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    Yesterday, 09:06 PM
    Unless I'm missing something, the 'regular expander' in the 3-die set is the appropriate M-die.
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    02-21-2018, 06:07 AM
    A deceased former member here stated that he used to deepen the primer pockets on his .44 Mag brass enough to accommodate LRPs, simply to simplify his logistics. He lived in a remote area up north, and the .44 was either his only handgun, or else...
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    02-21-2018, 05:54 AM
    Those look like the old Cavalry Arms lowers. They had a good rep back in the day, before the BATF shut them down. Seems like they cast the two halves of the lower in-house, then sent them out to have the halves welded together. BATF found out,...
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    02-17-2018, 09:18 PM
    I have used some of John Linebaugh's recommended loads in my Ruger, and they were accurate and would surely kill anything that you shot with them. Just hang onto the gun when you pull the trigger! ...
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    02-15-2018, 09:02 PM
    Maybe more than you want to spend, but take a look anyway: ...
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    02-13-2018, 08:54 AM
    With an unissued rifle, all this worry about headspace is really not an issue. Adjust the FL sizing die to just barely touch the case shoulder; better yet, neck size your fired brass until it will no longer allow the bolt to close, then either FL...
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    02-13-2018, 08:37 AM
    You might also want to check what your state fire marshal's office has to say about storing powder. I suspect that many of us, legally, should have an external powder magazine based on state laws and the quantity of powder that we have on hand.
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    02-13-2018, 12:07 AM
    But, but, it's in the wrong caliber... :popcorn:
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    02-13-2018, 12:03 AM
    I can recall being involved in a couple of 'spirited discussions' on other forums about the necessary hardness for .45 ACP boolits. A lot of people still believe they have to be harder than woodpecker lips! When I asked the other participant(s)...
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    02-11-2018, 08:39 PM
    Open-bolt guns can cook off quite easily, I assure you. When soldiers fail to change barrels as directed and get them red-to-white hot, they will easily cook off a round.
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    02-11-2018, 08:37 PM
    Randy, those of us that are forced to use the Army's supply system feel exactly the same way about DLA. To say that, as an organization, they are inept and essentially nothing more than a PITA, would be kind. We all groan when we see that DLA has...
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    02-11-2018, 08:26 PM
    Just my personal opinion, but you don't need a bullet that heavy for Texas whitetails, and probably not even for hogs. It's your choice, of course, but I think I'd drop that bullet down to about 300-315 grains, and lose the gas check. That will...
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    02-08-2018, 10:51 PM
    You can order it from somewhere like Track of the Wolf, or direct from a distributor. The best way is to find some fellow charcoal burners, and place a group order with the distributor.
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    02-07-2018, 08:38 PM
    nicholst55 replied to a thread Off grid communities in Our Town
    Most all the Amish folks I knew of hunted regularly back in PA.
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    02-05-2018, 09:56 PM
    A frequently asked question. Several members have had notable success with cast in gas guns. Below are links to a couple of threads that may provide some info. There are numerous threads here about cast and the M1 Garand, M1A, SKS, AK, AR, but...
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    02-03-2018, 09:08 PM
    nicholst55 replied to a thread Knee replacement in Our Town
    You may want to shop around for a surgeon, if you're not comfortable with the one you currently have. I lucked out and got a good, experienced one the first draw. Listen to the doc and the therapist, DO THE EXERCISES, even after therapy stops. ...
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    02-01-2018, 07:40 PM
    Someone here on this forum used to offer custom-made boolit holders made for just this purpose. You specified the diameter of boolits that you wanted to HP, the drill bit diameter you intended to use, and he whipped them up out of aluminum. Can't...
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    02-01-2018, 05:58 PM
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    01-31-2018, 08:33 PM
    Give Jon Tank a call at 402.737.1217. He's just across the NE line in Fremont, at Tank's Rifle Shop. He does handguns, as well as rifles and shotguns. He's worked on many of my guns over the years.
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    01-31-2018, 08:29 PM
    I agree. I've been 'assembling' M16s and AR-15s since 1973. Especially when you're playing mix and match with parts, you're probably going to have to fit or tweak something. Ever square the face of an upper receiver? Most, if not all, need it;...
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    01-30-2018, 11:46 PM
    I often see replies like that. After one documentary that I watched, someone responded about how the video was fake - he KNEW, because he is an accomplished World of Warcraft player. Puh-leese!
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    01-27-2018, 12:49 AM
    NOE already makes pretty much what you suggest, for use with the Lee Universal Expander die. They may not have the BPCR cartridges covered, though. Buffalo Arms has that area pretty well covered.
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    01-27-2018, 12:39 AM
    I left Korea in 2012 and lived in Yuma, AZ for four years. Back in Korea now. Compared to Yuma, Phoenix only gets kind of warm! It was officially +10 degrees F this morning here - about 10 degrees warmer than it is a bit north of here! Every...
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    01-23-2018, 08:25 PM
    Standard SAAMI pressure loads. It's the design, not the steel that matters. Chamber walls are thin, especially under the cylinder bolt cutouts.
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Retired Army Ordnance, former defense contractor
Daegu, Korea
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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"
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