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    Today, 10:07 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Coolers? in Our Town
    When a lifetime warranty is mentioned, I just giggle. Heck, I don't even look at the expiration dates except as a wish.
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    Yesterday, 10:13 AM
    Kinda compulsive a hobby, isn't it? Finding lead is an even greater challenge because it isn't concentrated in one spot. I find WW at 1 out of 10 intersections, and batteries only have 2 posts. Dentists don't use old X-rays anymore, and many...
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    Yesterday, 09:52 AM
    Because I can, I always deprime and citric acid-wash w/SS pins all brass. It's easier to inspect and gets rid of the flash hole debris. I once seriously scratched a die trying to size first, but only did it once. Trying to save a little time...
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    Yesterday, 09:13 AM
    I'm totally dumbfounded! Isn't it amazing how much stupid some folks get away with? And do it on tape for all the world to see.
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    Yesterday, 08:47 AM
    I spend lots more time looking than using. Finding and admiring things you come across while searching is what takes most of the time.
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    Yesterday, 08:32 AM
    My Dad was a cabinet maker among other things. At a very young age, my job was to hang doors, and the Yankey was how it was done. I still have 2 of the original Yankees and a shorter knock off. In this day of battery powered tools, the old...
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    Yesterday, 08:05 AM
    That makes at least two of us. Funny how age changes our perspective.
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    03-25-2017, 09:11 AM
    I got that news over 19 years ago and it is live changing. Three times since then and every time it's special. Now get busy and stock up supplies for your new shooter. This is the beginning of the rest of your life.
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    03-23-2017, 09:12 PM
    If ya ever have to move it in a HURRY, you'll quickly change your mind about how much is too much. No matter whether it is in buckets, crates, boxes, or sacks, they're too darn heavy. One trip I had so much on the very back of the truck that I...
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    03-23-2017, 09:01 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Next Step in Cast Boolits
    I spent over 30 years chasing the best alloy and found they all sorta worked. Back then there was no internet or forum and I didn't know another caster. Little was written in my world about bullet fit, and lube was either something you bought or a...
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    03-23-2017, 10:07 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Reloading section? in Testing Area
    When asking for or reading of others load data, don't use the info unless you can verify it in the manuals. Many think their memory is good enough to be accepted as fact, but it just isn't so. The misplacing of a decimal point or reversing of...
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    03-23-2017, 09:54 AM
    In 1960 I worked in a Chevy parts department. Does anyone else recognize the PN 1931988? Funny how some numbers are so ingrained in your memory, while others escape you, no matter how important. I have my family's (4) SS numbers and birthdates...
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    03-23-2017, 09:36 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Coolers? in Our Town
    The secret to success with any cooler (cheap or expensive) is to have everything pre-cooled before putting it in the cooler. It's not a refrigerator and depends on the ice to hold everything at the temp you like. I have always used the extra thick...
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    03-22-2017, 02:26 PM
    A 9mm from the LEO range did the same thing for me. This was after I had run the dirty scrap in a cement mixer and inspected them on the driveway. I couldn't retreat fast enough and the molten lead stuck to my safety glasses and left distortions. ...
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    03-21-2017, 07:22 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Gunshow in Our Town
    Too many dealers with too much unpriced stuff, of questionable origins. I'm not cheap. Frugal is a more descriptive word. I like to at least feel like it was an equitable trade whether money was involved or not. Most dealers don't/won't even deal...
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    03-21-2017, 02:20 PM
    The burn hazard to plumbers is part of the reason those furnace/pots were obsoleted. They are now old and even less safe, because of rust and age. Granted there are some in use today in our hobby, but there are safer ways to accomplish the same...
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    03-17-2017, 03:21 PM
    rondog, you're not alone in this. The volume I cast and shoot compared to the amount I add to the collection is rapidly changing. With tonnage on hand and several more buckets ready to smelt, it's apparent I have enough. The lifelong habit of...
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    03-17-2017, 08:46 AM
    Things just follow me home from such events. My wife no longer even asks. She expects it to happen and often it's something she enjoys too.
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    03-16-2017, 03:19 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread HF Cut off saws in Swaging
    I'll take 2 blades.
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    03-16-2017, 03:01 PM
    There are some operations that can be done on the portable stands, but they are like marshmallows for a stable work place. Any stable (unmovable) surface will be an improvement. While transitioning during a protracted move I used the FA stand and...
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    03-16-2017, 02:47 PM
    I shoot to empty brass for loading. I really do enjoy it that much. Since I'm already shooting, the cost isn't that important. The tools are paid for and the lead is free so the cost is just powder, primers, and time. BTW I make my own BP, and...
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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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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