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  • Murphy's Avatar
    12-01-2020, 10:11 PM
    I've been using RCBS equipment for over 40 years now. To the best of my memory, there have been less than 3-4 times I have ever called upon them for assistance. They've always came through flawlessly for me. Murphy
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    12-01-2020, 12:56 AM
    JoeJames, Check your PM's sir. Murphy
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    11-30-2020, 09:50 PM
    JoeJames, A .223 case holder and a .380 case holder are one in the same from my experience (and research). RCBS Brand it's the #10 LEE Brand it's the #4 Hornady Brand it's the #16 Redding Brand is also #10 farmbif said it best. The .380...
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    11-30-2020, 08:54 PM
    1. A spike is the dickens to drag, hand keeps slippin' off the horn. 2. A forked horn is the ideal deer for me, hand does not slip. 3. Anything above 4 points is just more things to jab you in the back of the leg. 4. Doe? That's what they make...
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    11-30-2020, 08:35 PM
    Thanks for the replies and advice gentlemen. I'm sure I will be back for more later. My only cast bullet experience in rifles, has been with the 30-30. That was 15+ years ago. So for all intent and purpose, this will be a new experience for me. ...
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    11-28-2020, 02:05 PM
    I have decided I want to delve into shooting a Stevens 200 in 308 caliber using cast bullets. I'm still undecided as to what mold I want to start with. I have a Lyman #311041 from a long ago group buy here on the forum. I have read of some really...
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    11-28-2020, 01:12 PM
    Some of my best memories were not about the game I took, but who I spent the time hunting with. That's a memory that will last far long than a few pounds of venison. Murphy
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    11-26-2020, 04:05 PM
    Welcome to the board. Sorry to hear of your loss. Was the gentleman also a caster? If so, then there is probably a good chance the mold those bullets came from is around there some where. If he was, and you do find the mold they were cast from,...
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    11-26-2020, 03:52 PM
    Murphy replied to a thread Lube Consistency in Boolit Lube !
    Lube making. The one and only ~Felix~ of Felix's World Famous Lube was my mentor. He may (or may not) have regretted ever giving me his phone number and worse yet, his address. For those who grew up reading Skeeter Skelton articles, I can honesty...
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    11-26-2020, 03:02 PM
    After 30+ years of casting and lubing with a lube sizer (Lyman & Star), I can't deny I haven't been tempted to try powder coating. I can see the advantages of it, no doubt. On the other hand, my shop seems to have shrank in size over the years. Oh...
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    11-26-2020, 02:47 PM
    Thanks Paul. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May you and yours have a blessed day. Murphy
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    11-15-2020, 01:10 AM
    SPENT PRIMERS. If you've ever used a Rock Chucker or similar style press with the slot for spent primers to drop down into the spent primer tray. Here's a little trick I read about. It's as close as it gets to solving having spent primers...
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    11-14-2020, 12:59 PM
    If reloading gear wasn't flying off the shelves right now, I would advise a LEE CLASSIC. All too often, people will invest heavily in a fully set up of gear. Press, dies, scale, etc. I have nothing against buying a quality product from the beginning...
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    11-06-2020, 07:11 PM
    Prayers sent. May his recovery be swift. Murphy
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    11-06-2020, 07:02 PM
    And there you have it. Not to come across as less than caring or rude, but Conditor22 is correct. Every firearm is an entity of it's own and there simply is no best mold for your particular one, until you've tried several styles and weights. I...
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    11-06-2020, 06:47 PM
    I figure the same as the last 22 LR drought, if and when the supply line gets filled again the prices will drop back down. I remember buying Federal bulk 550 packs for $8.99. Same store, same panic, $14.99. One thing is almost...
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    11-06-2020, 06:38 PM
    Murphy replied to a thread Armslist pay to play now? in Our Town
    I've perused Armslist a few times in the past, never saw any reason to create an account. No big loss to me. No pun intended, but they may have shot themselves in the foot with this one. With all of the panic buying going on, I'm sure they saw a...
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    11-06-2020, 02:35 PM
    I have owned several 2" 38 Specials down through the years. I have been tempted many times to purchase a 3", 38 Specal (5 shot). I keep coming back to the one reason as to why, extractor length. When I have fired a revolver empty and it's time to...
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    11-06-2020, 02:01 PM
    I read about Nikon getting out of the scope business sometime back. My sentiments fall in line with most here about it. I purchased it new a little over 10-11 years ago. It's seen little use on a Stevens 200 in 308. I'd put the Nikon 3X9 on the...
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    11-04-2020, 08:40 PM
    I don't see them going away or out of style anytime soon. I was over on Gunbroker the other night and one seller (a good sized outfit) had a 151 revolvers up for auction. About 95% of them, I would classify as a snubby. All but 1 had multiple bids...
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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