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    Yesterday, 10:12 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Digging out in Our Town
    I started thinning out my stuff when I retired three years ago. I posted some stuff about this at that time. I found several buckets of lead that I didn't even remember having. At one time I thought that I wanted to collect knives. Another time I...
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    Yesterday, 01:52 PM
    You have certainly proved that it can be done and I can't argue with that. Even though its been done successfully I personally would buy a mold more suitable for the cartridge. The pictures of your target sure shot holes in the theory that sizing...
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    Yesterday, 12:02 PM
    I have never scored enough Pewter to have a big smelt but I would melt the Hallmarked food service items separately from the picture frames and trinkets. I would also be very careful with anything without a Hallmark. A few members have reported on...
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    Yesterday, 11:55 AM
    Thats a nice score! A little tin will make it useable for what you want to do.
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    Yesterday, 11:53 AM
    Thats a good score! You've been on a roll lately with your Pewter scores and the wheel weights you recently posted about. Congratulations!
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    Yesterday, 11:50 AM
    If you have very much of this it may be worthwhile to have it tested. It sounds like it could be babbit. That ladle will be good for smelting for sure! Most any lead associated with plumbing will usually be soft. Usually is the key word here. An...
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    Yesterday, 10:40 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Cool breezes... in Casting Equipment
    I never paid much attention to the temperature when casting but last winter I smelted several thousand pounds of wheel weights and notices slower melt times. It made for a more comfortable day around the lead pot though!
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    Yesterday, 10:37 AM
    Your attachment is not working for me but I'm guessing that it may be a picture. You are correct, the breaker rating should be on the handle. It may or may not be in a different color. I'm glad that you did not pay an electrician to change out all...
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    Yesterday, 10:31 AM
    Sharps4590 made a good guess. I was thinking the same thing and his later post confirmed it. I've had customers do the same thing. Most residential equipment was once rated at 10K but is being increased to 22K. I'm guessing that this may be because...
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    Yesterday, 09:51 AM
    Its been done successfully but much over .002-.003 is generally considered to be detrimental to accuracy. You will loose a lot or maybe all of your lube and crimp groove. It will also be hard on the linkage on a lubrisizer unless you're using a push...
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    Yesterday, 09:29 AM
    lightman replied to a thread table saw problems in Our Town
    I converted my old Craftsman saw to 220 volts several years ago. The motor running on 120 volts pulled so close to what a 20 amp breaker would handle that it would trip the breaker if you hit a hard knot or a damp spot in the wood. It starts easier...
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    10-19-2018, 08:08 PM
    I agree that a 16 gauge cord would carry the load that your Lee pot pulls. But like JohnB says, it may not carry your pot and anything else. I would go buy a short 12 gauge cord dedicated to your casting operation. They are pretty inexpensive and...
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    10-19-2018, 05:26 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Copperheads in Our Town
    I'm pretty sure these were Copperheads. The triangle shaped heads and elliptical pupils point to a pit viper.
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    10-19-2018, 05:23 PM
    lightman replied to a thread I'm not feeling well in Our Town
    Thats sad! Prayers offered to him and family.
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    10-19-2018, 05:22 PM
    lightman replied to a thread table saw problems in Our Town
    Good news on finding the bad connection. If you ever do have to change the capacitor, take a picture or make some notes on the connections.
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    10-19-2018, 05:04 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Bullets in a fire in Our Town
    Loaded ammo in a fire can be dangerous, mostly due to brass particles and primers flying around. While serious injury could happen the likelihood is pretty small. A loaded firearm in a fire is another story. Contained in a chamber and cooking off is...
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    10-17-2018, 03:05 PM
    I'll take: #3, Winchester superspeed 117 grain soft point 25/35. Old yellow box from 1950’s-70’s?. Box has some prices written on them in colored pencil, other than that the box is pretty good condition. Ammo is shiny without any tarnish or...
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    10-16-2018, 09:01 PM
    lightman replied to a thread More Lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Everything you scored would classify as soft but the cable sheathing probably is going to run 98-98.5% where the rest is going to be 99% +. I've scored lots of cable sheathing and have used it for black powder and for round balls. Thats a good score!
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    10-16-2018, 08:47 PM
    Yup, Beautiful!
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    10-16-2018, 02:44 PM
    lightman replied to a thread More Lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Thats a nice score! What form was this in?
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    10-16-2018, 09:39 AM
    lightman replied to a thread What are these, Orbs? in Our Town
    We have mysterious things on game cameras sometimes that we can't explain. I also just recently changed the security system at my house and added a few cameras. I have the ability to access the cameras with my phone. One of them gets lots more bugs...
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    10-15-2018, 08:42 AM
    Nice haul! I envy you guys that can find pewter. One day last winter I went to 8 different stores and found one little dish. Oh, there was some other stuff but it had antique prices on it.One was a really nice engraved serving tray that I would not...
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    10-14-2018, 08:05 PM
    Sunday Bump! Still looking.
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    10-14-2018, 07:21 PM
    I would cut off an old propane tank. They are big enough for odd chunks of lead like plumbing traps and cable splice covers. I quickly got tired of cutting up odd chunks of lead just to make it fit into a small pot.
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    10-14-2018, 07:14 PM
    lightman replied to a thread A bit too hard lol in Cast Boolits
    When I first started casting I was working part time at a local paper. They had long before gotten away from hot type but one of the older guys had some stashed away that he gave to me. Not knowing any better I cast bullets from straight mono type...
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    10-14-2018, 09:13 AM
    Seeing those organ pipes is like riding around in the older parts of New Orleans or Charleston and seeing all of the lead flashing on those old buildings. Kind of a tease to a caster!
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    10-13-2018, 07:42 PM
    I cant wait to get the PB flowing into this one! Been on my backburner "need to find" list for a while!!!
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    10-13-2018, 07:13 PM
    I'll take it!
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    10-13-2018, 11:33 AM
    This is my approach. Having recently acquired a Star sizer I outfitted it with dies for the high volume bullets that I size and stayed with my Lyman 450 for the lower volume calibers. I'll probably eventually add more dies for the Star. I'll also...
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    10-13-2018, 11:21 AM
    With that much variation using 748 I would advise him to work on his technique. I can stay within 1/10th with my RCBS measure and a few others over the years. Now, extruded powder is another story! But I've found ball and flake powders meter very...
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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