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  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 02:14 PM
    If I really needed or wanted it I would go back with a small bottle of acid and an eye dropper and test for zinc. If it passes the zinc test you can then determine if its soft or hard. But you're not going to know the alloy by hardness.
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    Today, 02:04 PM
    lightman replied to a thread cleaning loaded ammo in Cast Boolits
    I've tumbled loaded ammo in corncob or walnut media before. Just beware that if the bullets, like ap or tracer, have any paint that it may be removed also. I've never wet tumbled loaded ammo so I don't know how that would work.
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    Today, 11:59 AM
    I'll take it. PM on way.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 08:16 AM
    This is true, moisture can lurk anyplace including a metal spoon. I should have added that to my reply. Thanks for adding this warning!
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    Yesterday, 09:25 AM
    My Wife recently bought me an inexpensive label maker that has proven to be very useful in the loading room. One of those would work great. A sharpie would also work. It just depends on how neat you want it to be.
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    Yesterday, 09:17 AM
    I stir the lead in my pot and scrape both the sides and bottom but I use an old spoon. The humidity is high enough around here that I'm hesitant to use a paint stick. A few times I have gotten a hiss, spit or a rumble that I did not like!
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    Yesterday, 09:12 AM
    Nice Score! Your Toyota will probably be mad at you for a few days but you got the lead home!
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    03-21-2018, 08:04 PM
    lightman replied to a thread linotype? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Linotype alone may be a little hard straight up. You might do better to cut it with some soft lead. The bullets will also be brittle and they will fill out so well and shrink so little that they may be hard to shake out of the mold. Size is more...
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    03-21-2018, 07:56 PM
    When I'm using a mold with a trough I fill the one furtherest away from me first and tilt the end closest to me up. All of my H&G molds are a joy to cast with.
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    03-21-2018, 07:50 PM
    Sad news! Prayers for everyone involved!
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    03-21-2018, 07:48 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Venison?? in Our Town
    I agree, it should be ok. Freezer burn is something to watch for but easily can be trimmed off. I do try to organize the freezer where things don't stay that long. I'm getting where I really like vacuum sealed packaging!
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    03-21-2018, 07:24 PM
    I thought posting ebay links was not allowed?
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    03-21-2018, 08:41 AM
    lightman replied to a thread CCI Primers in Reloading Equipment
    CCI have been my first choice every since I started loading. Primers are very trouble free for the most part but I have had fewer issues with CCI than with other brands. You can't go wrong with CCI so buy with confidence.
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    03-21-2018, 08:23 AM
    I usually place a large order for powder and primers with Powder Valley every couple of years. I'll get a group of buddies together and we will order the maximum amount that will ship in one box. Unless you can catch a sale they beat most places on...
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    03-20-2018, 10:43 PM
    Yes, .452 diameter and 200 grains.
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    03-20-2018, 10:27 AM
    I'm not a PID expert but yes, it matters. The supply wire from the source and the load wire from the SSR need to be big enough for the intended load. Anywhere from #16, #14 or #12 would work. I'm sure some of the guys that build them will be along...
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    03-19-2018, 09:46 PM
    Sending a PM!
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    03-19-2018, 02:59 PM
    This is true if you plan to sell. But if I were planning to cast with it I would want it to be in some consistent form. And I'm not going to sort several buckets of type!
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    03-19-2018, 02:53 PM
    That was a decent price. Just reinforces what I've said about lead still being out there if you look.
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    03-19-2018, 02:43 PM
    Welcome Aboard! Those are pretty good for a first effort. The shiney ones are from the mold or alloy not being hot enough and they are not completely filled out. The dull ones are frosted from being a little too hot but are well filled out. I...
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    03-19-2018, 02:20 PM
    I want to sell a nice 4 cavity H&G 68BB mold with handles. $155 Shipped anyplace the USPS will ship flat rate to. I'll take a check or USPS Money Order. I'll be happy to answer questions or send more pictures but the first public "I'll take it" gets...
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    03-19-2018, 10:43 AM
    It good to see that you are getting that nice old mold back into useable condition. The H&G molds that I have are a pleasure to cast with.
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    03-19-2018, 10:34 AM
    I've never seen zinc in type before. Like BNE said, don't mean it can't happen. I guess nothing is sacred anymore! Like Mary said, do a quick acid test on the suspecting lead before you throw it out or mix it with something else.
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    03-19-2018, 10:29 AM
    That could be the haul of a lifetime! Or a bust! The spacers can vary from linotype to almost anything. A quick search can tell you the base alloy of the other different kinds of type. Whatever it is, it could be useable to a caster. Price wise?...
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    03-19-2018, 09:49 AM
    Lots of good advice and different viewpoints above. You can buy lead here in the Swapping and Selling section for around a dollar a pound plus shipping. Its already cleaned up and cast into ingots and is usually what it is advertised as. Prices at...
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    03-19-2018, 09:22 AM
    I buy quality stuff. When I was working there was no place in my line of work for a cheap tool. It does not have to be SnapOn to be good but they are. Good that is. Garage sales, flee markets and pawn shops are good places to look. Estate sales and...
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    03-19-2018, 09:10 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Pet peeves in Our Town
    Pet peeves: 1. Stupid people 2. Lazy people 3. Rude people 4. Inconsiderate people 5. The lottery ticket people that block the doors and pumps at gas stations and play loud radios 6. Unorganized people. You know the ones that don't know they...
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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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