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    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    I survived all the bad habits and unknown dangers of the 40s, 50s and 60s without any ill effects, that are traceable. Either I was tough, or lucky. I carried mercury in my pockets, cast lead soldiers, ate peanuts, road bicycles without a...
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    Yesterday, 01:21 PM
    Just like with presses and lube sizers, I have enough and then some. You never know when you'll do something foolish or one will break. Over the years I've collected bargains.
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    Yesterday, 12:57 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Old Pot/Ladle in Casting Equipment
    Or maybe he made sinkers for saltwater use.
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    Yesterday, 12:36 PM
    I am an older item to some, and I do use some antique tools in reloading. I have also retired some in favor of newer more robust machinery. That said, I also occasionally shoot an Eli Whitney revolver in 32 rimfire. Does that qualify?
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    Yesterday, 12:07 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Rough start to the day in Our Town
    Using a loud sounding device may make you feel like you've accomplished something, but the transmitted volume is restricyed. Although louder than normal voice, speach is distorted and the volume is reduced in order to protect the equipment. Best...
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    06-22-2017, 11:19 AM
    Harter 66 I know what you intended, but your statement of dropping "half way to just like the factory" could be dangerous to a new caster/ reloader. Nothing less than a complete "PLUNK" is aviseable to a new loader.
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    06-22-2017, 11:04 AM
    This thread does give me reason to consider consolidation, but I've looked at the same face in the mirror every morning, sat at the same table with the same wife , drove a new 73 Suburban for 30 years and the current 03 Dodge ever since. What fun...
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    06-22-2017, 10:39 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Melting scrap FMJ in Cast Boolits
    Yep. If ya smack your finger with a framing hammer, you'll quickly realize why it's called waffle faced.
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    06-22-2017, 10:09 AM
    I had 6 yr old children in "73, but whose's counting?
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    06-21-2017, 08:11 PM
    I took a UPS box down to the cave and turned out the lights I had left on. I had tripped yesterday and bruse my back sides and forearm. The trip down to the cave with the heavy box was enough. Got to have a reason to try again tomorrow. If it...
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    06-21-2017, 07:43 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread 57 years and counting in Our Town
    BTW my parents made it to their 65th Aniversary before Dad passed. Mom made it 13 more years without him. She had diabetes and MS for over 40 years in a wheelchair, and finally surcomed to undiagnosed cancer at 92. They both had close...
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    06-21-2017, 07:04 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Rough start to the day in Our Town
    I don't work 3rd or any shift anymore, but get just as irritated with calls that interrupt my time and space trying to sell something I don't want. I don't have a phone next to me everywhere and being handicapped, it's more than a hassel to get to...
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    06-20-2017, 08:37 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Melting scrap FMJ in Cast Boolits
    FMJs can squirt a stream for over a foot, that is so fine, you won't notice till it hits your skin. I just smack them with a waffle faced hammer while drying on the drive. Since finding a live 22 round in the range scrap melt, I tumble wash it in...
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    06-20-2017, 08:14 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Stink Bugs in Our Town
    Now you know why the birds haven't gotten rid of them. Foreign invaders are always a problem when introduced into a new enviroment. Another example is the Japanese beetle.
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    06-20-2017, 08:03 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread My bees are working in Our Town
    Two years ago I had to put away the hummingbird feeders because of the yellow jackets. Now it's honey bees. The little birds can't get to the sugar water, but it's making honey for someone.
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    06-20-2017, 07:41 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread 57 years and counting in Our Town
    Making good choices makes it easier, but it's what you make of it. Congrats to all the long timers and those on their way. At 22 I had no idea what lay ahead, but 54 years later I realize it was meant to be.
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    06-19-2017, 01:11 PM
    First rifle purchased was a 552 BDL. It has it's own labeled space in my safe, right beside Dads Winchester 62 pump.
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    06-19-2017, 12:55 PM
    It appears that volume dictates the method for most. I still have and use the first press ( RC Jr.) I got in the 60s. I have other single stage, turret, and progressive presses, but if I have time I enjoy the slower pace. It seems that when usung...
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    06-19-2017, 10:11 AM
    No voluntary poll can have a scientific outcome. These are purely for fun and serve no real purpose.
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    06-19-2017, 08:44 AM
    Ham, chicken, tater salad, green beans, squash casserole, corn, canelope, watermelon, peach and apple pies, Pound cake, tea, coffee, and soft drinks, with my whole family and some of their friends for a total of 31. The home cooking was great, the...
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    06-18-2017, 07:24 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Happy Fathers Day in Our Town
    Lost my Dad in 97, but still using the knowledge he gave me. My children's children are just beginning to appreciate what is passed on. Congrats to all you Dads.
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Married 52 yr to the best gal I ever knew, with 2 children and 4 grand childres. Retired 7/07
Piedmont (Conover) NC
Gold prospecting , Gem Cutting, Casting, Reloading, SHOOTING
39.5 yr as a Pattern, and mold maker for a plastics mfg, that was killed by the China imports..


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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