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    Today, 09:33 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Kitchen Counter Tops in Our Town
    Thats certainly stood the test of time!
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    Yesterday, 11:02 PM
    I would have no clue on what the mold would be but congratulations on salvaging it!
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    I expect your choice of alloys will work fine. Older wheel weights are all I've ever used.
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    Yesterday, 10:42 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Stolen Zeiss in Our Town
    I hate a thief! Good Luck with a recovery.
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    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Kitchen Counter Tops in Our Town
    Thanks for the reply everyone. Planning on going to look as soon as the weather clears up. I've drawn a sketch with dimensions for pricing purposes.
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    Yesterday, 09:54 AM
    My H&G molds are a joy to cast with, as yours is. You may want to google H&G molds. The H&G website has lots of interesting info. You mold probably has a serial number and possibly can give you the date it was made. The website is in one of the...
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    Yesterday, 09:44 AM
    lightman started a thread Kitchen Counter Tops in Our Town
    Not wanting to hijack the Kitchen Cabinet Thread I started this one. Our formica counter tops are getting kind of ragged and we're looking at replacing them with something new. We're looking at something like Granite, Marble, some of the man made...
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    Yesterday, 09:29 AM
    Condolences for your loss. They truly were the Greatest Generation! RIP Sir!
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    01-16-2018, 06:44 PM
    Having a good reputation around town and with your local gun dealers goes a long way. Also patience is key, I have waited 2+ years for items after casually mentioning that I was interested if they were ever thinking of parting with the item. Most of...
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    01-16-2018, 05:43 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Sticker shock in Reloading Equipment
    Being recently retired, I browse EBay pretty often. I'll look at lead, bullet molds, reloading equipment, measuring instruments, ect. Things interesting to a reloader. I laugh at the 1# lead ingots for $17. And the Lee ingot molds for $17 and $18...
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    01-16-2018, 05:05 PM
    Sounds like a solid set up! Good Luck for later in the week. I'm planning a smelt later in the week myself, weather permitting.
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    01-16-2018, 05:00 PM
    I have a "new to me" one that I have not used yet. I need to go see Lars and pick up some lube. Really looking forward to using this thing!
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    01-16-2018, 03:55 PM
    Resized about 1250 40 S&W cases and started tumbling them. The first batch will be coming out in about 15 minutes. I'll dry them, sort by head stamp, select the ones that I plan to load and store the rest. Still have a bunch to do.
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    01-16-2018, 11:02 AM
    I can take a empty case right off of the ground and run it through my Dillon and make a loaded round out of it. It will function and shoot just fine. But there are a few things that can jam up the process. One of them is getting a military case with...
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    01-16-2018, 08:28 AM
    I agree with Jeepy, I use all old/new 2400 in my 22 hornets and find little if any difference. If the powder was stored properly and unopened (smells good, looks good) I use it. If opened, use it as nutrition for your lawn, no questions.
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    01-15-2018, 09:01 PM
    Thats a nice haul! Every good score does not have to be measured in tons! Looks like a lot of soft lead.
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    01-15-2018, 11:26 AM
    Hoping gdkmedic will come back! Looking forward to hearing more about this. Such as what it weighed, how he loaded and hauled it and how he melted it. I have my own methods but really like to hear about others methods.
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    01-15-2018, 10:51 AM
    Weekly bump, still looking!
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    01-15-2018, 04:53 AM
    I've found a few of those and yeah, they go in the trash. I also find some composite weights, a plastic looking thing.
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    01-14-2018, 10:38 PM
    The title sounded like you were thinking of shooting the bullets again! After reading more, I understand that you are talking about recycling range scrap! Many guys on here do and several have bullet traps. There is even a pretty good thread about...
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    01-14-2018, 10:33 PM
    I've seen plumbing lead in piles of construction trash at curbs in front of older houses before. You might cruse through older neighborhoods occasionally and look for any remodeling. I've seen shower drains and sheet lead piled up with old flooring...
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    01-14-2018, 10:27 PM
    The LE Community is a Brotherhood that usually sticks together. I would bet that you can get permission to mine that range. And yeah, moving a stash is a pain but most of us are more worried about running out than we are for whoever has to deal with...
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    01-14-2018, 10:22 PM
    My reply was to the original question, not noticing that it was from 2014. To kevin c--- I would think blocks or bricks, if stacked securely, would do to elevate your cooker. Most of the heat will be going up. I place a sheet of plywood under...
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    01-13-2018, 10:54 PM
    Networking! Yup, put the word out. The more eyes that are looking the better!
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    01-13-2018, 02:15 PM
    I'm envious of you guys that can find pewter. I find very little thats affordable. I depend on solder for my tin source and the rosin and acid core stuff is messy to work with.
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    01-13-2018, 02:09 PM
    I wish I could have found a stainless pot to use. I looked at my dutch oven today and there is a funky looking scale in it, left over from the flux. It will clean up, its just something else to do.
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    01-13-2018, 02:03 PM
    I use clip-on wheel weights in all of my magnum pistols. The BHN runs 12-14. I never have never used anything softer so I don't know how that would work. I have used harder alloy and it was not as accurate.
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    01-13-2018, 01:54 PM
    I would expect it to work ok. I would cast a few before I added any alloy. My biggest problem was getting the skirts to fill out. Adding a little tin would help on that.
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    01-13-2018, 01:46 PM
    I've melted wet lead before with no problem. I loaded the pot before starting the fire. The water evaporated or cooked off before the lead melted. The only wet stuff that has ever bothered me was jacketed bullets. I try to use a covered pot for...
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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