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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:18 PM
    You can use calipers to get a good enough measurement to start in. I'm using .375 balls with pillow ticking. Easy loading, good accuracy.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:16 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread For lloyd smale in Cast Boolits
    Try a private message, he may not have seen this.
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  • Four Fingers of Death's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:25 AM
    My friend and his wife own a very big farm and grazing property (ranch I suppose) and are keen shooters. They are busy running the place during the day, so mostly spotlight pests such as rabbits, hares, foxes and goats of a night from their 4wd....
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  • Four Fingers of Death's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:37 AM
    Those 204s are an amazing bit of kit. I have managed to resist the temptation so far.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    05-30-2020, 03:08 PM
    I don't think I would worry about it. I used a steel ramrod in an English rifle for at least 20 years, no harm done.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    05-30-2020, 03:04 PM
    Welcome aboard! Did you check the bore on that .40? No way would I be able to get balls that size in mine.
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  • Four Fingers of Death's Avatar
    05-30-2020, 09:30 AM
    I'd forgotten about this thread. The 223 Worked out so well I bought another compact in 308Win. I was cashed up a year or two ago and bought a VX6 1-6X24 and was going to fit it to my 7600Remington, but changed my mind. It will go on the RAC 308....
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    05-30-2020, 04:56 AM
    303Guy replied to a thread Marlin in 35 Rem in Leverguns
    I've mentioned in the past that my father hunted Cape Buffalo with a 35 Remington. The rifle was a pump action which liked because it was short and handy in the dense African bush. He went for heart shots though but once his shot missed all bone,...
    38 replies | 5716 view(s)
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    05-30-2020, 04:07 AM
    303Guy replied to a thread Why lever guns in Leverguns
    Welcome aboard, Yrmff!! The 30/30 Winchester is a very efficient cartridge and seems to be perfect for cast boolits. It takes a near full case of several slower powders and burns them at rather low pressures, ideal for cast. Ideal for lever...
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    05-29-2020, 10:20 PM
    I don't understand Ruger's attitude. Maybe that's why their hornet model had such a bad reputation. Trouble is, that same reputation must surely have hurt their overall sales? I wouldn't touch a Ruger because of it. The CZ on the other hand has...
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    05-29-2020, 07:37 PM
    Great find, tominboise! :drinks: I had the most fun with my hornet than any other gun. I had a new reloading die set that disappeared. I know who took it. Then it tuned out the chamber was damaged and oversize, which caused case body...
    98 replies | 6482 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    05-29-2020, 11:45 AM
    Try a different cap brand, or take out the nipples, chuck them in a drill, and sand them down until you have a good fit.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    05-29-2020, 11:44 AM
    Try reverse electrolysis. You may need it to go for a week ,but it should work.
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    05-29-2020, 11:39 AM
    You got to know that if things go wrong it's still your fault since you didn't point out the problems strenuously enough. I've found that fleet vehicles TEND to have better service then private that get traded. My present truck was bought from a...
    14 replies | 585 view(s)
  • 303Guy's Avatar
    05-27-2020, 09:27 PM
    This is exactly what happens. Being upwind may be worse than downwind because a vortex is formed between you and the pot. I have played with fire - literally - and even a rod will carry the flame up toward your hands, carried by a narrow vortex...
    17 replies | 354 view(s)
  • Four Fingers of Death's Avatar
    05-27-2020, 05:37 PM
    Thanks Der Gebirsjager. I like the Zasatvas, I have several, a MkX in 3006 that I bought in the 80s (with a plastic noise maker RamLine stock, haha), a 270Win with a synthetic stock ( I was trying to get a Wooden stock for it, but the new rifle...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    05-27-2020, 10:09 AM
    I agree, try a different lube. If they were undersized, I would think you would have leading in more of the bore. What you describe usually means you have run out of lube. Felix World Famous Lube is still a good go-to lube, the recipe is available...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    05-27-2020, 10:03 AM
    I anneal if I see a split case mouth show up.
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    05-27-2020, 09:55 AM
    I wonder why the heck CB's and Shorts are more expensive than Long Rifle?
    32 replies | 1693 view(s)
  • Four Fingers of Death's Avatar
    05-27-2020, 03:33 AM
    Zastava M70 270Win My first attempt at using I haven't figured out how to post the actual photo yet. This will be my main hunting rifle, using jacketed bullets. I also have a...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    05-26-2020, 10:04 AM
    My favorite way to catch them was with a fly rod, using a scrap of red wool on the hook. My worst experience doing frogging, was I had stuck a knife through it's head to kill it. I always cut the skin around the back of the head, then used...
    32 replies | 1693 view(s)
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    05-26-2020, 09:56 AM
    We've noticed the grouse population is down here in Montana the past few years. Feral cats get them around my cabin, but up at higher elevation the turkeys don't overlap territory, they are all down low. Lions take a lot of deer, but doubt they mess...
    42 replies | 2058 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    05-25-2020, 12:07 PM
    I love frog legs. Years ago, a friend and I got over a hundred one night. A camp fire, and lots of beer later, we finished them off.
    32 replies | 1693 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    05-24-2020, 12:42 PM
    .440 is more common, and I had one that needed a .426. I then called it a .43!
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    05-24-2020, 12:40 PM
    If it is hard to get the ball down bore, your load is too tight. I've been using wheel weights in patched round ball guns for 45 years.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    05-24-2020, 12:32 PM
    That's what I was thinking. M1 Garand, 03A3, M14, etc.
    21 replies | 1258 view(s)
  • 303Guy's Avatar
    05-23-2020, 09:28 PM
    Welcome aboard, ahlosojoe. I've been going through my notes and found a record showing a 0.7 MOA group at 200m (220yds) with Hornady 55gr spire points and Lil'Gun with a MV of 2740fps. This same load is exellent on feral goat. Rabbit and hare...
    98 replies | 6482 view(s)
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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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