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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 07:09 PM
    I broke the original pin in mine due to a small rock being in the case. That plus being in a hurry! I just ordered a new one and a couple of spares from Midway. There are some good aftermarket ones for sale. Squirrel Daddy is one, I think.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 07:03 PM
    They look like someones homemade dies for use in an arbor press.
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    02-15-2020, 06:59 PM
    Roger, I know what you mean. I learned to weld as a kid and was a pretty fair mechanic. That was the days before you used a computer to troubleshoot a problem. I still have a timing light and a dwell meter on the wall behind my workbench. And a pair...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 06:45 PM
    Theres no doubt that you are correct about that. I have a few notes attached to my will suggesting what to do with a few things. My lead stash is on that list. I still get lead when its free or cheap even though I'm sure to be at that lifetime...
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    02-15-2020, 04:17 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Haul post in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I certainly understand the budget thing! Most of us started small and nothing says that you have to change. If it works it works! I started with a 10# cast iron pot on a Coleman stove. And the same types slotted spoon and serving spoons. Still have...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 04:08 PM
    I expect range lead is going to be the way of the future. It already is for many of us.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 03:52 PM
    Right after I retired I cleaned out my drawers, closets and loading room and a buddy and I went in together on a table at a local show. Knives, belt buckles, excess brass, unused reloading equipment, ect. Having a friend along will answer most of...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 03:08 PM
    lightman replied to a thread rifle barrels in Our Town
    You won't go wrong with a Hart barrel. I'm a Krieger fan myself, just because of having good experience with them. The 1-14 twist is a good choice for varmint weight bullets.
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    02-15-2020, 03:02 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Knee surgery in Our Town
    I've had several friends and family that have been through this. All of them say they would do it again. All of them also say to push the therapy early on while you are still on the pain meds.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 02:56 PM
    It looks to be in excellent condition. Dillon's no BS warranty is one of the things that helps keep their resale value so high. This should sell pretty quickly. I probably would start out asking 80% of the new price and go from there. I'm not sure...
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    02-15-2020, 12:21 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Haul post in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Thats a nice score and a nice pile of clean lead after a hard days work! After you do several melts you will develop methods to streamline the job. My biggest suggestion is to get up off of the floor to a comfortable height. Arrange the scrap pile,...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-15-2020, 11:43 AM
    A 2 wheel dolly is your friend when it comes to moving buckets or ammo cans full of lead! I store mine in milk crates and they do get dull looking over time. Not a big deal to me but they also get a little dust on them. Being in a sealed container...
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    02-15-2020, 11:25 AM
    Look at the Dillon catalog for new prices. Then appraise the condition of your stuff. I've seen a lot of Dillon stuff sell for 75% of new prices if it was clean and in good condition. 80% might be a stretch. You could look on Ebay or Gunbroker for...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-14-2020, 05:33 PM
    From what I have seen the above guys are about right. Dillon seem to go for 75-80% of new if its in good condition. You will need to negotiate shipping with the buyer or sell FTF.
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    02-14-2020, 04:06 PM
    I use the wife hair dryer if my sizer runs a little cold. I generally run soft lube but it gets a little stuff sometimes.
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    02-14-2020, 01:21 PM
    I've heard of at least one instance when someone made a solid connector bar to go between the priming ears that converted the spartan into an O press. If I recall, they were swaging with it. Anyone else ever hear of this?
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-14-2020, 10:35 AM
    They will come out pretty clean if you flux an extra time. Scoop them up with a skimmer and shake them well.
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    02-14-2020, 10:32 AM
    I think you are wise to pass on that pot. I've seen some pretty good welders weld cast iron and it eventually cracks again. A cut off propane tank works well. If you are a decent welder you can make one from a large piece of pipe and a piece of...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-13-2020, 11:50 PM
    When I get a bunch of solder there is usually some that I can't read the label on the spool or for other reasons don't know what it was. I usually just melt it all together and send off a sample to have tested. I've never been sorry for doing this.
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    02-13-2020, 11:43 PM
    I have a book about WW2 Nose Art that is interesting. Some of it is about what you would expect from a bunch of 20 something year olds that didn't ever expect to come home. Some of it shows a lot of thought and talent.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-13-2020, 11:59 AM
    lightman replied to a thread First time casting in Cast Boolits
    Those look good! I hate it when people hide my stuff from me!:drinks:
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-13-2020, 11:55 AM
    Have not done much lately. This morning I prepped some 223 cases for my Grandson and sorted through a double hand full of wheel weights. They were road rescues from earlier in the week. Some of these can be dirty and I use a dental pick to get the...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-13-2020, 11:51 AM
    Those look good! H&G makes a good casting mold. I Love the ones I have.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-13-2020, 11:24 AM
    I like a Keith type SWC. I have two, a 150 grain and a 170 grain. They shoot very well but you may have to crimp them over the driving band for some revolvers.
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  • Bazoo's Avatar
    02-13-2020, 10:30 AM
    My buddy had one. It was far better than the rough riders he normally has. It shot okay. My beef was the loading gate was very stiff. I would have tinkered on it if it were mine. He traded it off just as quick as he acquired it.
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  • Bazoo's Avatar
    02-12-2020, 11:41 PM
    Changed my mind.
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  • lightman's Avatar
    02-12-2020, 11:11 PM
    Thats a fair price on the lead and a great price on the solder. I would probably buy the rest of what he has just because its getting harder to find.
    5 replies | 367 view(s)
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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