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    Today, 07:08 AM
    Yep, I danced all around it and still landed on the classic 3.5 grains. I was actually a bit chagrined when I landed on that charge weight. My bullets run about 159-161 grains depending on alloy and lube.
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    Yesterday, 07:10 AM
    I once purchased an old S&W model 12-2 that was unfired. It was a beautiful, new in the box, 30+ year old revolver. I have experience with the model 12 and didn't wish to abuse that alloy frame. I selected some mild target loads and on the...
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    05-20-2018, 09:47 AM
    Lathesmith made it and did a fantastic job. I'm thinking about getting a second one for another dedicated toolhead. The powder funnel is a combination of a Lyman "M" die profile and a Dillon powder through funnel with a little greater length and...
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    05-19-2018, 11:01 AM
    Now That's funny !
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    05-19-2018, 10:50 AM
    After using a RCBS 2 cavity mold to cast my 38 Special SWC bullets, I finally couldn't stand it anymore and went to a 4 cavity mold. Because RCBS doesn't make a 4 cavity mold, that change meant going to another mold manufacturer. (RCBS, are you...
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    05-19-2018, 09:39 AM
    S&W uses ECM (electrochemical machining) to rifle barrels. From another firearms forum: "....Since 1993, Smith & Wesson has been using ECM to manufacture most of their revolver barrels. They use machines manufactured by Surftran to do their...
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    05-18-2018, 08:45 AM
    I've shot and reloaded a bazillion 9mm rounds, including out of Glocks, and never had a problem with bulging cases. The first thing I would look into is your load. Are your loads too hot? Many 9mm chambers have an unsupported section, that's not...
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    05-18-2018, 08:37 AM
    Yea, unfortunately most projects are limited more by my wallet than by my imagination.
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    05-18-2018, 08:34 AM
    I like mowing in the spring and early summer but the novelty wears off in late summer. Some years with lots of rain and sun, it wears off much sooner :-) Idaho45guy, I know your situation. Been there, done that. Seems like the rain only comes on...
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    05-18-2018, 07:56 AM
    Agreed, if you intend to use it and not just admire it, put a new scope on it. I'm a fan of less magnification as opposed to more. If you want a variable power scope on a hunting rifle, I would recommend something that tops out at no more than 7...
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    05-17-2018, 11:07 PM
    You have two different things that might be going on there: 1. The money order just flat didn't get where it was going. 2. It got there and the person didn't cash it yet. If you do not have a means to verify if it arrived, your only good...
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    05-17-2018, 08:20 AM
    /\ Why would you want to do that ?
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    05-16-2018, 08:29 PM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Digital TV in Our Town
    /\:drinks: That's the way to do it !
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    05-16-2018, 05:06 PM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Digital TV in Our Town
    I can get news on the internet. I can read news WAY faster than some liberal talking head can spoon feed it to me between commercials. I can also get the news I want, When I Want It! I'm not into sports and I don't care about what some actor or...
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    05-16-2018, 08:20 AM
    I've seen several conversions in which a S&W adjustable sight has been installed on a non S&W gun. It involves milling a slot in the top strap and drilling a tapping holes to secure the sight to the frame. The process is mostly a function of, "how...
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    05-15-2018, 08:40 AM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread 44 mag in Boolit Lube !
    Everyone will have their favorite loads but in keeping with the OP's comments, I think JonB in Glencoe is right on track: H110/ww296 should not be downloaded. It is a great powder for full power magnum loads but it gets squirrely if you reduce the...
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    05-14-2018, 08:39 AM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread 44 mag in Boolit Lube !
    I essentially have two loads for 44 Magnum; a full power magnum load and a "Skeeter" equivalent 44 Special load in a magnum case. When maximum performance is desired in a magnum cartridge, particularly the .357 & 44 magnums, H110 is my powder of...
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    05-13-2018, 06:19 PM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Digital TV in Our Town
    I can't speak for Hawaii but in my neck of the woods, over the air TV is making a bit of a comeback. It took about 25 years but satellite and cable providers found the tipping point where customers said, "NO" and went back to broadcast TV. ...
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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