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    Today, 06:04 PM
    I think the problem is solved. Started using a different toaster oven and thermometer. One caveat: I had some coated smokes clear that turned out milky white instead of clear. I rebaked them with the better heat control but they stayed milky...
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    Yesterday, 09:54 AM
    Traffer replied to a thread Sawdust in Casting Equipment
    But what if I think you are ruining good pure lead by adding the impurities of antimony to it? I use soft lead. I have a bunch of hard lead. If I want to remove the antimony what is that to you? It can always be put back in. BAD ANTIMONY BAD. Only...
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    Yesterday, 08:04 AM
    I wonder if lee will give trade in on the old style o-ring lock nuts which I dislike very much .
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    10-12-2019, 11:56 AM
    As far as contamination... The bullets were not quenched or touched by anything from mold to PC, except the soft cotton cloth I dropped them on out of the mold. There was no lube or release agent in the mold yada yada... The only other thing I can...
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    10-12-2019, 11:04 AM
    Well, this is what I found out: I had the built in temp control and an add on thermometer which were both in perfect sinc. When one was 350 so was the other. 400 was 400 on both. So I figured it was very unlikely that they would both be off the...
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    10-12-2019, 12:46 AM
    Hi folks, I have recently run into a problem. Last couple of batches of PC'd bullets ...scratching off with thumbnail. All kinds...Smoke's Clear, Translucent Copper, HF Red and some "Cardinal Silver"? I did two layers this time one above the...
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    10-11-2019, 10:32 PM
    That .01 gram is .1 grain Again, 10X less sensitive than the better one in my video. You gotta watch that. The better ones are out there, and under $25. The will say .001 G. I see the exact one I have is available on eBay now for $14.99 delivered....
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    10-11-2019, 06:03 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Sawdust in Casting Equipment
    If you were careful, could you purposely skim the antimony to make the lead softer?
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    10-10-2019, 07:47 PM
    I bought two digital scales off of eBay. Both under $20. The first one measures hundredths of a grain. I would say it is accurate to about .02 of a grain. The other one I bought at the suggestion of people on youtube. It seems nicer BUT only...
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    10-08-2019, 08:55 AM
    Marlin 336 45-70 new and unfired, got a different 45-70 and this one had to go.
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    10-06-2019, 02:41 PM
    I don't fish anymore. My brother has a boat and fishes bluegills, crappies yadayada. He is rigged up with 2lb mono and uses ice fishing jigs. Right under the boat in deeper water. Kills em. He has a ant lead jig. Wants me to put black hackle on...
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    10-05-2019, 09:30 AM
    I would like to have copys of them in a pdf file that I can print
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    10-05-2019, 03:25 AM
    Traffer replied to a thread Melting Scrap Bullets in Cast Boolits
    You are talking about an OUTSIDE job. Easy peasy. As someone else said. make sure the jacketed bullets are not FULL JACKET. If they are, nip them open with a big side cutter or other instrument. One other thing I do is melt the jacketed bullets...
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    10-04-2019, 06:06 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Good pry bars are great tools. When I was young we figured we could move anything with the big ones. Wish I could still handle one.
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    10-03-2019, 09:50 AM
    Sounds like some very fine jigs you are doing there. What size are you making? Are they for Crappies? We use just painted lead head's with a minnow on them for walleyes. A minnow is almost essential for walleyes since they are mainly taste feeders.
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    10-03-2019, 09:46 AM
    I started working on a swaging die this morning. Patterning it after the Lyman 257420 mold. Going to make the bullets .258" with 11-12 bhn lead and of course powder coat...no gas check. It will take a week or so before I have some bullets.
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    10-02-2019, 09:39 PM
    I have never made "lead head jigs" because everybody and his brother makes them here in central Wisconsin. With that being said, I can tell you to use good hooks because you don't want your big walleyes to straighten out the hook on you. And If I...
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    10-02-2019, 08:29 PM
    I want to thank clodhopper for sending me material and tools for my work on reloading 22lr. It is nice to have someone who knows more about machining helping me out with this. With his help I think I will finally end up building a crimping machine...
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    10-02-2019, 05:00 PM
    Jeffrey responded to a inquiry that I put in to trade some hard lead for soft. He sent me 25# of soft lead for free. Thank you Jeffrey.
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    10-02-2019, 02:00 AM
    https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sigsauer.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2018%2F03%2Flegion.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sigsauer.com%2Ftrademarks%2F&docid=SpaXuIr-Yw413M&tbnid=ZzaAMoKSQ3cn4M%3A&vet=12ahUKEwj_iPPe8vzkAhVPHqwKHZ...
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    10-01-2019, 02:55 PM
    Thanks for the great advise. I have an old scientific "dryer" that I got from liquidation of old lab stuff at our local university. It is very adjustable, keeps a constant slight flow of air and only goes up to about 170 F. I bought a digital...
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    10-01-2019, 03:56 AM
    Which is better .258" or .257" Specs say .258 but molds are .257"?
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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