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    Yesterday, 09:40 AM
    To most of us, it's not about the money spent, but rather the trip to get there. Anybody can spend coins to get something, but a few of us take pride in the fact, we did it ourselves. If I had the tooling and the means, I'd be the first at lots of...
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    09-23-2017, 09:56 AM
    If not reloading, you could get an education watching SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS. It seems many of our children are raised that way. If I had gotten paid wages for the time I've spent loading I'd be a multi-millionaire, but alas, I'd just be getting...
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    09-22-2017, 09:12 AM
    After losing my spare LEE old style round tray from inventory, I found 2 more as backups. Because the two I'm using have served me forever. I don't anticipate needing more. As with any mechanical device, lube and common sense are required.
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    09-21-2017, 08:26 AM
    When I was ape strong and bullet proof, that would have been considered childs play. Now it's a days work to watch somebody else do it, and it still hurts.
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    09-20-2017, 10:12 AM
    If casting and reloading weren't a cheap way to lots of enjoyment and recreation, there are a bunch of us who have wasted our time and talents, for many years. In my case its over 50 years and many thousands of dollars. If I had never aquired that...
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    09-20-2017, 09:57 AM
    There is only new, yours, and range brass. I have never had a problem because of it being range pickup, as it is just brass that was fired in an unfamiliar gun, one or more times. Until it fails, it's all the same, and failure is unpredictable..
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    09-20-2017, 09:43 AM
    Your intitution is probably right. Only you know the numbers and where your head is on inventory. Trust your sub-conscience and adjust accordingly. Emergencies aren't predictable, and being prepared is different for each individual. Having...
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    09-20-2017, 09:25 AM
    Enough is only a relative term. How long are you gonna be able to shoot? How many more, or less guns will you shoot? Will your health last? On and on go the variables that determin enough. The final determination will be for those left behind...
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    09-20-2017, 08:54 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread I want SHINY brass in Our Town
    First make sure to use a magnet to remove every steel case, even if plated. As the citric acid, car wax, and dawn loosen the crud from my de-primed brass, the SS pins scrub it off. Every tiny spot inside and out gets this treatment. The extra...
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    09-19-2017, 01:18 PM
    Why draw a line in shifting sand? If ya find yourself with extra ammo, you need to shoot more. If your reserves shrink below a comfortable level, get busy loading. While many feel it's a life and death situation, most see it as a hobby.
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    09-18-2017, 05:06 PM
    The 2700 lbs of range lead in my shed didn't come a hand full at a time, but it represents lots of sweat and sore muscles. When you spend the effort and there is little reward, you learned not to do it like that again, at least not in the same...
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    09-18-2017, 04:45 PM
    My brass is stored for years in moisture-proof containers and looks like new when I'm ready to load it. Not just the outside, but the primer pocket and inside as well. It may not matter to most and that's OK. I don't load for anybody but family,...
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    09-18-2017, 09:27 AM
    Don't forget to change the oil and service the power source ever time it gets used for more than an hr. You never know when the next time will be or for how long. Starting with fresh oil will all but guarentee dependability, while neglect will...
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    09-18-2017, 09:06 AM
    As the safe size shrank over the years, so did the amount of loaded ammo for each. I no longer store much loaded, but rather have components for each ready to load. I try to keep lots of prepared brass and cast boolits. Since the shortages, I...
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    09-17-2017, 01:09 PM
    If you had made the trip for caribou, there is a good chance you'd be dog tired, with no kill, and still have wood to stack. This way you proved the effectiveness of your shotshells, got chores done, didn't need the keys, and got free groceries. ...
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    09-17-2017, 12:57 PM
    I never pass up an opportunity for the free lead. I even feel it's my civic duty to rid the environment of it, at least temporarily. Seriously, having more than you feel is necessary, means you won't run out when it really gets hard to find, at...
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    09-17-2017, 12:45 PM
    I started collecting spent primers at about the same time I started using a Lee universal de-prim die. I have almost 3 two liter bottles of primers and still use the third pin. I did find that an angle carefully ground to the pin shaft allowed...
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    09-17-2017, 12:11 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Missing mail in Our Town
    Since I don't follow sports I wouldn't notice that as a cause. The shooting sport does interfere with my mail reading, but who wants to read bills.
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    09-16-2017, 10:59 AM
    I've had only one problem using RCBS X dies on military brass, and that was my fault. I had to replace the deprime stem and didn't check the neck expander size. Wound up with over 700 pieces with a neck size of .218, that couldn't be trimed. They...
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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