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    Yesterday, 10:01 AM
    RIP Grumpa may God bless your loved ones.
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    09-18-2018, 11:21 PM
    From my very first experiments, HF powders have been marginal for me. Worked fairly well in my (modified) HF electrostatic gun but results were erratic...uneven thickness and splotchy coverage...using shake n' bake. After several tries, gave up...
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    09-18-2018, 08:26 PM
    If you've got (or can obtain without too much trouble) some pure lead, try 25-1 or 30-1. Dunno where Lee's so-called "tech" learned his metallurgy, but tin (Sn) is considerably lighter than lead (Pb). The higher the percentage of tin, the lower...
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    09-17-2018, 12:50 PM
    Before their use was discontinued by the manufacturers, I accumulated a couple hundred plastic ammo trays (9mm/.38/.357 and .44/.45). These work great for sized and lubed rifle boolits...'specially the soft, pan-lubed boolits for my BPCRs. PC'd...
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    09-16-2018, 02:32 PM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread Auto Parts Cost Rant in Our Town
    Pretty typical mark-ups really. I recall a WSJ piece from way, way back, that calculated the cost of the parts, purchased over the counter, to assemble a typical $12,000 compact sedan (I said the numbers are from an old, old article :roll:) would...
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    09-16-2018, 01:44 PM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread Changing minds??? in Our Town
    A few years back, we had a next-door neighbor...a single-mother and bumper-sticker liberal...who was vehemently anti-gun. Never said anything to me, directly, but asked my wife how she could be 'comfortable' with guns in the house. She must have...
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    09-14-2018, 11:17 PM
    Sounds like your H&R was originally one of the 'Officer's Models' (which had a tang sight mounted to the stock wrist) but never saw one factory-plated. My 'cavalry issue' H&R Carbine came with a mickey mouse leaf sight with a folding blade but now...
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    09-14-2018, 09:51 AM
    Are you using factory 7-30 brass or cases formed from .30-30? At one time, I had one of the '7R Int'l'...essentially identical to the 7-30 Waters...barrels sold by IHMSA back in the early 1980s and found the life expectancy of re-formed .30-30...
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    09-12-2018, 11:33 AM
    Only boolits that I don't size are those for my BPCRs which are cast from 25/1 to be shot at BP velocities. These are all pan-lubed and loaded 'as cast'...over BP or an equivalent charge of smokeless. My experience with these rounds...and I've...
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    09-12-2018, 10:43 AM
    Hmmmm…didn't experience anything like that using my RCBS dies for resizing .284 Win to 7.5x55. Rolled .284s on a felt pad with STP, swabbed inside of case necks with a q-tip dipped in powdered graphite, and ran them full-length thru the dies. ...
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    09-11-2018, 02:37 PM
    swheeler replied to a thread Never forget in Our Town
    I never will! I just got back from taking two correctly folded American flags in to my local VFW, they refused to accept them, told me to take them to the American Legion in town which I did. This must be something new as I've taken them to this VFW...
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    09-11-2018, 02:27 PM
    Thank you, and yes dad was grinning from ear to ear!
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    09-09-2018, 06:23 PM
    Today was the first day in over a month that the temp in my garage workshop was under 90 degrees. Took advantage and cast 500+ Arsenal 309-188PCs. Probably didn't need that many, but I'm completely out of CB-loaded .308s and have only 140 finished...
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    09-05-2018, 11:27 PM
    I've gotten strange numbers a couple times and repositioning the Chrony out of direct sunlight has made the problem go away. Bill
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    09-05-2018, 07:04 PM
    Another +1 for Chip McCormick. Around 30 years ago, I was really into IPSC, Steel Challenge, NRA Action, etc. and invested in a dozen McCormick 8-rounders. Have replaced the springs a couple times over the years but, otherwise, not a single...
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    09-04-2018, 09:32 AM
    "Plated"? As in electroplated (copper) or powder-coated? I've loaded 'hard-cast' and 'plated' boolits interchangeably in my .45 ACPs for years without noticing any significant change in performance. On the other hand, my chronograph indicates a...
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    09-02-2018, 11:26 AM
    Fred's suggestion is probably your best bet. My own B&M was far from 'new' when I bought it from an estate auction over twenty years ago. The hopper, then, had already been replaced with one turned from heavy-wall aluminum tubing, complete with an...
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    08-31-2018, 03:23 PM
    Dunno how it might size down for a .308 groove dia. but I've had nothing but good from the classic Lyman 312008 (my mold drops 118 gr. from 50/50 COWW/Range Scrap). Powder-coated, sized .314, and loaded over 6.0 gr AA#5, this boolit essentially...
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    08-29-2018, 09:54 PM
    Rcbs 30-165sil
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    08-29-2018, 11:42 AM
    Feed lips/follower/latch look an awful lot like a Savage product to me. Very similar to my M10 but not quite the same. Bill
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    08-28-2018, 09:35 AM
    Same here. My B&M consistently throws +/- .1 gr with H4895 (and similar) and that covers about 95% of my rifle needs. For most handgun rounds, I just use the factory measures on my Dillon presses. Bill
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    08-25-2018, 08:40 AM
    The 3 holes, upper left on target, I see oval shaped holes from bullet tipping.
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    08-24-2018, 05:29 PM
    Two reasons: (1) My M10 has a very tight .300/.3075...and a very short throat. Chamber appears to have been cut for G.I. M118s and bolt will not close on anything with over .301 nose diameter without seating boolit with GC well...
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    08-24-2018, 03:05 PM
    Was shooting .45-70 long before I stumbled across the forum and all my brass is either Remington (yellow) or Starline (nickel). Remington stuff gets used (mostly) for BP 'cause it has a squinch more, maybe, 2 gr. of FFg...and the...
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    08-24-2018, 11:17 AM
    4D Reamer Rental is a different company than CH4D
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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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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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