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    Yesterday, 11:11 AM
    Savage 12BVSS in .308, Vortex PST scope. First group.
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    06-18-2018, 05:27 PM
    You mean the 40 Short and Weak LOL Any REAL pistol shooter would shoot nothing less than a .45. ROFLMAO
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    06-18-2018, 03:16 PM
    Thanks for the work on this one. I was trying to decide on a new rifle and also decided on a 12BVSS. I got it in .308 for a couple of reasons, one being I wanted to eventually shoot cast in it. But, first I am going to dabble in long range stuff....
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    06-17-2018, 09:41 AM
    I've had two Taurus revolvers and would not hesitate to buy another. 20 years ago the 805 and 85 I bought had the nicest triggers of anything that was in the gun shop. The 805 is now carried by my brother in law and the 85 was traded for an SP101....
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    06-17-2018, 09:35 AM
    Nice choice. My final three (HK, Springfield, Walther) was a really tough decision. The Walther trigger was really nice.
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    06-15-2018, 06:58 AM
    Yep, there are several pieces in the old Mauser that might fail, but, we shoot it anyway. 24ga is not that uncommon. Turns out that when certain laws were passed in Europe it was easier to own a shotgun than a rifle. The Martini Henry was...
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    06-14-2018, 08:08 AM
    I agree that I don't think you have a situation with the ammo. Notice that the middle round also has a bit of 'scraping' of the crater (on right side). To me this looks like you have a very 'tight' extractor. It is holding the case tight...
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    06-13-2018, 10:51 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Range box in Muzzleloading.
    All of my shooting is off a bench or table at the range so my range box is set up to support my muzzle loader and bolt rifles. I chose a commercial model, the MTM range box. It is nice to be able to set the rifle in the box for wiping the bore...
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    06-13-2018, 10:41 PM
    Well, I am of the 'shoot it' crowd. My wife's father had some pretty old guns, all of which we shoot on a regular basis. One we did not. It was a 1600's boot pistol. It was donated to a museum. It is certainly a different experience when...
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    06-13-2018, 07:37 PM
    When I wanted one I went out and tried a bunch. I've had three Colts and fired numerous other 1911's. My wife's current gun is a Colt LW Commander. I wish my hands liked Glocks, I really do. But, the double stacks feel like a 1x2 in my hand....
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    06-07-2018, 09:57 AM
    Patent breech. My Lyman is around .35 in dia. I used a brush from my pack of pistol brushes. First time I used a clean rod without a handle. Chucked it in a drill on low speed and used a bunch of solvent. Now before I shoot I wrap a patch...
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    06-07-2018, 09:35 AM
    Very interesting. I like your experimentation. I've seen many others sweat that they need to swab the bore after every few shots, which made me ignore .45-70 lever action rifles. Your shooting seems to indicate it is more of a bullet issue, ie,...
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    06-01-2018, 05:02 PM
    Round ball or conical. Depends on range. If over 100yd then the conical will gain ground on the round ball. At 200yd I would not use a round ball, but a conical would be just fine, maybe out to 300yd if you know how to estimate range well. ...
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    05-30-2018, 05:27 PM
    I do not disagree that they are softer/thinner, just that I have not had any failures in many thousands of rounds over the years. I also saw that factory was compared to reloads. If I were the op I would change primers/ load until the problem...
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    05-30-2018, 05:18 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread .45 vs. .50 in Muzzleloading.
    That is why you have to get close enough for a heart shot. :) Sent from my SM-P580 using Tapatalk
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    05-29-2018, 05:26 PM
    FWIW, I have used rem 1 1/2 primers for my pistol loads for decades, including hot .357mag loads. They have never failed on me. Cratered primers are frequently the result of firing pin fit to the firing pin hole issues, not primer issues If I...
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    05-29-2018, 05:11 PM
    Well, we agree. It is not an ideal choice, but, if you have to buy off the shelf and do not want to pay the premium, then sometimes an off hand rifle is the most practical choice. Sent from my SM-P580 using Tapatalk
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    05-29-2018, 05:08 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread .45 vs. .50 in Muzzleloading.
    I did 2nd would go for a .45 The only reason I have a .50 right now is it was the only faster twist gun I could find for under $500 One of these days will have a fast twist .45 barrel made for it. Might even go for a .40 Yes, I hunted mule...
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    05-28-2018, 05:32 PM
    FWIW this is a 450gn solid fired into soft dirt at 100yd. Sent from my SM-P580 using Tapatalk
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    05-27-2018, 05:26 PM
    Barrel twist rate and range are big parts of this. Why not just start with the Hornady Great Plains bullets or molds for same? Sent from my SM-P580 using Tapatalk
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    05-25-2018, 06:18 PM
    I am also a recent convert to the 9mm. I have watched bullet development over the last few years and came to the conclusion that the 9mm will do well, as well as being a little cheaper to load than my long time favorite .45 ACP (I do not cast). ...
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    05-25-2018, 06:08 PM
    just wear a long sleeve shirt. :) Sent from my SM-P580 using Tapatalk
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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