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    Today, 11:29 AM
    contender1 replied to a thread HF coupons in Our Town
    I've had an Insiders club membership for a few years now. Plus,, I'd get & save the printed coupons, offering 20% off etc. I noticed a while back that the "free" item offered,, disappeared. While it wasn't much,, it was kinda nice to get those tape...
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    03-01-2021, 11:01 PM
    As you can tell by my handle,, I enjoy T/C Contenders. By the OP thoughts,, I'd say stay with the 30-30 in the 14" bbl. I have plenty of experience with both the 30-30 & 35 Rem in T/C. I;d opt for that 30-30 based upon your comments,, of range &...
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    03-01-2021, 10:35 AM
    Bump #1
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    03-01-2021, 10:30 AM
    Have you slugged your barrel to see what the actual bore diameter is?
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    02-28-2021, 12:38 PM
    I have some items I no longer need; They are as follows; (1) Hornady New Dimension die set; .222 Remington cal. Used, but in very good shape; $40 shipped (2) RCBS 3 die set. steel, .30 Carbine. Used and in good shape; Comes with a Texan shell...
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    02-28-2021, 10:42 AM
    I got mine yesterday. After my first one went AWOL,, I've kinda fretted over the potential of a stuck case. I know it can happen. Hopefully,, I'll never need it,, but if I do,, it's there. AND,, one day,,, in the future,, when I get to the point I...
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    02-27-2021, 02:19 PM
    I made a purchase a while back,,, from a member here,, "Hiram" and all went quite nicely. Well, yesterday, I got a little surprise in the mail, a letter from Hiram, with the actual instructions he'd found after the fact. Since I try & delete...
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    02-27-2021, 12:28 PM
    contender1 replied to a thread Ammunition Shortage in Our Town
    "And if you are listening to the primer manufactures, they are saying they are doing everything they can to meet demand, practically running 24-7. Well, if they suddenly have a 600% profit margin, why aren’t they reinvesting that into increasing...
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    02-25-2021, 11:15 AM
    contender1 replied to a thread USPS mail delay in Our Town
    I too have a package "in route" according to the USPS. It was SUPPOSED to be here last week. I think I recall the delivery day WAS scheduled for the 17th. Still "in transit." The first notice said it "would be late" and then it changed to a...
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    02-24-2021, 11:48 PM
    Howdy, I have a RCBS hand priming tool. It isn't the Universal as far as I know. Plus,, it has the round primer tray,, and it's missing a few small parts. But,, it's yours for free if we can meet up in or around the Asheville area. If...
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    02-24-2021, 11:42 PM
    As an old soldier,, having a brother who was in Nam, a Dad in WWII, myself just post Nam, best friend, like me, but in the AF, a sister who was married to a FINE career Marine, my wife's dad was WWII & Korea, (3) uncles in WWII,, of which,, one died...
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    02-23-2021, 11:38 PM
    It's going to Texas! :D :D
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    02-23-2021, 10:18 AM
    Everybody is different. As an instructor,, I tell my students; "Get a gun to fit YOUR HANDS!" The grips are often interchangeable,, so try different grips to fit you. Thick for some, thin for others. No "One size fits all."
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    02-22-2021, 10:03 PM
    Well, I wasn't a "new" reloader,, but I truly appreciated Brass Magnet's generous offering of (2) TWO of these invaluable tools for loaders. So, to help things along,, here's my offering; I have a stainless steel, 12 ga. chamber insert, adapter...
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    02-22-2021, 09:55 PM
    Wow,, THANKS! PM to follow. And I'll be posting a PIF shortly!
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    02-21-2021, 07:35 PM
    contender1 replied to a thread Paperless society in Our Town
    We can save the environment of wasting paper,, when lawyers are stopped from having copies of everything. Lawyers go through more paper than any school, or business out there. Me? I'm old school, and I teach & promote old school skills.
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    02-21-2021, 07:31 PM
    contender1 replied to a thread Crazy evilbay buyers in Our Town
    Evilbay,, or as I call it,, "sleezebay",,, is here to stay as long as it makes money. Over the many years,, I have managed to find good stuff not only there,, but in actual live auctions locally. But like ANY shopping you do,, you MUST know...
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    02-21-2021, 01:16 PM
    Well, I'm a longtime reloader,, who HAD one of these. Somehow,, it has been "misplaced" and I haven't gotten around to replacing it. I think I may have loaned it out,, & it never returned. I haven't had a stuck case in a while,, so the replacement...
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    02-21-2021, 01:08 PM
    David has given some good advice. Each & every gun is a different machine. Your gun will be the machine to tell you which ammo is IT'S most accurate. And accuracy is a subjective thing. A master class target shooter vs, a long range handgun...
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    02-21-2021, 12:54 PM
    Bird feeders. One of my bread & butter items for my business. I'm a State certified Animal Damage Control Agent. I fix problems when people have animal issues. Bird feeders ATTRACT squirrels as well as all kinds of wildlife. NOT just the...
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    02-21-2021, 12:05 PM
    contender1 replied to a thread Eating Steak in Our Town
    Boy,, talk about a can of worms out for discussion! Fun posts. I was raised in a restaurant. We used the common tools of that era,, (1950-1977.) Including a big wooden cutting board/chopping block. We had several knives,, yet, I do not...
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    02-20-2021, 07:19 PM
    Very good posting. You already mentioned it,, but it bears repeating. Never attempt to change the ANGLE of the hammer/sear engagement. But smooth movement of parts working with each other is the desired effect. Positive contact,, w/o burrs or...
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    02-20-2021, 12:19 PM
    xbeeman412 replied to a thread Prayers for Texas! in Our Chapel
    thanks we need the help from God at this time. we got power on 2 days ago but not water...well was froze as well as broke pipe in the house.
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    02-19-2021, 11:04 AM
    I use scopes and dots on many handguns. (Dern older eyes!) Lower power,, wider field of view. Go with the 2X. And due to the smaller tubes,, the "blackout" you experienced is still a little bit of an issue. But if you used a smaller tube back...
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    02-19-2021, 11:00 AM
    Wow. Just wow.
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    02-18-2021, 11:39 AM
    contender1 replied to a thread Other than paypal????? in Our Town
    I'm old school,, and do not use any form of payment for things other than cash, checks or money orders. I also own a business,, providing services to my customers. Some of them want to use a credit card as they may live in another state or...
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    02-17-2021, 11:06 AM
    An item we use in our house is a humidity & temp monitor. There are several out there on Amazon,, for around $10. I recommend getting a few,, and placing them in places where humidity is a potential issue. That way,, you KNOW what the moisture...
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    02-16-2021, 11:09 AM
    Is the .45 an Old Model or a New Model version. There are differences.
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    02-15-2021, 11:09 AM
    contender1 replied to a thread Maybe 12" Oh Fun in Our Town
    It just proves that God still controls some things. (But given time,, the politicians will try & figure out a way to take over that too!) Well,, maybe not control the weather,, but they have figured out ways to control the people when weather...
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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