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    04-08-2020, 11:12 PM
    I used old fashion Crisco for many years and it worked fine. If I was hunting in hot weather, I added some bees wax. Butter flavor Crisco taste better in camp but I believe it has some salt in it so I just bake with it. Then somehow a few years...
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    04-08-2020, 03:00 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Neck up 225 Winchester in Our Town
    I have necked up hundreds of 223 cases to 7mm TCU over the years. The key is to lube the inside of the neck heavily. You might also find that the brand of brass makes a difference as well. It doesn't apply in your case but for me, the best 223...
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    04-07-2020, 12:42 PM
    It usually takes me an afternoon to mow our large lawn. Now I am doing it in three days just to keep busy.
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    04-05-2020, 01:46 PM
    I shoot both in either bolt or single shots (semi-autos are a separate subject) and my experience has been that the 222 has been much easier to cast for than the 223 which I can only attribute to the 222's longer neck. In my case my 222's (all...
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    04-05-2020, 01:26 PM
    I have had only one spire style mold. It was in 257 caliber. The accuracy of that boolit was underwhelming compared to a semi-pointed or round nose boolits of nearly the same weight at the same MV.
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    03-27-2020, 03:38 PM
    My wife's Mossberg 243 absolutely loves the CB's from an old Lyman Loverin style mold. The powder is Unique and the MV is 1850 fps. She is a better shot than I am, of course, and MOA or smaller groups are normal for her. I wish I could get my 6mm...
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    03-27-2020, 03:24 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Hunting loads in Hunting with CB's
    Muzzle velocity. I did my terminal ballistics tests at 45 yards, measured penetration (knowing soaked compressed phone books are quite hard), then looked at the boolits. The flat point boolits expanded nicely penetrating about 14" while the round...
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    03-26-2020, 01:22 PM
    It is still a bit cold here with frosty mornings to do much more than early plantings of cooler weather crops. I have gotten my onions and Ozette potatoes in the ground and an early seeding of lettuce, spinach, arugula, and radishes. Cucumbers,...
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    03-26-2020, 01:17 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Hunting loads in Hunting with CB's
    Given the results ten years ago from my terminal ballistics test into wet compressed phone books with my 30/30 and cast 160's, you probably don't even need 1700 fps. 1550 will do the job if your shots are under 125 yards on small to medium deer...
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    03-24-2020, 05:28 PM
    I have used mine in a 357 Max and it shoots very well sized to 358.
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    03-22-2020, 02:35 PM
    My Marlin 444 has always liked cast boolits and even shoots (+feeds) plain base SWC's well at low velocity. For the easy loads, I use 5744 and plain base boolits for a velocity of about 1200 fps. For stiffer hunting loads, I have found it shoots...
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    03-21-2020, 02:04 PM
    Welcome to our board. You will find us to be a happy and helpful group. We all have a little alchemist spirit to us (turning lead into gold on the competition range). I don't shoot pistols competitively but hunt and occasionally compete with...
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    03-18-2020, 12:35 PM
    I have been buying scrap lead for my fishing jig business for 40+ years and have learned to recognize the "good stuff" by sight. For jigs it doesn't matter as long as it isn't zinc but for making my own boolit alloy, I watch for 98% pure or...
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    03-17-2020, 09:05 PM
    Resolved the problem yesterday evening. I removed the trigger assembly then gently removed the screw holding the "H" shaped piece that connects with the barrel's locking lug in place inside the frame while also holding my breath that there wasn't a...
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    03-16-2020, 11:55 AM
    Yesterday I removed the trigger assembly as well as the pivot pin and the barrel stayed put. That done I put it all back together and it functioned normally except for the barrel being locked in (no mean feat for me with few mechanical skills). I...
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    03-15-2020, 01:48 PM
    Barrel. Yesterday I got a deal on an octagonal but unused barrel for a Contender. I put it on a newer (but still old) frame and it is locked up so cannot be reopened. Can anyone walk me through the steps to get it off. I have already removed...
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    03-13-2020, 02:47 PM
    The one near here in Port Townsend, Wa. is still on for this weekend and I will be there looking for deals on molds, brass, powder, and primers.
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reitired Navy officer, former fisheries biologist
Quilcene, Washington
fishing, hunting (blackpowder for big game and modern for all else), rockhound
self employed, fishing equip wholesale


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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