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    Today, 12:01 PM
    Like the title says, looking for ideas. Since I joined the site in 09 I have seen pictures of your scores, your stashes in the old "Lifetime Supply Thread" and pictures on the loading bench thread. Do you have it displayed on shelves, a paper list,...
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    Today, 09:30 AM
    Thats more than a great score! Thats a steal at that price! I would go back too.
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    Today, 05:40 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Soft lead? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    There are members here who trade lead, so a trade is possible. Check out the swapping and selling section. I expect most would want ingots in a trade although most prefer any printers type to be in original form.
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    Today, 05:31 AM
    The example you are holding looks like pure but your ingots really don't. There is a member here that can test it for you. It could be some type of babbit. That pallet, with 500# on it, would be worrying me until I found a way to get it home!
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    Today, 05:02 AM
    Sounds like you have a good friend! With that much lead, I bet his F-150 was sitting low. That looks like nice clean lead. I recently hauled 2800# and it squatted my F-250 a little. Sorry for the loss of your other friend.
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    Yesterday, 06:06 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Soft lead? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I would flux your soft lead as that will clean it. If it has other alloy in it, then it pretty much is going to be in it. I would flux any wheelweights that you melt also. Most of us use a separate pot for smelting larger batches of lead so as to...
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    Yesterday, 06:01 PM
    Thats a great score! Lino is getting harder and harder to find.
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    Yesterday, 05:59 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Unknown bullets in Cast Boolits
    This is kind of a personal thing, but I don't shoot unknown reloads. I recently, like last month, pulled several hundred bullets from someone else reloads. You can weigh the risk and take your chances. I just don't.
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    Yesterday, 08:04 AM
    Thats a nice score! Most of the scrap yards around here have been bought by bigger corporations and won't sell to the public. I agree, get it while you can. Reddirt, sorry to hear that news. Thats a tough lick, my Friend!
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    Yesterday, 07:58 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Smelting pot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Nice looking work on your smelting pot. I welded handles on my pot, mostly to help when moving it around. They are handy when you want to empty the dregs out of the pot when changing alloys. I agree, that stand looks a little flimsy. It may hold the...
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    Yesterday, 07:32 AM
    Older houses often used sheet lead for roof flashing and the gasket (often called a roof jack) around vent pipes was often lead. I've heard of lead window weights but I've never seen one. Most all of this lead is soft.
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    Yesterday, 07:14 AM
    lightman replied to a thread 4th generation bowkiller in Our Town
    Congratulations to your Grandson! And to you and your Son for raising him that way. None of mine are that old yet, but the 9 year old Grandson killed his first deer last year with a rifle. The Guys at camp made a big deal out of it and he walked on...
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    Yesterday, 07:08 AM
    Yep, I'm one too! Being fairly recently retired from a demanding job, I really enjoy the freedom. If I want to go to deer camp a few days early, I can. If I want to stay a few days after the season closes, I can. If I want to come home during the...
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    Yesterday, 06:52 AM
    Thats quite a story and a true friendship! Thanks for posting this.
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    11-17-2017, 08:11 PM
    I've got about a gallon can of mixed cable ends. They are a real mix, everything from heavy equipment to the cheap after market replacement ends. I plan to test each one with acid and then smelt them together. Then I'll drop an ingot or two into...
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    11-17-2017, 08:02 PM
    Nice Score! It pays to keep your eyes open.
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    11-17-2017, 06:31 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Wasn't gonna tell ya... in Our Town
    You have had a great week! Hope your weekend is just as good.
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    11-17-2017, 04:49 PM
    Congratulations on selling. Hope your move goes smoothly and your new home is everything that you want it to be. Stay in touch.
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    11-09-2017, 10:29 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Of all the nights! in Our Town
    Sorry to hear about your continued pain. Hopefully someday they will find something that will work for you. Having had back problems most of my life, I feel for you.
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    11-09-2017, 10:26 AM
    lightman replied to a thread New family member in Our Town
    Congratulations on the new Family Member! He's a handsome little fellow.
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    11-09-2017, 09:28 AM
    lightman replied to a thread pickup trucks? in Our Town
    Get a full size 4 door truck of whatever flavor you like. If you are in a place with few dealers, choose a brand with a dealer near you. Most of them offer a choice in engines and most of the medium size ones get decent mileage. My Wife's Expedition...
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    11-09-2017, 09:02 AM
    I've loaded a lot of them but I prefer brass. It seems like I loose Nickel cases to splits sooner than brass. I've also had the Nickel peel off and once or twice stick to the inside of my sizing die. I had to polish this out as it scratched all of...
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    11-08-2017, 02:01 PM
    You might look at the opposite side of the wall that you plan to use. There may be a receptacle there that you can come from. Its not as good as a dedicated circuit but should carry a light and an electronic scale. This requires some experience but...
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    11-08-2017, 01:56 PM
    I think I'll let my loading bench answer this question. 1. RCBS---I have more of these than any other brand. 2. Redding---This is the brand that I have the second most of. 3. Dillon--- Mostly used on my 550. 4. Forster---A nice set of dies but...
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    11-08-2017, 01:44 PM
    Thats a nice score! Hopefully it is old enough to be zinc free.
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    11-08-2017, 01:25 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Tada! I'm back... in Our Town
    Welcome Back! Sorry to hear of your difficulties but it sounds like you are back on your feet.
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    11-07-2017, 07:50 PM
    Not in the loading room but me and Biggin just finished unloading the 2800# of lead that we bought over the weekend. We loaded it by hand but used my tractor to unload it. Having a beer now!
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    11-07-2017, 03:20 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Flux in Casting Equipment
    I use pine sawdust followed by wax when I'm smelting. I use wax or bullet lube when casting. I've used a few different kinds of sawdust and the pine seems to work better. I bought one can of Marvelux years ago and never used all of it. One can of...
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    11-07-2017, 03:14 PM
    Mostly a bunch of tinkering type stuff! Cleaned a bunch of loading dies and sorted through a box of odd cartridges and cases that were given to me. A lot of them were duds picked up at the range and I'll pull the bullets, dump the powder and deprime...
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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