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    Today, 12:02 PM
    I have a few of Tom's molds and my experience is the same as everyone else. About 5 days from ordering to receiving and its a quality mold. I like the optional trough in the sprue cutter, but thats mostly personal preference.
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    Today, 11:51 AM
    I use a plastic tipped mallet. I'm guessing its 4 to 6oz. Its as old as I am and I don't know where it was purchased. This works well on molds up to 4 cavity. I don't have a mold larger than that. I sometimes cast with 2 other friends. One of...
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    Today, 11:44 AM
    I'm in the "go big" crowd I guess. I estimate mine puts out 500,000 BTU's if turned up to full throttle. It will put some serious frost on a 20# propane tank! It will also melt 400# of wheel weights in about 20 minutes This is one reason that I hand...
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    Today, 11:35 AM
    The Magma is the only one that I know of that is signifantly larger than 20 pounds. Its expensive compared to the others!
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    Today, 11:07 AM
    Like the others have said, it depends on how many lube grooves the bullet has and how deep they are. Lar's lube is cheaper that other lube that you see on line. And he is local ( less than 30 miles) to me. I always enjoy the visit when I stop by his...
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    Today, 10:57 AM
    I'm still trying to do something everyday. Both chore wise and in the loading room. About every other night the Wife and have started watching a movie. Last night we watched the newer version or Midway. A few nights ago I watched Shooter. We have...
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    Today, 10:40 AM
    I'm not a gardener so my planting will be stuff for the Wildlife. About the middle of April I'll start working on 10 acres to plant Sunflowers on for a Dove hunt that I host every year. My field is pretty grown up and needs lots of work. If the...
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    03-27-2020, 07:18 PM
    I don't usually weigh cast bullets but a few experiments that I have done the bullets were within .3 grain of +or- .015. Thats in the ball park of your better jacketed bullets.
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    03-27-2020, 01:09 PM
    Laughing, but with you and not at you! :drinks: Most all of us have done that, either from not knowing or by accident, like you did. I have been pretty successful getting them loose by hand but it helps if you have tough hands.
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    03-27-2020, 01:02 PM
    I store my powder and primers in their original containers on shelves in my loading room. My loading room is in my house where the temperature is controlled. The shelves are not exposed to sunlight.
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    03-27-2020, 12:52 PM
    Its either one of two things. Either your mold or your lead is not hot enough. It may even be both of those. Or your mold may be contaminated with something. Get after it with either some brake cleaner and an old tooth brush or some hot water and...
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    03-27-2020, 12:47 PM
    My go to is a 150 grain Keith Type SWC. Next up is the same Keith Type SWC weighing 170 grains. Most mold manufactures make either of these. My 150 is an RCBS and the 170 is an original H&G.
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    03-27-2020, 12:44 PM
    All good suggestions above. But don't knock your self out looking for a used hot plate. You can get a new one from Walmart for 12 or 14 dollars. But if you see a used one for a lot less you can grab it.
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    03-27-2020, 12:32 PM
    About the only thing I would change in my casting set-up is that I would start with a Star sizer rather than buying one 40 years later. I also recommend starting with a 20 pound pot. I've made a few improvements over the years as technology advanced...
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    03-27-2020, 12:15 PM
    For those of you that may need to replace a cord someday, Lowes and Home Depot have short cords with only the male end. I used these when installing things like dish washers and garbage disposals. Seems like they are $4 to $6 for a 5 or 6 ft one.
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    03-27-2020, 12:04 PM
    Like a few of you, I'm in between projects and doing some cleaning and organizing. I'm thinking about some ammo shelves. I saw some pictures on Snipers Hide recently of some shelves made from concrete blocks and boards for holding ammo cans. Hum,...
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    03-27-2020, 11:38 AM
    Thats tough news. I'm sure you will land on your feet but I know the unknown is bothering you. Wishing you the best of Luck finding something. Keep your head up!
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    03-26-2020, 11:20 PM
    I flux when it gets good and liquid. If its wheel weights or some other type of scrap with steel in it I will skim it first and then flux. I've never paid any attention to the temperature.
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    03-26-2020, 08:19 AM
    I have both a Tel True and an RCBS that read pretty close to what my PID reads. The Lyman that I had was way off. This was a dial, not the digital one.
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    03-26-2020, 08:10 AM
    Well, I looked back at my original post about my plans to see what if anything I've accomplished. I have actually accomplished a few things. The gun safe has been gone through and organized. I have finished organizing my brass stash. Every...
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    03-26-2020, 07:38 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Homeless - sort of in Our Town
    I think you are wise to take precautions. This is serious. If you get bored you can always drop in here and see how bored we are!
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    03-25-2020, 10:01 PM
    lightman replied to a thread More prayer needed in Our Chapel
    Thoughts and prayers offered for you and your family. Take care, my Friend.
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    03-25-2020, 09:57 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Furlough in Our Town
    Thoughts and prayers for you and your coworkers.
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    03-25-2020, 04:36 PM
    Its been my experience that flat base are more accurate but I usually can't shoot the difference. Bevel base bullets are a pain to size and lube if you're not using a Star. If you're coating them it doesn't much matter.
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    03-25-2020, 08:59 AM
    Yesterday afternoon I finished organizing my brass stash. I started this project last Summer but took off for hunting season. At the moment every piece of brass that I own has been sorted by caliber and headstamp, deprimed, tumbled and stored away....
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    03-24-2020, 06:20 PM
    Prayers on the way. Its no fun for an active person to be sidelined with back problems.
    59 replies | 825 view(s)
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Single, kids are raised, donít watch a lot of tv, so I spend as much time as I can in nature that king God for another day to live.
Conway, AR
Love to hunt, fish, target shoot, praise God, be in nature, and of course reload!
Out of work criminal defense attorney


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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