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    Yesterday, 04:00 PM
    frankenfab replied to a thread Sold here in Our Town
    Even if it cast at .378, it would probably be marginal.
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:13 PM
    JB: Thanks for the link and I added it to my bookmarked data as well. As far as taking Dangerous Game, A shotgun wouldn't be my first choice for Elephants, Buffalo or Hippos however it would be for big cats over bait. Not that I will ever get to...
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    Yesterday, 02:45 PM
    So I decide to google 3.5" slugs and came up with this off the Shotgun World website. This guy is loading 3.5" slugs and is getting some pretty unbelievable results. And I mean "unbelievable" in the literal sense of the word! Tell me what you...
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    09-24-2018, 09:19 PM
    This is so true! Randy
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    09-23-2018, 03:01 PM
    I took a Stevens 311 and cut the barrels off to 20" with the intention of building a double rifle style gun. The gun came out looking good but it didn't shoot very well and the Stevens design has some major design flaws that make it difficult to...
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    09-23-2018, 02:38 PM
    I think you're on the right track on the attached plastic wad idea. Maybe even making it hollow base so it will expand to fill the bore for a better gas seal. I think old man Brenneke was way ahead of his time. He even gives out key chains. ...
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    09-23-2018, 02:11 PM
    When you consider just how powerful a 1 oz (437gr) slug that is traveling at 1300 fps is and compare it to other calibers you will surprised, like I was, just how a 12 ga stacks up against a .45-70 or .375 H&H or even a .458 Win Mag. The Taylor...
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    09-22-2018, 11:24 PM
    LB: I've been curious about those DGS slugs. I was given 5 of them by the outfit that originally made them from Italy at the SHOT Show a few years ago. They are identical to the DGS Slugs that BPI sells now but the wads are Red. AT Front Sight...
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    09-22-2018, 11:11 PM
    My Standard Round Ball Load is also my Standard Trap Load. It is an old style AA hull with 20 gr of Green Dot, Win 209 and WAA12 wad with either 1 1/8 oz of shot, or a .662 round ball with a 1/4" felt wad or 9 00 balls. The shot column is the...
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    09-22-2018, 02:41 PM
    Have you seen the "Ravin Crossbow?" They advertise 3" groups at 100 yards! which for a Crossbow is unheard of. I'm pretty sure we can get that good with our Smooth Bore Shotguns, we just have to find the right projectile. The problem with...
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    09-21-2018, 10:50 PM
    I have the same question. In the .556 I don't recommend a carbine length gas system. On my match rifles I extend the rifle length gas system 2". I have zero experience with the 458 SOCOM but everything I have read states the carbine length gas...
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    09-21-2018, 10:21 PM
    Sheesh: the gun weighs 9.25 lbs empty. When full it is more like 11-12 lbs. It doesn't kick very much at all. Randy
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    09-21-2018, 10:10 PM
    I will shoot my 20" Mossberg at 100 yards with Federal Low Recoil Slugs off the bench and see what it does. I got 2.5" at 50 yards offhand so maybe there's more there that I just don't know about? Really the good thing about these shotguns is...
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    09-21-2018, 09:57 PM
    Ditto on the above. For what you want to do that bullet will work just fine. The moulds are inexpensive and work well. Hard to argue with all that. Randy
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    09-21-2018, 09:51 PM
    Watkibe: put a .040-.050 chamfer on the chamber mouth and the gun will feed anything. I have posted this here many times. Randy
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 09:11 PM
    That would be my point. Consumers rejected lower velocity of the 17 HM2. A low velocity 17 HMR load would fair no better.
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    09-21-2018, 04:41 PM
    Reloading on a progressive loader is pretty much the same thing as running a Turret Lathe. The end result is a completed part. The rule in the machine shop for producing parts is, "Find out what works,,, and do that." The same holds true for...
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    09-21-2018, 04:11 PM
    I got to play with another one of these guns at an LGS the other day. I got to really look at it close, and fondle it. The reason for the short stroking is the position of the fore end in relation to the Pistol grip. It is closer than a...
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    09-21-2018, 03:47 PM
    That 2.5" group Faustus shot was pretty good in my estimation. The problem you run into is not so much the gun but the shape and consistency of the projectiles. But we have to keep in mind, these are shotguns and not rifles. We've talked about...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 11:29 PM
    They do it's called the 17 Mach 2 but it didn't sell well and the gun manufactures made the chambers too loose in the semi-auto's so neck and case splits are fairly common. I have several and really like them but I purchased 8K of ammo at a...
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    09-19-2018, 09:53 PM
    LB: I was at one of my LGS's yesterday and saw a Mossberg Shotgun, and was showing the girl behind the counter (Nice fully armed girl, named Julie) the difference between how it runs and a Rem 870. She understands the differences and pitfalls now,...
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    09-19-2018, 09:43 PM
    I have some Federal .410 slugs that are 125 gr and running 1775 fps! That is above most .357 Magnum loads. I also have a bunch of Thug Slugs I got from BPI that are 125 gr with attached wads so they should be relatively accurate. I have a...
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  • frankenfab's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 09:32 PM
    I have a brand new, never used 12 cavity 00 buck by Heavy Metal Molds (HM*2) $100'shipped. Pm an email if you would like pics.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    09-18-2018, 12:44 AM
    https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2018/9/17/former-ruger-ceo-william-b-ruger-jr-passes-away/ Sturm, Ruger & Co. is mourning the death of William B. Ruger Jr., former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Ruger. The...
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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