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    Today, 01:25 PM
    Our metal recyclers near the big city always seemed to have enough lead to keep both my business and my boolit making hobby going. Over the last 20 years, I have paid as little as 30 cents a pound for dirty roofing lead or as much as $1 per pound...
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    Today, 01:19 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Boat gun in Our Town
    My Savage S/S 311's have been with me in duck boats and more recently hunting kayaks for the last 30 years. All of my hunting has been in saltwater (or at least brackish). There isn't much bluing left on either but they are never allowed to sit...
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    Today, 01:10 PM
    Out here on the west side of Washington State the snipe are only here for about a week each year, usually in November, as they migrate south. They are not a water bird but hang out near puddles among the stumps in clearcuts. When they take off...
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    Yesterday, 12:09 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Barn/ outbuilding gun in Our Town
    Same here! Also not bad on foggy mornings when the geese fly a treetop level over the barn during waterfowl season.
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    Yesterday, 12:04 PM
    I think you have a winner with that Group 1 load clearly. As the old saying goes - "If it ain't broke...". Since 4759 is no longer being manufactured, your next goal after hunting season is to find a powder that shoots almost as well.
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    10-18-2017, 06:03 PM
    Your alloy seems just about perfect for your purpose to get good expansion and penetration from a muzzle velocity of 1700 out to 150 yards. My 308's don't seem to like 4759 so be prepared to change powders to ones like RE-7, 2400, or 5744 but...
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    10-17-2017, 10:30 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Truck gun in Our Town
    Depending on where I am driving and the time of year, it is usually either take my Mossberg 30/30 during bear season, my T/C carbine in either 22 Hornet or 9mm Luger if just coyotes are open, or my T/C Contender 45/410 if grouse is open. I will...
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    10-17-2017, 11:56 AM
    quilbilly replied to a thread . in Cast Boolits
    Another "expander" tool that works extremely well can be found at estate and garage sales very cheap (generally $1 or less). I use an old kitchen knife sharpening steel. The round conical head for me expands everything from .24 to .35 calibers...
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    10-16-2017, 06:38 PM
    Welcome to our group. Lots of fun ahead for you.
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    10-16-2017, 01:39 PM
    The announcement is supposed to come out this week.
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    10-15-2017, 12:53 PM
    Wait to see where Amazon announces where its new semi-headquarters will be and find a town about 30 miles away. Business journals say 50,000 new jobs there and it will more than likely be closer to 75,000 as Amazon phases out of the cesspool known...
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    10-12-2017, 12:34 PM
    You can go quite a bit lower than 2000 in a 444 and still be good for elk. My muzzle loader with sabots and a 429 -265 gr SWCpb was very effective on elk at an MV of 1600. It was so effective, in fact, that I matched the load in my 444 should I...
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    10-11-2017, 12:07 PM
    I agree. What I do firmly believe in is that UV Killer soap and UV Killer spray coating for your clothes. It really works! I have confirmed its effects with both deer and elk. It is especially effective if you use fleece outerwear. I have...
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    10-11-2017, 11:53 AM
    I have already gone over this story with my local newspaper outdoor writer who loves it and spoke of it as a noble act and a noble end for that elk. I am not sure if the people involved want anonymity but you would recognize the guy who arranged...
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    10-09-2017, 12:00 PM
    Last week a nice "little" 3x3 bull elk moved in with a herd of cattle right on the edge of my town. He wasn't very big, probably only 400# soaking wet, which was why the big herd bulls over the hill ran him off for the rut. On Friday the property...
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    10-03-2017, 01:36 PM
    Although I am not too sure about some of the claims made by the people who make 1000 Lube or Bore Butter, I have found that after a year in a speed loader tube with a PRB, the loads shot just as well as a fresh load so migration doesn't seem to be a...
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    10-03-2017, 01:26 PM
    I have not yet shot 180+ boolits in my Rem. 308 but I have been shooting 160's from various brand molds a lot for the last couple years. With either the Lee 160 RNGC or the Lyman 160 Loverin style 160 RNGC, the rifle has routinely shot MOA or...
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    09-28-2017, 12:43 PM
    I particularly like 6's in my Contender 45/410 pistol if rabbits are the primary target.
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    09-26-2017, 12:44 PM
    My favorite lever is currently my Mossberg 464 30/30 and I have been hunting coyotes with it using the Lyman 130 gr PB boolit at 1350 fps. It really likes that boolit for the short range quick shots in our local tree farms. If I don't connect...
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    09-25-2017, 07:47 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Accuracy in Hunting with CB's
    With the same boolit as OBD, my 308 gets to about .8" at 100 yards when my eyes are having a good day. With the Lee 160 gr RNGC, the groups stay at just a little over 1". My accuracy load is 19.6 gr of 2400 but RE-7 is almost as good with both...
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    09-20-2017, 10:46 PM
    There are always Roosevelt elk when you can hunt in sideways rain. I have found that the November modern firearm coastal elk season marks the beginning of the monsoon season in the NW. I once followed a herd with several shootable bulls as fast...
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reitired Navy officer, former fisheries biologist
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Quilcene, Washington
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fishing, hunting (blackpowder for big game and modern for all else), rockhound
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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
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