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    11-10-2018, 08:08 PM
    I'm not an expert or a metallurgist, and I am open to learning. I've found that the color the brass will change seems to depend on the brass. Wet tumbled brass doesn't change the same color. I just anneal in low light and watch for a change in the...
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    11-10-2018, 12:44 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Recoil in Our Town
    Thank you for the warning. My 12yo son was shooting the M1 Garand the other day, and he's very small for his age. He only shot a few rounds, it was a bit much for him. I know different things affect different people in different ways, but abuse...
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    11-09-2018, 12:40 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Recoil in Our Town
    Heavy recoil was a lot more fun when I was younger, kind of a manly, tough guy thing. I’m older now, nothing to prove; it’s just not fun to get beat up anymore. Right now I have a minor shoulder thing going on, some kind of rotator cuff sprain I...
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    11-08-2018, 07:42 PM
    How does the candle thing work? It sounds like it would be really slow, compared to propane. I’ve never used tempilaq, couldn’t bring myself to spend $40 for it when what I do now works so well for me. I’m not a serious bench rest/precision...
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    11-07-2018, 06:12 PM
    The proof is in the pudding. I also anneal by rolling the case in my fingers over a propane torch. It’s quick, easy, and works well for me. It really doesn’t take long to get a feel for how much to heat the neck. I was taught to stop right when it...
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    11-06-2018, 09:53 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread AR15 stock options. in Military Rifles
    I sure like the look of the walnut stock in that second link. If I could justify spending the money I'd buy one. I've always been a fan on walnut stocks, even on black rifles.
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    11-06-2018, 12:07 AM
    I'm glad I'm not the only one. I still have my first centerfire rifle, an old 700 ADL that my dad bought for me used over 30 years ago. It was originally a 30-06 but I let the barrel rust out so now it's a .270Win. I've got an old 22-250 ADL that is...
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    11-04-2018, 11:28 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Be careful boys and girls in Our Town
    Thank you for posting. I hope your eye heals well. It's a good reminder to always wear safety glasses. I'm bad about it too. I wear them always at work, and usually when working in the shop, but rarely at the range. The temples interfere with the...
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    11-04-2018, 06:28 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Albuquerque in Our Town
    I've heard that suggestion before and looked into it a little, but wouldn't have the slightest idea where to start or what to do. I'm an operations guy, don't know that I'd be much for consulting. We've done some Ebay sales here and there; my...
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    11-04-2018, 12:49 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Paper over primer????? in Cast Boolits
    I don't know anything about paper helping, but I have a slightly relevant personal experience. Many years ago when I was young and dumb, someone gave me a bunch of old primed GI 30-06 brass. I think was all from the 1950's, non-corrosive,...
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    11-04-2018, 12:08 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Albuquerque in Our Town
    The relief on my wife's face after the decision tells me we made the right decision (I hope). Now I just have to figure out a way to make same extra money to make ends meet here. I'll be facing a pay cut implemented over the course of a couple years...
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    11-02-2018, 01:31 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Bullets in a fire in Our Town
    I believe you. Long ago one of my grandfather's friends for some reason decided to put a 12ga shell on a fence post and shoot it with a BB gun. He then had to go to the emergency room to have the primer surgically removed from his arm. It came back...
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    11-02-2018, 12:02 AM
    Like most holidays, it is what you make of it. Christmas and Easter both have some strong pagan origins and traditions too. We choose to celebrate them for our perspective instead. Like a couple others have said, we don't "celebrate" Halloween as...
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    11-01-2018, 11:42 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Albuquerque in Our Town
    Thank you, and thanks everyone for all the input and advice. I’m a little embarrassed at having aired my personal worries and problems on a public forum. As I get older it really weighs on me just how much decisions like this will affect our...
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    10-31-2018, 02:37 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Albuquerque in Our Town
    The job is onsite, but not working for Sandia. I’m intimately familiar with the company, and the manager is a long time friend. My work isn’t really fabrication per se, more industrial, technical, chemicals, controls and electronics. This is...
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    10-31-2018, 12:59 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Albuquerque in Our Town
    Thank you. I understand what you are saying about the transient nature of the modern American workforce. I’ve seen it plenty of times. I’ve had friends and coworkers come and go over the years. I could have gone much further in my career if I was...
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    10-30-2018, 11:49 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread 100 yard accuracy in Rimfire Area
    I have no doubt that it can be done, with the right rifle and ammo. I've also seen impressive accuracy on rare occasion with an inexpensive rifle, when everything seems to line up somehow. Not a rimfire, but many years ago I helped a friend load...
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    10-30-2018, 09:17 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread 100 yard accuracy in Rimfire Area
    I'm glad I'm not the only one. About the best I've ever been able to do consistently is 1.5" at 100 yards, with my best rifle on a good day with good ammo. Of course I don't have any really good rifles, and I'm much too cheap to buy really good...
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    10-30-2018, 08:16 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread .22 ammo??? in Our Town
    That is cheap, very nice. I was in Bimart last night and the shelves were full to overloaded, looked like literally thousands of pounds of .22lr ammo on their various shelves. I expect that if the shelves stay full like that for very long the prices...
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    10-30-2018, 07:00 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Albuquerque in Our Town
    I had a great job offer onsite at Intel here this summer. It was technical on-site service for some expensive equipment, and the Intel guys told me that they have a habit of hiring good people away from their contractors. I turned it down because it...
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    10-30-2018, 12:30 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Albuquerque in Our Town
    We are probably talking about different locations. The person recruiting me lives in RR and says his commute is less than 30 minutes. I’ve done the long commutes before and won’t do it again if I can help it. I love my 10 minute commute where I’m at...
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    10-30-2018, 10:45 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread .22 ammo??? in Our Town
    BiMart has Federal 1600 round cases on sale this week for $49.97. That comes to 3.1 cents per round. I still want to know what happened to “$30 per brick is the new normal”.
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    10-30-2018, 01:13 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Albuquerque in Our Town
    I've been told I should be able to find something within 30 minutes. Apparently there are several locations for the labs. I've looked at houses for sale in RR, looks like they're a bit cheaper there; that would help a lot. There are a lot of...
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    10-29-2018, 05:31 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Albuquerque in Our Town
    That's one of my biggest concerns. I'd be moving for a good job, but what if it goes away in a few years? I have four young kids. They'll be growing up and finding their own way, looking for work. Sure, we can always move again. I hate moving. I...
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    10-28-2018, 01:58 PM
    I'm a brass scrounger and have been known to use questionable brass in the past, even steel and aluminum cases (though not anymore). That said, AMERC brass of any caliber goes straight into the scrap bucket. From past experience over decades of...
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    10-27-2018, 10:53 PM
    One last bump, with lower price, then I'll probably take it all to the scrap yard, along with the hundred pounds or so of .40 brass I have. Not much demand for brass now, with factory ammo being cheap again. :)
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    10-26-2018, 11:26 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread .22 ammo??? in Our Town
    It’s plentiful here, shelves full and on sale. It’s nice to see literally truckloads full on the store shelves.
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    10-26-2018, 10:36 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread What a year! in Our Town
    Congratulations on the new addition to the family! Babies are so much work, and the sleepless nights and diapers seem never ending, but then all of a sudden that part of your life is past, and they're asking for money or car keys. :) Sorry to...
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    10-26-2018, 01:14 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Albuquerque in Our Town
    The daily commute to work in Albuquerque would be a long one. :) I'm looking at plane tickets to come for a quick visit in a week or two. We've looked at houses in Rio Rancho and it looks like they're a bit cheaper than here. It also depends on...
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