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    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    De lubing bullets is a lot of trouble, especially when several people on this thread have told you they can be shot over 1000 FPS without leading. Tumbling them in LLA like Larry said will take 30 seconds plus the drying time and will be as good a...
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    04-23-2019, 09:52 PM
    PM inbound.
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    04-23-2019, 08:32 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread western book author in Our Town
    Elmore Leonard wrote some entertaining stuff as did Louis Lamour, though I never really thought either was a great writer. Lamour was an interesting dude, and in my opinion, Last of the Breed really stands out among his works, very good book. ...
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    04-23-2019, 07:37 PM
    I've been shooting a lot of 311466 bullets in a few things, including a Savage 340 which shot it well, but looking for a hunting load, so I want something with a flat nose. If the Ranchdog doesn't do it, though I think it will, I'll go back to...
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    04-23-2019, 07:29 PM
    Yep, swaged not cast which means very soft but does not necessarily mean leading at moderate velocities. Hate to point out the obvious, but you have them loaded up, try them and see if they lead and or shoot badly, why take some stranger's word...
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    04-22-2019, 10:58 PM
    The Savage 219 would make a good squirrel rifle, in fact, my go to fox squirrel gun is a 219 in .22 Hornet. Been thinking a load like this Ranchdog load and then a load with the Lee 113 grain Soup Can and about 8 grains of 700X or thereabouts and...
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    04-22-2019, 08:39 PM
    I am fully on board with the "his rifle, he can do what he wants with it" mentality, I truly am, but that is still painful to look at.
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    04-22-2019, 08:31 PM
    These Ranchdogs were cast from that same 50/50 + 2% tine, but I water dropped them, so harder than I should hunt with. That same bullet and alloy, but air cooled worked quite well on a good buck a few years ago in a .308. The 219 I shot this...
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    04-22-2019, 06:14 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Too much ammo in Our Town
    What are those funny looking coppery things loaded into all that brass? Since I got a place of my own to shoot, I'm shooting more, seems hard to find the time to reload as much as I'd like. During Winter when I don't have day light after work, I...
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    04-21-2019, 07:54 PM
    A couple of months ago, I impulse bought another Savage 219 and like it a lot, turned out to be quite a good shooter with various cast. The barrel was drilled and tapped for a scope so that helps. Anyway, looking around, between the son and I we...
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    04-20-2019, 08:13 PM
    I just used up the last two or three ounces in a can I got in my Dad's stuff. Looked OK, had load data for .38 Special and a bunch of bullets and cases lying around. Took about 170 rounds to use it up. Good stuff, metered well and accuracy was...
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    04-20-2019, 01:54 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Turkey hunters in Our Town
    Nice! I have never turkey hunted and have always meant to eventually take it up. We sure do have a lot of them around here.
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    04-17-2019, 09:31 PM
    The first "small bore" cast bullet deer I killed was with my 340 (actually, a Sears named Savage 340). Used an old Ideal mold of the 31141 and 25 grains of the B-West BW 36 powder that burned like 3031. Good load that shot well in mine.
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    04-17-2019, 06:32 AM
    Been living in north central Kansas about 25 years now, came here from Anchorage. Funny, right from get go, we saw hundreds more bald eagles in Kansas than in Alaska, they are all over the place in the coves of the rocky lake we lived by. Besides...
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    04-16-2019, 09:30 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread in Our Town
    Tried clicking on the old link in my favorites and instead of coming up with "page unavailable" like it has been for a while, there was a Microsoft page that suggests that the domain is available(?) Guess it's gone for good this time. Gonna miss...
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    04-15-2019, 11:21 PM
    Here we go;
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    04-15-2019, 10:55 PM
    A 1983 Kawasaki KZ1100 LTD. Beat up, but had all the Vetter fairing and bags. I've just about gotten out of riding the past few years, still have my KLR 650 which I'll probably keep til I die and my Triumph Bonneville. Didn't even get the Bonnie...
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    04-15-2019, 07:55 PM
    Mine is a good shooter with every cast load I ever shot in it, it's never seen a jacketed bullet since I've owned it. They're better rifles than they are given credit for and I haven't seen a decent one any cheaper than $225 in a while. By the...
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    04-15-2019, 07:41 PM
    I went up in it about 20 years ago when the wife and I went to Paris. Impressive. Very sad day to see it destroyed like that.
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    04-15-2019, 07:39 PM
    We keep a bone stock one with a scope loaded next to the door for whatever varmints are about. I think it's an 80's vintage one. Always been accurate for me, trigger is acceptable. Most reliable .22 auto loader ever with possible exception of the...
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    04-15-2019, 07:03 AM
    richhodg66 started a thread Prayers for Gary in Our Chapel
    Wouldn't say he's been a close friend, but I've known him a long time, active guy in our little town who had two daughters close to my two son's ages so I've had a good bit of contact with him over the years. Anyway, he's been fighting leukemia for...
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    04-13-2019, 01:26 PM
    I have a couple of spare #2s. I could use a #12 if you have one to trade, but if not, it's yours for the asking, just PM me where to send it.
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    04-13-2019, 09:49 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread An open apology in Our Town
    Sounds like an honest mistake to me and that you were straight with the guy. If he's butt hurt and can't accept that, he's the one with the problem. Sounds like someone I'd not do business with in the future.
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    04-10-2019, 01:53 PM
    You'd need to change the magazine and bolt face at least. I have one in .222 and also a Stevens 322 in .22 Hornet, definitely set up differently.
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