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    Yesterday, 12:16 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Brass Mould in Cast Boolits
    Actually tarnish is your friend, keeps the lead/tin from sticking. Heat cycle the mold to 400F a few times to give the mold some color before casting. They used to solder copper pipe to brass fittings with lead/tin alloy and it works well on...
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    Yesterday, 12:08 PM
    Do you turn the chronograph sideways so the screens catch sun, use another light source or a Lab Radar?
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    Yesterday, 12:02 PM
    I would like to place a backorder and alter their production but the brass I want has had No Backorders for over a month that I've been checking.
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    01-18-2022, 08:31 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Superior Wi in Our Town
    I remember one bar in Wisconsin that had 5 stages, the main stage had a semi tractor for the backdrop. Drinks were $2 so I tipped well which made it worse as our glasses were never allowed to be empty. All I remember.
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    01-18-2022, 11:31 AM
    RCBS's half hearted attempt with the Pro Melt 2 was the writing on the wall. There is no one at RCBS with a fire in their belly and they are slipping out of existence. The goal of the Pro Melt 2 project should have been the best product on the...
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    01-18-2022, 12:43 AM
    Ask the electrician. His product knowledge and where to buy should more than make up for his profit margin. If he's good.
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    01-17-2022, 10:53 AM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Volcano and Tsunami in Our Town
    Very Cool! Thanks!
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    01-14-2022, 01:26 PM
    Molds require a lot of setup for a one off project. Commercial molds are very reasonable compared to the man hours to make just one. It would have to be an itch I couldn't scratch any other way. I like the discussion though.
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    01-13-2022, 09:14 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Garage heater in Our Town
    You can do slab on slab and there are spacer boards the thickness of the tube with slots already cut but ya, in the slab is better. In floor Hydronic is my favorite.
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    01-13-2022, 08:44 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Brownells Busts WD40 in Our Town
    These are not cheap but mine has paid for itself. I keep it full of ATF and Acetone 50/50 and don't have to worry about the Acetone evaporating. It pressurizes with an air compressor. It holds pressure for years so you could charge it at a gas...
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    01-13-2022, 05:02 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Smart guns in Our Town
    "Cop beat to death by felons after his Smart Gun froze" Gun manufacturer says the gun missed the last critical update, not their fault.
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    01-13-2022, 03:45 PM
    Thanks for that, I don't need to look now.
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    01-12-2022, 09:44 PM
    Mal Paso started a thread Brownells Busts WD40 in Our Town
    They were kinder than I am. Here's what they say. ...
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    01-11-2022, 06:40 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Smart guns in Our Town
    Maybe these guns have AI and are smuggling themselves into the country. Probably an offshoot of self driving cars.
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    01-11-2022, 11:50 AM
    Thanks for that Info! So it's $30 extra for tailoring.
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    01-11-2022, 10:01 AM
    Brownells has CCI military primers in stock right now but it's $105/1,000 Before Shipping and I bought the regular primers from PV for $75 instead.
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    01-11-2022, 12:06 AM
    I just got a spiral head planer, I had 3 Cubic Yards of chips in No Time! Cedar and Oak. I was thinking of S&S but the postage is more than the chips are worth.
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    01-10-2022, 10:10 PM
    Here is the build. The forearm rest in front was 2" thick Oak that tapered to about 1" at the front edge.
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    01-10-2022, 03:31 PM
    The 432-256 is the #503 clone and the last version of the H&G 503. The forward drive band is longer than the 429421 and is just inside the throats of my Colt when chambered. The 429421 was designed for 44 Special, the #503 was the redesign for 44Mag...
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    01-09-2022, 07:43 PM
    I built an Oak casting bench years ago with an 8 inch wide forearm rest in front that was i inch higher than the deck the pot sits on. A rail went around the sides and back to contain a pot failure. I would like to do this again sometime. Currently...
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    01-04-2022, 12:35 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Pitzer in Casting Equipment
    That's Cool! Thanks for sharing!
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    01-03-2022, 04:10 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Beware Technology in Cast Boolits
    I like spreadsheets and backup. I bought copies of Microsoft Office 2013 for $12 ea. The words and numbers are 9 years old now but still work like new.
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    01-03-2022, 10:00 AM
    I chose a 7 inch length so the ingots are mostly inside the casting pot when you add them. Here is the ingot casting setup.
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    01-02-2022, 10:00 PM
    I could have saved $100 in gas if I gave up on thrift stores the first trip. I have never seen a single cast iron cornbread or muffin pan or hotplate. Bread machines or skis, no problem. Must be the area. LOL
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    01-01-2022, 12:42 PM
    Mal Paso replied to a thread Lead Poisoning in Our Town
    Lead solder joints are only an issue if your water is acidic. Test your water for lead before you tear plumbing out. Lead Free Brass is not Lead Free, it's just below .25%. Must drive the purists crazy. I put a HEPA filter in the shop vac so...
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    12-30-2021, 10:41 AM
    I do shop around and Midway is getting most of my business even though I have paid for free shipping at Brownells. They have more in stock and better sale prices. I bought a cheap mag loader from Midway which was smaller than the web page said....
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    12-29-2021, 01:00 PM
    I would put in conduit box to box and pull in regular copper THHN. The new stuff is slick as snot and pulls in easy. Aluminum wire needs to have it's lugs checked every so often as they loosen over time.
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    12-27-2021, 06:00 PM
    1.095 works for me.
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    12-26-2021, 09:18 PM
    Excellent Gift! My complements to Santa! I got myself a decent pair of 12X42 binoculars so I can see the whales and wildlife.
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    12-24-2021, 11:22 PM
    Merry Christmas from Southern Carmel!
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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