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    02-12-2019, 10:29 AM
    Well. . .the essentials of making a bolt action shoot are: 1. Vertical surfaces (action face, bolt face, crown) are square to the horizontal surfaces - most notably the bore. 2. Putting the bore through the actual center of the barrel's...
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    02-12-2019, 09:59 AM
    I was casting gas check 316299's for my .303's and had some dud bullets on which I wasn't holding the sprue plate down at the hinge pin when I cut them off. The result was that those slugs had a bit of a stem on their bases. Rather than melt...
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    02-12-2019, 12:31 AM
    Looks like they're in the process of adding .357 Mag and .303 Brit.[smilie=w:
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    02-10-2019, 01:26 PM
    OK. . .price for this M18 not as staggering as the European website would have us believe. Seems like they're trying to play for the $500-$1000 market. It's not immediately clear from their website, that's for sure. Faults of Google Translate...
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    02-09-2019, 04:04 PM
    Well. . .it's interesting. . . They're charging A LOT of money for this M18, and A LOT MORE for rifles made on the '98 action that most people automatically think of when the name "Mauser" starts getting kicked around. Those kinds of prices are...
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    02-09-2019, 03:34 PM
    THIS John Browning designed the 1894 Winchester's guts to pivot downward out of the receiver to allow feeding of the .30-30's length in what amounted to a re-hash of the handy, pistol-caliber 1892 action. Outside of custom single shots, its...
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    02-09-2019, 03:21 PM
    I think the headline of that article is a little misleading. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife certainly wants to promote hunting, as that's where their bread and butter is. They're certainly the most informed bunch in the state...
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    02-05-2019, 10:22 PM
    He double crimp grooved it to work in both the Rigby and Remington. I made the error of getting it in 2 PB / 2 GC format. Shoulda got all 4 holes GC.
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    02-03-2019, 01:15 AM
    Check the first two posts of this thread from my .45 ACP adventures from four years back, specifically the second post where it gets into penetration testing:...
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    01-31-2019, 09:21 AM
    A barrel that's permanently attached to the action of a Remington 700, Ruger 77, or Savage 110 would be a good start. Honestly, you've got a rifle built from Lego blocks that will hold a deer's eye socket at a hundred yards. Rather than sink an...
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    01-31-2019, 08:45 AM
    I'll be running the NOE 378-275-FN for starters. . .just as soon as the rifle's built. . .:cry: Had good luck with it's big brother 418-350-RF with 1800 fps loads in a Rigby, so figured it was worth laying in the mold when Al ran them.
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    01-31-2019, 12:29 AM
    Well. . .in my book, owning a 1911 is a moral imperative. Comparing it to a .44 Mag. . .? Ok, I'll try. The thing I've learned with casting bullets is that you can generate A LOT MORE penetration than you'd expect by simply manipulating shape...
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    01-31-2019, 12:01 AM
    Depends a bit on what you're trying to do with it. My older 4" 63 is my "go to" for coaching people through various trigger control issues. Being a J-frame, it works for little handed folks that don't have the reach to the trigger or the...
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    01-30-2019, 10:46 PM
    If you want a hollow point, I've got to say that I VASTLY prefer the MP Cramer arrangement to the NOE tilting pins. The MP setup provides a flat bottom to slide across your mold guide where the NOE complicates matters with pin hardware. My two...
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    01-30-2019, 10:25 PM
    .38-55 seems the no-brainer to me. Given equal actions, you've got a bigger boiler room than the .375 Win. Currently helping Dad through the load workup phase on his 336 Cowboy in this chambering (shoulder surgery - guess who gets to pull the...
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    01-29-2019, 11:21 PM
    DING!DING!DING! The trees have stayed pretty much the same - we don't need to drastically re-invent the axe. The peddlers of axes, however, seem to have a need to periodically convince us that the axe has been drastically re-invented.
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    01-28-2019, 12:33 AM
    Well, Son, it's like this. . .when an 1876 meets a Model 71 and the two REALLY love each other. . . That's a really cool rifle!
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    01-27-2019, 10:49 AM
    FULL DISCLOSURE: Not a Sig fan. But Sig is not the only company that has gotten into the business of selling cookie dough before it's fully baked, so I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop on this one. Bias aside, I worry that the P365 may be...
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    01-26-2019, 04:59 PM
    A lot of stuff could be going on there. . . Once you pierce a primer for whatever reason, your firing pin gets a dose of hot plasma jetted onto it's tip, which stands a good chance of pitting it, leaving a rough surface, which stands a good...
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    01-26-2019, 12:15 PM
    Typically, I prefer the old stuff that's made out of steel, but in the case of the Walther PP and it's spinoffs, I've come to consider them. . .maybe not dinosaurs, but certainly woolly mammoths that are on their way out. The reason for this is...
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    01-24-2019, 09:48 AM
    In the real world, that MSRP will probably mean something like $1300-$1400 on the shelf. On the scale of "getting what you pay for", this is probably not out of line - it's an all-steel rifle that somebody actually took the time to polish and blue...
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    01-23-2019, 12:24 AM
    You're going to start making these in .357 Magnum. That's just the chambering you're looking for. You can go about your business. Move along.
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    01-21-2019, 09:26 PM
    For what it's worth, I've got a No.4 MKI from the late 1950's, a No.1. MKIII* that was FTR rebuilt in 1953, and a P14. The bores all pin gauged .302"-.304" and the grooves V-blocked .3145"-.315". Thus far, I've only done load workup on the No.4...
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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
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