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    Today, 05:47 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Newbie here in Casting Equipment
    Welcome Aboard! Having a mentor flattens out the learning curve. Looking forward to hearing about your progress.
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    Today, 05:36 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Skin cancer in Our Town
    I guess I'm Lucky. I spent my youth outdoors and all of my working career. Often hatless and shirtless and no sun block. I'll be 61 soon and I've recently had a couple of spots burned off that were said to be pre-cancerous. It probably helps that...
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    Today, 09:14 AM
    I'm still looking for a couple of molds! Someone has to have one that they no longer use.
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    Today, 08:39 AM
    Nice Score on the pewter. I envy you guys that can find it. I recently went around to 8 stores and scored 1 small bowl for 50 cents. I did find a few fancy pieces but they were asking antique prices! I would not have melted those anyway. I was also...
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    Today, 08:29 AM
    I have several buckets of various type that I'll probably never use. I should dump them out and look through them to see whats in there. Everything from little tiny slivers to some fairly large blocks.
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    Today, 08:24 AM
    Thats not bad for a first effort. The bubbles are probably from the coating on your muffin tin and it will eventually cook away. The ingots are pretty dirty and I probably would remelt them. Get a couple of large cooking spoons from Walmart, a...
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    Today, 08:13 AM
    Nice Score on the pewter. I probably would have passed on the reloaded ammo too. I'll shoot a few friends reloads but not strangers and pistol bullets can be hard to pull.
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    Today, 08:05 AM
    Its been too long ago to remember the first. The turning point from failure to success was when I learned about mold temperature. My old Lyman pot had a cast iron liner and a pretty large lip and it made a fair surface for preheating the mold. It...
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    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    I don't use oil in my scale either. No doubt it would settle faster if I did but it works without it ok. Any 3 in 1 oil, gun oil or thread cutting oil should work. I don't see any reason that transmission fluid, power steering fluid or similar would...
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    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Skin cancer in Our Town
    Hoping you recover quickly.
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    Yesterday, 08:59 PM
    You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Keep the Faith. Please get someone to let us know how the surgery goes.
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    Yesterday, 10:32 AM
    lightman replied to a thread texting and driving in Our Town
    There are a lot of brain dead people on the road. It seems like Arkansas has more than their share.
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    07-19-2018, 10:02 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Which one of you did it? in Our Town
    It's been hot here too, for Arkansas, with high humidity. 101 for a few days last week. Then we caught a few rains and the temp dropped and the humidity went up even more. The heats coming back now. When I was working I did the hard jobs early and...
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    07-19-2018, 01:02 PM
    I prefer to use a hand primer because I can do it while relaxing in the recliner and it lets me be around the family. I was always satisfied with the job that the press did priming.
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    07-19-2018, 10:15 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Die Clean up in Reloading Equipment
    I'll try to remember that company. I've use bore brushes with bore solvent and bore mops with polishing compound before with good results. I even used a small engine cylinder hone to smooth up a rough operating powder measure once.
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    07-19-2018, 10:07 AM
    I've had one since the 70's. Its been cycled 10's of thousands of times. Still tight and smooth. I don't prime on it anymore but it did a good job, back when I did. I have the occasional spent primer escape but a piece of cardboard in the back of...
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    07-18-2018, 02:01 PM
    I've not found the magnet to be very useful for sorting. It will pick up lead weights by the clip. To me the steel weights are very distinctive looking and are easy to spot. If you have a bunch of stick on weights the magnet would work ok.
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    07-17-2018, 10:46 PM
    Nothing lately, but I smelted a bunch of lead right at the end of the winter. About 7000# worth. I posted pictures and even had a contest guessing the number of ingots that was in a pile that went to a buddy. My casting is about over for now, until...
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    07-17-2018, 10:26 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Today's kids in Our Town
    I was whipped a lot, maybe too much. I only had to whip my boys a few times. I hated myself afterwards but they turned out ok. I clearly explained what I expected from them and rewarded them for the good. Usually just a kind word or an extra...
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    07-17-2018, 10:15 PM
    My problem is that I can't do everything like I could do in the past. I do and did better work than most of what I pay for and that makes me mad. I've worked with a lot of Craftsmen but they are harder and harder to find. They are all retiring and...
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    07-17-2018, 10:06 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Sunflowers & Doves in Our Town
    My Wife and I feed the birds here at home. To the tune of 50# of sunflower seeds every 2 weeks. We also buy several cases of Grape jelly during the Spring for the Oreoles. We have a few pair of the Eurasian doves. The home fed ones are as big as...
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    07-17-2018, 05:19 PM
    I don't see why it would not work in a revolver. Like shooting a 38 special in a 357 magnum chamber. I'm not sure if you could load Gap cases in a acp die set though. The newer sets say gap on the label but the older ones may not crimp. Small primer...
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    07-17-2018, 05:08 PM
    Hope it continues to go well for you. We just finished a bathroom remodel. Had a walk in granite shower built. That turned into new cabinets and top, new commode, and new paint. About 6 weeks from start to finish. It went pretty smoothly but we're...
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    07-17-2018, 12:14 PM
    As the others posted, the USPS limits the weight to 70#. If its being mailed 70# needs to be boxed really well. You post mentions a classified ad. If this will be in person a full medium box can hold more than 70#. How much more depends on the shape...
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    07-17-2018, 12:03 PM
    This is true. I like to give mine a scrubbing with a wire brush occasionally to get rid of the scale and other trash that builds up on the sides. But the tiny amount of lead left in the bottom won't affect your alloy enough to matter.
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    07-17-2018, 12:00 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Sunflowers & Doves in Our Town
    I use steel for Ducks because its required, but not for anything else. Maybe I need to consider it for Doves. Faster may be better. I usually buy a case of 2-3/4 inch 3-1/4---- 1-1/4 oz of 7-1/2 or 8's. Expensive yes, but they last me a few years.
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    07-16-2018, 10:17 PM
    Most of us that have lead stashed away did just like you, got it a little at a time. Big scores are nice but are also a lot of work. Theres not much of a way to tell the content of your alloy at home. Grmps suggestion is about as good as any. Also...
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    07-16-2018, 10:09 PM
    Welcome Aboard! You could unplug the pot after the lead is melted and pour it into ingot molds. Be careful, like slow and easy, and grasp the pot with both hands, with gloves, at the back away from the actual pot and pour. I doubt that you would...
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    07-16-2018, 09:45 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Attention LEOs in Our Town
    I'm not LE or even former LE but I have friends that are. I'll ask around, maybe we can scare up something.
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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