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    Yesterday, 11:02 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Unlimited overtime in Our Town
    iam with frosty if you cant make it without ot doing something wrong 71 and still working not me[/QUOTE I don't feel like I did a thing wrong. OT added to my retirement, and it made for a comfortable life style along the way. And I'm not 71...
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    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    Mary B 100%!
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    Yesterday, 06:44 PM
    Started prepping 223 brass for a Prairie Dog hunt in May. I'll stretch it out by working a little everyday.
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    Yesterday, 06:31 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Unlimited overtime in Our Town
    Overtime is nice! I worked a lot of it. 600-1000 hr a year. Get it while you can.
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    Yesterday, 12:02 PM
    I have a few of Tom's molds and my experience is the same as everyone else. About 5 days from ordering to receiving and its a quality mold. I like the optional trough in the sprue cutter, but thats mostly personal preference.
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    Yesterday, 11:51 AM
    I use a plastic tipped mallet. I'm guessing its 4 to 6oz. Its as old as I am and I don't know where it was purchased. This works well on molds up to 4 cavity. I don't have a mold larger than that. I sometimes cast with 2 other friends. One of...
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    Yesterday, 11:44 AM
    I'm in the "go big" crowd I guess. I estimate mine puts out 500,000 BTU's if turned up to full throttle. It will put some serious frost on a 20# propane tank! It will also melt 400# of wheel weights in about 20 minutes This is one reason that I hand...
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    Yesterday, 11:35 AM
    The Magma is the only one that I know of that is signifantly larger than 20 pounds. Its expensive compared to the others!
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    Yesterday, 11:07 AM
    Like the others have said, it depends on how many lube grooves the bullet has and how deep they are. Lar's lube is cheaper that other lube that you see on line. And he is local ( less than 30 miles) to me. I always enjoy the visit when I stop by his...
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    Yesterday, 10:57 AM
    I'm still trying to do something everyday. Both chore wise and in the loading room. About every other night the Wife and have started watching a movie. Last night we watched the newer version or Midway. A few nights ago I watched Shooter. We have...
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    Yesterday, 10:40 AM
    I'm not a gardener so my planting will be stuff for the Wildlife. About the middle of April I'll start working on 10 acres to plant Sunflowers on for a Dove hunt that I host every year. My field is pretty grown up and needs lots of work. If the...
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    03-28-2020, 09:01 PM
    I've only owned one, but by God it was excellent.
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    03-28-2020, 06:46 PM
    Bazoo replied to a thread More prayer needed in Our Chapel
    Thanks Blackwater. My concern in death is not getting to see my baby grow up, and leaving a sickly wife with no one to take care of her. Little Bazoo is 7 months old.
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    03-28-2020, 06:42 PM
    I've never encountered the old dies that shave lead, though I've heard of them. Is there any way to tell them apart? I have an old die that doesn't have the O ring like new ones do. I prefer it.
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    03-28-2020, 04:33 PM
    Are you saying you're looking at 2 dies for sale, one set designated as H I and one set designated just as sizing die for a Lyman 4500? There would be no difference other than the listing title.
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    03-27-2020, 07:18 PM
    I don't usually weigh cast bullets but a few experiments that I have done the bullets were within .3 grain of +or- .015. Thats in the ball park of your better jacketed bullets.
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    03-27-2020, 01:09 PM
    Laughing, but with you and not at you! :drinks: Most all of us have done that, either from not knowing or by accident, like you did. I have been pretty successful getting them loose by hand but it helps if you have tough hands.
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    03-27-2020, 01:02 PM
    I store my powder and primers in their original containers on shelves in my loading room. My loading room is in my house where the temperature is controlled. The shelves are not exposed to sunlight.
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    03-27-2020, 12:52 PM
    Its either one of two things. Either your mold or your lead is not hot enough. It may even be both of those. Or your mold may be contaminated with something. Get after it with either some brake cleaner and an old tooth brush or some hot water and...
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    03-27-2020, 12:47 PM
    My go to is a 150 grain Keith Type SWC. Next up is the same Keith Type SWC weighing 170 grains. Most mold manufactures make either of these. My 150 is an RCBS and the 170 is an original H&G.
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    03-27-2020, 12:44 PM
    All good suggestions above. But don't knock your self out looking for a used hot plate. You can get a new one from Walmart for 12 or 14 dollars. But if you see a used one for a lot less you can grab it.
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    03-27-2020, 12:32 PM
    About the only thing I would change in my casting set-up is that I would start with a Star sizer rather than buying one 40 years later. I also recommend starting with a 20 pound pot. I've made a few improvements over the years as technology advanced...
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    03-27-2020, 12:15 PM
    For those of you that may need to replace a cord someday, Lowes and Home Depot have short cords with only the male end. I used these when installing things like dish washers and garbage disposals. Seems like they are $4 to $6 for a 5 or 6 ft one.
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    03-27-2020, 12:04 PM
    Like a few of you, I'm in between projects and doing some cleaning and organizing. I'm thinking about some ammo shelves. I saw some pictures on Snipers Hide recently of some shelves made from concrete blocks and boards for holding ammo cans. Hum,...
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    03-27-2020, 11:38 AM
    Thats tough news. I'm sure you will land on your feet but I know the unknown is bothering you. Wishing you the best of Luck finding something. Keep your head up!
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    03-27-2020, 12:41 AM
    From my experience I think a hotter temperature is better for fluxing. Seems like the oxides reduce back in easier. Also seems like the melt lets to of dirt/debris a little better.
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    03-27-2020, 12:35 AM
    Leads trying to make a run for it. Welcome to the world of bottom pour pots. You can tell I'm a ladle caster I bet. :grin:
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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