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  • lightman's Avatar
    11-08-2018, 12:59 PM
    Its been interesting reading about your project. I would love to have an electric bottom pour pot that would hold 300 or 400 pound of lead. I've looked at ceramic kilns thinking thoughts that only a caster would have!
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    11-08-2018, 12:41 PM
    Washed and deprimmed a tub of range brass that I picked up. I love deer season, I find calibers other than 9mm, 40 S&W and 223! I don't need it, just can't help it! My Wife and I enjoy riding around to the local shooting spots looking for brass. We...
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    11-08-2018, 10:47 AM
    I'm not sure if I would spend the money to have a die plated. At one time I considered send one off to Armoloy but I never did. I have been tempted by Dillon's carbide 223 and 308 dies. But I'm a hobby reloader and have never worn out a sizing die.
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    11-08-2018, 10:44 AM
    I've experienced inconsistencies with collet type trimmers. hen I used one I would try to tighten the collet the same each time. I've been very satisfied with my Wilson trimmer as all tricked out by Sinclair. With the carbide cutter, its a pleasure...
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    11-08-2018, 10:29 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Resizing 308 brass? in Cast Boolits
    Glad you found the problem. I've never used Lee lube so I've had no experience with it. I've only had one set of Lyman dies and they worked ok, no complaints there.
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    11-08-2018, 10:15 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Five For Five in Hunting with CB's
    Good going and nice pictures. Too bad your Son and Grandsons didn't get any action. Maybe another time?
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    11-08-2018, 05:29 AM
    I think you're right to be concerned about moisture. A friend gave me some reloading equipment that he had in a storage building and some of it was rusty. Some of the ammo showed signs of corrosion. He had it stored in plastic boxes.
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    11-08-2018, 05:27 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Impulse Buy! in Our Town
    Thats a cool video. I've worked around some heavy equipment but never handled anything quite that heavy.
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    11-07-2018, 04:29 PM
    I've remelted cast and lubed bullets several times with no problem. I did start with a cold pot. Be prepared for a good bit of smoke.
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    11-07-2018, 11:39 AM
    I don't cut the clips off either. Its just too much extra work. hen I sort weights I dump the bucket out on a flat surface, usually where I can sit down near it. Then I start picking through it. I start with the trash, like lug nuts, valve stems,...
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    11-07-2018, 10:50 AM
    I bought an annealing machine about 10 years ago because I got tired of my new unfired Winchester 223 cases getting split necks on the first firing. I shoot enough 223 that it got to be too much work annealing by hand. Before that I dipped them in...
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    11-06-2018, 08:58 PM
    My journey through priming goes something like this. I started priming on the press. After a few I developed a feel for it and got good results. Then we started having kids and I looked for ways to be around the family more. So I bought the original...
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    11-06-2018, 08:27 PM
    If your yield is ok you got a fair price. Read the stickies about sorting wheel weights. Not knowing your experience I won't offer advice but feel free to ask. I would separate the stick ons from the clip ons. If you have a good yield try to...
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    11-06-2018, 04:36 PM
    Thanks for the replys everyone. Our gun season opens on Saturday and I'm planning of leaving out in the morning. I usually have a deer or two by now but I missed muzzle loading season.
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    11-06-2018, 09:27 AM
    BNE, a member here has access to an XFR tester and has posted a series of test that have been made into stickies. I'm was amazed and quite pleased to see how consistent the alloy is. His post are well worth the time to read and he is a great guy too!
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    11-06-2018, 09:18 AM
    Yeah, so much of that stuff looks too good to melt!
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    11-06-2018, 09:15 AM
    Thats what I do. I shoot a 50 caliber and cast .490 round balls out of cable sheathing.
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    11-06-2018, 09:12 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Teachers...... in Our Town
    My hats off to your Wife as a teacher. They are under paid and under appreciate! I had 90 hours towards a teaching degree when I woke up one morning and realized that I was not cut out for a teacher.
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    11-06-2018, 09:08 AM
    I don't really believe in astrology but I'm a Leo. I usually finish my projects in a decent time frame. With my age and my health I find that I have fewer projects than in the past. One project that I need to get back to is a bell. My neighbor gave...
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    11-06-2018, 09:02 AM
    I have mine cut up professionally, I'm just not that good at it. I've found a place that does a good job and you get your own deer, not someone elses. I keep the tenderloin and backstraps to take home. They make steaks out of everything suitable and...
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    11-06-2018, 08:51 AM
    That sounds delicious! The only bear that I ever had was done like a beef stew.
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    11-05-2018, 08:25 PM
    I'll 2nd running lower temps. It seems that the higher the temps the more dross that I get.
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    11-05-2018, 08:22 PM
    Glad it worked out well for you. I've remelted lubed bullets before and expected for it to be uneventful for you.
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    11-05-2018, 08:19 PM
    I recently went back and reread this entire thread. Its kind of sad the number of those members that no longer post, for whatever reason.
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    11-05-2018, 08:08 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Couldn't Sleep ....So in Our Town
    For some reason I have not slept well for the last few nights. I didn't want to wake up Mrs Lightman by going outside and casting so I just play on the computer. If you see post from me in the middle of the night.........well now you know why!
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    11-05-2018, 08:04 PM
    I shoot with a pair of Raybans. I use the generic type of safety glasses used in industry for working, casting, ect. The kind that you can buy at wholesale or Mill and Mine supply stores.
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    11-04-2018, 06:32 PM
    Congratulations on getting that ole boy back up and running. I have settled on 4 cavities being a good compromise between comfort and production. A young strong guy sure can drop a bunch of bullets with a large gang mold!
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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
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