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    Today, 09:56 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Some people..... in Our Town
    I've never worried too much about a spent bullet falling and maybe I should have. Don't take this statement wrong, I'm extremely careful about back stops and whats beyond the target. But, I do have more respect for a bullet flying under power....
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    Yesterday, 11:58 AM
    The shortages of 2007-2008 are pretty much over and you should be able to find about any powder that you want. Powder has a long shelf life. I keep mine in a controlled environment out of direct sunlight.
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    Yesterday, 11:51 AM
    Cabin fever and the winter just started!
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    Yesterday, 11:50 AM
    I stack my sized and lubed bullets in cigar boxes with the layers separated by a piece of thin cardboard. I save the backing from note/legal pads for this. A file label on the end of the box identifies the bullet and alloy.
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    12-09-2018, 11:26 AM
    Nice score! As a rookie collector I'm fairly drooling over that picture!
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    12-09-2018, 10:48 AM
    I guess its just human nature to argue over stuff. The best truck, the best brand of reloading equipment, the best brand of tools, ect. When I post I try to be as inoffensive as possible. I had a terrible experience with one of the 3 major brands of...
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    12-08-2018, 09:33 AM
    Nice looking shield. I have a 100# bottle in my shop that I smelt with and run my heater off of when I need to. Bulk propane is much cheaper than exchanges. A 30# bottle is a good compromise on size.
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    12-08-2018, 09:25 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Barn Tin? in Cast Boolits
    No, barn tin is galvanized sheet metal. Congratulations on the wheel weight and isotope core scores. Oh yeah, Welcome to the site!
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    12-07-2018, 01:36 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Driving home yesterday in Our Town
    Cool picture, Thumbcocker!
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    12-07-2018, 10:31 AM
    Yesterday morning I switched the dies in my Star sizer and started sizing a couple of gallon jugs full of H&G 68's. After I got tired of sizing I started in to organize my loaded ammo stash. I've slowly started moving the loaded rounds from directly...
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    12-07-2018, 05:51 AM
    Lightweight machine oil is what most use. I run my Herters without any oil. It takes it a little while to settle without oil. I think Redding probably made my Herters scale.
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    12-06-2018, 11:57 PM
    I didn't know you could machine or drill a grade 8 bolt. Learned something new. Several years ago I swapped a little bit of electrical work for a couple of bolt bins and about a truck load of nuts, bolts and washers. Best deal I ever made! It took...
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    12-06-2018, 11:16 PM
    lightman replied to a thread WWII Sailor coming home in Our Town
    Welcome Home Sailor!
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    12-06-2018, 08:18 PM
    I'll take this: #3: RCBS .223 SB die set like new (Midway lists @ $39.99)................................... 20.00 PM on way!
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    12-06-2018, 03:46 PM
    I was hoping that dangerranger made a good haul from this and would maybe post some pictures.
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    12-06-2018, 03:34 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Lighting in a shop in Our Town
    I don't listen to much AM but this is good info. I wonder if they will effect a digital scale? I've had a few LED bulbs that failed much sooner than I expected. All of these were medium base screw in types. I've not become a full fan of them yet!
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    12-06-2018, 12:31 PM
    I'll be another to suggest the RCBS brush. If thats not available a short piece of stranded electrical wire should work. Any electrician that you can encounter on the street would probably give you a few feet of scrap. I'm thinking that #10 or #8...
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    12-06-2018, 12:27 PM
    I'm guessing tin and a little antimony, like you guessed. I would keep those ingots separate and melt them into the next big batch that you do. Fluxed properly, all you should get is ash looking stuff and any lighter metals like wheel weight clips,...
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    12-06-2018, 12:22 PM
    lightman replied to a thread New to reloading in Testing Area
    Welcome Aboard! This is mostly a forum about bullet casting but all here are reloaders and will be glad to answer questions and help. I suggest first buying a reloading book and slowly reading through it. I like the Lyman book, like Walks...
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    12-06-2018, 11:18 AM
    With a revolver and a roll crimp I would trim all of them to match the shortest one. That will probably be the last time that you will ever need to trim. They just do not stretch like bottle neck cases do. In an auto with a taper crimp I would load...
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    12-06-2018, 11:11 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Lighting in a shop in Our Town
    My shop is 30 X 30 with an 11 ft eve height and about 13 ft to the center. I used six 8ft fluorescent fixtures over the main floor and another 8 ft fixture over the work bench. I have plenty of light for general projects but often use supplemental...
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    12-06-2018, 10:59 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Cast iron skillets in Our Town
    I'm finding all of this talk about seasoning and cleaning cast iron to be very interesting. My Wife uses a skillet that we have had for 40+ years and absolutely forbids me to wash it. She will pour the grease out, reheat it and pour water in it....
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    12-06-2018, 10:36 AM
    lightman replied to a thread hornady customer service in Our Town
    Its sad to hear that an established company like Hornady is turning its back on their customers. I don't have any Hornady equipment but my Son and at least another buddy use and like their dies. I've always been treated well by Dillon and RCBS. Lee...
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    12-06-2018, 10:30 AM
    Deer Chili or Beef Stew are always welcome on a cold night. I spent my whole working life outside and there was many a cold wet miserable day that I looked forward to a hot meal and a hot shower.
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    12-05-2018, 11:08 AM
    Thanks for the info guys! Looks like I'll be ordering some Lee handles.
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    12-05-2018, 10:58 AM
    lightman replied to a thread My daughters first deer! in Our Town
    Congratulations to both of you! She looks happy!
    26 replies | 560 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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