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    Today, 02:09 AM
    I think most folks would be surprised at how few academy students currently in LE training in this country had any exposure to handgun shooting prior to joining the departments they work for. Some candidates learned the rifle in Armed Forces basic...
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    Yesterday, 07:35 PM
    Hard news, indeed. Rest In Peace, sir. His posts were always positive, informative, and CLEARLY based upon actual experience and diligent work.
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    09-16-2018, 03:50 AM
    Most leverguns in classic calibers have throat leade forms with very steep and abrupt rifling origins. This sort of leade is quite hostile to paper jackets IME. The good news--these same leade forms are VERY FRIENDLY to cast bullets, and...
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    09-14-2018, 07:20 PM
    Yessir. My favorite bullet for use in 38 Special and 38 S&W (if your mould casts it large enough to fit). Lyman #358429 arrived kinda late at my house, and it does as well as 477, and weighs about 15 grains heavier (if that matters). But in terms...
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    09-13-2018, 09:32 PM
    Grits work quite well too but not as good as the tumbling stuff. The crushed pecan shells have a higher density and a little more range./beagle
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  • beagle's Avatar
    09-13-2018, 09:30 PM
    I know. I ran into them in the barn before and tried things with a piece of laminated flooring. A .38 Special is better and more sporting./beagle
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    09-13-2018, 09:27 PM
    .38 Special brass. Card wad over powder, fill case with the crushed shell tumbling medium and add card wad with a slight crimp to hold wad in. 3.0 grains of Bullseve./works great up to about 6 feet./beagle
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    09-12-2018, 09:19 PM
    Thought the season for wood bees was over so I reworked the brass and put it up for the season. Monday I was mowing and noticed several bumble bees around the base of one of my trees. Pulled the zero turn over the hole and that stirred them up....
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    09-11-2018, 02:37 PM
    swheeler replied to a thread Never forget in Our Town
    I never will! I just got back from taking two correctly folded American flags in to my local VFW, they refused to accept them, told me to take them to the American Legion in town which I did. This must be something new as I've taken them to this VFW...
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    09-11-2018, 02:27 PM
    Thank you, and yes dad was grinning from ear to ear!
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  • beagle's Avatar
    09-07-2018, 04:31 PM
    Different but related. My shooting partner bulged the barrel on a Ruger .45 auto. He finally got the barrel out and being a machinist, turned it back to contour and counterbored past bulge. Lost a little velocity but no accuracy. That was 10 years...
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    09-06-2018, 09:23 PM
    Spoken for by Swamp. I have 100 rounds (actually a few extras too) of once fired WW .458 Win Mag brass for sale from my wild and wooly days with a Number 1 Ruger. I bought 400 rounds off a dealer near the New Haven test range and this is the...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    09-04-2018, 06:45 PM
    ^^^ THIS ^^^. I am none too fond of Lee moulds, but their TC bullet design is FIRST-RATE. You might see if NOE or Accurate makes a design that follows Lee's pattern closely.
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    09-04-2018, 04:01 PM
    32 ACP is a fun caliber, period. There are a number of Mid-Caliber Mavens on this site, so look around and gather info on some of the forays made by others with this caliber.
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    09-02-2018, 05:35 PM
    OEM springs in my S&W revolvers. Period.
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    09-01-2018, 06:22 PM
    9.3X62AL replied to a thread 28 Guage? in Casting for Shotguns
    I haven't tried these--I have the old-school W-W AA on hand (500+) and the Cheddite hulls still NIB. One down-side to the Rem green ribbed hulls in 3" 410--they won't hold crimps worth a darn. Winchester 3" Red hold crimps wonderfully for 5-6...
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    09-01-2018, 06:10 PM
    That drawing posted by 17nut is a big help. Many thanks! A couple other thoughts occur to me here. Case loss issues--32/20 brass does not have a gentle lifespan if fired repeatedly. I have four firearms that chamber the caliber, and no two...
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    09-01-2018, 02:56 AM
    The appearance of the fired case suggests that the brass below the full-diameter case mouth area was too strong to be expanded by the powder charge used to propel the bullet. 32/20 cases generally aren't real stalwart--were these parent cases made...
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    08-31-2018, 03:00 AM
    I asked Marie to make a LARGE pot of chili on Monday, and she took me at my word. DELICIOUS. I love the stuff, and have it as part of one meal each day until it runs out. This morning I fried two eggs over hard and plopped them on top of a hot...
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    08-31-2018, 02:49 AM
    My sister did it routinely from barricade position, which is standard practice on the traditional PPC course. She has a slab-barrel Model 10 for this work. The trick to it--shoot at 7 yard line first, and cut out the X-ring to enable light to...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    08-31-2018, 02:36 AM
    OK, Erik. This jibes with stuff I was seeing late in my career, regarding the demographics of the new troops coming on. From a pencil-pusher perspective, the lower ammo costs are always a big plus. The barrier jello/glass/penetration...
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    08-31-2018, 02:22 AM
    9.3X62AL replied to a thread 28 Guage? in Casting for Shotguns
    I load 28 gauge, and have for 30+ years. 98% of 28 gauge shooting gets done by skeet shooters, and 98% of the 28 gauge components are centered upon the 2-3/4" shell and the wad columns that cater to the inside form of those shells, usually...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    08-29-2018, 01:51 PM
    I have exactly one (1) handgun with a ported barrel--a Glock 22C, all OEM. Is is louder than its unported cousin the Glock 23, and I can't discern much difference in recoil or muzzle flip between the two. I might just be an insensitive clod, too. ...
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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