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    Today, 09:04 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Cost of ammo in Cast Boolits
    We all makes choices...some make better choices. Some learn from errors in judgement....some do not. Some learn from history...some are domed to repeat it. It really is that simple. I am tired of complaints about stuff like this, or...
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    Yesterday, 04:49 PM
    My wish list: An accurate (2 MOA) .357 bolt action with 16" barrel and laminated stock. Two more .30 Carbines. M1's of course!!!
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    Yesterday, 04:37 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Hydraulic wood splitter in Our Town
    I had a DR Dual Action (16T IIRC) and it handled everything. You will regret a large splitter. Most are very slow and you hardly ever need that much splitting force. If you have a huge or very tough round, noodle it or use it as a target backer...
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    Yesterday, 10:24 AM
    An English double rifle in a Nitro Express cartridge. It will never, ever happen. I have more than enough guns and probably will not buy anymore. Well, if Ruger comes out with a GP in 41 mag or special I will buy one.
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    Yesterday, 10:11 AM
    I was all set to sell my Universal (bought on a whim and never shot) and started thinking...it would make a good home defense gun. Too many other things on the "to-do" list right now but I will be looking into wringing it out. If I can get a 4...
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    Yesterday, 12:01 AM
    dverna replied to a thread For Amy... in Our Chapel
    Watched Fox tonight. It has started...the Democrats are displaying how completely despicable they are. They are not qualified to launder ACB’s panties.
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    09-28-2020, 06:50 PM
    Prayers for her and the family.
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    09-28-2020, 06:48 PM
    Also use an old towel. If I am casting fast, I have used a wet towel and touch the sprue plate to it for a couple of seconds to avoid frosty bullets (frosty bullets mean you are casting hot). But frosty bullets are not a problem IMHO...just look...
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    09-28-2020, 06:37 PM
    A friend has the same gun and loves it. He shoots quarter size groups at 100 yards with it. Far better than a .22 in his opinion. Enjoy it!!
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    09-28-2020, 06:26 PM
    It lasts a very long time. One jug should last about 5 years. I like it because I do not need to expose myself to the little bastards. I do not react well to stings so cost is secondary. I would gladly pay double the cost. When I got mine,...
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    09-28-2020, 06:14 PM
    Exactly. You will end up with bullets you will not use.
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    09-28-2020, 05:56 PM
    I have been in manufacturing most of my life and it is not that easy. We were set up to run 24/7 during our peak months and dialed back when things got slow. Once running 24/7 there is nothing that can be done. Successful companies do not...
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    09-28-2020, 05:38 PM
    Ickisrulz replied to a thread At what age...? in Our Town
    No one has given me a number yet. I'd say this starts at age 70. Someone who has been married for 50 years can give me advice on marriage. Someone who raised three children that have never been to jail, graduated from college, have good jobs...
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    09-28-2020, 04:42 PM
    At one time I had 6 (maybe 7) progressive presses set up. I am down to three with one being for 12 ga. I do not like to fiddle around "tweaking" stuff and back then I worked very long hours. Time was important so the investment was worth it....
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    09-28-2020, 04:22 PM
    It's suspect it is all about margins. If a company can sell ammunition it has more "value added" so primers will go there first. Then, any they cannot use, will go to either the companies that sell reloaded ammunition or distributors. I have...
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    09-28-2020, 02:34 PM
    Wait for nightfall and a cool day. Spray until nest is soaked. For yellow jackets, I put out cat food with a product called Onslaught mixed in. They sell bait stations too: ...
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    09-28-2020, 02:10 PM
    I helped my buddy sight in a .350 in a Savage Axis. Mild recoil and shot under 2 MOA with Hornady factory loads. Seems like a decent package for deer hunting. He has a .450 in a Ruger and it kicks a lot more...plus it seems a bit much for a...
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    09-28-2020, 01:56 PM
    Ickisrulz replied to a thread At what age...? in Our Town
    I have always liked listening to stories told by older people. However, I don't think age is a valid point to put forward when having a debate.
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    09-28-2020, 01:09 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Varget Score! in Cast Boolits
    I would buy more Varget if I had the chance. I only shoot .223 and .308 rifles currently and it is the perfect powder for those calibers. But I will not pay $40/lb for it. Time to try something else unless it comes down in cost. I have heard...
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    09-28-2020, 01:00 PM
    Ickisrulz started a thread At what age...? in Our Town
    At what age do you see that people are compelled to tell you their age? This is usually to win an argument or assert their expertise. One set of my grandparents would do this all the time. "You know, I am going to be 77 soon, so you'd better...
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    09-28-2020, 12:51 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Component Shortages in Our Town
    LOL...being old helps a lot. I used to load 20k rounds a year so planned accordingly. Turned 70 recently and I have a lifetime supply. My son is a disappointment when it comes to reloading and politics. Offered to give him one of my Dillon...
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    09-28-2020, 11:53 AM
    dverna replied to a thread For Amy... in Our Chapel
    Praying for you too. I was a non-believer for many many years. God is there if we open our eyes and heart and receive Him. He had to hit me with a 2x4 a few times but He never gives up on His children. Hope your search is short and successful!!
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    09-27-2020, 08:39 PM
    Sorry about your “bad luck” Hope it turns around for you. What do you intend to hunt?
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    09-27-2020, 06:21 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Component Shortages in Our Town
    I feel sorry for those who are too poor to plan ahead and prepare for tough times. I know one family like that, and I will insure they have ammunition to hunt and defend themselves with. Those who take expensive vacations, drive new...
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    09-27-2020, 06:19 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Truck Gun Racks? in Our Town
    Not legal here, but would not use one on the trucks anyway. Would be nice to have one for the SxS, but not legal for it either.
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    09-27-2020, 06:13 AM
    I would not leave a gun in a cabin. If it was a BOL, I would put the gun in sealed plastic pipe after treating it with a preservative and bury the pipe in the woods. If you keep out air and moisture, rust is not a problem.
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    09-27-2020, 06:02 AM
    dverna replied to a thread What's your favorite in Leverguns
    I have a few and like them all but some more than others. Not a fan of top eject guns but still have an Uberti 1873 because it runs so fast and smooth. Couple of Win 94's too. Really enjoy the 1984 Marlins. Smooth as well, but not like...
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    09-26-2020, 10:59 AM
    I am encouraged that 9mm is replacing the .40 for LEO's. Means there will be more trade-in guns and the .40 is at least "adequate" when compared to the 9mm....LOL Like Jon said, cheap or free brass is a bonus. I try to pre-sort brass...
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    09-26-2020, 10:15 AM
    Almost every manufacturer of sockets now has their own version of flank drive.
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    09-26-2020, 08:13 AM
    I use light loads for training and fun plinking. Especially useful for ladies and young shooters getting into shooting. During the .22 shortage I was shooting 9mm and .38's for less than the cost of .22's, if you could find them....so I sold about...
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    09-25-2020, 08:54 PM
    I was looking for something I can leave on the Kawasaki Mule all the time and not “baby”. Basically a “barn gun” for the UTV. If I need to trash a $100 gun after 10 years I do not care. I had an old .30/30 I was going to use but I can not...
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    09-25-2020, 05:36 PM
    I suspect you are not getting much pressure as there is no crimp. My thoughts are to go to a heavier bullet to achieve more pressure and keep velocity as low as possible. Try a 147 gr bullet and 2.5 gr of 231. This is not a load I have ever...
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    09-25-2020, 12:53 PM
    Echo what bangerjim posted. Looks are secondary to performance and ease of use if you are a shooter. A great looking bullet that does not perform is only good for pictures. I will NEVER stand bullets up to coat them because I am lazy plus I...
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    09-25-2020, 09:44 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Prayers for Dan Bongino in Our Chapel
    I learned of this last night....terrible news. Prayers for him and his family.
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    09-25-2020, 09:43 AM
    dverna replied to a thread New 22 autos in Rimfire Area
    I have a few different ones. If I were to add another, it would be a CZ bolt action. I know...not a semi-Auto, but a very fine rifle. If you dead set on a semi...the 10-22 is a good choice.
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    09-25-2020, 09:34 AM
    After loading over 150k pistol cartridges on a 1050 I wanted to share my experience and get feedback from others who employ the Dillon Powder Check (DPC), or other ways to determine a “safe” charge. The DPC has never found an unsafe load or a...
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    09-25-2020, 08:33 AM
    dverna replied to a thread A new believer! in Our Chapel
    What a wonderful day for him and Him
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    09-24-2020, 01:05 PM
    God works at His pace and on His schedule. What is happening to the USA is tragic, but likely not that important to God. It is important to us, as we tend focus on what effects us and not the bigger picture. We are self-centered and flawed. ...
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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
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