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  • Bazoo's Avatar
    Today, 09:48 PM
    I use my hand press for priming with good satisfaction. I'm not super happy with lees ram prime unit though. It seems that it seats the primer slightly out of square on both the hand press and my spartan. Im looking to upgrade to one of the other...
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  • Bazoo's Avatar
    Today, 09:04 PM
    Bazoo replied to a thread Lee FCD question in Reloading Equipment
    The shell holder moves the inner sleeve up 1/2 inch or so. Set your die deeper and watch.
    4 replies | 64 view(s)
  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 08:24 PM
    I may possibly have as many as remy3424 that I would send you for the shipping cost. I'll weigh them tomorrow and let you know.
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    Today, 08:01 PM
    You really don't have to let it dry as long as you put it in a cold pot before you light the burner. The moisture will cook out before the lead melts. But you are right, never add it to a pot holding molten lead.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 07:56 PM
    Me and a couple of members Biggin and Tazlaw smelted lead a week ago. We watched the weather but one day was cold enough to be a little uncomfortable. We spent parts of 2 days in the shop and melted our collections from last year. We had about 1200...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 07:49 PM
    Lots of good suggestions above. You can buy from places like; RotoMetals or Zip Metals The swapping and selling section here on Cast Boolits Small Mom and Pop tire shops Craigs list or local flee markets Your local classifides Some scrap...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 07:31 PM
    It seems like isotope lead has changed over the years but its usually very clean lead. I probably would melt a large batch together and send a sample off for test. Thanks for posting this info.
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    Today, 07:25 PM
    I don't trust controlling the temperature to sort the zinc. I hand sort them. What I do is dump a bunch of weights out on a hard surface, like a sheet of plywood. Set this up in a comfortable place. Then I start cherry picking them, going from...
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    Today, 07:02 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Score!!!! in Lead and Lead Alloys
    What do you do??? I think you are doing it! Maybe even treat him to one of his vices. Booze, sweets, ect.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 06:59 PM
    Over the last few years I've seen it selling for $1 a pound pretty consistently. Much more than that it seems to sit there. The different type metals (as in print) seem to sell for $2 a pound. Both of these prices are plus shipping. Trading is more...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 06:46 PM
    Those look good! You will have a stash built up before you know it.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 06:44 PM
    Just finished sorting a double handful of wheel weights and a double handful of range brass. Just busy work.
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  • Bazoo's Avatar
    Today, 05:46 PM
    I've seen it sell there, though I don't know the going price.
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  • Bazoo's Avatar
    Today, 03:00 PM
    I gather you don't have a way to remove the primers such as a universal decapping die or an appropriate sizing die. Well, you can decap brass with a punch if you're careful. A drill press used as an arbor press would be safest. But I have...
    18 replies | 256 view(s)
  • Bazoo's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 PM
    Bazoo replied to a thread PIF swap box in Pay It Forward
    I took the schrade knife and a deer call. I'm adding Lee 30-06 2 die set (needs decapping rod) Hoppes 12ga bore snake new Vintage outers 22 rifle cleaning rod 3 Cheap knives / shotshell knife in blister pack 50 30-30 R-P pickups but...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 11:43 AM
    Nice looking molds! Nice looking shop too!
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    Today, 11:19 AM
    lightman replied to a thread .490 round ball in Cast Boolits
    I have that same mold and like most RCBS molds, its easy to cast with.
    3 replies | 107 view(s)
  • lightman's Avatar
    Today, 11:16 AM
    Just pull the bullets with whatever method thats available to you. A collet puller, an inertia puller or a pair of pliers across the top of the press. Then dump the powder and deprime them. I've removed a lot of live primers. Just go slow and...
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  • Tazlaw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    I collected about 175lbs of range lead today. May smelt it tomorrow. In Arkansas we have a 50/50 chance of rain. Either it will or it won’t! :) Doesn’t matter what the weatherman says. Lol.
    9 replies | 158 view(s)
  • Tazlaw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:06 PM
    I welded some extra legs to my turkey fryer, and made two more bed frame ingot molds. Also turned a sprue knocker! Oh! And went lead mining and got 175lbs of range lead (that’s dirt and all-should give about 110 lbs of ingot lead).
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  • Tazlaw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:59 PM
    Pics of my molds and enhanced turkey fryer stand. I welded some rebar legs (3) to the existing three legs. Should be able to hold a great deal more weight without the “fear factor”! The molds are 8.5” long. I was able to get three molds (a 2 banger...
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  • Tazlaw's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 10:52 PM
    It was a bed frame. Pretty thin but hold up well. I’ll try and post a pic tomorrow. I got 27 ingots from my first pot. It was slightly over 50 lbs.
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  • Tazlaw's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 09:59 PM
    I made a couple molds out of a bed frame. 1” angle, 8.5” long. Ends cut at angle for draft. I made them to fit in SFRB. It will maximize the amount of lead able to go in said box. They have weighed out an a average of 1.75 lbs. I thought storing it...
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    02-15-2020, 07:18 PM
    maxreloader replied to a thread Antique or not? in Our Town
    Welp Battis the Kittery Trading Post is a special buncha guys at the gun counter / trade counter especially... there are a few great guys there but mostly dolts. I havent set foot in that place in over two years because of one of the dolts and his...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 07:09 PM
    I broke the original pin in mine due to a small rock being in the case. That plus being in a hurry! I just ordered a new one and a couple of spares from Midway. There are some good aftermarket ones for sale. Squirrel Daddy is one, I think.
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    02-15-2020, 07:03 PM
    They look like someones homemade dies for use in an arbor press.
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    02-15-2020, 06:59 PM
    Roger, I know what you mean. I learned to weld as a kid and was a pretty fair mechanic. That was the days before you used a computer to troubleshoot a problem. I still have a timing light and a dwell meter on the wall behind my workbench. And a pair...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 06:45 PM
    Theres no doubt that you are correct about that. I have a few notes attached to my will suggesting what to do with a few things. My lead stash is on that list. I still get lead when its free or cheap even though I'm sure to be at that lifetime...
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    02-15-2020, 04:17 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Haul post in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I certainly understand the budget thing! Most of us started small and nothing says that you have to change. If it works it works! I started with a 10# cast iron pot on a Coleman stove. And the same types slotted spoon and serving spoons. Still have...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 04:08 PM
    I expect range lead is going to be the way of the future. It already is for many of us.
    32 replies | 569 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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