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    Yesterday, 04:25 PM
    My stirring stick is a piece of well-seasoned white oak from an old shipping container. Was just over 16" long when I started using it about five years ago. Now, the 'working end' has charred to where it's more like 14" overall. At the current...
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    Yesterday, 02:42 PM
    In Eastwood's second 'Dirty Harry' flick (Magnum Force), there's a scene in Callahan's apartment where a table with an RCBS single-stage press and powder measure are in the background. Also in the original 'Red Dawn', there's a scene where Ben...
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    Yesterday, 02:30 PM
    I try to avoid shipping via UPS like I'd avoid the rear end of a manure spreader. Been that way was since the RETAIL MANAGER (that was the title on his ID badge) at our local UPS hub told me I couldn't ship a barreled action back to the...
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    03-17-2018, 01:02 PM
    'Nother example of pi**-poor research. The first time I saw one of these "# of guns" things"...about a year ago...I noticed that the number reported here in Illinois was LESS than the state-reported number of CCWs. A little further investigation...
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    03-15-2018, 12:26 PM
    I use a piece of 3/4" aluminum tool plate as a mount for my Lyman 450s. Heat source is a small, folding 'travel' iron ($4 at a yard sale). Took a little trial and error to find the best heat setting but, once I did, it was a simple matter to mark...
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    03-14-2018, 02:53 PM
    May as well toss in my nickel's worth. What I pack for a 'woods gun' depends upon where I am. My 'everyday carry' is a 3" SP-101 stuffed with +P 125 gr JHPs. For woodsy walks in this part of the country, I just swap the JHPs for four of...
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    03-14-2018, 02:28 PM
    I've used both 'Jake's Ceresin' and Lars' 'Carnuba Red' and, in terms of what a good lube is supposed to do, can't discern any difference between the two. Properly sized boolits and a bore free of copper fouling equal no leading up to around 2250...
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    03-14-2018, 12:21 PM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread Gun show terminology in Our Town
    I don't waste my time with gun shows in this area. Almost ALL shows around here are run by the same promoter: a regular 'circuit' with (mostly) the same dealers, same 'tacticool' hardware, same flea market junk. At the last show I attended, the...
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    03-13-2018, 04:22 PM
    RIP Jack
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    03-12-2018, 11:17 PM
    swheeler replied to a thread Prayers for my wife in Our Chapel
    Praying for a speedy recovery, God bless you and yours.
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    03-11-2018, 11:47 AM
    A 24" slab might be pretty close to full-size I took this pic of the cemetery on Last Stand Hill several years ago. Bill
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    03-08-2018, 09:02 PM
    Don't have a single NOE mold but do have some of their tools. Couple weeks back, I e-mailed a question about a glitch I was experiencing with an NOE nose-sizer set-up...turned out that the Lyman top punch I had was an RCH too short to clear the...
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    03-08-2018, 07:01 PM
    Lawn mower was a goat?:kidding:
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    03-07-2018, 09:20 PM
    I've had Jared's 4-cavity 160 gr RF for for several months and it's become just about the only .38/.357 boolit I cast. Dropped good boolits right from the git-go...no deburring, no break-in, just an acetone rinse followed by a scrubbing with a...
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    03-07-2018, 09:00 PM
    The larger piece in the foreground is definitely chimney flashing and, most likely, pure lead. Positive of this because, until he sold out and retired, a good buddy was a roofing contractor and I used to find a bucket or two of the stuff in my...
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    03-07-2018, 11:08 AM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread New shooters in Our Town
    Sounds like some guys from the club where I shoot have been vacationing in Hawaii. Bill
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    03-06-2018, 10:10 PM
    Never tried N110 but all my loading manuals show a bit over 1800 fps as tops for .357 (jacketed or cast) in any rifle...and that's with a compressed charge of H110/WW296. If you're getting decent accuracy in that velocity range, more power to you...
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    03-06-2018, 01:30 PM
    +1 on what Dragon said. I'm shooting PC'd plain-base RNFPs (Arsenal 360-162RF) cast from 1 part COWW to 2 parts range scrap (12-14 Bhn) at near-max from a Rossi 92. Good accuracy, no leading. Haven't gotten around to setting up the chrono but,...
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    03-05-2018, 07:53 PM
    At 10 yards, my fixed-sight 3" SP101 shoots PC'd 160 gr. RNFPs over 5.5 gr. Unique (.38 Spl brass) to, essentially, the same POA as the 125 gr. JHP +P factory loads I carry for 'everyday'. Bill
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    03-05-2018, 07:41 PM
    Without a full chemical analysis...to me 36# ain't worth the cost...'bout the best you can do is test for zinc and hardness. Hit one of your ingots with couple drops of muriatic acid; if it foams, it's contains zinc...no foam, it's lead and who...
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    03-05-2018, 06:00 PM
    Not a 9, but my buddy uses 5.0 gr. AA#5 under a 147 gr. TC in his .38 Super Series 70 Commander. Decent accuracy without a lot of muzzle flash. Bill
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    03-05-2018, 05:49 PM
    In the last year, I've had several items show up on tracking as "Delivered" that didn't make it to my mailbox the first time around. Dunno whether our mail carrier is dyslexic or just semi-literate but he keeps delivering my stuff to the guy with...
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    03-04-2018, 08:15 PM
    Yup! My solution was very similar to Kenstone's. About 10 years ago I picked up a replacement appliance knob with a 1/4-20 brass insert and glued a rubber washer to bottom. Still using same knob but have replaced the washer a couple times. Bill
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    03-04-2018, 12:40 PM
    Arsenal has lists, at least, one .30 cal...a nominal 188 grainer...specifically designed for PC. Catalog descriptions states that the 'typical' finish dimensions were based on using one of Smoke's powders for coating. Bill Btw: I ordered one...
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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