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    Yesterday, 11:46 AM
    At WallyWorld this morning they had shelves stacked with CCI MiniMags at $7.47/100. Counter guy said they came in on Tuesday nights truck, and he's expecting more this week.
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    Yesterday, 11:26 AM
    In one trip Friday, I got a bucket almost full of WWs and 2 lbs of dentist Xray lead. Since I already had to make the trip, even the gas was free. Kinda repays some of the empty trips I've made.
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    05-27-2017, 08:06 PM
    NO doubt in my mind Ken Waters was the master of reloading! I have his complete Pet Loads file and wish the man had either started shooting earlier in life or lived to 165! So many cartridges he just never got around to but his techniques is...
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    05-27-2017, 01:23 PM
    Back in the 60's and early 70's brass cleaning equipment was non existant! closest you got to clean brass was using a Carbide size die for that "burnished" look, which still never looked like it was factory fresh ammo. Fast forward to today and...
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    05-27-2017, 01:01 PM
    well I cast a few of the Lee 38-55 boolits and pan lubed them, got the dies set up and looks like I'll fire form the brass here shortly, seems the Winchester brass is a bit tight? I seated a .381 diameter boolit in an empty case, after expanding...
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    05-25-2017, 08:28 AM
    Every new gun I get, gets at least one box of factory first. I'm not going to have a problem and be told it was my reloads that were at fault. Sometimes it's the most expedient way to get brass, as in the first .41 that I purchased. In my...
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    05-24-2017, 07:37 PM
    I think I do better in controlled chaos, but we'll never find out because the controlled chaos will always be the rule. I once made the statement that if I removed anything but the top piece from the pile, it would start an avalanche. To some it...
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    05-24-2017, 01:26 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Movie of the week ! in Our Town
    I normally don't watch the drivel put out by the movie ind, but accidentally came across "The Bucket List' while surfing for entertainment last night. The premise got me thinking, which is dangerous. I never really liked Jack, but this character...
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    05-24-2017, 12:51 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Puppies have teeth! in Our Town
    Best provide some toys for those new sharp teeth. If not they'll find something on their own and it might be costly. My Son didn't listen to that advice and came home to find the corners chewed off the bathroom cabinets.
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    05-23-2017, 10:37 PM
    Bangerjim Tried that and pretty much either was to slow or kept swirling. That's when I made the move to the ladle and the issue went away. Honest truth is the sprue holes are to small, another Lee problem that gets by QC more than it should...
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    05-23-2017, 03:37 PM
    Smoke, that's exactly the experience my wife had. Everything was promised until Medicare and my ins check cleared. Then they wouldn't even return a call. We're stuck with a chair that's too wide to go through part of the doors. We had a much...
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    05-23-2017, 02:44 PM
    well got to do some casting with the new Lee mold in 38-55, as usual some trial and error as to what works best happens with each new mold and this one was no exception! Couldn't get a decent casting from my Lee 4-20 didn't matter where I placed...
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    05-23-2017, 11:07 AM
    Well shucks, the cup holder is a deal breaker. Ha Ha. OP keep us informed, there are quite a few of us that may need the same help in the not too distant future. Having the advantage of your research and experience will be a great benefit. BTW...
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    05-23-2017, 10:36 AM
    The plastic gal containers that restaurants get mayonnaise and condiments in, also provide air tight storage. Many have screw on lids and are semi-transparentThe bakeries at Sams and such, have plastic pails w/lids from 1/2 to 5 gal that contained...
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    05-22-2017, 11:11 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Error in Our Town
    At times the edit feature has strange quirks. Not able to go back and correct spelling or add to the middle of the text. A workaround is to use paragraph key. Add text or correct, then backspace the paragraph movement.
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    05-21-2017, 03:32 PM
    Like OS OK, I store my powder in an old refrigerator from the 60s. It has a magnetic seal that offers little resistance to opening, and keeps temps even. Since there is no air circulation a couple moisture packs keep that stable also.
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    05-20-2017, 07:29 PM
    I just had the same problem with 3 gal LC 5.56 outdoor range brass. About 3-4 % of the primers lost their top leaving the ring in the cup. Quiet a few only partly tore off and tied up the shell holder. These had been stored for over a year in an...
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    05-20-2017, 10:41 AM
    Kids at the day care eat only snacks that come in useful containers. I don't care if they all go home with cheese ball stained clothes. Doesn't everyone do it that way?
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    05-20-2017, 09:44 AM
    In one of the threads on this subject, there was mention of a 3D printed jig for cutting the 308 to length. Now every search I do turns up everything else. Does anyone remember the source for the jig? I've successfully made the 45 ACP...
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    05-19-2017, 07:00 PM
    HeavyMetal replied to a thread 1985 Goldwing in Our Town
    Bought a Honda 550 4 cylinder same deal guy couldn't get it to run for years and couldn't figure it out. I made a deal to buy it as is gave him a price and he agreed. while he got the pink I pulled the junk in line fuel filter out of it and put...
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    05-19-2017, 06:48 PM
    mac60 glad you saw both the box and the instructions in the box, kinda confusing so what do you think a new caster will think?? It was very refreshing to see the updated part about using PERMATEX anti seize, surprised they mentioned a brand...
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    05-19-2017, 03:57 PM
    Remember to turn off all fans and sources of a draft before you even open the leaf. It will become airborne very easy. Pay close attention to the recommended drying time for the sizing. It must be very close to the right stage of tack to...
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    05-18-2017, 09:33 PM
    mac60 if you'll send me an E mail address I will be more than happy to take a picture of the Lee mold box showing that : just before complete solidification strike the sprue plate with a mold mallet, and send it to you. Trying to figure out...
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    05-17-2017, 11:00 PM
    Anti-Seize stay put and doesn't run use that, smoke your mold only if you have a serious sticking problem! lite burrs are the usual suspect here and can be dealt with with a pencil with an eraser on it. Then smoke if needed. HM
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    05-17-2017, 10:54 PM
    Just took delivery of a new Lee Two cavity mold for my 38-55 Sharps. AS ALWAYS, LOL! I read the instructions before using, what an eye opener!! For the First time they are telling people to not use LLA to lube bullet mold! Can it be...
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    05-17-2017, 12:02 PM
    Don't expect to use a track chair inside the house. It will be murder to all kind of flooring, and although able to pass door openings, the space required to make a turn before and after the door is prohibitive. Check carefully the width of a...
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    05-17-2017, 11:32 AM
    It seems we all use the convenience of zip shut plastic bags to one degree or another. It's also common to include a note stating the current stage of improvement. In order to get the most mileage from powder and primer, I have only small volumes...
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    05-14-2017, 04:56 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread 9mm brass in Swaging
    That I know of, I haven't lost a primer yet. I collect as many as I can and inspect for performance. I swage for 40/10mm, 44, and 45. I think my next project will be soldering the lead to the case to deter separation. Possibly during the...
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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
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