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    10-17-2017, 11:28 AM
    I guess I'm not really sure what "legitimate" New York Pizza is but I have had a few here that were really good. Or at least we thought so. The South has its charms, even though its hot and humid.
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    10-17-2017, 11:24 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Stupid Cat!! in Our Town
    We had ours "fixed" at a young age and de-clawed. She has shown no interest in going outside. If we leave a door open she will peek outside all fraidy looking and turn tail for inside. We like it that way! She has been zero problems in the house...
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    10-17-2017, 10:01 AM
    lightman replied to a thread arbor press? in Our Town
    I use a Sinclair arbor press and Wilson dies for a few of my rifles. I don't think the press is strong enough for other duties, although it works fine for what it was made for. It just is not as strong as a bottle capper of other types of presses.
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    10-17-2017, 09:54 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Rude Surprise in Our Town
    Yeah, that would wake you up for sure! My home alarm went off during the night, about a week ago. It turned out to be a faulty glass breakage sensor. But after I got up with the flash light and pistol and made the "rounds", I never went back to...
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    10-17-2017, 09:48 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Welp, I'm screwed. in Our Town
    Welcome Aboard, and Welcome to the Casting Hobby! Good Job on your first attempt! Wheelweights often make good pistol bullets without adding anything to them. You might try them straight or with even less Linotype. Linotype and other type metals are...
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    10-17-2017, 09:34 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Stupid Cat!! in Our Town
    Poor Kitty, That hurts just thinking about it. So does the $600! My Free Kitty is 12 or 13 and has never been outside. And does not want to be. We spent $600 or $700 on a bladder infection a few years ago! She does like to sneak into any closets...
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    10-16-2017, 08:34 AM
    Nice pile of lead and a good days work!
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    10-15-2017, 09:34 PM
    Welcome Back. There were a few years when the kids were in school and I was working a lot that my shooting and casting got neglected. I remember how good it felt to get back into it.
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    10-15-2017, 09:29 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Critique my boolits in Cast Boolits
    They look good. Well filled out.
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    10-15-2017, 10:10 AM
    I always shied away from water. I run 7 of the cast iron Lyman style molds (different brands). I can fill them about 3 or maybe 4 times before it gets where I have to wait on them to cool. That will go through about 100# of lead and by then the ole...
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    10-15-2017, 09:56 AM
    Nice Score! I need to start watching estate sales and ears sales more. Cool idea to save some of that type, as its a thing of the past.
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    10-14-2017, 09:24 AM
    Ammo for your choice in calibers can be bought pretty cheaply right now. But, you could not even find any back during the shortages in 2008-2009. And some other times back in the past. But reloaders continued to shoot during those times! The real...
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    10-14-2017, 09:07 AM
    Our first equipment was from Herters. The press was a "C" frame press with pretty simple linkage. If I remember correctly, the shell holders did not interchange with any other equipment. We made lots of good ammo on that press but I consider the...
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    10-14-2017, 08:53 AM
    I'm using mine right now to break down a bunch of ammo that I got in a package deal with some reloading gear. Its mostly calibers that I don't load, someone else's reloads or is corroded. The bullets will eventually see the melting pot and the brass...
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    10-14-2017, 08:42 AM
    I won't get into suggesting brands of equipment but here are a few generic suggestions. You can spend as much or as little as you want on equipment. I suggest starting with a 20# pot. Larger bullets and/or gang molds will empty a smaller pot pretty...
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    10-14-2017, 08:14 AM
    The original Pro Melt is a good solid pot with very few reported complaints. You probably made a sound decision and will not be sorry. Expect to get years of good service from it. I too would have been concerned about the new pot being cheaper. Very...
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    10-13-2017, 09:33 PM
    Glad to hear that you are able to get started into this interesting hobby. I would buy lead from the vendors here on the site before going to EBay. A few years ago, when I was a pretty new member, I suggested starting a thread about sources for...
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    10-13-2017, 10:50 AM
    When you start dealing with lead in those sizes you need access to equipment. Unless you own it or can borrow it, be careful because the expenses can add up fast. You might check into those guys that do the "hot shot" deliveries. Mostly retired guys...
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    10-13-2017, 10:44 AM
    Those 31.5# ones are the biggest that I have seen. Maybe you can post up some pictures when you start getting them. By the way, Congratulations on the new source. Those are usually nice clean lead and make great bullets.
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    10-13-2017, 10:31 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Meet Opal in Our Town
    Cute Puppy! You'll be buddies in no time.
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    10-12-2017, 07:28 PM
    I guess its true about being addictive! Ingots out of a Lee mold are smoother than the ones out of my cast iron molds.
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    10-12-2017, 07:23 PM
    I understand your dilemma but after reading his reply I would cut him some slack. I probably would let him know how I felt about communication and that he needs to work on that some. Maybe even change or amend the face book feed back. After all, its...
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    10-11-2017, 07:28 PM
    Thats a nice score! You're really on a roll, with the pewter and wheelweights. I would be studying about how to get that waist high barrel of weights home. That would worry me until I had it I'm my possession. I'm thinking 4 wheeler trailer with a...
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    10-11-2017, 07:15 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Hyponatremia ???? in Our Town
    Glad you're better. There is a thin line on enough/not enough and its hard to balance it out.
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    10-10-2017, 09:03 AM
    Still Looking!
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    10-09-2017, 06:46 PM
    lightman replied to a thread First time Grandpa in Our Town
    Congratulations! Theres nothing like it.
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    10-09-2017, 03:48 PM
    Yeah, jealous here too! Anything I find around here has an antique price on it.
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    10-08-2017, 09:38 PM
    I use a unit made by "Big Dawg" with their large drum. I have a 15# Thumblers drum that I use on smaller batches of brass, on the same tumbler. It's a large, heavy duty and expensive machine. The pins sell for around $5 per pound and a 15# capacity...
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    10-08-2017, 08:55 PM
    I pretty much agree with the others. Try casting bullets with the range scrap before adding anything to it. Treat both of the others as soft. You did good starting out using a permanent marking method. I would never have the time to go back and mark...
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    10-08-2017, 08:16 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Cataract surgery in Our Town
    Hope they continue to improve.
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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