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    Today, 08:17 AM
    And, there are people who did similar stuff and died of cancer from those same conditions. I've known of 3 pack a day smokers who lived to their 90's. And some who died in their 40's. You want to tell the guy who died in his 40's that smoking...
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    Today, 08:08 AM
    The break in process is proven to work. The method is the part people have differences on, ie, how many rounds does it take to 'break in' the barrel. And, interesting enough, some rifles will shoot really well with 'rough' bores. Some have...
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    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    Have had two rifles I did not do a break in process. I have regretted it both times now. Took over 200 rounds to settle down and I believe that could have been shortened if I had taken the extra time for the break in process.
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    Yesterday, 07:54 AM
    Right up until it does make a difference. Just depends on how often you do this kind of stuff. I used to think nothing of wood dust until I started working with it a lot. Now I have to wear a mask or suffer allergic reactions.
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    Yesterday, 07:49 AM
    I also find that adjusting seating depth to engage the rifling helps a lot in accuracy too.
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    Yesterday, 07:47 AM
    Have you looked at Buffalo Arms Co?
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    01-20-2020, 10:47 PM
    When I pry the lid off my 'shake and bake' tubs I do get some powder in the air. Yes, I use a mask when the tub is open and I am transferring bullets to the baking sheet. I didn't think about it until I noticed how close my face was to the tub...
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    01-20-2020, 10:43 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Modified Ed's Red in Cast Boolits
    I use the acetone version and leave out the mineral spirits. The acetone easily cleans out any residue from powder coated bullets. I have a protective shield I put over the stocks of my rifles when cleaning, along with a bore guide.
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    01-20-2020, 11:17 AM
    Don't see why cast would be a problem. I shoot cast out of my Savage 12 varmint rifle in .308. If you want to shoot cast bullets faster then the rifling twist should be on the slow side. My 1-10 barrel maxes out in the 2000fps range. Powder...
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    01-20-2020, 09:28 AM
    LOL. Years ago I bought a Blackhawk in .45LC. I loved loading that thing up to max loads and shooting away with it. After a thousand rounds or so I noticed my wrist would hurt the next day. A few more outings and it got worse so started shooting...
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    01-20-2020, 09:23 AM
    If Barsto admits the OEM specs changed and they have not changed their barrel specs, then I would send the barrel back and ask for a refund. Then find another supplier. The last Barsto I bought was in 2004. The gunsmith I used bought and...
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    01-20-2020, 09:14 AM
    Filler depends on your load density. If not sure try it with and without. I only had one load that liked a filler. It was a slower load with the 165SIL bullets and 4895. That same bullet using 4198 did not like filler.
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    01-20-2020, 09:13 AM
    Filler depends on your load density. If not sure try it with and without. I only had one load that liked a filler. It was a slower load with the 165SIL bullets and 4895.
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    01-20-2020, 09:09 AM
    I would get a couple of the small boxes and try them out (they are free). FWIW, they don't have to be flat when ready to ship, ie, it can look like a little balloon when done. Make up the box. Cover it with clear packing tape. Stuff the padded...
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    01-19-2020, 10:14 PM
    I used to have an SP101 in .357 I carried when fishing. It was a little heavy on long hikes. I like carrying an alloy snubbie but that 3" looks nice too.
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    01-19-2020, 10:01 AM
    I am another .357 fan. Probably the most potent caliber that can be easily carried concealed. I also like that they are light enough when I am out fishing and hiking. Yep, it is limited on range when hunting. But, so are most pistols that you...
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    01-19-2020, 09:50 AM
    I agree. Does not bode well for Colt.
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    01-19-2020, 09:42 AM
    On a hot plate, not an oven? How well can you control temps?
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    01-19-2020, 09:41 AM
    LOL, right place, right time. Congrats. I am another who chooses to not use a gun. I don't want to build a hooded chamber to spray in and I don't want the powder all over. Heck, even when using shake and bake I wear a mask and it still gets...
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    01-19-2020, 09:34 AM
    Depends on your barrel, but, no you will probably not have an issue. Just more cleaning than PC bullets alone :)
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    01-19-2020, 09:20 AM
    Mine does well with the 180gn Lee. It also did well with the RCBS165SIL and Lyman 311299. With regular lube I have found they don't like to go more than 2100fps and best accuracy was 1800-2000fps. IMR 4198, IMR 4895 and Varget have all given...
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    01-18-2020, 06:11 PM
    I had a Contender in the old days. Back then barrels were relatively inexpensive. These days not so much. With Contender barrels you can swap with a pin and it maintains POI with the sights. Threaded? So, now you have to pay a gunsmith to...
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    01-17-2020, 12:29 AM
    I like the paintball/golf tee thing. Will have to get some.
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    01-16-2020, 09:23 PM
    I use the Nikon app on my phone. It has been very good at helping me predict drop for certain bullets. It also has a means to find a muzzle vel based on the drop between, eg, 100 and 200yd.
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    01-15-2020, 10:48 PM
    About all I could find on the mfg sites were cure times and temps. I did see two cure 'maps' and they were 'open ended' at some temp settings, eg, you could cure the powder at 350deg for as long as you want, but, at 400 you had to limit it to...
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    01-15-2020, 10:31 PM
    LOL ain't it the truth. But, usually at the range I can't tell what people are shooting at so it kinda goes both ways. Unless someone sets up some special targets, like gongs, then I can't tell if they hit what they are aiming for or not. Once...
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    01-15-2020, 08:00 PM
    So, what is the answer? Which mfg shows that information on time and what is too much time? I am interested in heat treating the bullets after PC, so an hour or so in the oven at the mfg specified cure temperature. Will that harm the coating? ...
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    01-14-2020, 11:23 PM
    You can also go to the Cast Bullet Assn benchrest match results and see what people use for loads there. The service matches have a lot of .30-06 load data. Many of the results pages include specific rifles, barrels, bullet molds, alloys, lubes,...
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    01-14-2020, 11:17 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Two rifles in Cast Boolits
    I would not assume that a 90's or earlier Remington is the same quality as the current ones. It is a different company these days. So far it does not seem Savage manufacturing has changed since their ownership change. But, I do believe that all...
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    01-14-2020, 11:00 PM
    Supersonic vs subsonic. Supersonic the aerodynamics are driven by shock waves (what makes a sonic boom) and there are usually two of them, one at the nose and one near the tail. Subsonic the aerodynamics are driven by the flow of the air on...
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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