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  • truckjohn's Avatar
    08-18-2019, 08:46 AM
    I cast lead strips for balancing model airplanes. It's perfect for this. Most model airplane guys used to use lino or wheel weights - but both of those are thin on the ground. I am also seriously considering a lead hammer mold. A lead...
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    08-16-2019, 02:51 PM
    I never smoke molds unless I have a problem with them. My rule is: Always try them out clean and dry first. THEN decide if you need to do anything. I think I only have 1 or 2 molds that need any intervention... All the rest cast fine...
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    08-16-2019, 02:49 PM
    truckjohn replied to a thread I HATE this EVIL weed!! in Our Town
    There are a couple poison ivy skin products on the market - but you have to get them on QUICK for them to be any use... The names I remember are Tecnu and Zanfel. Both are wash products designed to get the stuff off your skin. For me - I...
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    08-13-2019, 02:20 PM
    99% of the time - this is an issue with tires that aren't balanced or have problems with being out of round. Alignment can somewhat make a difference in the severity of the wobble - but the wobble always starts with unbalanced tires. My...
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    08-08-2019, 10:41 AM
    Fishing sinkers. I whomped up about 40lbs of 1, 2, and 3 oz bank sinkers about a month ago.. What fun is a lead hoard if you aren't going to do anything with it....
    22 replies | 918 view(s)
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    08-06-2019, 09:20 AM
    I find most woods work well so long as you don't let the temperature drop down too low. They all let off really bitter and unpleasant flavors when they start going out.... One trick I started using and really now like is to smoke the wood over...
    54 replies | 1078 view(s)
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    07-30-2019, 10:03 AM
    After processing a couple hundred pounds of range scrap - that's a FANTASTIC deal!!!! Range scrap is my least favorite stuff to do - as it's FULL of plastic, wood, sand, rocks, metal, and trash... And THEN - you get a big pile of jackets and...
    13 replies | 788 view(s)
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    07-30-2019, 09:52 AM
    If I had to pick one powder for almost everything - it would be IMR4895. But - the I use 2400 more than anything else with cast....
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    07-29-2019, 01:08 PM
    truckjohn replied to a thread Pewter? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Yep - you definitely have to look carefully to make sure you know what you are getting. It would be a shame to end up with a worthless pile of stainless steel...
    23 replies | 765 view(s)
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    07-26-2019, 05:17 PM
    Ok. Now I have to see some pictures of this!!!! Hunting In WISCONSIN in the winter... Wearing a Kilt and a Cheeto's orange Cheese-head.... :o :o :o
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    07-26-2019, 11:20 AM
    1. Looks like the alloy is cold. A hot mold won't make up for cold lead. 2. Are you ladle pouring or bottom pouring? Are you pouring fast or slow? 3. Make sure all the vents in the mold are good and clean/open where they intersect...
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    07-26-2019, 10:53 AM
    Huh? Seriously - those funny looking leather shorts with suspenders or a kilt? In Wisconsin? During hunting season? In Wisconsin.... Where political hyperbole freezes solid by December..... And it gets so cold that Japanese cars won't...
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    07-25-2019, 10:54 PM
    Jobifying your passion is a good way to hate it. The reason is simple - when you do it for you - you only have to please yourself with the costs and the results. When you do it for others - you have to do what THEY want when THEY want it...
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    07-25-2019, 09:04 PM
    You guys are a bad influence. I picked up right at 3lbs of used pewter for just over $6.00/lb. Not a steal but not bad either. When you think about it - it's true that it's a better "investment" than aluminum or especially ceramic/glass...
    1504 replies | 439768 view(s)
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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