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    Yesterday, 04:47 PM
    MOA replied to a thread Boolit machinz in Casting Equipment
    Welcome aboard 1YLDKAT. You'll find lots of help here on the site for almost whatever your doing in the casting or reloading fields. Sounds like you have the sense of humor one requires in this line of addiction. Its hard to go wrong with...
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    06-23-2019, 08:00 AM
    A Handy in 30-30, to use as a donor action for a new barrel chambered in 32-40 Remington Hepburn, and a nice made in Belgium 12 ga SxS with 30 inch bbl and glass muzzle and center beads.
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    06-22-2019, 02:30 PM
    Suicide is an awfully selfish thing to do, and doing it in public where strangers witness it is even more so. The regular outdoor public ranges I go to now and then don't ever seem to attract real weirdos, at least they haven't when I've been...
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    06-22-2019, 01:50 PM
    Some pics of the press. I have it sitting outside with a few paper towels soaked in Evaporust wrapped around the exposed portion of the ram and more poured down inside the body of the press where the ram moves through. Hoping I can get as much off...
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    06-22-2019, 01:24 PM
    Wow! There are actually two around here, one of which is run by a retired LEO and is generally a pretty well-run place, he's a good guy and runs a good business, just not my kindof place. The other is in a nearby town and had kind of a...
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    06-22-2019, 11:07 AM
    The 311284 is awesome, it truly is. But it's a lot of bullet for punching holes in paper with at 100 yards. The 311291 is a very good, general purpose .30 caliber. If you want to hunt, something with a flat nose would be best, like the Ranchdog,...
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    06-22-2019, 05:28 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Stray Dogs in Our Town
    We moved out in the sticks a few years ago, and I expected this to be a problem and it hasn't been yet. Only stray so far was a big friendly tom cat who hung around a couple of years, one of the best cats I ever knew. He came and went as he...
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    06-21-2019, 06:02 PM
    Well, had to go over to renew the tags and since the shop was just down the street, figured I'd go in and try to negotiate a deal on this press. When I found it again, the sign hung in that particular stall said everything 25% off, so I didn't even...
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    06-21-2019, 08:23 AM
    Did a lot of squirrel hunting as a kid. Didn't have the patience then to sit and wait, that's one of the few things that you actually get better with as you age. Walking around the woods is fun, but if you're after squirrels, it's a whole lot...
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    06-21-2019, 02:31 AM
    I have to wonder what people are doing to get that kind of leading. I never get any serious leading and just about all I shoot is cast. Size and lube appropriately and don't get stupid with velocity = no leading. Vinegar? Ammonia? Spinning a...
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    06-20-2019, 08:29 PM
    OK. I'll try various stick rifle powders and see where it works best. I need to cast some more bullets for this rifle and get the time to systematically test this.
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    06-20-2019, 04:15 PM
    I did try it in a .30-06 and also a Mosin, both with the 311284. Accuracy wasn't great, but wasn't terrible either and I didn't pursue it much further. Yesterday was my first foray into using a kicker charge. Guess I'll have to try it again in...
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    06-20-2019, 04:12 PM
    OK, I have quite a few bits and pieces of powder cans around to try. You mentioned 4227, but is there kind of an upper and lower limit of burn rate that works well for this purpose? Seems like IMR4895 would be great in this application, but I love...
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    06-20-2019, 12:53 PM
    Sweet Hdskip. I sure wish I had all the stuff that probably passed through the hands in my family. But nothing was there earlier than 1955.
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    06-20-2019, 09:11 AM
    Later that afternoon, after I had swabbed the bore and dried it, I loaded five more with the same load minus the kicker and the card wad. It was obvious I wasn't compressing it nearly as much on seating. Shot those five, and even allowing for the...
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    06-20-2019, 04:56 AM
    So true, so true!
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    06-19-2019, 07:16 PM
    I got a can of this from my Dad's stuff, he never opened it. I also got enough 700X and Unique that I won't have to buy powder for an awful long time. Just can't see that stuff being real useful. I'm sure it works Ok, but so does Unique, 700X,...
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    06-19-2019, 06:46 PM
    Tried a few today. Load was a Winchester magnum large rifle primer, a kicker of five grains of 5744, followed by 61.5 grains of 8700, a vegetable fiber wad followed by a Lyman 457125.This is pretty heavily compressed, it seems but didn't give any...
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    06-19-2019, 03:56 AM
    Yes, James 73, tell us about this rifle. Caliber? Scope? Action? Origin? Inquiring minds want to know!
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    06-18-2019, 06:49 PM
    I hate indoor ranges. Absolutely despise them. They are geared towards mall ninjas. Broke down and took my dad to one because it was in a town I was new to and figured I'd try it. Actually, they were better than most, but I still don't like...
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    06-18-2019, 05:05 PM
    Good info. Pretty much what I was looking for. I'm a little leery of using the "Kicker charge", but I really can't see getting into trouble with a powder this slow. I've been shooting this rifle with the Lyman 500 grain round nose plain base,...
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    06-18-2019, 07:48 AM
    I have quite a bit of this powder. Dad got it when it was dirt cheap years ago and I inherited it from him. Used some in jacketed 7mm Rem Mag loads years ago and it worked OK for that. Always figured it would only be good in large case capacity,...
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    06-17-2019, 11:46 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Missing in Our Town
    Is it gone for good? That sucks, first handloads.com and now this. I just referenced it for something a couple of days ago.
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    06-17-2019, 03:49 PM
    How does aguy tell if the buffer on a 1907 needs replacing and where do you get a new buffer from?
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    06-17-2019, 01:38 PM
    MOA replied to a thread Wtb 30-30 SB2 barrel in Completed Deals
    Bump for today
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    06-16-2019, 11:00 AM
    The only place I ever was that it was fairly common to find reloading and gun stuff at yard sales was Alaska. I went to a few that were almost mini gun shows.
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    06-16-2019, 10:59 AM
    I've accumulated a fair amount of shotshell reloading stuff, even though I don't do it much. I did get into 16 gauge and have three 16s now, that guage pays to reload for. Shells are available in town, but about all you can find is #8s and they...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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