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    Yesterday, 04:25 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread .308 mould in Cast Boolits
    I have a Rem 308 with a 22 inch barrel that loves the Lee 160 RNGC giving sub MOA groups at 100 yards and 1900 fps right out of the box. I also have a Mossberg MVP 308 with a 16-1/4" barrel which will not shoot accurately the Lee 160 period but...
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    01-24-2020, 08:28 PM
    Almost lost one myself two months ago. The buck was in full rut mode when I got the first shot at him with 50 cal PRB. No reaction at all to the shot so figured I missed but I continued watching the does he was chasing. He came out again 10...
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    01-23-2020, 03:09 PM
    Organized!?! Some of you guys scare me. I'm with RockRat.
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    01-23-2020, 02:45 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread midway did it again in Our Town
    It arrived three days before they said it would and the snow wasn't melted. Amazing!!
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    01-21-2020, 11:26 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Wet Snow in Our Town
    The storm currently located south of the end of the Aleutian chain could get really interesting here in the Pac NW. The storm is 1,000 miles across with a center low with a barometer the same as a class 3 hurricane. Storms this powerful usually...
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    01-21-2020, 02:24 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Arizona in Our Town
    #1 to this. Don't forget that Arizona has some beautiful mountains that are home to Arizona's own native trout, the Gila trout. The are also some high mountain lakes with pike and trout in NE and N.Cen. areas in the vicinity of Show Low. The...
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    01-17-2020, 03:06 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread midway did it again in Our Town
    They are fast. That is why I waited to place an order earlier this week so by the time it gets here, the snow and ice will be gone from the road getting here.
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    01-15-2020, 05:44 PM
    I have had a T/C Carbine in 357 max for many years. It is possibly the most versatile close range (under 150 yards) caliber I have. You shouldn't need a very hard lead alloy to push that boolit all the way up to 2000 fps and even higher. I...
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    01-14-2020, 02:46 PM
    My 444 Microgroove lever absolutely loves about 20 gr of 5744 with a 265 gr SWC-PB. Not even a hint of leading at that low velocity and I believe it is more than just a practice load you can shoot all day for little money without an aching...
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    01-13-2020, 06:26 PM
    I have six Encore and Contender frames (majority Contender vintage 1974 forward) and enjoy both styles. They are just different for different purposes. The Encore is designed primarily for high pressure, bottleneck cases while the Contender was...
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    01-13-2020, 01:35 PM
    That is the same Lee boolit my Rem 308 bolt gun likes but not my Mossberg 308 bolt gun which prefers heavier, slower boolits. Both have the same twist. Every barrel has a personality it would seem.
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    01-12-2020, 02:21 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Snow???? in Our Town
    We are supposed to get 3-5" beginning this afternoon out here near the saltwater on the Olympic Peninsula and continue with up to 14" by mid week according to some forecasts. It has been a "warm" dry winter so far this season so this is our first...
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    01-12-2020, 02:13 PM
    I might just take you up on that someday. Now that we have two brand new grand-nephews in the London area (Beckinham) my better half is starting to hint to me about a visit.
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    01-11-2020, 02:42 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Turquiose in Our Town
    I have picked up some beautiful real jade on Oregon beaches near Yachats. The stones were small but nice polished and mounted for a pendant.
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    01-11-2020, 02:31 PM
    1700 ft# for roe deer!!! That is ridiculous! Achieving it is easy but for roe deer?? Red deer stags maybe. Roe deer aren't much bigger than a super-sized coyote! I have heard in the Scandanavian countries that a triple deuce is very popular. ...
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    01-11-2020, 09:56 AM
    Years ago I sold my Lee universal expanding die because I swapped over to Lyman M dies for .223 rifle and was using the Lee 38 S&W powder through expanding plug for 9mm and .380. Now I've swapped over my 9mm and .223 reloading to my Dillon 650XL...
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    01-11-2020, 12:05 AM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Turquiose in Our Town
    Looks more like malachite to me from that picture (note the bullseye which malachite is famous for). If malachite is solid enough to take a polish (it looks like it is in the pic), it can be carved and polished into beautiful cabochons. Pieces...
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    01-10-2020, 09:36 PM
    I opened up my sizing die and its barely touching the bullets and all measure .226" will get to the range to see how they do. But I had some odds and ends laying around I was able to sell to get the $$$ fornthe BT Sniper swage kit. So looking fwd...
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    01-09-2020, 11:53 AM
    If you get some 4198 and RE-7 you should be good to go with bottleneck cases and your rifles. 5744 is about 30% more expensive than other rifle powders but I have a couple rifles that just love that powder and no filler are required with it even...
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    01-04-2020, 11:37 PM
    A couple days ago I had one of my oldest Contender frames fail to open or eject then when pulling the barrel off, a part just fell out. Old schematics don't say much about how this part is oriented or how attached. I sent an email to T/C...
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    01-03-2020, 07:15 PM
    Last year I got an unusually large doe with the Lee 135 gr. RFGC (that mold came from Midsouth) at about about 75 yards. Little hole in, big hole out with a big blood trail for the 40 yards she lasted. MV was 1700 fps out of my 7mm TCU carbine. ...
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    01-03-2020, 07:04 PM
    Until 25 years ago (if memory served) WD-40 was an outstanding scent for bait and lures but the formula changed somehow and it stopped working. Smelly Jelly in crawfish flavor is excellent as is shrimp oil. Garlic and salt odors seem to be...
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    01-02-2020, 01:19 PM
    The Lee 7mm boolits, both the regular RNGC and the RFGC from Midsouth, have shot exceptionally well for me in my 7mm TCU in the field for deer and on paper.
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    01-01-2020, 02:30 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Ugliest rifle? in Factory Rifles
    You are right about the 770 but I bought a 308 because it was cheap at Walmart and right out of the box it shot MOA with my cast boolits. For really ugly, I vote for the "tacticool" Mossberg 464 lever gun.
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    12-31-2019, 01:48 PM
    quilbilly replied to a discussion An end to shooting ranges in group Left Coast Casters
    For the record - The Jefferson County Sportsmen's Assn range has been grandfathered in so it is safe, sort of, for now. The real push by the local leftists and Seattle's Bloomberg people was to prevent a commercial range where police and security...
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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