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    Today, 10:34 AM
    Wayne, I'm not sure I understand the issue. Are you saying that when you close the cylinder it rotates freely and doesn't lock? But the cylinder indexes and locks properly when the action is cycled in DA? If I understand the issue (and there's...
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    Today, 09:45 AM
    Strength is a little difficult to define because we're talking about a system. There are many factors involved. The strength of the cylinder, the strength of frame around the barrel shank, the strength of the top strap, the strength of the action,...
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    Yesterday, 07:42 AM
    Due to some geographical oddity that I've never really understood, Bullseye powder was difficult to obtain in the region I once lived. As a result, WW-231 became my primary powder for 38 Special loads. In fact, it became my powder for a lot of...
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    05-29-2020, 12:38 PM
    roysha - I forgot about the lifetime warranty but that's a good point. That significantly reduces the risk of getting a bad used scope. Tatume - Also a good point. The OP stated with a criteria of 2.5 or 4 power and then said his typical shots are...
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    05-29-2020, 09:00 AM
    And I just saw that Amazon has a FX-II 2.5 x 20mm for $270 and that is a straight tube design.
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    05-29-2020, 08:53 AM
    Check out Optics Planet, you can still get a fixed 4 power Leupold for $300. FX-II 4 x 33mm Not a straight tube, it has a 33mm objective lens but it's a simple, high quality scope. It will not make your $200 limit but I don't think you're going...
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    05-29-2020, 08:43 AM
    When it comes to optics I believe there is no way around, "You get what you pay for". While it is possible for manufacturers to hit a low price point, it is impossible to hit that low price point without cutting corners somewhere. Leupold is...
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    05-28-2020, 06:07 PM
    I really like the GP-100. Strong, accurate, strong, reliable, did I mention they are strong :D They do respond very well to some judicious polishing and shims. Like the OP, I avoid shimming the hammer to make disassembly/re-assembly easier. To...
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    05-27-2020, 06:11 PM
    OK, OPINIONS here: Some in the U.S. military expressed desires to adopt the 9mm shortly after WWII but that movement gained little traction until the late 1970's. The S&W model 39 was in direct response to the U.S. Ordinance department's search...
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    05-27-2020, 03:45 PM
    Lloyd, Right here in post #32 is where we got crosswise...... You gave your opinion and added the phrase, "you know as well as I do" to portray that opinion as if is was an absolute fact. If you care to go back and edit that to something...
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    05-26-2020, 08:18 AM
    /\That's a BIG WIN ! /\ On another note, I don't know the rules and weight limits but someone mentioned Greyhound as a shipping method. There was a time when Greyhound was a great secret in the shipping world. They were not point to point,...
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    05-26-2020, 08:04 AM
    LLoyd, no one is questioning your knowledge of firearms, it is you assertion of opinions as if they were fact that is causing the friction. It is acceptable to use the phrase, "You know as well as I do" to put forth a fact. Here's an example,...
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    05-25-2020, 09:29 AM
    Congratulations, you almost managed to string 11 words together without a spelling or grammar error.
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    05-25-2020, 09:18 AM
    I have absolutely NO need for another press but...........I've been looking at the Redding Boss and Redding Big Boss. :grin: The RCBS Rebel shares the linkage geometry of the Redding presses and all three are in the same price range. The steel link...
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    05-25-2020, 08:53 AM
    You know as well as I do that people who gravitate towards large calibers are compensating for some physical shortcoming.......:wink:
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    05-25-2020, 08:49 AM
    I looked at the Rebel press on-line and it looks to me that RCBS WAS paying attention to their customers. The Rebel appears to be a press aimed at upper end of their customer base. The Rebel has no extraneous features, it is just a solid, strong...
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    05-25-2020, 08:15 AM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Cleaning Kit in Our Town
    Years ago I built a dedicated cleaning/repair bench; complete with the necessary storage and lighting. It was a total game changer and I wish I had done it earlier. I still have cleaning kits for that task when away from home but the bulk of my gun...
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    05-24-2020, 10:16 AM
    I don't believe the military abandoned the 45ACP because of female military members. The U.S.A. was the only NATO member using something other than the 9mm, the 9mm allowed more ammo for a given weight and the 9mm allows more capacity in the pistol....
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    05-23-2020, 10:43 AM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Plastic lumber in Our Town
    Thumbcocker - I don't know what that 3-point carrier frame looks like but if the frame will adequately support the plastic lumber (no long spans) the plastic lumber will be exceptionally weather resistant. However, that stuff isn't cheap and if...
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    05-23-2020, 10:20 AM
    I think as we get older, all of us have a list of guns we wish we had held onto. When Ruger introduced the MKII pistol to replace the Ruger Standard Pistol I acquired one of the very early MKII bull barrel models. That pistol shot better than...
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    05-23-2020, 10:11 AM
    I think that's par for the course. Years ago I got several hundred once fired casings of 308 Win from the same lot (I had the factory boxes they came in) and that was some of the most inconsistent brass I've seen. Not only were the case lengths...
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    05-23-2020, 09:57 AM
    /\ This is right on point /\
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    05-23-2020, 09:44 AM
    Not sure I agree with this statement that Lloyd wrote: "...What killed them was soft americans. Sissys that cant handle recoil and our military and police hiring more and more women who are, well women." First - I don't believe the 40 S&W has...
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    05-23-2020, 09:05 AM
    You answered your own question. Plea agreements often do save time and money. Plea agreements also offer certainty. The old proverb that "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" applies to plea agreements. The outcome of a trial is not a...
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    05-22-2020, 11:04 PM
    Nobody wins caliber wars but I'll bite :grin: I don't hate the 40 S&W but I never warmed up to it. It terms of diameter, the 40 S&W falls exactly between the 9mm and the 45 ACP. I never felt like the gap between 9mm and 45 ACP was a big enough...
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    05-22-2020, 08:57 PM
    For starters, Fees are negotiable. Attorneys don't work for free but that doesn't mean you have to settle on the first asking price. Unless you have some really complex financial situation, a will shouldn't take that long to create. Most of the...
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    05-22-2020, 08:37 PM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Plastic lumber in Our Town
    I've used a little of it. It's super tough in terms of weather resistance but it lacks structural strength. It doesn't do well if you need to span any distance but it's great if it's well supported. As a decking board on 12" centers - it's fine. Get...
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    05-22-2020, 08:18 PM
    I think I'm leaning towards staying with dry tumbling. I agree with dragon81gt and 1hole, I want the brass to be reasonably clean but I don't need super, "see my reflection in the case" clean. The extra work of de-priming, separating pins from...
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    05-22-2020, 07:28 PM
    He likely got more time for the drug charge than he would for the larceny. And if the guns were already gone (like traded for drugs??) then the drug charge is a stronger charge anyway. And they can't return guns to the owner if the guns are gone....
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    05-22-2020, 01:33 PM
    Police don't make plea agreements, prosecutors do. Put the blame where it belongs.
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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
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