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  • charlie b's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:09 AM
    Just being an outsider looking in, I'd take the 'purist' side and say that if I was getting a European made gun it would be in a European caliber. US gun in US caliber.
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    Yesterday, 06:00 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread 6.5 BlowMore in Factory Rifles
    I can still remember as a kid going through all the cartridges for my first gun. Had to be the hottest thing out there. Read articles about all of them. Poured over ballistics tables. Searched through bullet catalogs. Finally decided that the...
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    Yesterday, 05:42 AM
    I will put in my 2cents as well. I would pull and clean. Just because I've had problems with ignition when hunting due to problems listed above. Despite hunting in NM (usually dry), much of the time I was out on rainy/misty days when moisture...
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    10-19-2017, 06:57 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread Cracked stock in Muzzleloading.
    Unless the stock condition is from a documented story, it is a parts gun anyway. Eg, if you can show the stock was broken in hand-to-hand combat in some battle then it might be worth a bit.
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    10-19-2017, 06:54 AM
    What bullets are you shooting from both? For my conicals in the ML I use bore size. To get a good group they have to be 'bumped' by the powder charge to get good accuracy. For a cartridge I'd be using groove dia bullets. No 'bumping' required...
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    10-19-2017, 06:33 AM
    Not concerned with hunting, only paper. Heavier bullets for longer ranges.
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    10-18-2017, 06:31 AM
    Never concerned with pressures, only the throat length, as shooting heavier bullets would be desirable. Since Savage does that then I will go out and look for one that I like. And, yes, I will probably be firing single shot most of the time.
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    10-17-2017, 08:52 PM
    Yep, just read through the posts here, #45.
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    10-17-2017, 08:24 AM
    You must have some ancient hunting boots. Even my tactical boots are less than 2lb. My hiking boots are almost as light as sneakers. I stopped wearing moccasins when the mesquite thorns would work their way into the leather. And cactus was...
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    10-17-2017, 08:20 AM
    If you don't want to mess with sabots then try the Powerbelts. A bit expensive but they are accurate for me. If you really want to play with it, try paper patched bullets :) Buffalo Arms has some swaged ones that work well.
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    10-17-2017, 08:13 AM
    Why would the mfgs not stamp their rifles as 5.56 instead of .223? That's the real question at this point. I would guess it is a marketing decision. Some may interpret it as they are making a product to govt standards instead of 'more precise'...
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    10-16-2017, 07:59 PM
    If the little .32acp brass was easier to find after firing I'd still have my 1903. It was such a nice gun for plinking and punching holes in targets. I would have liked a full size pistol in .32acp as I think the round itself was one of those...
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    10-16-2017, 06:52 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread 45- 70 +p? in Factory Rifles
    There is plenty of application for them, just as there is plenty of application for just about any cartridge out there. Do you need one? Nope. For any application there are a few dozen guns/cartridges that can fill the order. I see no...
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    10-15-2017, 07:57 PM
    May be an old thread, but, I was just about to go looking for a bolt rifle in this caliber. Savage was high on my list so was happy to see they chamber theirs to handle 5.56 as well as having a 1:9 twist. A trip to the gun shop may be in order.
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    10-11-2017, 07:23 AM
    'tortilla style' :) I like that.
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    10-11-2017, 07:11 AM
    Thanks Ron. My best days hunting were with my son. But, we rarely got our deer or elk. Just nice to be out in the woods with him.
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    10-10-2017, 05:08 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread 45- 70 +p? in Factory Rifles
    1. Yes, some people want something with more power than a .45-70 2. Many guns chambered for .45-70 can handle the higher pressures. 3. Many people do not reload and do not shoot that much. Not a big deal to spend that much for a hunt. ...
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    10-07-2017, 09:44 PM
    PS for outdoors work a shoulder or chest rig works best for me. Simply Rugged has a chest rig for their holsters that look like they will work with other pancake holsters as well.
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    10-07-2017, 09:39 PM
    Thanks for the response. I have no trouble reholstering with two hands when practicing. One to hold open the slot and then push the pistol in. Even with an IWB it has not been an issue for me. The later response about gun types I also...
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    10-07-2017, 09:08 PM
    Scale most of the time. I will use volume when I am not being fussy, like with a patched ball muzzle loader or a plinking load. As noted above, DO NOT weigh BP substitutes unless you know the conversion from volume to weight. They are not the...
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    10-06-2017, 06:10 AM
    .050 is a common size for fine work. As are some of the other numbered Allen heads. Most of my allen sets included a .050 (Bondhus) I like metric. WIsh everything had changed years ago. Instead I have vehicles with metric and imperial so have...
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    10-03-2017, 08:35 AM
    Holsters are so personal that you really just have to try one and see if you like it. Also, how you carry. Hip, shoulder, SOB, pocket, ankle. My SP101 I liked carrying in a pancake. It was close enough to the body that a loose shirt would...
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    10-03-2017, 08:21 AM
    I agree with a couple of folks. .380 (or 9mm MAK in my case) load with hardball of some type. I use the Buffalo Bore because I also carry it in the field. If not that then factory (foreign) loads. As noted the .380 hollow points just don't...
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    10-03-2017, 08:00 AM
    Only advice I have is practice. A national competitor put it best when asked how he did it. Put 12ga shotgun shells up and kept practicing until he could clear them. The target area is just that small cause you need a solid hit to get the pin off...
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    10-02-2017, 09:13 PM
    My Lyman GPH has a bore of .502. I use the BACO .492 450 gn PP bullets. I use the BACO onion skin paper. Two wraps. Lee .501 sizing die just kinda 'sets' the paper on the bullet. Wrap the bullets dry. No lube on bullet or paper. Wrap so a bit...
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    10-02-2017, 08:15 PM
    The Great Plains Hunter is 1/32 twist.
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    10-02-2017, 07:04 AM
    Glad you found the issue. FWIW, when hunting I used to use a 'safety' on my caplocks. It was a little brass drum that fit over the cap and the hammer rested on it. When ready to shoot, cock the hammer, remove the brass drum and shoot. It also...
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    10-01-2017, 07:10 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread Marlin 38-55 in Factory Rifles
    Be patient. Watched a guy bring a .375 Marlin into a gun shop. The shop low balled him saying, those cartridges are just too hard to find so we don't sell many of these. I think they paid him $200. I almost offered him $250 but I had to get back...
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    10-01-2017, 07:04 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread The Remington 788 in Factory Rifles
    I forgot about that. A 581 was my first gun. Also a tack driver. Probably why I liked my 788 so much :) I also lapped the lugs on both of them. Didn't really improve accuracy that I could tell, but, it made me feel better :) I liked the...
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    10-01-2017, 06:30 AM
    I agree that the Colts look better than the Rems, but, the Rems are easier to shoot accurately for me. My first one was in 1977, Navy Arms. A 'kit' gun and it shot very well. The grip. My hands are large. If I gripped up high my knuckles...
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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