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    10-09-2017, 10:09 AM
    I'll have the straightwall case with the rim please! just trim .38-55 brass to length, and revel in not sweating where the gas checks or lube grooves sit in the neck.
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    10-09-2017, 09:54 AM
    Isn't forgiveness/redemption for past screwups a major component of the Christian shtick? There would be a certain attraction to some folks in following "someone who fell even lower than I did, but still managed to pull out of their nosedive". ...
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    10-08-2017, 01:43 PM
    Check out the 175 grain options under the Ranch Dog Molds section of the NOE menu. There's tumble lube, standard groove, PB and GC variants. When you hollowpoint them, you'd dropping to 160-ish grains - close enough to the old FBI 158 as to make...
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    10-08-2017, 12:11 PM
    That's the conclusion I'd be coming to. If you want the .44-40 experience for experience's sake, I think you'd be short-changing yourself to do it in anything other than Peacemakers, vintage Winchesters, or their clones. With a modern gun, a .44...
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    10-08-2017, 08:33 AM
    I've been able to pretty effectively "wing it". NOE lists approximate B.C.'s with the drawings for their molds. If I'm using something else, I check the NOE site for a bullet that's roughly same caliber, weight, and length, then plug those...
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    09-30-2017, 09:54 AM
    Cool stash! I never could make up my mind on the utility of those clip on bipods. Probably something to keep in the vehicle, or leave in the base perimiter foxhole for the next guy on watch, but probably not something I'd want to add to the pack...
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    09-30-2017, 09:40 AM
    I cannot speak to solvents, but I can speak to Winchester SXT's and extreme humidity. We had a sergeant in a plainclothes assignment who was carrying something smaller day-to-day, while leaving his big duty gun and belt in the trunk of a city car...
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    09-30-2017, 09:25 AM
    I have yet to feel any inclination to, as my penetration concerns really only stem from expandables in this caliber. After I got 9 milk jugs of penetration out of a hardball-speed, hardball weight LBT-LFN .45 at 24 BHN (expanding duty loads almost...
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    09-30-2017, 08:44 AM
    This might help you out a little:
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    09-29-2017, 10:04 PM
    The question of the OP reminds me of the exchange from Terminator 2: John Connor: "The police (cartridges) are here" Sarah Connor: "How many (do you load for)? John Connor: "All of them, I think":mrgreen:
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    09-29-2017, 08:16 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Gold bullets in Cast Boolits
    All I can say is that you have one-upped anyone who claims theirs are made of brass.
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    09-29-2017, 07:57 PM
    My take on .380 is pretty straightforward: The round doesn't have enough juice to penetrate adequately if it expands, so I opt to carry with ammo that doesn't expand. For carry, I like Winchester's Q4206, which is a 95 grain flat nose FMJ, so...
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    09-27-2017, 12:15 AM
    Run it to destruction with the ammo it was intended to run, while giving it a decent modicum of indoctrinated gun owner's maintenance that the typical RG owner wouldn't. All in the name of SCIENCE.
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    09-26-2017, 09:23 AM
    It all comes down to contrast. Ideally, I want my sights black as coal with something bright behind it. Night sights with a hella-bright light bolted under the barrel is the best combo to cover all your bases. A green fiber optic front dot to...
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    09-23-2017, 04:25 PM
    OBD - thanks for reminding me of the existence of the Ludwig Olsen book; been meaning to add that to the library for years. . .and now I have. Brownell's has 10% stiffer mag springs for about 20 bucks, and that pretty obviously wants to be done...
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    09-19-2017, 09:43 PM
    WORD! Part of why I sold off my first 1917 (other than the accuracy was horrible) was that the stock seemed designed by some sadist to magnify recoil. A mere .30-06 of that much weight should be a pussycat - it wasn't. Then again, any of the...
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    09-19-2017, 09:04 PM
    Now that I'm curious about. I ran bolt guns in NRA Highpower by lifting the handle with the top of my index finger with the joint closest to the palm, pinching it between that finger and the thumb, pulling back with the arm, but doing a large part...
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    09-19-2017, 08:49 PM
    Burned about 60 rounds of NATO ball through it yesterday to refresh my memory with the issues. Predominantly: 1. Third round down (feeds from the right), will sometimes start to climb the ramp, but the back end of the round will go butt-down...
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    09-18-2017, 11:15 PM
    I would also add that the P14/1917's cock-on-close system is superior in that while working your way through the primary extraction phase to break a sticky case loose of the chamber, you aren't ALSO fighting the striker spring back onto its cocking...
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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