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    01-17-2019, 11:19 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Lost money order in Our Town
    That stinks, sorry to hear it. I imagine it's lost in the inner bowels of the postal system. We once had a lost mortgage payment, years back, and just sent another check. Months later we received the cover of the original envelope, returned to us...
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    01-13-2019, 12:09 PM
    As much as I hate to admit it, youtube is an incredible resource if you work on your own vehicle.
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    01-13-2019, 03:15 AM
    Funny thing is I hated the little car when I first started driving it. The tiny 1.9 liter 4-cyl engine is pretty wimpy. It took me a while to get used to it. As to longevity, I was taught that cars will generally last a lot longer if you take care...
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    01-12-2019, 10:38 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Amputation in Our Town
    For those of you interested in some resolution: she just had her six-week checkup after the surgery. Everything went very well and is healing nicely. She can start to put a little weight on it but it's going to take months before it's anything close...
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    01-12-2019, 10:27 PM
    I hope you all don't mind a rambling off topic thread. It seems a lot of folks enjoy talking about cars from time to time so I figured I'd post about my old car. I just got back from taking a quick trip out of state for a work emergency, and was...
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    01-12-2019, 12:49 AM
    I helped a friend load some rounds for his .500 S&W Mag, and shot it a bit. The darn thing is absurd, just plain ridiculous. It's ungainly huge, preposterously powerful, just a total novelty with no practical use at all. I have no earthly use for...
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    01-09-2019, 12:02 AM
    My first handgun was (is) a Ruger Standard automatic. I've fired many thousands of rounds through it, and one of my kids will inherit it someday. It's head and shoulders above a Heritage for quality and accuracy, but I still appreciate the Heritage...
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    01-08-2019, 11:34 PM
    Just as there are plenty of people who would take one Porsche over a dozen Chevys. To each their own. If you're going to compare it with a better quality arm, don't buy one. They will not measure up to a Ruger or S&W. If you want a decent gun to...
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    01-04-2019, 01:04 AM
    I bought one a while back because it was cheap, and a friend of mine (a serious, die-hard hunter) kept bragging about his and how accurate it was. I wouldn't compare it to an actual quality firearm, but compared to junk guns like a Jennings or an...
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    01-03-2019, 08:10 PM
    Yes, they put on a good show. The Roseburg club puts on a good one too, as well as the Willamette Valley Arms Collectors. I don't go to shows very much anymore, but I make special effort to go to that one. The one in Portland is huge, but I quit...
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    01-03-2019, 07:57 PM
    I had mine checked recently; it was 8. He said that wasn't a level to be particularly concerned about, but it showed exposure and I should consider making some changes to reduce that exposure. The thing is, I hadn't done any casting at all for at...
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    01-02-2019, 08:57 PM
    My ATI Govt model 1911 cost me about $380 a couple years ago. The bore throat was messed up from the factory, went back on their dime. Turnaround was quick though, and it's been perfect ever since. Accuracy is very acceptable and reliability has...
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    01-01-2019, 05:14 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Lead exposure in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I've thought about that too. After sizing and depriming brass there's always primer grit and dust on the hard floor under the press. I try to always wipe it up with a damp paper towel but forget sometimes, then the kids come into my room and I'm...
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    01-01-2019, 05:10 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Lead exposure in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Thanks guys, for the quick responses. I'm not terribly concerned but I do want to have a solid understanding and establish some good practices to decrease exposure going forward. I also have young children and want to make sure there is no exposure...
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    01-01-2019, 04:08 PM
    Every once in a great while I ask the doctor to add a lead test to my annual physical. I hadn't done it in a while, and it came back at 8 this year. He said that it's not a level to be terribly worried about, but it is indicative of exposure and I...
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    01-01-2019, 03:50 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread NOE Sale in Casting Equipment
    Anyone else have trouble with their website? When I tried to checkout, my computer said it the site was configured incorrectly and wasn't secure.
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    12-31-2018, 11:43 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread NOE Sale in Casting Equipment
    I've been interested in some bullet sizers for a while now so I thought I'd order some. I put them in the cart, but when I go to check out or set up an account, my browser won't let me access it, saying that the website is configured incorrectly and...
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    12-31-2018, 11:06 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Fireworks in Our Town
    I don't mind the sound of fireworks into the late hours on the 4th, or midnight-ish on New Years. Even a day or two before and after is understandable. If I have to get up the next day and I'm trying to sleep it is a bit obnoxious, but I can put up...
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    12-31-2018, 05:31 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Fireworks in Our Town
    Anything that goes bang or leaves the ground is forbidden here too, but on the 4th or New Years the neighborhood is alive with big mortars. I can maybe understand restricting some things in the summer time here in the Pacific Northwest, but with...
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    12-31-2018, 04:31 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread makarov boolits in Cast Boolits
    I use the Lee Makarov mold also. I've shot many hundreds of them in an EG Makarov and a CZ82. I size to .365 and powder coat them; they shoot great!
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    12-29-2018, 01:17 AM
    There really are some good deals on decent guns out there. We all like to remember the good old days when guns were cheap, but apart from cheap surplus, I think they might be cheaper nowadays than ever, at least for some guns (other than really nice...
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    12-23-2018, 10:27 PM
    I usually sort my 9mm brass for cast bullets, and use only U.S. commercial brass.
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    12-22-2018, 11:00 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Oh Boy it chambered in Military Rifles
    Just speculating, but I would imagine that the shop that sold the guy the 7-08 ammo did a simple check comparing a bullet to the bore diameter, then seeing what would fit in the chamber. I'm surprised that they arrived at the 7-08 instead of the...
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    12-22-2018, 09:51 PM
    I noticed that too. I suspect they do that to encourage you to spend the gift card on ammo, instead of putting it in the bank. Shrewd move. Plus it's another chance for a gift card to get lost and never redeemed. I'm like you though. I'd much...
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    12-22-2018, 04:54 PM
    Exactly, and precisely why I think it's a bad idea to dispose of it until after the whole thing is over. "It's worthless to me because I can't be sure you didn't vandalize it out of spite. If you think it has value, here it is - all yours."
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    12-22-2018, 04:43 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Nightmares in Cast Boolits
    I've had dreams where I was eating candy, and suddenly realized that it was .22 ammo. It really concerned me because I was chewing up and eating lead bullets, and lead is toxic. I guess I've become more concerned about lead exposure over the years.
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    12-22-2018, 04:20 PM
    Thought I'd post some resolution to this thread. For a couple days the van started and ran fine, then yesterday morning it was really cold out, and it had some trouble starting again. From my research I was pretty convinced that the problem was...
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    12-20-2018, 03:14 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Nightmares in Cast Boolits
    Dreams are interesting; the brain's way of dealing with our worries and stress. I don't think I've ever had a dream/nightmare about casting or reloading. I had one once that I remember, long ago, where an angry bull was chasing me. I had a gun...
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    12-20-2018, 03:01 PM
    I've been powder coating exclusively for a couple years now. When I first started I remember thinking that there seemed to be less smoke that traditionally lubed bullets. I went to the range the other day and was shooting my .45 Colt. After the...
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    12-20-2018, 04:32 AM
    We've spent amazingly little on vehicles over the years. We haven't had a car payment in 15 years. I hate the thought of going back to having one. Most years the most I even spend on maintenance is oil changes. I used to do that myself, but a local...
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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