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    Today, 06:46 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Rooster Red? in Boolit Lube !
    I've found it to be a pretty good lube. I think Cabelas used to have it. I used it in a Lyman 450 that requires a hollow stick. It is a hard lube and has to be heated. I don't know how it would be to melt. I would sat it was a nice find if you got...
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    Today, 03:45 PM
    I never have been gutsy enough to seat/reseat a primer in a loaded case. I'll pull the bullet, dump the powder and then seat the primer. Its probably not that dangerous, but??? I do like Char-Gar with the look and feel test when seating primers....
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    Today, 11:33 AM
    I'm thinking that 170 is too cool. I run my cheap Walmart hot plate at the half way mark on the dial, probably in the 300 range, and get good bullets on about the second or third cast. I have an 1/8th inch thick piece of steel plate over the...
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    Today, 11:09 AM
    I pulled down a bunch of ammo several weeks ago. I will shoot any old ammo that I loaded but I pull down any duds and dropped ammo that I find at the range. I also pull down any ammo that I acquire through trades or from estate or garage sale deals....
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    Today, 11:03 AM
    After lunch I'll get back to sorting, sizing and tumbling 9mm brass. My goal for the winter is to get all of my pistol brass organized and a lot of it loaded.
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    Today, 10:59 AM
    I have a network of friends that swap or trade brass. We don't keep score, we just pass down anything that we don't personally load or that we have in surplus. I also joined Castboolits sister site ABT. There are a lot of cartridges that I have no...
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    Today, 10:47 AM
    Yeah, Thanks for that link. I'm usually not impressed with many so called "experts" that have their own websites. I've found that most of them know less than we do and have seen some downright dumb and even dangerous stuff. This site proved to be...
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    12-15-2017, 10:45 PM
    or you could pick up a new Sig P220 in 10mm with enough cash left over to buy a Glock 29 and a box of ammo :bigsmyl2:
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    12-15-2017, 10:39 PM
    The turret looks like a Herters Super 3 had a baby with a Redding T7.
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    12-15-2017, 08:01 PM
    Glad it was still there for you. Its usually nice and clean.
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    12-15-2017, 07:40 PM
    Deal with confidence, hollywood 63 is a straight shooter. Fair price, goods were as described, was packaged well and he shipped before receiving my payment. Thanks, hollywood 63.
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    12-15-2017, 12:05 PM
    I lost my main supplier of coffee cans when I retired! I did end up with enough surplus that my coffee habit at home will be able to keep up with the demand for a good long while. I use them more for brass than for bullets though.
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    12-15-2017, 10:09 AM
    There have been lots of complaints about the Lyman thermometer. My older RCBS reads very close to what the readout on my PID reads. I was surprised, and pleased!
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    12-15-2017, 09:56 AM
    Started about Tuesday moving all of my 9mm brass into the house to process. Started washing it, tumbling it, resizing it and sorting it by head stamp to store away, or load. I think these guys reproduce if not separated! Over the winter months I...
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    12-15-2017, 09:42 AM
    A couple of reasons that I have found that cause flyers are: 1. A missed condition. A change in the wind that the shooter did not catch. 2. A bullet not seated straight in the case. This differs between types of rifles. A benchrest rifle may...
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    12-14-2017, 03:53 PM
    I've spent the whole day today and part of yesterday washing, resizing and tumbling 9mm brass. I have had this happen a few times and just scrap the case. Even though 9mm is very plentiful I hate to junk an otherwise good case. This is mostly range...
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    12-14-2017, 07:56 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Linotype ? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Now days you probably won't find a steady source for it. It just pops up from time to time. Some times you find some at scrap yards or see it advertised in the paper or on Craigslist. I bought some last spring from an older shooter that decided that...
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    12-14-2017, 07:47 AM
    Going in person is the key when scrounging for lead. Calling scrap yards is ok, but you will have more success with tire stores and contractors if you visit in person. Like Roger says, if you ever make a contact, find out something that they like...
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    12-14-2017, 07:23 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Surgery in the AM in Our Town
    Sounds like things went well for you and the surgical team. Hoping you bounce back quickly. Keep up the good attitude.
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    12-13-2017, 10:42 PM
    I'll bid $50.
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    12-13-2017, 10:24 PM
    I load it until the primer pocket gets loose or I start getting case splits. I keep up with the number of times fired and record this on the ammo box along with the load data. I restrict my hunting, defense or match ammo to 2 or 3 firings except for...
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    12-13-2017, 03:55 PM
    Like the others have posted, you can search flee markets and thrift stores for pewter and flee markets and yard sales for solder. There are also members here that sell both pewter and solder in the swapping and selling section. Study the sticky on...
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    12-13-2017, 03:49 PM
    To me, 9 mm has always been a little harder to load. Using a hand priming tool will give you a better feel for seating the primer than using your loading press. Swaging the primer pocket may do a better job than reaming them. Whatever you do, you...
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    12-13-2017, 12:28 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Surgery in the AM in Our Town
    Truly sorry to hear this. I have to admire your attitude! Hope things go well and you have a speedy recovery.
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    12-12-2017, 09:58 PM
    In the past I used cigar boxes. I stacked them neatly in rows and used cardboard between layers. But cigar boxes have gotten hard to find around here and I'm looking for something new. For now I'm putting unsized bullets in plastic coffee cans and...
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    12-12-2017, 01:24 PM
    A pair of aviation snips should make short work of your pewter.
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    12-12-2017, 06:56 AM
    lightman replied to a thread The ones that got away. in Our Town
    A S&W "N" frame at a gun show. I think it was originally a M-28 that had a 44 barrel and a 44 spl cylinder fitted to it. It was a parts gun and was pretty cheap. It would have made a good everyday carry piece. Shoulda bought it. Another was a Ruger...
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    12-11-2017, 11:44 PM
    I used to pass-through once a week but lately its been more like once a month lol... I have a large deal brewing up near the Chinah Dinah so I have been trying to escape work to make things progress... I'll be sure to pm you next trip through! I'll...
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    12-11-2017, 10:18 PM
    If they came from Old Town I just missed them... passed through on my way to east corinth this weekend.
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    12-11-2017, 10:16 PM
    Vernon D Speer used to use his full name on early production projectile boxes... they are very cool.
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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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