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    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    Have you read two sticky posts in the Wheelguns, Pistols and Handcannons subforum - one on Glocks and cast boolits, and the other on Setting up for cast in a new 9mm? There's a lot of information in both threads that might prove useful.
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    02-14-2020, 10:18 PM
    ER Shaw offers replacement barrels for the Savage 212 in different contours, but they are only 1.055" at the breech.
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    02-14-2020, 10:11 PM
    An Order emphasizing the lesson of faith. This Order requires the Mason to profess and practice the Christian faith. The pass degree of the Mediterranean Pass, or Knight of St. Paul prepares the candidate for the Order by introducing the lesson and...
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    02-11-2020, 09:19 PM
    Ruger decides that QUALITY is just as important (or more so) as QUANTITY!
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    02-10-2020, 09:44 PM
    A .308 shooting a 150 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip at 25 yards turns them inside out, I do know that.
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    02-09-2020, 10:41 PM
    Glad to hear that they took care of you.
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    02-08-2020, 09:47 PM
    Your original TC nipple may just be worn a bit. I typically replace the nipples on my percussion guns every year, just because. The ignition hole erodes a bit every time you fire the gun, and will eventually cause problems. It's cheap insurance...
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    02-08-2020, 03:49 AM
    A short piece of monofilament fishing line wrapped around the screw's shank before it is installed will also keep it from unscrewing due to vibration. The RTV will also work a treat. We used to apply a drop of RTV to the many screws in the Gunners...
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    02-04-2020, 07:35 PM
    ^^This^^ Run away!!!
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    02-04-2020, 07:33 PM
    The Redding .35 Whelen FL sizing die has a tapered expander, and works well for forming brass. I apply Imperial sizing wax to the case mouth, and go from there. I have found that starting with either .270 Win or .280 Rem brass yields a finished...
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    02-04-2020, 07:24 PM
    Sounds like you need a Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook 4th Edition. I would start with their recommended starting load.
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    01-31-2020, 06:43 AM
    Much depends on what your intended use for your .22 is. If all you want to do is make noise and a hole somewhere in a target, never clean it. If you're shooting for tight groups, then routine maintenance and cleaning is necessary, just like a...
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    01-30-2020, 05:45 PM
    If the sole concerns of the state are 1) increasing the deer harvest and/or 2) selling more hunting licenses and generating more revenue, then if the Firestick is not currently legal where you live, it probably will be before long. I feel that a...
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    01-30-2020, 05:30 PM
    A thought - have you considered doing a 'stub?' Cut the barrel off in front of the chamber, have the chamber end bored out to accept a new barrel pressed in and secured with epoxy or silver solder, then chambered. That gives you many more options...
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    01-28-2020, 09:46 PM
    So, you want to take an ugly rifle and put it into an even more ugly stock? IMHO, it certainly won't look any better! I'm sorry, and I realize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I just cannot force myself to like that particular stock,...
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    01-28-2020, 09:32 PM
    Let me add that once, when I was young and much poorer, I did trim down 50 pieces of .357 Mag brass to .38 Special length. It had begun to experience case mouth splits, and I couldn't afford new brass at the time. I was a young soldier with a wife...
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    01-28-2020, 04:47 AM
    I'm with everyone else. If someone GAVE me 1 million rounds of 10mm brass and all I had was a .40 S&W, I'd either sell the brass and buy .40 brass, or else buy a 10mm pistol.
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    01-28-2020, 04:45 AM
    nicholst55 replied to a thread Yuma, AZ. in Our Town
    Traffic, congestion, and some with attitudes. Still, they bring a lot of money into the area, and I'm sure that many small businesses would fold up without that revenue.
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    01-27-2020, 10:46 PM
    I gave up on them due to both quality and customer service issues. Oly was one of the first ones offering aftermarket AR lowers and some other parts. They were reverse engineered, rather than being made from actual blueprints/drawings. Some of...
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    01-24-2020, 07:11 PM
    nicholst55 replied to a thread Yuma, AZ. in Our Town
    I worked at Yuma Proving Ground for a bit over four years from 2012-2016. Yuma is a decent town, that doubles in population every winter. Most everything a person needs is there, with a few exceptions. You mentioned fishing in your other post -...
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    01-20-2020, 09:54 PM
    ^^This^^ NIW milsurp barrels cost just about the same as a Criterion barrel. I wouldn't even think twice about it - order a Criterion!
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