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    Yesterday, 04:01 PM
    I have three MFRB boxes full of 9mm brass, just 2 cents per piece. My two boys have decided they want to pick up range brass to make a little money. The boxes each have 3,500 pieces (by weight, with a little extra for good measure). $70 per box,...
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    09-15-2018, 11:04 PM
    I assume you meant "word"? Lending and borrowing can sure be problematic, I really hate to do either. I once loaned a bicycle to a friend who was going through a tough time and had no transportation. It was a nice bike, not a junker. I made sure she...
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    09-15-2018, 10:44 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Are you "particular"? in Cast Boolits
    You make some great points from a machinist's perspective. It reminds me a little of something my first machine tool instructor said, on the first day of class many, many years ago. He said there were two things he didn't want to ever hear in his...
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    09-15-2018, 03:28 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Are you "particular"? in Cast Boolits
    I think that often some of the particular things that we do are just because we like to, and not for any terribly useful purpose. Nothing wrong with that. I read an article a while back where someone did some experimentation loading benchrest...
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    09-15-2018, 01:33 AM
    I can sure see how the shorter, pointed bullets could be seriously dangerous. I wouldn't want to have a magazine full of them out at the range at the same time as a 5.56 AR and identical magazines. I've heard the stories. It's a lot like having...
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    09-15-2018, 12:03 AM
    This is how I avoid the problem: As you can see, that bullet is not going into a .223 chamber, unless it got rammed hard and seriously pushed back into the case. I suppose that could be possible, but I'm careful about neck tension and I crimp...
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    09-14-2018, 08:05 PM
    I remember buying them in the green CCI boxes like the middle photos, when I started reloading in the late 80's.
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    09-14-2018, 06:07 PM
    Not a chance; I've tried it to make sure. The diameter of the nose of the Lee 160gr bullet is .302", and it sticks out past where the neck of the .223 cartridge is, which measures .248" at the same place. You might be able to pound it in with a...
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    09-14-2018, 05:59 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Ammo amamos in Rimfire Area
    I just saw an endcap display at a local store, less than $19/brick. Was amused me was the quantity. I did a quick calculation of the number of bricks in front of me and it came to close to 300,000 rounds!
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    09-14-2018, 05:46 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Wal-Mart screw up in Rimfire Area
    Two times I've gotten a killer deal on a gun, both from dealers. The first was an old SKS on the used rack at a LGS. It was marked "Russian SKS". The stock was ugly and wrong, and the receiver had some weird rust on it. They wanted $125 as I recall...
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    09-14-2018, 05:09 PM
    I have .223/5.56 rifles, and a .300 Blackout rifle. I'm very careful to never mix things up, and I also never use short, light bullets in the .300bo. The 160gr cast bullets I use simply aren't going to go into a .223 chamber without the use of a...
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    09-14-2018, 03:53 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Are you "particular"? in Cast Boolits
    I do the same thing. I'll sit on the couch with a hand priming tool and a bucket of sized and wet tumbled brass (all sized on a single stage press with a case kicker- goes fast), and prime them while watching TV with my wife. It seems to make...
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    09-14-2018, 03:44 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Handling grief in Our Chapel
    Goatwhiskers, I'm so sorry for your loss. Grief is deeply personal, and it can be crushing. Faith and friends to talk to... Please post anytime. Lots of people here who have gone through tough times that are glad to be a listening ear. Thank you...
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    09-14-2018, 03:14 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Are you "particular"? in Cast Boolits
    Sometimes a thought goes through my head and I type up something pointless and rambling. Most often I recognize the pointlessness of it and delete it before posting. Today I inadvertently posted it. I immediately looked for a way to delete the...
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    09-14-2018, 03:04 PM
    I've noticed something over the years, in regards to those who reload ammunition. Some of us are much more particular that others. For some it has to do with what type of shooting they do (benchrest or the like), for some it's discipline or...
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    09-14-2018, 02:29 PM
    I've picked up a fair amount of range brass, and have gotten pretty efficient at sorting it whether I'm loading it myself or passing it on to someone else. I scrap a good percentage too, from cracks, bulges, even dents or dings that would probably...
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    09-09-2018, 03:40 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Lost Truck in Our Town
    Some years ago when I was going back to school at a local community college, I ran into a friend near the parking lot. He said he'd been searching for his truck, coulnd't remember where he'd parked it. I drove him around for a while to all the...
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    09-04-2018, 12:33 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Once fired brass in Our Town
    Sorry, I didn't mean to condemn all M60 brass. I once bought a bucket full of definitely once-fired USGI 7.62 NATO brass that I was told was M60 brass. It must have been fired in a gun with a worn out chamber or bad headspace. A lot of it was...
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    09-04-2018, 02:21 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Once fired brass in Our Town
    I understand sometimes it’s nearly impossible to tell; I just thought it was funny that the label at the top was “Once Fired”, then in fine print it said not really, that’s just an “industry term”. Personally I think “once fired” is a bit over...
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    09-03-2018, 11:42 PM
    fatelk started a thread Once fired brass in Our Town
    I was helping a friend look for pricing for some brass on line, and found something funny. One website listed prices for "Once Fired Brass", but at the bottom in the fine print, they say this: I just thought some of you all might get a kick out...
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    08-27-2018, 12:00 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Amputation in Our Town
    I understand how extreme amputation must sound, until you go through year after year of surgery, pain, more pain, another surgery, then more pain and surgeries after that. Continuing pain and never-ending surgeries trying things with a very low...
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    08-26-2018, 04:20 PM
    One last bump. $85 shipped.
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    08-26-2018, 04:00 PM
    Interesting. A friend has a S&W model 60 .357 Magnum that has extra tight chambers. Factory ammo is fine, but we tinkered around a bit finding the right reloading dies that would size brass enough to work for that gun. Even then he has to sort his...
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    08-26-2018, 12:10 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Amputation in Our Town
    Ouch. Her fusion was successful, in that it fused properly, but they can't figure out where the pain and swelling are coming from. Good point about the cost. We've heard that both prosthetics and artificial joints are unbelievably expensive, so...
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    08-26-2018, 12:00 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Amputation in Our Town
    Another great suggestion. We started with one specialist who was highly recommended who did the surgeries, then we moved, tried another doctor who didn't inspire confidence (told her to just live with it). The current doctor is supposedly the best...
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    08-25-2018, 11:50 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Amputation in Our Town
    The joint is already fused. A fusion of all the joints seems like a terrible idea. She's way too young to be crippled like that. My understanding is that the option is to replace the currently fused joint with an artificial joint. Even that is just...
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    08-25-2018, 05:20 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Amputation in Our Town
    That's a good thought. We have lots of research to do.
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    08-25-2018, 04:15 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Amputation in Our Town
    Thank you, I appreciate that. This is the kind of info she's looking for. As extreme as it seems, we've heard several stories like yours where people say they don't regret it, and none yet from anyone who wishes they hadn't. She says thinking...
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    08-25-2018, 04:04 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Amputation in Our Town
    The doctor mentioned a brace of some sort that might help (sounds like the one in your photo), but he said it's not something covered by insurance, and they cost $17,000. Might as well be a million. We've already spent many thousands on medical...
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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"
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