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    Today, 08:08 PM
    I agree that a 16 gauge cord would carry the load that your Lee pot pulls. But like JohnB says, it may not carry your pot and anything else. I would go buy a short 12 gauge cord dedicated to your casting operation. They are pretty inexpensive and...
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    Today, 05:26 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Copperheads in Our Town
    I'm pretty sure these were Copperheads. The triangle shaped heads and elliptical pupils point to a pit viper.
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    Today, 05:23 PM
    lightman replied to a thread I'm not feeling well in Our Town
    Thats sad! Prayers offered to him and family.
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    Today, 05:22 PM
    lightman replied to a thread table saw problems in Our Town
    Good news on finding the bad connection. If you ever do have to change the capacitor, take a picture or make some notes on the connections.
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    Today, 05:04 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Bullets in a fire in Our Town
    Loaded ammo in a fire can be dangerous, mostly due to brass particles and primers flying around. While serious injury could happen the likelihood is pretty small. A loaded firearm in a fire is another story. Contained in a chamber and cooking off is...
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    10-17-2018, 03:05 PM
    I'll take: #3, Winchester superspeed 117 grain soft point 25/35. Old yellow box from 1950’s-70’s?. Box has some prices written on them in colored pencil, other than that the box is pretty good condition. Ammo is shiny without any tarnish or...
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    10-16-2018, 09:01 PM
    lightman replied to a thread More Lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Everything you scored would classify as soft but the cable sheathing probably is going to run 98-98.5% where the rest is going to be 99% +. I've scored lots of cable sheathing and have used it for black powder and for round balls. Thats a good score!
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    10-16-2018, 08:47 PM
    Yup, Beautiful!
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    10-16-2018, 02:44 PM
    lightman replied to a thread More Lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Thats a nice score! What form was this in?
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    10-16-2018, 09:39 AM
    lightman replied to a thread What are these, Orbs? in Our Town
    We have mysterious things on game cameras sometimes that we can't explain. I also just recently changed the security system at my house and added a few cameras. I have the ability to access the cameras with my phone. One of them gets lots more bugs...
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    10-15-2018, 08:42 AM
    Nice haul! I envy you guys that can find pewter. One day last winter I went to 8 different stores and found one little dish. Oh, there was some other stuff but it had antique prices on it.One was a really nice engraved serving tray that I would not...
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    10-14-2018, 08:05 PM
    Sunday Bump! Still looking.
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    10-14-2018, 07:21 PM
    I would cut off an old propane tank. They are big enough for odd chunks of lead like plumbing traps and cable splice covers. I quickly got tired of cutting up odd chunks of lead just to make it fit into a small pot.
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    10-14-2018, 07:14 PM
    lightman replied to a thread A bit too hard lol in Cast Boolits
    When I first started casting I was working part time at a local paper. They had long before gotten away from hot type but one of the older guys had some stashed away that he gave to me. Not knowing any better I cast bullets from straight mono type...
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    10-14-2018, 09:13 AM
    Seeing those organ pipes is like riding around in the older parts of New Orleans or Charleston and seeing all of the lead flashing on those old buildings. Kind of a tease to a caster!
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    10-13-2018, 07:42 PM
    I cant wait to get the PB flowing into this one! Been on my backburner "need to find" list for a while!!!
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    10-13-2018, 07:13 PM
    I'll take it!
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    10-13-2018, 11:33 AM
    This is my approach. Having recently acquired a Star sizer I outfitted it with dies for the high volume bullets that I size and stayed with my Lyman 450 for the lower volume calibers. I'll probably eventually add more dies for the Star. I'll also...
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    10-13-2018, 11:21 AM
    With that much variation using 748 I would advise him to work on his technique. I can stay within 1/10th with my RCBS measure and a few others over the years. Now, extruded powder is another story! But I've found ball and flake powders meter very...
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    10-13-2018, 11:08 AM
    I would like to hear how the OP came out on this project. Hopefully it was a great score for him.
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    10-13-2018, 10:55 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Crazy idea check??? in Cast Boolits
    Its not crazy. If you have the skills and tooling it should work out fine. I've had a few bevel base molds that I would have liked to do this with.
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    10-13-2018, 10:47 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Amputation in Our Town
    Wow, She has been through a lot! And so have you. I would defiantly get another opinion before doing anything permanent. Good Luck with this and please keep us informed.
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    10-13-2018, 10:24 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Copperheads in Our Town
    Arkansas also has all 4 of the poisonous snakes known to be in the US. I only remember seeing 1 Coral snake. We have plenty of the other 3 at deer camp. Makes for an interesting Squirrel hunt in the early fall!
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    10-11-2018, 09:22 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Knob Creek, Kentucky... in Our Town
    Take some cash! They have some neat stuff for sale.
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    10-11-2018, 09:19 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Help retreving iPad in Our Town
    Some type of garden tool like a garden hoe or grubbing hoe should be able to capture it. If you have to buy something that gripper thingy pictured above should work.
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    10-10-2018, 09:49 PM
    Thats a good score. 250# in 2 stops nowadays is unheard of. And your lead yield is good too! I would say you have identified the weights in your pictures correctly. That MC weight at the bottom looks like one of those plastic composite weights. Its...
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    10-10-2018, 11:17 AM
    I run the temps on my ProMelt at 720 - 730. I control the frosting with my casting speed. Much below 700 and the flow seems to be sluggish.
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    10-10-2018, 07:57 AM
    lightman replied to a thread A thanks to all. in Our Town
    Glad you're enjoying the ride!
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    10-09-2018, 10:27 PM
    The last smelting pictures that I posted were 350-400 pounds of reclaimed shot. It took longer to melt than any other lead that I have melted. Once the lead melted I could skim the graphite off and flux. I kept one ingot out of the bunch with the...
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    10-09-2018, 05:50 PM
    lightman replied to a thread A day of Retirement in Our Town
    Sounds like a fun trip.
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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
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