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    Yesterday, 02:16 PM
    One of my 308's likes 2400 and RE-7 while the other likes 3031 and Red Dot. Both have the same twist but one is a short barrel Mossberg while the other is a Remington that has a 22" barrel The Remington likes boolits around 160 gr while the...
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    07-20-2019, 05:40 PM
    I have the mold for 184 gr RFPB from NOE with the wide meplat for my 357 Maximum T/C carbine. Sized to 358, there is no leading or even smears at 1370 fps but at 1420, the lead smears appear. Both Unique and 2400 powders do the same things at the...
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    07-20-2019, 05:31 PM
    After a little extra thought, it shouldn't be too surprising that the VA fired Tri-West. Tri-West is the company that handles Tri-Care for Life for the active military, retirees, and their families plus elsewhere in the DOD. 25 years ago when I...
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    07-17-2019, 01:16 PM
    I also like the Lee dippers. There just aren't enough so I bought an inexpensive hand pipe cutter and started cutting down brass rifle cases when I couldn't find the right pistol case for intermediate load. I made handles from twisted .031...
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    07-17-2019, 01:00 PM
    Tri-West seems to be working here with a little help. I went to the doctor's office that hopefully will do the biopsy and surgery. Since they already work with Tri-Care which my wife uses, they gave me some pointers on how to work with Tri-West....
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    07-16-2019, 03:18 PM
    I have really liked my 30/30 loaded with the plain base 130's from a Lyman mold and 2.0 cc's of Trail Boss. The MV is about 1300 and recoil is negligible. It has been accurate out to 125 yards easily and coyotes don't care for it at all. BTW -...
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    07-14-2019, 02:39 PM
    Thanks for your "heads up" on Tri-West. I, too, am part of the Vet's Choice program through Tri-West. Your mention that if Tri-West doesn't get the bill within 48 hours then I am responsible gets my attention. The doctor I saw 48 business hours...
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    07-11-2019, 09:03 PM
    The only NLG mold I own is the .225 61 Grain mold from Arsenal Molds designed by Elvis Ammo. I have 4 shooters in the family now and even reloading FMJ MILSURP pulls still puts a dent in the bank account when they are shooting the AR's. So I went...
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    07-11-2019, 08:13 PM
    How dare you post pictures and results using HF Red attempting to derail this HF bashing thread! Look how ugly those bullets look! No way they can be accurate! We all know that only the most spectacular perfect looking bullets shoot accurately! ...
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    07-09-2019, 10:31 PM
    Ongoing but its a very slow process.
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    07-08-2019, 10:26 PM
    That boolit looks similar to the Lee 130 gr 7mm boolit. The Lee boolit is my most accurate cast boolit in my 7mm TCU. My rifle's accuracy point is also about 1850 fps using 4198. Besides punching paper, it has also proven effective on our local...
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    07-08-2019, 03:09 PM
    As dk17 just said, Balistics are on a par with a 50 cal PRB. Our forefathers seemed to manage just fine with 50 cal PRB's and the 20 ga saboted bullet makes a bigger hole. Go forth and get your moose. Just keep the shot under 125 yards and put...
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    07-07-2019, 05:26 PM
    I have been using the just RCBS Cowboy seating die for my 30/30 for about 9 years. I am shooting strictly cast out of the rifles. One of the interesting things about that seater die is that if I use a moderately soft lead (but not soft pure which...
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    07-05-2019, 08:37 PM
    Both will do the job nicely but I would chose the 311041 if I was in heavy cover. I assume you are after deer so you don't really need that 2000fps from my experience with the 311041. An MV of 1600-1650 will do famously especially if you create a...
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    07-05-2019, 01:05 PM
    I am hoping next year the desert will be a bit drier. There is a hidden stream among quaking aspen groves just over the hill from town that I have on good authority contains trout that need to be inspected in the days before NCBS.
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    07-05-2019, 12:59 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Revolvers are awesome in Our Town
    It is wonderful to know there are so many who feel as I do about chasing brass around the countryside.
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    07-02-2019, 04:47 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Pre 64 Winchesters in Our Town
    Since this discussion is of Win. Mod. 70's and other pre-64's, I will soon be gifted a post 64 Mod 70 made for Sears under their Model 53 label. It is basically never fired and in almost new condition after sitting in a safe in the desert for at...
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    07-02-2019, 04:39 PM
    At ranges under 150 yards, I totally agree from my experiences hunting coastal Roosevelt elk with muzzleloaders. My kills went so quickly that when I occasionally hunted with a modern firearm (once with a 348 and later replaced with a 444) I...
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    06-24-2019, 02:19 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Raspberries are ripe in Our Town
    Those wild raspberries on our local clearcuts are still about 3-4 weeks away from ready here but the tiny native ground hugging blackberries will be ready by the 4th.
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    06-22-2019, 03:59 PM
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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