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    Yesterday, 05:33 PM
    I miss the days when a policeman buddy would score those from the hospital for me. Was always good clean alloy.
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    Yesterday, 01:43 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Mold preheating in Cast Boolits
    After I retired I started having a couple of buddies come over to cast, usually once a week until the weather turns hot. We set up on my work bench with 3 electric pots and a hot plate and cast for most of the day. We just visit, talk guns,...
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    Yesterday, 09:39 AM
    You had me scratching my head on that one until Dusty identified is as a sinker mold!
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    Yesterday, 06:04 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Something to try in Cast Boolits
    I have not done it but its a neat idea. You could tie the bullets to the board with a small wire or maybe fishing line. Glue might even work.
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    05-22-2017, 10:04 PM
    Having used both, I actually prefer the plastic.
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    05-22-2017, 09:41 AM
    I have a possibility on #2 but I'm still in the market for the others. Let me know what you have.
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    05-22-2017, 09:35 AM
    I would try to split it length ways with some type of saw. Then your log splitter would have an easier job of it. With your toys around, I would pick it up with that skit steer and hold it over my smelting pot to melt it.
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    05-22-2017, 09:18 AM
    I enjoyed those stories myself. I guess I liked and respected about all of the old timers. But there were too many good ones to really pick a favorite. I guess my favorites were Elmer Keith, Bill Jordan and John Wooters. If I'm searching for a...
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    05-21-2017, 08:53 AM
    Since I started this thread I have had the opportunity to cast and I tried both the synthetic 2 cycle oil and the pagg a/c oil. Both worked very well, much better than the beeswax that my buddy used on his mold. Thanks for the replys!
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    05-21-2017, 07:52 AM
    No doubt it would melt a little slower than something that had full contact in the pot, but my pot would have it melted in 20 minutes or so. The slowest thing I ever melted was a bunch of 5/8in bolts that had lead threads. About 4 oz of lead per...
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    05-21-2017, 06:58 AM
    Any of the above methods discussed should work, just choose the one that you have tools for. Myself, I would hoist it up using the I-Beam in my shop and lower it into my smelting pot. My pot would not hold the whole 500# but it would be close. The...
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    05-21-2017, 06:47 AM
    With the rates in Arkansas I estimate that my electric pot cost less than 8 cents an hour to run. I have several 20# propane bottles and one 100# bottle and I save the empties up until its worth the trip to the propane place. The only time I do the...
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    05-21-2017, 06:35 AM
    lightman replied to a thread explain please in Casting Equipment
    I did that when I used a Lyman pot. The cast iron liner extended out of the pot about an inch and it worked really well. My RCBS pot has a thinner stainless liner and the lip is much smaller and does not get nearly as hot. I started using a hot...
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    05-21-2017, 06:25 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Old things revisited in Cast Boolits
    An interesting read, David. I still use the word "smelting" for turning wheelweights and other lead into ingots. My "smelting" pot will hold close to 400# of lead and I use sawdust in it, every since I read about it on here. I've used different...
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    05-21-2017, 06:02 AM
    lightman replied to a thread A few big boolits in Cast Boolits
    Those Hawaiian squirrels are tough! Bet those drain a 10# pot quick.
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    05-19-2017, 07:44 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Shout out to tarbe! in Cast Boolits
    Glad to hear you are up and about. Just don't do too much too quick. I know, nag nag!
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    05-19-2017, 07:39 PM
    This thread prompted me to go and dig around on the die shelf and check mine. My 357 dies are made in 1989 and the spacer measures .127. My 44 die set was made in 1990 and the spacer measures .126. I have never used these, preferring to simply...
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    05-19-2017, 04:39 PM
    I agree, you need clean alloy, with a Lee or any other brand. This was clean alloy. We not only cast together, we smelt together. Usually in batches of around 400# and we flux and skim several times. The Lee guys just leak more and tinker with their...
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    05-19-2017, 02:46 PM
    I really like my ProMelt, but whether its worth it is a personal thing. To me, it is. I often cast with a buddy or two. We set up on my workbench and talk and visit while we cast. The guy with the Lee works on his pot more than the guys with RCBS or...
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    05-19-2017, 02:18 PM
    Never would have thought it. I'll remember this.
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    05-18-2017, 07:52 PM
    Ha Ha! You might be a reloader if your household purchases are chosen because the container is useable for storage! Love it!!!
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    05-17-2017, 07:25 PM
    Thanks for the replys everyone. I've always used a small dab of beeswax but it does not seem to last very long.
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    05-17-2017, 07:14 PM
    My prepped brass goes into MTM 100 round boxes, with the info noted on the label. Unprocessed brass gets washed and dried, then is sorted by headstamp and stored in plastic coffee cans. I had a source for coffee cans at one time that got me way...
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    05-17-2017, 06:59 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Uncle's grave in Belgium in Our Town
    RIP S SGT! Know that you were part of Americas Greatest Generation.
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    05-16-2017, 11:03 AM
    What are you Guys using for mold lube. I've read the stickies and most of them are 2 or 3 years old and some of the links no longer work. Is the Ester oil still about the best thing going? How about Bullshop? What about the guy on EBay that sells...
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    05-16-2017, 09:29 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Loading for 1911 45 in Cast Boolits
    Congratulations on your retirement! It sounds like you have some great kids. I can't think of anything that has not been covered. My load is a H&G 68 clone weighing around 200 grains and between 3.5 and 5.0 grains of 231. If you are loading on a...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
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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
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