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    Today, 11:08 PM
    I'm down as a "maybe" I figure after the time it takes to spool up and complete a group buy, waiting on the mail is the least of my worries. The $8 is not a problem; I'd be more concerned with reliability of delivery. I have ZERO experience...
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    Yesterday, 08:06 PM
    Did they ever deal with the razor-sharp corners on their thumb safeties? I've done serviceability checks / test fires on several RI pistols, and that is really the only complaint I can generate against them. Truly a lot of gun for the price.
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    Yesterday, 07:59 PM
    Now THAT is some fascinating data that at least touches on the old "bullets that exit waste energy" argument. Veral Smiths response is that a bullet that exits at high speed is still crushing and tearing, while one that grinds to a halt in the...
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    Yesterday, 01:51 PM
    FrontierMuzzleloading, Good stuff there! I can't be 100% sure from the photos - was the shot on your elk a complete pass-through? The rib cage pics show the obvious hole (exit?) and a splotch on the opposing side that might be either the entry...
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    Yesterday, 01:37 PM
    A couple of thoughts on re-reading the original post: As to durability of the more elaborate tang sights: These guys were basically parking the car, setting up their rest, and shooting cows in a pasture. A Rocky Mountain sheep hunt it wasn't. ...
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    Yesterday, 12:52 PM
    Part professional interest (firearm instructor), part recreational (hunter), and part historical, I'm hoping I can get some firsthand observations on how these nearly pure lead marbles behave on impact. Due to CA's impending lead hunting ban and...
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    Yesterday, 12:20 PM
    ". . .behind the G-Man's Trousers" ? I'm not sure I want to know.
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    Yesterday, 11:39 AM
    Sounds like you're close enough to ideal dimensions that the only way to know is to load them up and light them up. My only question: was that .3555" groove measurement taken from a slug that was all the way through a barrel that might have some...
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    02-18-2018, 10:44 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Which rifle in Cast Boolits
    The .30-06 is never a mistake. While NOE has the Ranch Dog 180 grainer that's specifically designed for the .308 Win, and I can attest that it's a good shooter in that round, there exist a very large number of mold designs out there that were...
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    02-18-2018, 09:28 PM
    I'd be loading in 0.2 increments for a case that small. Usually do 0.3 for .308 and .30-06 family cases. Wouldn't go as much as 0.5 until I was dealing with something large.
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    02-18-2018, 09:24 PM
    How much of a feeding frenzy can this possibly generate at this point? Everybody who ever wanted one probably has three by now, and there are probably over double the amount of AR's out there than M1's were needed to deal with the Nazis.
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    02-18-2018, 11:32 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread This Old Mold in Cast Boolits
    Surely someone has H&G ordering instructions that contain directions and costs for special orders like that. Today, Accurate is charging $15 for each additional caliber in one mold. . .so figure plus about 10% per hole. Such a pricing structure...
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    02-17-2018, 02:01 PM
    Hitting to the left of the target is what right-handed shooters DO: 1. Your elbow bends to the left - lock it out. 2. Your wrist bends to the left - lock it out. 3. All of the meat, muscle and bone of your grip is on the right side. ....
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    02-16-2018, 10:17 PM
    When they work, they usually work OK. If you've got one of those, no harm in hanging onto it. Otherwise, I'd lean toward the gun buy back option - you might get a free Christmas turkey out of it. If I was myself, or had a talented metalworking...
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    02-15-2018, 10:05 AM
    That is probably going to be a neat combination not far removed from my tweaked .32-20 Matini Cadet conversion. No idea how it'll translate to a 7.92 Kurz, but I ended up with 10.5 grains of AA#9 (a rough 2400 equivalent), behind 130 grains for...
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    02-14-2018, 01:12 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Gunsite Carbine in Factory Rifles
    I left that in place, but the Scout rail and rear peep went away RIGHT quick - like before round#1 even went down the tube. Running a Leupold 2.5-8 in the standard scope location.
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    02-14-2018, 01:07 AM
    Nice! Load a mess of light-charge .38 wadcutters and forget for a time that your revolver even HAS a single action setting. Your technique will be a lot better off for it.
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    02-13-2018, 12:45 AM
    An extra tidbit to throw out in addition to Forrest's post: It's worth noting that Elmer was working primarily with 16/1 lead/tin which might be a bit more "plastic" than our antimony-heavy mixes. I'm not sure how this would play into the...
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    02-13-2018, 12:21 AM
    There's a couple of ways you can play that. Unless you're looking a running a suppressor, I would decrease the weight (250-275 is plenty) and increase the speed, thus improving trajectory. That accomplished, you can run a harder alloy with an...
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    02-10-2018, 02:57 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Opinions needed in Rimfire Area
    Had a 452 Military Trainer for about 20 years. With a sear upgrade to take some creep out of the trigger, it's a real screamer - consistently half inch at 50 yards when fed stuff it likes. Took me three scopes to sort out what it wanted - the 2-7...
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    02-10-2018, 02:40 PM
    230 grains at 1000 fps gets you there for energy, and I can tell you that speed out of a 45C/ACP 4.25" Redhawk ain't bad. I wouldn't really consider that "loading up" - certainly not in Redhawk terms. I've got a fair amount of time on the Ruger...
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    02-10-2018, 12:19 PM
    LINE THAT PUPPY! Super-addictive shooters when functioning. A 1906 purchased for $75 was my "Highpower Rehabilitation" rifle. The quest for points led me into spending my practice days in a shooting coat with a spotting scope and a notepad. ...
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    02-10-2018, 02:21 AM
    Sooooo. . . What do they do, chronograph your ammo in the field and cite you if it isn't fast enough?
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    02-09-2018, 10:20 AM
    I've been trying to get my finger on the pulse of where the industry is going - Remington is no small part of that puzzling. It seems that a lot of guns are being made for entry-level shooters who haven't really learned guns yet. In the case of...
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    02-04-2018, 11:06 AM
    John, Good cautionary intel there. Potentially sounds like a situation similar to Hodgdon Triple Seven being about 15% hotter per unit of volume, necessitating the occasional use of spacer wads if you want to duplicate original load specs. This...
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    02-04-2018, 02:19 AM
    I was chomping at the bit for that revolver when Ruger introduced in in '93 or so, and bought the first one that landed at the shop. Never did hunt with it - tastes and preferences change, after all - but it's a good shooter. Couldn't tell you...
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    02-04-2018, 02:02 AM
    I once sorted a few thousand of Federal's mid-grade Gold Medal by cartridge weight and rim thickness for a four-man team prior to their departing for a major match so that each member had a brick that was highly consistent. Didn't really get to...
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    02-03-2018, 11:25 PM
    OK. . .I think we've pretty well established that a simple change in brass with the existing load is highly unlikely to hurt the revolver in question. We're also dealing with a 2 or 3 inch belly gun that's unlikely to see the 50 yard line at Camp...
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    02-03-2018, 08:22 PM
    Patrick Sweeny's Gun Digest Book of the 1911 vol 1&2, and 1911: The First 100 Years are all probably worth your time. Jesse Harrison's collector's guides are good if you are interested in determining authenticity of GI weapons. Charles...
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    02-01-2018, 10:06 AM
    It's an interesting twist on history that this very topic never got properly revisited. The .455 Webley MKI case got shortened to the MKII to maintain an efficient burn when switching from black powder to cordite, and we have no shortage of...
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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
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