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    Today, 03:29 AM
    Hahaha! Too funny! Oh wait you were serious? I skipped an estate sale that had listed a couple of three hole Lee turret presses set up for 9mm. The powder measures and primer feed were of interest but I would have needed them to practically...
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    06-21-2019, 05:56 PM
    One never knows. On an impulse I stopped at a place over lunch. Walked out with 7# of pewter for less than $20. Only problem is some is sort of nice for making into puddles. Will have to consider those pieces a bit.... while I melt the rest of...
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    06-21-2019, 12:18 PM
    I trim once to get a batch to all be same length so crimping for revolver will be consistent. Sizing .360 160 grain SWC from a new to me used NOE mold. Loving the Lee push through sizer after applying a bit of a polish with a gun cleaning patch...
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    06-21-2019, 12:08 PM
    If refreshing alloy to refresh depleted linotype that would be a very sweet alloy indeed.
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    06-21-2019, 12:03 PM
    I find more old rolls of solder than anything else at yard sales. The only thrift store left in the area that has pewter is pricing it based on "asked" not "sold" prices from eBay so it is pretty over priced. I had to put batteries in my scale and...
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    06-21-2019, 01:46 AM
    There is a member BNE who will test a pea sized sample of your lead with XRF for a payment of 1 pound of lead. Way better deal than Rotometals that is for sure. Shipping a SFRB is $7.85 so it can be worth it to ship a few samples and a few pounds...
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    06-21-2019, 01:35 AM
    Even tin will melt at a few hundred degrees less than lead will. So I would think you might potentially get some boiling from that sort of alloy dropped into a batch of molten lead. Could it have had some wax on it? Or possibly air bubbles or...
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    06-21-2019, 12:57 AM
    I am also still waiting for PayPal invoice. 20) drccac atty zoomon dott net - 2 Cavity Brass GC (48836) That is one nice looking mold. Look forward to it for sure.
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    06-19-2019, 12:01 PM
    If god blesses us with age I guess it makes sense along with it would come some creative wisdom and stubborn persistence in finding solutions. shim under chair - another idea to try. Makes me wonder if such an arrangement with less shim on the...
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    06-19-2019, 11:48 AM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Missing in Our Town
    I captured the PDF version in case that might prove useful to some and uploaded a copy It would make a cool poster but as a PDF it runs 10 pages so it would probably be a pretty good size poster and take some manipulation to lay it out. Myself...
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    06-18-2019, 10:53 AM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Missing in Our Town
    Good idea.
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    06-18-2019, 10:51 AM
    BP shooter probably why it didn't get used a long time back :-) Not casting for BP as much as smokeless is why my stash will probably have some pure plumbers lead ingots in it when I'm residing where lead melts at room temp so the mold is always...
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    06-18-2019, 10:08 AM
    Glad to hear you are having success. Sometimes a small change can pay big dividends in terms of ease or comfort.
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    06-17-2019, 01:54 PM
    Different heights AND the movements required to get and place components can make a big difference. I can't stand in one place at a bench and work for too long so I sit on a bench with a back. Not perfect because my feet don't sit flat on the...
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    06-13-2019, 08:14 PM
    Any opinions on the NOE expander plugs or Lyman M dies for getting the case interior to properly fit wadcutter cast bullets? Since inside is size after outside with those I would think it might make some difference in seating and fit.
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    06-11-2019, 05:51 PM
    I would have to use the alloy calculator to best answer your question so if you download the calculator and start plugging in different weights using what you have it won't take long for you to come up with a nice alloy. If you don't have Microsoft...
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    06-11-2019, 05:30 PM
    For shake n bake the only HF color that really works is red. I understand the other HF colors will work if you use the electrostatic gun to apply them. Just not shake n bake. HF PC does not even remotely compare to the quality of smokes...
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    06-11-2019, 05:23 PM
    I have done it for "artistic" reasons. White base coat baked on then sprinkle tiny amounts of red and blue powder on and re-bake. I'm pretty sure I have read of others doing it for some PC colors that tend to go on thin.
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    06-10-2019, 11:02 AM
    RogerDat replied to a thread BOOZE as currency in Prepper Talk
    Whiskey rebellion was over taxing a product that many used as a "cash crop" to supplement the general food and animal feed farming. As well as a way to store the value from a crop surplus. As a medium of exchange it has some value I'm sure. ...
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    06-10-2019, 08:49 AM
    Nose first sizing is one nice feature of the Lee. Or base first for seating gas checks. Doesn't always eliminate the lead getting shoved along the bullet but with the suggested polishing it does get greatly reduced. Wonder if polishing is an...
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    06-08-2019, 02:29 PM
    100% correct that when there was a bottom fin it was common to see a little something on the band above the lube groove. Running them through base first put the fin that would have been on the bottom on the top shoulder of a SWC profile I was...
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    06-08-2019, 01:40 PM
    This worked just great. I had some 800 grit wet dry sandpaper. Used a wad jag from cleaning kit in variable speed drill running very slow with drops of general purpose household oil as a lubricant. Didn't run for very long, Figured I could come...
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    06-08-2019, 01:27 PM
    Some people do that. Others want to size first, inspect at that time, maybe put a gas check on while sizing. Then PC and in some cases size after PC. Also some will cast and size a few hundred of a bullet, size and inspect them then use with...
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    06-07-2019, 08:13 PM
    Did you chuck that patch holder into a drill on slow speed or anything? Or just turn and run it through by hand? Bullet is a .360 160 grain SWC from NOE. With a deep square lube groove and two smaller crimp grooves. Very much like this one...
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    06-07-2019, 02:51 PM
    What advantage was there with the NOE sizer? I use the NOE expanding plugs to size cases and like them. But have had the Lee bullet sizers already purchased for what I need so hadn't really done more than look over the NOE offering when it came...
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    06-07-2019, 01:42 PM
    I use the Lee push through sizers but am finding that a .360 cast bullet sized to .358 tends to get a thin "skirt" on the bottom edge from lead of the bottom driving band being pushed down. How do people avoid this ridge of pushed down lead? Or...
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    06-07-2019, 01:31 PM
    Bet she wasn't more pissed than my wife was when she set off one with an upright vacuum in the basement. How the little bugger got all the way from the smooth concrete floor where my bench is to the carpeted area is beyond me but it did. Thank...
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    06-07-2019, 01:12 PM
    Managed to overcook those 50 when baking the powder coat so I cast up 350 more. They didn't slump over but the bottoms got sort of spread out. Sizing them had me standing up to use a little of my weight on the press handle instead of sitting on...
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    06-07-2019, 12:59 PM
    You can always buy another Lee if you regret not having it. Not going to buy another gift from a departed mentor and friend to replace the RCBS he left you. I would also consider the advantages to letting him buy his own press. Personally I...
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    06-06-2019, 12:41 PM
    I'm another that tends to use a gloved hand to open the sprue. I do however like the Lee cam plates and the similar feature of MP molds. Especially like that MP inserts a counter sunk flat head screw where the cam pushes on the aluminum mold block...
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    06-06-2019, 12:04 PM
    I have seen raccoons take multiple hits from .22 LR and not go down. Or even stop climbing the tree. Have heard reliable reports of them taking 3 or more from hits from a 9mm before being sent to that great corn field in the sky. Low power 38...
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    06-06-2019, 11:07 AM
    The above post on known actions that are lethal to pathogens is what organizations such as the FDA is good at. Trust the inspectors or not most of the guidelines are based on best evidence available at the time. TB and Chronic Wasting Disease...
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    06-05-2019, 04:08 PM
    For what it is worth I only index for well proven and established loads where I have a powder through die and the powder dispenser on the turret. Otherwise I don't use the index rod very much at all. Doing 50 or less I just use a powder measure on...
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    06-05-2019, 03:48 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Eating Wild Hog in Hunting with CB's
    There is a commercial protein meat bar that states on the package made from wild hog. They have mostly non-game meat but for pork I can see where it would make no sense to ignore the cost of procuring wild vs. buying farm raised. Pretty sure...
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    06-04-2019, 04:33 PM
    I started drilling and tapping for a counter sunk flat head where the sprue plate handle hits the side of a 6 cavity Lee mold. Come standard on some other molds and seemed like a good idea. Not sure if I could ever wear down the aluminum far...
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    06-04-2019, 04:15 PM
    Don't forget the milsurp calibers that are pretty popular. 8mm Mauser and 303 British come to mind first but there are several others. 30-06 and .308 are two more. There are also the "tough" to load for with lead. AR in .223 and 7.62 x 39...
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    06-04-2019, 11:10 AM
    Cast 50 .360 160 grain SWC from a new to me used NOE mold. Had some hardball alloy in the melter so just used that. Made some really nice boolits. Can't wait to try them, but will have to garden and yard work are a priority this time of year. ...
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    06-04-2019, 11:02 AM
    Well I was sort of worried. Bad things happen to web applications and sometimes those bad things escalate into bigger issues. Loss of data etc. Since it seemed to be a DNS error rather than the site giving an error I wasn't too worried, just a...
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    05-30-2019, 01:27 PM
    Probably Linotype or some fairly rich alloy is the good news. Shops would re-melt yesterdays lines of type to use again. Those "generic" linotype pig molds would be what they would pour the recycled type into. The "eye" at one end is for lowering...
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    05-30-2019, 01:18 PM
    Another vote for Frankford Arsenal. At my volume (modest few k a year) I expect it will provide good service for a long time. I fill with rinse water and dump slowly so as not to dump pins, repeat until water is clear. Then put the FA slotted...
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