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    Yesterday, 07:02 PM
    I recently helped a friend melt some reclaimed shot. The batch was between 350 and 400 pounds. I think I may have posted some pictures of our smelting set up at the time. This was my first time melting only shot. It took longer to melt than any...
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    Yesterday, 06:45 PM
    I still have the old dutch oven that Grandpa used for smelting. I have a larger steel pot now but I still use it for small batches or when melting solder. I probably should engrave something on it to ID that it was used for lead. I've been careful...
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    Yesterday, 01:44 PM
    This is where I was at with Lee. They offered to replace my pin for free if I mailed them the broken one. No offer was made to accept a picture. The cost to mail the broken one was close to the replacement cost so I just ordered a few from Midway,...
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    Yesterday, 01:17 PM
    Sorry to hear about your declining health. I'm kind of in the same boat. The older we get the more we hurt. As to the lifetime supply, I guess that we really don't know. But at some point the addiction causes you to get into the hoarders class! But,...
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    Yesterday, 12:39 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Bad lot of primers? in Cast Boolits
    In my lifetime I can only remember 2 FTF's. One primer was missing the anvil and I don't remember what I found on the other one. It was too long ago! Anyway, 3 FTF in a single batch is totally unacceptable! This is not the first thread that I have...
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    Yesterday, 11:50 AM
    I form 357 Herretts from once fired 30-30 cases. I run the fired case into the resizing die to neck it up and size it. Then I run it into a trim die and cut it off a little long. Then I trim it to the correct length with a case trimmer. I made a...
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    Yesterday, 11:42 AM
    lightman replied to a thread deer season in Our Town
    A lot of the smaller rural schools in Arkansas let the students out of school on opening day of deer season if they don't tear the school up during Halloween. The bigger towns not so much but pretty common in the rural. Sounds like a win for both...
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    Yesterday, 11:30 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Cold dreary rainy UGH in Our Town
    Its been cold and rainy here too. At least until yesterday when it warmed up to the 60's. I spent most of the last 7 days sitting on a deer stand. The woods and trails are wet and sloppy. I guess everything is wet and sloppy? When I'm not hunting it...
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    Yesterday, 11:21 AM
    lightman replied to a thread A lost child. in Our Town
    I'm really sorry to hear this. Hoping for a good outcome. Please continue to keep your home secure and stay vigilant for your and your Wife's safety. My Wife has a large family and we have a few Neices and Nephews like your Son. Drugs, theft, seedy...
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    Yesterday, 10:46 AM
    lightman replied to a thread deer season in Our Town
    Congratulations to all of you guys that have scored! No pictures but I scored a South Arkansas 8 pt earlier in the week. Nothing spectacular but, one shot one kill no trailing, just the way I like!
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    Yesterday, 10:33 AM
    I knew about some of those guys but not all of them. Thanks for posting that list.
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    11-17-2018, 10:56 PM
    Its good to hear that he's doing ok.
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    11-17-2018, 11:35 AM
    I recently broke the "unbreakable" pin in my universal decapping die and Lee was less than helpful. I just ordered a few replacements from Midway and moved on. I think 3 pins were about $10. The broke pin was no fault of Lee's, I just overlooked a...
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    11-17-2018, 11:28 AM
    I've removed lots of live primers with no problems. I just go slow and gentle with them. I do wear a pair of safety glasses when doing this. I don't save the primers, I just drop them into the trash can. I save fired primers for the scrap value but...
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    11-17-2018, 10:19 AM
    I would not think that the water would freeze until the tumbler stops. Just time it so that you are there to empty it when it quits. I would consider taking it inside to separate the media from the cases. I would be afraid of any anti-freeze...
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    11-17-2018, 10:09 AM
    I used a piece of flat bar stock about 2 or 3 inches long with a hole drilled in each end. Its bolted under one of the existing bolts on top of the pot. I used a double nut so that it will swing out of the way for storing and fluxing.
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    11-17-2018, 10:03 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Do you ever wonder in Cast Boolits
    Yeah, I've often wondered the same thing. Thinking and talking about this has caused me to get better at labeling my reloads and marking my cast bullet containers. Hopefully my Sons and Friends will have a good time shooting up my ammo and talking...
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    11-17-2018, 09:42 AM
    lightman replied to a thread deer season in Our Town
    Ours opened on the 10th. I missed muzzle loading season in October due to truck trouble. Its unusually wet here and our woods are sloppy and hard to get around in right now. Our zone is open for 4 weeks and another zone that I hunt runs until after...
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    11-08-2018, 12:59 PM
    Its been interesting reading about your project. I would love to have an electric bottom pour pot that would hold 300 or 400 pound of lead. I've looked at ceramic kilns thinking thoughts that only a caster would have!
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    11-08-2018, 12:41 PM
    Washed and deprimmed a tub of range brass that I picked up. I love deer season, I find calibers other than 9mm, 40 S&W and 223! I don't need it, just can't help it! My Wife and I enjoy riding around to the local shooting spots looking for brass. We...
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    11-08-2018, 10:47 AM
    I'm not sure if I would spend the money to have a die plated. At one time I considered send one off to Armoloy but I never did. I have been tempted by Dillon's carbide 223 and 308 dies. But I'm a hobby reloader and have never worn out a sizing die.
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    11-08-2018, 10:44 AM
    I've experienced inconsistencies with collet type trimmers. hen I used one I would try to tighten the collet the same each time. I've been very satisfied with my Wilson trimmer as all tricked out by Sinclair. With the carbide cutter, its a pleasure...
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    11-08-2018, 10:29 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Resizing 308 brass? in Cast Boolits
    Glad you found the problem. I've never used Lee lube so I've had no experience with it. I've only had one set of Lyman dies and they worked ok, no complaints there.
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    11-08-2018, 10:15 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Five For Five in Hunting with CB's
    Good going and nice pictures. Too bad your Son and Grandsons didn't get any action. Maybe another time?
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    11-08-2018, 05:29 AM
    I think you're right to be concerned about moisture. A friend gave me some reloading equipment that he had in a storage building and some of it was rusty. Some of the ammo showed signs of corrosion. He had it stored in plastic boxes.
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    11-08-2018, 05:27 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Impulse Buy! in Our Town
    Thats a cool video. I've worked around some heavy equipment but never handled anything quite that heavy.
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    11-07-2018, 04:29 PM
    I've remelted cast and lubed bullets several times with no problem. I did start with a cold pot. Be prepared for a good bit of smoke.
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    11-07-2018, 11:39 AM
    I don't cut the clips off either. Its just too much extra work. When I sort weights I dump the bucket out on a flat surface, usually where I can sit down near it. Then I start picking through it. I start with the trash, like lug nuts, valve stems,...
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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