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    Yesterday, 09:54 PM
    I should take a magnifier, but my son is young enough. Even so, we had to take a picture of one hallmark and blow it up to full computer screen to read it.
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    Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    30 lbs of lead, one five pound ingot of RotoMetals Super Hard (30% antimony, 70% lead) and two pounds of pewter or tin would give you close to Lyman #2. Tin % Antimony % Arsenic % Copper % Silver % Lead % Weight
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    01-16-2017, 08:07 PM
    Load data was in the 1991 guide. I don't have the mid or late 90s guides.
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    01-16-2017, 07:46 PM
    Every thing on the Internet is true. Let me tell you about meeting Helen Mirren and Halle Berry in a hotel bar....
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    01-16-2017, 07:22 PM
    dbosman replied to a thread Case lube pad in Reloading Equipment
    I started with a pad and switched to putting a dab of lube or now lanolin on the fingers of my off hand. As I pick up a case I spin it a bit to lube it. Every fourth or fifth, I rub a finger over the case mouth. I don't even know if I own a lube...
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    01-15-2017, 01:11 AM
    Lots of folks use the bottom half of propane tanks. Make sure the tank is safe to cut with a cutoff wheel. A mistake would be explosive. Now, there is or are threads here and online about experiments on using sulphur to flux out zinc. Read those...
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    01-14-2017, 05:50 PM
    So, how big a boat? ;-) I have scrapped doors and windows by breaking or sawing them in to trash bag sized pieces. Wood boats burn or compost. A wood chipper and some manure would probably take care of things in a year. Metal is all recyclable....
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    01-14-2017, 05:43 PM
    He's in Hawaii. Shipping can be high.
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    01-14-2017, 05:38 PM
    Shot for antimony will cost about twice what adding Rotometals Hard Cast would.
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    01-14-2017, 05:13 PM
    dbosman replied to a thread Tax Software in Our Town
    If you're concerned about hackers, using Windows XP makes you more of a target than online tax prep software. Talk to your local librarian. Ask if their computers are setup with Deep Freeze or other software that wipes any changes made, at each...
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    01-14-2017, 04:25 PM
    Sock some cash away in a lead fund and save for actual deals. I got one of those Craig's list deals recently. 26 lbs medical imaging shield bricks for $.50/lb. My local scrap recycler sells hard lead for the same price. Pay a daytime visit any...
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    01-14-2017, 04:10 PM
    Hit some thrift shops for pewter. Elmer Keith, depending on the source, did his .44 mag work with either 20/1 or 16/1 alloy. The reason to hit them now is lots of folks wait until December to clean house. That stuff should be hitting the shelves...
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    01-14-2017, 04:00 PM
    dbosman replied to a thread Medicare ? in Our Town
    Well, this is the most depressing thread for me today. Mandatory paperwork. One more fact of aging I didn't know. <sigh> Seriously, though, Thanks for the insight and forewarning.
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    01-10-2017, 08:11 PM
    Both powders are referenced by Colonel Townsend Whelen in his book "Why Not Load Your Own". Page 48 of the 1949 edition. I got the following from http://forums.handloads.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=27237 "DuPont Pistol Powder #6. This powder...
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    01-10-2017, 08:00 PM
    dbosman replied to a thread Diabetic neuropathy. in Our Town
    Curiosity stimulated by a recent article. How many of us who are over weight, grew up around with chickens? I was normal weight before we moved from city to farm. https://www.wired.com/2016/12/mysterious-virus-cause-obesity/
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    01-10-2017, 07:46 PM
    dbosman replied to a thread First lead puchase in Cast Boolits
    Buy as much of that as you can and consider asking some shooting buddies for a loan. See if the seller will take a lower cost if you pick it up and take all they have. Post your city. Maybe some of us can help ease the seller's burden. ;-) That is...
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    01-07-2017, 03:13 PM
    dbosman replied to a thread C'mon In Lurkers. in Cast Boolits
    For those who have rendering equipment, (I'm on a personal crusade to erase the word smelting as it isn't what we do. We recycle) ladle casting from your rendering pot uses energy but works. Don't let a lack of an electric pot hold you back. For...
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    01-07-2017, 03:04 PM
    Elmer Keith's classic load of a nominal 250 grain plain base semi wad cutter (your 240s should be close enough) over 22 gr of 2400 is still hard to best. His alloy was, depending on which article you read, 20 to 1 or 16 parts lead to 1 part tin. ...
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    01-07-2017, 02:55 PM
    dbosman replied to a thread Oxidised bullets in Cast Boolits
    Ask the parent of the family next door with all the kids. They'll have PB jars. Given the cost, if you give them a jar of PB you'll be on the shoppers good side for a long time.
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    01-07-2017, 02:48 PM
    From my Herter's 1965 catalog, I believe you're right. Universal Sizing and Seating Die. For neck sizing and seating for a specific caliber.
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    01-07-2017, 02:12 PM
    Powder coat some of those with a nice corn yellow. Great picnic table weights and the lead won't oxidize. A piece of plywood with several dozen nails, will support them in your oven.
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    01-07-2017, 02:06 PM
    Wyofool, Thank you for that rusted washer tip! I don't keep rusted washers at present and never would have thought of that.
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    01-07-2017, 02:03 PM
    dbosman replied to a thread Lee Bator mold in Want To Buy !
    Tiny bullets are time consuming but so satisfying. If I were just an AR blaster I'd buy the jacketed over runs and pulls.
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    01-07-2017, 01:49 PM
    dbosman replied to a thread Oxidised bullets in Cast Boolits
    I hope this is related enough so I'm not stealing dancingbear41's thread. Because wood bullet trays and the tape and glue on cardboard boxes deteriorates after only about twenty years, This year I switched to plastic peanut butter jars for...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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