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    Today, 01:02 PM
    I prefer to use a hand primer because I can do it while relaxing in the recliner and it lets me be around the family. I was always satisfied with the job that the press did priming.
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    Today, 10:15 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Die Clean up in Reloading Equipment
    I'll try to remember that company. I've use bore brushes with bore solvent and bore mops with polishing compound before with good results. I even used a small engine cylinder hone to smooth up a rough operating powder measure once.
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    Today, 10:07 AM
    I've had one since the 70's. Its been cycled 10's of thousands of times. Still tight and smooth. I don't prime on it anymore but it did a good job, back when I did. I have the occasional spent primer escape but a piece of cardboard in the back of...
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    Yesterday, 02:01 PM
    I've not found the magnet to be very useful for sorting. It will pick up lead weights by the clip. To me the steel weights are very distinctive looking and are easy to spot. If you have a bunch of stick on weights the magnet would work ok.
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    07-17-2018, 10:46 PM
    Nothing lately, but I smelted a bunch of lead right at the end of the winter. About 7000# worth. I posted pictures and even had a contest guessing the number of ingots that was in a pile that went to a buddy. My casting is about over for now, until...
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    07-17-2018, 10:26 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Today's kids in Our Town
    I was whipped a lot, maybe too much. I only had to whip my boys a few times. I hated myself afterwards but they turned out ok. I clearly explained what I expected from them and rewarded them for the good. Usually just a kind word or an extra...
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    07-17-2018, 10:15 PM
    My problem is that I can't do everything like I could do in the past. I do and did better work than most of what I pay for and that makes me mad. I've worked with a lot of Craftsmen but they are harder and harder to find. They are all retiring and...
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    07-17-2018, 10:06 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Sunflowers & Doves in Our Town
    My Wife and I feed the birds here at home. To the tune of 50# of sunflower seeds every 2 weeks. We also buy several cases of Grape jelly during the Spring for the Oreoles. We have a few pair of the Eurasian doves. The home fed ones are as big as...
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    07-17-2018, 05:19 PM
    I don't see why it would not work in a revolver. Like shooting a 38 special in a 357 magnum chamber. I'm not sure if you could load Gap cases in a acp die set though. The newer sets say gap on the label but the older ones may not crimp. Small primer...
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    07-17-2018, 05:08 PM
    Hope it continues to go well for you. We just finished a bathroom remodel. Had a walk in granite shower built. That turned into new cabinets and top, new commode, and new paint. About 6 weeks from start to finish. It went pretty smoothly but we're...
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    07-17-2018, 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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    07-17-2018, 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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    07-17-2018, 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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    07-16-2018, 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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    07-16-2018, 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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    07-16-2018, 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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    07-16-2018, 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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    07-16-2018, 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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    07-16-2018, 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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    07-16-2018, 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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    07-16-2018, 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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    07-16-2018, 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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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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