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    05-30-2020, 11:59 AM
    I like your idea of a full stock, but would love a take-down 10/22. I wonder what that would look like. Yes, I know that defeats the purpose. I went shopping for a 10/22 (1992?), many years before you could get a take-down, and saw a rifle that...
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    05-27-2020, 03:25 PM
    Unique and IMR4227, mostly Unique, but I both in 8 lb jugs. Heck, when we first started reloading handgun, dad bought Unique in 15 lb cardboard kegs. Dad was already using Unique in shotshell so it made sense to him. Heck, it's been good stuff since...
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    05-27-2020, 03:20 PM
    Lee 429-208 WC over unique with book loads for 44 SP, but loaded in 44 MAG brass for my wife's Ruger SBH. When given the opportunity, I want to lake my gear to the range and do some ladder loads up to 1000 fps for the wife to shoot. She shoots the...
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    05-27-2020, 03:12 PM
    I think this is a wonderful cartridge for cast and wouldn't pass up a good deal if one presented itself. The specs look good and people rave about how it shoots cast. I only got into shooting cast in rifles 8 years ago, can and seldom load bullets,...
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    05-27-2020, 02:51 PM
    I started casting and pan lubed as I didn't have Lyman 450 yet, shot as cast. My first mold was a Lee 356-125 2R which drops at .358, they loaded and shot fine. I later got a .357 and a 45 ACP and a Lyman 450, sized to .358 and .452, all was good....
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    05-27-2020, 02:39 PM
    Back in the mid 1980s, Dad found my dream gun at a gun show, a S&W M57 8 3/8" 41 Magnum. My goodness, something did not look right, it was a mid 1970 gun, pinned barrel, recessed cylinder, but the grips were used 1980s. That didn't matter, the grips...
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    05-27-2020, 03:35 AM
    I run the Lee 356-125 2R, powder coated and sized to .358, in my Marlin Camp 9, and AR 15 in 9mm. My standard pistol loads run 1350 fps from a carbine, basically mimics the 125 JHP 357 M police load carried by the CHP for years. I know I could get...
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    05-27-2020, 02:54 AM
    I shoot cast in a couple of my AR 15s, one is 223/5.56, the other 9mm. I have shot lubed/checked Lyman C225-415, but have been shooting PCd boolits for 7 years. My first range visit with a recent build AR 15 Mil Spec back then was with the PCd...
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    05-27-2020, 02:16 AM
    I have been buying 4227 by the 8 lb jug. H4227 is not available, IMR4227 is, identical powder made in Australia. It is currently in stock at Powder Valley for $193, 1 lb for $27.15, also in stock. I mostly use it for 223/5.56 and 308 W cast loads. I...
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    05-25-2020, 10:38 PM
    Years ago, I was allowed to shoot a friend's Magnum Research in 357 Herrett. This was an interesting because you loaded it like a Howitzer, closed the breach, and cocked it with a lever on the left side forward of the trigger guard. They were quite...
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    05-25-2020, 10:06 PM
    My loving wife came home from a visit with family holding a box that said Glock, "if you don't want it, I'll take it." I told her to 'hand it over.' My brother bought his son in law a Glock 22C, nephew had a college buddy who had a G23 but wanted...
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    05-25-2020, 04:07 PM
    I have seen M1s in gun racks and have always admired them. As popular as they are they could do a new production run and name their price. After all, Prettiest one I ever saw was owned by a former co-worker. He got a pristine rifle and took it to...
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    05-25-2020, 03:16 PM
    I agree the CBE mold is a beauty, but the label on the box misspelled boolit. What were they thinking?
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    05-25-2020, 03:00 PM
    I almost bought an AK in 1989. LGS had an order for some and was waiting on the ship to be unloaded. The trick was it was chambered in .223 rather that 7.62 x 39. I had shot both but found the .223 to be more accurate as the OD of the barrels were...
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    05-25-2020, 02:17 PM
    I have owned a number of Taurus pistols over the years, the first being a .357 and a snubby 38 in the mid 80s. The next were more recent purchases, a 738 TCP .380, the last being a 709 Slim 8 years ago. None of them experienced leading, either with...
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    05-25-2020, 01:35 PM
    I started using Prismatic Powders out of White City, Oregon. I found their prices competitive and their service prompt. 6500 colors to choose from but some a crinkle finish which I would avoid. As far as black goes, I was trying to find something in...
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    05-25-2020, 01:24 PM
    What are you sizing the boolits to? Every 9mm I have likes .358, and that includes many 9mm pistols, a couple AR 15 carbines, and a Marlin Camp 9. Your PC is good stuff, Smoke's is top shelf. One other thing, how much jacketed has the pistol seen?...
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    05-25-2020, 01:06 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Gas Check seating in Gas Checks
    I have read on here that a guy was using a steel ball bearing to flare checks for a fat shank boolit he loaded. I make my own checks and for my 1 fat shank I use slightly thinner aluminum. I also anneal the aluminum strips before making the disks...
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    05-25-2020, 12:38 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Wild Bull hunting. in Hunting with CB's
    45 years ago, we went to visit family in the Lodi/Lockeford area near Sacramento CA. We got to my aunt and uncles and found dozens of leg-less bodies in the yard. My cousins went out gigging the night before and basically cut the legs and put them...
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    05-25-2020, 12:15 PM
    My first cast in an AR 15, a brand new build with a 1/9" twist, gave me a .75 5 shot group. Boolit was a Lyman 225-415 over a book load of IMR4227 chrono'd at 2250 fps. I will call that lucky. I did some work with that gun using a long eye relief 4X...
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    05-25-2020, 11:36 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread Memorial Day tradition in Cast Boolits
    I try to go with my brother, 'old school.' First time I said that he asked 'what?' Springfield M1As and 1911 45acp. There is just something about large brass ringing as it hits the ground. He complained about the cost of 308 but stopped his griping...
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    05-23-2020, 11:07 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Aroundtuit in Cast Boolits
    The NOE mold for 223/5.56 doesn't take a gas check. The only things I load with checks are 308 W, occasional 357, and 41 Magnum. I get 2250 fps from the AR 15 and Mini 14, and 2450 from a 24" single shot. The powder coated lead is devastating on tin...
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    05-23-2020, 10:57 PM
    Sig Saur 716 Patrol Rifle (AR10) or the Springfield M1A both shoot quite well with the NOE 310-150 SP GC at roughly 2250 FPS with IMR4227. I normally ASBBPC but I actually ESPC for the 308 W. It took me some mixing to get a 'FMJ' color but mostly I...
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    05-23-2020, 09:29 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Aroundtuit in Cast Boolits
    I bought my CheckMakers from PatMarlins and tried to wear them out (22, 30, 35, 45) with several plain base check makers. After I started powder coating I don't use checks on anything but 30 cal. 22 was pretty much a PITA, but now I am using an NOE...
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    05-23-2020, 08:36 PM
    I went shooting a month ago with my brother and his grandson. With only one designated range in the county it can sometimes get busy. We were only shooting pistols so we were good. My nephew grew up shooting and took his new-ish pistol. It turns out...
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    05-23-2020, 08:04 PM
    I've only sold 3. My first pistol was a S&W 459, matte black limited run. A co-worker was also a reserve deputy who bought one the same day. His house was broken into, I sold him mine. I had a Beretta M70 .380, nice shooter. A co-worker was gifted a...
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    05-17-2020, 05:25 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Packs of Dogs in Hunting with CB's
    Well, yes and no. We had a dog that killed a couple of chickens. Dad grabbed a dead chicken, beat the dog with it like a war drum, and tie-wired it around his neck. After 3 days, they dead chicken smelled so bad the dog never went near a chicken...
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    05-16-2020, 11:33 PM
    Not even a good plan for several reasons. 1) the brass is old and likely corroded inside 2) it was designed for black powder only 3) catastrophic failure is imminent. If yo have some, it’s only value is the antiquity. Solid bases brass was...
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    05-16-2020, 05:17 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread ISE Hates plumbing in Our Town
    Different states, different rules. Fortunately, I grew up in the trades. Dad, Grand Dad, and oldest brother were all cement finishers. Best friend down the street, his Dad was a carpenter. Neighbor across the street was an electrician, another a...
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    05-16-2020, 02:52 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread T-shirts with CB logo in Cast Boolits
    Must be an 'Orygun' thing. Don't fret, I didn't see it at first, back when I was full timing it in Crescent City, just over the border.
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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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