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    11-16-2017, 02:42 PM
    Given the evidence I have seen in my terminal ballistics tests (40 yards into soaked, compressed phone books) of 30/30 boolits at a muzzle velocity of 1550 fps with a medium hardness alloy, you are good to go on any deer out to 150 yards. Just...
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    11-15-2017, 11:44 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread 7MM Lee Mold in Cast Boolits
    I really like that Lee 130 gr RNGC boolit for paper punching. In my 7mm TCU carbine, it has routinely been sub-MOA at velocities of about 1900 fps. It is definitely minute of coyote out at 300 yards. For larger game hunting I prefer the Lee...
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    11-13-2017, 11:42 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread How's your weather ? in Our Town
    We now have had 5" of rain in the last 48 hours with more on the way. Late this morning I went down to the bay to check where I launch my duck boat. The wind was a steady 15 kts so the bay wasn't too bad but there was a empty van parked there...
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    11-13-2017, 05:14 PM
    Faster than you should need or want to. Most of the rifle cast calibers I shoot perform better accuracy-wise and field-wise at velocities well under maximum even on elk. Of course, this defies conventional wisdom but moderately soft...
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    11-13-2017, 01:43 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread sabot source ? in Muzzleloading.
    I like the MMP sabots a lot. They used to make the sabots for all the other outfits as well but that may not be true these days. The MMP blue color sabot is the one that allows shooting 357 or 9mm in the 45 cal. muzzleloader. For some reason,...
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    11-13-2017, 01:18 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Lee .357 Bulits in Cast Boolits
    I have several of the Lee 357 molds. The one I use the most is the 125 gr RF which drops boolits at about 133 gr plus/minus 1 gr. I load that 125 boolit for light loads in my 38 sp. and in my 357 mag. load it for target at about 38+P velocity....
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    11-13-2017, 01:11 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread How's your weather ? in Our Town
    Our first big fall storm rolled through in the last 24 hours with 4" of rain and winds to 40. The ground is saturated now and the next storm rolls in late tonight so should bring in another couple inches of rain. My chainsaw is sharp and fueled.
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    11-11-2017, 03:03 PM
    I did several expansion tests some years back with 30 cal CB's using water soaked, compressed phone books at a distance of 40 yards and will be doing more shortly. Until now it was just 160 gr. RNGC's and 113 gr RFGC but will be doing 158 gr RFGC...
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    11-10-2017, 02:58 PM
    Since every barrel has a personality, my range results with the 16" barrel Mossberg may not apply to your barrel. At the 100 yard range I tried RE-7, 4198, and 5744 all for velocities at around 1650 with the 180 gr RNGC boolit and the results...
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    11-10-2017, 02:47 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Recoil in Our Town
    I have used those of and on for decades, especially on my 444 Marlin, but now that I use cast and have reduced loads accordingly, I no longer need one. As others have noted about plain base boolits, I barely know the 444 is going off with a plain...
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    11-08-2017, 09:36 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread pickup trucks? in Our Town
    Small pickups, even with the extended cab and "suicide doors", don't have enough space for the medium size dog plus the baby IMHO. I am currently driving a Nissan Frontier which I got when Ford discontinued their Rangers. The Frontier gets 25%...
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    11-08-2017, 01:43 PM
    I am going to the range today with a new Mossberg 16" barrel bolt gun to do testing at 100 yards with 180 gr boolits. With 160 gr boolits, the rifle liked them a bit hotter than usual (2100 fps) using RE-7 powder but on my 40 yard home range (off...
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    11-05-2017, 03:16 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Winter already in Our Town
    This winter will be a toughie. Last winter was a taste of what may come over the next four years. Over the last two months there is has been one of the strongest La Nina's developing on the equator in decades of observations (part of what I do...
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    11-05-2017, 12:45 PM
    Or a mature blacktail buck.
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    11-03-2017, 03:39 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Coyotes in Muzzleloading.
    That would be right. Some years back I tried 45 Cal sabots using a 9mm round nose lead boolit and found them to be extremely accurate on coyotes to as far as I could get a sight picture with iron sights. Now I just use speedy 45 PRB since I can't...
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    11-03-2017, 03:27 PM
    Two weeks ago I used my 7mm TCU carbine 18" barrel to take an unusually large blacktail doe that I estimate was about 170# live (90# actual on the hooks at the butcher) with the 140 gr RFGC soup can boolit from the specialty Lee mold sold by...
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    10-31-2017, 01:03 PM
    I agree with adding a little pure lead. As for hunting at 1900 fps, last week I killed an estimated 170# live weight doe (over 90# total of halves on the hooks at the butcher) with my 7mm TCU 135 gr. soup can boolit at 80 yards and an MV of 1650...
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    10-28-2017, 01:23 PM
    I totally agree. I have had my Contender 21" barrel scoped Hornet for close to 20 years and it loves CB's. With 53 gr. cast at 1900 fps it has consistently kept groups at about 1.25"at 100 yards and 55 gr JSP's at about 1". It has dispatched...
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    10-25-2017, 12:54 PM
    Many, many years ago I bought a Savage 24V 30/30 over 20 ga for that very reason. I still have it, of course.
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reitired Navy officer, former fisheries biologist
Quilcene, Washington
fishing, hunting (blackpowder for big game and modern for all else), rockhound
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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