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    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    I've got a bunch of 30-40 blank brass. Can that brass be reloaded to shoot real bullets or boolits???
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    Yesterday, 10:46 PM
    Years ago when I first started casting, I bought a couple of new molds & handles from Lyman. Both handles broke early on. I just tap my molds lightly with a small rawhide hammer to release boolits. I NEVER beat any precision mold or tool. I...
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    01-19-2018, 06:08 PM
    I bought a S&W 19-3 last year from someone I know well. He bought it new and never shot it much. It's in absolutely pristine condition, everything nice & tight. Never thought to check the gap when I bought it. Turns out it's .013!!! Seams...
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    01-18-2018, 03:57 PM
    Alstep replied to a thread Stolen Zeiss in Our Town
    Is there any national registry of stolen guns? I had 5 pistols & a shotgun stolen from our home 30+ years ago. Checked with our local sheriff, and they still list them as hot. Just wondering if this is on a national hot list? I did get one...
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    01-08-2018, 07:41 PM
    I've picked up a few old Lyman nutcracker handles, and sometimes even they don't fit. Had to mill them a bit thinner, and some are made a little twisted and need to be straightened out.
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    01-08-2018, 06:55 PM
    Used a RCBS 45-201KT for years (It's now 45-201SWC, same mold). Good mold. Then I splurged and got an Accurate 453200H 4 cav. Absolutely Great mold! Just a little tap and it rains bullets. Well worth the money. Quality is just 1st class....
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    01-07-2018, 09:39 PM
    Alstep replied to a poll slings in Our Town
    High power shooter here as well. 1 1/4" leather for service rifle, and 1 1/2" double buckle for match rifle. As Country Gent mentioned, a good sling is essential to establish a hard steady position.
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    01-07-2018, 09:29 PM
    Alstep replied to a thread Any wood workers? in Our Town
    You bring it up a good point, OS OK. Casting, loading, & bee keeping sure amount to a considerable investment in time & money. But I don't regret doing either one. And the beeswax comes in handy when making lube, so the two endeavors...
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    01-07-2018, 03:16 PM
    Alstep replied to a thread Any wood workers? in Our Town
    Save yourself as lot of time, effort, $$$, and grief, and go to a bee supply house and buy your hives knocked down. I've done a lot of carpentry work and also kept bees, and I soon learned it's far easier & cheaper to build my hives from pre cut...
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    01-02-2018, 06:00 PM
    Alstep replied to a thread (wts) lee dies in Swappin & Sellin
    PM sent on 43 Spanish.
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    12-31-2017, 03:18 PM
    Alstep replied to a thread Bee vandalism in Our Town
    Don't come down so hard on PETA. A bunch of us guys around these parts here are very supportive of PETA. However our version is "People Eating Tasty Animals" !!! I used to raise bees, only had a few hives. It's expensive and a lot of work. ...
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Callicoon, NY
Highpower, BPCR, old John Deere tractors, old hit & miss engines
Retired machinist


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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