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    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    I use a homemade jet burner on a homemade stand. About 30-32 in tall. The base is a blade off of a levee disc. The burner is made like a weed burner. I've never measured the propane usage to calculate the BTU output but I estimate it to be around...
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    Yesterday, 10:48 PM
    Cool project!
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    Yesterday, 07:22 PM
    Glad it worked ok for you. Just curious, what job does that motor do?
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    Yesterday, 10:30 AM
    lightman replied to a thread My 105 shell in Vintage Ammo
    Thats a cool picture! Thanks for the explanation. I'll bet humping those guys would wear a guy out! I have a hunting buddy that was assigned to an artillery battery in Vietnam. I'm not sure if they were 105's or 155's. He has a crippled up hand...
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    Yesterday, 10:22 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Babbit in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I agree with Roger that lead in its original form is more valuable for resale if that form is identifiable. Factory ingots stamped with the foundry name, linotype in type form, foundry type, monotype, solder bars ect. A linotype pig was once one of...
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    Yesterday, 09:58 AM
    It been my experience that they are hard. Harder than factory which seem to be fairly soft and harder than the wheel weight alloy that I typically cast with. Some of the reason for this may be for trying to avoid damage during shipping. If you...
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    Yesterday, 09:50 AM
    I do most of my casting in the Spring. I'll start pretty soon since we have been having a mild winter and I'll go up to early Summer or until it get too hot for comfort. I cast in my shop. Its not air conditioned but I do have a gas stove that I...
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    Yesterday, 09:03 AM
    Wow, Sorry to hear about all of your health problems. Hope things smooth out for you soon. Good Luck with SS too!
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    Yesterday, 01:45 AM
    lightman replied to a thread How to deal with a Hawk in Our Town
    Thanks for the replys everyone. I really don't want to harm this guy. I just wish he would move on. I hardly ever see a cat so I don't think the lack of birds is due to cats. I do occasionally have to trap one. If I recognize it as a neighborhood...
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    01-15-2019, 11:38 PM
    I know what I need to do but I hate to do it. We feed the birds year around and have not been seeing near as many as usual. Seed is lasting longer that normal too. Then we started seeing a Hawk in the back yard tree. I'm thinking SSS, shoot, shovel,...
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    01-15-2019, 09:14 PM
    lightman replied to a thread My 105 shell in Vintage Ammo
    Does that picture have some personal significance to you? Maybe someone you know or someplace you have been?
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    01-15-2019, 09:12 PM
    lightman replied to a thread My 105 shell in Vintage Ammo
    Thats some neat stuff guys! I have a few loaded 50 BMG shells, a few loaded and empty 20MM, a loaded 30MM, a few 37MM anti-tank cases and projectiles from WW1. I also have an ash tray on my loading bench made from an unknown Naval case cut down...
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    01-15-2019, 08:44 PM
    I run a cap full of polish and a cap full of mineral spirits in my corn cob media with good results. NuFinish is one of the ones I have used. I've never tried it wet tumbling. I use a wash and wax with LemiShine when wet tumbling. The wash and wax...
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    01-15-2019, 08:29 PM
    I've had a WTB ad running for a couple of years, searching for a couple more H&G molds. I also browse EBay pretty often. Maybe it will happen this year.
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    01-15-2019, 08:17 PM
    The member that I bought my Star sizer from had a mechanical counter rigged up on the sizer that he kept. I wish I had taken a picture of it.
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    01-15-2019, 08:12 PM
    About 1200. A normal session will run 600-800 depending on when my back decides its quitting time. This is before culling but I don't have many culls. Sizing and lubing would be at another time but I usually size about the same number in a session....
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    01-15-2019, 07:57 PM
    It doesn't matter which one you make Line 1 or line 2. Wire it like your top picture using the left hand diagram. You need to break the hot line with the switch. Black and brown appear to be the capacitor leads and you swap them to change direction,...
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    01-15-2019, 12:51 PM
    On new dies I'll take them apart and spray them with a solvent. Usually brake cleaner or electrical contact cleaner. Anything that evaporates without leaving anything behind. Then I wipe them out by screwing the corner of a rag up into them followed...
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    01-15-2019, 12:38 PM
    That sounds like a fun day at the loading bench. I have also owned several scales. Most of them are gone now but I still have the original Herters scale that Grandpa bought that is the one that I learned on. I'm pretty sure that Redding made it. Its...
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    01-15-2019, 11:31 AM
    I load my pistol ammo in bulk, with a pet load, and I don't know the amount. About 3.5K of 45's, prolly about the same in 38, 357, 40, 44's. The loaded rounds are in an ammo can and the empty go into another can. Before the loaded ones are used up I...
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    01-15-2019, 11:10 AM
    I like big scores but I prefer those big scores to be lots of small stuff vs one large piece. You're exactly right about having the ways and means to deal with a sail boat keel or a huge counter weight. I would choose 50 buckets of wheel weights...
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    01-15-2019, 10:58 AM
    lightman replied to a thread How’s my flare ? in Cast Boolits
    The first picture looks a little excessive while the last one looks like it needs a little more. I prefer a more gradual bell than that die is making. The happy place is just enough to not damage the bullet when seating and no more. Like JB posted,...
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    01-15-2019, 10:52 AM
    After reading all of this and making a few comments, I have a question. Are you guys using tumblers without lids? I wet tumble mostly now days but I still have 2 vibrators that I occasionally use. Both have lids and I have no dust escaping. I've...
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    01-15-2019, 12:13 AM
    Any saw with a course blade should cut it. Circular saw, sawszall, ect. Even a chainsaw. A log splitter if you have one. Even a hand saw with course teeth. Put something in place to catch the chips.
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    01-15-2019, 12:08 AM
    You might check with a local welding shop. Probably the smaller the better. Most of them have some scrap laying around. I built my burner and some of my stuff but I had a welding machine and could weld.
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    01-14-2019, 11:41 PM
    lightman replied to a thread ups delivery in Our Town
    I've been very happy with UPS. I don't have a long driveway but I bet my regular delivery guy would travel it if I did. So would the Gal before him. FedX does ok except they occasionally deliver to the wrong address. It works ok, we have good...
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    01-14-2019, 08:38 PM
    I've loaded with several brands and really have not noticed any difference in accuracy. Most of us have at least a little brand loyalty so expect a lot of suggestions. Personally I think a skilled handloader can make decent ammo out of any of them.
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    01-14-2019, 08:30 PM
    Anything we say would just be a guess. I would contact member BNE and arrange to have it tested. He trades an XFR test for lead. Its a really fair swap and a great service that he provides for the members here. He has to work around his job but...
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    01-14-2019, 08:19 PM
    I agree with the 1100-1300 fps range. Recoil starts getting noticeable above 1500. Really noticeable when you approach 2000.
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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