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    Today, 03:25 PM
    It sounds like you are off to a good start. I'm a big believer in large batches. Just be careful to watch out for zinc. The draw back of large batches is the danger of contamination. Its generally considered a no no to add lead to a pot with molten...
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    Today, 03:06 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Fast food tipping?? in Our Town
    Not a Starbucks regular but they do have a few normal coffees. You have to overlook all of the yuppie stuff but there are a few .
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    Today, 11:39 AM
    BNE just sent me the results of some samples that I sent for test. It seems that stick-on weight alloy is still about the same as it was 4 years ago when the samples were posted at the beginning of this thread. The two samples that I sent in were...
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    Today, 11:22 AM
    BNE just sent me the results from some samples that I sent to be tested. Four years after the test posted at the beginning of this thread, clip-on weights still seem to be about the same alloy. My samples were a random ingot from 2 different 350#...
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    Today, 10:13 AM
    Thanks goes to BNE for being willing to do these test for the members here! I just posted the results. I saved these before I retired and now my buddy Biggin saves them. I mixed mine with coww whenever I smelted a big batch of weights. A smelting...
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    Today, 10:06 AM
    Thats a nice score! Try to think of something to do for that shop to make them remember you. Transfer your repair business to them, take them some donuts, beer, pizza, anything to help secure them as a source.
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    Today, 09:55 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Hot plate temp in Casting Equipment
    I just set mine in the middle. I get good bullets after maybe the 2nd or 3rd cast and don't mind that low amount of rejects. I thought about making a dog house for mine but never have.
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    Today, 09:48 AM
    Nice looking pot!
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    Today, 09:44 AM
    Its hard to beat a 2 cavity RCBS mold and they make a 150 grain Keith Type SWC that shoots really well in most of my 357 revolvers, including my Dad's Trooper. Midway runs them and the handles on sale every so often. I size mine .358.
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    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    Just to bump this thread! I just got the XRF results on some samples that BNE ran for me. Pole top pins PB-97.7 SB- 1.9 SN- 0.4 Hardness tested about the same as clip on weights. Each pin produced an estimated 4-5 oz of lead. Some older...
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    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    Another "it depends" answer. I would rather my heirs have to sell it after I'm gone than to run short. Another member used to say something like " buy it cheap and stack it deep"!
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    Yesterday, 11:05 PM
    That was a good days work! I've remelted stuff before to get better consistently. My pot holds 350-400# and I label the ingots from every pot full with a batch number and date.
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    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    If I ever vacation to California I may knock on your door!
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    Yesterday, 10:47 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Fast food tipping?? in Our Town
    It looks like most of us are on the same page about tips.I don't tip in fast food restaurants unless its a place like Sonic where they bring me my order. In restaurants and bars where I am waited on I start at 20% and adjust up or down depending on...
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    06-21-2018, 10:38 PM
    maxreloader replied to a thread Robocalls in Our Town
    Just throwing this out into the wind... I have heard that all these robo-****ers are getting paid even if the call isnt actually answered. If it goes to you voicemail (or you answer) THEY GET A FRACTION OF A CENT. Either way the technology aspect is...
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    06-21-2018, 10:24 PM
    I love this place! Rancher if you need me to save what I find please shoot me a pm and I will. If you have found what you need then please let me know. I found maybe 40-50 17 hmr's today. If anybody else needs these then shoot me a pm and I will...
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    06-21-2018, 10:12 PM
    I just wish the scrap yards around here would sell to the public.
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    06-21-2018, 10:07 PM
    A few casters with front end loaders and sifters could really help them out!
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    06-21-2018, 09:59 PM
    Good on you! Nice way to show respect.
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    06-21-2018, 04:32 PM
    I would say "pass". It would be a fail if it did not enter the chamber.
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    06-21-2018, 09:12 AM
    Thats a good score! Lino is getting harder to find.
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    06-21-2018, 09:09 AM
    It depends on several things. Mostly how bad do you need lead and how available lead is in your area. Lead is extremely hard to find in some states while its more available in others. Your prices are not too bad as long as you are willing to do the...
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    06-19-2018, 10:09 PM
    Nice score! I wish I could find pewter here.
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    06-19-2018, 08:05 AM
    Yeah, a nice score for sure. I don't use much lino but I buy all that I see. Its quickly becoming a thing of the past.
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    06-19-2018, 08:00 AM
    Like the others have said, you can cut them with several different types of power or hand saws. Or you can use a cold chisel, or a wedge or you can melt them with a torch. But why not go ahead and get a turkey fryer and a propane sized smelting pot?...
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    06-19-2018, 07:50 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Dog opened dove season! in Our Town
    I opened the season the other day with my truck! Really hated it, feathers went everywhere!
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    06-18-2018, 09:47 PM
    I come across them both here and there but not frequently enough to save them. I usually scrap them. If you want me to start saving them for you I will. Whatever the cost of brass is at the scrapyard plus postage and they are yours. PM me if this...
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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