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    Today, 09:56 PM
    I like the NOE 45 grain WFN design for squirrels. Mine is all plain based. I also have one of the Lee Bator molds before they changed to a copy of the RCBS design. It's a good shooter as well. I've never tried to make either one a full power...
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    Today, 08:15 PM
    It's been our experience that the .260 Remington works very well on deer. My oldest son's first deer rifle is a Remington Model 7 in .260. I recently got a Ruger American in 6.5 Creedmoor. Waiting for good weather to mount the scope and shoot...
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    Today, 11:19 AM
    I'm just not sure I can bring myself to have something that looks like that, but it sure might be interesting to work with. Did a look see on Ruger's site and other than .308, not much to interest a caster, though I do have molds for 6.5. Kind...
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    Today, 10:22 AM
    Even though I do most of my shooting on my own place now, once in a while I go RSO at the range I'm a member of just to stay connected. A guy I know who is a pretty knowledgeable shooter shows up with one of these in 6.5 Creedmoor (not sure what...
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    Today, 09:11 AM
    I RSO'd a local pistol range yesterday. I could have walked away from there with a five gallon bucket of .40 S%W brass, I think it's even more common than 9mm brass now. I really should get a .40 if for no other reason. I have a 10mm I...
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    Today, 02:38 AM
    Very nice. I have one of the clip fed versions of this and my uncle's boys rifle, the single shot version. Have had others over the years. Great rifles, though I slightly prefer the Winchester 69 and 72 series rifles. The Remingtons are probably...
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    Today, 02:05 AM
    I always enjoy seeing those old doubles you collect still doing their thing. Buckshot isn't legal for deer here, though I know I could do it, most of mine I take within buckshot range. That would be a cool thing to do one day with a vintage...
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    Yesterday, 09:06 PM
    Cool old shotgun. There's just something a lot more satisfying about using the old timers, especially with your own specialized handloads.
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    Yesterday, 09:15 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Duck shot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    #4 are popular for Turkey and I bet they'd make good pheasant loads too. I have a small quantity of #4 shot, been considering a 1 1/8 ounce 16 gauge load for squirrels that will leave less shot to pick out.
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    01-18-2020, 12:12 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread I feel naughty... in Our Town
    I hear you. I shot a deer this past Fall with a jacketed bullet in my old .30-06. No real excuse, but I got impatient and bogged down by problems hunting this year and took the easy route, first one I'd killed with a jacketed bullet in ten years. ...
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    01-17-2020, 08:46 PM
    Said it on the can. I have lubed bullets with ordinary automotive bearing grease by smearing some on the bearing surface of the bullet before seating, worked fine. Only did it for slow stuff, and didn't wait long between loading and shooting. ...
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    01-12-2020, 09:45 PM
    I replaced my Lee ten pound dripomatic a few years ago with an old Lyman 61 I got. Wish like crazy I had done it years ago, I fought with that Lee thing way too long and it Is so much easier to get good bullets with a quality pot. I'm not a Lee...
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    01-12-2020, 08:32 PM
    This is the stuff I'm talking about. https://lucasoil.com/lucas-oil-news/latest-news/4963-lucas-oil-products-announces-red-n-tacky-spray-grease-same-product-with-new-convenient-application-method
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    01-12-2020, 08:29 PM
    The wife and I went to Tractor Supply today and while I was browsing around, I saw this stuff. Comes in an aerosol can, says you spray it on hard to reach places and it dries fast (no idea what "dry" means in this case). The stuff was $9 a can, no...
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    01-12-2020, 01:40 PM
    The cast projectiles are for the s&w 500 revolver. But it was the perfect size and weight for the 12.7x44R roller. I'm using 30:1 alloy so I get upsetting from boolits.
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    01-12-2020, 11:37 AM
    I shot all these with a .22, that pellet had been in that squirrel a while. Been thinking of developing a heavy load if #4s for squirrels that with a full choke would most likely go all the way through and if not, be easier to pick out during...
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    01-12-2020, 10:00 AM
    For those of us not as familiar with the metric system, what does 1000J at 100 meters equate to in a more or less standard cartridge loading? This is interesting stuff, I'm always intrigued at how different hunting laws are from state to state...
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    01-11-2020, 10:05 PM
    A .35 Whelen is always a good choice. Possibly a .375-06?
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    01-11-2020, 09:34 PM
    For deer the size you're talking about, I would think just about any .30 caliber cast bullet with a flat nose would work fine at 1800 FPS or more. We have some pretty darn big deer here in the Midwest and even though they average twice the body...
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    01-11-2020, 05:02 PM
    I don't have one in front of me, but I'm sure the older Lyman manuals I have include cast bullet data for the 7.65 Argentine. It ought to be great with cast, seems most oversize .30s are.
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    01-11-2020, 04:55 PM
    I would think it could be easily done. I think the .375 would be big enough to clean up the shouldered chamber of the .270. I have not had anything done by JES, but have looked into it. His prices are reasonable and I've heard nothing but...
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    01-11-2020, 04:49 PM
    Here's an odd "rest of the story". I made a crock pot of stew out of these four and have been working on it this past week (funny how much meat four small animals like that actually render down into). Eating the last bowl of it just now, I bit...
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    01-11-2020, 04:33 PM
    Reading your first post again about that 170 grain bullet and 2150 FPS, that sounds suspiciously like a factory .30-30 loading here in the states. Makes me wonder if that's what they used as a benchmark?
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    01-11-2020, 03:10 PM
    I thought it odd to have a power level that high for a 60 lb animal seemed strange as well, but game laws often don't make sense here either.
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    01-11-2020, 01:35 PM
    The RCBS cast manual I used to get a deer load. I settled on 30 grains of IMR 3031 which according to them should be giving 1950 FPS or so. When I get around to it, I plan on experimenting with some others, most likely IMR 4895, but that 3031...
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