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    Yesterday, 09:11 PM
    The big city yards around here won't sell to the public either. You have to hit up the small places, the mom and pop places.
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    Yesterday, 08:54 PM
    lightman replied to a thread That's a wrap in Cast Boolits
    Good Luck in the new job. But don't be a stranger. Life and Family have a way on interfering with our hobbies. Your equipment, if stored properly, will still be there when you get back to it. Do what you need to do and come back to this as you can....
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    Yesterday, 08:48 PM
    There are many sources of lead. A lot of us casters are scroungers. You have to look for it. You have to always be on the lookout for it! Ask your friends, family and co-workers to be on the lookout for you. Ask at your local tire shops. Check...
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    Yesterday, 09:39 AM
    The top picture is pretty blurry but it looks like a P-38. The next is either an M-1 or M-2 Carbine. The big stack of rifles look like Mauser's. The Sub being fired looks like a MP-40. It also looks like a MP-40 and a Thompson laying by the Jerry...
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    Yesterday, 09:21 AM
    WOW, Glad you were not injured! It seems like you have covered everything. Your loading technique seems to be in order, and safe. You weighed the charges and double checked them. Correct bullet weight. New brass. Correct powder, and not mixed up....
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    03-23-2018, 02:14 PM
    If I really needed or wanted it I would go back with a small bottle of acid and an eye dropper and test for zinc. If it passes the zinc test you can then determine if its soft or hard. But you're not going to know the alloy by hardness.
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    03-23-2018, 02:04 PM
    lightman replied to a thread cleaning loaded ammo in Cast Boolits
    I've tumbled loaded ammo in corncob or walnut media before. Just beware that if the bullets, like ap or tracer, have any paint that it may be removed also. I've never wet tumbled loaded ammo so I don't know how that would work.
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    03-23-2018, 11:59 AM
    I'll take it. PM on way.
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    03-23-2018, 08:16 AM
    This is true, moisture can lurk anyplace including a metal spoon. I should have added that to my reply. Thanks for adding this warning!
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    03-22-2018, 09:25 AM
    My Wife recently bought me an inexpensive label maker that has proven to be very useful in the loading room. One of those would work great. A sharpie would also work. It just depends on how neat you want it to be.
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    03-22-2018, 09:17 AM
    I stir the lead in my pot and scrape both the sides and bottom but I use an old spoon. The humidity is high enough around here that I'm hesitant to use a paint stick. A few times I have gotten a hiss, spit or a rumble that I did not like!
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    03-22-2018, 09:12 AM
    Nice Score! Your Toyota will probably be mad at you for a few days but you got the lead home!
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    03-21-2018, 08:04 PM
    lightman replied to a thread linotype? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Linotype alone may be a little hard straight up. You might do better to cut it with some soft lead. The bullets will also be brittle and they will fill out so well and shrink so little that they may be hard to shake out of the mold. Size is more...
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    03-21-2018, 07:56 PM
    When I'm using a mold with a trough I fill the one furtherest away from me first and tilt the end closest to me up. All of my H&G molds are a joy to cast with.
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    03-21-2018, 07:50 PM
    Sad news! Prayers for everyone involved!
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    03-21-2018, 07:48 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Venison?? in Our Town
    I agree, it should be ok. Freezer burn is something to watch for but easily can be trimmed off. I do try to organize the freezer where things don't stay that long. I'm getting where I really like vacuum sealed packaging!
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    03-21-2018, 07:24 PM
    Here’s a nice example of that press. I thought posting ebay links was not allowed? Max, you are correct. Thanks for pointing that out.
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    03-21-2018, 08:41 AM
    lightman replied to a thread CCI Primers in Reloading Equipment
    CCI have been my first choice every since I started loading. Primers are very trouble free for the most part but I have had fewer issues with CCI than with other brands. You can't go wrong with CCI so buy with confidence.
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    03-21-2018, 08:23 AM
    I usually place a large order for powder and primers with Powder Valley every couple of years. I'll get a group of buddies together and we will order the maximum amount that will ship in one box. Unless you can catch a sale they beat most places on...
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    03-20-2018, 10:43 PM
    Yes, .452 diameter and 200 grains.
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    03-20-2018, 10:27 AM
    I'm not a PID expert but yes, it matters. The supply wire from the source and the load wire from the SSR need to be big enough for the intended load. Anywhere from #16, #14 or #12 would work. I'm sure some of the guys that build them will be along...
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    03-19-2018, 09:46 PM
    Sending a PM!
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    03-19-2018, 02:59 PM
    This is true if you plan to sell. But if I were planning to cast with it I would want it to be in some consistent form. And I'm not going to sort several buckets of type!
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    03-19-2018, 02:53 PM
    That was a decent price. Just reinforces what I've said about lead still being out there if you look.
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    03-19-2018, 02:43 PM
    Welcome Aboard! Those are pretty good for a first effort. The shiney ones are from the mold or alloy not being hot enough and they are not completely filled out. The dull ones are frosted from being a little too hot but are well filled out. I...
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    03-19-2018, 02:20 PM
    I want to sell a nice 4 cavity H&G 68BB mold with handles. $155 Shipped anyplace the USPS will ship flat rate to. I'll take a check or USPS Money Order. I'll be happy to answer questions or send more pictures but the first public "I'll take it" gets...
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    03-19-2018, 10:43 AM
    It good to see that you are getting that nice old mold back into useable condition. The H&G molds that I have are a pleasure to cast with.
    32 replies | 572 view(s)
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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