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    Quote Originally Posted by Northtidesix View Post
    The stuff I am recycling from the indoor range is a pretty consistant #2 alloy 12-14 BHN on the scale. Several of my bullet casting coustomers were running it directly through their Master Caster bullet machines. I used to pay $15.00 a 100# bucket for wheel weights. Now they charge $100 for the same bucket, half of which is trash (steel) and zinc weights. If your are getting clean lead weights at $.85 a pound grab them and run.
    I'll have to check with them and see what they're selling it for these days. They'll let me sort out the zinc and other trash before I pick it up so it's just a matter of being willing to sit there in the yard and go through them all first.

    Still, there are frequently other great things there that are worth far more for my time. Found a bunch of "scrap" that someone's family had dropped off. It consisted of a ton of jacketed bullets in mint condition of various calibers, a bunch of pure lead muffin-tin ingots, an ammo can full of lead boolits for some odd calibers and some minie balls. I ran across a LOT of pure lead but can't tell what the sources are.

    Come to think of it, I like the dang scrap yard nearly as much as I like the hardware stores!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wag View Post
    Just North and West of Albuquerque. Elevation here is a tad over 5,000ft. Most of our precipitation comes from the North and West of where we are but occasionally, we get a drainage wind from the North and that cools us off very fast. Freezing temperatures in the winter are plenty common. Like you, though, a lot of people don't expect it and they suffer damage from it in the form of burst pipes, etc.

    And we get a small amount of snow from time to time but it's usually gone by 10:00am. North of us, though, they get plenty of snow and NM has some fairly well-regarded ski areas and resorts.

    It's still a desert, though, it just happens to get cold some times.

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    It gets damned cold here in the winter. I do not mind the cold, I can always put enough on to keep warm. The cold tends to keep the zombies away at least in winter. In the summer the urban dwellers tend to go to areas more traveled. Nearest gravel road to me is over 600 yards. In the other direction is just over 1200 yards of some pretty rough timber and rocks and buck-thorn scrub. Hunting there is a testament to just how scratched up you want to endure. Not farming friendly. In the winter almost impassible.Snow tends to drift alot and if you do not know your way around and or get tangled up there makes a very bad day. when I bought the property in 76 the owner couldn't wait to unload it. Got all 20 acres for 3K. Taxes are almost nothing because it not a timber resource and not cultivatable. My little piece of nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wag View Post
    Just North and West of Albuquerque. Elevation here is a tad over 5,000ft. Most of our precipitation comes from the North and West of where we are but occasionally, we get a drainage wind from the North and that cools us off very fast. Freezing temperatures in the winter are plenty common. Like you, though, a lot of people don't expect it and they suffer damage from it in the form of burst pipes, etc.

    And we get a small amount of snow from time to time but it's usually gone by 10:00am. North of us, though, they get plenty of snow and NM has some fairly well-regarded ski areas and resorts.

    It's still a desert, though, it just happens to get cold some times.

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    I guess I did not click to the idea that you were referring to morning temps, I know the nights and early mornings are cool this time of year. Just north and west of ABQ sounds like Corrales or Bernallilo. I miss the weather you have. A daytime high of 24 is considered quite reasonable here; sometimes we do not see the good side of freezing for several weeks on end. Snow does not melt off for days, weeks, sometimes all winter. Yeah, I miss your area of the country...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad John View Post
    Hey Wag
    It gets damned cold here in the winter. I do not mind the cold, I can always put enough on to keep warm. The cold tends to keep the zombies away at least in winter. In the summer the urban dwellers tend to go to areas more traveled. Nearest gravel road to me is over 600 yards. In the other direction is just over 1200 yards of some pretty rough timber and rocks and buck-thorn scrub. Hunting there is a testament to just how scratched up you want to endure. Not farming friendly. In the winter almost impassible.Snow tends to drift alot and if you do not know your way around and or get tangled up there makes a very bad day. when I bought the property in 76 the owner couldn't wait to unload it. Got all 20 acres for 3K. Taxes are almost nothing because it not a timber resource and not cultivatable. My little piece of nothing.
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    When I was a kid, I lived in Missouri, just West of St. Louis. A little town called Sullivan, right near the Meramec River. We'd find caves all over the place out there which made it fun to go explore the area. My grandfather used to tell use to keep an eye open for Civil War stuff out in the forest and one of my uncles claimed that he'd found an old rusted out civil war sword out there. Allegedly, there were a couple of battles here and there and cannon balls could be found in various places. We never found anything, though, and notably, never saw the sword, either.

    And cold. Holy smoke. It would get a wind chill down to -70F and the only reason I really believed it was because that was the night our wood box got completely used up. I woke up at about midnight, freezing my little butt off. We only had the wood stove to heat the house so there was only one option available. I put on pants and shoes and figured I could go without a shirt for the short time I was going to be bringing some wood down for the stove. My fingers were so cold by the time I even reached the wood pile 200 feet away that it was tough even loading the wheel barrow. The wind felt like it was peeling the flesh off my bones but after a bit, I couldn't feel the flesh any more anyway.

    I loaded up the wood box (outside loader) and went back inside. As cold as the house had been, it felt like a sauna in there compared to the outside. I couldn't hold the matches very well to restart the fire but after sitting on my hands for a bit, I was finally able to get it going again. Lemmetellya, nothing feels better than wood heat from a stove like that, especially on a freezing cold Missouri winter night.

    We always had snow all winter long.

    The upside was, the hunting in the area was great, all year 'round. If it weren't for the ticks and chiggers and helicopter size mosquitoes, to say nothing of the humidity, I'd likely choose to live there. Last I heard, real estate was pretty cheap there, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgedWarrior View Post
    I guess I did not click to the idea that you were referring to morning temps, I know the nights and early mornings are cool this time of year. Just north and west of ABQ sounds like Corrales or Bernallilo. I miss the weather you have. A daytime high of 24 is considered quite reasonable here; sometimes we do not see the good side of freezing for several weeks on end. Snow does not melt off for days, weeks, sometimes all winter. Yeah, I miss your area of the country...
    The first year we lived here was 2006. That winter, going into 2007, it snowed a LOT and it stayed cold for a few weeks and kept that snow on the ground the whole time. It was a real nightmare because the desert dwellers here really don't know how to deal with the snow that well. It was chaos.

    Technically, we're in Rio Rancho but we're on the far Western outskirts of the town. I can walk the dogs in the desert every day and I absolutely love it. A few coyote dens, though, so I don't let the dogs off leash any more. Too risky.

    Although we get below freezing, we rarely get below 0F. I have a pretty decent leather jacket that I use but other than that, I don't need any real winter clothing or boots, even. If I want, though, I can go to the snowy areas and then leave it all up there in the mountains where it dang well belongs!

    The shooting range/club I belong to is a little farther out into the desert and it's a great facility, close to my house. A bit too far to walk there, but close enough to go out on a whim. The only thing that would be better would be if I had a range in my back yard. Best I can do, though, is smelt wheel weights out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgedWarrior View Post
    I guess I did not click to the idea that you were referring to morning temps, I know the nights and early mornings are cool this time of year. Just north and west of ABQ sounds like Corrales or Bernallilo. I miss the weather you have. A daytime high of 24 is considered quite reasonable here; sometimes we do not see the good side of freezing for several weeks on end. Snow does not melt off for days, weeks, sometimes all winter. Yeah, I miss your area of the country...
    As a young man I hunted the Mogollon's up near the Cat Walk on Willow Creek. In December that place gets colder than a mother in laws kiss. Beautiful country, New Mexico has some desert, but lots of tall forest and big mountains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wag View Post
    The first year we lived here was 2006. That winter, going into 2007, it snowed a LOT and it stayed cold for a few weeks and kept that snow on the ground the whole time. It was a real nightmare because the desert dwellers here really don't know how to deal with the snow that well. It was chaos.

    Technically, we're in Rio Rancho but we're on the far Western outskirts of the town. I can walk the dogs in the desert every day and I absolutely love it. A few coyote dens, though, so I don't let the dogs off leash any more. Too risky.

    Although we get below freezing, we rarely get below 0F. I have a pretty decent leather jacket that I use but other than that, I don't need any real winter clothing or boots, even. If I want, though, I can go to the snowy areas and then leave it all up there in the mountains where it dang well belongs!

    The shooting range/club I belong to is a little farther out into the desert and it's a great facility, close to my house. A bit too far to walk there, but close enough to go out on a whim. The only thing that would be better would be if I had a range in my back yard. Best I can do, though, is smelt wheel weights out there!

    --Wag--
    We have family there in Rio Rancho (daughter and son in law), and my sister just moved from Rio Rancho into ABQ. We have family in Belen, Las Cruces and Alamogordo too. Typically we travel out to New Mexico at least every other year to spend time with family. I enjoy the mountains and the desert; Iowa is quite beautiful and full of life, but there is not a hill hardly let alone a mountain. We have a pretty good range within a mile, but it is miserable at best in the winter. Went to work with my new P365 some more yesterday; temp was 35 and wind about 15 mph. Just cold enough to take a little fun out of it, but it will get a lot worse before it gets better...I do miss New Mexico weather
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    Quote Originally Posted by AgedWarrior View Post
    We have family there in Rio Rancho (daughter and son in law), and my sister just moved from Rio Rancho into ABQ. We have family in Belen, Las Cruces and Alamogordo too. Typically we travel out to New Mexico at least every other year to spend time with family. I enjoy the mountains and the desert; Iowa is quite beautiful and full of life, but there is not a hill hardly let alone a mountain. We have a pretty good range within a mile, but it is miserable at best in the winter. Went to work with my new P365 some more yesterday; temp was 35 and wind about 15 mph. Just cold enough to take a little fun out of it, but it will get a lot worse before it gets better...I do miss New Mexico weather
    Any time you're in town, come by and say hello. Or meet me at a range and we'll shoot for a while.

    Best days to shoot are Sundays. Everyone else is at church and I sometimes find that I have the entire facility all to myself. Then, at about noon when I'm done, all the people start showing up from church and I surrender the range to them. LOL

    I love to live here. Weather is just one of the reasons. Food is a biggie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wag View Post
    Any time you're in town, come by and say hello. Or meet me at a range and we'll shoot for a while.

    Best days to shoot are Sundays. Everyone else is at church and I sometimes find that I have the entire facility all to myself. Then, at about noon when I'm done, all the people start showing up from church and I surrender the range to them. LOL

    I love to live here. Weather is just one of the reasons. Food is a biggie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgedWarrior View Post
    That sounds good, will talk to you next time I am headed that way.


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