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    04-20-2018, 08:51 AM
    I would guess these are 15-20 years old, minimum. May very well be older. My guess is they are bee's wax. Was hoping for a way to verify.
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    04-20-2018, 12:08 AM
    I was gifted a bunch of church candles. Is there a way to determine if they are bee's wax or paraffin?
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    04-16-2018, 06:23 PM
    Cool, a resurrected thread from 9 years ago. Pewter from the Goodwill/Salvation Army is still a good bet. Picked up 15 + lbs. this past winter for about $1.50 a lb. Gone in one week and found nothing, go back two weeks later and pick up 5 lbs.
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    04-16-2018, 06:07 PM
    Did I miss something about antimony? Always thought you used it to harden lead alloys. Tin for flowability and antimony to increase hardness, pure lead was the softest you could get.
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    04-14-2018, 11:20 PM
    And the hornet in a number 1 can be stoked up pretty good. Older Hornady loading manuals had a separate section just for hornets in #1's and #3's. Mine shoots extremely well. With the falling block you can load to the best length without worrying...
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    04-14-2018, 10:14 PM
    Got one, used in a Marlin 1895, Ruger #3, Trapdoor and a 450 N.E. Was pleased with it in all four rifles. IIRC, lowest load was 4.4 grains Clays. Used that in the #3 and a buddies Trapdoor. Not a listed load I think I found it on...
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    04-12-2018, 08:37 AM
    Choice of scales is at times more personal than some guys choice in women. That said I have had: Lee safety scale, RCBS 502, 505, 1010, Hornady something, Dillon, and a Lyman. Settled on the 505. To me easiest, most repeatable to use. Never...
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    04-11-2018, 11:04 PM
    Both of mine and probably 10 more around the club were all unfired. All of them shoot ridiculously well for $400. Wouldn't sell either for double that.
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    04-11-2018, 10:32 PM
    I did take the Swift to the gunsmith today. He took it and bore scoped it. Said the first inch to inch and a half was a smooth bore. Ordered a new barrel. Ouch.
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    04-11-2018, 10:24 PM
    Not familiar with how the Lee spout is configured, when I have a spout freeze on my RCBS, I light a propane torch and hit the spout with just a second or two of heat. Usually frees it up. If it doesn't I just give another second or two at a time...
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    04-11-2018, 10:06 PM
    Don't know where the pop came from on my post was supposed to be a smiley. Official given to me by my parents is Dennis. Just don't ask what my mother-in-law calls me:bigsmyl2:
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    04-11-2018, 09:08 AM
    Guess I got lucky with my Swift, regularly shot well under an inch in matches at the local club. 50 grain Nosler loaded to 3800, certainly not a screamer load out of a swlft but it gets down range right quick. Accuracy started going down in the...
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    04-11-2018, 08:36 AM
    My 311284 makes a nice flat nose boolit when I can't find the right nose punch and I use a flat punch instead �� And they shoots ridiculously well out of the 4 M1's and the 03A3 even with the mushed nose.
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    04-10-2018, 10:43 PM
    First try with the 7.62x39 today. 15 grains 2400 under the Lee TL 160, Lee lube with a g/c. Shot from an AK, cycled the action nicely, brass ended up 5 feet to the right, 8-10 feet forward as opposed to the standard moon launch trajectory of...
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    04-10-2018, 10:23 PM
    Duh! Didn't notice it in the military forum, thought it was a serious question as opposed to just a question in jest for us observationaly(sp?) challenged.
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    04-10-2018, 09:21 PM
    15meter replied to a thread Shoot out squib in Cast Boolits
    Get a copy of Hatcher's Notebook, he has an entire chapter on the Army's tests with bore obstructions. You probably will decide against shooting out something stuck in the barrel. If you do, I'll hold your beer for you from behind NOT the...
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    04-10-2018, 08:55 PM
    https://www.midnr.com/Publications/pdfs/ArcGISOnline/interactiveMaps/shootingranges/ Go here, Michigan DNR maintains a list of clubs that have volunteered to have their info published. Go and meet someone at a couple of the listed clubs and they...
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    04-10-2018, 08:19 PM
    Not here, had flurries this morning, glad I gave up farming years ago, working ground on an open tractor on a day like this was considerably less than fun.
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    04-10-2018, 08:02 PM
    Never heard of one, what prompted the question? I'd like to know if someone did.
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    04-10-2018, 08:52 AM
    Again try LIGHT for caliber bullets, I had the most success with light boolits. Think 330 grain 45 caliber when the rifle was regulated for 500's. Only exception was a Evans double that had started as an 30 Purdey then re-bored to an 8x50r. That...
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    04-10-2018, 08:28 AM
    Lyman marks their dies on the end so you can see what size you have in the sizer. RCBS is on the periphery of the die. Memory test! Did I size 6.5 or 7mm last? Lyman is more convenient. If you can read the numbers �� I can't be the only one...
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    04-09-2018, 09:23 PM
    Loaded 40+ boxes 12 ga. Skeet and sporting clays loads, 25+ boxes 20 ga. Skeet loads, 200+ 318 Westley Richards, 100 450 Nitro Express, 100 450/400 N.E., 60 400/350 N.E., 600 45 Colt, 800 45 ACP, 80 470 N.E., 200 303 British, Hand full of 45-70, 75...
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    04-08-2018, 08:50 PM
    Salvation army bed sheets and some rocks or shoot on a windless day. You can try visqueen but you probably won't like it.
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    04-08-2018, 08:27 PM
    Don't have a round ball mold but it is something to consider. Did this with 308 years ago and forgot about it. Dang geezer memory.
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    04-08-2018, 08:13 PM
    I load for 40-50 different rifle/pistol/shotgun calibers/gauges with multiple different loads in over half of them. Surplus ammo cans would probably bankrupt me�� Recycled ammo boxes from the gun club trash for me. I'm usually the one emptying...
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    04-08-2018, 08:56 AM
    I have bought dead guy/garage sale powder. For the risk I won't pay more than a couple of dollars a pound for open cans. Before using they will get side by side visual comparison with identical powder from a known can of powder. Then load one or two...
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    04-08-2018, 08:06 AM
    Don't say you don't know Titan, they're one of the site sponsors��
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    04-07-2018, 08:48 PM
    15meter replied to a thread Fun old singleshots? in Rimfire Area
    I started on a very early Winchester 67. It was a group buy by my dad and his two brothers when they first came out. Stayed at the grandparents farm when they moved out. Still remember my grandmother complaining about her failing eyesight when she...
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    04-07-2018, 07:40 PM
    Wasn't even aware Lee was making dies for the 450. Curiosity got the best of me. Went looking and Titan shows them in stock for $33. Not cheap, cheap but a whole lot less than the Hornady.
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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
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