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    Today, 12:19 PM
    Mossberg shotguns are cheaper, more effective, and can be strategically stashed. Same goes for larger handguns that are easier to shoot well. As nice as the idea of a small handgun constantly on your person is, the reality is that when you're...
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    04-02-2020, 12:36 PM
    Fair enough. I was social-distancing WAY before it was cool. Evangelist Christians are but one higher justifying tier of of my general human-avoidance strategy. I've long been thinking about having a T-shirt made up that says "I don't know you. ...
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    04-02-2020, 12:22 PM
    I'm in the camp of "I don't know but I've been told" on this one, but a couple things occurred to me on the topic: 1. The 358429, being designed for big powder charges in a .38 Special case, moves a lot of its weight forward into the nose...
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    04-01-2020, 09:33 PM
    If somebody has a copy of Sixguns by Keith handy, he talks about this is vague terms, relating how some of his chronies had loaded the hollowpoint version of his SWC in 9mm. One infers that this is the 358429, which, hollowpointed, works out to...
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    03-31-2020, 11:12 AM
    And why not? And add frustrated while we're at it. Remember we're answering the OP here. It's one thing to be the salesman for a brand new car that might contain some defects, or to conceal or talk down the flaws of a used one. In the case...
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    03-30-2020, 12:04 PM
    I think, ultimately, this may end in a quest for a new barrel. The swollen cases seem to present another problem - feeding from the magazine. So this beast wants something at least closer to factory spec cartridges than a neck size will allow for....
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    03-30-2020, 11:57 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Weigh check and sort? in Cast Boolits
    I've made a very major effort to remove my OCD from the reloading process wherever necessary. There's a time and place, but unless you're shooting Bullseye matches, pistol bullets is not it. The human element brings way more error to the party...
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    03-30-2020, 11:33 AM
    Eeeeeeeeehhhhhhhh. . .not entirely true. The rush to produce as many, as quickly as possible during the 1940's led to some compromises. The slides used softer, more easily machined steel that were differentially hardened - initially at the front...
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    03-29-2020, 12:01 PM
    Lee makes a 3 die .455 Webley set that's cheap.
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    03-29-2020, 12:56 AM
    Hornsurgeon, As one who collects 'em, I'd tell you that your time would be better spent elsewhere. Good 1911 parts (NOT 1911-A1 parts) are usually going to be attached to good 1911's, and it's certainly not worth trashing good to fix the already...
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    03-27-2020, 12:35 PM
    There's a historical lesson floating around that this is certainly a component of. When you look at what a pistol needs to do - it has to work, not be a burden to keep working, be accurate enough, not break the bank of whatever entity is buying it,...
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    03-25-2020, 08:48 PM
    My assessment of the High Power: GREAT feeling ergonomics! REALLY bizarre - possibly dumb - fire control system. If you're not familiar, the trigger pull elevates a vertical push rod (in the frame) that presses a the front of a pivot bar...
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    03-25-2020, 01:17 PM
    Didn't want to derail RogerDat's thread... My 7.62 Ishapore seems to have a very fat chamber. Headpsace is OK, but the brass is swelling laterally to the point that it won't even drop into the chamber of a Mo's screw-together headspace gauge. ...
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    03-25-2020, 01:07 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Pumps are fun! in Rimfire Area
    Browning's Winchester 1890/1906/62A is at the top of my list for "Last Firearms Likely to be Working after the Fall of Civilization". It's a TANK! Fun? You bet! I bought my 1906 when I was very deep into Highpower Rifle competition. I was...
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    03-25-2020, 03:18 AM
    Couple things I'd be considering here: 1. Accurate Molds has three tumble lube options that could be tailored to your bore spec easily enough: 31-075R, 31-087T, and 31-093T - just ask for them in .314" for the portion fitting inside the case and...
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    03-21-2020, 01:18 PM
    Old thread, but I think I've got some helpful intel on it. I've run into what I THINK the OP is talking about on the Anschutz match sight upgrade to my Marlin 2000. On those, the MARKINGS are opposite of what one - at least an American - would...
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    03-21-2020, 01:04 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread 45acp in Cast Boolits
    Looks like Tom at Accurate Molds has a copy of the LBT: http://www.accuratemolds.com/bullet_detail.php?bullet=45-230A-D.png If you're looking for aluminum, it's going to be REALLY hard to beat the original from LBT for ability to cast great...
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    03-19-2020, 09:01 AM
    Ye Olde Wikipedia has been my primary source through the aquisition of a .455 MKVI from 1917 and a .38 MKIV from 1944. Basic searches for things like "Webley revolver serial number dates" will net you a fair amount of usable intel, and hanging out...
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    03-19-2020, 08:32 AM
    I reject the message because it isn't perfect, and I reject the messengers because they can't comprehend that. How can a fatally-flawed creature be made by a perfect creator? If your god is all knowing, all seeing, and all powerful, then there is...
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    03-15-2020, 08:05 PM
    The "Perfect Being" creates imperfect lieutenant beings that, even given their more perfect understanding of "The Plan", decide that "The Plan" is NOT perfect, and they part ways. And then there's the even less perfect, less informed humans and...
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    03-15-2020, 07:50 PM
    DING! DING! DING! We have a winner! Hear the atheist out: you've got your life blueprint based on your religion, and it's working for you. You're happy/successful/satisfied with your lot, and that's fine. Now there's a chance that someone...
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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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