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    Yesterday, 12:15 PM
    I use a Taylor oven thermometer from WalMart, about $5.
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    Yesterday, 11:41 AM
    For cast I use the Lee 312-185R or 314-299 by Lyman sized .313 or .314. You can find plenty of load data on here with cast bullets in the 7.62X54 case, 1800 fps is fun to shoot all day long, enjoy!
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    Yesterday, 03:07 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread Which knife? in Processing wild game
    When I read the title 'which one' my first response was (smartazz, of course) the one in my hand. Then I read the entire thread. I observed images of several 'styles' of knives I have used and enjoy. One was a simple blade I had butchered many...
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    03-28-2020, 05:44 PM
    I had a friend contact me at work, we were both lieutenants and I was Internal Affairs. He wanted me to look into making a citizen's complaint against a game warden. He explained that the night before while driving on a back road the GW came up on...
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    03-28-2020, 04:07 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Pensions... in Our Town
    CalPers since 1984, retired LEO so a pretty good pension. Yes, I have seen the ups and downs regarding employee percentage of contribution. When they upped it, we also got a matching pay increase to make up the increase. Paycheck didn't go up but a...
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    03-28-2020, 01:20 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Pine-Sol help in Our Town
    Okay, 5 minute test did some good. Ratio was 1/4 cup per gallon and the brass looks good. I usually put the brass in the tumbler after rinsing. I merely wiped the piece with a paper towel as paper is very abrasive. There was evidence the oxidization...
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    03-28-2020, 01:02 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Pine-Sol help in Our Town
    I have never heard of it either, I look forward to seeing some results. For me, diluted lemon juice works very well. Both are cheap. I already have a diluted solution used for cleaning floors, I think I will put some in a glass and drop a piece of...
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    03-26-2020, 02:24 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread Knee surgery in Our Town
    My 81 year old Mom had a knee done about 4 years ago. She walked to the car with a walker (wheelchair out the door of course) ditched the walker the next day. PT 3 times a week for a month, twice a week for a month which she called 'inconvenient.'...
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    03-26-2020, 01:36 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread Spray lube/rust preventive in Our Town
    My formula is X = FE - FO2 I first leaned from shooting a percussion revolver the best protection was hot soapy water as soon as I got home, rinse with very hot water, followed by a dry patch and a wipe down. Then I used WD40 liberally followed b...
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    03-25-2020, 10:05 PM
    I plan to plant the usual assortment of tasty veggies. However, considering some of the craziness of late, I also plan to plant whomever thinks what's mine is his. Face down hands behind their head, on the phone with dispatch, and let the...
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    03-25-2020, 12:57 AM
    I watched a video where 4 identically built mil-spec AR 15 rifles where each was fired for 10,000 rounds. Remington, Winchester, Federal, and Tula. By comparison each were statistically similar in failure to feed/failure to fire. The numbers...
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    03-24-2020, 09:32 PM
    So that is why I haven't shaved all week, I knew there was a reason. I thought I was being lazy but I am actually conserving my razor out of protest!
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    03-24-2020, 06:29 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Any HAM's here? in Our Town
    W6FCV, got my first ticket as a tech in '99 as KF6YTJ. My brother had expressed an interest in HAM and I got in as another way to hang out with my brother. I upgraded between '99 and '02, just kept at it. My darling wife has spoiled me with...
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    03-24-2020, 04:04 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread AR Pistol in 7.62x39 in Cast Boolits
    I built an AR Pistol for 300 BO with a 10" barrel. Subsonic loads are cool using the Lee 309-230 5R, for Supers I have a Lee C309-150 RF, and an NOE C309-150 3R. The 300 BO is a fun shooter and I did not experience too much muzzle flash. My 7.5"...
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    03-24-2020, 03:45 PM
    I haven't bought ground walnut in about 10 years. Yes it gets worn smooth and stained but get wood wet and it swells. I am a bit retentive about grass cleaning and processing but I will be brief. I de-prime and wash my brass, I don't like...
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    03-24-2020, 03:20 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Preheating mold in Cast Boolits
    30+ years ago, I started casting with a 10lb Lee bottom pour. The lead I was getting at the time was from the range at work which was swaged hollow-base wad cutters. To help heat up the melt I cut a tin can lid and placed it over the lead pot. The...
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    03-24-2020, 02:22 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread 380 ACP gas checks in Gas Checks
    I somehow collected more 380 molds because I 'just had to try it.' Started with the Lee 356-102 1R, then the 358-105 SWC. Later sill, I picked up the 356-95 RF. All shoot well from my 380s, 9MM, 357 SIG, and 38/357. Before I started powder...
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    03-23-2020, 10:15 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread AR-15 mold in Cast Boolits
    I bought the Lyman C225-415 and was not a fan of dealing with the pesky little checks. I later bought the NOE 62 grain plain based designed for powder coating. That boolit took some load tweaking to run in a new AR 15 but shoots just fine in the...
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    03-19-2020, 10:09 AM
    Sounds interesting, .220 Meteorite, wonder how it compares to the 220 Weatherby Rocket?
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    03-19-2020, 03:24 AM
    I got a shotgun before I got a Red Ryder BB gun. One was a tool, one was a toy. I started shooting with Dad's Ithaca before I got my first 870. As my dad taught me, I taught my girls. Guns are tools, not toys.
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    03-19-2020, 03:15 AM
    My oldest daughter was in diapers when she first went out 'shooting.' It was a BP pistol I had made from a kit. Well, she loaded her diaper the first shot. When she was 2 1/2, I took her out shooting, she wanted to go, and I told her 'anti gun' mom...
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    03-19-2020, 03:01 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread shout out to wives in Our Town
    My wife and I are apart more than we'd like, Grand babies out west, more coming in the Rockies. We talk/facetime daily, but not together in the same room every day. I am thankful her dad agreed to move in there. My 3 girls all have kids, I even got...
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    03-19-2020, 02:46 AM
    To cool the cans and put them in boxes. Cant hardly do that with glass jars.
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    03-19-2020, 02:34 AM
    bout 10 years ago, my daughter and son-in-law went to a Dinner at a friends for St. Patrick's Day. I agreed to pick up my grand daughter and take her home after an hour. I was sent home with a huge plate of dinner which soon disappeared. "More meat...
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    03-19-2020, 02:22 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread Pellet Grill in Cookin' Recipe's
    My grandfather was an old Okie, who retired in 1972. He cooked, smoked, preserved almost anything you can imagine a dust bowl raised guy could do. After retirement, he had a stint of raising pheasant for a hunting farm. As are pheasant known, they...
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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