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    03-27-2020, 03:38 PM
    My wife's Mossberg 243 absolutely loves the CB's from an old Lyman Loverin style mold. The powder is Unique and the MV is 1850 fps. She is a better shot than I am, of course, and MOA or smaller groups are normal for her. I wish I could get my 6mm...
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    03-27-2020, 03:24 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Hunting loads in Hunting with CB's
    Muzzle velocity. I did my terminal ballistics tests at 45 yards, measured penetration (knowing soaked compressed phone books are quite hard), then looked at the boolits. The flat point boolits expanded nicely penetrating about 14" while the round...
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    03-26-2020, 01:22 PM
    It is still a bit cold here with frosty mornings to do much more than early plantings of cooler weather crops. I have gotten my onions and Ozette potatoes in the ground and an early seeding of lettuce, spinach, arugula, and radishes. Cucumbers,...
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    03-26-2020, 01:17 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Hunting loads in Hunting with CB's
    Given the results ten years ago from my terminal ballistics test into wet compressed phone books with my 30/30 and cast 160's, you probably don't even need 1700 fps. 1550 will do the job if your shots are under 125 yards on small to medium deer...
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    03-24-2020, 05:28 PM
    I have used mine in a 357 Max and it shoots very well sized to 358.
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    03-22-2020, 02:35 PM
    My Marlin 444 has always liked cast boolits and even shoots (+feeds) plain base SWC's well at low velocity. For the easy loads, I use 5744 and plain base boolits for a velocity of about 1200 fps. For stiffer hunting loads, I have found it shoots...
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    03-21-2020, 02:04 PM
    Welcome to our board. You will find us to be a happy and helpful group. We all have a little alchemist spirit to us (turning lead into gold on the competition range). I don't shoot pistols competitively but hunt and occasionally compete with...
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    03-18-2020, 12:35 PM
    I have been buying scrap lead for my fishing jig business for 40+ years and have learned to recognize the "good stuff" by sight. For jigs it doesn't matter as long as it isn't zinc but for making my own boolit alloy, I watch for 98% pure or...
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    03-17-2020, 09:05 PM
    Resolved the problem yesterday evening. I removed the trigger assembly then gently removed the screw holding the "H" shaped piece that connects with the barrel's locking lug in place inside the frame while also holding my breath that there wasn't a...
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    03-16-2020, 11:55 AM
    Yesterday I removed the trigger assembly as well as the pivot pin and the barrel stayed put. That done I put it all back together and it functioned normally except for the barrel being locked in (no mean feat for me with few mechanical skills). I...
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    03-15-2020, 01:48 PM
    Barrel. Yesterday I got a deal on an octagonal but unused barrel for a Contender. I put it on a newer (but still old) frame and it is locked up so cannot be reopened. Can anyone walk me through the steps to get it off. I have already removed...
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    03-13-2020, 02:47 PM
    The one near here in Port Townsend, Wa. is still on for this weekend and I will be there looking for deals on molds, brass, powder, and primers.
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    03-07-2020, 04:48 PM
    Some of us are already making reservations at Scott's Shady Court in Winnemucca. It is an older motel but is quiet, off the main drag, shade trees, and has a pool with an added benefit being able to back your rig up to the door to unload your gear.
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    03-05-2020, 09:02 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread .270 in Hunting with CB's
    I have been getting my recently acquired 50 year old Mod. 70 270 ready for NCBS iron sight shoots. My best results have been with an old Lyman 120 gr. Loverin style mold but not far behind has been 140's from a new Lee mold from Midsouth. So...
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    03-02-2020, 08:54 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread X-TRA Range? in Hunting with CB's
    We need a little more information than you are giving. Are you shooting CB's or jacketed? What velocities? How much meat loss are you willing to accept? "Deer size" is a pretty big concept and can, in my area, be from 80# to almost 300# for a...
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    03-02-2020, 01:49 PM
    To one and all, this event is ALMOST more fun than you should be allowed to have. The competitions are almost a distraction to the get-together with old and new friends. Nevertheless, there will be four trophies to be won this year from figured...
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    03-01-2020, 12:01 AM
    I bought a T/C Venture in 223 a couple years back and it is a great shooter. Of course, it was MOA right out of the box with 55 gr PSP's and after a few months of testing loads it is almost MOA (1-1/4") with 58 gr. CB's out of an NOE mold at 1950...
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    02-29-2020, 11:45 PM
    You know its a small town when the big social event of the week is going to the dump and you know everyone there plus you find out whose yard had the most recent bear (or cougar) sighting.
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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