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    Yesterday, 01:57 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Brass mold prep? in Cast Boolits
    Beeswax is another good cleaner to get boolit alloy off brass molds. Best used on a hot mold.
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    Yesterday, 09:53 AM
    Awesome! Thank You!
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    06-18-2021, 11:24 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Brass mold prep? in Cast Boolits
    I took the sprue plate off, laid the blocks cavities up on the 1/4" steel plate on my hotplate, same setting (med) as my preheat for casting and let them roast for about 3 hours until golden. I've not cleaned the last 2 MP molds, the heat will drive...
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    06-18-2021, 10:56 PM
    I played tug of war for the last brick of CCI Small Pistol Primers on PV and Lost. Should have been on it earlier rather than going to the LGS which had nothing. Some days are like that. LOL
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    06-18-2021, 09:47 PM
    98F at 2,000 ft above the pacific. Woke up to smoke this morning, there's a 2,000 acre fire in the back country behind us. We've had campers burning their toilet paper. Some think it's safe to put their stoves on flammable grass. Whatever, it was...
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    06-18-2021, 02:13 PM
    There was a post about a mold opener that hooked the sprue plate and you used the leverage of the handles to cut the sprues. I think it was in Special Projects but the posts don't go back far enough.
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    06-18-2021, 12:55 PM
    The group buys don't appear to have the buys from the last 10 years. The NOE 429421 and the MP #503 clone are not there. That was the early days for both companies. I don't think MP lists half the molds he has made.
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    06-17-2021, 11:44 PM
    The truth? I have a 5 year supply of the 44 devastators, they are fun to cast. Them little ones will take up half the space.
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    06-17-2021, 09:23 PM
    I'm running the Chinee Pro Melt that drips like a Lee. I leave the mold on the mold guide until the sprues are just frozen, rest the mold handles hinge point on the edge of the cookie sheet that is under the pot so sprues are to the left and tap the...
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    06-17-2021, 08:32 PM
    9x19mm. After loading just 44Mag the last 14 years this will be a dexterity test. I wore the Ruger Redhawk all 12 days up at the cabin but most of the time I don't need that much power..... That's just the excuse I came up with, all the antigun...
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    06-17-2021, 09:15 AM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Screwdriver Boolits in Cast Boolits
    Thanks for remembering and posting!
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    06-17-2021, 12:13 AM
    Well that's 12 years too late! Back then I was lurking here trying to figure how to make my Lyman 429421 size UP to .430" in my Lyman Sizer. Since then I've spent a bazillion on Custom Molds. Gee Thanks! LOL
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    06-15-2021, 11:28 PM
    Lyman and Arsenal appear to be 3/16" ground flat on the bottom side, MP and BC looks like 8mm or 1/4" to start. Arsenal you can see Mill Marks the others, faint finishing arcs. All have been machined on the block side. I think heavy steel sprue...
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    06-15-2021, 10:55 PM
    I cast another 500 MP 357 125g hollowpoints this afternoon. They look like perfect little mini devastators.
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    06-15-2021, 10:38 PM
    This one? https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/nobodys-fuel/
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    06-15-2021, 10:44 AM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread any Farmall fans? in Our Town
    I learned to drive on a Cub when I was 13. Mowed fields with the sickle bar, hauled rocks with the sled for a rock garden. Had to hit the starter and choke just right or it wouldn't start. The parking brake in the barn was a cinder block. In a hurry...
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    06-14-2021, 10:04 PM
    I looked for months on the MP mold site and everything I wanted was Sold Out. So I picked a mold I really wanted and asked to be notified. Nothing for a few weeks, a Lee RN came up and I bought it, 2 days later Miha emails that the mold is...
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    06-14-2021, 06:03 PM
    It isn't Cabelas any more. Hasn't been since they sold.
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    06-14-2021, 09:52 AM
    Flat punch. Lathesmith in the first thread can fix you up.
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    06-13-2021, 05:00 PM
    Sorted the second batch of Lee 356-125-2R from a mold JonB_in_Glencoe alerted me to. I never cast anything so tiny but I rejected less than 15% from the second batch. Most of the rejects were when the mold cooled when I broke rhythm. I think I'll...
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    06-13-2021, 10:20 AM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Midway has some stuff in Our Town
    Thank You JonB! I too started with a hotplate but I may need to have it a bit hotter. I need to rearrange the casting area so I can dump the bullets faster too. I was using MP's sprue lube on a Q-tip and it seemed better to apply it to the underside...
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    06-12-2021, 10:26 PM
    The idea for Lithium batteries was proposed in 1973. The next 18 years was trying different materials to make them stable and to produce enough electricity to be competitive. The first commercial batteries were sold in 1991, there were fires and...
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    06-12-2021, 07:48 PM
    PM Sent
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    06-12-2021, 03:19 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Midway has some stuff in Our Town
    JonB, What temperature are you using? I was up to 730F before I stopped to fix the valve limit screw. I never cast anything so small and had a really high reject rate at first. First Lee mold too. I must have the next mold off the line from yours...
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    06-12-2021, 11:13 AM
    I limbed these 2 Oaks with that HF electric chain saw and recharged the batteries on my Solar System. I spilled some gas fueling the milling saw to make up for it and to prove I Am Not a Greenie.
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    06-12-2021, 09:32 AM
    The first big producer of Solar Panels was the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company. They built the first Commercial Solar Generating Plant in Carizzo Ca and ran it from 1983 to 1994. It was the largest solar plant in the world at the time. Panels were...
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    06-11-2021, 07:11 PM
    Teslas are almost as common as Prius here. Lots of them on Hwy 1. There's a Supercharger at Ventana Inn, Big Sur then no public utilities until you hit Cambria. Don't leave the lights on. LOL I noticed a tesla sitting at a vacation house because...
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    06-09-2021, 11:59 AM
    I wear a Golf Glove, it helps with grip and protects my right hand. The gun is a 4" Redhawk and the load is 20g of 2400 under the NOE 429421, the BC 1103 and the MP 503 clone, 100 of each. Right handed people need to shop for a left handed glove...
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    06-08-2021, 10:26 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Screwdriver Boolits in Cast Boolits
    As I remember he was a retired machinist with a CNC mill doing the near impossible. I think there were 2 Threads with lots of pictures. I looked too and didn't find them. They might have been in Castpics.
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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
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