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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    Today, 02:27 PM
    Still no word back from Russia on the plug in wads. Emailed the Italians who make lots of BPI's Slugs and wads, and got an immediate response from the guy I met at SHOT a few years ago. They supposedly can't sell just the wads due to some...
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    Yesterday, 01:28 PM
    I ordered my Paradox mould on 1/1/2019 and it arrived from Russia 1/8! I couldn't believe it. $108 with shipping off Ebay. The mould is excellent quality and makes nice slugs that will knock down anything. I made 60 of the version that uses the...
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    01-15-2019, 06:24 PM
    JB: that's what it's all about here. Randy
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  • LAH's Avatar
    01-15-2019, 03:05 PM
    My scale is from the early 70s which I purchased used. After all these years I've seen no reason to upgrade.
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  • LAH's Avatar
    01-15-2019, 11:38 AM
    You would think after all these years I'd know that but didn't. Thanks Larry.
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    01-15-2019, 03:17 AM
    If you guys are punching a small hole with a hot nail or needle that's all you need. You are going to use a Wood Screw or other similar screw with a tapered point and the poly of the wad will give way and the screw will thread in easily. No need...
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    01-15-2019, 03:15 AM
    What type of tackle do you use to catch deer??????????? https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/FAQ__CWD_UP_636379_7.pdf Is a mandatory deer check being established in the area? Not at this time. The DNR’s primary focus for response is...
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    01-14-2019, 06:18 PM
    Gp: I have been cogitating on this as well and since I have a machine shop I have a variety of ways I can approach this problem. The best way I would try first is to chuck the wads up in a collet and drill them in the lathe That way you are...
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    01-14-2019, 05:39 PM
    Don: OK, here's the month and issue numbers for all the good .44 articles by Brian Pearce. .44 Special. Aug 2005 Handloader #236 Everything you need to know about that cartridge in all the different power levels. .44 Magnum Mid Range...
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    01-14-2019, 04:46 PM
    As I recall, I was holding the bottom of the front sight blade/top of the ramp, even with the back of the ram as close as I could with the coarse sights at that distance. The front sight on that gun completely covers the target and then some. The...
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    01-13-2019, 09:49 PM
    LAH replied to a thread What did you cast today? in Cast Boolits
    514ea of the NOE version of the Lyman 311440 & appox. 650ea Accurate 45-200E. Also managed to inspect them all plus size & lube the 45s.
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  • LAH's Avatar
    01-13-2019, 09:32 PM
    Perhaps. When I purchased my first it was more hearsay then personal knowledge. Agree. Especially these days with all the good bullets. HEE HEE, maybe the best line of the thread.
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    01-13-2019, 08:51 PM
    Another idea could be a Bushnell TRS-25 Red Dot Sight. For the distances you are talking it is much faster to get on target with than a scope and it is easy to hit a man sized target at 200 yards with virtually every shot. Also it won't destroy...
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    01-13-2019, 08:23 PM
    LB: The larger bore isn't there to "Vent" Pressure. It is there to lower pressure by causing less friction/resistance in the barrel with "factory ammo." The fact we load larger boolits is not an issue for Marlin. They are only concerned how...
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    01-13-2019, 03:44 PM
    Another good fix is the Red Dot type of optic. In this case the only thing you have to concentrate on is the Red Dot which is pretty prominent. Put the dot on the target and let fly. This is very easy to do with a rifle or shotgun and is the...
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    01-13-2019, 03:32 PM
    I posted this on another thread but it is more pertinent here; I have found that the "Old Eyes" problem generally centers around "Technique, more than Physical Limitations." Learning how to use the Front Sight is not something that you just...
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    01-13-2019, 02:57 PM
    Yes, I have found that the "Old Eyes" problem generally centers around "Technique, more than Physical Limitations." Learning how to use the Front Sight is not something that you just start doing. It takes lots of practice to break habits that...
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    01-13-2019, 02:16 PM
    With 240-260 gr Keith style boolits 8.0 gr of W231 works well. Same boolits in a Special case 6.0 gr of W231 These loads came from articles by Brian Pearce in Handloader Magazine. Look for "Loading the .44 Special" and "Mid Range Loads for .44...
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    01-13-2019, 02:04 PM
    I have been concentrating on shotgun slugs and balls. Randy
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    01-13-2019, 01:51 PM
    H&G 503, the one on the left has a Pentagonal HP for 240 gr. The one on the right is a solid at 260 gr. I powder coat these and load them in front of 6.0 or 8.0 gr of W231 for Mid Range Specials or Magnums. Both will knock down rams at 200M....
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    01-13-2019, 03:13 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread 45-70 in Our Town
    https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2016/8/17/is-the-45-70-govt-cartridge-still-relevant/ http://www.cartridgecollector.net/45-70-government https://www.reddit.com/r/guns/comments/1zy1qh/history_and_development_of_the_4570_government/ ...
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    01-12-2019, 03:17 PM
    When you are using iron sights the only thing that really matters is being able to focus on the Front Sight. This is NOT something that comes natural as most all of us were trained to shoot with open sight .22's where we shifted our focus from front...
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    01-12-2019, 02:11 PM
    Tatume just made the point about the back ends of his PB boolits being sharp and clean. That is the key to the whole issue. As Elmer said; "the back end is the steering end." No reason why a PB boolit shouldn't shoot as well as a GC boolit...
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  • LAH's Avatar
    01-12-2019, 11:41 AM
    Same here. If you were to hunt deer you chose one of the 3. That's why my first was an '06. I never gave it a second thought.
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  • LAH's Avatar
    01-11-2019, 11:46 PM
    You can take a 223 bolt gun, a bunch of cheap 55 gr. FMJ, LC brass, & H335 or even IMR 4895 & have all kinds of fun.
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  • LAH's Avatar
    01-11-2019, 09:17 PM
    Looking back my first was a 70 Winchester in '06. I've had one most my life but if I was starting over it might be the 308. As I grow older though I'm more of a 30-30 man with an eye on the 300 Savage.
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  • LAH's Avatar
    01-11-2019, 08:50 PM
    LAH replied to a thread Red Dot in Canister & Surplus Powder
    Never fire Red Dot but I'm up to my elbows in Promo. It works fine for me in 38, 44, 45 Colt & ACP. I use it in my 30-30 & 30-06 also. Even put a dab in the little 380.
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    01-11-2019, 07:35 PM
    HT: I'm always interested to hear what other interested parties have to say about anything that is pertinent. Have no problem Hijacking other peoples threads and don't really care if it happens to me unless the guy is an A hole and just wants to...
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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