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  • swheeler's Avatar
    Today, 11:34 AM
    I wish you would post a picture of the rifle, would love to see it!
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    Today, 10:14 AM
    .....also that looks like the tip was made to 'come off' and the 3 dobs of exposed lead appear to just be core?
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    Today, 10:12 AM
    That doesn't look like the Remington bronze points I've seen and loaded, their points were "bronze" colored.
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    09-19-2020, 05:40 PM
    Do yourself a favor and get the mossberg.
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    09-19-2020, 09:43 AM
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ this is correct answer
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    09-18-2020, 05:56 PM
    The picture of the brass above is pretty much how my brass turns out after vibratory with walnut. I de-prime my brass in a separate press with a universal de-prime die, hate getting gunk in my turret press. Quick rinse with warm soapy water and...
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    09-18-2020, 04:57 PM
    I looked for loads tested in a 4" revolver, those will be a might faster from the longer barrel. I don't know the strength of the Chiappa action, but I imagine it would be strong enough. Lyman #49 lists 'Contender Only' loads, and compares 10" and...
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    09-18-2020, 04:31 PM
    Been there, done that, made a fix for the press. Back in the late 1980s, a friend wanted some steel for duck. I ordered a Lee load-all and he bought some Crossman BBs. The Load-all uses a center post that can pull out of the base, Load-all becomes...
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    09-18-2020, 04:17 PM
    I wish I could remember where I read or saw this, but a guy made a single dripper attachment for use with a Lee 10 lb bottom pour. I do remember the materials: Copper pipe end cap. drilled and tapped to fit a welding tip. Tip was .023 for...
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    09-18-2020, 02:40 PM
    I will have to look up the manufacturer, but the wad basically looks like it could be loaded either way as both ends are cupped like a gas seal. Okay, looked it up, Ballistic Products Brush wad. First link is website, second is image. ...
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    09-18-2020, 01:23 PM
    swheeler replied to a thread Ruger Chambers in Rimfire Area
    Sounds right, bet Doug could fix it for him!
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    09-18-2020, 01:15 PM
    Dale that was a nice gift, maybe pass some of your good fortune on to others, I still shoot 4831 and 296 ;-)
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    09-18-2020, 12:31 PM
    Good for you, great for the hobby! I hear you on the casting while sweating thing, I used to cast in a High Desert region, all year around. I always cast in the shade, breeze at my back, baseball playing on the radio. Well, country music in the...
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    09-18-2020, 12:15 PM
    A co-worker's son was a troubled youth, largely because his mother, friend's ex-wife, did nothing to encourage good behavior. That lead to my friend getting full custody of his kids, including his son. Well, having a lot of bad habits to overcome,...
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    09-18-2020, 12:03 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Microsoft Edge in Our Town
    I used Firefox for years. Last year, I started using Brave which has a very active tracker/ad blocker you can adjust by individually approving sites you want to view. Sped things up, lets you see just how invasive many websites are to your...
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    09-18-2020, 11:29 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread learned a thing in Our Town
    All of the experiences shared here help reduce someone else having to learn from those mistakes. I charge 5 cases of pistol ammo and inspect with a flashlight, not a mistake I have ever experienced but something I learned from others. When...
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    09-18-2020, 01:54 AM
    My go to load for 9mm has been the Lee 356-125 2R over 5 grains of Unique at about 1050-1075 FPS, from 4 - 4.5" pistols. I have also used W231, Bullseye, and Red Dot, but stick to Unique which I buy in 8lb jugs. When fired from a Marlin Camp 9 or an...
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    09-17-2020, 05:56 PM
    I agree that 45 ACP does not need a gas check, just a slow low pressure cartridge that really doesn't need it. First mold was a Lee 452-228 1R which was lubed with Javalina. Funny how I now have more 45 molds than any other caliber, even though my...
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    09-17-2020, 05:12 PM
    I had collected a bunch of 30-06 and 270 brass with the intent on forming new 7.65 x 53 for an Argy. I ended up being blessed by a member here with 120 or so pieces of brass, 20 fired, the rest unfired. I also received some Hornady bullets and some...
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    09-17-2020, 05:04 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread A little help? in Cookin' Recipe's
    We had the best apple tree back on the farm, mom always had us pick more than enough for 2 pies. She made up 2 pies and the rest got canned for later, always had pie filling on the pantry shelf, or just used as topping on a bowl of french vanilla :)...
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    09-17-2020, 04:58 PM
    Jim, don't sell yourself short on the Lee Turret press, I own 2. My original eventually wore out after several 100k rounds loaded. I merely bought the replacement parts and it sort of upgraded as well. The second press hasn't seen as much use as the...
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    09-17-2020, 11:48 AM
    I sent my 3-9 BL Scope Chief to Bushnell repair center in 99 or 2000, about a month later I got a package with a new Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9-40 inside, still have it and still performs fine, I like the "rainguard" lens coating works great.
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    09-16-2020, 10:20 AM
    Those are snazzy dude!:2_high5:
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    09-16-2020, 03:10 AM
    Dusty, I know a fellow who is an instructor, retired LEO I worked with just over the border in CA. Due to fires, you can’t get there from here or vice/versa. As far as an FFL there in GP, don’t know, but there is a gunsmith/FFL I’ve dealt within...
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    09-16-2020, 02:57 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread microwave oven in Our Town
    HAM radio operator working on ‘gunplexer’ antennas to transmit microwaves between the 2 antennas, melted the chocolate. Radio can be fun but can still cook yer innerds. Having RF in the shack is not a good thing.
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    09-16-2020, 02:28 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread NICS background checks in Our Town
    Well that may be true, I have read reports of folks who did pass because they weren’t ran in 3 days. 30 to 60 days later they were visited upon by the local Mounties because they did not pass. Just because the check wasn’t done in three days doesn’t...
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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