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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 09:42 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Sunflowers & Doves in Our Town
    Your shots can vary. If you are hunting over a legally baited field your shots will often be short with them trying to land. I call it having their flaps and gear down! A friend calls those high % shots. If you are pass shooting its much harder to...
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    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Sunflowers & Doves in Our Town
    We've got Eurasian Doves around here but we've never killed one. My Wife has been feeding several at home all year. Theres no limit on them here. They just seem to like it in town.
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    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Sunflowers & Doves in Our Town
    I'm in a new place this year, but very close (400 Yards) from our field of the last couple of years. I'll leave a strip down the middle and another along one edge. We'll start on one and move to the other if needed. In past years I just used bin...
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    Yesterday, 02:28 PM
    lightman started a thread Sunflowers & Doves in Our Town
    As some of you know, I have been hosting a Dove Hunt for several years. In earlier years we legally baited with Wheat but have been planting Sunflowers for the last few years. I sprayed for weeds a few weeks ago and fertilized them last week. I just...
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    Yesterday, 09:46 AM
    Good Luck on your wheel weight run! Keep a watch out for the small Mom and Pop shops and any small scrap places.
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    Yesterday, 09:39 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Sunday Supper! in Our Town
    Sounds tasty! Sunday night is steak night at our house. Only sometimes my Wife wants chicken breast instead of steak. We'll have a baked potato and Texas Toast with them. I'll light the grill and open a beer. Sit on the porch working on the beer and...
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    07-15-2018, 09:08 AM
    I probably would start with a tooth brush and some Kroil. Maybe even buy enough to put in a tub so you could soak them. Evaporust will remove the worst rust but will also remove the blueing. A few guys have recently posted about cleaning neglected...
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    07-15-2018, 08:58 AM
    I've had a Lyman 450 for ever. A few friends have the RCBS, which I have used or seen being used. The linkage looks to be stronger on the RCBS. Both are good machines and will do the job for you. I also would like to thank you for your service. My...
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    07-14-2018, 09:46 PM
    I've used both the RCBS, the original H&G 68 and the H&G 68BB and the holes vary depending on the paper type.
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    07-14-2018, 09:40 PM
    The factory dive weights that I have had had a hardness consistent with clip on wheel weights. Home made weights could be cast from anything. Melting it together and just using it probably works about as good as anything. You might drop a drop a...
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    07-14-2018, 09:32 PM
    lightman replied to a thread pouring ladles in Casting Equipment
    Please post some pictures when you start making these.
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    07-14-2018, 12:58 PM
    Any score is a good score. Lead is getting harder to find at affordable prices.
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    07-14-2018, 12:56 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Coffee in Our Town
    Wow, what a keeper!
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    07-14-2018, 10:50 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Rat Hunting in AirGuns
    A friends dad was in the pest control business. I remember as a kid going with them to farm shops and grain bins. He had a bellows that he used to pump some type of powder into the rat holes. After a minute or two, here they come! Whatever he used...
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    07-14-2018, 08:55 AM
    Its good to hear that they still take good care of their customers. Another thing I like is that if you have a part fail the replacement that they send is often improved. My experience with Dillon mirrors that of everyone above.
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    07-14-2018, 08:41 AM
    Some of my Wilson tools, like the case holders and case gauges are made of steel and will rust. I've had good results by waxing them. I have used Silicon spray on things that could not have oil on them.
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    07-13-2018, 07:07 PM
    I just now looked at it. Gotta admit I liked the old one better. Guess we'll get used to it.
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    07-13-2018, 08:14 AM
    I hate crimped primers! I have the RCBS tool and the Dillon tool. I also have 2 or 3 different cutting tools. None of them work perfect everytime. I just about prefer using a carbide countersink and a cordless drill. The lube does help when swaging.
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    07-13-2018, 08:08 AM
    Yeah, when you start doing larger batches you need several molds. I typically run about 8 of the Lyman style molds when smelting. Even then, I have to wait on them to cool after about 4 or 5 cycles.
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    07-13-2018, 07:57 AM
    Welcome Aboard! It sounds like you have already made a couple of new friends!
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    07-12-2018, 09:55 AM
    This pretty much describes me. Its good to hear that they are still maintaining the rep that they have worked so hard to earn. Oh Yeah, Welcome to the Forum, jwlegal!
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    07-12-2018, 09:49 AM
    I doubt that having melted lead on it will hurt anything. Your food should not be in contact with any of the stove. I would just wipe it down with any of the commercial cleaners that you likely use in your kitchen. Maybe hit the grates with a...
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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
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