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    Boolit Master

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    So, ran 3+ pounds last week. Need to work on productivity:

    Need a good way to pulverize pucks. Im using a mortar and pestle, but the chunks are too big for the coffee grinder. I need a better way to take down the pucks to manageable sizes. Any ideas on a better way?

    First thing i tried was backing out the grind ALL the way and crunching the chunks to manageable sizes the adjusting back down to 3F, but it still jams up my grinder plenty.

    Maybe a conical cup and ball and use the press to smash?
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  2. #2982
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    I took a section of 2" PVC pipe about 6"long.
    Put a PVC cap on it.
    Then would drop the pucks into it , and break them up into smaller chunks with a Hammer handle.
    The cap I used was one with a square end.
    But I am sure the ones with a slightly domed end will work just as well.

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    I use tile nippers or the wire cutter notch on pliers.
    swamp
    There is no problem so great, that it cannot be solved by the proper application of high explosives.

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    Baseball bat with thick aluminum pan works for me. But I do like the PVC hammer handle idea.

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    GUNFIRE! The sound of Freedom!

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    That is how I do it also. Base ball bats are quick & easy. It works for beating the women off me also.(wink)

    Fly

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    Oh no! Don't "beat those women off!!"

    Too many women, so little time...



    Vettepilot
    "Those who sacrifice freedom for security, have neither."
    Benjamin Franklin. (A very wise man!)

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    Funny.
    Around me , the women are holding the Bat

  8. #2988
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    Ha ha ha,,, yep, that happens too! (Reminds me of both my sister, and my sister in law!)

    Vettepilot
    "Those who sacrifice freedom for security, have neither."
    Benjamin Franklin. (A very wise man!)

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    I've heard sometimes they are the bat, maybe bat was short for battleaxe, not sure. It came up in poker conversation last week I think.

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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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