. I have a few stacked on the outside wall in the store room and some more stacked on the outside wall of the shop. I would like to have them in the same place but I don't want to crack the concrete. I'm thinking the...
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    Yesterday, 03:17 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Smelting pot in Casting Equipment
    I cast about once a week, starting about the end of the winter and go up until early summer. I also smelt my years collection of lead about the same time. I usually have a buddy or two down for this. You would be more that welcome to come down and...
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    Yesterday, 09:07 AM
    Like someone else posted, you will get a lot of ideas. It really depends on what the environment is like at your location. When you are tying different methods be sure to check on the occasionally and look for rust. Its very humid here where I...
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    Yesterday, 08:40 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Smelting pot in Casting Equipment
    That sounds like a 100# bottle and I don't know the thickness. A quick google search didn't help either. Sorry.
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    01-18-2019, 11:06 PM
    lightman replied to a thread crimping and tension in Cast Boolits
    Usually so unless its a rifle with a tubular magazine. Shaking it is not a good test but pushing the nose of the bullet against the loading bench is.
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    01-18-2019, 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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    01-18-2019, 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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    01-18-2019, 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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    01-18-2019, 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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    01-18-2019, 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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    01-18-2019, 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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    01-18-2019, 09:12 AM
    I think this pretty much nails it! Lots of ways to skin a squirrel. Something beats nothing!
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    01-18-2019, 09:09 AM
    Yeah Firefighter, thats the one I mentioned in post #8. That one is a real beauty!
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    01-18-2019, 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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    01-18-2019, 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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    01-18-2019, 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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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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