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    04-04-2020, 10:52 AM
    My 45th edition Lyman Handbook (circa 1970) shows 30-06 CB starting loads of 11-12 gr. PB for boolit weights from 120 to 193 gr. Bill
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    04-04-2020, 10:34 AM
    Being as you've successfully used that L450 for sizing another caliber, I suggest you take a close look at the nose punch you're using for that Lee 44-240 boolit. Shank may be damaged/misaligned...or, maybe, just not seated completely into the ram....
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    04-04-2020, 10:20 AM
    Dunno why not, J.D. Jones necked up .225 Win to 6mm, .257, 6.5, .270, and 7mm...and SSK still offers Contender barrels in all those calibers. Bill
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    04-03-2020, 07:59 PM
    I've been standing .30 cals with GCs installed ever since I started powder coating but I also work in fairly small batches...like 40 or so to the tray. For me, most difficult part is moving the loaded tray into the oven. Bill
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    04-01-2020, 09:54 PM
    I've found 5744 a good choice for 500 grainers in my 45-70s but, around here, it's expensive and, often, hard to find. Loading AA2015 uses more powder but I load it in a couple other cartridges so I always keep an adequate supply on hand. Don't...
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    04-01-2020, 09:32 PM
    Got the notice yesterday that our club has cancelled all meetings, matches, and training classes "until further notice" in compliance with our governor's executive order shutting down all organized public activities. Range is still open for use by...
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    03-25-2020, 08:16 PM
    '87 sounds about right for IHMSA changing the rules for setting rams 'cause it was around that time I switched to an XP100 in 7BR...which I also shot in the Long Range Match of the old Smith & Wesson Masters Tournament. Bill
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    03-25-2020, 10:38 AM
    Lead promo...right beside address label..."NO HAZMAT FEE on qualifying powder & primer orders over $150" except, when I go to website, every Hodgdon, IMR, and Accurate rifle powder that I keep on hand is tagged "Out of Stock - No backorder." Guess...
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    03-25-2020, 10:09 AM
    Mobil-1 00w20 applied with a fine-mist spray bottle from Bed, Bath, & Beyond then wiped down with a sheepskin pad. (Same style of bottle I use for applying my isopropyl alcohol/lanolin case lube) Been using this for several years with no build-up...
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    03-24-2020, 09:35 PM
    Shipping for my last GB handgun purchase (3-4 months ago) was $35, including insurance, from FFL seller in NC to gunshop just up the road. Took longer to get the gun...IL background check and waiting period...than it took USPS to get it here. ...
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    03-24-2020, 10:21 AM
    Many years ago, I had a bunch of those X-Ring rubber bullets and, IIRC, they were pretty accurate...at least out to 10 meters. At that time, I was shooting in an indoor air pistol league and had a practice range with some kind of commercial pellet...
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    03-22-2020, 06:11 PM
    As an old IHMSA guy, I've had my share of experience with wildcat Contenders. Your '7mm Bench Rest Magnum' sounds an awful lot like the old 7mm JDJ #2 from SSK which was a necked-down 307 Win blown out to a straight-wall case with an Ackley...
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    03-22-2020, 05:46 PM
    My technique is pretty much the same as PRS (Post #4) using a bimetallic oven thermometer (which reads within 5 deg. of my Taylor digital meat thermometer). PC'd 350+ 500 grain RNFPs for .45-70s this afternoon without a single cull. Bill
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    03-19-2020, 10:06 AM
    H414 is still around, it's my 'go-to' for 210 grainers in the .30-40 Krag. Reminder: Like HP38 and WW231, H414 and WW760 are the SAME powder with different labels...load data is interchangeable. Bill
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    03-18-2020, 03:02 PM
    1 gal. paint can. Non-skid tape is 3M 'Safety Walk' but any bath/shower tape will work. Foam is Red Devil 'Foam Fill. #5 container is 1 pint 'Rubber Maid' but you can use any #5 that will fit inside your paint can.
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    03-17-2020, 08:35 PM
    Doesn't take much... a clean 1 gallon paint can (your local paint store will probably give you one or two), a couple strips of anti-skid tape (like for bathtubs and showers), an aerosol can of sealing foam, and a bit of scrap 1/4 (or thinner)...
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    03-17-2020, 01:48 PM
    I made a cannister for my Thumbler Rock Tumbler that holds one of my #5 plastic food storage containers. Just like shake 'n bake: boolits, Airsoft BBs, and powder to into the container, container goes into the tumbler, and in 10 minutes, I've got...
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    03-15-2020, 01:10 PM
    What is the maximum Match distance? (You kinda skipped that in your initial post). And, what is the height of staff of the installed Browning sight? Bill
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    03-12-2020, 07:51 PM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread GoodRX in Our Town
    Go to the GoodRx website and enter the med you're looking for. You'll be asked to enter your ZIP code and that will generate a list of participating pharmacies and their prices for your area. Bill
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    03-12-2020, 12:55 PM
    In the safe, stands a .243 M700 with a Weaver K6 (El Paso) that I bought for myself in 1972 as a college graduation present. Never used it on deer but it's dropped more than its share of fox, coyote, and 'chucks over the years. And, even with...
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    03-12-2020, 09:50 AM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread GoodRX in Our Town
    Yup...literally saved a couple hundred dollars on one prescription when their 'finder' showed me that my regular pharmacy didn't offer a generic for a med not covered on my Medicare Supplement and, then, pointed me toward another pharmacy just down...
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Been shooting since I was 8 and reloading since I was in high school.
East Central IL
Shooting sports, biking, canoeing, and about anything else that takes me out into the boondocks.
Ex-renovation contractor; semi-retired and doing insurance property inspections on contract basis.


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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