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    11-10-2019, 03:06 AM
    The symptoms of high lead levels are very similar to what we often consider getting older. That’s why a blood test is a good idea.
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    11-09-2019, 04:15 AM
    I use cheap masonry buckets with metal bails. $1-2 apiece at places like Home Depot. They’re less than five gallons and don’t have lids, but are made to take the weight and when full are as heavy as I want to carry. I don’t use them for storage....
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    11-09-2019, 03:51 AM
    Here’s a link to a list of foods to reduce lead levels. It’s pretty long and doesn’t rate which are better than others. I had a high level once from an extreme exposure. Staying away from lead, it came down quickly. Your body can take care of...
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    11-07-2019, 12:45 AM
    Which do you prefer for a knife blade and why? I always preferred regular steel to stainless, mainly because they were easier and faster to sharpen. Today with diamond stones it is easier and faster to sharpen stainless than before, but I still like...
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    11-07-2019, 12:36 AM
    I like that idea of using a dishwasher.
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    11-07-2019, 12:00 AM
    Do you have any pictures of the internal parts? They would be interesting to see. Great job you’ve done.
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    11-04-2019, 01:51 AM
    Serrated blades are good for cutting rope. I remember years ago, while working in marine construction, we used to sharpen our plane blades with a file so the rough edge would cut rope better. That was before serrated knives became popular. Now I...
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    11-04-2019, 01:35 AM
    Donít forget boolit placement. More practice at the range could make more of a difference than boolit expansion.
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    11-04-2019, 01:24 AM
    The .30-30 has taken a lot of game, but there’s just something about a Marlin .45-70. Once you try it, there’s no gong back. They don’t have to kick that much. It all depends on how you load them. You can even load round balls in them for a really...
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    11-04-2019, 01:08 AM
    My father’s surplus 1911 only had one magazine. It was always fully loaded for over twenty years. It wasn’t shot often, maybe each year or two. In all that time it never had any issues. In researching making springs for flintlocks, it is said...
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    10-28-2019, 04:39 AM
    Now days I always water drop my boolits. I Used to drop them on a towel, but stopped when some of my 140gn x 6.5mm turned out a little distorted. The alloys I use are fine when water dropped. If I want softer, I use pure lead. Don’t make the mistake...
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    10-27-2019, 05:33 PM
    That’s right that I don’t get frosting when casting pure lead round balls. I was thinking about casting an alloy when I mentioned frosting. A friend who used to mix pure antimony into lead said he had to wait until the lead was red hot. I’m sure...
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    10-27-2019, 01:15 AM
    I donít have a thermometer for my Lee lead pot. With experience I have been able to make good boolits by paying attention to time sprue takes to harden and boolit quality. It seems most cast in the 700* range. I know when working with alloys, you...
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    10-25-2019, 08:07 AM
    I can’t see casting something that small, but if you enjoy doing it, that’s a good enough reason to do it.
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    10-25-2019, 07:51 AM
    The handle on my 55 broke during a move. When I found out you had to send it in to be repaired, I just bought a new one. I have the old one and wonder if it could be repaired by brazing.
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    10-22-2019, 03:28 PM
    Can the readouts be switched between *F and *C ? How about temperature on and temperature off settings? If a pot should accidentally get too hot can it damage any thing?
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    10-21-2019, 02:56 PM
    Sounds like you have what a lot of us are looking for. Will it work with a! lee pots? Are all the thermal couplings usable with 230 voltsí? Iím thinking about getting one. I just got back from the hospital today after a hip replacement. You...
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    10-15-2019, 01:40 AM
    I know there are a lot of posts for making your own PID. Are there any for sale ready to go? Thanks
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  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    10-15-2019, 01:14 AM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread Fluxing in Black Powder Cartridge
    I only use sawdust when melting range scrap to make ingots. When meeting ingots in the casting pot I flux with sawdust and bee’s wax. When I don’t have any dry sawdust, I’ll use Quaker Oats. Works fine if you just need a little for a casting pot.
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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