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    Today, 09:05 PM
    Great stuff! Thank you for sharing!
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 01:39 PM
    Hope you can get your operation back up and running soon. My pot would easily hold all of those and I would load them up cold and light the burner without a second thought. I usually don't use a lid but they do add a little protection and help...
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    Today, 01:31 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Chrono-madness! in Cast Boolits
    I've found my chronograph results to be pretty repeatable. Not exact, but close. Temperature, humidity and elevation make a little difference. What I don't know it whether a displayed speed of say 3000fps is really 3000fps? As far as clocking the...
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    Today, 11:30 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Finally happenned in Our Town
    Glad you were not injured. Deer/auto accidents often result in injury.
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    Today, 09:44 AM
    I'll 2nd the gun show suggestion.
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    Yesterday, 06:09 PM
    There are several good ones. I'll second either K&M or Sinclair. The little Forster works well but is harder to get adjusted. I would also suggest only cleaning up part of the neck. I have a couple of rifles that I have to turn the necks for but...
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    Yesterday, 02:30 PM
    lightman replied to a thread helping the wife in Our Town
    I've found things that I bought when on sale in the past and forgot about until finding them later.
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    Yesterday, 09:40 AM
    I use an old fashioned fireplace for auxiliary heat. Truthfully its more for looks and the ambiance than function. The efficiency that you guys are getting with your stoves is impressive! A fireplace full of wood last a couple of hours at most and...
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    Yesterday, 09:17 AM
    I've never made this type of lube but I do use and like the Dillon lube. I think most of these lubes will separate when left unused and require being shaken before being used. I use a gallon ZipLoc bag and fill it about half full of cases. Two or...
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    Yesterday, 08:08 AM
    Me and a few buddies processed between 6 and 7000 pounds of wheel weights last winter. Using my set up we worked parts of 8 different days. We tried to do 1000-1100 pounds a day. The 8 days included setting up at the beginning and breaking...
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    Yesterday, 08:03 AM
    Thats a nice looking efficient set up! I was tempted to get those guys to build me a larger version of that smelter as I prefer smelting in larger batches. The smaller ones were affordable but one the size I wanted was pretty expensive. If I was at...
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    Yesterday, 07:28 AM
    I probably would attack that with a chain saw. No, I doubt you'll run short on bullets anytime soon!
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    Yesterday, 07:21 AM
    You might consider running a circuit to your deck just for this purpose. Depending on how your house is wired its entirely possible that the existing outlet could be on a circuit with one of the rooms in your house, thus having other stuff on it....
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    10-21-2018, 10:37 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Digging out in Our Town
    Its hard for me to sell guns although I did sell a few. Ones that I bought on a whim or that I thought that I wanted and had my taste change. Or ones that didn't appreciate in value like I hoped. or ones that did........... Being diagnosed with...
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    10-20-2018, 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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    10-20-2018, 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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    10-20-2018, 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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    10-20-2018, 11:55 AM
    Thats a nice score! A little tin will make it useable for what you want to do.
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    10-20-2018, 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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    10-20-2018, 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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    10-20-2018, 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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    10-20-2018, 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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    10-20-2018, 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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    10-20-2018, 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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    10-20-2018, 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.
    21 replies | 603 view(s)
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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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