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    Today, 04:29 AM
    I bought a 2 gallon bucket of odd solder a while back. Many of the rolls were still full or nearly full and a few of them were still in the original box. Unfortunately the bucket had gotten wet and I could not read the labels. There were a few metal...
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    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    I start off with a big hand full, maybe like a coffee cup. The rosin in the pine seems to work better than other stuff, but throw a fist full into the melt and see what happens.
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    Yesterday, 09:15 PM
    Thanks for the good wishes! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
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    Yesterday, 10:09 AM
    I use about the same methods as ReloaderFred. I prefer to deprime, tumble, resize, prime, ect before the cases see the progressive press. That said, I've found that pistol primers don't build up carbon as bad as rifle primers. If you are loading...
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    Yesterday, 09:58 AM
    Nice Score! I have that same trickler and it did not come with a cap.
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    Yesterday, 09:41 AM
    Mine was leaking lube from around the bottom and I rebuilt it earlier this year. Some of my pins were worn and I replaced them with bolts. I went with a grade that is above grade 8 as they have a nicer finish.
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    Yesterday, 09:31 AM
    Good Stories sometime have to be long. Enjoyed reading this one! Sorry for the loss of your friend.
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    11-21-2017, 04:58 PM
    I use 5# in a 15# Thumblers drum. A 9MM case of LemiShine, a spoon full of Armor All wash and wax and just cover the brass with water.
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    11-21-2017, 11:10 AM
    The boards are a good idea! My shop floor is only 3-1/2 inch thick. I wanted an 8 inch floor with wire and rebar but they poured it when I was out of town on a storm! Ah, the life of a Lineman! 😀
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    11-21-2017, 11:02 AM
    Since I started this thread in 2015 I have tried several ideas. And like a lot of you, I have a tendency to use or adapt things that I already have. Sometimes they even work! I settled on using a ground rod clamp to hold 2 stamps. I replaced...
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    11-21-2017, 10:40 AM
    I use straight clip on wheel weights for nearly everything including 9MM and 45. Lyman #2 or 92-6-2 alloy sure is a joy to cast with though!
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    11-21-2017, 10:34 AM
    I voted no gloves. I'm not one to ignore using PPE. I cast with long pants, long sleeve shirt and safety glasses, but no gloves. I do wear gloves when adding lead to to the pot. I also wear gloves when smelting.
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    11-21-2017, 10:27 AM
    I try to match the handle to the mold brand. I have been tempted to try the Lee handles at 1/3 the cost of RCBS handles, but the mixed reviews have kept me away from them. I have had a few sets of RCBS handles that I had to pin, so that's not just a...
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    11-21-2017, 10:17 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Mold Preheater in Casting Equipment
    I won't thumb my nose at your idea. Every thing we do or use started off as someone's idea! But my hot plate that came from Walmart cost less than $12 works really well. For the cost and the fact that it's "plug and play", it's going to be hard to...
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    11-21-2017, 09:59 AM
    I wish someone made a replacement cutter for the original Lee case gauge trimmer made of carbide.
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    11-21-2017, 09:15 AM
    lightman replied to a thread been on a roll!! in Our Town
    Sorry to hear about your long night. Was hoping you were on the mend.
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    11-20-2017, 06:25 PM
    It's personal preference. Custom molds are nice but I've never been disappointed with an RCBS mold. I'm probably going to add a 35 caliber mold to my haram next year. Mine will be for the 357 Herrett.
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    11-20-2017, 06:17 PM
    That's a cool looking ingot! Over the years I have melted some things that I wish I had kept.
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    11-20-2017, 06:06 PM
    Look under vender sponsors for smelting pots and molds.
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    11-20-2017, 10:11 AM
    lightman replied to a thread been on a roll!! in Our Town
    Back problems suck! Glad they found the problem. I had my first surgery as a senior in high school. Our chosen profession was not easy on the ole back! Take care, my Friend.
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    11-19-2017, 09:29 PM
    Have not used the new one but I like their lanolin and alcohol lube.
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    11-19-2017, 09:07 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Today my coydog in Our Town
    Sorry for your loss. It's tough to loose a friend.
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    11-19-2017, 09:00 PM
    Lots of good ideas Guys! Grmps ---That's a neat set up. I thought about building something along those lines. I even thought about buying a 12 inch deep pallet rack. USSR----That's true, many of us are retired and our time is cheap! Stamping...
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    11-19-2017, 02:25 PM
    Thanks for the replys everyone. I just made a list of my milk crates and their contents. I have a major smelt ahead of me, weather permitting, after hunting season. Just looking for a more efficient method than what I'm doing. I'm slowly moving my...
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    11-19-2017, 12:01 PM
    Like the title says, looking for ideas. Since I joined the site in 09 I have seen pictures of your scores, your stashes in the old "Lifetime Supply Thread" and pictures on the loading bench thread. Do you have it displayed on shelves, a paper list,...
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    11-19-2017, 09:30 AM
    Thats more than a great score! Thats a steal at that price! I would go back too.
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    11-19-2017, 05:40 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Soft lead? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    There are members here who trade lead, so a trade is possible. Check out the swapping and selling section. I expect most would want ingots in a trade although most prefer any printers type to be in original form.
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    11-19-2017, 05:31 AM
    The example you are holding looks like pure but your ingots really don't. There is a member here that can test it for you. It could be some type of babbit. That pallet, with 500# on it, would be worrying me until I found a way to get it home!
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    11-19-2017, 05:02 AM
    Sounds like you have a good friend! With that much lead, I bet his F-150 was sitting low. That looks like nice clean lead. I recently hauled 2800# and it squatted my F-250 a little. Sorry for the loss of your other friend.
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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