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  • FISH4BUGS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:24 PM
    No need. The farm across the road has 100 chickens and we get all we need for eggs and meat birds. Organic, too. The girls are on strike now but they should start back up soon.
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    01-25-2023, 12:06 PM
    We didn't get anything except rain here in central Arkansas. It started about noon yesterday and rained until the wee hours of this morning. The Wife and I were out for a little while yesterday afternoon and saw a little sleet hitting the...
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    01-25-2023, 11:32 AM
    lightman replied to a thread safe food in Our Town
    We probably don't want to know what we eat sometime!
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    01-24-2023, 12:37 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Emergency Home Generator in Our Town
    When I retired in 2015 I bought a 22KW Generac with an automatic transfer switch. Natural gas was available and was very dependable so thats what I went with. If there were any issues with natural gas I would have gone with propane and a 500 gallon...
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    01-21-2023, 09:47 PM
    If anything it will be easier to use. You will notice that its heavier. Like the others, I've never had a bad RCBS mold and I have several. But being steel it can rust so you will ned to protect it some way. I spray mine with whatever I use on my...
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    01-21-2023, 09:39 PM
    Pictures! We like pictures! This from the guy that has trouble posting pictures! Really, good job! Like the others have said, its very satisfying to turn scrap into a more useful form. It almost makes your back hurt less! :drinks:
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    01-21-2023, 09:35 PM
    The different kinds of type that I have melted required more heat and work than some other things that I have melted. Much like your experience. I have left most of mine in its original form so that when my survivors go to sell it the buyer can...
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    01-21-2023, 09:10 PM
    Theres good ones and not so good ones. And most good ones have a good Secretary! There are a few here on Cast Boolits that are good guys.
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    01-21-2023, 09:52 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Weight variation in Cast Boolits
    I'm going to say that is pretty good. I see .3 of a grain pretty often with my lighter pistol bullets. Some of this can be skill but it also depends on the mold. All molds don't drop the same weight or diameter of bullet from each cavity.
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    01-21-2023, 09:48 AM
    lightman replied to a thread Do We Melt or Smelt in Cast Boolits
    That was my first thoughts too! I know that by definition "smelting" is not the correct term for what we do with scrap lead but its the term that I use. I expect that most casters know what I'm talking about when I use it.
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    01-20-2023, 09:42 AM
    I bought three of them from you back in the day. I still have two of them and I use them. I wore one out. i THINK I paid something like $5 each plus shipping. Too bad the mould died along the path to many members.
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    01-19-2023, 04:37 PM
    A thermometer is one of those things that you can do without but thats nice to have. I cast for a long time without one and finally bought an RCBS analog 1000 thermometer when Midway put them on sale years ago. I run my ProMelt on a PID now and...
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    01-19-2023, 07:57 AM
    FISH4BUGS replied to a thread Are these valid rifles? in Our Town
    You must be kidding us, right? For someone to claim that without backing it up with foolproof provenance, makes me want to turn him in for attempted fraud. Reminds me of Elizabeth Warren...."....my mother always told us we were Native...
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    01-14-2023, 07:52 PM
    I'll be another that says don't do it. Sell the batteries and buy lead from the for sale section on here.
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    01-13-2023, 03:26 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Corn Cobs in Lead and Lead Alloys
    All of that makes sense with the helicopter blades. The guys on here find so many different lead items I just don'r remember any blade weights. I've also used coins or washers to balance ceiling fans.
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    01-13-2023, 02:37 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Prayers for my cat in Our Chapel
    Prayers sent for your Kitty.
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    01-12-2023, 08:45 PM
    lightman replied to a thread Corn Cobs in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Thats a new one on me. I've never heard of blade weights.
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    01-12-2023, 08:42 PM
    Like Winger Ed said, it depends. I figure around a 12% loss due to clips. It can be more if the bucket has broken lug bolts, brake pads, valve stems, ect mixed in. My 12% number was for clean weights before and after smelting. If I flux well and the...
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    01-11-2023, 12:16 PM
    If I didn't have a tire shop that saved them for me I would ask at some wrecking yards. If that worked out you would benefit in investing in a good set of wheelweight pliers. Its kind of become a game between a buddy and me but we watch at...
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    01-11-2023, 12:02 PM
    That bullet shoots well in all of my revolvers. I think you will like it. Tom, at Accurate Molds, makes a really nice mold. He typically ships sooner that what his web site quotes. I have a few of his molds.
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    01-10-2023, 06:41 PM
    Don't know how many are AM, but there are thousands of online radio stations with this app. I use it when driving cross country to stay connected to my home station, WMAL in DC. https://radio.garden/visit/new-york-ny/9Yi25umJ
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    01-10-2023, 06:36 PM
    I donated the Hensley & Gibbs hammer mold from the 2007 thread. Hard to believe that was nearly 16 years ago. That hammer mould made its rounds until one of the members decided he really liked it and kept it. Much to the dismay of everyone. ...
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  • lightman's Avatar
    01-08-2023, 03:19 PM
    The H&G 68 is a classic and like the others have said, every mold maker makes one in their version. I have an original H&G and a 2 cavity RCBS. Both make fine bullets.
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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