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    Today, 09:15 AM
    Probably because it was firearms related?
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    Today, 09:05 AM
    As a retired serviceman (electric not military) I've changed out hundreds of transformers. Its just another day at the office if you live in farming country and have thousands of electric irrigation wells in your territory. Older transformers may or...
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    05-23-2018, 10:55 PM
    3 gallons for 15 minutes of work sounds like a good score! Hope you get a good yield from it. It may become a regular source for you.
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    05-23-2018, 11:52 AM
    I actually worked in one of those places back in the 70's when going to high school and college and used a bubble balancer. I also had the forethought to collect all of the broken or damaged weights. I still have a few left. There were a few zinc...
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    05-23-2018, 11:44 AM
    I've gotten where I mostly depend on my PID. But, my RCBS dial type thermometer reads pretty close as does the Tel True that I have. I think NOE sells them. There have been a lot of threads about Lyman not being accurate.
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    05-23-2018, 11:34 AM
    I have an autographed copy of No Second Place Winner. I got to meet the gentleman at the Tulsa Gun Show one year. Any reloading book by John Wooters. Home Guide to Cartridge Conversions by George Nonte Most of the books by General Hatcher
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    05-23-2018, 08:41 AM
    Some of the guys that I shoot with have M-16's and its pretty common to find the neck of a 223 case stuck to a loaded round, laying on the firing line. And have separated broken 223 brass laying around after they shoot. I wondered if you could...
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    05-23-2018, 08:26 AM
    lightman replied to a thread ROGERDAT is a nice guy! in Our Town
    The few members that I have met or talked to on the phone have been nice guys, one and all! Its always cool to hear about members meeting other members.
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    05-22-2018, 11:55 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Pet 223 Loads in Reloading Equipment
    Thanks for the replys everyone. I'm not sure if I am going to cast for this rifle or not. I'm still on the fence.
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    05-21-2018, 10:47 PM
    I've seen some nice metal shop built stands and a few homemade ones. The main thing is for it to have the clearance to run a tray of cases under it. Some powder measures come with a flat bar used to mount the powder measure to the top of the press...
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    05-21-2018, 10:42 PM
    If you seek out the skidder and truck tire shops... your success rate will increase... the "regular" car/truck shops will be up to date on FE and Zn weights... the more remote the shop, the better you will do.
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    05-21-2018, 10:36 PM
    Sometimes the good ole days were really the good ole days! I don't remember exactly when but wheel weight alloy changed. Older weights had a little more tin than modern weights. Thats a good score!
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    05-21-2018, 10:33 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Tin removal in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Melting it at a higher than normal temperature will cook some of it out. Not all, but some of it. But, tin is considered to be very valuable to us casters and I suggest diluting it with a lesser tin rich alloy to save it. Just curious, what alloy...
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    05-21-2018, 10:22 PM
    I agree, those sound like linotype pigs, or bars. Google "linotype" and you can find lots of info. Lino is a good alloy for adding to pure lead.
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    05-21-2018, 10:17 PM
    Like the others posted, try a little less pressure or maybe some heat. When I load cast bullets I keep a towel or rag on my knee and wipe the base off on each bullet. Yeah, its a pain. Another step in the process. But, some dies, some bullets, some...
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    05-21-2018, 10:07 PM
    Really glad to see you back on the road to recovery. My current shots hurt and leave sore spots. I've gotten where I dread every other day. Its better than the oral stuff that they had me try, it nearly killed me. Praying for you, take care.
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    05-21-2018, 09:18 AM
    Would anyone here care to share your pet 223 loads? I'm no newby to reloading or to the 223 but I'm about to rebarrel one of my 223 Varmint rifles and I am interested in exploring some other powders. My varmint load is BL-C2 and one of the plastic...
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    05-21-2018, 09:02 AM
    With the proper precautions those cases should reload and shoot ok. But as plentiful as 9mm brass is I would probably scrap them. You can find some interesting stuff mixed up in range brass!
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    05-21-2018, 08:56 AM
    Still working on 223's. Probably resize a few hundred more and process them. Maybe start loading the ones that I processed last week while this batch is tumbling and drying.
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    05-20-2018, 04:26 PM
    My biggest regret was a Ruger 22 target pistol made in the 200th year of American Liberty. I have had a few that I passed on buying that I wish I had bought. One was a S&W "N" frame parts gun. I think it was originally a M-28 but it had a 44...
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    05-20-2018, 11:35 AM
    I'll take this: 10mm brass 600 pcs $30 pm on way!
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    05-19-2018, 11:57 PM
    That was a good score! Depending on your age you should consider keeping all of it. That would be a lifetime supply of tin for most casters.
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    05-19-2018, 11:40 PM
    Thats a nice looking pot! You did a good job on it.
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    05-19-2018, 11:36 PM
    It looks like you had a good day! Your bullets look good.
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    05-19-2018, 11:27 AM
    This is what I would do if I had the extra bench space. I would really like to keep the large amount of carbon and stuff away from the ram on my loading press.
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    05-19-2018, 11:20 AM
    Midway gets more than its share of bashing but I've always liked dealing with them. You can get decent pricing by watching their sales.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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
GC Gas Check