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    Today, 01:53 PM
    I have Lee, Lyman, Saeco, and RCBS molds. I have always liked my Lee molds if for only that they produce good boolits more quickly on a given day than any of the steel molds which require more more time to get "warmed up". My most accurate rifle...
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    03-10-2018, 01:36 PM
    I mix shot with pure to get my favorite alloy. Hard chilled shot I have found to be too hard and brittle for my liking but mixing it at 60% pure and 40% shot (plus some extra tin) has made a dandy alloy for both my handguns and rifles (both...
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    03-05-2018, 01:41 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread New Guy in Our Town
    Welome to our happy addiction!!!
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    03-03-2018, 07:55 PM
    My lead alloy for my 338 WM is the same as for all my other boolits, 60% pure and 40% chilled birdshot. It works as well with the 220 gr boolit for targets and certainly plenty for even the largest deer at any terminal velocity over 900 FPS. My...
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    02-28-2018, 01:28 PM
    I have gotten similar results with Bullseye in both my 223 and 308 with 200 gr boolits. What scares me is that tiny charge. I can't just look into the case to prevent a double charge so I take a lot more time per boolit when I reload and I...
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    02-28-2018, 01:18 PM
    Both the Lee 150 RFGC and the 160 RNGC shoot and feed extremely well in my Mossberg 464. My RCBS Cowboy seater die puts a small flat point on the 160 RNGC so it feeds safely. The 150 drops from my mold at 158 gr.
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    02-27-2018, 02:20 PM
    I love that boolit in my T/C Contender 32/20 which has a 308 bore but I have not had similar results with either of my 308's which both prefer boolits that are heavier. Every rifle barrel has a personality which needs to be discovered so you never...
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    02-27-2018, 02:14 PM
    First of all, there are not degrees of dead and both work very well. My experience especially with elk has been that at ranges of much less than 100 yards the SWC has the edge but beyond, the RNFP has the edge
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    02-23-2018, 01:30 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Roosevelt Elk in Hunting with CB's
    One of the things that has occurred in Western Washington in the last 3-4 years is that the big timber companies (Weyerhaeuser, Rayonier, etc) have closed their lands to hunting, fishing, and mushroom hunting (think chanterelles) except on a fee...
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    02-23-2018, 12:43 AM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Roosevelt Elk in Hunting with CB's
    the Matheny hunting unit is pretty good in the area you are thinking about. The area along the Quinault R. just outside the park also has its moments. The Queets is one of the most beautiful steelhead fishing rivers in existence but elk season...
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    02-22-2018, 02:49 PM
    I have to admit I am considering one but I am a bit OCD when it comes to cleaning. How hard are they to break down and clean for someone who admits to being mechanically challenged??
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    02-22-2018, 02:35 PM
    My T/C Carbine in 357 Max has a twist rate of 1/14". It has shot well any boolit I have tried from a 150 RN plain base to the 204Gr RFGC.
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    02-21-2018, 05:26 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Which rifle in Cast Boolits
    My wife has an ATR in 243 and loves it with CB's. In her hands it is scary accurate. I have a Mossberg MVP Patrol in 308 with the muzzle brake which is screwed on. I took it off and put on the thread protector to reduce the noise level a bit. ...
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    02-21-2018, 05:17 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Roosevelt Elk in Hunting with CB's
    I have also found that my favorite winter steelhead holes for bank fishing are in the same places. A tea made from boiled bark of devils club can be used as a rub to help with the infection that follows a run in with that evil plant.
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    02-21-2018, 01:09 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Roosevelt Elk in Hunting with CB's
    Word to the wise. Never shoot downhill at a Roosevelt elk on the Olympic Peninsula. The animal will surely drop right into the devils club at the bottom of the cliff.
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    02-20-2018, 01:51 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Roosevelt Elk in Hunting with CB's
    As said earlier, Roosevelt's are much larger than Rocky Mountain elk. It is an adaptation to our weather (freezing rain is harder on animals than snow and a big body is an advantage). Your load should do fine. I hunted them with a muzzle loader...
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    02-20-2018, 01:41 PM
    Our season is already almost over here in the PacNW. We only tapped 4 trees this year so as not to be overwhelmed but the sap just kept coming and we got overwhelmed anyway. This year we tried some new things. Instead of reducing all the way...
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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