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    Today, 08:36 PM
    Been watching this since the beginning, I'm real surprised it lasted this long. I have enough to keep me going a long time, so I figured I'd let someone else get it as hard as it seems to come by nowadays, but had it stayed available another day or...
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    Today, 07:23 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Stupid Cat!! in Our Town
    I believe if they'd been my neighbors, they'd have been burying some dogs. Can't understand people who want aggressive dogs. Could have just as easily been a small dog or a toddler as a cat. I like dogs, like them a lot and I sincerely believe...
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    Today, 07:15 PM
    I was fortunate enough to get one of the Lee Bator molds and have used it on fox squirrels in the .22 Hornet. I cast them very soft, don't remember the exact alloy, but I was aiming for the 1% antimony content of .22 LR bullets. With gas checks...
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    Today, 07:10 PM
    If the meplat concerns you, another option would be to use the Bruce Bannister method of soft nose casting. It's tedious, but works and you'd only need a few. There's a sticky about how to do it.
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    Today, 03:08 PM
    I ended up recutting the chamber of one of my 300BLK uppers (I have 2) into a 30 Apache (7.62x45) which is the 223Rem case opened up to 30 caliber. It limits the bullets to 150gr or smaller (I prefer to load it with 110 and 125gr spirepoints but I...
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    Today, 07:58 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Stupid Cat!! in Our Town
    Our three are indoor only. Two are fairly young, the ten year old one is our baby and snuggles down to sleep all night between us. We had a big, friendly tomcat show up and hung out off and on for almost two years. Loved him to death and...
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    Today, 07:41 AM
    I'm a fan of 99s and have found all the ones I've shot that are .30 and bigger do well with cast. That .308 was scoped and putting together a deer load was a no brainer. I've also used a 99EG in .300 Savage with the NOE copy of the 311041 and that...
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    Today, 07:33 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Welp, I'm screwed. in Our Town
    Congratulations. Nothing is more fun to a caster and tinkerer than a big bore revolver. A lot more forgiving than an auto loader and with that Red Hawk, you can really load her up, or you can make it into a big kitten for plinking all day long...
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    Today, 07:24 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Goose hunting in Hunting with CB's
    I'm a gun nut and hence, have several shotguns, but only two I'd really consider and both are made since the steel shot requirement and use interchangeable choke tubes. The Mossberg will even handle the 3.5" shells, but I'm hesitant to even try...
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    Yesterday, 11:41 PM
    My Savage 99 did quite well with the Ranch Dog 165 grain .30-30 bullet using 28 grains of IMR 4895 and a tuft of Dacron, lubed with LLA. Alloy was Larry Gibson's 50/50 COWW and pure (I think I used FMJ pistol range salvage so not quite pure) and 2%...
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    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Goose hunting in Hunting with CB's
    I don't know much about them, but I know I seem to have several formations of them fly over me when I'm on a deer stand close to the big lagoon there. I even have them fly over the house pretty often, at least last year I did, and not close to...
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    Yesterday, 08:51 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Stupid Cat!! in Our Town
    We love cats and have three now. Never had one get hurt in a door, but our youngest (and dumbest) one will always dart in a closet or other place that is normally closed when you open it. We just shut the door when we're through and let the...
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    Yesterday, 07:32 PM
    After seeing enough flights of Canadas fly over me while deer hunting, I think I'm gonna give it a go this year. I've never water fowl hunted for a lot of reasons, but I'm interested. I won't go out and get a boat, decoys, dogs and all that, but...
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    Yesterday, 08:02 AM
    I own a PA10 and I had to go back and recheck my sizing die setup on my reloads as I was having problems almost the same as you. The bullets would feed in my 308 Bolt rifles but not in the AR. I went back and determined that the PA10's barrel...
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    10-15-2017, 08:03 PM
    Almost wish I had a 9.3 because of this. Makes me wonder if it would be a good candidate for paper patching in a .375 of some sort. Ol' Buffalo Bullets mold chart shows this as a nominally 245 grain bullet. I don't paper patch, but I'm guessing...
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    10-15-2017, 04:23 PM
    The 94 has an exposed hammer, the 220 does not. I am a fan of single shot shotguns and have a variety. I really like Savage 219 rifles, and the wife picked me up a little Savage 220 in 20 gauge that I like out of all proportion to what it is. ...
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    10-15-2017, 09:39 AM
    Expensive mistake. This is one reason I have always been apprehensive about taking up waterfowl hunting. It's easy to shoot the wrong thing and then it's literally a federal case. That said, I deer hunt close to a big lagoon on a lake that has...
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    10-14-2017, 09:43 PM
    Good looking dog. I bought an odd, Spanish made .32 muzzle loader I need to hunt squirrels with this year. Gotta get out and kill one more deer this year, then it'll be small game.
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    10-14-2017, 08:15 PM
    I'd sure invest in a set of dies and either a mold or trade for some .338 cast bullets on here and give it a whirl. I think Lee makes a good middle weight .338 mold.
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    10-14-2017, 08:10 PM
    I've been wondering about this myself. I coach a JROTC Air Rifle team, and we were mandated to use non lead pellets, so I've been collecting the spent ones out of the traps. I'm afraid there may be zinc in them, but they are supposedly mostly tin...
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    10-13-2017, 10:49 AM
    word does travel in groups when good work is done. I had a Highpower shooter travel from Illinois (6hrs round trip) all the way to Indianapolis because he knew from another forum that I can rebarrel and rechamber Mauser rifles with pretty good...
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    10-12-2017, 10:32 PM
    Very nice, congrats. Much harder to do with a handgun.
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    10-12-2017, 10:26 PM
    Around Milford and Tuttle Creek, there is a lot of public land owned (I guess) by the Corps of Engineers with a good many tracts of public hunting land, not WIHA. There's actually a lot of good WIHA up in Washington County, and I hunted a big, good...
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    10-11-2017, 10:14 PM
    make them up as two separate uppers. Life's a lot simpler just having to pop the two takedown pins and replace the upper with the spare upper that is already zeroed and ready to go.
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    10-11-2017, 05:40 PM
    I had a guy who was a pretty accomplished bowhunter and had killed quite a few good bucks say he would dip wintergreen Skoal or Copenhagen (can't remember which) and spit on the ground under his tree stand. He swore it attracted them. I'm not...
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    10-11-2017, 02:16 PM
    I've got nothing to lose and a 308Winchester to load for. Count me in and thanks for the opportunity to win.
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    10-10-2017, 11:10 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 45- 70 +p? in Factory Rifles
    I just killed my first .45-70 deer this past weekend with a pretty wimpy load even by Trapdoor standards and I doubt one of these super heavy loadings would have killed it any deader any faster. I doubt I'll ever get drawn for an elk tag and we...
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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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