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    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    One more bump
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    Yesterday, 04:52 PM
    Speaking for myself only, powder coating is the best thing since sliced bread. I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon for new things very quick, and I was really hesitant about trying PC, but now I’ll never go back to lube, for a variety of reasons. ...
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    09-24-2018, 11:48 PM
    They look like tin-washed copper jacketed bullets, very common in that era.
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    09-23-2018, 11:32 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Good old days in Military Rifles
    Yep, good old days. My kids are young now, but I know I'm going to blink my eyes twice and they'll be grown and moved away. I'm not going to make the same mistake my dad made at this age, get to busy with work that he missed all the important stuff.
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    09-23-2018, 11:28 PM
    I use the Lee 160gr bullet, powder coated, gas check, moderate charge of H110 or 4227. It works great, shoots around 2 moa @100 yards. I've had zero problems with leading. It's way beyond subsonic. I suppose if you want anything remotely close to...
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    09-23-2018, 12:39 PM
    On the other hand, I can think of quite a number of people, mostly long-time friends and family, who I would trust with my life, or at least my wallet. As frustrating as the jerks, scammers, and deadbeats are in this world, there are still plenty...
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    09-23-2018, 12:56 AM
    fatelk started a thread Good old days in Military Rifles
    I guess I'm set for plenty of 30-06 ammo for the Garand for a while, at "olden day" prices. I picked up an 8ld jug of 4895 today at a gun show (Bartlett pulldown) for cheap, about $10/lb. I've got several thousand NC GI primers that I picked up at...
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    09-22-2018, 08:20 PM
    I found an 8lb can of pulldown 4895 from Bartlett's Reloading at a gun show today for $85. He had two and I bought one. Maybe I should have bought both.
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    09-22-2018, 08:07 PM
    As my wife says, if you have to tell people that you're honest, something's wrong. There was a big car lot that opened up many years ago in the town I grew up near; the sign said "Integrity Cars" and had a big, prominent Christian fish symbol. They...
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    09-21-2018, 10:35 PM
    For accuracy, my Marlin has a strong preference for gas checked bullets. The bore in mine is on the tight side, so I powder coat and size to .431". I use a 250gr. 429244. It also doesn't shoot well with light loads. The same full-throttle H110,...
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    09-21-2018, 09:02 PM
    It's great to have compassion and want to help people, but it can sure be a serious exercise in frustration trying to help people that aren't willing to help themselves. I've heard many stories just like that. My grandfather lent $30k to a cousin to...
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    09-20-2018, 12:47 PM
    One bump
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    09-20-2018, 01:57 AM
    I found it on the ground at the range; glad I didn't pull the trigger on that one. It's extremely bulged. To be honest, I wonder if it wasn't fired in a 9mm. That's just a theory and I could well be wrong, but the bulge looks more like the bulge...
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    09-19-2018, 10:15 PM
    Here's one to watch out for; wonder what happened here?
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    09-19-2018, 07:43 PM
    I had the opposite happen to me once, about 20 years ago; I looked behind the seat of my truck for a couple guns that were there, only they weren’t. That was a bad day, and ever since then I never leave anything of value in my vehicle.
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    09-18-2018, 04:01 PM
    I have three MFRB boxes full of 9mm brass, just 2 cents per piece. My two boys have decided they want to pick up range brass to make a little money. The boxes each have 3,500 pieces (by weight, with a little extra for good measure). $70 per box,...
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    09-15-2018, 11:04 PM
    I assume you meant "word"? Lending and borrowing can sure be problematic, I really hate to do either. I once loaned a bicycle to a friend who was going through a tough time and had no transportation. It was a nice bike, not a junker. I made sure she...
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    09-15-2018, 10:44 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Are you "particular"? in Cast Boolits
    You make some great points from a machinist's perspective. It reminds me a little of something my first machine tool instructor said, on the first day of class many, many years ago. He said there were two things he didn't want to ever hear in his...
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    09-15-2018, 03:28 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Are you "particular"? in Cast Boolits
    I think that often some of the particular things that we do are just because we like to, and not for any terribly useful purpose. Nothing wrong with that. I read an article a while back where someone did some experimentation loading benchrest...
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    09-15-2018, 01:33 AM
    I can sure see how the shorter, pointed bullets could be seriously dangerous. I wouldn't want to have a magazine full of them out at the range at the same time as a 5.56 AR and identical magazines. I've heard the stories. It's a lot like having...
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    09-15-2018, 12:03 AM
    This is how I avoid the problem: As you can see, that bullet is not going into a .223 chamber, unless it got rammed hard and seriously pushed back into the case. I suppose that could be possible, but I'm careful about neck tension and I crimp...
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    09-14-2018, 08:05 PM
    I remember buying them in the green CCI boxes like the middle photos, when I started reloading in the late 80's.
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    09-14-2018, 06:07 PM
    Not a chance; I've tried it to make sure. The diameter of the nose of the Lee 160gr bullet is .302", and it sticks out past where the neck of the .223 cartridge is, which measures .248" at the same place. You might be able to pound it in with a...
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    09-14-2018, 05:59 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Ammo amamos in Rimfire Area
    I just saw an endcap display at a local store, less than $19/brick. Was amused me was the quantity. I did a quick calculation of the number of bricks in front of me and it came to close to 300,000 rounds!
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    09-14-2018, 05:46 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Wal-Mart screw up in Rimfire Area
    Two times I've gotten a killer deal on a gun, both from dealers. The first was an old SKS on the used rack at a LGS. It was marked "Russian SKS". The stock was ugly and wrong, and the receiver had some weird rust on it. They wanted $125 as I recall...
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    09-14-2018, 05:09 PM
    I have .223/5.56 rifles, and a .300 Blackout rifle. I'm very careful to never mix things up, and I also never use short, light bullets in the .300bo. The 160gr cast bullets I use simply aren't going to go into a .223 chamber without the use of a...
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    09-14-2018, 03:53 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Are you "particular"? in Cast Boolits
    I do the same thing. I'll sit on the couch with a hand priming tool and a bucket of sized and wet tumbled brass (all sized on a single stage press with a case kicker- goes fast), and prime them while watching TV with my wife. It seems to make...
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    09-14-2018, 03:44 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Handling grief in Our Chapel
    Goatwhiskers, I'm so sorry for your loss. Grief is deeply personal, and it can be crushing. Faith and friends to talk to... Please post anytime. Lots of people here who have gone through tough times that are glad to be a listening ear. Thank you...
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    09-14-2018, 03:14 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Are you "particular"? in Cast Boolits
    Sometimes a thought goes through my head and I type up something pointless and rambling. Most often I recognize the pointlessness of it and delete it before posting. Today I inadvertently posted it. I immediately looked for a way to delete the...
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    09-14-2018, 03:04 PM
    I've noticed something over the years, in regards to those who reload ammunition. Some of us are much more particular that others. For some it has to do with what type of shooting they do (benchrest or the like), for some it's discipline or...
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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