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    Today, 03:39 PM
    they were cheap guns but i have one of there 357s that has seen many thousands of rounds over the last 30 years or so and is still going strong
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    Today, 12:41 PM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Hot plate temp in Casting Equipment
    could not say for sure i just set it on medium and usually cast good bullets from first ones.
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    06-19-2018, 05:32 PM
    congratulations on 58 years.
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    06-19-2018, 05:30 PM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Tinnitus ! in Our Town
    i am in the same boat started twenty years ago and gradually got worse . now it seems like that is the only thing i can hear well. I've tried different things that people and doctors said to try nothing worked.
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    06-18-2018, 10:11 PM
    went to range the other day to try out my new hand cannon. charter arms 41 mag pug. i know 41 mag ain't the biggest thing out there but in a 23 oz snub nose it sure felt like a cannon. i can pretty much shoot my 44 black hawk all day but after 2...
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    06-18-2018, 09:57 PM
    always preferred the biggest softest piece of lead i could use!
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    06-18-2018, 09:50 PM
    i picked up a set of rcbs 32acp dies on ebay cheap had problem with expander plug putting a buldge in brass called rcbs and they sent a new one free of charge even though the dies were very old. now use them for 32sw with sanded down shell holder...
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    06-18-2018, 09:41 PM
    once had a boss tell me a job was more important than a family becouse if you don't have a job you can't support a family. next he told me i couldn't quit almost laughed myself sick out the door. always had a simple rule if i am not making you money...
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    06-18-2018, 09:26 PM
    never owned a black rifle i like the old guns .turn of last century are my favorite ones surplus military rifeles ang hand guns. love the old small caliber revolvers and semi autos 25s and 32s. old top break guns are a blast to shoot and cheap.
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    06-18-2018, 09:20 PM
    never heard of such a thing. going to have to do some experiments on this to see for myself. even an old dog can learn new tricks.
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    06-18-2018, 09:07 PM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Opioid/heroin crisis? in Our Town
    they have no one to blame but there self!! i used to smoke 5 packs of cigarettes a day obama raised the taxes i quit that day used to drink like a fish got married and had a kid i can count the drinks I've had in the last 40 years on one hand. it is...
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    06-12-2018, 08:50 AM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Marvel Mystery Oil in Our Town
    i think the best thing you can do for a motor is buy quality gas . had old celebrity and just could not get it to run right .was buying whatever gas was cheap. haf it tuned motor cleaned internally no good . by chance bought a tank of bp and after...
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    06-11-2018, 09:44 PM
    amazon has always taken care of me when ever there is a problem. usually just send me a new one no questions asked.
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    06-09-2018, 08:17 PM
    bought wife a ca 32hr had to send it back for a couple issues fast turn around. took to range yesterday works great i feel the finish is quite good trigger aslo quite good. may not be quite as good as my sw but it ain't far from it. was impressed...
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    06-09-2018, 03:45 PM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread mp molds in Cast Boolits
    they are great molds and well worth the money.
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    06-09-2018, 03:39 PM
    snow wolfe just bought wife new 32mag went to range and wouldn't work would only fire 3to 4 rounds per cylinder. called shop were i bought it and got the you mail it in. this was a brand new gun. last one i will buy from him. i did find a small shop...
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    06-09-2018, 03:27 PM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Primers???? in Our Town
    i see no difference at all. i am no bench rest shooter mainly pistols on the 7 to 15yard range. can't see any difference mainly use cci for no pertecular reason a dollar difference in price would get me to switch.
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    06-09-2018, 03:22 PM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Disturbing... in Our Town
    some one shot five holes in the roof of our pistol range. of course nobody would own up to it. range owner has list of everyone on the range that day so might find out. happens every year one hole is bad enough maybe you were being stupid but five...
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    06-07-2018, 11:22 PM
    i use the lee 93 grain cut down so it only has one lube groove worked out to 65 grain. was originally for 32acp but was a little short for that but works great for the 32 sw. i load 1.1 grains bullseye shoots great in all my sw ( h&r iver johnson...
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    06-06-2018, 03:19 PM
    had two close one that i delt with for 40 years closed the other less than a mile away instantly went up on prices. clipped me on some transfers told me one price then when guns got there refused to honer price complained and was told they would...
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    06-06-2018, 03:10 PM
    va will tax anything.
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    06-05-2018, 11:28 AM
    i have a couple that seem to work fine i just don't like tumble lubing them. not sure i did it right. but seating die would collect alox and gradually seat bullet deeper. and stuf never did harden thined it with mineral spirits ( or acatone not sure...
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    06-05-2018, 11:22 AM
    took out the first lube groove on a lee 93 grain ended up with a 65 grain bullet a tad short for my 32acp but worked great on 32sw. bought a 100 grain lee for 32 long and should have used that one to cut down it would have worked a lot better....
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    06-04-2018, 02:07 PM
    as a retired machinist most companies would replace cutter before it got to the point were it would make a difference . cnc machines i used could be adjusted for tool wear. never made molds but imagine its pretty much the same.
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    06-04-2018, 02:01 PM
    glad you fixed it i usuall put them in a vice on there side and drill all the way through put a roll pin in on one side sticking out in the center drill outher side one step larger drill try not to go more than a few thousands over the roll pin size...
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    06-04-2018, 01:39 PM
    i buy off ebay all the time great deals. if it is not what is advertised or something is wrong with it eather the seller or ebay will give your money back. i bought about 30 or so molds and had one that was bad.got money back. it is a good place to...
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    06-01-2018, 07:57 PM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Sks and lead... in Cast Boolits
    i use 155 gr lee gas check with imr and h 4198 works great with no leading at all.
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    06-01-2018, 07:46 PM
    RED BEAR replied to a thread Very sad day for me in Our Town
    very sorry for your loss. it can be a terrable thing to lose a close friend and member of the family. try to rember all the good things you shared.
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    05-29-2018, 11:47 PM
    wd40 will do the same thing kroil does if left on something will gum up and eventually harden. i learned about kroil after retireing and putting tools in garage noticed small amount of rust put kroil on them went back sometime later and spent the...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
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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
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LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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