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    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    I know what I need to do but I hate to do it. We feed the birds year around and have not been seeing near as many as usual. Seed is lasting longer that normal too. Then we started seeing a Hawk in the back yard tree. I'm thinking SSS, shoot, shovel,...
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    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    lightman replied to a thread My 105 shell in Vintage Ammo
    Does that picture have some personal significance to you? Maybe someone you know or someplace you have been?
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    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    lightman replied to a thread My 105 shell in Vintage Ammo
    Thats some neat stuff guys! I have a few loaded 50 BMG shells, a few loaded and empty 20MM, a loaded 30MM, a few 37MM anti-tank cases and projectiles from WW1. I also have an ash tray on my loading bench made from an unknown Naval case cut down...
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    Yesterday, 08:44 PM
    I run a cap full of polish and a cap full of mineral spirits in my corn cob media with good results. NuFinish is one of the ones I have used. I've never tried it wet tumbling. I use a wash and wax with LemiShine when wet tumbling. The wash and wax...
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    Yesterday, 08:29 PM
    I've had a WTB ad running for a couple of years, searching for a couple more H&G molds. I also browse EBay pretty often. Maybe it will happen this year.
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    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    The member that I bought my Star sizer from had a mechanical counter rigged up on the sizer that he kept. I wish I had taken a picture of it.
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    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
    About 1200. A normal session will run 600-800 depending on when my back decides its quitting time. This is before culling but I don't have many culls. Sizing and lubing would be at another time but I usually size about the same number in a session....
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    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    It doesn't matter which one you make Line 1 or line 2. Wire it like your top picture using the left hand diagram. You need to break the hot line with the switch. Black and brown appear to be the capacitor leads and you swap them to change direction,...
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    Yesterday, 12:51 PM
    On new dies I'll take them apart and spray them with a solvent. Usually brake cleaner or electrical contact cleaner. Anything that evaporates without leaving anything behind. Then I wipe them out by screwing the corner of a rag up into them followed...
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    Yesterday, 12:38 PM
    That sounds like a fun day at the loading bench. I have also owned several scales. Most of them are gone now but I still have the original Herters scale that Grandpa bought that is the one that I learned on. I'm pretty sure that Redding made it. Its...
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    Yesterday, 11:31 AM
    I load my pistol ammo in bulk, with a pet load, and I don't know the amount. About 3.5K of 45's, prolly about the same in 38, 357, 40, 44's. The loaded rounds are in an ammo can and the empty go into another can. Before the loaded ones are used up I...
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    Yesterday, 11:10 AM
    I like big scores but I prefer those big scores to be lots of small stuff vs one large piece. You're exactly right about having the ways and means to deal with a sail boat keel or a huge counter weight. I would choose 50 buckets of wheel weights...
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    Yesterday, 10:58 AM
    lightman replied to a thread How’s my flare ? in Cast Boolits
    The first picture looks a little excessive while the last one looks like it needs a little more. I prefer a more gradual bell than that die is making. The happy place is just enough to not damage the bullet when seating and no more. Like JB posted,...
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    Yesterday, 10:52 AM
    After reading all of this and making a few comments, I have a question. Are you guys using tumblers without lids? I wet tumble mostly now days but I still have 2 vibrators that I occasionally use. Both have lids and I have no dust escaping. I've...
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    Yesterday, 12:13 AM
    Any saw with a course blade should cut it. Circular saw, sawszall, ect. Even a chainsaw. A log splitter if you have one. Even a hand saw with course teeth. Put something in place to catch the chips.
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    Yesterday, 12:08 AM
    You might check with a local welding shop. Probably the smaller the better. Most of them have some scrap laying around. I built my burner and some of my stuff but I had a welding machine and could weld.
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    01-14-2019, 11:41 PM
    lightman replied to a thread ups delivery in Our Town
    I've been very happy with UPS. I don't have a long driveway but I bet my regular delivery guy would travel it if I did. So would the Gal before him. FedX does ok except they occasionally deliver to the wrong address. It works ok, we have good...
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    01-14-2019, 08:38 PM
    I've loaded with several brands and really have not noticed any difference in accuracy. Most of us have at least a little brand loyalty so expect a lot of suggestions. Personally I think a skilled handloader can make decent ammo out of any of them.
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    01-14-2019, 08:30 PM
    Anything we say would just be a guess. I would contact member BNE and arrange to have it tested. He trades an XFR test for lead. Its a really fair swap and a great service that he provides for the members here. He has to work around his job but...
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    01-14-2019, 08:19 PM
    I agree with the 1100-1300 fps range. Recoil starts getting noticeable above 1500. Really noticeable when you approach 2000.
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    01-14-2019, 08:10 PM
    I agree! :drinks: Sounds like something that I would do! I would have bought my buddy and his crew lunch or some beer or something.
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    01-14-2019, 04:15 PM
    I just tell mine that I'm saving a Condor or a Pigeon.
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    01-14-2019, 03:07 PM
    No, I'm not seeing the image and the attachment is not working either.
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    01-14-2019, 09:34 AM
    That would be interesting. And yeah, it was nice of him to take the time to show you around.
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    01-14-2019, 09:27 AM
    I would be tempted to keep one of them just for the "cool" factor. I have a whole shelf dedicated to cool stuff! Odd or vintage bars, ingots, odd wheel weights, ect ect.
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    01-14-2019, 09:24 AM
    I think there are some bullets sold with zinc cores. Is nothing sacred anymore?
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    01-14-2019, 09:22 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Babbit in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I like the way Roger worded that too! I'm seeing more and more Linotype pig molds come up for sale lately. That will eventually mean that the once distinctive shape of a Linotype bar will mean less and less. I've been tempted but they drop a...
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    01-14-2019, 09:01 AM
    I always enjoyed the aspects of hunting for lead and the smelting process. I can't honestly say I like it better than casting but I don't find it to be the dreaded chore that some do. My smelting set up has evolved into a fairly efficient process...
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    01-14-2019, 08:49 AM
    No, I don't count but it would be pretty easy if I did. I use mostly cigar boxes for storage and stack them neatly inside. Simple math to count the rows and multiply by the number in a row. I save the backer boards off of note pads for using to...
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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
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