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  • quilbilly's Avatar
    12-02-2019, 03:26 PM
    There goes the neighborhood:-P. I once rescued one from a nearby lake that had gotten trapped in pond weed while trying to catch a fish. After easing my 10 foot Jon-boat bow up to him, he threw a wing over the bow and climbed in. If a bird can...
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    12-01-2019, 03:13 PM
    I do all my rifle boolits and some pistol boolits with a mix of 40% hard chilled shot and 60% pure with just a little tin added (not much). It give me excellent accuracy and very good expansion for hunting. I found that hard chilled shot is too...
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    11-26-2019, 03:07 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Marlin .444 in Leverguns
    Same here. Recently I have been shooting light loads with plain base 250-260 gr. SWC. CB's with excellent results plus good feeding. MV's have been running up to 1300 fps without leading but MV's around 1150-1200 are great fun to shoot all day. I...
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    11-26-2019, 03:01 PM
    I enjoy going to gun shows if they aren't too far away. I don't go for guns but usually for cast boolit supplies, brass, primers and other interesting things for the outdoors. I have gotten some incredible deals on molds (i.e. a Saeco custom three...
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    11-19-2019, 02:20 PM
    I thoroughly enjoy shooting CB's in both my 308's. I really don't do anything special for the lead or lube but I do recommend gas checks to simplify things. Both of my rifles have the same twist rate but couldn't be more different in the loads or...
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    11-19-2019, 02:01 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Feral Dogs in Hunting with CB's
    Many, many years ago a pack of feral dogs was running down deer and killing them near my home in S. Calif. Those dogs eventually attacked a child and the police couldn't find them. Even though they were in the city limits, I went out with my...
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  • Springfield0612's Avatar
    11-18-2019, 09:43 AM
    All the wives tales of citric acid running your brass comes from the old timers who use vibratory tumblers and don't want to change because they are afraid of it. DO your research, come to your own conclusions, and do what works for you. Just...
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    11-17-2019, 09:09 PM
    I talked with the wife. Seriously going to look into the swage kit. I'm perfectly happy with casting for all my other guns. I get sub MOA with my .308 at 100 yards so good there. Everything else is GTG, just these darn .223 rounds.... Sent...
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    11-17-2019, 08:27 PM
    You guys rock! I'll give it a go! Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    11-17-2019, 04:44 PM
    I found the post. Holy cow it looks amazing and he cut the price in half. I'm seriously considering moving some money around..... My range I shoot at has .22 brass all over the place. We'll see. I'm going to try to open up a sizing die to .226...
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    11-17-2019, 04:42 PM
    Okay. Well I have an extra die m, sounds like I will try to open it up to .226. What method did you use? I've done 2 dies running lapping compound coated bullets through the die repeatedly. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    11-17-2019, 04:30 PM
    Got a link? I can get plenty of 22LR brass from the kids! Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    11-17-2019, 04:27 PM
    Here's one of the last load work ups I did with moderate performance. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    11-17-2019, 04:26 PM
    I'm sizing to .225. Had one Lee .225 die sizing to .224, this one sizes to .2245/.225. Tried loading them as cast and PC'd and they wouldn't chamber. I'm using a Lyman "M" expander die to open up the cases and a Lee factory crimp die to...
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    11-17-2019, 02:40 PM
    Same here! I got a smoking deal about 4 years ago. $50/1000 on once fired MG LC brass from a military range. Made perfect 300 Sav brass for my 99EG lever. No issues at all. I now have a stockpile of .300 Savage brass. Me, my, kids, and my...
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    11-17-2019, 02:34 PM
    My family owns 3, me, my wife, and my mom. The girls have theirs in the Muddy Girl camo pattern. They shoot all cast bullets I've put through them accurately accept some 105 grn SWC's that were LLA tumble lubed and under powered I was doing load...
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    11-17-2019, 11:54 AM
    I'm going down the rabbit hole of PC'D cast bullets in AR-15, 16", 1/8 TWIST BARREL. So far the Arsenal Molds 62 grain "Elvis" mold for PC is a complete and utter failure. Looking to try a NOE 70 grn or Arsenal 73 grn. See below links. I need...
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    11-15-2019, 12:15 AM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Alliant MZ Powder in Muzzleloading.
    I just checked the two Sportsman's Wharehouses closest to me and both were cleaned out of black MZ.
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    11-13-2019, 11:43 PM
    I use the tip of an old knife sharpening steel acquired at a garage sale for 50 cents. It is perfectly round and flares anything from 7mm to 40 caliber plus nicely cleans the brass. The large wood handle makes it easy and comfortable on...
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    11-13-2019, 12:00 AM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Alliant MZ Powder in Muzzleloading.
    I guess I better pick up another pound or two.
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    11-12-2019, 11:56 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Fishing Reel Lube in Our Town
    That is good stuff. I once lost a muzzleloader to a truck break in a few. years back. I had greased the insides with the Garcia Lube. The cops found it a year later in a river under a bridge under 5 feet of water during a training exercise. ...
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    11-09-2019, 02:22 PM
    I have a 444 of similar age and have found that it loves and feeds a 255 gr. swc-pb nicely. The MV is about 1300 and is plenty accurate out to 100 yards and works well on both deer and smaller black bear (under 200#). Recoil is negligible and...
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    11-09-2019, 02:11 PM
    I just recommend to new shooters to not lock into a particular gauge from conventional wisdom until they have tried both (in my case 20 and 12) on moving targets. Sometimes the right shotgun that fits is more important than the amount a shot. I...
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    11-05-2019, 01:13 PM
    I use it exclusively for my .308 Win and get sub MOA groups @ 100 yards. Look up my post and you can find my write up. I just casted up about 1200 on Saturday!
    9 replies | 589 view(s)
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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