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    Today, 06:57 AM
    You make it look easy.
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    Yesterday, 05:46 PM
    People think I am nuts putting $300+ scopes on hunting rifles but I want not only good optics but some abuse resistance on a gun I hunt game with. Just not in my budget to spend that kind of money of a .22 scope. I just bought a 3-9 Vortex...
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    Yesterday, 01:23 PM
    dverna replied to a thread Simple life in Our Chapel
    There are people I cannot love. I am lucky that I do no longer hate anyone, but have a dose of dislike for a few. It is a good post RL69. Much to learn from it.
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    12-04-2019, 05:59 PM
    Agree with DG. Makes little sense to buy a .357 to hunt with unless you are in caliber/cartridge restricted zone. I have three .38/.357 lever actions and they are great fun and predator guns. I can kill a deer with them...but why? I have...
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    12-04-2019, 07:21 AM
    I am not a fan of the 50 rd mags either. Might have some use for rabbit hunting but you would think 10 shots are going to be plenty. I have two 10/22's but never had an itch for the takedown model. I do not backpack so even if I had one, I...
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    12-03-2019, 10:41 AM
    It has been a weird year in my part of MI as well. The harvest is way down. A father and daughter who normally harvest 10 deer a year only got 2 this year during rifle season. I only harvest one a year as that is all I want, but normally see...
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    12-03-2019, 10:17 AM
    Great to have your work rewarded with a fine buck...and good shooting too!!! Enjoyed this thread...thanks for posting.
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    12-03-2019, 10:09 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Look What I Found! in Boolit Lube !
    I have about 10 cans left. No way I would sell it that cheap. Great stuff.
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    12-02-2019, 05:34 PM
    dverna replied to a thread 357 mag in Single Shot Guns
    There was a member here that put a silencer on a ..38/.357 lever action. It always seemed to me that it would be a very good survival/SHTF weapon. Add a Sig Romeo dot sight (currently selling for $100) would make a fine addition. I have...
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    12-02-2019, 02:05 PM
    Nice craftsmanship!
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    12-01-2019, 03:12 PM
    Wise words and worth heeding.
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    12-01-2019, 12:58 PM
    dverna replied to a thread First lever gun in Leverguns
    The .35 Remington is such a good woods caliber and it mates perfectly with the 336. Easy to mount a low power scope or Red Dot too. There will a slight velocity loss with the shorter barrel but to me it is a worthwhile trade off to get a rifle...
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    11-30-2019, 03:01 PM
    A number of factors at play. First the design works. But also bear in mind it is a bullet that is shot in guns that are inherently accurate. I shot 10's of thousands of solid H&G #50 BB bullets and in extensive testing found that the difference...
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    11-29-2019, 11:45 PM
    Appreciate your response. I will continue to use JHP for defensive use in my 9mm’s and .38/.357’s. The .38/.357 are loaded to +P level as my fiancé cannot handle.357 loads. There is no reason for me to hunt deer with pistols or pistol...
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    11-29-2019, 03:48 PM
    Felt recoil will be affected by stock fit. You want the comb of the stock to move away from the check bone. That requires the comb to slant slightly upward from breech to butt, and slightly inwards from front to the stock is moving away...
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    11-29-2019, 11:57 AM
    I hope that Larry Gibson sees this and offers his opinion. It would help to know what the rifle will be used for. If it will not be a hunting rifle, and just used to punch paper, the .223 is worth consideration. I buy 55 gr jacketed SP's for...
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    11-28-2019, 03:37 PM
    Bullet type, velocity and alloy can turn a bullet that is good to one that is not too good. The question I have, is this change in performance more severe with cast or jacketed pistol bullets? Do the typical defensive JHP's like XTP's, Gold...
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    11-28-2019, 02:05 PM
    I will pray for you. Hope you live long enough to use up a couple of cases of Promo...LOL I stock a minimum of 60 lbs of Promo and I am 69. It is one of the most versatile powders. and it is inexpensive. I use it for 12 ga target loads, and...
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    11-28-2019, 01:51 PM
    12-13 gr of Promo/RedDot seems so much easier and predictable. Cost of powder for a box of 20 works out to $3.60 for BP vs $.60 for Promo. Cannot see any advantages to BP....unless one enjoys cleaning their rifles frequently.
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    11-28-2019, 01:05 PM
    Agree M-Tecs and wonderwolf. Will try to find a spring first. After 50+ years the spring may have succumbed to old age. It will be a cheap fix but finding one will be a bit of a challenge. I can try winding one if I need too... have done that...
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    11-28-2019, 07:37 AM
    SF These are the "cheap" Hornady bullets I purchased. On sale now for $400 for 6000....better deal than the 8000 bulk pack. ...
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    11-27-2019, 10:25 PM
    Got them from Monmouth a couple of years ago
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    11-27-2019, 04:42 PM
    Here are some pictures. As suggested I measured the pin protrusion and it is .030". Does this seem adequate? I appreciate the ideas and think I will try to get the tip welded up first as that would be the simplest and easiest to do. If...
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    11-27-2019, 04:21 PM
    Agree with Koger. If I had to do it, the 65 gr. GameKing would be my choice. Just FYI, I bought 6000 Hornady 55 gr SP in bulk for my .223's, but do not intend to hunt deer or shoot past 250 yards with them. For $7/100 they are a good buy. ...
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    11-27-2019, 04:09 PM
    It has been a while since I shot CAS but the .30/30 was not permitted unless shooting the Long Range sub-event, and in that application, a heavier bullet is better. So kind of confused about the "cowboy" load you are searching for.
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    11-27-2019, 03:48 PM
    A true robocall will not be offended by your insults. If you wish to insulting a real person, just remember they hate being there making those calls, but need to feed themselves and/or families. I either ignore calls from numbers I do not know...
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    11-27-2019, 11:43 AM
    I have an old Anschutz repeater. Firing pin indentation is weak and I am getting a number of FTFs. Soaked the bolt and scrubbed the firing pin. That helped a little but still having issues. Anschutz no longer has parts so I need to repair...
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    11-27-2019, 11:05 AM
    KISS Most of my pistol shooting is non-critical. I only sort brass for maximum .357 loads. Rifle brass is sorted.
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    11-24-2019, 08:59 PM
    My Compass in .308 is sub MOA. It is ugly and the trigger is not that great...but it shoots. Put a Vortex Viper on it....not a believer in cheap optics.
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    11-24-2019, 08:53 PM
    You achieved your goal!!!
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    11-23-2019, 10:09 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Cast bullet buck in Hunting with CB's
    Exactly….OP was not even up to .30/30 levels and it worked great. Most hunters would be better off with a .30/30 unless they need to reach our farther than 200 yards. I see guys using 7mm Mag on 100 lb deer hunting in the woods...just so stupid. ...
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    11-23-2019, 06:30 AM
    After downsizing I still have three in .38/.357 and two in .30/30. Got rid of one .38/.357, two in .45 LC and .44 Mag. Not counting in the M94 commemoratives. Heck...forgot the .22's....two of them too!
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    11-23-2019, 06:21 AM
    If using jacketed bullets, those designed for the .35 Rem might be OK.
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    11-22-2019, 12:13 PM
    1.5-5 scope. Not heavy and all the magnification you will need and low power for offhand shots. The attraction of the rook rifle is a light handy rifle. Putting a smaller scope on it makes sense to me. The .30 Badger has always intrigued...
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    11-22-2019, 11:28 AM
    "No good deed goes unpunished" Terrible way to look at life and not Christian at all but it happens. You tried to do the right thing and the other guy was unethical. Lesson learned. I am not a good enough Christian to forgive someone like...
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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