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  • John Van Gelder's Avatar
    12-07-2019, 10:00 AM
    I have the hollow point version of the 358429 as well, I shot a mt. lion with those and they did not penetrate well. They were a medium alloy loaded to an average velocity of 1200 fps. I found over the years they were suitable for pests and small...
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    12-05-2019, 10:21 AM
    The lyman load data for the 358429 in .357 cases indicates a crimp at the front of the top driving band, just because the original guns were the short cylinder N frame S&W. I colour code my loads, by painting the tips of the bullets. The 358429 was...
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    12-02-2019, 10:38 AM
    I found as I got older that I was having more difficulty getting a good sight picture at night when trying to shoot with the aid of a flash light. A black bear in a tree does not reflect a lot of light. I put a green laser on one of my side...
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    12-01-2019, 11:07 AM
    trapper9260 Thanks, I will give that a try, I will probably wrap the whole thing in window screen to keep the mice from eating all of the bait.
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    12-01-2019, 10:26 AM
    I started shooting ta round ball in my .45C/ACP guns back in the 60s. I used them for small game loads, I loaded then below the level that they would cycle the action in my 1911 guns, I did not want to have to hunt around in the leaves for the...
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    12-01-2019, 09:58 AM
    country gent Tha sounds like a good trap, would you have any pictures..
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    11-30-2019, 09:11 AM
    When I lived in Alaska a good friend of mine trapped. We were out checking traps one day and I managed to walk right through a wolf set, it had snowed over the trap, then warmed up and then froze again, the trap was frozen to the ground.
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    11-29-2019, 04:28 PM
    trapper9260 OK .. got it .. thanks ..j
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    11-29-2019, 12:50 PM
    I like the idea of setting up a blind and sniping them with my air rifle, but they usually don't come out until after my bed time...:)
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    11-29-2019, 09:20 AM
    I tried the can on the wire, cought severral mice, but the pack rats were able to jump away from the water. My best luck has been with the live trap.
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    11-29-2019, 09:16 AM
    I see on the average of 10-12 different bears on and around my property every spring and summer. I have had to shoot a number of them that were just problems. I took one that was quartering away out of a thicket going up hill, the bear doped at the...
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    11-28-2019, 07:35 PM
    Der Gebirgsjager If you look at my last response.. I am a big fan of the .45 colt. In the platform you are using, the 1873 Colt copy, very good result can be had by using a 255 gr. SWC over 10 gr. of Unique, this is an old time favourite load...
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    11-28-2019, 07:23 PM
    Outpost75 A great old cartridge, that should still be relevant in these times is the .32-20, with some careful shot placement that will will work for deer in a handgun. I once worked a homicide case where the weapon of "choice" was a Colt...
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    11-28-2019, 07:01 PM
    The Vaquero's fixed sights are regulated for 250-255 gr, bullets the 160 will probably shoot a bit low. But be fun to shoot, I have yet to try them in my Blackhawk, will try to do so and see how they work.
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    11-28-2019, 06:16 PM
    I live in the mountains and have interactions with lots of big predators, bears during the summer months and coyotes, wolves and Mt.Lions the rest of the year. I also have horses that I am quite fond of, and so have a pretty low tolerance of the...
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    11-28-2019, 05:06 PM
    I live in the mountains and have all sorts of interesting stuff, lots of bears during the summer months, coyotes, Mt. lions and wolves the rest of the year, but the bane of my existence, is the miserable pack rats, they get into everything. The...
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    11-28-2019, 04:35 PM
    I am at a point where I am wondering is there is a support group for compulsive mold buyers..
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    11-28-2019, 04:32 PM
    Finally did some pictures, still not very good at close shots with my phone camera.. The left is the 160 gr bullet (165 in my alloy) the right is the Lee 200 gr. (215 in my alloy). The 160 bullet is pretty short, so it may or may not feed in...
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    11-28-2019, 04:24 PM
    I shoot a lot of those bullets in my 9mm. My load of choice is 4.6 gr. of BE. I had a problem with a bear getting into my horse feed last summer, I finally caught up with the bear one evening, that load did the job nicely, the bear went about 20...
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    11-18-2019, 01:26 PM
    I also have the Lee 452-200, in my alloy they average 215 gr. A good all purpose bullet. I will try to post some pictures.
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    11-17-2019, 10:40 AM
    In an attempt to make my lead supply go a bit further, I wanted a lighter bullet for the .45ACP. I was a bit dubious about the Lee 160 gr. bullet because it is so short. Nothing ventured nothing gained. So far I have had good results, it feeds in...
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    11-17-2019, 10:23 AM
    The recommended seating of the 358429 in .357 brass is on the edge of the first driving band, this equates to the sane col when crimping in the crimp groove of .38 spl brass.
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    11-17-2019, 10:07 AM
    When I started hunting I shot a lot of squirrels with and old Stevens double barrel .410. When I got old enough to buy a pistol, I hunted them with a model 29 SW loaded with very light .44 spl loads.
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  • John Van Gelder's Avatar
    11-17-2019, 10:02 AM
    The 358429 is hard to beat, it has according to lyman a BC of .286 it retains its velocity better than some other bullets at longer ranges.
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  • John Van Gelder's Avatar
    11-17-2019, 09:56 AM
    When I lived in Alaska I did a lot of big game hunting with the bow. I got drawn for a cow tag on Elmendorf AFB. I followed this big cow around for almost the entire day, before I got a shot, it was getting dark, so it was shoot or go home. I had...
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  • John Van Gelder's Avatar
    11-17-2019, 09:43 AM
    When I lived in Alaska I loaded this bullet in my 94 Winchester .45 Colt, and used the same bullet in my Ruger Blackhawk. It is the Lee 457 340. This bullet was used in developing some of the early heavy .45 Colt loads for the Blackhawk. ...
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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
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check