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  8. I exchanged a few messages with Harry Simmons (sales rep for Victory) and it seems they are starting out with the most popular sizes and styles. My opinion is they are taking advantage of the covid sales boom, and the fact that often in the last year items were out of stock from older known vendors. I recently was asked to work on a project using some Victory hooks. I was sent Mustad, Eagle Claw, and Victory hooks in the same sizes. I found on testing the Victory hooks were very sticky sharp. At a glance they look very good and on pull testing they were as strong before permanent bend as similar size premium hooks. Since I do custom work and I am often asked for a "perfect" (no such thing) fit for a particular hook I started measuring across batches of hooks. The one thing i noticed is visibly there was not any real difference, but when I started measuring and fitting the Victory hooks I had slightly less consistency in exact shape than other premium hooks and even some regular line hooks. Its not horrific, but I had to make things a little sloppier. The eyes weren't consistently the same flatness. The shanks weren't consistently the same straightness. The radius and angle of the bend (90 in this case) were not perfect from hook to hook. I think for a cross over hook in a Do-It mold it would be no issue as for the most part Do-It molds tend to have greater looseness tolerance for hooks. If you have a custom mold that is a "perfect" fit for a particular hook and you are trying to cross over a Victory hook it was not made for you may need to file a little clearance or have to expect some resistance to closing the mold as it forces the hooks into the slots. Does this mean I think Victory hooks are bad? No. They are sticky sharp, and they are as strong for their wire size as any other premium hook. They are using good metallurgy What about the size/shape/fitment tolerance? It should be ok. Like I said, they will probably work just fine in mass produced molds that also have loose tolerances. At worst you may have to jiggle the mold and press a little in a custom mold crossover that it wasn't specifically designed for it. Does that mean they are no good for custom molds? No. any custom mold maker can make a mold that will fit most of any hook you choose. Just make sure they have an ample sample size to test and measure. Don't be that guy who sends one hook and says "fit this one." Does this mean I shouldn't buy Victory hooks if I'm that guy who's voice goes up in pitch when I say the word EXACTLY? Not at all. They are very good, decent price, and better than many lower end hooks from many of the major manufacturers. Beside YOU CAN GET THEM. Even when I saw other hooks as unavailable and sold out I was able to get Victory hooks. Yeah, but you seemed to go out of your way to point out their shortcomings. I also tried to point out their strengths. Every hook was sticky sharp. The wire quality and metallurgy is very good, the price is good, and they are available. Now I am going to let you in on a little secret. I have chatted with Harry Simmons off and on for years. Mostly be email and a few times by phone. I started talking with him when he worked at Mustad, and he has history going back further than that. In my opinion he's not going to keep representing a product that isn't constantly evolving and improving. As consistent as Mustad hooks are he still would talk the actual manufacturing plants trying to get better and better consistency so that every hook in a model and size was always "perfectly" interchangeable with any other of that size and model number. I doubt that he left that drive for better and better product behind. The Victory hooks are good now, and they will be getting better over time.
  9. I did check around to see if anybody besides RCBS had these at a lower price yet. I didn't see any, and MidwayUSA still shows them as not available with no back order.
  10. I have really liked my old analog RCBS Pro Melt 20 lb lead pot. Its what I use for all my testing, and it has far out service (at higher cost) my older Lee Pots. I have absolutely no financial interest in a RCBS, and I used to be (still am maybe) a Lee dealer. The Lee pots are "ok for the price," but the RCBS pot I have is in my opinion much better. Well RCBS came out with the RCBS 2 with a digital controller a while back, had a few issues with the new controller, and then their weren't any available for a very very very (yes 3 verys) long time. I just got an email notice today that the digital control RCBS Pro Melt 2 is available again. It also holds 5 more pounds of lead over my old analog lead melting pot. There is nothing wrong with the pot I have, but I'll be ordering one of the new ones shortly, and using the one I have as a backup and for testing other alloys. https://www.rcbs.com/bullet-casting/melting/pro-melt2/16-81099.html?
  11. I have heard Shawn is only doing limited custom work for a handful of people these days, but I have not been able to confirm that. I asked him, but he never responded to me. Maybe just because I make molds.
  12. I do a lot of custom work, but not if you are in a hurry. I've got several months (about 4) backlog on the custom jobs board right now.
  13. Do they have any Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails nail polish?
  14. I saw this posted on one of the Facebook groups a little while ago.
  15. I have not, but its been unavailable for very long time now. Running a 220 outlet to the back is not THAT big of a deal. I had to run outlets for all my other machines and its not a big deal. Plus, I plan to run a little bit larger hard plastic injection machine sometime in the future back there anyway.
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