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    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    Man this REALLY SUCKS!! I have put down two dogs in the last 12 years and it made me cry like a wuss. Will Rogers supposedly said “If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went”
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    Yesterday, 09:27 PM
    SE The .30/30 is a fine cast bullet round but still needs a better cast bullet than a pistol caliber. If you do not want to invest in a pistol or pistol caliber carbine, the .30/30 is a better caliber to start casting for than the .300 BO. You...
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    Yesterday, 01:42 PM
    SE, It is a not try to run before you can walk. Thus my suggestion to start with jacketed bullets in the .223 as they are relatively inexpensive. You first goal should be to match factory ammunition accuracy....btw, do not worry...
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    Yesterday, 01:17 PM
    Kenstone, Having a few pre-primed cases to address the priming issue is an excellent idea! I have a progressive shotshell reloader that will occasionally mis-feed a primer and I will use your idea.
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    Yesterday, 01:01 PM
    TbyG Be careful as sometimes the CDNN price has the rebate already deducted. I nearly fell for that. At the price these are going for, I cannot see the point of buying a mil-surp to get a "cheap" rifle. Especially if someone wants to mount...
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    Yesterday, 09:48 AM
    Welcome!!! If you are new to reloading, I would start with buying some jacketed bullets for your .223 from Monmouth. A vendor on this site. He offers Hornady bullets at a good price. I bought from them in bulk and paid $7/100 when they had...
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    Yesterday, 09:21 AM
    Two Thompson Compass rifles in .308. After rebate and FFL cost $212.50 each. Makes me wonder why anyone would buy a Mosin Nagant. Comes with a threaded barrel and adjustable trigger. Supposedly 1 MOA for three shots but that is likely...
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    Yesterday, 09:09 AM
    gsdelong, I was very harsh in my post after your review but it was about my frustration with Lee. As I like to say, "They can snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory!" My background is Mechanical Engineering and I did a lot of product...
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    04-24-2018, 11:22 PM
    I would go with the .375. But even it will not be what I would use “for cheap practice”. But for medium game you wish to hunt why not consider the .358 Winchester? Cheap brass and certainly enough gun out to 250 yards.
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    04-24-2018, 10:25 PM
    dverna replied to a thread My new puppy in Our Town
    There are no bad puppies.
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    04-24-2018, 08:42 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Asking for prayer in Our Chapel
    Praying for you buddy
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    04-24-2018, 08:31 PM
    Gsdelong, I want to thank you for sharing your experience honestly with us. It allows others to make an informed decision.
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    04-24-2018, 10:11 AM
    Call me spoiled...but stuff like that should not happen!!! "Wallowed" out spot after less than 1000 cases. Die bushing coming loose! I was hoping to purchase one of these as a dedicated .223 loader but not now. Not until Lee (or the users)...
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    04-24-2018, 09:03 AM
    This has been a great thread. I learned a lot.
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    04-24-2018, 08:28 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Long time no see... in Our Town
    At least you are "recovering" and moving forward. I know it can be difficult at times but staying positive is essential. If you are a believer, you know the Lord is with you. If you are not a believer, He is with you if you let Him.
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    04-23-2018, 01:44 PM
    These are always interesting questions and I enjoyed the article that was posted about Mr. Bell. There is little value in examples like the one from RPRNY because the back story is left out. Plenty of game has been killed with a .22 LR but that...
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    04-22-2018, 11:36 PM
    Thanks for the write up Tom.
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    04-22-2018, 06:20 PM
    Not familiar with the P95 but I had a S&W M52 sleeved for a faster twist .38 SPL barrel.
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    04-22-2018, 11:12 AM
    Forty Rod Ray replied to a thread Bad news--Good news in Our Town
    GW, Don't be chasing any cars... FRR
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    04-22-2018, 08:24 AM
    I was about to purchase a Tikka when I saw a deal on the Thompson Compass. After reading the reviews I took a chance on it. Purchased two, and after FFL and the rebate these rifles will be $212.50 each! Decided to get one for my son as well. ...
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    04-21-2018, 10:40 AM
    Cat, The barrel is a 5 groove so it will take some math to measure bore diameter. But neither of these rifles will likely see cast bullets. I use the 165 gr Gameking for hunting and if that bullet does not yield the accuracy I want, I will find...
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    04-21-2018, 10:27 AM
    I would not accept any leading with .38 wadcutters at the velocity of my loads....about 700 fps
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    04-20-2018, 11:11 AM
    Sportsman's Outdoor Superstore has the Thompson Compass in .308 for $275 with free shipping. Ordered for me and one for my son. After the $75 rebate, and FFL transfer, the cost to my door will be $212.50 each. From the reviews, they...
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    04-19-2018, 11:04 PM
    Sounds like a great time! Are you required to use a shotgun or is that your weapon of choice? Never hunted pigs but it looks like an AR in .300 BO woukd be a good choice from your story.
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    04-17-2018, 01:03 PM
    The only metallic progressives presses I would own are Star and Dillon....but this new Lee product looks very promising. I am thinking of buying one and using it as a dedicated .223 machine for jacketed bullets.
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    04-17-2018, 09:38 AM
    Thank you gentlemen for sharing your perspectives. It is said that God does not test us. I trust that is true. He loves us as a father, guides us, and helps us. I do not believe He would want us to die, or aid in the murder of another, to...
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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