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    06-23-2019, 05:02 PM
    For a handgun, your holster can be your primary safety, for if the need for it to come out exists, you should no longer be in a state of handling the thing casually. Rifles and shotguns, by virtue of their size, will have a lot more of their bits...
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    06-23-2019, 04:55 PM
    FAT grip in an era of more small women joining the service and law enforcement. . . Safety that moves in the wrong direction that you can easily re-engage by accident when you are trying to clear a malfunction or reload thus shutting down the...
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    06-22-2019, 09:15 PM
    I'm running the 316299 and 5744 in the .303 for a touch over 2000 fps. Pretty much duplicates the British MK1 through MK6 service load. I've fired the 314 version out of a friend's M39 Finn Mosin - granted at only 100 yards, but rather...
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    06-22-2019, 04:48 PM
    Put me firmly in the camp of viewing acceptance by the U.S. military as a reason for caution, and NOT as a form of glowing endorsement. In the history of U.S. small arms procurement, about the only thing since the days of George Washington that...
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    06-22-2019, 04:16 PM
    Divorce - people and their outlooks change over time. What god worth following would want you to live in ongoing misery? Suicide - it's been said often that God never gives us more than we can handle. It would seem that those who choose this...
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    06-15-2019, 02:42 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Romanian Rifle in Rimfire Area
    In my 20's / early 1990's I was working in the local gun shops & one of my coworkers picked up what I recall (and 'net pictures match the fuzzy memory) to be the Romanian M69 mag fed training rifle for next to nothing. The finish was about what...
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    06-13-2019, 09:20 PM
    I hope so. It shouldn't take much. I'd prefer not to have the extra weight of the second sleeve of steel inside the tube. While we're at it could we correct the error Mr. King and Winchester initiated with the 1866 and put the loading gate on...
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    06-13-2019, 09:16 AM
    Like Marliman says, you can run smokeless, just keep it mild. However, you've got a black powder action design, shooting a cartridge that was intended for a full case of black. A workable smokeless load is going to give you a lot of empty space,...
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    06-09-2019, 07:59 PM
    Soooooo. . .the problem you run into with actual antiques (vs. reproductions) is that in good, shootable condition, they're super collectible and expensive to the point where (A.) you have to question the wisdom of using them regularly and (B.) have...
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    06-09-2019, 07:34 PM
    Yeah. . .because nobody EVER killed, incarcerated, or called someone else as "crazy" over disagreements about God. That's diagnostic help I DON'T want from my HMO, and certainly not by directive coming from any governmental corner. The OP makes...
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    06-09-2019, 06:08 PM
    Suppressor petition: DONE NFA petition: DONE Additionally guys, now is the time for your emails to the White House. We're all probably a bit concerned over recent talk of bump stock and suppressor regulation. It's worth remembering that...
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    06-09-2019, 12:19 PM
    The progression in the family foundry has been: Lyman Mag 20 (a real bad dripper. It's now the emergency backup to the emergency backup) RCBS Pro Melt (MUCH better, much less-drippy pot) RCBS Pro Melt II (for dedicated use with non-lead...
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    06-08-2019, 09:19 PM
    Reloaded a nice bunch of random headstamp brass in the XL650 with no notable issues. Didn't really give it a great deal of contemplation as "50 Yard Pocket Pistol Bullseye Match" is not a game I have much interest in. Best advice i could give...
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    06-07-2019, 09:31 AM
    There's typically less load intensity with cast, so if one really wanted to compare apples to apples, testing would probably best be done in a handgun caliber or less intense rifle platform - maybe in a single shot like a Thompson Center so as not...
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    06-06-2019, 09:12 AM
    Kings, politicians, gods. . . It always seemed to me that it didn't matter what the shepherd was - the simple critters following it are generally SHEEP. A large part of that is due to the fact that shepherds, kings, politicians, or gods tend to...
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    06-05-2019, 09:10 AM
    Yes .001" can make the difference between a happy and sad firearm. .35 and .45 caliber. . .when you consider the sheer volume of firearms out there in those general caliber ranges, there's solid logic to just biting the weenie and laying in the...
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    06-04-2019, 11:59 PM
    1 & 2. Federal Fusion, maybe. If loading your own, probably the Barnes 123 grainer. 3. Functional in cold is probably as much a matter of knowing how to take care of your gear than anything else. Apply the wrong lube, and things will get...
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    06-02-2019, 11:11 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Faithful .22s in Rimfire Area
    It's almost shameful the shortage of .22's I DON'T have. :bigsmyl2: But if you wanted to have a "faithful" contest, these are my two leading contenders for "Final Factory-Produced Firearm Still Functional When The Sun Explodes": ...
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    06-01-2019, 10:49 PM
    You have a couple things working for you: A 1943 Colt was my Holy Grail / Unicorn gun for about 20-25 years when I finally came into an unissued one. For 1943, they still had all of the older production "nice touches" (slide serialized to frame...
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    06-01-2019, 10:47 AM
    I seem to have gone Limey. Been playing a lot with Enfields lately SMLE, No. 4, P14, and 1917 - the last having both a nice Redfield peeped sporter (from the '30's maybe?) and an unaltered. 316299 with AA5744 for a touch over 2000 fps for the...
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    05-31-2019, 09:48 PM
    https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Nonlead-Ammunition/Certified Check the first paragraph and click on the links therein. Pick yourself a legal shot type, do your handloads, Sharpie-mark those shells, carry a copy of your shot invoice with...
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    05-31-2019, 09:13 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread iron sigseehts in Military Rifles
    I have found the military Matech rear sights to be quite satisfactory. They fold down fairly low and have a cam that takes you from 200 out to 600m. After 300 meters - if I remember correctly - the increments switch from 100 to 50 meter jumps. ...
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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
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