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    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    While there are instances where you don't want to use a cutting oil (cast iron is one that comes to mind). For most machining, a cutting oil or fluid will reduce vibration, produce a better finish and extend the life of your cutters. For many...
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    Yesterday, 11:04 PM
    725 was kind enough to offer up some 6.5x55 brass. I have looked high and low for some neat brass I knew I had, but it is apparently lost in the reorganization! So instead, I have some casting metal which I can find! It will be a drawing to...
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    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    smokeywolf replied to a thread Is it time in Our Town
    Put a 10% federal tax on the 26.1 billion American dollars that individuals in the U.S. send to Mexico in wire transfers each year. Think 10% is too much? Sales tax in the city of Los Angeles is real close to that. Yep! Belongs in The Pit.
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    Yesterday, 04:36 PM
    You can't mill in a drill press. Drill press quills and spindles are not designed to take side loads and I don't know of any drill presses that have collet type tool holders that will hold an end mill or milling cutter securely. Milling should not...
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    Yesterday, 03:41 PM
    While it hasn't been in use as a center-point lube since I think the early half of the 20th century, I think I still have a small can of "white lead" somewhere in the shop. How's that for going back in time?
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    Yesterday, 02:36 PM
    I'd do some thorough checking, as I recall reading something about Kali's DOJ ignoring federal definitions and assigning their own to black powder "firearms". I suspect they're looking forward to the day that "firearms" will be confiscated. They...
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    Yesterday, 02:01 PM
    A live center is multi ball bearings designed for severe service in the tailstock of a lathe. I even use a carbide-tipped (not live) lathe dead center with straight shank for starting taps. If the tip (point) of the center spins, it's a "live...
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    Yesterday, 01:57 PM
    jmort replied to a thread Prayer asked for father in Our Chapel
    Praying for your father and all concerned
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    Yesterday, 12:54 PM
    What merlin101 said. Same, no difference. No grooves, TL/micro grooves, lube grooves all powder coat just fine. Don't worry about it.
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    Yesterday, 12:27 PM
    I'll take this!
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    Yesterday, 09:58 AM
    After taking the screens off 3 windows to discourage squirrels from my bird feeder this Spring, one learned to play acrobat and do a flip under the gutter and land on the feeder. It's so comical, I just fill the feeder half way and enjoy his...
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    Yesterday, 09:35 AM
    The little spring-loaded tap guides are handy. I have one and will use it when I only have 1 or 2 holes to tap and run-out isn't that critical. If close tolerances on concentricity/run-out need to be maintained, I do it like bangerjim describes....
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    06-23-2018, 08:25 PM
    George is on the prowl again. How can one man cause so many security system failures? Can it be the magic keys?
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    06-23-2018, 04:33 PM
    I'll bite!
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    06-23-2018, 03:14 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Fast food tipping?? in Our Town
    A tip is supposed to be a personal "Thank You" for above and beyond service. I grew up in an era when 10% was a good tip. If the service you are tipping is the same, why do they expect a higher percent in a tip? The food/hotel price has increased...
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    06-23-2018, 02:23 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Opioid/heroin crisis? in Our Town
    Unless you've experienced that level of chronic pain, you can't imagine the need. I passed a 5X7 mm kidney stone and had 9 teeth pulled at one setting without anything but regular ibuprofen. That said, the constant pain in my lower back is another...
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    06-23-2018, 07:48 AM
    I use the Clear Ballistics synthetic gel. Got two 24 inch blocks and two molds. It is resuable. Not too expensive. Just add a crock pot and you good to go casting gel blocks. Fun to use
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    06-22-2018, 08:12 PM
    I use #000 in a Governor It goes 16 inches in bare gelatin Very similar to getting smoked by Wild Bill Hickok with his .36 caliber revolvers, but rather than a single hit, 4 at once.
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    06-22-2018, 08:04 PM
    No need I asked him about a $2,000 Club I can't be the only one
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    06-22-2018, 07:44 PM
    Didn't know about deal to have one flown over the White House; good to know. I've bought Annon before. This one was from Eder Flags in Wisconsin.
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    06-22-2018, 04:10 PM
    Box O Truth Seems like a desperation application
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    06-22-2018, 02:08 PM
    I commend your patriotism jonp. I usually replace my flag twice each year. Bought the replacement this year a few weeks before Memorial Day. Spent just shy of $50 on a 3' x 5' that's supposed to be of commercial quality. How colorfast it is...
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    06-22-2018, 02:02 PM
    Use care adding the MS as you can create an explosive atmosphere, in an enclosed space, compleat with static electricity. Also, too much can cause the dirt to stick to the brass like specks of hard wax, which is extremely hard to remove. I add a...
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    06-22-2018, 01:46 PM
    Can cause your hair to stand up just before your pucker string fluctuates, with staining results. Once in an aluminum boat and again standing on my front porch. Now when the first hint of it is noticed, I find safe shelter. The concussion of it...
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    06-22-2018, 01:31 PM
    Sounds like something a liberal politician would think up to solve a none existent problem. Sometimes corporate lawyers have to do something to make themselves indispensable.
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    06-22-2018, 01:24 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Charles Krauthammer in Our Town
    Everybody forms opinions on misinformation at one time or another. I don't fault Charles for his anti-gun leanings. His foresight in most matters was spot on, and his intellect made him a person to pay close attention to. Above all he had real...
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    06-22-2018, 01:11 PM
    Over a couple years I mined and smelted over 7 tons of range lead and they considered it a favor. I sold in excess of 400 lbs of jacket material and scrap brass. What other hobby pays you to participate? Kinda proves you can save money casting,...
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    06-22-2018, 11:13 AM
    BrassMagnet replied to a thread grips needed in Helping Hands
    That darn George probably snatched a set for you already, but if he loses your address I probably can find a set.
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    06-22-2018, 09:34 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Tinnitus ! in Our Town
    The cicadas, crickets, locust or whatever keep me company when I'm alone. Especially when I don't want company. It's just a sad fact of life that we get smarter too late to avoid it. As a child, I grew up alone at the other end of nowhere. I...
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    06-22-2018, 09:09 AM
    Remember that that flag, no matter how tattered and worn, is still personal property. To remove it without permission and cut the rope is breaking the laws it represents. Publishing a picture and the phone # is a great idea that will likely get...
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    06-21-2018, 08:26 PM
    Nice work
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    06-21-2018, 06:39 PM
    smokeywolf replied to a thread Opioid/heroin crisis? in Our Town
    I would venture to guess that most of those anti-opiate, lets ban opiates crowd, have never suffered from long term extreme pain. Just as opiates can mess up your mind, pain will eventually make you either crazy or terribly depressed. I use the...
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Ride'n horses and shoot'n Winchesters by the time I was 2.
Too far west of where I should be.
Guns, computers, camping, fishing, inventing, Full time Dad
Semi Retired Engineer/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