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    Today, 03:21 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread A lost child. in Our Town
    As a parent you have certain rights with a minor. Such as not allowing him to be questioned without you present if you wish to be there. I mention this because they police saying they can't tell you anything reminded me that they generally don't...
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    Today, 12:10 PM
    I hear you. Might be worth following that link and writing down the name of the substance to run by your doctor. For a long time before my back surgery I had mild opioids as my "chicken switch" I knew if the pain got bad enough I could get some...
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    Yesterday, 09:10 AM
    Only having the buckets or a couple brands isn't a shortage. A shortage is when only the employees or their friends and family have any. Or the LGS limits purchase to 2 boxes of 50 cnt. per person.
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    11-16-2018, 02:17 PM
    I was taught that first thing before loading fire a cap at a leaf, some pulled grass, or a pile of dust lying on the ground. Insures that you have a clear primer channel through to the bore before the powder and ball go in. I think after a bit you...
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    11-16-2018, 01:03 PM
    I think the tubes with a charge would be hard to beat but there are a lot of ways to solve the ball, patch and primer issue. With room for improvement and innovation. The tapered rod used to roll paper cartridges combined with a strip that...
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    11-16-2018, 12:09 PM
    And 2% is the high side unless making home brew Lyman #2 alloy or 94/3/3 or some other specific premium alloy. Lot of folks use even less than 2% as an amount of tin. Might also want to look into some of the other Rotometals alloys. Some of those...
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    11-15-2018, 08:37 PM
    I should correct myself pewter I sold was listed as less than 90% Pb = 7.8% Sb = 5.7% Sn = 85.2% Cu = 1.3% Price was pretty typical at $8 a pound. Main difference is on the forum you can buy a smaller amount than 55# at one shot. Not that...
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    11-15-2018, 08:23 PM
    Alloy calculator on a phone doesn't work. Interesting. It is an Excel spreadsheet you should be able to run it on a computer with Open Office Calc program which is free and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Or of course MS Excel. Not to...
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    11-15-2018, 07:59 PM
    Put a wanted to buy in the swapping and selling forum. I sold 6 pounds of pewter for around $8 a pound not too long ago. XRF tested at 90% tin or better + antimony, would have to check my old notes on what that batch was. Just start a thread in S...
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    11-15-2018, 07:49 PM
    Caplock and Flintlock are common ways to describe the ignition mechanism which is reflected in the hammer design. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lock_(firearm) Funny that Wikipedia page explains where the term lock, stock, and barrel came from. ...
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    11-15-2018, 07:01 PM
    I use the CH4D tool and a touch of Lee case lube. Adjusting is critical. I also have a chamfer bit for a cordless drill or a flat bottom tapered cutter that I can just go once around the edge of the primer pocket with. I get about 2 or 3...
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    11-15-2018, 06:47 PM
    For me it was the mad search for musket caps back during the last time of slim pickings, then found them at a LGS for a decent price bought a few hundred. Hmmm there is an item it might be worth stocking up on. Don't know about a couple K worth...
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    11-15-2018, 04:47 PM
    What would be appropriate? Cap lock vs Flint lock or just muzzle loader? I noticed that one of the suggestions was for where to put percussion caps on the ball holder so the method of ignition does matter at least somewhat to the discussion. I...
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    11-14-2018, 10:35 PM
    Is that floor I see? Can I get confirmation? I don't recall seeing that sort of broad flat low surface anywhere near a reloading bench for a long time but I'm pretty sure it's a floor! A most excellent workspace. Judging from the "workshop" I...
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    11-14-2018, 10:29 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Where to reload? in Our Town
    Harbor Freight has a few different grinder stands that some have used as a reloading bench Notice the stands off to the side for $32.99 and $35.99 as alternatives. The $32.99 one could easily slip into a closet. Board mounted for a surface and...
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    11-14-2018, 09:02 PM
    I think you can buy a PID controller for around $100 +/- and a thermometer is going to run ~ $25 or so. One can certainly make a good argument for putting that $25 toward a PID to control temperature rather than a thermometer to measure it. ...
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    11-14-2018, 08:47 PM
    Just a SWAG but the same product can will be the same thickness and hardness of aluminum. So if you find Pepsi cans work you can expect any Pepsi can to work. If Red Bull can works you can figure all Red Bull cans will work. It comes down to...
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    11-14-2018, 08:32 PM
    I dropped steadily once I started being more careful of the dust in spent brass. Digging through buckets of brass and the vibrating polisher were the culprits. Better protection while doing brass sorting and a splash of mineral spirits plus some...
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    11-14-2018, 08:10 PM
    If Genesis served no other purpose than to establish Gods authorship of all creation that alone would warrant it being included and be enough to have it be considered accurate. Accurate as to substance even if not accurate as to specific narrative....
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    11-14-2018, 06:56 PM
    You have the books if you read those and ask for clarification of parts you don't understand you will have what you require as far as book learning you need. I think I saw the Lee manual mentioned. It is also good. I read an older one that was...
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    11-14-2018, 06:14 PM
    Some of us are dealing with pretty severe joint or similar pain. With the crackdown on opioid pain medications and just the way most pain meds become less effective over time this alternative seemed worth posting. Like that it is specific to the...
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    11-05-2018, 10:22 PM
    I would go with the large batch of at least a 100 pounds or more. But I approach from the opposite direction. Keep some of your soft lead out. As mentioned muzzle loaders and... Make your large batch as hard as your hardest bullet needs to be....
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    11-05-2018, 10:00 PM
    +1 on this.
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    11-05-2018, 09:59 PM
    Nice haul. it doesn't take much of a bar of 50/50 to sweeten a whole pile of WW's. What you don't use you can always sell or swap to get different lead or some brass or whatever you need. I recently swapped some solder for shotgun primers. We...
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    11-05-2018, 09:52 PM
    That purple color on top is typical of plain lead. Dross on top is oxides. Tin oxidases faster than lead so if you have tin you tend to get a gray dross. No tin, no antimony and just plain lead you get the rainbow dross on top. The pea sized...
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    11-01-2018, 04:30 PM
    Just a note. You don't hit the mold with a mold whacker. You hit the hinge bolt of the handle. Might try flipping mold upside down, then tap rapidly but not overly hard on that handle bolt. It was first described to me as being like tapping a...
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    10-29-2018, 01:30 PM
    All items shipped.
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    10-29-2018, 01:29 PM
    So how is the load all for buckshot or slug? The larger shot won't easily shear off and one has to set slugs by hand. Single stage MEC vs. Load All I wonder how the Load All does.
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    10-29-2018, 01:25 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Portable Power Pack in Our Town
    There are two links in play. One from the promotional web site and one from Amazon. There are two 5% coupons available by a check box on Amazon when you come from Promo site but that doesn't bring it down to the $47.99 price what does accomplish...
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    10-26-2018, 01:21 PM
    To clarify are the lists in the first post showing the number needed in each size to get that size run? Or was there some overall minimum threshold that if met all the sizes would get run? Oh and bump :-)
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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