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    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    My shots can vary from 50 yards to over 300. I use a .308 with jacketed bullets. As your story showed, if you intend to use a slow bullet, ranging becomes more critical. The other issue with a cast bullet is expansion. You read many...
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    Yesterday, 06:05 PM
    Stopped at the LGS today...Jay's in Gaylord MI. Shelves of powder are about 50% stocked and a decent selection. Prices are fair too. Looked like I could load any caliber/gauge with what was available. I suggest if you have spare cash to stock...
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    Yesterday, 05:34 PM
    I do not cast indoors, so I will not cast in the winter in northern MI. I am not that l ill prepared. Summers can be hot but not for extended periods. My preference is 50-80 degrees. Plenty of days like that were I live.
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    Yesterday, 02:18 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Powder????? in Reloading Equipment
    Well, look at the bright side. If you reloaded those to shoot indoors, it is better than having double or triple charged one. Let me use a loading block. One reason I never use one. Drop the powder then seat the bullet. ...
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    Yesterday, 09:00 AM
    My iPad is over 5 years old and still on the original battery. If it is less than $75 to replace the battery, that is what I would do. Get her something else with the money saved over a newer iPad. Unless your wife is computer comfortable,...
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    11-23-2020, 10:11 PM
    I am anal and would not do it. But I have a lot of powder. IMHO, if they are close in burn rate, flake size, and well mixed, there will not be a problem. Just stay under maximum.
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    11-22-2020, 10:38 PM
    John, First I wish to apologize for being a bit too frank on your original post. Must be cabin fever. I am struggling with a similar desire, but mine is for an accurate.357 rifle. It seems the Ruger 77 has not been very accurate so be...
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    11-22-2020, 06:38 PM
    It is not legal to ship without HazMat. Silly thing to do on a forum like this.
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    11-22-2020, 02:33 PM
    I doubt you have a rifle issue with the crown or bore if it shoots jacketed well. If it were me, I would use jacketed for hunting. Cast bullets offer no advantage anyway. Then, if I wanted cheaper practice ammo, start with linotype and...
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    11-22-2020, 02:12 PM
    I had, and still have, the hots for an accurate .38/.357 rifle. I was set to buy one of the 77's and saw a lot of negative reviews as to accuracy. Wish one was available. Looked at one of the "baby" rolling blocks, but not seeing many reviews on...
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    11-21-2020, 11:53 PM
    I suspect the rest of your shells were not very good either. Using a card is a red flag for me. Very few published loads require a card if using the proper wad. Another red flag is using #4 shot in a match. Not allowed in trap or skeet so...
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    11-21-2020, 12:27 PM
    I stopped reading after Mustang's post. I agree with every word of it. I started the slow build up of "stuff" about 15 years ago. I did without other things to make the investments. I will never forget one instance. I was a new trap shooter...
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    11-21-2020, 10:52 AM
    I have been contemplating a .35 caliber cast rifle as well. I can get a .350 Legend for less than $300 after FFL fees: ...
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    11-21-2020, 10:22 AM
    dverna replied to a thread To All in Hunting with CB's
    Our season started Nov 15th and our herd seems way down. I have seen the same two does and two fawns for a few days but will not shoot a doe with a fawn. Still lots of time to harvest a barren doe or decent buck (8 pt or better). Activity is...
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    11-20-2020, 07:06 PM
    Well done Randy!
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    11-20-2020, 06:26 PM
    Very little at Walmart here. We picked up two more packs. I think we have enough for 6-9 months unless we need to help out neighbors.
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    11-18-2020, 11:35 PM
    Thank you posting that
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    11-18-2020, 09:31 PM
    Glad you were able to cope with shooting jacketed. The better accuracy, flatter trajectory, reduced wind drift and more predictable expansion over a range of velocities make shooting cast so much more superior....or did I get that ***-backwards? ...
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    11-18-2020, 12:34 PM
    My way may not be the right way but has worked for me. I used the COL for the same type of bullet I am loading. My 9mm bullets are 122 TC from Magma molds but that bullet is not listed on the Hodgdon data so I used the data for a 124 bullet of...
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    11-18-2020, 12:10 PM
    Your post reminded my of a saying my mentor had, "Do you have twenty years of experience or one years of experience twenty times over".
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    11-18-2020, 10:38 AM
    P&P's post #31, is a perfect synopsis of the .38 Super. For factory self-defense ammunition, the choice of .38 Super offerings is limited. Some do not want to shoot reloads for SD. This lack of options would not be a concern if reloading,...
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    11-17-2020, 05:51 PM
    Why would a spouse trust anyone they may have never met? My friend has asked me to help his wife if he passes. I have known him for 15 years and have met her three times. I will deal with her natural mistrust because I am helping my friend....
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    11-16-2020, 07:16 AM
    It is a bastard case so brass is scarce. It offers only a very slight performance advantage over a 9mm+P. With nearly every modern 9mm able to shoot +P loads, it remains a “red headed stepchild”. I talked one of my best friends out of having...
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    11-16-2020, 06:42 AM
    IMHO women are the worst. They complain about not having friends. They resent their man having fun with his friends. Most women can not have a disagreement and move on...they let it fester and poison relationships. Agree with Wolf....too...
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    11-15-2020, 10:32 PM
    Thanks Randy. I have not spent much time on TS since dropping out of competitive Trap shooting. I need to sell one of the K-80ís so need to get back there. Heck might sell them both! Seems silly to have a $10k+ gun to bust clays at the local...
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    11-15-2020, 01:41 PM
    Seems like a lot of money to invest. Why not find one in .30/30 and download it? I doubt the 340 type rifles will ever be super accurate no matter what barrel you use. I have a little Howa Mini-Mauser and I think they used to be available...
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    11-15-2020, 12:27 AM
    In my original post, I assumed you wanted a progressive machine. If not, I have two PW 375’s and they are excellent if quantity is not a important consideration. Mr Buchanan and I disagree but that is not uncommon when it comes to questions...
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    11-14-2020, 09:11 AM
    I used to shoot a lot of .45's and had three Kimbers in that caliber. Had a 1050 set up in .45 and never loaded anything else on it. Wound up selling it as I was not using it. One Kimber I gave to my son, and a buddy is buying the other one. I...
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    11-14-2020, 08:52 AM
    I have both a nearly 50 year RCBS Rockchucker and Co-Ax. Very good presses, but I agree with the above. Nearly any single stage press will last a couple of lifetimes of reloading. But if you will be loading mostly pistol ammunition, they...
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    11-14-2020, 01:27 AM
    I had an older 800 and now have an 800+ with the AutoDrive. Love it. I had a Spolar and preferred the 800+. The dies cannot be removed on the older units, and that makes clearing a boo boo more of a PITA. Get one of the newer units and you...
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  • Ickisrulz's Avatar
    11-13-2020, 05:50 PM
    It makes me wonder how much ammo a guy can stick in his closet. I doubt it is all getting shot.
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    11-12-2020, 05:55 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Whitetail options in Hunting with CB's
    We tend to overthink killing deer.
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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
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