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    05-24-2020, 04:02 PM
    Every barrel has a personality when it comes to cast. I have three rifle that shoot sub-moa groups with regularity, a 308, 223, and a 7mm TCU carbine. There are others that shoot MOA once and a while. The 308 did it right out of the box on the...
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    05-22-2020, 05:07 PM
    Just love Nevada weather. It snowed around Winnemucca this morning and by NCBS, the daytime temperatures will be around 90 if the forecast is correct. I am so ready!
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    05-20-2020, 12:33 PM
    My 338 WM absolutely loves CB's! I have both the Lee 220 gr RNGC mold and an Accurate 235 gr. semi-point flat nose mold. Both shoot well but differently. The Lee boolit is not stable below 1650 fps muzzle velocity from my rifle but the Accurate...
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    05-15-2020, 10:51 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread UPS delivery today in Cast Boolits
    You are going to like it in the 308. One of mine likes 160 gr RNGC's with about 19 gr of 2400.
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    05-14-2020, 01:10 PM
    I have a T/C Carbine in 22 Hornet and it loves both cast and jacketed. Here a thought how to pick the one for you. If you have a Sierra loading manual on hand, check the section on twist rates for brands of rifles in that caliber. Look at the...
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    05-14-2020, 12:48 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Packs of Dogs in Hunting with CB's
    I have a Mini-14 for such an occasion. Nowadays, the jacketed soft points are so cheap in bulk that it is barely worth casting for the semi-auto. I save my cast boolits in 223's for my bolt gun and single shots. Feral dogs are not just a danger...
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    05-10-2020, 01:32 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread The Giant AsIan Hornet in Our Town
    On this continent, nothing is adapted to defending against them. There is a ripple effect to exotic species appearing like the introduction of grass carp that were supposedly vegetarians.
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    05-09-2020, 05:39 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread The Giant AsIan Hornet in Our Town
    It reads like even our local black bears will have a problem with them.
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    05-08-2020, 08:59 PM
    Young of the year are pretty good but beyond that, they are pretty stringy. They can be carrier of tularemia and other diseases so it is best to wear gloves and/or keep you hands clean. I never worried about the diseases much except in the...
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    05-08-2020, 02:36 PM
    The Governor is opening restaurants in Nevada this weekend. The motel where many of us stay (Scott's Shady Court) is holding our reservations so it looks like all is on for the event including the Friday lunch at the Griddle, the Rooz meeting...
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    05-06-2020, 09:44 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Lee C225-55-RF in Cast Boolits
    Lee has made two versions of this mold. The older version is the Bator soup-can mold with the wide me plat that drops from my mold at 53 gr. My 22 Hornet and my 222 Contender pistol love that boolit at velocities around 15-1700 fps. The more...
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    05-06-2020, 09:34 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread The Giant AsIan Hornet in Our Town
    Apparently you don't have to be allergic for them to kill you. The venom they inject attacks red blood cells which leads to the kidney and liver problems. It read like rattlesnake venom on steroids. The reports I have read said that it only...
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    05-04-2020, 12:23 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread value of trees in Our Town
    What I would do would be to have them milled on site into FULL dimension 2x6 and 2x8 lumber in ten foot lengths. Cover the lumber on top and let them air dry. Later, after a couple months (or more) offer them for sale for deck lumber. I milled...
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    05-03-2020, 10:23 PM
    I don't know if a 5-gallon paint bucket counts or not but I bounced it three times in a row with my iron sighted 338 WM from almost 800 yards across a Nevada valley one morning before the wind came up. It will never happen again with my old eyes. ...
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    05-02-2020, 12:39 PM
    Welcome to our forum. So you work with brass and aluminum as well?? You must have quite a furnace to do that for metal castings as an artist or machinist. I can't give you too much help on you shooting project but can't wait to learn of your...
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    05-01-2020, 12:42 PM
    Recently it has been 270 Win to develop a good load for NCBS in a few weeks hopefully for the 400 yard iron sight shoot. 45LC otherwise.
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    05-01-2020, 12:30 PM
    Nutria used to (and probably still do) infest the Willamette River valley in Oregon. When in college I hunted them for a few farmers who would then give me permission to hunt their woodlots for deer in the fall. One family of nutria will lay...
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    04-29-2020, 11:56 AM
    A few months ago I was gifted a Sears label Mod. 70 in .270 cal. In spite of the horrible trigger, it shoots cast very well. Will any of the "drop in" new triggers for a post 64 Mod. 70 fit this rifle?
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reitired Navy officer, former fisheries biologist
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fishing, hunting (blackpowder for big game and modern for all else), rockhound
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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