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    Yesterday, 03:33 PM
    Yeah, if you want to swap some GAP brass for SP 45acp brass just let me know. I prefer getting it dirty as shot, but all of my 45acp is deprimed, super shiny and I think even roll sized.
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    07-14-2018, 04:06 PM
    eBay has been cracking down on fakes for years, but sellers are even marking stuff, in small print, as reproductions or plated but people buy them as if they were silver at a good price. Don’t be that guy.
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    07-11-2018, 12:42 PM
    We’re a bunch of crotchety old men, nobody expects us to like change. That said, i’m Adjusting but so far nothing about the new site offends me.
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    07-11-2018, 07:05 AM
    I’m no expert, but sounds like this would be a very expensive lesson. Better to swage old .40 S&W cal brass and a pure cast lead bullet as the core.
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    07-10-2018, 11:52 PM
    Yeah, I wouldn’t buy them from eBay. Most of the fakes are not especially good, they don’t need to be. I bought mine back when there were a lot fewer of these games being played, especially with rounds, but I will admit that I have a 100oz Engelhard...
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    07-10-2018, 05:53 PM
    There are a number of bars with advanced security built in, the problem with them is that relatively few individuals will have enough experience with them to make good use of them, so you’re back to not being sure if you can sell. In silver I have...
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    07-10-2018, 05:55 AM
    Can you share with us some of your experiences finding counterfeit 1oz bars or rounds?
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    07-08-2018, 11:13 PM
    That’s great! Gonna pick up a pack of balloons for the range bag.
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    07-08-2018, 11:06 PM
    These situations require an understanding of the situation as well as the law. You could spend a small fortune making sure that she is legally able to do so, but if she is your only wife (no ex), the children aren’t likely to fight over things,...
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    07-08-2018, 10:42 PM
    JimB.. replied to a thread Thread killer in Our Town
    Some start pretty nutty and you just know that they aren’t getting any more reasonable as time passes.
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    07-06-2018, 11:12 PM
    JimB.. replied to a thread Am I just being petty? in Our Town
    Want to thank everyone for their support, but I have decided to throw in the towel. It’ll cost me $20 and half an hour to ship it back, and then I either get a refund and build one, or I get another that may be better or worse. Instead of spending...
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    07-06-2018, 06:34 PM
    JimB.. replied to a thread Warning Warning Warning in Our Town
    I’ve taken to locking my tool chest when I travel for work. The tools she needs are hanging on the wall, but when she misplaces one, or it’s just not handy, she’ll dig into mine. I don’t care if she uses her screwdriver to pry open a can of paint,...
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    07-06-2018, 12:05 PM
    JimB.. replied to a thread Am I just being petty? in Our Town
    Wasn’t being intentionally vague, this was purchased directly from Magma. Just got the following: Hi Jim, That is a new heated base. All of the heated bases on the shelf look like that. They get scratched when the metal is being cut down...
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    07-06-2018, 07:30 AM
    JimB.. replied to a thread Master & apprentice in Our Town
    Huh, for this “conversion” wouldn’t you need to bore out the cylinder and create inserts of the right length?
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    07-06-2018, 07:24 AM
    Pull the valve, fill with water, drain, cut.
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    07-06-2018, 07:22 AM
    JimB.. replied to a thread Am I just being petty? in Our Town
    Thanks all, and I’m almost always nice. Sent the following email this morning along with the pictures, will update the thread when I hear back but have no reason to expect any issues. Good morning, Last week I ordered a new heater for my Star...
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    07-05-2018, 10:29 PM
    JimB.. started a thread Am I just being petty? in Our Town
    I bought a heater for my new-to-me Star Lubesizer from Magma. I know, would have been easy to build one or use a lightbulb, but I did what I did, and I paid full MSRP for it plus shipping. A few days later it arrives, open it up and it appears to...
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    07-05-2018, 02:38 PM
    I run a 45lb tumbler from STM, they are a forum sponsor. Figure 25-30lbs of brass, 10lbs of pins and about 1.5gal of water putting me a little over capacity, but the thing is built like a tank so I’m not worried. Honestly I don’t really weigh the...
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    07-03-2018, 07:43 PM
    Most of my shooting is pistol, and I tumble maybe 20lbs of brass at a time, so have been shaking it dry in a towel and then pouring on another towel and spreading it out to dry overnight under a fan in the garage. Works reasonably well for pistol...
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    07-03-2018, 05:57 PM
    I do the same, also mount presses to Inline Fabrication bases so I can hang them on the wall when not in use. The stuff seems expensive, but considering the cost of adding more space they are a bargain. I have 3 vises mounted to my bench,...
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    07-03-2018, 05:50 PM
    Happy to help! I need to get a dehydrator.
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    07-02-2018, 06:41 PM
    I didn’t think of it before, but if you’re using distilled water I’d suggest cutting back on the lemishine. When you use tap water there is generally some buffering of the pH from calcium in the water, since youkve got none the solution probably...
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    07-02-2018, 12:27 PM
    Soak at the end is bad, stuff seems to stain the brass, as you’ve seen. There has been talk online about extended exposure to the acidic solution pulling zinc out of the brass, weakening it. I have not seen anything approaching an effort to...
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    07-01-2018, 03:43 PM
    I would try rubbing a small section with a clear wiping varnish/poly and see if you like the result. Best to sand first, or maybe try tsp to rough it up...faster but sometimes messy. Are you sure that the trim was finished on site? Could be a...
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    07-01-2018, 01:49 PM
    There is a brass or copper plug that looks like it provides access to the pumping mechanism, is that the bleed hole? In your experience, better to load sticks of lube, or just pour it in melted and let it cool for a while?
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    06-30-2018, 10:33 PM
    A few mild taps on the end of the wrench and it came loose. Cleaned up, but find no burp hole. Looks to me like it’s just a lock nut to keep the tube in place. There is a hole further up the tube, it I assume that is to let air in above the piston.
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    06-30-2018, 04:09 PM
    Put a long wrench on it and it’s not interested in moving. Looks like right hand threads, anything locking it in place?
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    06-30-2018, 03:42 PM
    Thanks, didn’t know that it had a burp hole!
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    06-30-2018, 03:40 PM
    Send me a PM with an email address or number I can txt to, forum pic function doesn’t work for me. Have a few hundred of the Win Platinum with an added cannelure. Also have a bunch made with BtSniper dies. Maybe some boxes of Speer. These all...
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    06-30-2018, 01:30 PM
    Bought a nice looking old machine that’s been sitting unused for 20+ years, cleaning it up to put it into service. At the bottom of the lube tube is a nut with a metal washer under it. Around that washer is some wet rusty looking seepage....
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New reloader, not yet a caster. Lifelong student of whatever interests me.
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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
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