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    Today, 06:47 PM
    I make stir fry in a wok but it's very difficult to get enough heat from a conventional gas cooktop. To be done correctly, stir fry requires great heat and is cooked very fast. I use chicken breast, water chestnuts (sliced), carrots, celery,...
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    Today, 06:35 PM
    WOW, you just opened yourself up for some input ! :grin: I must vote for the Ruger and I'll try to justify that vote. The plunger tube cast as part of the frame is a big plus. It cannot come detached. The cast frame itself is also a plus. Ruger...
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    Today, 06:06 PM
    One absolute trait about misinformation and rumors is that false information only requires the tiniest of toeholds to become prolific. HR, the fact that you have been unable to find even a single civil case that supports a link between...
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    Today, 09:23 AM
    The speculation offered by observers as to why a particular policy exists or doesn't exist is often suspect. The explanation for not having a shooting skill ribbon displayed may be as simple as the department doesn't wish to pay for the ribbons or...
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    Today, 08:35 AM
    Well, I've done that job and it's not horrible but it's not a "piece of cake" either. 2WD is certainly easier than 4WD. I appears the OP is seeking to pay someone to do that job. I would be surprised if a shop quoted that job at less than 6...
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    Yesterday, 10:12 PM
    In a shop with the proper lift and a transmission jack, I could do that job in way less than 3 hours. BUT, most shops will not price that job like that. They will pad that time estimate and mark up the cost of the parts.
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    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    And I just looked up a flex plate on NAPA's webpage and they sell it for $70.
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    Yesterday, 09:54 PM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Oil lamp wick in Our Town
    For a flat wick, there's not too much to it. Basically just need to match the width. Most halfway decent hardware stores still carry a good selection of flat wicks. If not, there are plenty of on-line sources. Always a buy a spare ! For some of...
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    Yesterday, 09:44 PM
    The flex plate is sort of like a flywheel but lighter. It connects the output of the crankshaft to the torque converter of an automatic transmission. The part itself isn't too expensive, it's basically just a big piece of stamped steel with holes in...
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    Yesterday, 11:02 AM
    The 2.5" - 3" DA magnum revolvers are some of the best combat handguns ever created, IMO. The combination of size & power provided by that package is just hard to beat. Thanks for showcasing that awesome revolver ! That Michigan course is a...
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    Yesterday, 10:00 AM
    You generally don't need a gas check on a handgun bullet. A 150-160 grain SWC is about the best "do it all" bullet for the 38 Special. RCBS makes a great mold for that bullet but RCBS molds are limited to two cavities. If you want more cavities...
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    10-15-2019, 03:35 PM
    I've order several over the years, including the most recent one and few during the last 3 years or so; never had a problem with quality or service. Tyler's are the answer when you don't want to take off the original grips but need something...
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    10-15-2019, 06:52 AM
    Just wanted to toss this out there. I recently ordered a Tyler T-grip adaptor from Tyler manufacturing. They're a bit old school and still use printed order forms and U.S. mail. I mailed in my order form and check. My new, well packaged T-grip...
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    10-15-2019, 06:20 AM
    It doesn't sound like that "instructor"? is telling you the real use for those rubber bullets. If he was teaching malfunction drills, a simple dummy round would work and be safer. I think he has another use in mind for those rubber bullet...
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    10-13-2019, 11:15 AM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Piston or gear? in Our Town
    Opps, misread the question. You were talking about hydraulics and I was thinking injectors.
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    10-13-2019, 10:12 AM
    I would recommend using the same bullet weight in your practice load and carry ammo but the practice load doesn't need to be +P unless you just want to duplicate the recoil of the two rounds. Bullet weight has more effect on Point of Impact than...
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    10-12-2019, 02:58 PM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Cabelas' BS in Our Town
    RogerDat has the correct approach. It generally isn't the clerk's policy, it's the clerk complying with his/hers' employer's policy. I'm way over 21 and just make up a date when someone asks. I get annoyed when I'm buying something like...
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    10-12-2019, 02:38 PM
    Oh California has more than its share of fools but by no means a monopoly on idiocy. Fools are distributed far and wide.
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    10-12-2019, 10:27 AM
    JM, I'm with you on keeping lead away from my cooking gear. My stoves used for cooking never get near lead and my stoves used or melting lead never get near food. As for the Coleman fuel verses unleaded gasoline, I've never had a problem with...
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    10-12-2019, 10:12 AM
    I don't see the gray are you're referring to. The law is clear. If you are that concerned you can eliminate the problem by not carrying a backup handgun while hunting with a muzzle loader.
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    10-12-2019, 09:51 AM
    I took this straight from the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission web site for 2019-2020 Hunting regulations: To be used for deer hunting, muzzleloading rifles must have a barrel 18 inches or longer and be .40 caliber or larger. Magnifying sights...
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    10-12-2019, 09:38 AM
    As I read the OP's post ref the law, if the handgun is a backup to a primary muzzle loader, it doesn't matter at all what caliber the handgun is. "The state is Arkansas and the law states "Muzzleloading handguns must have a barrel at least 9...
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    10-11-2019, 10:52 PM
    You can't blame the police for this one, the school put the officer in a position where he could do nothing and suffer the consequences OR do something and suffer the consequences. From the news story: " ...the girl was having a discussion with...
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    10-11-2019, 08:46 AM
    lotech - I agree completely. It seems to be easy to get all wrapped around the axle when it comes to the crimping operation. It's not that complicated. With the exception of some ball powders and magnum loadings that require a heavy crimp to...
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    10-11-2019, 08:22 AM
    The OP is very adamant about not using a vented device. The Modine units hung from the ceiling and fueled by natural gas or propane are historically excellent units in large spaces (garages, workshops, etc.) but they require a vent. So, with...
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    10-11-2019, 07:49 AM
    I can look at a picture of poison ivy and break out in a rash. Avoiding that stuff is the best medicine but if you get into it, wash as quickly as possible (get the oil off of your skin). Once you have the rash, you're really behind the curve but...
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    10-10-2019, 07:40 PM
    Yep, keep turning it down until it rolls the case mouth into the crimp groove of the bullet. There's a short taper crimp lead on the Redding die and then a roll crimp profile after that. You don't need to crush the case mouth into the bullet, you...
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    10-10-2019, 05:14 PM
    Hi-Speed, a crimp die is one of the easiest dies to set up. Start with a bullet seated in the casing to the desired depth. With the crimp die turned out so that it doesn't crimp at all, raise the ram to the top of the stroke. With the ram all...
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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