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    Today, 09:18 PM
    Cheap, no, less than brick and mortar stores, yes. Buy in bulk, couple of 8 lb caddies and several thousand primers takes the sting out of hazmat. H4895 is 30$ a pound. Alliant Red Dot 8 lb caddy is...
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    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    Compare picture on the lee box with the mold. Not a match IMO. Probably still a good mold but I have the 125 rf.
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    Yesterday, 07:46 AM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Prayers needed in Our Chapel
    My wife and I will be lifting prayers.
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    04-03-2020, 08:30 PM
    Looked good to me, I have one in my cart at Amazon. Sleeping on it, waiting for others comments. But I think I will pull the trigger
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    04-02-2020, 09:27 PM
    I'm a ladle pourer since back in the late 70's. I did finally move up to a Lee magnum melter and I love mine. Lyman side spout ladle. Started with mostly 2 cavity Lee molds, slowly converting the stable over to 6 cavity. A hotplate is a...
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    04-02-2020, 09:18 PM
    Oatmeal is one thing. Gold, shades of blue to purple only happened for me with very pure lead. Ussually pure lead that got a bit warmer than needed. I think you panicked too quick. Leave the oatmeal in the scrap bucket but see how much of that...
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    04-02-2020, 08:08 AM
    My "Main" press is a lee hand press. It lives loosely just to the right of my chair on the top of one of those plastic drawer sets. Drawers are full of reloading stuff from cleaning kits, to powder dippers to scales and digital measureing devices. ...
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    04-01-2020, 05:14 PM
    Well Cindy is exploding with joy beside me. 3 days ago the PA from Neurosurgery called and left a voice mail. They were concerned about her, concerned about her feeling like she had been left behind. This morning the doctor had a new plan if...
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    03-31-2020, 09:46 PM
    Still got ice on the water up north here. Come may I'll be looking.
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    03-30-2020, 08:50 PM
    I have a H&R 732 (blued, 2.5") had a 733 that I passed on to my shooting buddy. I'd have to agree with outpost75. In mine I love 2 grains of Red Dot. Bullet wise I love the Lee .314 90 gr truncated cone. It shoots exactly where I point it...
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    03-29-2020, 08:52 PM
    I like the Lee .452 130 gr truncated cone (6 cavity, also works in my .45 colt) Like the OP I like Red Dot. 4.5 to 5 grains will put them on target. Less than 4.5 gave me sooty cases. I don't shoot mine much, It is a mid 90s Springfield Armory....
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    03-29-2020, 08:55 AM
    Another good morning here, it appears we are where he wants us to be. :)
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    03-28-2020, 09:32 PM
    Update. This morning cindy woke up pain free, able to walk, move, get out of bed, etc. Spent most of the morning cleaning, reorganizing the bedroom for improved access, fewer things to trip over or get hung up on with a walker. Seeing her...
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    03-28-2020, 09:26 PM
    It is hard in the day to day walk of life to abandon our will and follow our Lords. We can be stubborn, stop listening, dig in our heels. But yes we are going down that path one way or another. Easiest by far to accept that he knows best. Give...
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    03-28-2020, 09:16 PM
    I have 2 9mm's that require .358 or larger to not keyhole. Both love .38 special 125 gr which drop at .358 or .359. I don't size those. Find out what fits in yours. Once you have a dummy round that works crimp it, use it to set your dies.
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    03-27-2020, 09:20 PM
    Well she's home. Essentially they gave her a steroid shot in her L1-L2. Apparently her bones are very soft and fragile, which is why they did not do the cement thing they originally planned. We will be working on that and other things. I...
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    03-27-2020, 12:44 PM
    I started with a 7inch cast iron fry pan and a lyman ladle. Heat source was whatever was handy. Mostly kitchen stove burner. I would not change much. I might buy a magnum melter some years sooner. Other than that I have no complaints. I had a...
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    03-26-2020, 11:17 PM
    Well Cindy was admitted to the hospital just before noon today after a good meeting with her surgeon. Then about 2 the on staff radiologist came into her room and basically said your not a good fit for this procedure, your bones are too soft. ...
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    03-26-2020, 11:31 AM
    thanks for all the replys. found a helper device, so am good to go..
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    03-26-2020, 06:49 AM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Homeless - sort of in Our Town
    Br'er Rabbit "Whatever you do please do NOT throw me into that briar patch" Uhuh, got yourself thrown into the spot you most wanted to be didn't ya? Nicely played.
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    03-25-2020, 09:55 PM
    If your fairly handy, have worked on some airguns, and have access to a new seal, maybe. Seal should not have gone after 50 rounds. I'd be concerned about a burr or fault in the cylinder causing it. You might need to hone it out to solve the...
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    03-25-2020, 06:00 PM
    Good day today, at one point after a nap cindy came walking out, no back brace, no walker, walking and acting like she used to. No pain, no problems. Proof to my mind that prayer works. Yes, learning to relax and go with the Lords flow is hard...
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    03-24-2020, 08:51 PM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Slingshots? in AirGuns
    I have a lyman .455 round ball mold. Makes a very impressive WHACK when it hits my backstop. They sell 50 foot boxes of rubber tubing for exercise. They are not that expensive. I like the longer rifle type slingshots using a 2-3 foot stick,...
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    03-24-2020, 08:46 PM
    Well we were supposed to meet the doc this morning at 8, he was in surgery, never saw him. Cindy got examed again by his PA. At this point we are on hold waiting for them to figure out what they want to do. It was all going clickity clickity...
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    03-23-2020, 10:34 PM
    Some 3-4 weeks ago my wife Cindy was recovering from a cold, had a lot of really thick sticky mucus in her chest that was not coming out. Lots of hard coughing. Best we can tell she coughed so hard she fractured several vertibray and caused a...
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    03-23-2020, 08:36 AM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Neck roast in Cookin' Recipe's
    Mom would take a neck roast, brown it on all sides, then put it down in a pot of water to slow cook for 8 hours. Seasonings and spices I can only guess at. When the meat fell off the bones she would debone it. Bring liquid level up to mid...
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65 yr old Cajun from swamps of LA. laid back and likes to pass a good time. Lend a helping hand when able.
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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