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Thread: A Tumbleweed Christmas needs a Christmas gift

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    A Tumbleweed Christmas needs a Christmas gift

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    I got this Christmas card from my parents several years ago. I really like it and I saved it. This poor cowboy is working on trimming a tumbleweed to look like a Christmas tree, He even has the paint ready to paint it green.

    I suspect there aren't going to be many gifts under his Christmas tree.

    I suspect some of our newer members are going to have a Christmas like my cowboy's Christmas.

    Some of our newer members need to start casting to afford ammo, but can't afford the basics to cast with. Or to load with!

    So here is a little Merry Christmas help for a fairly new member:

    To be eligible for this Christmas gift you must have joined CastBoolits between 12/26/16 and 11/17/2017.
    Since it is still before Thanksgiving, I haven't decided what to give as a gift.

    To apply for this post a short post of why you need help with gifts
    under your Christmas tree. Then send me a PM titled "Christmas gift"
    with a more detailed description of why you need assistance, what
    reloading experience and reloading tools you have, and what casting
    experience and casting tools you have. Include your name and mailing
    address in the PM, but not in the post.

    I will likely have members pledge to help me with this. More are welcome to join in. To join in, please PM me on how you would like to help and please do not post in this thread unless you are eligible for the Christmas gift and requesting the Christmas gift.

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    Last edited by BrassMagnet; 11-18-2017 at 11:51 AM. Reason: Corrected Eligibility dates!

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    I have been diligently learning to reload. It seems when you're retired on a limited income craftiness is paramount since there is very little extra money to afford to properly assemble the necessary equipment. I believe that with some assistance I can fill in the blank spot under the tumbleweed tree this Christmas.

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    I also am retired and on fixed income. I still have a lot to learn concerning reloading and casting, but it is the only way I can shoot and enjoy our great pass time... Any assistance will be greatly appreciated, otherwise the Tumbleweed Tree will be pretty bare....

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    Cowboy Dan's Christmas



    Don't be shy. We have all had years where we have fallen on hard times.
    I post this Tumbleweed Christmas every year. Many members enjoy helping me as much as I enjoy this.
    Cowboy Dan was one of our previous winners.

    Here is a poem by Cowboy Dan and a picture of his Christmas tree that year:

    Poem by Cowboy Dan


    'Twas a week before Christmas
    and in the reloading room,
    not a sound was to be heard
    ere the crash and the boom.
    I jumped from my seat
    and thought, "My homebrew's exploded!"
    The floor was dry near the
    door, so my fears eroded.
    And what I saw there
    gave me such a start.
    A man dressed in red
    with a golden heart.
    And all 'round his belt
    empty cartridges hung,
    so that each time he stepped,
    each one of them rung.
    Then Brassy Clause said,
    "You have been a good boy,
    so I and the elves thought,
    'Let's get him a new toy.' "
    I looked at my bench
    and what did I see?
    A new Lyman mold
    was waiting for me.
    But that was not all,
    for he opened his pack
    and then the gifts
    began to stack.
    Brass and sizing dies
    And goodies to boot
    were all laid out by
    The man in the red suit.
    Then I gave him a homebrew
    and as I said "adieu,"
    He said "Merry Christmas
    e'ryone, from me to you."

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    I'm new to reloading and casting and have been doing a lot of research into this and learning more everyday with the help of many of the people i have spoken with on here. I recently got stuff to start reloading with the help of George. But I need help with stuff for casting/sizing Money is tight at the moment and do not have the funds necessary to get the equipment I need to start casting and sizing/lube. Any help under the tree this year would be greatly appreciated.

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    What a change from last year!

    Last year there were no qualified applicants and only two who were close!

    See here:

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...Christmas-gift

    Now don't go posting in the wrong thread. Leave it on page three!

    Three qualified candidates already. Don't be shy! There is plenty of Christmas cheer to go around!

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    Brassy Clause has six helpers already. Why stop at just three?

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    Brassy Clause has seven helpers already. Why stop at just three?

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    bumpty bump.

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    Surely some one else is concerned about the bare spots under the Tumbleweed Christmas tree!

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    Brassmagnet is looking for those that need a tumbleweed Christmas, send in your needs.
    Those who can help contact him and let's make this a great Christmas for all.

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    Houston! We have a problem!

    We have three qualified applicants.

    Now we have eight helpers.

    We have Brassy Clause and eight helpers with presents to send, but none of the three can use some of the presents.

    So here is a very short poem:

    Brassy Clause and his helpers sit with great decorum.
    Ready to deliver gifts all over the CastBoolits Forum!
    Holding gifts nice and fair.
    Needing a little space under a tree somewhere.
    Their cause is just.
    Must these toys just sit and collect dust?

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    Brassy Clause PM sent

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    We are up to ten helpers now and still only three applicants.

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    Now we are up to eleven helpers!

    So where do I look for bare floor space under the green tumbleweed?

    Surely there are more members in need of help!

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    A few thoughts here -

    First, if Brassy Claus has hopes of making a living as a poet, or a songwriter, well....he better not quit his real job.

    Second - is there a way to filter the member list, to see who has joined in the past # of months ? Then, BC could perhaps send invitations to join in the merriment.

    I know that when I joined this forum in 2016, I did not know of this Christmas (see Ron ? I typed Christmas !) giveaway. I had a good bit of help from George One-dollar Bill, which was very much appreciated, but everyone likes a good surprise.
    "Varium et mutabile semper femina." - Virgil
    Man, ain't it the truth....

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    please do not post in this thread unless you are eligible for the Christmas gift and requesting the Christmas gift.

    Just in case PRIDE has something to do with the responses.
    You wouldn't hesitate to use a spare magazine I tossed to you in the middle of a fire fight,would you????
    "The remedy for evil men is not the abrogation of the rights of law abiding citizens. The remedy for evil men is the gallows." Thomas Jefferson

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    Quote Originally Posted by BUCKEYE BANDIT View Post
    please do not post in this thread unless you are eligible for the Christmas gift and requesting the Christmas gift.

    Just in case PRIDE has something to do with the responses.
    You wouldn't hesitate to use a spare magazine I tossed to you in the middle of a fire fight,would you????
    I do believe PRIDE is the issue. So many Christmas gifts will just collect dust this year. Such a waste! They could go to a good home but pride keeps some of our members from saying "I could use a Helping Hand this year."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bookworm View Post
    A few thoughts here -

    First, if Brassy Claus has hopes of making a living as a poet, or a songwriter, well....he better not quit his real job.

    Second - is there a way to filter the member list, to see who has joined in the past # of months ? Then, BC could perhaps send invitations to join in the merriment.

    I know that when I joined this forum in 2016, I did not know of this Christmas (see Ron ? I typed Christmas !) giveaway. I had a good bit of help from George One-dollar Bill, which was very much appreciated, but everyone likes a good surprise.
    Bookworm poet songwriter naw you sure don't want to hear Brassy Claus sing though.

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    So here's my story:
    I began learning about reloading earlier this year, but money was tight at the time. I spoke with a couple people and got some amazing advice. I was hoping to be able to pick up some equipment over the summer, but this little event called a divorce came along. Don't pitty me, it's for the best and it's been amicable. But a divorce is still expensive, so there went my reloading dreams for another year at least. I did receive a gift from a mysterious man named George. I think he's a phantom. So I have a few hundred .40 casings and cast boolits waiting for some love. I have a scale and a powder measure waiting with those boolits and casings, but that's all so far. Hopefully santa will conspire with George and his Minions to help me out on my quest of self sufficient shooting. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
    Also, on behalf of all of us hoping for some Christmas Cheer, thank you for your offerings and support!!

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