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  • mold maker's Avatar
    01-15-2018, 11:53 AM
    The sad thing is you may try time after time and suddenly the problem disappears without you knowing why. A little lino (to harden and fill out) added will likely help. Once you get the melt level down in the pot, a good scraping of the pot...
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    01-12-2018, 09:06 AM
    Grmp Do you GC after coating?
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    01-11-2018, 05:03 PM
    All the commercial separators are basically the same with the exception of cheaper ones. Tumbling with a closed clamshell container almost full of water efficiently rids the pins and rinses the brass at the same time. With planning, they can be...
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    01-11-2018, 04:25 PM
    I use only wax for flux in the casting furnace. Sawdust and wax together can stick to the pot below the surface and migrate to the spout as waxy charcoal specks. The cast iron smelting pot gets sawdust and wax until the alloy isclean. If you only...
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    01-11-2018, 03:49 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Any wood workers? in Our Town
    The mule might be outdated as a power source, but the plow has only been multiplied and a tractor used to pull it. Its the same method of farming that has been used since metal tools were invented. We use what ever tool is at hand. If a plane and...
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    01-10-2018, 09:47 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Any wood workers? in Our Town
    There was an era when carpenters and woodworkers carried all their tools with them to the job. Hand planes were as production as any. I enjoy living among several handmade pieces of cabinetry. Each has the tail tale signature of hand planed...
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    01-10-2018, 09:24 AM
    Yep, that's why they're going to Alabama to avoid the cesspool political system in NY. Ever hear the term, "Save your Confederate money, the South's gonna rise again?" We Southerners welcome the Yankey jobs and money. It would have been nice for...
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    01-09-2018, 03:03 PM
    You don't necessarily get what you pay for, but you can bet on paying for what you get.
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    01-08-2018, 11:35 AM
    When you look inside brass tumbled with SS pins, citric acid, dawn, you'll know why the method is so popular. The inside looks just as clean and bright as the outside. Not to mention the primer pockets are bright and clean. Granted they don't...
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    01-07-2018, 09:18 AM
    Yesterday was the second day since 12-18-17 That the high got above 0. Nights were always -30's temp -40/50 windchill. The only snakes I see are snow snakes.
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    01-07-2018, 02:07 AM
    PM received and responded to!
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    01-06-2018, 11:52 AM
    Probably hasn't looked down the sights either. Funny how positions are filled after the bean counters get through. It seems as if knowledge is secondary to ability to BS.
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    01-06-2018, 11:43 AM
    My stamping tools are on the bench and I had several new replacement keys made. The family expects me to have spares for any lock they own. I did the coded name on the new keys and hung them in the cabnet behind the RCBS supreme. Burr it's cold...
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    01-06-2018, 11:31 AM
    I have too much,,,,,,damaged, split, loose pockets, and dented. Otherwise I'm still collecting.
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    01-06-2018, 10:38 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread 8 of snow in Virginia in Our Town
    A week or more of 8 to 11 degree nights with highs around 30 aren't common here, and my bones are hurting. :veryconfu No snow or ice but grocery shelves still looking lean. I feel for those who have to deal with any kind of precipitation under...
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  • Newtire's Avatar
    01-06-2018, 12:44 AM
    That sounds like a good plan! Also good for emergency rations.
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    01-05-2018, 03:08 PM
    Newtire replied to a thread Powder horn in Muzzleloading.
    Yeah, funny that I don't remember a thing about how I got that design transferred. It was in the bigger end of the horn. I'm not any sort of an artist by any stretch of imagination. It'll come to me someday I reckon. They say the first thing to...
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    01-05-2018, 08:05 AM
    Newtire replied to a thread Powder horn in Muzzleloading.
    Some time in the distant past, I read an article on powder horn scrimshaw in Muzzleloader Magazine. I managed to get my hands on some dye to rub into the scratch marks and made a horn for a guy who owns a winemaking outfit in the Santa Cruz...
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    01-05-2018, 07:48 AM
    I got together with a few of the guys and ordered a few pounds of "holy black" from Graf's. They had several kinds and granulations, so ordered some "house brand" (Wano) as well as some Swiss. By the time we split up the hazmat fee, it wasn't very...
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    01-05-2018, 06:54 AM
    Newtire replied to a thread Huge Sale going on! in Muzzleloading.
    They must have given them all away already!
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    01-05-2018, 06:48 AM
    I think I have had misfires more due to the cap not being seated all the way down than anything. I have an earlier Navy Arms(Pedersoli built) "Poor Boy" .36 mule ear that used a #12 cap. Had to turn the nipple down to fit #11's when I couldn't...
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    01-04-2018, 01:47 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread On This Day 2008... in Our Town
    I've watched several really good friends self-destruct with alcohol. It's not pretty and it robs me of something close to my heart. Blessings to all who realize the consequences and distance themselves. I personally never found anything...
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    01-03-2018, 08:23 PM
    Good thing I own both homes since I only moved half of the lead. It's only a couple blocks and I have casting equipment at both. At one I cast indoors with a hood, but under a carport at the other. Which I use depends on the weather. My brass...
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    01-03-2018, 07:55 PM
    Ya get fat.
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    01-03-2018, 07:53 PM
    Aman !!!!!
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    01-02-2018, 09:55 AM
    Too much is a misnomer for some not loaded YET. I have several gals that need loading, but it's not too much till I'm dead.
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    01-01-2018, 10:59 PM
    Why try to reinvent the wheel while the wagon is moving. The SS pins just plain work.
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    01-01-2018, 09:39 PM
    Kraut dumplings fixed with pork tenderloin and taters, pintos with ham hock. cornbread and cherry pie. My tongue is still slapping my eyes for more.
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    12-31-2017, 12:12 AM
    No one has said anything about sizing the nose before PC. I am wondering if the nose would size easier if sized before and after PC?
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    12-30-2017, 03:50 PM
    what kind of other stuff in the box. Size? any other clues might help. Sure seems like I've seen something like it also.
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  • woody1's Avatar
    12-30-2017, 03:44 PM
    I'm guessing here but assume you've already made sure the boolits aren't being stuck because of lube buildup in the seating portion of the die? If so, I'm with the other posters who said your seater needs reamed out. Hhmm that sounds kinda what...
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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
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