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    Today, 07:36 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread USPS Money orders in Our Town
    USPS MOs are a PITA on both ends. I only use them if no other payment is accepted. PP may be anti-gun, but at least on the buying end it's hassel free. For us that have to make a special trip to the PO it can be a real problem and if it is a...
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    Yesterday, 05:38 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Black walnuts in Our Town
    My Granny made the absolute best black walnut cake I ever had. She only made it on special occassions and I never missed one. At least for me, accumulating enough to use cracking with a hammer, is a lost cause.
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    Yesterday, 04:05 PM
    Nice work, GS. A job to be proud of.
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    Yesterday, 08:38 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread My Dad in In Remembrance
    Lost both my parents over 10 years ago while holding their hands, and both had lived long full lives, but the missing is forever. Alzheimer's robs both the patient and the family. Glad you had that last memory of him to cling to. Prayers sent...
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    10-18-2017, 04:24 PM
    Any expectation of privacy or anonymity on the internet is ridiculous. However, there's no reason to make things easier for anyone and everyone to know more than they need to know about you or your family. Personal information should be metered out,...
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    10-17-2017, 08:44 PM
    Agreed. Last time I was in there I was trying to find a couple of the 15 or so boxes of 45ACP reloads that I think are in there. Found some cool stuff while I was looking, tho. ;-)
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    10-17-2017, 08:40 PM
    Loading room? I have a loading room? When I get some time I'll have to ask Siri where it is. I'm figuring out she's a pretty sharp gal!
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    10-17-2017, 12:38 PM
    I'll take #4 if you can wait for payment sent Friday. I am out hunting. Please PM payment info and I will PM shipping info.
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    10-17-2017, 12:02 PM
    smokeywolf replied to a thread Pepper Mills in Cookin' Recipe's
    Walnut is a very good choice for food prep items. Hardness means long life and the tannins in it make it anti-bacterial.
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    10-17-2017, 01:42 AM
    smokeywolf replied to a thread Pepper Mills in Cookin' Recipe's
    I've never found a pepper mill that produced consistently. I keep store bought medium and course grind in the spice cabinet as backup, but grind my own as needed with a mortar and pestle.
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    10-16-2017, 10:36 PM
    Neither, unless you like hunting down expensive brass. I load and cast for both, have hunted and taken game with both. Both excellent cartridges but there are other cartridges that do the job just as well with less fuss...but in the interests of...
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    10-16-2017, 10:09 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread arbor press? in Our Town
    I bought one to press rivets for knife handles awhile back. As I understand it's a basic tool with dozens of uses.
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    10-16-2017, 09:40 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Stupid Cat!! in Our Town
    I miss my cats...but my aim is improving. ;-) My last few have been "feral conversions" but don't last long with the coyotes and dogs around here. They were all excellent mousers, wish I had one now with winter coming on. I have one that passes...
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    10-16-2017, 09:27 PM
    Can't imagine not living in Texas but I suspect I could get by in TN. I was born in Oak Ridge, or so I've been told. ;-) I think we're going to have another Amazon fulfillment center nearby and plenty of other growth going on as well. Texas isn't...
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    10-15-2017, 11:43 PM
    Ya'll are lucky to be able to cry for your fathers. Although my father was insanely talented with regard to gunsmithing, he was not much of a father. I never could shed a tear for him after he died; that was 22 years ago. Wish I could have felt for...
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    10-15-2017, 07:45 PM
    Hickory, he's in Kali; he's trying to get out.
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    10-15-2017, 06:34 PM
    My situation is far different from yours, but my reasons for leaving Kali are the same. Arizona is nice; good weather in the North. Although I really like Texas and have nothing but the greatest regard for Texans, I would shy away from all states...
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    10-15-2017, 09:15 AM
    Any extra hardness gained by quenching the ingots will be lost when they are re-melted for casting. As long as you remember or note the alloy nothing is changed. Quenching could cause water inclusion in the shrinking ingots that might cause...
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    10-15-2017, 09:01 AM
    Thanks for the info, but I ordered several stems as replacements many years ago. At the (then) price I couldn't justify repairs. I did find that grinding a taper to the stem allowed easier use in small necks like 223.
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    10-14-2017, 09:01 PM
    I have way too many to use!
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  • smokeywolf's Avatar
    10-14-2017, 01:49 PM
    The way I read that is, the OD of the GO PLUG is specified at the bottom of the hole tolerance (.499 in their example) with a plus tolerance. This does not make it a PLUS gage.
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    10-14-2017, 10:01 AM
    Have you ever noticed how efficiently they deliver junk mail, circulars, and advertisements? Even political mailings magically appear.
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  • BrassMagnet's Avatar
    10-14-2017, 01:25 AM
    I'm easy! Just scratch that and I'll scratch one pf my banked PIFs.
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    10-13-2017, 08:41 PM
    Kevin, are you sure you don't have this reversed. I think its 'minus' on pins that are GO and 'plus' on rings that is GO.
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    10-13-2017, 08:30 PM
    I have gage pins from I think .013 up to .625. One of my sets is a + set, rest are -. As Doug says, they probably do make on size pins, but in 30+ years as a machinist, I've never run across a need for one. As far as checking your mike, I'd just...
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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.
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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