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    Yesterday, 08:49 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Best Lead remover in Cast Boolits
    A good bore brush and solvent usually work for me. On severe cases I'll use a piece of copper scouring pad. I have bought a few sq ft of copper screen at the hardware store and used a slotted cleaning jag. I think thats pretty much what the Lewis...
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    Yesterday, 08:13 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Smelting pot in Casting Equipment
    Lard should work ok but it might be messy. Someone on here coined the phrase that any "carbon based lifeform" will work. I use pine sawdust followed by wax when smelting dirty scrap and use wax in my casting pot. Any sawdust will work but it seems...
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    Yesterday, 08:03 AM
    Thats sad to hear but thats the way thing go. They had a good run.
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    Yesterday, 08:01 AM
    No kidding, what a score!!! My go to type of lead has always been wheel weights. I like the alloy but its a good bit of work. Sorting, smelting, even the time hunting for them. About like your bucket of range scrap. Crazy as it sounds, I do rather...
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    01-21-2019, 11:50 PM
    Thats a nice looking tumbler! It looks similar to mine. Mine is a "Big Dawg".
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    01-21-2019, 11:39 PM
    I feel really fortunate to have always had my reloading stuff inside. When we built this house I had the plans drawn with a room for me. Its only 7ft X 10ft, just about right for one person but a little close for two.
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    01-21-2019, 11:15 PM
    Yes, clip on wheel weight alloy has changed. I'm not sure exactly when but it has. Probably 15 or more years ago. It used to have a little less lead and a little more alloy. Newer clip on alloy should be 95+ %PB, a little less than 1%SN and 2.5-3%...
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    01-21-2019, 09:49 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Alloy for 44 Mag in Cast Boolits
    A 44 Magnum is easy to load for. There are many powders that will go from mild to wild and the Keith type bullet usually shoots very well. You will enjoy it! I use straight clip on wheel weights air cooled in all 3 of mine. Probably a BHN of 12...
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    01-21-2019, 09:41 PM
    I have refrained from making any comments on this up to now. I've typed a few then canceled them. Just not much on making comments on ones personal relationships or for offering advice. But having an electrical background I will say that electric...
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    01-21-2019, 11:35 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Cool find! in Cast Boolits
    Thats a cool old book. Nice find!
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    01-21-2019, 11:28 AM
    I've never had a Saeco but I have had Lyman, RCBS and Star sizers. It seems like most sizers are intended to size the bullet .003 or less. If I size much more than that I fell like I'm stressing the machine. Especially with hard alloy. If you are...
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    01-21-2019, 11:21 AM
    I think nearly everyone has broken a pin or two. Whether you deprime and tumble separately or load on a progressive. If you have have not then you will, sooner or later. I've made pins from pop rivets and finishing mails in an emergency. I also keep...
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    01-21-2019, 11:02 AM
    Its pretty common to find pistol brass that is shorter than what the books say. And it will be fine to shoot. Most loading manuals include case length and trim to info in their books. Hickory makes some very good points in his post. Early on I...
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    01-21-2019, 10:40 AM
    I really mis those old fashioned gun stores that I remember as a kid. Gear stacked or laying every place. The smell of cosmoline and gun oil. The group of old guys drinking coffee and arguing over some gun related subject or political event. The guy...
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    01-21-2019, 10:09 AM
    lightman replied to a thread kinda cold here in Our Town
    25 here and sunny, heading for 40. Looks like more rain starting tomorrow.
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    01-20-2019, 10:43 PM
    Are the Echo and Herters part #'s the same? I may have the Herters that you need Hendere, if it's a #6 shoot me a PM and I'll look. If I have one it's yours for postage. I have a bunch but dont use them.
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    01-20-2019, 12:53 PM
    This is pretty much my sentiments too. No doubt its a fine press. It would cost me a small fortune to buy enough die lock rings to convert all of my dies. If I bought one of these I would look into some of the custom jaws and springs that are...
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    01-20-2019, 12:43 PM
    Probably not. Most vibratory units are not water tight. Even then, I doubt you would get enough action from a vibratory unit. You can get pretty good results with a vibratory machine by adding some automotive polish to the corncob media.
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    01-20-2019, 12:30 PM
    I would have expected it to be the other way around, 95% tin. But a google search shows shootinfox to be correct. It looks like its 94.5% lead, 3.3% tin and 2.2% antimony. If it were mine it would go head first into my next wheel weight smelt. Nice...
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    01-20-2019, 12:10 PM
    Mine started leaking badly a few years ago and prompted me to tear into it. I found the "O" rings to be difficult to find. I got mine at a friendly implement (Case IH) dealer. If I did it again I would buy everything from Lyman. Thats not easy to...
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    01-20-2019, 12:19 AM
    I've always oiled mine and degreased them with either brake cleaner or electrical contact cleaner. Once, long ago, I decided to skip degreasing the one I was going to use and just let the lead burn it off. Well, it didn't! And I'm not sure if it...
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    01-20-2019, 12:12 AM
    Resized a coffee can of 380's that I started yesterday. Stumbled onto a nearly full coffee can of 44 specials that I resized also. Messed around and knocked over my shell holder rack so I had 20 something shell holders to sort!
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    01-20-2019, 12:04 AM
    I have used both "squeeze" and "pull". Never have used the word press. On my benchrest trigger I just caress it.
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    01-19-2019, 08:17 PM
    lightman replied to a thread What is This Boolit? in Cast Boolits
    I lubed mine with my fingers.
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    01-19-2019, 08:07 PM
    Saturday Night bump! Still looking!
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    01-19-2019, 04:05 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Smelting pot in Casting Equipment
    We all started off that way. Returning a PM with my contact info. Looking forward to it.
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    01-19-2019, 03:37 PM
    I stack mine in milk crates too. I have a few stacked on the outside wall in the store room and some more stacked on the outside wall of the shop. I would like to have them in the same place but I don't want to crack the concrete. I'm thinking the...
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    01-19-2019, 03:17 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Smelting pot in Casting Equipment
    I cast about once a week, starting about the end of the winter and go up until early summer. I also smelt my years collection of lead about the same time. I usually have a buddy or two down for this. You would be more that welcome to come down and...
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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
GC Gas Check