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    07-18-2017, 06:23 PM
    I ladle cast so no opinion on bottom pour but I think you will like the 20# pot. I try to replace lead at about 1/3 down, I think the larger capacity holds a more consistent temperature. A single pre-warmed 1.5 lb. ingot can be added without a...
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    07-18-2017, 06:08 PM
    I have to agree price can put you in a different league but sometimes the price is really steep to move up a rather modest amount. Redding makes a sizing die for 45 colt at over $100, and RCBS makes one for $34, and that entire Lee set probably ran...
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    07-18-2017, 12:11 PM
    I guess people only buy the .223/5.56 brass in batches once in awhile. I'm set for now myself but I'll bump for brass at near price of buying at a scrap yard + shipping. Around here we pay $1.85 per pound and that 1200 cases would be approx. 16.25...
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    07-17-2017, 12:20 AM
    Well yeah if you wanted to do it the easy way... :mrgreen: At one point I bought 3 bags of commercial just to have them but still like to do what I can to insure a supply of food for the mauser. My one issue still to work out for reforming...
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    07-14-2017, 06:55 PM
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    07-14-2017, 06:54 PM
    JonB = PartyPooper
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    07-14-2017, 10:50 AM
    Fishman replied to a thread Hunting in Texas in Our Town
    You can also apply for draw hunts with TPWD although the odds are long. Youth hunts have a better chance of drawing. Those draw applications are going on right now for the fall/winter and will soon be over. Costs very little to try.
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    07-13-2017, 07:02 PM
    Reminds me of the broad axes used for shaping timbers, they too came in left and right sided versions with the opposite sides flat. Wonder how many of those nice patch knives were screwed up by someone figuring the flat side was a defect? I have...
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    07-12-2017, 09:18 PM
    If you wanted to try #1 you can get a 2 cavity .310 round ball mold from Titan for around $20 or a 6 cavity one from I think Track of the Wolf. Neither one would be high volume production but if you just wanted to check it out it is certainly not...
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    07-12-2017, 08:54 PM
    Well you can sue anyone or any organization but winning a suit against a church that insisted you leave the congregation for not abiding by church rules? Not likely in my opinion to win that one. Any more than a court would back someone attending...
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    07-12-2017, 08:23 PM
    Ok I'm missing something was part of this thread based on a debate of what state gun laws were in the 1860's as compared to what they are now? North or South I'm pretty sure things have changed just a bit since then. And it might not be fair to...
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    07-12-2017, 08:10 PM
    I know at least one Lutheran church that belongs to a different synod than most around here and at church league softball games they won't pray with the others because it is wrong to fellowship with unbelievers. As much as some try to avoid...
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    07-10-2017, 09:02 PM
    Copper bonds to tin. Common to have a small amount in some pewter blends. Several ways to get copper into the melt in small amounts. Copper sulfate is one or fine copper wire in melted tin is another. ...
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    07-09-2017, 09:56 PM
    That stained glass stuff might well be pure lead with solder joints. The twisted pieces I have found have been lead. Stained glass lead framing or channel is called lead "came". Really large pieces can have a stiffener of zinc in it. Have not...
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    07-07-2017, 10:48 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread .50 Cal Ammo Cans in Our Town
    I like the 30's for storing cast in waiting to be loaded. A 50 is too much lead. Label the end of a 30 with caliber and slide them under the bench. I started buying the HF plastic ammo boxes too. Strictly for loaded ammo right now. Those MTM...
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    07-07-2017, 10:38 PM
    Pencil check, or for casual checks I use a spring loaded prick punch and compare the dimple to dimple made in known hardness lead. Can tell difference between plain, WW, and Linotype "in the field" with that prick punch. Pencils are probably good...
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    07-07-2017, 07:37 PM
    regular 1# thin (1/4 - 3/8 inch or so) flat bar solder. One type labeled 2-5/8% and the other type labeled No 20. I figured the 20# at $20 was worth it for solder even if not especially rich solder. But was wondering if anyone was familiar...
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    07-07-2017, 07:23 PM
    Look in the yellow pages, find any tire store that sells used tires. Or small mom & pop tire/ auto repair places. Used tires are put on older cars, older cars have more lead WW's and corporate stores will almost never sell or give you WW's ...
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    07-07-2017, 07:07 PM
    Weighted pewter should say "weighted" someplace, often in really small print. Common for candle sticks, and stuff is like a horse hoof glue, or petrified Yak excrement. Hard as a rock, often hard to peel the pewter off of and man you can almost...
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    07-07-2017, 03:24 PM
    Durable as a sledge hammer but never known as a tack driver. Nice to shoot in .223/5.56 and I shoot cast. 70 grain from an NOE mold using Lyman #2 alloy +/- (homemade) with gas check and PC coating. Mine is pretty old and has the faster twist so...
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    07-07-2017, 11:33 AM
    Because this pile of pipe wouldn't fit in my little 20#electric casting pot. For me the same as others, my lead supply is variable and sometimes somewhat cruddy. Making ingots from a batch of scrap leaves me with a cleaner and consistent pile...
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    07-06-2017, 02:17 PM
    My back would take a long time to forgive me if I worked bent over. Heck sometimes it gets cranky from just standing at a bench of too long. The table is metal (used as my welding bench from time to time). The wood surface is a small pallet as a...
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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