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    Yesterday, 10:24 PM
    Titegroup is what I use for a lot of pistol and a double charge in a 38 case doesn't look all that different. It doesn't come anywhere close to filling a case even 1/2 way. So that is why the ability to visually check a load is front and center in...
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    Yesterday, 02:03 PM
    Time of year to be casting up some ingots or bullets for winter reloading, if you need some tin with a touch of copper here you go..... bump.
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    Yesterday, 01:52 PM
    I agree teaching kids or grand kids what their parent or grandparent does with all that strange equipment is rewarding. I was touched to be asked by a fellow reloder if I minded being added to a list for his wife of resources to help teach his...
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    10-20-2018, 10:43 PM
    You might check out the ADI web site. They have some load data for heavy .303 British. ADI makes powder for sale under US brands so you have to look up the powder equivalent to find which US powder matches the ADI powder named in the load data. ...
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    10-20-2018, 09:55 PM
    Once the case fill gets to plus 50% so you can't double charge without overflowing the case the safety aspect becomes less of an issue. When the charge is small enough that double charge or half charge squib is difficult to visually spot it requires...
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    10-20-2018, 06:29 PM
    There are thin metal spacers that go between lines of letters to space out lines that can vary a bit more as to alloy. There are square spacers that take up space between words just like a letter, and typically the same alloy as the letters. Often...
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    10-20-2018, 02:17 PM
    Price drop on pewter. 6 pounds for $54 to your door. Nice ingots, good tested alloy, good price, extra pound to maximize value of shipping costs.
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    10-19-2018, 08:40 PM
    ummm those are not stories they are titles in quotes. Links to articles would be stories. How about dogs? Risk is always about probability of event and degree of harm. Bears are low probability of event, the level of harm is potentially greater...
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    10-19-2018, 05:38 PM
    There are two ways to look at it. One is make large batch so you have a bunch of consistent alloy. However if you do it this way it just makes sense to have it be something that can be cut with plain or WW's to make an alloy for lower velocity. ...
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    10-19-2018, 05:27 PM
    Yes and I walked into the scrap yard about two weeks after one of them went out. It made me very sad to think of all that lovely tin being wasted. I always keep my eye out for them. However I think most scrap yards will know they are tin and the...
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    10-19-2018, 05:22 PM
    If they are in foundry cast ingots such as round domed, octagon, little squares connected in strips etc. then they are an excellent purchase. I would leave them in "store bought" form since that provided assurances as to what they are. Ones home...
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    10-19-2018, 05:15 PM
    Melt the hallmarked pewter to just molten state so less than 550* if you have a thermometer. Then dip the suspect piece in. Should just about disappear from being stuck into molten pewter. If it doesn't it isn't pewter but some other alloy. Melt...
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    10-19-2018, 05:07 PM
    Good for muzzle loaders as is, can add 2.5% to 5% tin and have the early BP cartridge bullet (45 colt, 38 special, etc.) that will probably work with modest power loads just fine. Mixed 50/50 with WW lead is a pretty decent pistol alloy for modern...
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    10-19-2018, 04:56 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Quick Trim in Reloading Equipment
    I like the quick trim dies but using a cordless screwdriver to drive the cutter with a shaft is about the only way to do quantities. Still the hand crank is fine for doing a batch of 25 or 50. I have done hundreds but I'm doing 50 a night so I can...
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    10-19-2018, 04:46 PM
    Shooting a bear for showing up makes no sense to me. I would certainly think pulling people back and heading inside might be prudent as would being prepared. Can't imagine why a bear rolling in the exposed sand warrants everyone trying to get as...
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    10-18-2018, 08:09 PM
    First post outlines how bears and humans are comparable in structure, with humans having more skeleton coverage of vitals. Second post is questioning why people who advocate that the 9mm is effective don't suggest it for bear. Given those two...
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    10-16-2018, 11:23 PM
    So in effect the OP was just saying 9mm isn't good for bears or human attackers? I disagree. Humans seem to have an aversion to being shot, even with the lowly .22 rim fire. Bears may have a whole different attitude. With the heft to back that...
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    10-16-2018, 05:48 PM
    Is it worth considering consolidation of buyers under one design? Might bring the cost down and reduce the lag time if there was less setup because only one mold design was being offered. Less effort matching orders to people too. I like any of...
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    10-16-2018, 05:27 PM
    Most intruders leave without being shot, the round being loaded or a declaration of I'm armed and will shoot cause vast majority of intruders to "self deport". Of the tiny percentage that stay to be shot at most are not hit, yet they flee from gun...
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    10-16-2018, 01:28 PM
    Pewter melts at low temps, lead and lead alloys at higher temps. Hotter the pewter is the more the surface will oxidize losing you tin. My guess is the Lee pot adjustment doesn't go low enough for pewter. Zinn is German/Dutch for tin and what...
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    10-16-2018, 01:16 PM
    It's just like a lot of things, to get from bad to decent takes much less effort than to get from decent to good, and getting from good to excellent is orders of magnitude more effort. The joy and zen of shooting is trying to repeatedly do a...
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    10-16-2018, 01:30 AM
    Bump for the pewter ingots you know you want to follow you home! Had tested results were: Pb = 7.8% Sb = 5.7% Sn = 85.2% Cu = 1.3% Which is pretty good. Has 85% tin and enough Sb that adding these ingots for tin won't reduce Sb in the...
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    10-16-2018, 12:58 AM
    Well I got my batch tested after melting it down. A few of those tubes did not readily melt at around 600* temp of my melt so they went into the trash. Tin alloy should just about disappear when stuck into a melt that hot and it isn't hot enough...
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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
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