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    Today, 10:19 PM
    I"ve never had a problem caused by my fluorescent light that is over my bench. It started life as a T-12 and was converted to T-8 after they came out. I've had 2 different digital scales on that bench. A Dillon and an RCBS. The light is on the...
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    Today, 10:01 PM
    I had an idea that using an "O" ring in place of the egg carton material would work but I have not found the correct size "O" ring yet. I'm not done looking, but I did buy a flat base mold that will most likely replace the BB mold in question. I...
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    Today, 09:55 PM
    Yeah, there is a lot of collective knowledge on here! I'm a veteran caster and I adopted the hot plate idea from the guys on here! I later added a PID to my casting pot, another idea from Cast Boolits. A member here told me how/what to do to replace...
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    Today, 09:46 PM
    I spray my cast iron ingot molds with whatever type oil that I have laying around the shop after a smelting session. I usually don't bother to degrease them unless they have been idle long enough to collect dirt and dust. Then they get a shot of...
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    Today, 09:39 PM
    Not in the loading room, but me and Biggin just unloaded the 20 buckets of wheelweights that we bought last weekend. My truck gave a sigh of relief, even if it is a Super Duty! I guess they will sit in a corner of the shop until hunting season is...
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    Yesterday, 09:57 PM
    First of all, I would buy a good loading manual like a Lyman and start reading. Since your entire equipment list consists of Lee tools look at their case gauge style trimmers. For about $12 you can get set up to trim one caliber and add additional...
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    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    This seems a little harsh and uncalled for. The man made a mistake, caught it, and passed on the experience in the hopes that others could learn from it. Glad you have never made a mistake! Mozeppa, Glad you caught this before you were injured or...
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    08-14-2017, 04:08 AM
    I've always used straight clip-on weights for all of my handguns and rifles in 30-30 and 45-70. Your blend is fine if you are that heavy into lino but its not necessary. Most of us don't have that much lino and tend to hoard it.
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    08-13-2017, 12:31 PM
    I'm expecting this haul to provide a very high yield. These are older weights from a guys private stash and a quick look did not find a single iron or zinc weight. I'm sure there has to be a few, but I'm expecting mostly lead. If so, I'll be going...
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    08-13-2017, 11:41 AM
    lightman replied to a thread wheel weights... in Cast Boolits
    At $10, you came out ok. Wheelwright yield seems to be a regional thing. Thankfully, the lead yield is still holding up well around here. Steel seems to be replacing Zinc, which I see as a good thing.
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    08-13-2017, 09:39 AM
    Just bought 2 H&G molds from a member here. A 68 flat base and a 43, both 4 cavity. And a Lyman 356402 for a buddy, also a 4 cavity. Also a very nice Star sizer! Thanks Nick!
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    08-13-2017, 09:34 AM
    BNE is a good guy to deal with.
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    08-13-2017, 09:33 AM
    My theory is that they, and all lead, will get more scarce and harder to get as time goes on. So, get it while you can! Me and a buddy just bought 20 buckets, right at 2800#. They are still in my truck this morning! Stand by for more smelting...
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    08-13-2017, 09:17 AM
    lightman replied to a thread A nice anniversary .. . in Our Town
    Happy Anniversary! And thanks for the cool story. Me and Mine have #42 approaching. Everything you told the young lady is spot on.
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    08-13-2017, 08:59 AM
    lightman replied to a thread heck of a day yesterday in Our Town
    I'm glad your bad news was not terrible. This is treatable and you can live with. Not being able to drive sucks, especially with fall just about here. Take care of yourself and do what the Doc's say.
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    08-10-2017, 05:40 PM
    My Wife sent off a money order today but she failed to put my handle or e-mail on it. Is there any way to contact Willy and fix this without using snail mail? Sorry, and thanks for any help.
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    08-10-2017, 11:35 AM
    Large hauls like this can be a challenge to deal with. Access to some equipment is very nice. Don't forget when scrapping that sailboat that there may be some other items worth money. Maybe brass and stainless fixtures. Some furnishings are also...
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    08-10-2017, 11:27 AM
    Roger, thats exactly the way I do it. I'll get a buddy or two together and order as much as they will ship in one box. (max-50#) This adds about 50 cents to each pound of powder or 1000 primers. The Wife tolerates that $900 order better when the...
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    08-10-2017, 09:43 AM
    I never thought about using a heat gun in my casting operation. I can see using one to heat the top of the pot and speed up the melt. I would be a little skittish turning one on one of my molds.
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    08-10-2017, 09:39 AM
    I usually buy in bulk from places like Powder Valley. It looks like they went up $1/1000 since last summer. Thats $28/1000 for standard CCI, my favorite.
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    08-09-2017, 10:25 PM
    I don't change lube often but I usually just put the new lube in and live with the mix until the old lube is gone. Or size a bunch of reject bullets for a remelt. When I rebuilt mine I used a heat gun. Be careful with the Wife's hair dryer, they are...
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    08-09-2017, 09:57 PM
    I never thought of using a magnet. I've always used a slotted spoon.
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    08-09-2017, 10:58 AM
    Any type of oil will work. What you use on your guns or dies will be fine.
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    08-08-2017, 06:14 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Got my first press in Our Town
    Welcome to the hobby!
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    08-07-2017, 09:59 AM
    30-06 in the late 60's. I still have the first one. A Herters "C" frame press and IMR4895.
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    08-06-2017, 07:24 PM
    Get it while you can. Scores like that don't happen everyday. And take those guys a box of donuts or something to show your appreciation.
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    08-06-2017, 07:15 PM
    I just checked and I have 29 stw cases. I assume they are once fired and mixed head stamp. I can check head stamps if you care. I would pretty much consider any offer.
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    08-06-2017, 02:01 PM
    lightman replied to a thread New Member To The Family in Our Town
    Yeah , she won the lottery alright. Call her T-ball. Nice looking kitty!
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    08-05-2017, 03:01 PM
    lightman replied to a thread 358395 light weight? in Cast Boolits
    If you have other Ideal molds you could measure the height of the mold blocks. It sounds like someone milled a little material off of the top. Difference in alloy should not have that much difference in weight in that size bullet.
    8 replies | 278 view(s)
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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