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    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    I use 5# in a 15# Thumblers drum. A 9MM case of LemiShine, a spoon full of Armor All wash and wax and just cover the brass with water.
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    Yesterday, 11:10 AM
    The boards are a good idea! My shop floor is only 3-1/2 inch thick. I wanted an 8 inch floor with wire and rebar but they poured it when I was out of town on a storm! Ah, the life of a Lineman! 😀
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    Yesterday, 11:02 AM
    Since I started this thread in 2015 I have tried several ideas. And like a lot of you, I have a tendency to use or adapt things that I already have. Sometimes they even work! I settled on using a ground rod clamp to hold 2 stamps. I replaced...
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    Yesterday, 10:40 AM
    I use straight clip on wheel weights for nearly everything including 9MM and 45. Lyman #2 or 92-6-2 alloy sure is a joy to cast with though!
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    Yesterday, 10:34 AM
    I voted no gloves. I'm not one to ignore using PPE. I cast with long pants, long sleeve shirt and safety glasses, but no gloves. I do wear gloves when adding lead to to the pot. I also wear gloves when smelting.
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    Yesterday, 10:27 AM
    I try to match the handle to the mold brand. I have been tempted to try the Lee handles at 1/3 the cost of RCBS handles, but the mixed reviews have kept me away from them. I have had a few sets of RCBS handles that I had to pin, so that's not just a...
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    Yesterday, 10:17 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Mold Preheater in Casting Equipment
    I won't thumb my nose at your idea. Every thing we do or use started off as someone's idea! But my hot plate that came from Walmart cost less than $12 works really well. For the cost and the fact that it's "plug and play", it's going to be hard to...
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    Yesterday, 09:59 AM
    I wish someone made a replacement cutter for the original Lee case gauge trimmer made of carbide.
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    Yesterday, 09:15 AM
    lightman replied to a thread been on a roll!! in Our Town
    Sorry to hear about your long night. Was hoping you were on the mend.
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    11-20-2017, 06:25 PM
    It's personal preference. Custom molds are nice but I've never been disappointed with an RCBS mold. I'm probably going to add a 35 caliber mold to my haram next year. Mine will be for the 357 Herrett.
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    11-20-2017, 06:17 PM
    That's a cool looking ingot! Over the years I have melted some things that I wish I had kept.
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    11-20-2017, 06:06 PM
    Look under vender sponsors for smelting pots and molds.
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    11-20-2017, 10:11 AM
    lightman replied to a thread been on a roll!! in Our Town
    Back problems suck! Glad they found the problem. I had my first surgery as a senior in high school. Our chosen profession was not easy on the ole back! Take care, my Friend.
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    11-19-2017, 09:29 PM
    Have not used the new one but I like their lanolin and alcohol lube.
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    11-19-2017, 09:07 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Today my coydog in Our Town
    Sorry for your loss. It's tough to loose a friend.
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    11-19-2017, 09:00 PM
    Lots of good ideas Guys! Grmps ---That's a neat set up. I thought about building something along those lines. I even thought about buying a 12 inch deep pallet rack. USSR----That's true, many of us are retired and our time is cheap! Stamping...
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    11-19-2017, 02:25 PM
    Thanks for the replys everyone. I just made a list of my milk crates and their contents. I have a major smelt ahead of me, weather permitting, after hunting season. Just looking for a more efficient method than what I'm doing. I'm slowly moving my...
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    11-19-2017, 12:01 PM
    Like the title says, looking for ideas. Since I joined the site in 09 I have seen pictures of your scores, your stashes in the old "Lifetime Supply Thread" and pictures on the loading bench thread. Do you have it displayed on shelves, a paper list,...
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    11-19-2017, 09:30 AM
    Thats more than a great score! Thats a steal at that price! I would go back too.
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    11-19-2017, 05:40 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Soft lead? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    There are members here who trade lead, so a trade is possible. Check out the swapping and selling section. I expect most would want ingots in a trade although most prefer any printers type to be in original form.
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    11-19-2017, 05:31 AM
    The example you are holding looks like pure but your ingots really don't. There is a member here that can test it for you. It could be some type of babbit. That pallet, with 500# on it, would be worrying me until I found a way to get it home!
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    11-19-2017, 05:02 AM
    Sounds like you have a good friend! With that much lead, I bet his F-150 was sitting low. That looks like nice clean lead. I recently hauled 2800# and it squatted my F-250 a little. Sorry for the loss of your other friend.
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    11-18-2017, 06:06 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Soft lead? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I would flux your soft lead as that will clean it. If it has other alloy in it, then it pretty much is going to be in it. I would flux any wheelweights that you melt also. Most of us use a separate pot for smelting larger batches of lead so as to...
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    11-18-2017, 06:01 PM
    Thats a great score! Lino is getting harder and harder to find.
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    11-18-2017, 05:59 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Unknown bullets in Cast Boolits
    This is kind of a personal thing, but I don't shoot unknown reloads. I recently, like last month, pulled several hundred bullets from someone else reloads. You can weigh the risk and take your chances. I just don't.
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    11-18-2017, 08:04 AM
    Thats a nice score! Most of the scrap yards around here have been bought by bigger corporations and won't sell to the public. I agree, get it while you can. Reddirt, sorry to hear that news. Thats a tough lick, my Friend!
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    11-18-2017, 07:58 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Smelting pot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Nice looking work on your smelting pot. I welded handles on my pot, mostly to help when moving it around. They are handy when you want to empty the dregs out of the pot when changing alloys. I agree, that stand looks a little flimsy. It may hold the...
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    11-18-2017, 07:32 AM
    Older houses often used sheet lead for roof flashing and the gasket (often called a roof jack) around vent pipes was often lead. I've heard of lead window weights but I've never seen one. Most all of this lead is soft.
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    11-18-2017, 07:14 AM
    lightman replied to a thread 4th generation bowkiller in Our Town
    Congratulations to your Grandson! And to you and your Son for raising him that way. None of mine are that old yet, but the 9 year old Grandson killed his first deer last year with a rifle. The Guys at camp made a big deal out of it and he walked on...
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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