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    Today, 10:06 AM
    I remove the Y bones from northerns and walleye, and the dark meat(fish fat) found under the skin side of fillet. We had northern last night for supper and it rivals walleye for flavor, even one this big, 14.13 pounds was delish, so flaky and white....
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    Today, 09:55 AM
    I am very proud of them, their mother too.
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    Today, 01:46 AM
    Blake and Lukas were born Friday. Due to the virus, my wife was not able to be there for our youngest daughter. It was killing her. Still, a week ahead of scheduled C-section, the boys decided it was time to be here. I was not there as I am still...
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    Today, 01:16 AM
    Larry, I always appreciate when somebody asks for help and you give them spot on advice. But I always enjoy how you can tell a story, exactly how it was without embellishment. Thank you for letting me know the dangers of the Oregon Prairie. Many...
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    Yesterday, 09:44 PM
    The wife and I got to spend a couple of days with the youngest daughter's two kids, our youngest grand kids, Meila Lee and Riott Scot(lil Scotty) What beautiful children they are, we all had fun enjoying the outdoors.
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    Yesterday, 05:24 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Pressure canner in Cookin' Recipe's
    I have the pressure cooker for chili/small batch canning runs, and the big bastids for fresh caught tuna. I use glass for the day to day, tin cans for the venison/tuna/other longer term items. Tin is the bomb, never breaks, cooks faster at higher...
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    Yesterday, 04:52 PM
    I spent a lot of years in a rural Nor Cal county where there were lots of places to shoot, many are some miles down bad roads. 90% of the county is state or national park, or Natl Recreation Area. Part of the Rec Area designation required there be a...
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    05-30-2020, 11:59 AM
    I like your idea of a full stock, but would love a take-down 10/22. I wonder what that would look like. Yes, I know that defeats the purpose. I went shopping for a 10/22 (1992?), many years before you could get a take-down, and saw a rifle that...
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    05-27-2020, 03:25 PM
    Unique and IMR4227, mostly Unique, but I both in 8 lb jugs. Heck, when we first started reloading handgun, dad bought Unique in 15 lb cardboard kegs. Dad was already using Unique in shotshell so it made sense to him. Heck, it's been good stuff since...
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    05-27-2020, 03:20 PM
    Lee 429-208 WC over unique with book loads for 44 SP, but loaded in 44 MAG brass for my wife's Ruger SBH. When given the opportunity, I want to lake my gear to the range and do some ladder loads up to 1000 fps for the wife to shoot. She shoots the...
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    05-27-2020, 03:12 PM
    I think this is a wonderful cartridge for cast and wouldn't pass up a good deal if one presented itself. The specs look good and people rave about how it shoots cast. I only got into shooting cast in rifles 8 years ago, can and seldom load bullets,...
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    05-27-2020, 02:51 PM
    I started casting and pan lubed as I didn't have Lyman 450 yet, shot as cast. My first mold was a Lee 356-125 2R which drops at .358, they loaded and shot fine. I later got a .357 and a 45 ACP and a Lyman 450, sized to .358 and .452, all was good....
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    05-27-2020, 02:39 PM
    Back in the mid 1980s, Dad found my dream gun at a gun show, a S&W M57 8 3/8" 41 Magnum. My goodness, something did not look right, it was a mid 1970 gun, pinned barrel, recessed cylinder, but the grips were used 1980s. That didn't matter, the grips...
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    05-27-2020, 03:35 AM
    I run the Lee 356-125 2R, powder coated and sized to .358, in my Marlin Camp 9, and AR 15 in 9mm. My standard pistol loads run 1350 fps from a carbine, basically mimics the 125 JHP 357 M police load carried by the CHP for years. I know I could get...
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    05-27-2020, 02:54 AM
    I shoot cast in a couple of my AR 15s, one is 223/5.56, the other 9mm. I have shot lubed/checked Lyman C225-415, but have been shooting PCd boolits for 7 years. My first range visit with a recent build AR 15 Mil Spec back then was with the PCd...
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    05-27-2020, 02:16 AM
    I have been buying 4227 by the 8 lb jug. H4227 is not available, IMR4227 is, identical powder made in Australia. It is currently in stock at Powder Valley for $193, 1 lb for $27.15, also in stock. I mostly use it for 223/5.56 and 308 W cast loads. I...
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    05-26-2020, 10:49 AM
    TRY THIS ONE............https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-pty-pty_news&hsimp=yhs-pty_news&hspart=pty&p=building+a+electric+gun+barrel+cleaner&
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    05-26-2020, 10:44 AM
    Yes I have had much success using it the way described to remove copper and lead, cupro nickle too I believe. I did post two youtube links also. I'm not a big wiki fan;-) Like the picture shows RED to BARREL- BLACK TO ROD. You know sacrifice a...
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    05-25-2020, 10:38 PM
    Years ago, I was allowed to shoot a friend's Magnum Research in 357 Herrett. This was an interesting because you loaded it like a Howitzer, closed the breach, and cocked it with a lever on the left side forward of the trigger guard. They were quite...
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    05-25-2020, 10:06 PM
    My loving wife came home from a visit with family holding a box that said Glock, "if you don't want it, I'll take it." I told her to 'hand it over.' My brother bought his son in law a Glock 22C, nephew had a college buddy who had a G23 but wanted...
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    05-25-2020, 04:07 PM
    I have seen M1s in gun racks and have always admired them. As popular as they are they could do a new production run and name their price. After all, Prettiest one I ever saw was owned by a former co-worker. He got a pristine rifle and took it to...
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    05-25-2020, 03:24 PM
    That sounds about right!!:kidding: I had one of the older Tritons 07 and it was nothing to write home about, this one has the Coyote motor, me like it a lot. Ford makes it- Coyote shakes it :-)
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    05-25-2020, 03:16 PM
    I agree the CBE mold is a beauty, but the label on the box misspelled boolit. What were they thinking?
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    05-25-2020, 03:00 PM
    I almost bought an AK in 1989. LGS had an order for some and was waiting on the ship to be unloaded. The trick was it was chambered in .223 rather that 7.62 x 39. I had shot both but found the .223 to be more accurate as the OD of the barrels were...
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    05-25-2020, 02:17 PM
    I have owned a number of Taurus pistols over the years, the first being a .357 and a snubby 38 in the mid 80s. The next were more recent purchases, a 738 TCP .380, the last being a 709 Slim 8 years ago. None of them experienced leading, either with...
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    05-25-2020, 01:35 PM
    I started using Prismatic Powders out of White City, Oregon. I found their prices competitive and their service prompt. 6500 colors to choose from but some a crinkle finish which I would avoid. As far as black goes, I was trying to find something in...
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    05-25-2020, 01:24 PM
    What are you sizing the boolits to? Every 9mm I have likes .358, and that includes many 9mm pistols, a couple AR 15 carbines, and a Marlin Camp 9. Your PC is good stuff, Smoke's is top shelf. One other thing, how much jacketed has the pistol seen?...
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    05-25-2020, 01:06 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Gas Check seating in Gas Checks
    I have read on here that a guy was using a steel ball bearing to flare checks for a fat shank boolit he loaded. I make my own checks and for my 1 fat shank I use slightly thinner aluminum. I also anneal the aluminum strips before making the disks...
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    05-25-2020, 12:38 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Wild Bull hunting. in Hunting with CB's
    45 years ago, we went to visit family in the Lodi/Lockeford area near Sacramento CA. We got to my aunt and uncles and found dozens of leg-less bodies in the yard. My cousins went out gigging the night before and basically cut the legs and put them...
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    05-25-2020, 12:15 PM
    My first cast in an AR 15, a brand new build with a 1/9" twist, gave me a .75 5 shot group. Boolit was a Lyman 225-415 over a book load of IMR4227 chrono'd at 2250 fps. I will call that lucky. I did some work with that gun using a long eye relief 4X...
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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