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    Today, 06:42 AM
    Not buying the bullet lodged in the barrel from a previous shot scenario. The shooter would have felt the lower recoil of a squib load. Well...I know I would have and stopped to investigate.
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    10-12-2019, 08:54 AM
    I have a Winchester Model 52 sporter. Had not shot it in years and put a few rounds through it yesterday. There is something about shooting a that little gun that I find appealing. Part of it may be I used to shoot a Target M52 in smallbore...
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    10-10-2019, 02:00 PM
    Grace Metal and Chapman in the little red box...since 1962..
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    10-09-2019, 09:17 AM
    dverna replied to a thread rental camper needed in Our Town
    12 miles does not seem like much of a drive unless it is through a big city. Something to be said for a hot shower in the morning and a place to do your business at night. Guess I am showing my age...LOL
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    10-09-2019, 09:11 AM
    I believe the ventless wall mounted propane heaters will put water vapor into the space. When you leave and shut the heater down, that vapor will condense and you may have more rust issues than normal. I would go with electric heat but I can...
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    10-09-2019, 08:40 AM
    Ickiszrulz, You always make me think.... Just curious. Your comment about "There is no time given for the fall of the angels. It could have happened a billion years after their creation." leads me to believe you do not believe that creation...
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    10-09-2019, 08:17 AM
    I believe God did not start or stop His creations with earth. I also believe He is not perfect, and learned from his "mistakes" with each iteration of creation.
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    10-08-2019, 06:06 PM
    Insurance has nothing to do with them replacing the revolver. If someone had been injured, then insurance protects them. Can you imagine their premium if they told their carrier, “ Hey, our ammunition blew up a gun. Please give us a few hundred...
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    10-08-2019, 02:27 PM
    Interesting take and the one normally used to describe man. I offer the following thoughts. If the search for knowledge is a good thing, the "sin" of eating from the Tree of Knowledge seems predestined, and God knew that. The sin of pride was...
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    10-08-2019, 11:33 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Time to cut fire wood in Our Town
    20,000 lbs is about 4-5 cords. Lots of wood for a deer camp! About what I use a year to heat my house.
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    10-08-2019, 09:45 AM
    I am not sure why He created evil but He created everything. Maybe we need evil so we can appreciate goodness. Just as we need darkness to appreciate light. Or hate to appreciate love. Many believe the first sin occurred when Adam and Eve...
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    10-08-2019, 09:15 AM
    I have the same problem. Not sure how to get them in a readable form. I believe Larry, so that is not why I need them readable. I want to understand why it happens and how to produce loads that reduce, or eliminate, the chance of a KA-BOOM. ...
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    10-07-2019, 10:09 PM
    If it is SEE, would a slightly “beefier” cylinder design contain the pressure? I am thinking it may not. I no longer own Colt SAA’s in .44 Spl or .45, but I know my .357’s will not have the sturdiness of more modern offerings. But I...
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    10-07-2019, 09:15 AM
    dverna replied to a thread Time to cut fire wood in Our Town
    I will be doing things differently this year. Wood is split and placed in IBC totes. The bottom of the plastic bin is cut off and an access window cut in one side. Access opening is also cut out of the long side of the IBC cage. The plastic bin...
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    10-07-2019, 08:36 AM
    I would likely contact one of the smaller suppliers. Questions: Is there a time of year when they have excess capacity for a special run? What are the price breaks at different production quantities? ie, 25k, 50k, 100k cases How will it be...
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    10-07-2019, 08:25 AM
    My stock of HP-38/W231 is over 10 years old. I use it in my 9mm loads with a 122 gr bullet with very good results. I use Clays as well.
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    10-07-2019, 08:16 AM
    Good post sir. Thank you
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    10-07-2019, 08:13 AM
    Sounds yummy to me!!! Been making room in my freezer as well. FiancÚ made a darn fine venison soup yesterday. Likely be making venison burgers later in the week. Buddy coming up to bow hunt this week!
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    10-07-2019, 07:59 AM
    SEE seems unlikely in factory ammunition unless a short charge occured. Power is sold by the pound. The bean counters will push for the least expensive product and that means the fastest powder that will do the job safely. Why use 10 gr of...
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    10-06-2019, 10:46 PM
    I doubt the OP can carry a pistol in Canada. Ditch the 410 for your scouting duties. But a cheap beater 12 ga and load it with slugs. Carry it if encounters with aggressive bears are possible. Being armed for a possible grouse is a very poor...
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    10-05-2019, 06:44 PM
    I would buy or borrow a back up gun with a scope. You have lost a lot of weight and your health is poor. You will likely get tired easily and will be breathing deeply. Making a great shot will be difficult. Use enough gun. Hope your...
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    10-05-2019, 03:25 PM
    That is a tougher question...and I think I know where you are going with it. But if my child murdered a sibling...or if they were an adult and raped or murdered my grandchild, I am not sure I could love them any longer. I understand that...
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    10-04-2019, 09:10 PM
    Of course. I could not forgive murder. My child would deserve to be executed. I could not do it, but I would accept such a sentence and outcome.
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    10-04-2019, 07:52 AM
    Get an old stove hood and modify it as needed. They have a small fan to vent. Make a panel you can put in the open window with a hole and piping for the vent pipe. Good warning from bmortell about making sure the pot cannot overturn and spill...
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    10-03-2019, 03:53 PM
    My opinion is a bit different. I prefer a bullet that expands but still exits the animal. Two holes leaking blood seems better than one. And a .35 caliber bullet should be able to do that on deer size game.
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    10-03-2019, 10:19 AM
    It is not too expensive to build a small shed under a tree to store powder and primers. It is rare for us to get over 90* anyway and heat is my only concern wrt powder degradation. Not too costly to insulate it if need be. I do not store...
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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
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GC Gas Check