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  • swheeler's Avatar
    10-25-2020, 07:04 PM
    The newer RCBS(center) appears to be the deepest seating to me, the older and lyman a toss up? edit; add (center)
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  • fcvan's Avatar
    10-22-2020, 09:26 PM
    The current shelf life seems to be 20 minutes after they hit the shelf. They are swooped up 20 minutes after that.
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    10-22-2020, 09:26 AM
    I would just melt them down, it will work as flux.
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    10-20-2020, 02:22 AM
    I preheat the oven when I make the waffles, and dry them out some before they go in the freezer. That way, they come out of the toaster crispy. I have reheated in the iron but the toaster is faster and it is already on the counter. Iron is on the...
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    10-20-2020, 01:58 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread Project help? in Our Town
    When I first moved the family to Colorado my wife wanted a deck/porch by the front door. I used pressure treated for the posts and under supports. I used Trex boards to the decking. Then the wife suggested I build a sand box for our 2 y/o grandson....
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    10-20-2020, 01:04 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread I voted! in Our Town
    My brother and I went to the County Clerk's Office today as we are heading to SO Cal in the morning. Called the wife, she turned in her ballot today as well. I signed up for vote tracking so I will be notified when my ballot gets tallied. I like...
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    10-20-2020, 12:53 AM
    I can see where rules and such apply. I can post again with an unreal price and/or swapping, I just know that dies are terribly hard to come by and I'm pretty sure a member or two here could use some help. I don't need powder, primers, lead or other...
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    10-19-2020, 11:06 PM
    Sad news indeed, God bless your family.
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    10-19-2020, 11:36 AM
    1891 Argentinian Mauser in 7.65 x 53, serial number puts it in the first run for the contract of 100k units. This model has a pristine bore but some wear on the bluing and stock. The original owner bought it in the 1950s from a catalog or Western...
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    10-19-2020, 11:12 AM
    2 M, SSB, EME, it's all good!
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    10-19-2020, 09:55 AM
    You did good, real good!
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    10-19-2020, 09:26 AM
    Koger good job! :drinks:
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    10-19-2020, 09:22 AM
    Friends like that should be invited to dinner, just sayin!:bigsmyl2:
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    10-19-2020, 09:12 AM
    Congratulations, that will be some good eating!
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  • fcvan's Avatar
    10-19-2020, 04:14 AM
    Lifetime supply? My lifetime, or the lifetime of some dirt bag with ill intent toward me or my family? Failure drill should take 3 boolits, I've definitely got that on hand. More casting? Few hundred pounds, and a good supplier.
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    10-19-2020, 03:56 AM
    When I first started berm mining, I was going to the range at work. Back then, we were shooting swaged hollow base wadcutters through S&W M10 revolvers. I went to the range with a 1 lb metal coffee can, and 3 lb metal coffee can and a plastic...
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    10-19-2020, 02:35 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread fishing sinkers in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I always wanted to get a mold for lead head jigs, but I haven't fished to ocean for quite some time. It used to be a local barber shop that sold jigs, gear and stuff, big rack of fishing rods and reels. Loved that place, gentleman retired. I've...
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    10-19-2020, 02:18 AM
    A buddy I worked with in Crescent City talked me into mixing lanolin and rubbing alcohol. It worked okay but wasn't flipping my switch. I went back to vegetable oil, shaking the brass in one of the plastic nut container with a screw lid. Dawn soap...
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    10-19-2020, 02:07 AM
    I de-prime my brass in a single stage press so as not to get gunk in my primary press. Brass gets a hot soapy (Dawn) wash. Rifle cases get tumbled in some vegetable oil, just a dribble, a little goes a long way. Every 5 pieces of brass I wipe my...
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    10-19-2020, 12:14 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread Gas check to big? in Cast Boolits
    I have several checkmaker dies and use a different thickness of Amerimax Aluminum to make checks depending on the mold. I cut the strips of aluminum (usually 10) grab the strips with vise grips, and dunk them in the lead pot. 15 to 20 seconds and...
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    10-18-2020, 11:29 PM
    My Marlin is in 41 Mag, but I do have an H&R 1871 Buffalo Classic Carbine in 45 Colt. I have the Lee 452-255 RF which I powder coat. I was gifted 452-300 RF because a buddy accidentally ordered 2. That carbine really likes the 454 RB with mouse fart...
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    10-18-2020, 11:16 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Lee 105 swc 9mm load in Cast Boolits
    I originally bought the Lee 359-105 SWC for use in a Berretta .380 back in the mid 1980s. I did eventually load 9mm for a S&W 459 and had good success with it. As in a previous post above, the boolit was seated where the case mouth was in between...
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    10-18-2020, 09:52 PM
    I like to make waffles, eggs, bacon/sausage, country potatoes, gravy. I make my waffles with %25 corn meal in my mix so it has a corn beard flavor to it. I would make up a bunch and stash them in the freezer. Pop 'em in the toaster, scramble an egg...
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    10-18-2020, 09:39 PM
    Back in the mid 1960s, my folks bought a cab over camper. The lights were mantle type and the windows were louver type, never had to worry about fresh air as those windows were not made to seal well. Mom always had more mantles in the drawer, Dad...
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    10-18-2020, 09:13 PM
    I got tech 1999, code in 2002 along with general at the same testing, went straight to Advanced and Extra the following month. My bother got his Tech a few months before me, the rest of the tests we took together. Love twisting the knobs! I run my...
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    10-18-2020, 05:25 PM
    swheeler replied to a thread Pronghorn down in Hunting with CB's
    EF good going! Nothing as good as a good pronghorn steak! Lander way?
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    10-17-2020, 07:24 PM
    Way to go, home rolled is always better! Turkey just in time for turkey day:drinks:
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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