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    Yesterday, 10:58 PM
    You mentioned the .308 and cast. For most cast bullet loads it is a jump backwards using cast. In effect, it winds up being a .30/30 when loaded with cast bullets....for MOST. Some can push cast bullets that will expand faster than 2200 fps with...
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    12-17-2018, 10:58 PM
    I bought my CoAx when Bonanza made it....no regrets ever. I think it was $68 back then. A lot of money for a young guy starting out.
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    12-14-2018, 03:26 PM
    Sell the neck split .223 brass to a scrap yard...use money to buy more. It will take a very long time to recoup the cost of "salvaging" brass by using it up in some custom made caliber.
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    12-14-2018, 03:18 PM
    Another vote for the 7.62x39 in the CZ. No brass prep needed. And if you want to hunt with it, it will take pointed bullets. But if you have a .308 bolt gun. why not use that as brass is not expensive? You will never save enough money in...
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    12-14-2018, 02:58 PM
    I would plug it into a surge suppressor...but I am anal.
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    12-13-2018, 02:55 PM
    I want the 340 Lee cavity and cartridge boxes. Pm to come..
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    12-13-2018, 02:44 PM
    I want the 340 Lee cavity and cartridge boxes. Pm to come..
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    12-13-2018, 11:54 AM
    Thanks for the details. I need to try three things before investing in better boots. See if I can stretch my Irish Setters. Then two things with either the Irish Setters or the Sorels...wicking socks and wool socks. Not convinced that...
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    12-12-2018, 01:19 PM
    dverna replied to a thread 25 acp rifle? in Single Shot Guns
    The OP started this thread over 4 years ago. It does not appear a rifle was ever produced. It proves that there is a significant cost savings in ammunition with a project like this....it can take a long time to have something that shoots. LOL ...
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    12-12-2018, 11:18 AM
    Even though I have almost a life time supply of primers and powder, I would buy more if it was a real deal. Things will get bad again and what I do not use I can sell/barter. Lately .22 LR has been under $.04 a round, I wonder how many of those...
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    12-10-2018, 10:32 PM
    Tim, I am about 25 miles from Gaylord
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    12-10-2018, 09:03 AM
    Great memories for both of you!
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    12-08-2018, 07:11 PM
    Two new S&W 686’s. One for me and one for my fiancé. 5” barrels.
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    12-08-2018, 05:28 PM
    dverna replied to a thread .223 vs .243 vs .270 in Factory Rifles
    I bought a Howa in .223. It will be my fiancé’s rifle and will keep it ready to go in the family room if a coyote wanders into the area. Once you handle it, you will see the difference between it and the econo models. I have no need to...
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    12-08-2018, 03:14 PM
    Beagle, Star used to offer a taper crimp die for .38 to address the need to worry about slight case length variations on match ammunition.
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    12-08-2018, 02:14 PM
    My experience mirrors yours. Just a few days ago, I reloaded 300 .38 cases and most were over 40 years old....never trimmed...but I only load mid-range. But I never trimmed full power 9mm or .45’s either. I have not loaded maximum loads in .357...
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    12-08-2018, 01:59 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Master of arms in Our Town
    I am impressed with how much they accomplish in the time they have.
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    12-07-2018, 05:39 PM
    dverna replied to a thread .223 vs .243 vs .270 in Factory Rifles
    The scope is not very good. But if all you do is punch paper and you do not drop the gun it should do for a while. I would recommend not considering the scope in your decision if you can afford to. Scopes are easy to replace if/when needed. An...
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    12-07-2018, 03:20 PM
    dverna replied to a thread .223 vs .243 vs .270 in Factory Rifles
    It would be more enlightening if “pretty good” could be quantified....5 shots at 2 MOA? 3 MOA? And what happens with a “slippery” bullet that makes reverting to jacketed bullets attractive.
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    12-07-2018, 03:14 PM
    dverna replied to a thread .223 vs .243 vs .270 in Factory Rifles
    Popper gave you good advice. But if you are determined to try a bolt gun, consider a T/C Compass. Although mine is in .308, it has been excellent. I have put 6 loads through it and none were over 2”, with one at .25”. I paid $225 after rebate.
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    12-07-2018, 08:09 AM
    I believe one of my problems is that my boots are a bit tight. I have a commercial shoe stretcher....my dad was a shoemaker and have kept that contraption for the last 30 years. So I will try stretching the Irish Setters and layering socks as...
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    12-06-2018, 06:37 PM
    I have two pairs of decent boots. Irish Setters and Sorels. Neither keep my feet warm especially still hunting or riding snowmobiles. I am not very price sensitive...say $300 or so What would you guys who live in really cold climates...
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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
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