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    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    When I see tables without prices, I usually just walk right on by.
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    Yesterday, 11:07 PM
    Now I have a decision to make. It looks like I can get another one, same condition and price. I have a lot of old surplus guns that I've bought in pairs. Hmm, a great price on a neat old gun is worth buying one, so maybe worth buying two...
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    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    I do the same as everyone else here, depriming live primers. It's a common assumption, that depriming live primers is dangerous. I read all the time about people who soak the brass in oil or dispose of the entire case, even people who treat unwanted...
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    02-16-2020, 01:59 AM
    For anyone interested, I googled the part number on the box and came up with a bunch of places that have them right now, from $200 and up. Judging by the one I got, it's a heck of a deal. I wish I could afford to buy several. I don't know...
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    02-15-2020, 11:02 PM
    Interesting, thanks guys. It's definitely .38 Special, and definitely a Century gun. Fortunately the Century stamp is tiny. It's on the bottom of the frame by the serial number- a very small "C.A.I. Georgia, VT. MADE IN U.S.A." It's so small that I...
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    02-15-2020, 10:43 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Antique or not? in Our Town
    Guns like that were made for the battlefield, and have no place on the streets of America.
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    02-15-2020, 04:55 PM
    Last year I posted about a Rock Island M200 that I bought, and how for such an inexpensive revolver, I like it a lot. Well today I found what I had really wanted, an old S&W 10-5 from the mid '70s, for only $30 more than I paid for the Rock...
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    02-14-2020, 12:30 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread USPS Regional Rate Boxes in Our Town
    Am I missing something??? I didn't mean to offend. I just wanted to point out that even shipping clear across country, regional boxes aren't so bad a deal as some of you all seem to think. Am I wrong somehow? Show me the numbers. If it's under 15...
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    02-13-2020, 08:05 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread USPS Regional Rate Boxes in Our Town
    I just did an estimate on USPS.com, for an 8lb package from Portland, OR to Portland, Maine. It comes to $15.05 for a MFRB, and $12.10 for a regional Box A, coast to coast. I think if it will fit in an A box, it’s still worth while to have a...
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    02-13-2020, 02:27 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread USPS Regional Rate Boxes in Our Town
    I’ve shipped them from the West Coast to the East Coast. Depending on weight, they’re still a good value. Even at the farthest region they’re still cheaper than a medium flat-rate box, not much savings, but still some. It stinks that they have to...
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    02-12-2020, 02:12 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread USPS Regional Rate Boxes in Our Town
    That stinks. I know I've done it before, a couple times at least, but I wonder if they've changed something now. I looked at the USPS Postage Calculator, and it now shows the regional boxes as on-line postage only, and an over the counter price as...
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    02-12-2020, 02:28 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread USPS Regional Rate Boxes in Our Town
    I think your local post office didn't know what they were doing. Either that or they've changed things, because I've shipped regional boxes over the counter a time or two in the past. You don't need any kind of special printer or labels to use...
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    02-11-2020, 02:55 PM
    One bump for the 30-30 brass, and the dies
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    02-11-2020, 12:22 AM
    A Single Six is better than a Wrangler, no question at all, but for the money the Wrangler is a good gun. I have two of them also. I like them a lot, but I have noticed something about guns like this. It all depends on your expectations. If you...
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    02-10-2020, 04:32 PM
    I have a bunch of stuff to get rid of. Here is the first of it. Prices do not include shipping. I can take USPS money orders, and discrete paypal. I can consider other payment from long-time members. .38 Special wadcutter brass, 13 boxes- 650...
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    02-09-2020, 12:11 AM
    They look exactly like old M2 AP bullets to me. I've seen plenty that have the double cannelure like that. Are you sure they're 174gr, or 162? M2 AP bullets weren't tungsten (other than some early ones), but rather tool steel. Tool steel is not...
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    02-08-2020, 11:21 PM
    Both of mine do the exact same thing. To be honest I thought it was normal, but as I look closely at my other single-actions I see that they don't do that. This is just me, but honestly it really doesn't bother me in the slightest, seems like a...
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    02-05-2020, 11:33 PM
    For Gunbroker sold listings- first you need to sign up for an account. Click on "Advanced" next to the search bar near the top of the page. On the Advanced Search page, click on the "Completed Items" tab. It will make you sign in, if you're not...
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    01-27-2020, 11:49 PM
    I've considered it, as I've had a few 10mm cases here and there with crinkled or cracked necks, that I've tossed into the scrap bucket. I look at them, look over at the gallons of .40 S&W brass that is so cheap and plentiful as to be sold for scrap,...
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    01-27-2020, 12:36 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Duck shot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I put a few pounds in an empty pot and melted it down just to see what it did. It was actually pretty clean, melted fairly easy. I was a little disappointed that it's neither hard nor soft. The ingots ring a little when dropped and seem about as...
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    01-25-2020, 01:12 PM
    Personally I would find someone who's into that sort of thing, and trade your 100 for maybe 500 regular bullets. Incendiary bullets are generally worth substantially more than regular fmj or hunting bullets.
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    01-23-2020, 01:07 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Shipping Primer Dilemmas in Our Town
    I was at a gun show recently. I bought some primers from a guy who had a bunch of them: piles of bricks and a stack of sleeves under the table. He was selling them for $20 per brick. This was a Saturday afternoon and he said he had already sold a...
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    01-21-2020, 02:37 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Duck shot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    For those that donít instantly recognize it, this is reclaimed shot, but not from a shotgun. Every single pellet is flattened on one side like they hit steel, one at a time in rapid succession. Mixed in with the shot are tiny, shot up, scraps of...
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    01-21-2020, 02:40 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Duck shot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    You all want to hear something funny? I finally got around to looking closely at what I really had, and it's certainly not what I thought. I had previously just felt the weight and shot size through bag. Now I don't feel bad about tossing it all...
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    01-20-2020, 06:13 PM
    That photo is a Rough Rider, not a Ruger. Heritage (Rough Rider) doesn’t do free return labels; it costs $50 to send it in, even a brand new gun with an obvious defect. That’s one of several reasons that I’d never buy another Rough Rider. Even...
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    01-20-2020, 01:51 AM
    I just checked both of mine: .007" on one, and .008" on the other. Much better than my Rough Rider. Here's how I got it back from Heritage warranty repair, after they "fixed" it. I can't imagine how anyone who even dreams of calling them self a...
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    01-20-2020, 01:08 AM
    In the state of California, I think it's now illegal to clip articles from a magazine. You can cut articles from your periodicals, but don't clip from a magazine or they'll red flag your butt... :)
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    01-19-2020, 09:17 PM
    Did you mean Sandia Labs in New Mexico? I had to turn down a very good job offer there last year, not with the labs, just an onsite contractor. Even so, it seemed like a prestigious place to be. The recruiter got to the point of asking what date he...
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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