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    Yesterday, 01:08 AM
    I blew up my dad's single shot Ithaca 20 gage. I must have dragged the muzzle thru a snow drift because when I shot it the barrel split near but short of the muzzle. Not a big split. I got snow in the muzzle of my Win 94 30-30 but I noticed it....
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    02-26-2021, 08:06 PM
    The four rules, like most rules have exceptions. 1) Treat every firearm as if it were loaded. 2) Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire. 3) Never point a firearm at anything you do not wish to destroy. 4) Always be sure of your...
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    02-26-2021, 06:30 PM
    Star Lite 9mm My first Centerfire Semi-Auto pistol, I still have it. Tim
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    02-25-2021, 08:37 PM
    I don't carry ammo loose in my pocket or at least not often. I use ammo belt, wallet, case or magazine if they are not in ammo boxes. It is also rare that I have ammo with exposed lube except .22 LR. If I do they are probably in a typical ammo box...
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    02-25-2021, 07:14 PM
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    02-25-2021, 07:06 PM
    I prefer flat bases but then I cast my own so....I would not be a customer. I am more worried about accuracy than speed of production. If I am going to buy cast bullets I might has well just buy loaded ammo. If I want a whole lot of ammo in a hurry...
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    02-25-2021, 01:35 AM
    dtknowles replied to a thread 50 cal revolver ? in Muzzleloading.
    Here is one but I think you were thinking of a cap and ball revolver not a black powder cartridge revolver. and here is an even nicer one. ...
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    02-24-2021, 01:51 AM
    Use Grade #1 Babbitt. It is also a fairly affordable source of tin. 91% tin, 4.5% antimony and 4.5% copper, add a half pound of #1 Babbitt and one pound of superhard to 18.5 pounds of pure...
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    02-22-2021, 01:13 AM
    dtknowles replied to a thread Lead ore in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Good lead ore is Lead Sulfide not Lead Oxide. Tim
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    02-19-2021, 09:15 PM
    PM sent
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    02-19-2021, 01:05 AM
    dtknowles replied to a thread Lead ore in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Yeah, all you have to do is throw the Galena into a fire and pick the lead out of the cold ashes. They weren't really Turks then probably Thracian
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    02-18-2021, 11:41 PM
    dtknowles replied to a thread Lead ore in Lead and Lead Alloys
    The Turks were doing it 8000 years ago. Tim
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    02-18-2021, 11:15 PM
    3jimbo3 started a thread WTB Die Boxes in Swappin & Sellin
    Iím looking to buy some die boxes, Lee flat boxes or RCBS boxes. I need three or four if possible, just trying to clean my bench up a little bit. Thank you
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    02-16-2021, 02:05 AM
    dtknowles replied to a thread What is lead worth? in Cast Boolits
    In normal times that would be fair but powder is now rare and lead is still common. You can get a better deal, or at least I know I can. I still can get lead for a dollar a pound. I did not see that it was linotype. Yes, that would be fair. Tim
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    02-14-2021, 08:07 AM
    dtknowles replied to a thread New rimfire round in Rimfire Area
    Rimfire factory ammo should be cheaper than factory centerfire ammo. My idea for 8 x 25 mm rimfire is a little hotter than .32 SWL but not quite a .32 H&R. 8mm so that it will not chamber in .32 RF long. A 100 gr. bullet at 1000 fps hits a lot...
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    02-14-2021, 01:39 AM
    When I post data. Data is data. People can try and pick it apart but that does not change the data. Ask questions that is fine but don't insinuate that I am not posting the facts. Exceptions are made for groups sizes. I don't believe any group sizes...
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    02-14-2021, 01:29 AM
    I don't think the Lee chart of pressures is of any use. Does not seem to match common successful usage. Keith said that .44 magnum bullets should be at least 16:1 which is a BHN of 11. The .44 Mag. is a 30K psi plus round. The Lee chart would...
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    02-14-2021, 12:43 AM
    dtknowles replied to a thread New rimfire round in Rimfire Area
    I think if we are going to have a new rimfire cartridge it should be something new. Yes, it would be nice of some of the old rounds could be reissued from time to time but something new that fills a nitch would be nice. I suggest 8 x 25 mm...
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    02-10-2021, 10:54 PM
    I would like to trade a SFRB of large primer 45acp for a SFRB of small primer 45acp. Iím not sure how many cases will fit in a box but it will be packed full. I just ask you do the same and we each cover the shipping on our ends. I can send it...
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    02-10-2021, 12:25 AM
    My single six was my first handgun purchase, I paid for it but my Dad had to buy it as I was only 16. The grip frame was not fit properly to the frame. I took the grip frame off and filed the places that stuck out and sanded off all the anodize and...
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    02-09-2021, 09:59 PM
    358 158 SWC sized/lubed (75) - $9.00 I’ll take these. PM inbound
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    02-07-2021, 10:35 PM
    3jimbo3 started a thread 308 Marlin Question in Leverguns
    I have a stainless 308 Marlin that has a scope mounted on it. Iím removing the scope and mount so I will need the plug screws to replace the mount screws. Does anyone have any idea what size these little guys are and where I can get them? I have...
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    02-07-2021, 09:50 PM
    I have what I need, thank you
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    02-07-2021, 06:28 PM
    You mentioned the jacketed bullet does not have a cannelure. You don't say what you are hunting but on a big deer that might not be a good choice as it is probably a bullet designed for 40 S&W and will not penetrate well. It will probably over...
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    02-07-2021, 05:45 PM
    Yes, I expect that you are right for the most part unless this drought goes on for years. I wonder what will be safe loads with home made primers? Tim
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    02-07-2021, 05:33 PM
    Which SRP's did you use? I think it makes a difference. Some SRP's are much hotter than SPP's and some are not. It seems your practice is not much different than Larry's suggestion of using only starting loads if using SRP's. I know you did not...
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    02-07-2021, 12:31 PM
    What we have here is two different kinds of arguments. A couple based on data and a bunch based on anecdotes. It is nice to have both if people can keep they attitudes civil. If and when push comes to shove data will carry more weight but...
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    02-06-2021, 11:08 AM
    Calculate its density or measure its specific gravity. Cut a cube off it or a slice. Measure length width and thickness and weigh it. Actually you could just weigh the whole bar. Tin is only half as dense as lead. It should be obvious. Like DBosman...
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    02-05-2021, 10:12 AM
    I am looking for someone who may be willing to part with some 45acp hollow point cast projectiles. I would like to have around 2-3 hundred if possible or a box of 500 if thats how you sell them. I no longer cast so they would need to be ready to...
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    02-04-2021, 08:38 PM
    People come here for advice and the answers should not be figure it out for yourself. I have seen what I think is good advice here and some not so good advice. Yes, everyone is ultimately responsible for their choices but if someone provides bad...
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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