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  • GhostHawk's Avatar
    Today, 09:14 AM
    I cast in my basement, average temp 65-68 degrees year round. I tend not to cast with more than one mold at a time. If the mold is hot and the melt is right a 5 count sees liquid metal turn solid. Pop the sprue and dump, close refill. ...
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    06-02-2020, 10:29 PM
    You sir are a lucky man, treasure them! Spoil them all you can while you can.
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    06-02-2020, 09:58 PM
    I've done it in the past, but a modern jet type turkey fryer has been working fine for me the last few years. Even dripped some lead shot with it.
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    06-02-2020, 10:07 AM
    I'm with flying Monkey. I use ATF for almost everything these days. I have not noticed any objectionable smell. My revolvers love it. Wipe it on, wipe it off. It leaves a thin film behind. When switching loads/lubes I like to run a single...
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    06-02-2020, 09:59 AM
    I have 3 of his long adapters. Mostly I have not played with them much. I consider it an investment in case of SHTF and ammo becoming harder to find. Take something like a Handi Rifle .30-30 20 ga combo. Add a 16" rifled adapter for .45acp....
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    06-02-2020, 09:42 AM
    Once a year I take my ladle to the wire brush side of my grinder. It keeps getting smoother and smoother. The last few years I have been rubbing a coat of thinned Lee Alox onto most of the outside. Let it warm up and cure hard as the pot comes up...
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  • Rcmaveric's Avatar
    06-02-2020, 04:22 AM
    I use the same bullet of a BHN 10 to 12. I get MOA at 2050 FPS with RX7. Lowest velocity I still got good accuracy was 1650 FPS with powders like Red Dot, Unique, and Tight Group. Never had much much luck with tumble lubes. I like the soap based...
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    06-01-2020, 09:12 PM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Casting for 30/30 in Cast Boolits
    FYI it is possible to "bump up" a bullet so that when you drive it into the bore it is bigger than the bore. Should in fact leave a small ring of lead at the muzzle. Since for the purpose of slugging a perfect tapered nose is not required, a few...
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    06-01-2020, 09:00 AM
    I started out with egg's but getting them off the rods that make the hole in the center can be a pain after a while. Eventually I graduated to a Do-it walking sinker mold. It has a wide range of sizes from 1/4 oz to 2oz. Mostly I use the ones in...
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    05-31-2020, 09:45 PM
    I've had good luck with fleet vehicles, but you do need to be picky.
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    05-30-2020, 09:12 PM
    I've been running 6.5 in both .45 colt and .44mag. But they are all rifles not pistols. So recoil really is not an issue. Very good accuracy, no leading, no problems, and pretty quiet.
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    05-30-2020, 09:08 PM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Jumbo gill in Catch of the day
    Winger Ed I've been saying that exact same thing for some 50 years now. Last summers highlight for me was a 9 incher. That one tops that easily. Very well done! And very little better tasting than a nice gill rolled in cornmeal and fried up...
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    05-29-2020, 06:29 PM
    dimaprok replied to a thread Gas Check seating in Gas Checks
    Might be easier to run through lee push through sizer first, they are inexpensive and if you if you get a cheapy lee press and invert it it's a lot easier too not having to line up the bullet on the push through rod and while you're at it, you can...
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    05-28-2020, 10:19 AM
    Good news is so good to hear. Praise the Lord!
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    05-27-2020, 08:41 AM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Might pray for me in Our Chapel
    Prayers sent, use your head, but listen to your heart.
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    05-25-2020, 09:28 PM
    Agree that ammo pouches and oiler looks Mosin.
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    05-24-2020, 08:07 AM
    I have to agree with the SKS. Mine is a yugo with the grenade launcher, ladder sights. Biggest drawback is iron sights and old eyes. Don't own an AR of any kind. But I have a pair of Hipoint Carbines that do very well with cast. The best of...
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    05-23-2020, 09:22 PM
    Praise him with great praise indeed!
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    05-23-2020, 08:04 AM
    GhostHawk replied to a thread Mri in Our Town
    My wife does, she's had 4 in the last 2 months.
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    05-22-2020, 09:36 PM
    I have not sold many guns, the few I did sell I was glad to see gone. My regrets are more along the line of back in the 70's and 80's why oh why was I not loading up on M1 Garands, M1Carbines, K98's, etc. I had a nice M1 carbine with folding...
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    05-19-2020, 08:30 AM
    No, it has to be heated with the Alox. Once all melted together I combine with the floor wax/mineral spirits and all is good. I love what it does for bores, it also makes a non sticky film on the surface of boolits. Which is also a nice side...
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  • dimaprok's Avatar
    05-18-2020, 09:11 PM
    For homemade / Sage gas checks this is normal, It happens to me all the time to me. Push it in with sizing die and take it out with needle nose pliers sideways. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
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    05-18-2020, 09:01 PM
    Cast boolits and 1% carnuba wax in my BLL. Bores just keep getting shinier.
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    05-17-2020, 09:34 PM
    I'm with Teddie. I grew up watching my dad walk out into the south 40, take a knee, remove his hat, and have a conversation with his Lord. Drives my wife nuts when I pray for her out loud. But it works. Not long ago I felt like I was hanging...
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Active duty. I love to hunt and fish. Got into reloading due to cost. Now I cast and reload for the since of accomplishment and awe.
Jacksonville, FL
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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