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    Today, 05:56 PM
    Part of my bench is covered with bullets and brass and sometimes other junk, but the center where I work always is clean. I've always worked that way in everything and it works for me. I always put my tools and dies back up either when I'm done or...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 12:49 PM
    Well I got out this morning and took some donuts by the tire store. The owner, a young fellow, has been asking me what I did with them. So I remembered to pick up a freshly cast boolit to show him. He was impressed that something that clean could...
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    Today, 12:29 PM
    I hope it works out to be a good source for you.
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    Today, 06:14 AM
    Its another rainy day here and looks like a good day to stay inside. I'll probably put another batch of brass in the tumbler and head out to the shop to sort that bucket of weights that I scored yesterday.
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    Yesterday, 11:41 PM
    I have always got some fine scratches from my rifle dies. Ive tried steel wool on a bore brush spun in a drill, very fine sandpaper on a split stick, and scotch bright pad on a cleaning rod both spun by a drill. None of which really worked. It...
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    Yesterday, 07:41 PM
    That was defiantly a nice score. In that picture, I think I'm seeing a few stubs of bar solder, a few lead anchors and some fishing sinkers. I probably would test the lead anchors and the sinkers for zinc and consider it to be soft lead. Good Job!
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    Yesterday, 07:27 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Snow,snow and more snow in Our Town
    Us in the South have not had the snow that you Northern guys are getting but everyone seems to be having a worse than normal winter. We don't get much snow but our worst enemy is freezing rain. It can cause power outages that last for a week or more...
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    Yesterday, 05:29 PM
    Birch is strong enough. It can have weak spots if there is any burl or figure in it though. Plain grained birch is strong and tough.
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  • Bazoo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:03 PM
    It won't matter at all. The difference in alloy and lube will be more of an influence with regards to leading, accuracy, and performance.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:31 PM
    I just found a 3 gallon bucket of wheel weights by my garage door this morning when I got out. I have not tracked down the donor yet but the clue is the bucket! It appears to be a tire lube bucket which means I'll take a couple dozen donuts by the...
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    Yesterday, 11:55 AM
    I was trying to remember who made those for RCBS. I think you are correct.
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  • Bazoo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:24 AM
    It's common to have 7.62x39 ammo that measures .311 but run it through a .308 diameter bored rifle. If you look that up you'll find some threads and info about it. I was looking it up because I happen to have some .311 bullets and am thinking...
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    02-20-2019, 11:24 PM
    I use both large and small. Mostly large of recent though. If primers get scarce again come time they try to ban guns, I'll have more choices. I'd love to come across a stash of large primer 38's and 357's. I think they're neat.
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    02-20-2019, 11:19 PM
    Bazoo replied to a thread Help a newby out in Cast Boolits
    Agreed, very nice ingot moulds.
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    02-20-2019, 11:04 PM
    Maybe try a new recoil spring. Could be its weak and allowing the slide to cycle too quickly?
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    02-20-2019, 10:58 PM
    I find iron molds are a lot easier to keep the temperature in the sweet spot as compared to aluminum. Also, if you have a dab of lead you want to remove.... you can scrub it off with a brass brush or use a brass rod to pick at it. You'll scratch...
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    02-20-2019, 10:54 PM
    Bazoo replied to a thread Knife in Special Projects
    Nice, How'd you do the jigging?
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    02-20-2019, 12:15 AM
    I've really enjoyed this thread. I've never used a turret press, but I'm interested in them. That Redding t7 sure looks nice. Thanks all for this discussion.
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    02-20-2019, 12:06 AM
    Hmm, that is a situation. Wonder if +P loads would flatten out the trajectory.
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    02-19-2019, 11:50 PM
    Bazoo replied to a thread Paypal in Our Town
    I've only had one problem selling. Sold a police scanner for cheap and the buyer said it didn't work. I just let them have it. It was less than 10 dollars. Couple times I have had sellers not send me my items. Both times I got a refund. The...
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    02-19-2019, 01:59 PM
    It would be hard to beat a Promelt.
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    02-19-2019, 01:39 PM
    I like Country Gent's idea of turning a point on a 7/8 bar and making a pointed shell holder. But I'm not sure what I would do with any info that resulted from those test except that it would be interesting. In reloading presses, I doubt there...
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    02-19-2019, 12:43 PM
    Thats right! If you have the time, cleaner is defiantly better.
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    02-19-2019, 12:40 PM
    Welcome Aboard! Your 22 lead is going to be soft. You probably need to add some antimony and tin. Fit is more important than hardness but you do need a certain amount or hardness. Someone will probably be along soon with recommendations. The paper...
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    02-19-2019, 11:27 AM
    I've never had that problem with 45's but I have with 9mm's and 40 S&W's.
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    02-19-2019, 11:20 AM
    I expect there may be some steel and zinc weights in there but there should be more lead weights than you see now days. I would still sort them. I remember having an occasional weight that didn't want to melt even back in the 70's. I didn't know...
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    02-19-2019, 11:10 AM
    Started tumbling 9mm brass again today. Put the first load in about 0600. I'll dry and sort that load while another one tumbles. In between, I'll keep a fire going in the fireplace for Mama and Kitty and watch it rain!
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    02-19-2019, 10:52 AM
    I have seen several post mentioning range lead being slow to melt. I have not really noticed this, but I have a pretty big burner. The slowest thing I remember melting was reclaimed shot. The graphite and the oxidation insulated it and it melted...
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    02-19-2019, 10:42 AM
    I respectfully have to disagree! A well designed brake can reduce recoil. I'm thinking about putting one on my next 223 barrel just to keep from loosing site of the target during recoil. I'll also make a thread protector to use when shooting at the...
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    02-19-2019, 10:33 AM
    lightman replied to a thread What are they in Our Town
    I guess we all are going to leave some unknown stuff behind someday. My Sons and my shooting buddies know what most of my stuff is and I have gotten better at record keeping. Labels on lead ingots, load data on ammo, ect. But we all have odd tools,...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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