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    Yesterday, 11:37 PM
    I just got into shooting, reloading and casting in 2015-2016. My first mold was a Lee 2 cavity new off eBay. I have put it through the wringer. It is now being used to cast cores for swaging my little 22lr bullets. By demolishing that one I have...
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    Yesterday, 06:44 AM
    I got me some Smokes Clear and don't think I will ever use anything else now.
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    Yesterday, 04:10 AM
    “A man is only a boy plus experience. Attract a boy’s interest to the history and romance of the manufacture of metals and mechanical processes and he will find no spare time for dance halls and picture shows.” M.W. Torbet, Lieutanant, U.S. Coast...
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    Yesterday, 03:46 AM
    Isn't it incredible? It was edited by the people from the magazine "American Machinist". If you are not familiar with that magazine I encourage you to look into it. I stumble across it at the same time I found this. You as an antique tool guy will...
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    02-23-2018, 06:59 PM
    They switched to left hand thread a few years ago because the right hand thread ones loosened up even worse. (From what I recall)
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    02-23-2018, 06:58 PM
    I took one that was doing that and drilled it through, tapped it all the way through the block and put a nut on the bottom. Now it goes no where. It is kind of a hassle having a nut on the bottom though. It keeps it from sitting flat. The pins got...
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    02-23-2018, 11:47 AM
    I hope it is not against any rules to post this here. If it is please delete it for me. Thanks https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=303zAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&pg=GBS.PR1
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    02-23-2018, 11:39 AM
    I spent about two hours googling names of things that it might be on google images. Found some cool stuff but not your tool. From the looks of it, it could hold some kind of disk thing to slide into a slot thing. Or to release a disk thing or catch...
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    02-22-2018, 09:40 PM
    Thanks for the reply. I may have gotten lucky making the "adapter" that I can chuck into the 5/8" drill press. I just bought a 6" piece of round stock with a centered pilot hole from a local machine shop, $20. I drilled it out with a 13/16 bit and...
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    02-22-2018, 06:58 PM
    Not having a lathe my Harbor Freight $50 bench top drill press has been used for everything needed to "spin" to bore out. The chuck 1/2" has been replaced with a 5/8" chuck so I have been making my dies with 5/8" bolts. The bolts screw into adapters...
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    02-21-2018, 02:39 PM
    I don't know exactly but my first thought was that they look like old Naval cannon rounds from WWII. I like it.
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    02-20-2018, 08:26 PM
    Don't know what it is but it looks like something disk shaped slides into those rails into the v shaped slot. It reminds me of a window crank handle tool for removing old style car window crank handles.
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    02-20-2018, 06:31 PM
    Fiocchi cost $70 per 100 caps. That is why i have been enlisted to make them.
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    02-20-2018, 02:18 PM
    Yeah I find out quickly if the cloths that I use to drop on are cotton or synthetic. I hate loading "fuzzy boolits".
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    02-20-2018, 02:16 PM
    Great thread. I learned a lot here. Wow that Walker 44 behind 60 grains of black packs a wallop! Never knew.
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    02-20-2018, 03:49 AM
    Traffer replied to a thread Silver? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I quit collecting coins and silver about 7 or 8 years ago. Then they had some Buffalo head 1oz silver bullion rounds that were counterfeit from China but I didn't hear about anything else. Didn't really seem worth it to go the trouble to counterfeit...
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    02-19-2018, 08:18 PM
    Good explanation. Looks like it works well.
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    02-19-2018, 12:50 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Silver? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I believe these are 1869 - 70 or thereabouts Quarter patterns. I don't know much about these type of coins. I just happened to see them on eBay and copied the pictures. They are called United States Pattern Coins. An author named J Hewitt Judd has...
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    02-18-2018, 03:01 AM
    Traffer replied to a thread Silver? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I still have my favorites. I love em because of their beauty. I don't have the money to collect coins so I collect pictures of coins now...seriously..I will share some with you.... These US Pattern Coins are the coolest. But way out of my league to...
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    02-17-2018, 07:37 PM
    Good reply but I don't think people are visualizing it. I made some quick drawings to show the PRINCIPLE of the forces here: OOPS forgot to label the MIDDLE DRAWING it is RIGHT WAY to deal with the force of pressing the handle down. Notice it will...
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    02-17-2018, 05:01 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Silver? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    When silver prices spiked to nearly $50 an ounce a few years ago, I sold off all of my old (scrap silver coins) Somebody paid me over $50 an ounce for the collection on eBay. I was shocked. But there is hysteria for you. Too bad it was only a couple...
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    02-17-2018, 04:57 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Silver? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Bravo...It is refreshing to see someone use common sense in the face of collector hysteria!
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    02-17-2018, 04:55 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Silver? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Aside from this narrative about whether silver in this condition has value: I would like to commend you for your work on just getting this ingot. It must have taken quite a while according to the method you described. Not many people would have the...
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    02-16-2018, 12:13 AM
    Here are some poor quality videos of my dies. Not professional, but you may get some ideas from these.
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    02-15-2018, 11:11 PM
    I don't think it even needs to be centered perfectly. Try just drilling a hole as close to center as you can and reaming a point forming die for yourself ...it would be good practice if it didn't work. That's how I learned to do stuff. Just tried...
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Raised in Wisconsin. First gun was a Model 1890 Winchester 22 short gallery gun. (1906 version) I hunted with that from the age of about 9. First deer rifle was M1917, 30-06. Shot my first deer with it at 13 yrs old. 365 yards with that wonderful peep sight. I quit hunting in 1984 and consequently haven't fired a gun since . Just started shooting again in 2015. I got a 22lr. Now I am reloading 22LR and will be reloading 22WMR and 9mm Luger also.
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Central Wisconisn
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Always interested in mechanisms. Studied guns. watch making, internal combustion etc.
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Have had many jobs. Mechanic in different areas, welder... many grunt jobs. Retired disabled PC Tech

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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