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    Yesterday, 11:47 AM
    Sounds like the thermostat is failing. The setting on the dial was never consistent from one pot to the next. Likely no replacement parts available, but the thermostat can be bypassed and a PID used for control.
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    Yesterday, 07:34 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Sunrise ...... in Our Town
    God provides the Summer sunrise for those who cherish the morning.
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    07-18-2017, 04:51 PM
    I've been casting sinkers since 1960 and boolits since 64, but I've never seen anything like that brown/tan in my pot. What did you use for flux? Did the alloy cast good (no wrinkles) round balls? Was the pot brand new with a coating to retard...
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    07-17-2017, 08:14 AM
    My mom lived her last 40 years with MS and Diabetes. Although it may change your lifestyle it is just another bump in life's road. Until she was taken with cancer she fought for every moment. She was active within the family and a leader every...
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    07-17-2017, 07:48 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Death warmed over.... in Our Town
    Infections are dangerous to anybody, but especially those with the age factor. The sooner the correct treatment, the sooner the healing can begin. Being MACHO only gets us a step closer to the end. My wife spent two months in Wake Forrest, and 12...
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    07-16-2017, 08:39 PM
    Hickory said it like it was. In "63, when I graduated from sinkers to boolits, there was no internet and very little in print, that I had access to. It was all trial and error, mostly error. Now as age takes its toll, I'm doing less, but learning...
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    07-15-2017, 09:25 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread HVAC blower wiring in Our Town
    Most fans in AC units are intended for serious duty. Most stand alone fans are made for profit. There is a difference in quality and expected life. AC fans are meant to have moderate airflow restrictions (filters and coils), and thus when the...
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    07-14-2017, 12:05 PM
    No harm indeed, but unless a very small amount, it sure takes up lots of space. Mine are in three 2 liter drink bottles waiting for scrap prices to go up. Guess I should have used purple.
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    07-14-2017, 11:44 AM
    Just finished citric acid cleaning over a K of really dirty mixed brass and sorted the military from the commercial. It rained on the brass before it dried and I let it sit over night on the screen to dry in today's sun. It started to darken...
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    07-14-2017, 11:29 AM
    The hanging tags of brass from the punching of the flash hole, act just like a damaged crown in deflecting the flame into the powder. I thought everyone removed the production carp when working for precision.
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    07-14-2017, 07:12 AM
    Not even a good idea for used primers.
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    07-13-2017, 10:05 AM
    I now have over a gal of these in 223/5.56. They are both commercial and mil. It is worth finding a simple/cheap method of removing the primer sleeve. I've tried unsuccessfully to use just a pick. What size/# drill would likely remove most of...
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    07-11-2017, 08:28 AM
    It surprised me, how many unopened boxes and blister packs I found among all the must-have treasures. I even found duplicates of some.
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    07-10-2017, 11:55 AM
    The only primer problem I've ever encountered came from cheap foreign made primers. Even then it may have been partly my fault. During the time of short primer supply, all I could get were Winchester, and they all fired every time. If you get...
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    07-10-2017, 11:36 AM
    Don't get hung up on BHN. It's more of a marketing ploy than something a new caster should overly worry about. I fell for the same jargon and now have 3 seldom used hardness testers. Get good at casting with WWs and enjoy shooting them. ...
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    07-10-2017, 10:37 AM
    I've worn glasses since starting school. At about 63 mine got to the point I didn't feel safe to drive after dusk. Brake lights blinded me and on commong headlights were impossible to see past. The only choices in lenses were an $1100, out of...
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    07-10-2017, 10:09 AM
    I couldn't pass up a deal on Berrys Blems at $42/K. They are the weight I wanted and definitely affordable. I can't sit in the heat and cast them for that.
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    07-10-2017, 10:00 AM
    Local Gun Stores seem to come and go in cycles. As a child, I remember 3 stores on main (the only) street that sold guns. The grocery stores had ammo and even one service station often had 22s. Then a bate and tackle opened and included a major...
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    07-09-2017, 01:43 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Coleman Stove in Casting Equipment
    I don't know the exact formula, but it comes in an expensive can.
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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
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