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    quilbilly replied to a thread Very first mold! in Cast Boolits
    I am even lazier. I don't even clean my Lee molds. I just start casting boolits and discard them until the mold is good and warm then smoke the mold with a BBQ fir lighter. Don't smoke the mold until it is is hot enough to vaporize the moisture...
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    09-13-2019, 10:54 PM
    Your wood in the two pics on the right looks more like it is a quilt maple made from big leaf maple here in the Pac. NW. Some call it "music wood' because it is favored for cellos and base violins. When it is finished properly, not an easy task,...
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    09-11-2019, 11:57 AM
    quilbilly replied to a thread lead/tin in Cast Boolits
    One way to find out how much tin you need is to head down to Walmart's fishing tackle section and see if they have any lead free tin split shot sinkers. All the Walmart's around here have them. I have found that two size 7 tin split shot is enough...
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    09-07-2019, 09:03 PM
    I agree with Bagdadjoe. Gas checking makes life simpler and adds versatility in my 7TCU's.
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    09-07-2019, 09:00 PM
    I use 3031 in both but only for higher velocity CB loads (over 2000 fps). For lower velocity loads I have used 4227 but have had slightly better results with other fast burning powders such as Unique, Red Dot, or 2400. Every barrel has a...
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    09-02-2019, 01:30 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Condor Visit in Our Town
    There goes the neighborhood! If any of the several endangered species that lives around here goes by, we figure the bureaucrats can't be far behind. We saw one cross our driveway a couple weeks back and we told the neighbors never to speak of it. ...
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    08-31-2019, 01:48 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread Yellow Jackets in Our Town
    My hatred of yellow jackets knows no limits. They forced me off of half a giant mule deer once after dozens of bites and stings. I love the cat food idea with Sevin. I may put some out where I go beach casting for coho salmon for a little...
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    08-30-2019, 12:38 PM
    We have several deer living on our property year around and it is like clockwork. Those deer go almost totally nocturnal on the opening day of archery season (this weekend) and stay that way until the end of muzzleloader season (mid-December). ...
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    08-28-2019, 07:28 PM
    A 3/16" to 1/4" piece of plywood can be placed in the stack of phone books or newsprint about an inch in to simulate a rib. It does in interesting things to a round nose boolit causing it to veer or tumble violently. In my tests, flat nose...
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    08-28-2019, 01:50 PM
    I absolutely agree that soaked, slightly compressed phone books are not natural tissue even though that is what I use. They do establish an inexpensive baseline when I do multiple calibers and boolit weights or alloys plus are very convenient to...
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    08-25-2019, 11:34 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread flying with a firearm? in Our Town
    Thanks again to all of you! I still hope to drive down in the fall visiting friends from this board like Ammohead et. al.en route and enjoying seeing the quaking aspen change color in Nevada. Flying is Plan B which is certainly cheaper but...
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    08-24-2019, 07:40 PM
    quilbilly replied to a thread just curious in Cast Boolits
    Not very critical unless the brass has corrosion you can feel. My routine for found brass is to de-prime and run it through the tumbler for a couple hours. If the brass is really corroded (green color) and not just stained, it could be...
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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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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