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    Today, 03:55 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Fuzzy Ballistics in Single Shot Guns
    Another "strange one" is .22LR target ammunition. It's MV is below the transonic velocity for a reason. Good posts above.
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    Today, 03:42 PM
    dverna replied to a thread rifle bulletts in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Go to your skeet club and sell the shot. It is foolish (and not that easy) to melt it into an alloy. Rich above is to be heeded.
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  • Ickisrulz's Avatar
    Today, 10:23 AM
    Does the Star unit do better than the RCBS/Lyman lube sizers in this respect?
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    Today, 12:08 AM
    A bolt action .357 with 18” barrel. 5 shot DBM. Costing under $400. It should be available in .327 as well as 10 mm. I really like the .38/.357. It would be a great plinker, coyotes to 150 yards, and capable of close range deer harvesting. ...
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    Yesterday, 06:27 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Mixed ingots? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    But I suspect most of our heirs will have no idea what it is worth or how to sell it....LOL I built a bullet trap so I never have to worry again. If I can salvage half of my bullets every year, I have enough lead to produce 325,000 bullets. I...
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    Yesterday, 04:29 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Haul post in Lead and Lead Alloys
    But look at the fun you had! If by "all day" you mean 8 hours, you saved about $100 over buying smelted lead. $12.50 an hour is better than minimum wage and no idiots to deal with. I have the same pot as Land Owner and I like his set up. I...
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  • Ickisrulz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:56 PM
    There's no doubt about that!
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  • Ickisrulz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:55 PM
    I will keep all of this in mind. Thank you for the input.
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  • dverna's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:20 PM
    Salvaging that powder is going to be quite a task. I have done it on a dozen or so cases at a time when I get poor crimps but cannot imagine breaking down say a case of loads. Likely about 18 gr in each , so well under a pound. I buy Promo for...
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    Yesterday, 10:19 AM
    dverna replied to a thread .357 rabbit load in Leverguns
    I would try the 125 and use a hard alloy. If it was too much, changing the bullet to a round nose with a smaller meplat would be my option if I had to use a .357. But the .22LR seems like a better fit.
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    Yesterday, 09:50 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Mixed ingots? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    RS is a wonderful resource. I have to agree with the poster who said it will work for 90% of our needs...at least in my case. I doubt your .45 will know the difference. If your bullets are running in a narrow weight range, I would not worry...
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    Yesterday, 08:29 AM
    I have run 10's of thousands of commercial cast bullets with hard lube and not had many issues. But even with hard lubes, I have to clean the seating die as build up happens eventually. I have not tracked it, but I go over 5000 rounds before...
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    Yesterday, 07:55 AM
    Ebay will give you a decent range of prices. Factor in the premium they charge and then decide if you want to sell it here or there. Ebay will generally give you a higher price but you may net about as much. You are known here so members will...
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    02-14-2020, 08:45 PM
    The Sadducees attempted to trap Jesus over a theological issue. Sadducees did not believe in a resurrection, spirits or angles and challenged him with their question. He answered the immediate question about life after death from Exodus (one of...
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    02-14-2020, 07:14 PM
    I've used BLL and have the same issues, just longer into the process. I like Carnuba Red and realize if I seat and crimp in different stages it helps to go longer before I have to clean also. I have thought about PC, but not sure I want to tackle...
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    02-14-2020, 07:10 PM
    His methods are clear and I think you have a good understanding of them. We don't always know the why (e.g., child born with ailment), but we have faith because we know the motivation: love. Eternity past is baffling.
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    02-14-2020, 07:05 PM
    Well, with the way you understand it, we are back to the Sadducees' question: You are married more than once and deeply love all of your wives, but they died. Who will you be married to in Heaven? Jesus' answer was, people will not get married. ...
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    02-14-2020, 05:00 PM
    I "understand" the concept of eternity, but I really do not understand it. For example, is time eternal or just a dimension we do not understand? If it is eternal, did it have a start? In some ways, God is easier to understand. He just IS. He...
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    02-14-2020, 04:12 PM
    One reason I only buy Dillon dies for loading pistol ammunition. Ickisrulz, you might want to try BLL. It will not be as messy as pan lubing and it is faster. PC'ing is another way to address the problem if you have a place to cook the...
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    02-14-2020, 04:02 PM
    If you get one of the flimsy stock rifles, I saw where a fellow epoxied in a steel bar in the fore-end and that stiffened it up very well. Cheap to do and effective. I good plan if you are mounting a bipod.
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    02-14-2020, 12:44 PM
    Along the same lines, how are progressives with traditionally lubed bullets? In my specific case I pan lube and am a bit messy. I have to remove my seating die every 200-300 cartridges to clean the wax off or I will have seating issues. Do you...
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    02-14-2020, 11:31 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Marlin 1894 to???? in Leverguns
    Why? Nothing wrong with the .41 Mag but what is not to like about a .44 Mag? I sold my 1894 in .44 Mag as I was not shooting it much. If I reduced the load to a more enjoyable level, it wound up with the power of a .357...and I had four...
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    02-14-2020, 11:11 AM
    Have to love the .357. Hard to find a bullet it will not shoot. Looks like you're mostly plinking with it. My plinking bullet is a 130 gr RNFP and I would be OK using it on coyotes and such. It uses less lead and delivers a bit less recoil if...
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    02-14-2020, 10:42 AM
    As you can see, it doesn't matter much. Almost any manufacturer turns out an accurate rifle. Handle a few and see what suits you and your needs. I have both the Howa Mini-Mauser and a Ruger M77 (as well as 4 AR's) and prefer the Howa as it is...
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    02-14-2020, 10:21 AM
    We are made in God's image in respect to the fact that God has intellect, will and emotion. We mirror that, except on a smaller scale (some animals do have these attributes, but on a limited scale). God made us in his image so we could not only...
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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