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    Yesterday, 09:57 PM
    FrankG replied to a thread Lyman Turret press in Swappin & Sellin
    [smilie=s: To the top :popcorn:
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    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    If ya ever have to move it in a HURRY, you'll quickly change your mind about how much is too much. No matter whether it is in buckets, crates, boxes, or sacks, they're too darn heavy. One trip I had so much on the very back of the truck that I...
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    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Next Step in Cast Boolits
    I spent over 30 years chasing the best alloy and found they all sorta worked. Back then there was no internet or forum and I didn't know another caster. Little was written in my world about bullet fit, and lube was either something you bought or a...
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    Yesterday, 11:04 AM
    Sad to see the cracked wrist on it, all too common with older doubles. We were looking at an English .500 Express double rifle Gary James had at our shoot a couple weeks ago. Very delicate wrist, and surprising it has stood up over the years.
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    Yesterday, 10:55 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Coolers? in Our Town
    I agree the premium coolers are a rip off. I have a plain old Coleman cooler, that I can put dry ice in with frozen food, pack the empty areas with crumpled newspaper, and have things stay good for ten days. Using two coolers is good, one being for...
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    Yesterday, 10:28 AM
    KenH replied to a thread electric stove eyes in Cookin' Recipe's
    You're right, with the old fashioned style of rheostat where the excess current is dumped as heat it would be very inefficient. Using a SSR (Solid State Relay) with the same technology we do in the PID control of casting pots they heating element is...
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    Yesterday, 10:07 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Reloading section? in Testing Area
    When asking for or reading of others load data, don't use the info unless you can verify it in the manuals. Many think their memory is good enough to be accepted as fact, but it just isn't so. The misplacing of a decimal point or reversing of...
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    Yesterday, 09:54 AM
    In 1960 I worked in a Chevy parts department. Does anyone else recognize the PN 1931988? Funny how some numbers are so ingrained in your memory, while others escape you, no matter how important. I have my family's (4) SS numbers and birthdates...
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    Yesterday, 09:36 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Coolers? in Our Town
    The secret to success with any cooler (cheap or expensive) is to have everything pre-cooled before putting it in the cooler. It's not a refrigerator and depends on the ice to hold everything at the temp you like. I have always used the extra thick...
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    Yesterday, 12:42 AM
    Needing something to set the forge and gas bottles on, a few bits of angle iron were cut into apropriate lengths with a top and a shelf cut ready for when it is welded up. Then it was back to the anvil. The base had the mounting holes drilled and...
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    Yesterday, 12:31 AM
    The fire extinguisher quench tank had its top cut off and a lid made but there is still a couple of handles to be done for the sides for when it needs to be shifted. With a 3 1/2 gallon capacity it should do nicely. The steady rest was welded...
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    03-22-2017, 06:47 PM
    KenH replied to a thread electric stove eyes in Cookin' Recipe's
    Am I wrong, but it seems like years ago the old fashion electric stoves not regulate amount of heat rather than just turning elements OFF or ON? Just seems like I can remember seeing eyes that were just low red rather than bright red? Todays...
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    03-22-2017, 02:26 PM
    A 9mm from the LEO range did the same thing for me. This was after I had run the dirty scrap in a cement mixer and inspected them on the driveway. I couldn't retreat fast enough and the molten lead stuck to my safety glasses and left distortions. ...
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    03-22-2017, 01:00 PM
    FrankG replied to a thread Lyman Turret press in Swappin & Sellin
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    03-22-2017, 10:15 AM
    Look at Old town in Cody, also. Good stuff there. There are towns within reasonable driving distance to find cheaper lodging.
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    03-22-2017, 10:11 AM
    I would see if I could fit in a larger diameter bullet, and try a softer alloy.
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    03-22-2017, 08:33 AM
    That has always been my idea of recipes also. Ya'll have some good foods here, and I don't need more "food", I need a way to not each so much. {g} Ken H>
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    03-22-2017, 08:29 AM
    KenH replied to a thread electric stove eyes in Cookin' Recipe's
    Thanks for the answers - that's the same as my stove. Does that seem like a poor design to ya'll? Why not allow the on-board micro-controller (computer) which most all stoves have these days to simply allow a % of full power, depending on where...
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    03-22-2017, 12:39 AM
    A little more on the preperation for the forge and its accesories after a run into the city yesterday I remembered a piece of 3/4 in wearalloy I had as a target plate and looked at it as an anvil top instead of the heavy die plate but will make a...
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    03-22-2017, 12:38 AM
    These knives are all finished now so I just have to hot wax the sheaths, give everything a final going over and they will be ready for delivery. There was another two that needed the finish to the handles so they were attended to as well.
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    03-21-2017, 07:22 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Gunshow in Our Town
    Too many dealers with too much unpriced stuff, of questionable origins. I'm not cheap. Frugal is a more descriptive word. I like to at least feel like it was an equitable trade whether money was involved or not. Most dealers don't/won't even deal...
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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