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    01-24-2021, 12:41 PM
    I was casting a metric ton of H&G #51's and sizing/lubing them on the Star. Basically a year's worth for the 38's. Over the years I have noticed that most, if not all, true Keith bullets seem to have a lube groove the size of the Panama Canal. ...
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    01-24-2021, 12:30 PM
    I store my moulds by letting them cool, then spraying thenm with WD40 (blasphemy I know) the wrapping the mould in a plastic bag and taping it shut with masking tape. The handles are typically not taped in the plastic bag. I also go over all my...
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    01-21-2021, 02:36 PM
    That pretty much says it all. Hey...if that makes us old fashioned, then so be it. We all should be grateful for those things that we can have or the things that we can do. It is one of those pieces of the puzzle that helps define one's...
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    01-20-2021, 11:36 AM
    Maybe I am overthinking this, but it seems to me that individual letters DO make up the "lines of type". That is where the term typesetter came from. Am I missing something here?
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    01-20-2021, 08:33 AM
    Not quite sure what you mean. Linotype is pretty much linotype, and if you ever saw a lintoype machine operating, the pigs were hung and slowly lowered and melted into the mix to create the letters and set the type. I am not even sure what...
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    01-19-2021, 10:20 PM
    Years ago I bought a Buffalo Arms propane burner....something like 75,000 btu's. With a cast iron pot on top and a wind breaker around the fire, this thing can easily melt 100 lbs of ww's at a time. I did a bunch of smelting sessions a 10 years back...
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    01-19-2021, 10:11 PM
    Many years ago, I bought from a friend 125 lbs of linotype pigs. 5 of them. They were my stash. Never to be used. So while I kept them in reserve, I was casting and alloying with another 75 lbs or so of letters and spacers that i picked up here...
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    01-19-2021, 08:27 AM
    Very nice. i can imagine a totally separated little shed to be the man cave. Your own little world. Life has become one of a series of enjoyable activities. I am still working full time so this gets worked into the daily/monthly schedules. Winter...
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    01-19-2021, 08:16 AM
    It is working out pretty well. Plenty of light (LED's) and plenty of electrical outlets. The man cave was wired into the generator circuit so when the power is out, I can still be out there casting/reloading. I could actually use a little more...
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    01-18-2021, 04:01 PM
    Thanks for the kind words. After the casting session, complete with sore shoulders, i was particularly content with the 2 coffee cans full of cast #51's just waiting for the Star sizer work, then reloading. I think it is great that we are able...
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    01-18-2021, 01:56 PM
    My plan exactly. I'll do some emailing with Lathesmith before I place the order, and will send him a few bullets to let him space the holes. I kind of like having a dedicated sizing die for the bullets.
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    01-18-2021, 09:01 AM
    I guess one of the lessons I am learning in my old age (72 but still working full time and going strong) is that when something is not going well, just stop and walk away, then pick up the task the next day. Minimum wage? hey....this is our hobby....
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    01-18-2021, 08:53 AM
    The smelting is always done outside. When the horse stall was remodeled, I had the contractor cut into the side of the barn and install an exhaust fan. It works well in getting rid of the smoke from fluxing (I use candle wax and excess left over...
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    01-17-2021, 09:07 PM
    I think some of us see shooting as a necessary activity that allows casting and reloading. I have asked myself that question a number of times. Which is the most pleasurable? My outdoor range is 15 minutes away. The brand new 8 lane indoor range...
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    01-17-2021, 08:00 PM
    When my significant other brought her massage therapy practice home, I lost my casting/reloading room....it got remodeled into a massage therapy room. Nice lighting, exposed beams, etc.....very nice. I had to relocate to the former horse stall in...
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    01-16-2021, 09:01 AM
    Your PM is answered.
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    01-13-2021, 11:39 AM
    I doubt it. Star sell these little tiny drill bits on their web site that are SUPPOSED to fit the lube hole. I have a number of options here that I will try as soon as I can get some spare time. I kind of like the dental pick idea. I THINK I have...
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    01-13-2021, 10:22 AM
    FISH4BUGS replied to a thread Money Orders in Our Town
    I just went through the Money Order from Hell scenario. 1) The PO will not do one larger than $1000 so i had to get 2 2) Sent it with tracking 3) it has now been a MONTH and still not at the destination. The tracking says "in transit" 4) I did a...
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    01-13-2021, 08:35 AM
    Makes sense. I'll try that. Thanks.
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    01-13-2021, 08:35 AM
    I have no idea. I bought this die used a long time ago. It is lead because the first larger drill did its thing and took out most of the shot from the lube hole. I have so much trouble setting up dies that once I get them set, I dedicate that die...
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    01-12-2021, 06:39 PM
    OK...I love my Star Sizer....when it is adjusted and running....nothing better. i do 1500--2000 at a time and I love the output and the end product. HOWEVER I am trying (short of using explosives) to drill out the shot on one of my 358 sizer dies...
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    01-06-2021, 08:17 AM
    I think the problem here is that some here got caught flat footed and component short. THEY are p'od because they think they should be able to go to their LGS and buy whatever they need whenever they need it....planning be damned. Probably the...
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    01-04-2021, 09:37 PM
    Some learned our lesson the LAST time this happened. :)
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    01-04-2021, 09:32 PM
    Maybe you should try running a manufacturing business some day. Sudden increases in demand for the end product causes demands on raw materials, and the whole thing stresses the entire supply chain. Maybe you can forecast demand better than they...
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    01-03-2021, 02:52 PM
    I guess we learn something new every day. Well, I guess that, and $2, gets me a cup of coffee! :) Here in NH one of the "status symbols" is a low license plate number. They are handed down from generation to generation. Does that work here?...
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    01-03-2021, 01:12 PM
    Murphy: I am curious.....do we have a member number assigned to us as well as our handle? I looked and can't seem to find it. Donald
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    01-02-2021, 09:25 AM
    I shoot a ton of cast in my subguns. Does that count as "high volume"? :) I really have to say that in the big picture, the lee 4-20, which is now well over 30 years old, has performed well and apparently will continue to do so. I also have (as...
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    01-02-2021, 08:05 AM
    Well, I took the pot apart and cleaned it. It works again just fine....along with the traditional occasional drip. I would have to say that it is back to "normal". For a guy that can hardly boil water, I am pretty full of myself. :) This has been...
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    01-02-2021, 08:01 AM
    If you take, for instance, a Lee 4-20 and load it up to the top, and basically empty the pot by casting, as you get towards the bottom of the pot does the alloy change at all? I stir and skim as I go as needed. So as dross is taken away, what is...
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    12-30-2020, 04:03 PM
    Oh I know that it is half of current price. I was just chuckling that I still had the original box with the original price on it after 30+ years. I will work the pot over to make it work. The new spout, bracket and rod MAY not fit, because the...
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Former professional musician (B3 Hammond), sporting goods business management, self employed for 39
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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