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    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    That's a good one. I've used that site before when there's any doubt about a powder. There are ways to tell, and most of them have been detailed already. From a practical perspective, I think that using these various techniques you could come to a...
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    Yesterday, 02:08 PM
    The only engine code was "Random Multiple Misfire Detected". That doesn't tell me much, other than it's a fuel or electrical problem, which I knew already. It started fairly easy this morning. It fires when I turn the key, and dies when I let go. It...
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    12-17-2018, 11:37 PM
    Of course; I should have known full well there really couldn't be any relationship between the two maladies. I got the new pump on, flushed the system real well, installed a filter, and got everything cleaned up and tightened. It was a bear to...
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    12-17-2018, 06:12 PM
    Thanks everyone. We had a doctor appointment this morning, so I'm getting everything together now to flush it out real well. I'll get that done and then address the starting issue. I originally assumed that was a fuel issue, probably the IAC, but...
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    12-17-2018, 01:07 AM
    My wife's old minivan is having troubles and I'm way too cheap to take it to a shop, if it's something I can possibly do myself. The problem began a few days ago when it was having trouble starting. You'd turn the key and it would fire, but die...
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    12-13-2018, 03:29 PM
    SOLD This is an extra RCBS Uniflow powder measure that I've decided I don't need. It's used, in good shape, complete with both large and small drums, both drop tubes, lid and mounting bracket. I'd like $55 shipped for it. SOLD
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    12-12-2018, 02:25 AM
    I guess it must have been coincidence then and not a trend. I found some great deals on odds and ends at a gun show I went to a couple months ago, then a bunch more at the next one I went to last weekend. I don't go to many shows anymore so that's...
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    12-11-2018, 06:30 PM
    Western Oregon. Maybe I've just been in the right place at the right time. I have bought some powder, primers, and bullets, but not nearly so much as I could have if I'd have had pocketfuls of cash that I was willing to spend.
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    12-11-2018, 06:00 PM
    Anyone else seeing really good deals lately? More and more at gun shows and online I've been seeing some giveaway prices on stuff here and there. Bad timing for me. I've been going through a process for a while now, trying to downsize and back...
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    12-11-2018, 05:21 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Prayer Request in Our Chapel
    So sorry to hear... praying for you and yours
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    12-10-2018, 09:58 PM
    I actually skipped disassembly of the bolt this time. I did replace the extractor once before when it broke, and that was a huge pain.
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    12-10-2018, 09:55 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Some people..... in Our Town
    A friend of mine once found some .22 holes in a road sign and caught some neighbor kids shooting across the road without a good backstop. He went and chewed them out; his house was in line with the sign. Some time later the vet found a .22 slug in...
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    12-10-2018, 02:49 AM
    I've had my old M1 Carbine for over 30 years. It's a '43 Underwood that I bought at a garage sale when I was in high school. It's nothing fancy, just an old Blue Sky refurbished import. I've fired many thousands of rounds through it over the years,...
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    12-02-2018, 01:09 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Disappointment.... in Our Town
    Reminds me of being out of town a while back, and seeing a sign for “Great Clips”...
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    11-26-2018, 02:00 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread 22 LR Fun in Rimfire Area
    I’ve had people make fun of me because I like twenty-twos: “kid’s gun”, “glorified pellet gun”, etc.. I don’t care what they say, sometimes a .22lr is just a heck of a fun way to spend an afternoon at the range!
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    11-25-2018, 11:07 PM
    I'm pretty happy with it. We ran out to the range today and shot another 150 rounds. At first they were jamming up badly in the 10/22, but then I realized something was up with the BX25 magazine. I unloaded and reloaded it, and they ran like...
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    11-25-2018, 10:57 PM
    A good friend of mine is a wildlife control guy. He has to shoot a lot of coastal black bear. He often uses a .44 mag revolver with very good results. As with anything, it's all about shot placement. Clearly a .357 can take them down, but personally...
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    11-25-2018, 01:24 PM
    I never thought I'd ever buy .22lr ammo for less than 2 cents each, but I pretty much have a long term supply now. I picked up 8,000 rounds of the Federal "Black Pack" ammo on a black Friday special. I already submitted the online rebate, comes to...
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    11-23-2018, 01:59 PM
    I bought some, one case before the rebate started and a couple more this morning. So far we’ve shot a couple hundred rounds through a 10/22 and an old Ruger Standard. So far zero misfires or malfunctions. We weren’t shooting paper targets except for...
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    11-22-2018, 12:23 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Amputation in Our Town
    Well, she's scheduled for a joint replacement next week. Right, wrong, or in-between, it's worth a try. Any of you all who are the praying type...
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    11-22-2018, 12:22 AM
    Especially considering just how many tens of millions of .40sw pistols are out there, and the fact that I have a five gallon bucket of .40 brass and a couple molds. :) The venerable .38 Special died a similar death a couple decades ago, as far as...
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    11-21-2018, 07:00 PM
    I’m glad to see that there are others here who still appreciate the .40sw. I roll my eyes a little whenever I hear someone say it’s either “too snappy” or “short and wimpy”. So which is it, underpowered or overpowered? Someone told me recently that...
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    11-19-2018, 01:46 AM
    So far my kids and I have shot a few hundred rounds each of Thunderbolt and Federal "Black Pack", with zero misfires in the Ruger 10/22. There were maybe two or three jams, but I attributed that to the cheap Butler Creek magazines.
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    11-18-2018, 09:44 PM
    It sure took long enough, but it finally happened. I figured for sure we'd see 4 cents bulk ammo when the shelves were stocked to overflowing, and am glad to see I was wrong. Recently I've been seeing sales and have bought a fair amount for under 3...
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    11-18-2018, 09:42 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread RA Lot 1 in Vintage Ammo
    I just fired a couple magazines full of identical ammo a couple days ago; ECS43 steel case in about the same condition. It all shot fine, as good as new.
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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
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GC Gas Check