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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 03:05 AM
    Saw a discussion the other day, "which is better for my woods deer hunting in Minnesota, .30-30 or .35 Remington"? Have to laugh at responses. So many have this idea that the .35 has so much "knock down" power, whatever that means. I guess the...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 11:40 PM
    Seems almost like the .22 K Hornet. Everybody says the main advantage is longer case life. I hope it works out for you.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 10:53 PM
    I bet this is the problem. Try dropping one through the cylinder, a bullet should stick in the chamber throat. You're getting blow by somehow and commercial cast bullets are often sized too small, cast too hard and use hard lubes that are more for...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 10:09 PM
    What advantage does the improved version give?
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 09:27 PM
    I hear there's a lot of folks doing it in Colorado about now.
    2 replies | 119 view(s)
  • MOA's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 05:44 PM
    This is my favorite at the moment, we all know how wishy washy we can all be at any given moment when it comes to the "Your favorite cast Boolit", so here is mine. It is from a hard to find Ideal mold, #429 303. I powder coated it in HF red, I think...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 10:19 AM
    I read somewhere somebody analyzed it from a bunch of different criteria and determined the .30-40 Krag was the ultimate rifle cartridge for cast bullets. Not gonna disagree, it's a very good one. Guess it all depends on which of those criteria...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 12:15 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Which one? in Leverguns
    I love the Marlins with that 2/3rds magazine and perch belly forends. I'd pick the Marlin.
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  • MOA's Avatar
    08-11-2018, 10:48 AM
    Thanks RustyReel. It was a fun little project. Kept me off the streets for a few
    4 replies | 494 view(s)
  • Buckshot's Avatar
    08-11-2018, 03:10 AM
    .............My grandfather said the wedge was made from a Ford TT truck axle, and the keyway you see was from the 'Wheel ' end. However I cannot verify his information. He started work with San Bernardino Cnty when they still used horses or mules...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-10-2018, 07:09 AM
    A 23B in .25-20 is on my "Must Have Eventually" list. Very generous of your friend.
    18 replies | 694 view(s)
  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-09-2018, 07:14 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Pawn shops in Our Town
    That's a great story. I love a happy ending. What are the odds of that happening? Congrats.
    46 replies | 1290 view(s)
  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    08-09-2018, 01:17 AM
    I am hoping to make that same match too. It is one match I really enjoy and rarely get to attend. Too many other things always get in the way. I can't help you with the blow back issue other than use 3f to boost the case pressure to seal the...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-08-2018, 06:15 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Pawn shops in Our Town
    About six months ago, I swung through a relatively new shop which deals mostly in tools, but has a few guns, usually cheap shotguns and .22s. One stood out so I asked to see it and it was a well-sporterized '93 Mauser which he said was a 7x57. ...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    08-08-2018, 05:48 PM
    Yes! In spades! Tatume, you must be durable rifleman! For most of us, the recoil of that load in a 40 shot match may make connecting with rams an issue. I don't shoot a 35 Rem.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-08-2018, 04:59 PM
    Thank you, gents. I will close this thread, but please consider me committed on the group buy, I want one.
    5 replies | 212 view(s)
  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    08-08-2018, 12:21 PM
    Hey kokomokid, If your 35-40 Maynard is giving you problems that more velocity will solve, then you might want to give it a try. If velocity is not the issue, I would not do it. I know he still has a reamer for the 35-55 Maynard. It is based on the...
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    08-08-2018, 08:06 AM
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    08-08-2018, 07:05 AM
    I found in the archives where a successful group buy was done with Lee to make a run of these back in 2010. Is it possible to have Lee make one of these now without all the start up costs since they have the tooling set up (or did)? I'd like a six...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    08-07-2018, 10:56 AM
    You can do what you described, BUT you will need to do a few things to prepare. WHat are your sights going to be? That is the first big question. If the rifle's sights are not up to the task, the rest of the preparation can't happen. Because of...
    14 replies | 392 view(s)
  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-07-2018, 06:57 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 99 250/3000 in Leverguns
    The tangs are curved as is the lever. You'd have to do some serious work on it to convert to a straight grip. best option would be to trade it for what you want. My 99EG is in .300, most common variant and most common caliber. I love it and it's...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-07-2018, 06:01 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Pawn shops in Our Town
    We have three in our little town, all of which I have bought a gun or two from, all are honest. One in particular is a third generation family business is he is a respected member of the community. He's always done me right. He also looks out for...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    08-07-2018, 02:17 AM
    Chill Wills replied to a thread Pawn shops in Our Town
    How can you tell a good one from a bad one? I have never bought anything from one.
    46 replies | 1290 view(s)
  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 10:44 PM
    The 340 grain shoots well in my .45-70 and casts bigger than .457, seems like they came out .459. I'm using an H&R Handi. Hollow bases are a pain to cast, but it may be more forgiving diameter wise and may be worth it.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 09:41 PM
    That second thread about the dishwasher was painful to read. Glad I live somewhere that's universally friendly and respectful and I'm sorry that gentleman had to endure that. I dread getting old and Bob handled it with more grace and dignity than...
    30 replies | 614 view(s)
  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 07:43 PM
    Maybe you should slug that barrel before getting too far down the road on this project???? Yup, Mike still has the reamer and the bullet mold is a one of a kind. I am sure he or any bullet mold maker like Steve Brooks can make you one, assuming...
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  • MOA's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 05:40 PM
    Did these guys go out of business? Was this the company up in NH that the plant blew up in the mid 2000's?
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 04:40 PM
    Yes. My old shooting partner built on with a Ron Smith 0.429" 19 twist barrel using a 45-70 case. Highwall rifle. Called a 43 Pope. I never heard of such a thing. He competed with it for a few years and shot well. He might have been using 450 grain...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 03:58 PM
    There is two different search functions here. They are located in the tool bar at the top right of the screen just under your profile name and post count. The Google search is the one I usually use, although there is an "advanced search" as well. As...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 03:44 PM
    Wife is making shrimp gumbo in the instapot...yum
    41 replies | 572 view(s)
  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 02:33 PM
    Condolences and Prayers for his family and friends.He will be missed.
    30 replies | 614 view(s)
  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 02:23 PM
    Sad news, indeed. I enjoyed his posts.
    30 replies | 614 view(s)
  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 10:49 AM
    Good question. Most of us have moved to wiping when shooting with our barrels under the hot summer sun like you do in BPTR. However this year the NRA BP Target Rifle Nationals will be held in October at the Whittington Center (Raton, NM) I will be...
    43 replies | 1571 view(s)
  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 06:52 AM
    I search for stuff like that at gun shows. It wouldn't be worth $4 to cast your own, and 75 will keep you shooting for a while.
    9 replies | 437 view(s)
  • richhodg66's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 06:47 AM
    I have heard this as well and believe it. Seems like most loading manual have load data for various .30 carbine jacketed bullets that should be good for coyotes. If pelt damage is a concern, I think I'd try to work with that Lee 113 grain bullet...
    22 replies | 897 view(s)
  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 01:08 AM
    Here are a few data points to chew on - FWIW. The NRA Championship BPCR match is over. The two day iron sight silhouette match was shot in warm, dry, summer Raton, New Mexico. I can't tell you what each of the top ten finishers did, wipe or blow...
    43 replies | 1571 view(s)
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