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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 AM
    Just remember that even half-jackets have to be loaded with care to prevent barrel leading so I'm not sure what the advantage that a half-jacket or Quarter-Jacket would have over a standard gas checked bullet other than covering potential lube...
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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    Today, 12:08 AM
    And the rifle is pretty much considered a blackpowder firearm anyways due to those Allin Conversions having cast-iron receivers.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:48 PM
    Congrats! Looks like you have the freezer filled. Kansas will only allow me two deer this year unless I drive a long ways to another management area I'm not familiar with. I usually only kill two a year, but I usually also keep buying tags and...
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    Yesterday, 04:18 PM
    Good luck with that goal, I always seem to be playing catch up too. Need to get outside and work with my crossbow, archery season has been going for a while now.
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    Yesterday, 10:23 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Barn/ outbuilding gun in Our Town
    Cheap single barrel 20 gauge and cheap semi auto .22. The shotgun is loaded with buck shot, but has #6 bird shot shells right next to it. The total worth of both together probably isn't $150. Need to stuff a rag or something in the muzzle to...
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    10-19-2017, 10:53 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread My Dad in In Remembrance
    Sorry for your loss, Pat. Thoughts and prayers out to you.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    10-19-2017, 08:36 PM
    When I first started shooting deer with cast (small bores anyway, had been doing it with muzzle loaders for years), several others on here basically told me to not over think it. I was told to use a heavy for caliber, .30 or bigger cast of that...
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    10-18-2017, 11:33 PM
    .22 Hornet, 45 grain WFN from NOW, two grains of Bullseye, problem solved. Kills squirrels dead and fast even with body shots. My old Savage 219 shoots this very well at realistic small game distances and is my favorite squirrel killer.
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    10-18-2017, 10:42 PM
    Gotta love a big bore lever gun. Congrats! If I recall right, the .405 JES is the .444 Marlin necked to take a .40 caliber bullet is that correct?
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    10-18-2017, 07:51 AM
    It's the best thing I've tried in .45-70 so far. I haven't worked with a lot of powders and loads, though. I've always stayed well within Trapdoor levels for my .45-70 loads and seem to get an awful lot of unburned powder with nearly everything...
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    10-17-2017, 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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    10-17-2017, 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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    10-17-2017, 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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    10-17-2017, 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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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 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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    10-17-2017, 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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    10-17-2017, 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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    10-17-2017, 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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    10-17-2017, 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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    10-16-2017, 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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    10-16-2017, 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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    10-16-2017, 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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    10-16-2017, 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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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    10-16-2017, 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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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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