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Retired, but have a very busy guitar repair business, make and repair guitar pickups, work on guitars etc. Pretty much have to do that to make ends meet, but any slight excess profits of that business goes into what I like to call the Strategic Lead and Propellants Reserve. Not going to get caught out if I can help it on the scarcity thing if there is a next time, or whatever else they try next to make things difficult. From the amount of activity here it looks like I'm hardly alone in this regard. Have been shooting all my life, reloading for a few years, getting into casting and also powder coating in the last year or so. (Making lots of lead soldiers as a kid was good fun but it doesn't really count.) For PC I have all the Eastwood stuff, which is handy for other things too. I PC most everything except .38 wadcutters, made my own version of Lithi-bee / B. Darr for that.

Like to shoot, don't compete, but have 1/2 of a very nice private covered, well equipped 200yd outdoor range built with a friend on his land, only problem is it's 2+ hours away. A little hard to find enough spare time to get up there to test my loads and all that, so it goes kind of slowly working things up. Don't really mind that, testing's all part of the fun, plus I'm naturally just pretty cautious if not outright anal about my loading data, start low, ladder up, weigh twice, chrono, and record everything, check for pressure signs using case head expansion, and work up painstakingly from published pressure tested start loads if I can find them. It's maybe overkill, maybe not, but I kind of like having all my limbs, eyeballs and weapons intact and functioning for the next time. It's one thing for stock j-word bullets with handbook data and another for many CB's, also 22TCM. I have Lee and RCBS dies, Lee and NOE molds, Lyman Gen6 powder dispenser, RCBS Rock Chucker and Turret press, Wilson gages for every caliber, ProChrono etc. I've even got an old Pacific beam balance I use a lot for double checking. The main calibers I load and have molds for: 38Spl, 9mm, 223Rem, 270, 8x57JS, 22TCM. Also load 270WSM, .243, 25-06, 30-30. At the moment, I can cast for most all the calibers I own except .243, 30-30, and 25-06. (not counting 22LR) My usual alloy is an approximation of Lyman #2: roughly 90.2Pb 4.8Sn 4.7Sb, Bhn 14.3 measured as cast. Mostly shoot paper, sometimes critters, like to get a whitetail most years for the freezer, always process them myself. Turkeys too, sometimes doves, mostly leave the hogs be, but would shoot one if the opportunity presented, and hate the coyotes for sure. Not a Boone and Crockett or trophy type of hunter, mostly it's just for the camping, companionship, and the food.

I'm 69 as I'm writing this, so I don't know if I will be able to read all the "stickys" here much less all the posts in my lifetime, but I am doing what I can and enjoying the forum. Lots more reading than posting. But if I do post a question, don't get cantankerous on me, any of you grouchy old timers out there, I will have already searched the best I can. So there, maybe I should say to read my bio before you just fire off and tell me to search or read any stickys. It's all on the forum somewhere, right?. But maybe I'm getting a little cantankerous here myself I guess, and for no real reason as of yet. Anyhow, on that note, I also have and have thoroughly read and reread many times the Hornady, Speer, Sierra, Nosler, and Lee manuals, the Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook, and visited or downloaded most of the powder company online sites, and watched tons of youtube videos, and probably tried a few things first. I'm an old timer too, but just not on some of these topics. I consider myself a beginner in casting, and everyone has to start somewhere. This is like the library of congress, heck I bet no one can read it all, there's probably been a ton of posts made just while I'm typing this.

Other than that I'm also a Ham Operator KG5DIG, mostly just for 2 meters, do a little volunteering with the tornado sirens and weather spotting. I was also a pretty active Scouter for over 30 years. A couple of the other leaders in my troop were NRA instructor types. so we did a fair amount of shooting with the boys among other activities. Not really physically able to do all that anymore, (and btw also not too crazy about how scouting has been changing) but still keep up with the other leaders that are left. Being prepared and self-sufficient is something from scouting that's been drilled into me since I was 12 and it's probably a pretty big reason why I'm on this forum. Thanks for reading. -sw
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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