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    Yesterday, 09:15 AM
    Any extra hardness gained by quenching the ingots will be lost when they are re-melted for casting. As long as you remember or note the alloy nothing is changed. Quenching could cause water inclusion in the shrinking ingots that might cause...
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    Yesterday, 09:01 AM
    Thanks for the info, but I ordered several stems as replacements many years ago. At the (then) price I couldn't justify repairs. I did find that grinding a taper to the stem allowed easier use in small necks like 223.
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    10-14-2017, 10:01 AM
    Have you ever noticed how efficiently they deliver junk mail, circulars, and advertisements? Even political mailings magically appear.
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    10-13-2017, 08:43 AM
    At .80/lb, any good lead, especially already in ingot form, is a real bargain. Especially if the scrapper will scan it and give you a read out.
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    10-13-2017, 08:27 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Hyponatremia ???? in Our Town
    If I die with bacon or country ham on my breath, you can bet the undertaker will have trouble getting the grin off my face. Both contribute salt to my diet, so thats one less thing to worry about. BTW I've got a country ham grin on right now. I...
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    10-12-2017, 11:29 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread First time Grandpa in Our Town
    You have just began the rest of your life. The milestone is that big. You will change the way youu look at everything for the rest of your life. Congrats to you and the family. BTDT four times, but the first is special.
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    10-12-2017, 06:34 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Hyponatremia ???? in Our Town
    I take anything the learned Drs. say with a grain of salt. After all they are just practicing. As good as medicine seems to be, its only your Drs. SWAG when he advises you. That's why a second opinion is wise. As far as salt, it's necessary, ...
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    10-09-2017, 11:55 AM
    I still use the Thumblers Tumbler bought in the "70s and pins from STM. At one period I bought an additional STM unit due to volume processing. I always De-prime first, to avoid Berdan primers, and nested cases. 1/2-1 ts of Citric acid and two...
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    10-06-2017, 02:28 PM
    I'm very satisfied with the dies from Pat Marlin. (forum member)
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    10-04-2017, 09:09 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Getting old in Our Town
    Life is a terminal disease.
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    10-03-2017, 06:02 PM
    They're afraid to think he might be one of them, and are building a wall with anything they can think of.
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    10-03-2017, 04:49 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Getting old in Our Town
    Like my Dad once said, "I'm beginning to think God forgot about me". "All my friends are already gone".
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    10-01-2017, 03:27 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Gonna be a Grampa in Our Town
    First time grand Parents are about to start the rest of their life. Nothing will ever be the same, and until it happens you simply can't imagine what it feels like.
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    10-01-2017, 09:14 AM
    I guess time spent sleeping is wasted, but I don't care to be around you when shooting if you haven't.
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    10-01-2017, 08:56 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Ruger forum dot com in Our Town
    Don't go where you don't feel welcome. Take negative criticism realistically and move on.
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    09-30-2017, 12:14 PM
    When and if I ever NEED to draw and fire in self-defense, what comes out of the barrel is of little consequence as long as it does the job. I'm only concerned with stopping a fight and walking away as unharmed as possible. The damage done to my...
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    09-30-2017, 11:47 AM
    Yep ! They got caught trying to stick it to us, and got stuck themselves. My Grandpaw always said, "What goes around comes around".
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    09-30-2017, 09:43 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread curious ? in Our Town
    30???? Here the accent can change from one side of town to the other.
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    09-30-2017, 09:21 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread House cleaner in Our Town
    When the Wife and I, both had full-time jobs and teenagers, I gladly paid a housekeeper to earn every cent and do us a favor at the same time. It allowed us to work overtime and keep our sanity while keeping things presentable without stress.
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    09-30-2017, 09:13 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Hard drive eraser? in Our Town
    The ram memory might be added to a newer PC and add to standard. Most have empty slots available. The HD with an external case becomes a backup memory when added to your new PC. Just because it is dated, means only it's proven it's self. There...
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    09-29-2017, 10:27 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread It's gone! in Our Town
    I now get to spend lots more time looking than doing. It's easier to ask somebody for help, cause they know where/can find my tools. Yesterday I remembered where my claw hammer was when I found the mayonnaise on the workbench, but then couldn't...
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    09-28-2017, 09:12 AM
    Shortcuts aren't as accurate and often take longer. Good light and magnification are the best answer.
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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
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