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    Today, 02:24 AM
    I have a very good friend who went to college for a degree in electrical engineering some years back. I remember at first he was going to go in with several other guys renting a house. That lasted all of a couple weeks until he realized all they...
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    04-27-2017, 02:42 PM
    After realizing just how lead-laden the berm dust must be, I decided to only touch the berms when they're wet after a rain.
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    04-25-2017, 10:27 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread .25 Stevens Rimfire in Vintage Ammo
    That would be cool. We have an old Favorite that's been in the family for a century or so, in .25 Long. The bore is pretty bad and I've thought many times about lining it to .22lr but never have.
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    04-24-2017, 10:21 PM
    Well, I'm a little embarrassed. I did a little more careful loading, and the resulting difference is not quite as large. I pulled a couple of rounds loaded with the old powder apart and they were slightly over my nominal load, by nearly .1gr at...
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    04-24-2017, 01:02 AM
    Sorry, didn't mean that to come across pushy as it might have seemed; just wanted to share a little trick I figured out. As to practicality, the value of all the brass I've saved with it over the last decade or so probably wouldn't come close to...
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    04-23-2017, 08:12 PM
    For curiosity's sake, I went out to the garage and dug out a couple pieces of scrap brass, drilled though the top of the primers to leave the ring, and took a couple photos. I need to revise my statements a little; it takes more than a couple...
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    04-23-2017, 07:58 PM
    I'm telling you guys, if you make a little tool of the right shape and hardness, popping these little rings out is simple, only takes a second and doesn't damage the brass. I've done dozens over the years. Here's the tool I made out of a broken...
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    04-22-2017, 05:21 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Identify the caliber! in Our Town
    Something about a picture and a thousand words...
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    04-22-2017, 12:40 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Hearing protection? in Our Town
    Oh, yes, Ashland. I know about Ashland. It is a rather unique place in Southern Oregon; very different from where I grew up. I don't get that far south very often. We're headed to the Coos Bay/ Bandon area in a few weeks. The kids have been looking...
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    04-22-2017, 01:50 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Hearing protection? in Our Town
    What part of southern Oregon? That's where I grew up, headed there in a couple weeks to visit family, Coos Bay area.
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    04-21-2017, 09:34 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Hearing protection? in Our Town
    That's a good one, no offense taken at all. :) Actually the noises I hear are real, usually the cat playing with something or a kid sneaking video games in the middle of the night when they're supposed to be sleeping. In his later years, my...
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    04-21-2017, 06:35 PM
    I've had those rings left in primer pockets off and on for decades. Somewhere along the line I made a little tool out of a broken firing pin that fits in the rings and pries them out quickly and easily, very slick and only takes a couple seconds. It...
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    04-21-2017, 05:56 PM
    Yes, I expected a difference, I just didn't expect just a big difference. 10% less velocity for the same charge in this particular load surprised me a little; I guess that was foolish of me. No worries. I really like the powder. I'll just tinker...
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    04-21-2017, 01:55 AM
    I have several pounds of Universal in my powder magazine and have found a load I like for the .40 S&W with powder coated bullets. I recently emptied a can and opened another to find powder that looked different. The old was a light color whereas...
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    04-17-2017, 09:10 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Hearing protection? in Our Town
    My hearing is very good for my age (mid 40s) but I have been noticing tinnitus more recently. Some days it's worse than others, or maybe I just notice it more. It funny, sometimes I'll hear a sound when it's quiet in the house, usually a high...
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    04-17-2017, 09:04 PM
    I hope you find some improvement with your health, Tomme, and some financial relief with SS. I've heard horror stories for years about people being denied who clearly qualify. Chronic illness and pain drains the life out of you. My wife has been...
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    04-17-2017, 04:05 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Hearing protection? in Our Town
    I don't want to shoot at all any more without hearing protection, even .22s, though I do miss going for a walk in the woods on the farm with a .22 rifle and plinking. I don't see a few rounds out doors with a .22 rifle as being damaging. Due to...
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    04-17-2017, 12:38 AM
    Both are SPF to Lee S. Forsberg. That was fast!
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    04-17-2017, 12:06 AM
    Yes, the handles are included for both of them. What you see is what you get.
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    04-16-2017, 11:18 PM
    Both are SOLD! Thanks! I have two molds that need new homes. I've used both of these very little and have a big Orthodontist bill coming up, so it's time to let go of a bunch of excess gear. The first one is a brass Saeco 453 .45 wadcutter...
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    04-16-2017, 04:37 PM
    The old .45acp ammo from that era had "tinned" bullets. It's a thin tin wash over a regular copper jacketed bullet. It comes off pretty easy if you polish them. I have lots of WWI .45 acp ammo with tinned bullets. I like the early .45 rounds. I...
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    04-16-2017, 04:20 PM
    It seems like that's what sells nowadays, so that's what the shops carry. The LGS here is the same way; walls full of ARs, cases full of plastic frame autos, and everyone has a "tactical beard". :) I think I'm going backwards. Twenty years ago I...
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    04-16-2017, 01:39 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Hearing protection? in Our Town
    I guess I wasn't thinking about .22lr. I used to not use hearing protection for .22, but do now. I have a young friend who's having the time of his life, making good money roofing houses. I asked him if he wears knee pads. He looked at me like I...
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    04-16-2017, 12:51 PM
    fatelk started a thread Hearing protection? in Our Town
    We've had recent threads on hearing protection as I recall, and I saw this article a couple days ago: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-noise-usa-hearing-idUSKBN17F2P9 Here's a quote from the article that I found interesting: First,...
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    04-16-2017, 12:35 PM
    Darn it! That's it! I've had it with this place! I'm leaving, and don't nobody try and stop me!!! I don't have to put up with this kind of abuse!! :) (Just trying to be funny, by the way, no offense intended towards anyone) Personally I don't...
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    04-16-2017, 12:18 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread 22LR @ Walmart in Rimfire Area
    It sure is coming back a lot slower than I ever thought it would. For a while there I was seeing it more, and cheaper, but now hardly at all. I need to qualify that a little. Cabela's has a shelf full of .22lr, but it's all too rich for my blood.
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    04-16-2017, 12:13 AM
    We used pure nickel gaskets where I used to work long ago. They were used once and thrown away. Instead of throwing them in the garbage I would put them in a little can in my locker. Some of the other guys started collecting them for me as well....
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    04-14-2017, 05:00 PM
    I've read all the arguments and threads over the years about lead in Glocks and have made up my own mind, for myself only. I have no recommendations for anyone else, but for my guns I just use the right alloy, diameter, lube,etc. and never had a...
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    04-14-2017, 12:27 PM
    You said it far better than I could have, Char-Gar. I have seen both sides of politics and church. On one hand you have the political church, where one's politics seem to be more important than their faith. On the other hand is the church where...
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    04-13-2017, 09:08 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Our Lauren in Our Chapel
    I am so sorry. A parent should never have to outlive their child. I have no words that can help in a time like this but we will pray for your family.
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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
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