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    Today, 04:38 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Old Ruger in Rimfire Area
    I remember the first time I'd ever heard of the Ruger pistol. I was probably in my early teens and fascinated with guns. My dad never liked guns (had a couple, really only farm tools), but my grandfather and uncle were occasional hunters. I absorbed...
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    Today, 12:15 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Old Ruger in Rimfire Area
    Yes, it has the shorter barrel. It's funny, a lot of times we tend to think things were cheaper "back in the day". My first Ruger Standard I bought at a garage sale in the late '80s. It cost me $125 as I recall, and had some minor pitting on one...
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    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    fatelk started a thread Old Ruger in Rimfire Area
    Went to a gun show this morning, with absolutely no intention of buying anything other than maybe a few odds and ends, maybe some brass. There was this little Ruger Standard .22lr automatic, serial number dates to '74, immaculate condition except...
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    09-20-2019, 01:39 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Heart troubles in Our Town
    Any of you all out there that might be putting off seeing a doctor about possible health trouble, don't put it off too long. He waited far longer that he should have, back in the hospital with complications. It's not good.
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    09-19-2019, 12:45 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Winchester Ranger in Leverguns
    Well, I spent $8 and bought a scope base, put a little Tasco 1.75-5x scope on it. I'm a little disappointed, not with the groups today, but with my shooting before I put the scope on it. I thought I was a better shot with iron sights that this....
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    09-14-2019, 11:38 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Devastating accident in Our Chapel
    No worries, I knew what you meant. :) I know I've said this a lot, but thanks again to everyone! I read through this sub forum fairly regularly, and understand that we all go through tough times sometimes, some worse than others. It's a great...
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    09-14-2019, 03:44 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Devastating accident in Our Chapel
    Thank you everyone. Yes, it’s great news. It’s going to be a long hard recovery, but things are looking up. The long term financial repercussions are going to be tough, but they can deal with that as it comes. Their little one is doing fine. My...
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    09-14-2019, 12:48 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Devastating accident in Our Chapel
    I think you mean my sister
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    09-13-2019, 08:56 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Devastating accident in Our Chapel
    Good news! He was able to take a few steps today, with support. His hands and arms are making very slow but steady improvements too. It’s going to take a long time and a lot of work, but it’s looking good for the long haul.
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    09-08-2019, 06:27 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Winchester Ranger in Leverguns
    I feel like there's still got to be more to it than just the sights, but these sights are not my favorite.
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    09-08-2019, 12:52 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Winchester Ranger in Leverguns
    Yes, the sights could be part of it. They really aren't very good, are they? Normally I can shoot better than that with any sights though. It does have the scope base mounting holes. I thought about picking up some bases for it and putting a...
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    09-08-2019, 12:25 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Winchester Ranger in Leverguns
    Thank you. I've had it to the range a couple times now, and occasionally I'll get a tight group, but more often than not I get some serious vertical stringing. Any idea what might cause that? I talking about 3" - 4" groups at 50 yards, always...
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    09-07-2019, 04:17 AM
    I know this question is a bit off the specific topic for this thread, but anyone here use the Lee 452-255-RF? I already have a 454190 and was thinking about trying something different. I can’t really justify buying a Lyman mold, but could pick up a...
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    09-05-2019, 09:14 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Devastating accident in Our Chapel
    Hope it's OK to post a Gofundme link? Just if anyone is interested. I don't want to be presumptuous; we really don't expect strangers to contribute financially. We really value all the good words and prayers! ...
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    09-05-2019, 02:03 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Yellow Jackets in Our Town
    I had a really big nest underground just outside the house a few years ago. I dumped a gallon of liquid nitrogen down the hole. That wiped them out for good.
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    09-04-2019, 11:37 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Heart troubles in Our Town
    Just an update: still in the hospital recovering. He's healing up but still has trouble with fluid in the lungs. I was hoping recovery would be quicker and better. It's going to be a long haul I think.
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    09-04-2019, 11:33 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Winchester Ranger in Leverguns
    Thanks guys both for that info. I appreciate any information I can get. Speaking of light loads, I have a bucket of plastic bullets I bought a few years ago. They are orange plastic 13gr. .308" bullets with a copper gas check. I never really got...
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    09-04-2019, 11:26 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Devastating accident in Our Chapel
    Sorry, slow to come back here. He's doing OK, in rehab. Recovery is going to be very slow going. The drs say they think he'll walk again eventually, and it looks like he'll most likely regain one arm, but the other side is not looking good, so far....
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    09-04-2019, 11:23 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Winchester Ranger in Leverguns
    Thanks guys. That makes me feel better about it. So far I’ve just shot a few groups at 25 and 50 yards, starting a load workup with Lee C309-170-F powder coated and gas checked, and LVE powder. Nothing impressive yet for accuracy, about 2” at 50...
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    09-04-2019, 01:00 AM
    fatelk started a thread Winchester Ranger in Leverguns
    I just bought my first 30-30. It's funny, I've owned an awful lot of rifles over the last three decades or so, but never the one iconic American deer rifle. I've been half-heartedly watching for one for some time. I have a Marlin 1894 .44 Mag.,...
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    09-01-2019, 12:13 AM
    I have one of those, just picked it up a couple weeks ago. Literally, I picked it up out of the trash barrel at the range. It had been shot through and through. The bullet just barely missed the readout in front by the tiniest amount, blew out a...
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    08-29-2019, 02:05 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Pulled primers in Reloading Equipment
    My son and I occasionally pick up brass at the range. After a match especially, there are many thousands of mostly 9mm on the ground. We also find a fair quantity of live rounds. I always pull them apart with an inertia puller, dump the powder, keep...
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    08-27-2019, 10:24 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Heart troubles in Our Town
    Just an update: surgery was today. They were only able to do one bypass due to his condition and the fact that they've determined he also has leukemia. He's in rough shape. My mom is taking it hard too. As I understand they're going to discuss...
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    08-26-2019, 09:34 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Strange Lee Die in Reloading Equipment
    I have a set of those Lee collet dies, in 30-06. I bought them sometime in the early '90s, as I recall. They have worked well over the years. One distinct advantage for me was shown when I happened to buy a used rifle chambered in 30-06 Ackley...
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    08-26-2019, 02:09 PM
    Lead wheel weights are almost completely extinct here. I don’t even bother if I see one because it’s almost certainly steel or zinc. I did have my eye on some good old fashioned lead wheel weights recently though. I’d been watching them for a...
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    08-23-2019, 02:45 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Devastating accident in Our Chapel
    Thank you. Yes, they’re working on a go-fund-me, and friends are organizing a community fundraiser as well. My sister is optimistic about a good degree of recovery, but she said he’s really taking it hard emotionally. It’s been really rough,...
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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