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    Yesterday, 06:06 PM
    Maybe so...maybe not My current plinking load is 2.7 gr of HP38 under the 130 gr RNFP. 1” 10 shot groups at 30 yards out of the Marlin. Maybe filling the case with TrailBoss would be more accurate....but it costs more and I am OK with what I...
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    10-20-2018, 11:18 PM
    Seeing as I have a few .30/30’s, if I want that level of performance, I will use them. The FTX bullets allow the old .30/30 to perform better at longer ranges for hunting. And if typical cast bullets are going to be used in a .30 cal AR, it...
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    10-20-2018, 11:04 PM
    Back in the old days, almost every Bullseye competitor used 2.7 gr of Bullseye in the .38 Spl with 148 gr bullets. We were too ignorant to know it would not work....so we used it anyway and shot amazing groups with marginal case capacity. If...
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    10-19-2018, 08:48 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Hull trimming in Casting for Shotguns
    Thanks for posting! Appears to be better than what is currently available and not very expensive.
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    10-19-2018, 08:36 AM
    Good post! Lots of experience and wisdom there.
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    10-19-2018, 08:29 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Bullets in a fire in Our Town
    I do not worry about my loaded rounds....I do worry about the 150k+ primers I have stocked piled....they are in a separate building.
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    10-18-2018, 12:41 PM
    These kinds of mistakes are much less likely with experienced shooters. But not everyone is a gun nut or reloader. And it only takes one mistake...even for us. Good reminder. BTW, one of the local kids (mid twenties) who is not gun savvy,...
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    10-17-2018, 02:45 PM
    Agree completely. Your response, DCP, was a non-answer that “proves” to an atheist that there is no good reason we can comprehend of why many bad things happen and God appears to do nothing. Many “inconsistencies” can not be understood or...
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    10-17-2018, 02:06 PM
    You might be weird....but so what!!! Use the equipment you prefer and have confidence in. BTW, I lusted for a Lyman All American when I was young and foolish. Never got one, but have no regrets. Still, for a low volume pistol reloader on a...
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    10-17-2018, 01:54 PM
    I will be blunt....it would be a foolish decision. I had no problems getting accurate light reloads out of my .44 Mag. IMHO the .44 Mag is the best big bore revolver caliber available. Many good bullets for it and about as much recoil as most...
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    10-16-2018, 11:39 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Well, here I go in Cast Boolits
    Have shot likely 150k .38 Spl. loads. Any of the fast Shotgun powders will work as well as Bullseye. Although I have over 60 lbs of Promo (Red Dot...is the same), I prefer HP38 for light loads as it meters better. Saving money of pistol powder is...
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    10-15-2018, 11:34 PM
    I would select the bullet and load that is the most effective. In this case, I see no advantage to using a cast bullet...but of course there is the pride factor....alas...one of the deadly sins we are cautioned to avoid. You WILL kick yourself...
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    10-15-2018, 01:55 PM
    The .308 is not “modern”, but it remains accurate, effective, and components will always be affordable and easy to acquire. KISS
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    10-15-2018, 01:36 PM
    If you are a “so so caster”, you may find it rather frustrating to deal with the .223. But then again, it depends on your expectations. 5 MOA @ 2000 fps will be a lot easier than 2MOA @ 2800 fps. It will not require a large investment to start...
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    10-15-2018, 01:09 PM
    I did not even bother reading any further.
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    10-06-2018, 12:54 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Game Changer in Hunting with CB's
    Read the link. This old man is not climbing trees if he has a gun.
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    10-05-2018, 02:07 PM
    Very true. By the time most of us can afford to stock up, we wind up shooting less. I have a LOT of stuff and most of it was acquired over the last 10 years. I am shooting less than 25% of what I used to. Many reasons for that but it is what...
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    10-03-2018, 09:54 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Who likes 22 Short? in Rimfire Area
    Used a HS short pistol for ISU Rapid Fire competition about 45 years ago. I could not afford the Walther so I was "stuck" with the HS. Great little gun too. Never hunted with shorts as I figured more was better. Even back then, shorts were...
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    09-27-2018, 06:56 PM
    Guys, it is good to see many of you are still having fun at it. And it is interesting that there are some in my boat too. I do not see any way to use a single stage press if someone shoots a lot. When I was competing, it was easy to go...
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    09-26-2018, 07:26 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Having eye surgery in Our Chapel
    Hope the surgery went well Dennis. Prayers for you
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    09-26-2018, 11:58 AM
    I recall as a high school lad having fun loading for my .222...the only rifle I owned. I had 40 cases and used a Lee Target Loader. It took a long time to load each one but it was fun. Getting a super accurate load was fun too and I relished the...
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    09-26-2018, 11:11 AM
    Has to be the .38 spl. I have shot more .38's than any other caliber over the 50 years I have been at this. Both rifles and pistols. It is so easy to load, does not lead and is cheap. Can't see the rationale in shooting mousephart loads in...
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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
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check