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    Yesterday, 01:17 PM
    Thanks! Firebrush is not a term I recall ever having heard before. Course it may be just CRS.
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    Yesterday, 01:07 PM
    blackthorn replied to a thread Furlough in Cast Boolits
    I have removed stubborn finishes using a very sharp knife as a scraper or a piece of broken glass.
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    Yesterday, 12:50 PM
    blackthorn replied to a thread Dumb Cat in Our Town
    Years ago my son started feeding this big, white, long-haired cat. I told him to stop but (I suspect) he did not because the cat stayed around. It was dirty and hair-matted. Doug kept pleading for the cat to be ours and I finally said OK. The cat...
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    05-29-2020, 11:42 AM
    Please explain how the "firebrush" process works. Thanks.
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    05-28-2020, 01:12 PM
    Interesting thread. By way of a bit of background, several years ago I acquired a Savage 99 High-Power rifle. Brass is almost unobtainable so I reformed some from 30-30 brass using a 25-35 intermediate sizing die. I started with some old Dominion...
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    05-26-2020, 10:49 AM
    TRY THIS ONE............
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    05-26-2020, 10:44 AM
    Yes I have had much success using it the way described to remove copper and lead, cupro nickle too I believe. I did post two youtube links also. I'm not a big wiki fan;-) Like the picture shows RED to BARREL- BLACK TO ROD. You know sacrifice a...
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    05-25-2020, 03:24 PM
    That sounds about right!!:kidding: I had one of the older Tritons 07 and it was nothing to write home about, this one has the Coyote motor, me like it a lot. Ford makes it- Coyote shakes it :-)
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    05-25-2020, 11:18 AM
    Let us know how the barrel looks and shoots after your done.
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    05-25-2020, 10:26 AM
    Ford blue is great. I tried Chevy orange once and the towel got soaked in oil, danged bullets kept leaking.
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    05-25-2020, 01:02 AM
    The throats on a revolver are on the front end of the cylinder(most are anyway, the 1895 Nagant is one exception)pin gauges are the easiest way to get a good measurement. You may find you have 6 different sized throats on a 6 shooter, not the best...
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    05-23-2020, 01:18 PM
    blackthorn replied to a thread Plastic lumber in Our Town
    For what it may be worth---My Dad used to make fence posts out of Quaking Aspen trees. These posts lasted in the ground for many years with no rot. He cut to length, sharpened the end and stood a bunch of them (pointed end down) in open-toped 45...
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    05-23-2020, 10:38 AM
    I do believe this is backwards. Red+ to the barrel, Black - to the rod is how should be hooked...
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    05-22-2020, 01:54 PM
    1.430" (1.665" OAL)from the shoulder to the end on new replacement, 1.450"(1.660"OAL)from shoulder to the end on an military locking style The new replacement screw has a convex/rounded head, the military has a flat head look...
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    05-20-2020, 11:26 AM
    blackthorn replied to a thread Mosquitoes? in Our Town
    DDT appeared on the scene when I was very young. My Dad farmed with horses in mid-southern Manitoba. He thought DDT was the be-all end-all to deal with the mosquitoes on our live stock. He used to mix the powder with water in a bucket and apply the...
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    05-20-2020, 10:59 AM
    Gail and I are going through similar circumstances with two of our kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these trying times.
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    05-18-2020, 11:10 AM
    An easy way to determine if there is zinc in your alloy is to place a drop of Muriatic acid on the surface of your ingot. If there is zinc, the acid will bubble/foam. Muriatic acid can be found at pool supply retail outlets. You will likely have to...
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    05-18-2020, 11:03 AM
    My experience has been that annealing prior to reforming results in a high number of ruined/crushed cases. I was forming 22 HP from 30-30 cases, using a 25-35 intermediate die and using pre-annealed cases I had about a 60 to 70 percent loss. When I...
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    05-17-2020, 11:58 AM
    The OP specified the melting of unsorted wheel-weights. I sort of doubt 1830 era casters had much beyond pure or almost pure lead, certainly there was no zinc in their melt.
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    05-13-2020, 11:54 AM
    blackthorn replied to a thread ISE Hates plumbing in Our Town
    I have NEVER taken on a plumbing install/repair and had it turn out either well or simple! It took me several applications of anger and frustration to learn that if I need even the most simple plumbing work done to-----CALL THE GUY!!!
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    05-09-2020, 11:10 AM
    blackthorn replied to a thread Barn Swallows in Our Town
    Hang up a couple of rubber snakes close to their nesting site.
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    05-06-2020, 09:47 AM
    You are going to enjoy shooting cast in that rifle, I see a 314299 mold or clone in your future, enjoy!
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    05-05-2020, 11:08 AM
    We bought this place in 2004. I bought an Echo arborists saw for odd jobs around the place. Then the pine beetles arrived. They killed 30 large 25 to 30 inch diameter pine trees. I paid to have 12 trees taken down that would/could hit the house or...
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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