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    Today, 06:15 AM
    I register all of the phone with the 'do not call registry' which is supposed to be good for 2 years. Maybe 2 months. I did get a call from a blocked caller. I informed them 'I get a 500 reward for you violating the 'national registry' and you get a...
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    Today, 05:59 AM
    I had a buddy who told a good one at work. He'd answer the phone sounding like a kid. He would then scream into the phone 'Dad!! Phone!!' 'um, dad can't come to the phone right now, he's having sex.' then 'Dad, hurry up, mom just pulled in the...
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    Yesterday, 06:00 PM
    Bought the new house a dozen years ago, renovated the kitchen. New stove was a double, regular and pizza oven. Wife loves it to this day. That thanksgiving, dinner was at the new house. Dinner was a huge affair, both ovens, full. Oven in the toy...
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    Yesterday, 05:33 PM
    Wow, where to start? Can it be done? Most definitely, but I would start by measuring case capacity with a known substance like water. Comparing the case volume of a 357 SIG and Magnum would be a starting point. Still, a heavier boolit would have to...
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    Yesterday, 05:13 PM
    I really dove in to shooting cast from rifles about 8 years ago, it's a sickness. 03A3 30-06 with a Lee 310-150 RF I used for a friend's 30-30 may years ago. Sure, the 170 RF would have been better, but the 150 was $12.98 on sale new. First results...
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    Yesterday, 04:46 PM
    Well, your not asking much! Seriously, I shoot all of those, and like everyone, we all have our own opinions. One at a time? 45 Colt, hard to beat the Lee 452-255 RF, hard to beat a RSBH. Mine is an Old Model Vaquero so still SBH frame. I have a...
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    Yesterday, 04:16 PM
    Although I never considered 'casting copper' I know that serious precision means lathe turned or swaged. Some years back, I played with copper electroplating. I made it work, but what a pain. The donor copper for plating was in no way efficient. I...
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    Yesterday, 03:55 PM
    I have not loaded in 5 years. Prior to that I loaded every piece of brass, or so I thought. Found a coffee can of 45 ACP prepped and shiny. Still, I loaded an insane amount of my usual calibers, mostly because my wife is always picking up brass...
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    Yesterday, 03:08 PM
    Growing up out west, buck shot was never a consideration. When I moved to N CA, I became acquainted with with a gentleman who was from the Midwest where it was shotgun only. His family had a breach loading musket that would shoot 12 ga. I learned...
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    09-22-2020, 08:55 PM
    I've got one and love it, more fun than a barrel of monkeys! I also shoot both bullets you show here powder coated and loaded with Win 231 powder, 2 to 2.5 inch 9 shot groups at 50 yds.
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    09-22-2020, 08:41 PM
    I had one new in 25-06 in 1990, pretty rifle and carried nice in the hand but was not nearly as accurate as my 73-1974? 700 ADL in 25-06 also bought new.
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    09-22-2020, 09:23 AM
    Put some jacketed through it to get yourself an accuracy base, they also will help clean up the throat and break the barrel in. One 50 rd box of 200 gr 358 bullets fired with near max loads will give you some perfect once fired brass to work with,...
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    09-21-2020, 11:34 AM
    I wish you would post a picture of the rifle, would love to see it!
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    09-21-2020, 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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    09-21-2020, 10:12 AM
    That doesn't look like the Remington bronze points I've seen and loaded, their points were "bronze" colored, a solid bronze point inserted into jacket seam was super tight/small. The Remington Bronze Points came as boxed bullets from the White...
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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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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