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    Yesterday, 07:27 PM
    unfortunately i threw a whole set of cast iron cookware away. wife wanted a glass top stove and after a few years of saving them i figured i wasn't going to get back into casting so i threw the set away. couldn't have been 2 months later i started...
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    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    i always used a round head brass screw and a little lapping compound in a drill seems to work fine.
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    11-17-2018, 09:30 PM
    i never really gave it any thought guts knock them out the same as a used primer. never had a problem. been doing it for 40 years. put live ammo in my tumbler if it starts to look a little tarnished. did this for more than 30 years and counting...
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    11-16-2018, 10:59 AM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Heart problems. in Cast Boolits
    yes i know smoking is the root of all evil. now i do have a lot of health problems almost died at forty had a couple arteries 100 percent blocked. damage from oxygen loss due to aptena mini strokes lung blockage from graphite and alunimum and brass...
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    11-16-2018, 10:49 AM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Bad lot of primers? in Cast Boolits
    i have been having a fit with primers lately. i originally thought it was a new gun even sent it back to manufacture. it did have a couple other small things i wanted fixed to so it was not a total loss. these are very old cci old tula and new ww...
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    11-16-2018, 12:24 AM
    i have never used anything that heavy in 32 acp. but have seen data in the 85 to 100 grain listed. you might try handloads.com or get the alliant loading manual ( free upon request). 1.7 of bullseys doesn't sound to stiff to me but i can't be sure....
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    11-14-2018, 12:39 PM
    very sorry to hear this. but as long as you and yours were not hurt then you were lucky even if it doesn't feel like it things can be replaced loved ones can not. i truly hope you can rebuild and get your life back to normal very soon. not sure what...
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    11-14-2018, 12:10 PM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Midway Shipping in Our Town
    i have always had good service from midway. now you want to try useless try usps tracking. had packages arrive that never moved according to tracking had tracking say delivered never to be seen.
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    11-14-2018, 12:05 PM
    now when i say i had two guns blow up on me it wasn't anybody's elses fault . i was just pushing my reloads way past where they should be. thats why the younger and dumber.
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    11-09-2018, 05:04 PM
    i use the hornady trimmer and it is very constant usually no more than .001 difference. but it has some draw backs you must buy hornady shell holders as no others will work and it will not do all calibers ( found this out the hard way ). but for...
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    11-07-2018, 11:07 AM
    yes i have a couple end tables i started refinishing last year they are almost there.
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    11-05-2018, 01:23 PM
    i actually blew up 2 in my young and dumb days a long long time ago. i learned a valuable lesson about pushing the limits.
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    11-05-2018, 01:15 PM
    i guess i am just cheap because i just love cheap guns. have a couple of 32 sw that were $30 and under. one needed a trigger job another needed a cylinder pin $5 from gun parts. used to just love the surplus guns but they are out of my price range...
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    11-03-2018, 09:54 PM
    great going. scrap yards around here quit dealing with lead. still have one 30 miles away that will still sell lead although at 96 cent a pound its a little pricey.
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    11-03-2018, 09:51 PM
    marlin39a try your local library ours has movies as soon as they are released on blue ray or dvd and they are free. just go on line and reserve them and they will contact you when available.
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    11-03-2018, 09:44 PM
    ditto to dragon813gt they changed the way that pressure is measured and others are right that different bullets require different loads cast vs jacketed. also powder is made in large batches and may vary slightly from batch to batch. i always check...
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    11-03-2018, 09:32 PM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread starting to cast in Cast Boolits
    sounds like you are set-up pretty well. i don't smelt until completely melted. wax is not for smelting!! you smelt with something like sawdust . sawdust removes impurities and wax combines your alloy back to geather. i only have one pot so i smelt...
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    11-03-2018, 03:25 PM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Good News in Our Town
    i say overnight stay because they put in stints.and through the wrist is definitely the way to go.
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    11-02-2018, 11:16 PM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Good News in Our Town
    cath's have come a long way . on my first more than 20 years ago they had to clamp your leg to the bed for 24 hours with what looked like a c clamp. my last one last year they go in through your wrist use colligin plug to seal the artery and you...
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    11-01-2018, 11:07 PM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Bullets in a fire in Our Town
    actually saw it on myth busters they set different caliber ammo on fire with plywood around it a few feet away. no bullets but some of the brass stuck into the plywood mostly large caliber like 50 cal bmg. it didn't really penetrate but did stick...
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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