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    Boolit Master
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    Mar 2005
    Phenix City, Alabama
    Don't eat yellow snow.
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    Did I ever mention that I hate to trim brass?

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    Boolit Bub
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    Feb 2018
    1/2 lbs of Marvelux on sale at Brownells

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Sep 2017
    Collierville, TN

    SS Pet watering bowls

    Hi all. My tip of the day is to get some Stainless Steel pet watering bowls at W-marts. The small ones are under $3.00 and the larger ones under $4.00 if I remember right. They are impervious to solvents and chemicals, heat, water, and they're unbreakable. I can't count the number of times I've used them for different things from sorting/moving brass, collecting used primers, shaking off powder coating (they easily wipe clean,) to who knows what. Just thought I'd throw it out here. Ed

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    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is totally optional!

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    Boolit Man
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    Jul 2019
    Boston, Kentucky, USA
    While cruising the thrift shops for pewter, I keep an eye on the kitchen appliance section as I have found many muffin pans (ingot molds) pie and cake pans (cookie cutter lube pans) and various electrical gizmos that come in handy in the reloading room. All at dirt cheap prices.
    NRA Life 1992
    My avatar is almost a dead ringer for my little buddy Chico. Six pounds of mean that thought he was a Pit Bull. Miss that little guy.

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    Boolit Master dbosman's Avatar
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    Feb 2013
    East Lansing, MI, USA
    What a great idea. My rendering pot is a rectangular SS steam table container. Stirring it is occasionally an issue if the paint stir stick, catches on something at the bottom or I pull the stick too fast.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grmps View Post
    I found that a potato masher does a quick job of thoroughly fluxing my casting pot and a Stainless Steel Mesh Strainer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9HNX6O...LI96NDYI&psc=1
    Does a quick job of thoroughly fluxing my smelting pot and I can skim most of the crud with it too.

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    Boolit Mold Mad Mucus's Avatar
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    Sep 2006
    Australia, SE Queensland
    have a go mate!
    "Outlaw firearms and only the outlaws will have them."

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    Boolit Buddy
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    The Netherlands Europa
    Quote Originally Posted by bxchef29 View Post
    not a bad idea to have your lead levels check one in a while
    Just to discover that you was a young fool, with no brain and that lead is not leaving your body, not even after 40 years.....just saying.
    Still casting and kicking after 40 years....BUT my two cents:
    Proper ventilation (i have 360m3 an hour air displacement to the outside right on top of my pot)
    Put on some cotton gloves to avoid any contact with fresh lead, burns will heal, your white blood cells don't.(to make a point, sorry)
    When seating, lubing or testing for hardness, use those dentists blue gloves to avoid further contact.
    Dont smoke drink or eat while handling lead.
    Wash your hands just in case, take a shower after a casting session...
    Ten years ago i had 1.9 now i have 2.0, still casting strong.

    Take this warning, there is no way back

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    Boolit Master gpidaho's Avatar
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    May 2014
    Beautiful Idaho
    Dielectric grease makes a great top of mould- bottom of sprue plate lube. two cycle oil on the pins. Gp

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    Boolit Master
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    Jan 2016
    GONRA (younger Son too) always cast boolits in the back yard - no Lead Problems in Fresh Air!

    Tip: When loading small powder charges - put a nail in each charged case so you will be reminded NOT to "double charge".
    CANNOT reliably eyeball small powder charges waaaay down in some some of these looong cartridge cases!
    (Using a progressive press? GREAT - but NOT FOR THESE SMALL POWDER CHARGES!)

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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