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    Today, 04:30 PM
    Depends on how old your are and how long you expect to live/shoot. banger
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    Today, 10:59 AM
    Are they cast as long “lines of type” (full words and sentences) or individual alphabet letters? If just letters what you have is NOT linotype. Do some research on the net B4 you start using it. Bangerjim
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    Today, 10:56 AM
    I quit messing with dirty of WW’s over 3 years ago. Way too much Zn, Fe, and carp in there to bother with. I can get clean pure and alloys from my local scrap yards for $1/#, so why would I waste hours standing over a stinking re-melting pot of...
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    Yesterday, 01:38 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Tinnitus ! in Our Town
    There will be a couple of new generation with hearing damage/loss due to loud concerts and ear buds from MP3 players. I was sitting in a waiting room last week and this stupid teenager (Quick - hire a teenager while they still know everything!)...
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    06-19-2018, 08:09 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Tinnitus ! in Our Town
    Protect you hearing! I have been around, as an engineer doing start-ups, power plants, heavy manufacturing plants, noisy equipment, rock concerts (!) all my working life (40+ years). I always either used foam ear plugs, muffs, or even wadded up...
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    06-17-2018, 10:36 PM
    Good sources: Enco Travers ...
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    06-17-2018, 09:24 PM
    Plastic?!?!?!!? My 4 Tarus brand short and long guns have ZERO ZIP NADA plastic anywhere in them! Guess you are looking at the wrong models? I claim no knwoledge of any Tarus semi pistols. I HATE semi automatics in ANY brand and own very few...
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    06-17-2018, 05:49 PM
    Funny how those that have never owned or even handled a Tarus can bash them so! I own 4 different tarus-made weapons and they have all performed perfectly right out of the box. No fitting and fixing as others moan about. I give a thumb’s up to the...
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    06-17-2018, 05:39 PM
    Problem with any “T” handle tap holders is: you need the clearence between the top of the tap and the mill/drill chuck to get the “T” holder in there. Most small mini-mills do not allow that distance available to the user. I can do that on my BIG...
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    06-17-2018, 05:19 PM
    Download the FREE alloy calcuator on here........and this and all future questions on mixing alloys will be answered for you! Good tool everybody that melts lead should have Avaialble. I use it all the time. Bangerjim
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    06-17-2018, 01:48 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Hot plate temp in Casting Equipment
    Just remember IR guns do NOT read shiny surfaces worth a darned. You have to shoot at black or very dark surfaces to get an accurate reading. It's called "black body radiation effect".......from your HS and College physics classes, remember? ...
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    06-17-2018, 01:42 PM
    Most common respirators will do nothing for that......unless you are using a professional pure O2 breathing apparatus like firemen use! Just grin and bare it. PC does not smell that bad. I do it all the time with no breathing apparatus at all. ...
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  • bangerjim's Avatar
    06-17-2018, 01:36 PM
    Nothing to disconnect!!!!!!!! To START taps - you simply make sure you have not moved the head, table, or vice holding the work you just drilled the hole in, remove the drill bit, chuck the tap, and using the chuck key's long shank stuck into one...
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    06-16-2018, 10:13 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Hot plate temp in Casting Equipment
    Most people that use containers around their molds are casting in COLD climates with drafts and winds. That helps (?) to minimize heat loss to the surrounding cold air. The intimate contact of the mold with the hot plate transfers far more heat...
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    06-16-2018, 10:02 PM
    A round column allows you to swivel the head side to side over the table for unusal setups. I have never done that. But it can offer different capabilities for “unique” set-ups and needs. The dovetailed square columns allow for acurate and...
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    06-15-2018, 07:58 PM
    I never use drill chucks to hold end milling cutters! A big no-no to the precision machinist world. Always use R8 milling cutter holders (or collets) with the appropriate hole in it to fit the cutter. I have a big set that goes from 1/8” thru 1”....
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    06-14-2018, 07:48 PM
    Well, as several said before above, the little red (not the larger green one ) HF mill with R8 quill is probably one of the best for a starter. Small, inexpensive, uses R8, and can do precision drilling AND light to medium milling. And once you grow...
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    06-14-2018, 03:26 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread PC help ! in Our Town
    I hate 10. My wife's new computer has it on there, as does my new Surface my son gave me for Christmas. HATE.......HATE......HATE! I do pretty much everything for business presentations to customers and seminars on my iPads. I use 7PRO on my...
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    06-14-2018, 03:19 PM
    Horizontals are nice and have their place. But if one was to make room for in a shop and buy a mill, the hands-down choice today would be a good vertical mill. Bridgeport comes to mind!!!!! You can do darned near anything on a good rugged vertical...
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    06-13-2018, 09:47 PM
    bangerjim replied to a thread Hot plate temp in Casting Equipment
    Seat-o-the-pants for me. But I have measured it in the past and it is at least 550F. Just under the temp where my feed ingots start to melt. I don’t ever worry about reading exact temps even though I have all the industrial test eqipment to do it...
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    06-12-2018, 10:30 PM
    The HF mill that uses R8 tooling (VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!) is very nice. I have one and use it all the time for small hobby work. I also have a BIG heavy mill for big rough heavy work. And 2 Sherline “toy” mill/lathes for clockwork and minature work....
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    06-12-2018, 10:18 PM
    You can’t go wrong with a revolver!!!!!! They will eat just about anything you stuff in the Cyl. I am lookiing for a good (!) deal on a 45ACP revolver right now. Not so with 45ACP semi’s. The 3 I have experience with are very picky about OAL,...
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    06-12-2018, 02:54 AM
    Pb alloy hardness is just a seat-o-the-pants reading anyway. 10.0 vs 10.5........who cares! I have tested MANY boolits and alloy ingots with my Cabine Tree tester against my NIST tracable tester and it is VERY close. But as long as I read...
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    06-11-2018, 10:36 PM
    I have been with in 35 feet of a MAJOR strike, and yes.....the hair on my arms actually stood up!!!! Ears rang for 30 minutes. Hit a flagpole. Was totally safe on a covered porch, but the lightning in the AZ mountains can be very spectacular. And...
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    06-11-2018, 10:29 PM
    Probaby should have had your cooler head make the decision. Knee jerk, PO’d actions are not good anytime/anywhere. You now have no recourse leally because YOU quit - they did not termiate your situation. FMLA can be your friend (if you qualify) as...
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    06-11-2018, 04:36 PM
    Get the highest BTU output you can find. High BTU = short melt time. I prefer the jet type of burners. I have a old plumber’s furnace and it sounds like a jet after burner when on high at 1st. I then turn it way down while pouring and it purrs...
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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