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    Yesterday, 11:42 AM
    As a general rule, there are far fewer problems from sizing too large than sizing too small. .310 is solid advice. You should take it.
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    07-01-2022, 03:17 PM
    My J frame is a fire extinguisher. It’s good for small problems and preventing small problems from becoming big ones. There are situations where it will be inadequate to deal with the problem. I'm too old to pretend otherwise.
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    07-01-2022, 02:54 PM
    5 in my Model 38 Airweight. Are there situations where it might prove inadequate? Sure. But an M38 is easy and convenient, and therefore always available. "If I thought there was going to be trouble, I’d bring a shotgun."
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    07-01-2022, 02:14 PM
    My condolences.
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    06-30-2022, 07:30 PM
    Seems like even Gunbroker prices wouldn’t break the bank if that’s all you need for a lifetime supply.
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    06-24-2022, 07:10 PM
    The remainder would be antimony and possibly a percent or so copper. I don’t use the calculator. I call pewter pure tin in my crayon and napkin calculations and cast. After all, 8% of 2% is only 0.16% of the whole.
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    06-24-2022, 12:20 AM
    They are all genuine pewter. The heavy plate is marked 95% tin. The others probably 92-94%.
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    06-23-2022, 11:08 PM
    Just jump in the car and head for Illinois.
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    06-21-2022, 09:43 PM
    imashooter2 replied to a thread Nice and shiny in Our Town
    A couple hours in walnut with a couple tablespoons of liquid car wax has always been shiny enough to suit me. The wet cleaners with media will produce the brightest and cleanest… sometimes so clean you have to tumble in walnut or cob so that the...
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    06-21-2022, 02:30 PM
    Do you let your power pod run while you switch cases, or turn it on and off for every case?
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    06-20-2022, 10:36 PM
    Baking and then air cooling slowly would, as I understand it, remove any hardness added by water dropping. Baking and then quenching is pretty much the same thing, although more controlled as to temperature of the quench.
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    06-19-2022, 12:02 AM
    imashooter2 replied to a thread No use for FMJ in Our Town
    FMJ has an open base with lead exposed and a closed tip. What you are swaging for .223 is not FMJ. What you are swaging for .30 might be.
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    06-18-2022, 06:55 PM
    I think water quenching is convenient as you don’t have to keep clearing the landing area. But I would probably air cool before powder coating to keep the product clean.
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    06-18-2022, 06:40 PM
    imashooter2 replied to a thread No use for FMJ in Our Town
    I don’t load much FMJ. Not because I hunt, but because I find soft points have better bases and more accuracy and cast has lower cost.
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    06-16-2022, 11:23 AM
    I’d still try to get the part to fix what you have. I got a 45 with a bulged reservoir tube as part of a large trade. Decided to cobble it back together for a friend just getting started. Got the replacement tube with a WTB ad here.
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    06-15-2022, 06:35 PM
    Do you mean the slotted round head stud threaded into the base casting?
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    06-15-2022, 06:29 PM
    Here is an exploded view. Does it list the part in question? http://www.imashooter2.com/Lyman_45.pdf Most parts for these come from sacrificial presses. Other than that there’s glue, braze and weld.
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    06-15-2022, 06:08 PM
    imashooter2 replied to a thread Investments in Our Town
    They say a 20% correction is a once in 20 years event. I have been through at least 5 of them over the last 30 years. I wish I could crush the odds in Vegas like that.
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    06-14-2022, 06:04 PM
    imashooter2 replied to a thread Places you have been in Our Town
    Just the East and West coasts with Ohio and Minnesota thrown in. Did some travel in Canada, beautiful country. Was in Japan for business. Fly in, trouble shoot a manufacturing problem for KHI, fly out. Not much sightseeing. I saw Japanese airports,...
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    06-12-2022, 07:13 PM
    Keels are 100% heavy stuff that melts unless they found some heavy stuff that wouldn’t melt to pour the heavy stuff that melted around.
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    06-12-2022, 09:47 AM
    While I don’t know the actual weight, I estimate you have near enough half a pound of lead free solder there. Good luck with your yard sale.
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    06-11-2022, 10:47 PM
    Our Boy Scout troop had an arrangement with a local farmer that would let us camp on his wood lot. There was a decrepit cabin in the lot and he allowed us to repair it and bring in a wood stove which made winter camping a lot more fun. The older...
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    06-09-2022, 12:45 PM
    Use it as tin. I have a few Potter ingot molds, but buying one for a single goblet seems excessive. One of our members casts coins in the bottom of beverage cans. Useful size and molds would be free to most of us. Smash it to a compact shape with...
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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
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