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    Yesterday, 11:21 AM
    I've said it before and it's worth repeating, the 44 Special is an outstanding cartridge when handloaded to where it should be. A 240ish grain LSWC moving at around 1000 fps (a little faster in the OP's example !) is capable of excellent...
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    11-15-2018, 07:56 AM
    Very nice !
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    11-15-2018, 07:54 AM
    Yep, every now and then you'll get an upside down primer seated in a loaded casing. The good news is a drop of oil on the open side of that primer will deactivate it. Kroil, Clenzoil, Breakfree, etc, it doesn't matter. After that the round can...
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    11-15-2018, 07:47 AM
    Most just live in the range bag. I have stored them in coffee cans but I've been thinking about making a wooden box for them. I don't have a need to store large quantities of them loaded so I probably will not make a loading block for them. ...
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    11-14-2018, 09:07 PM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Midway Shipping in Our Town
    Have we, the consumer, become a bit spoiled in this world of jet powered air freight, computer controlled shipping, bar code readers, computer tracking right down to the final delivery driver, distribution hubs, 7 day a week delivery options, UPS,...
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    11-14-2018, 08:53 PM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Belleview Boots in Our Town
    Thanks to all for the input.
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    11-13-2018, 07:00 PM
    Depending on your definition of beavertail, that may be a bit difficult. While there are plenty of beavertail grip safeties compatible with ring type hammer spurs, there's just less room for a standard spur at full cock with a large beavertail.
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    11-12-2018, 08:10 PM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Belleview Boots in Our Town
    AWESOME, Thank You !
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    11-12-2018, 08:08 PM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Belleview Boots in Our Town
    ?? Yes ??
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    11-12-2018, 05:11 PM
    Petrol & Powder replied to a thread Belleview Boots in Our Town
    Thanks. Do they run true to size?
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    11-12-2018, 04:57 PM
    I have an opportunity to get a pair of Belleview Boots free or at a very reduced price. I get to pick which model of Belleview I want. My criteria are: waterproof, minimum 8" tall, no zipper, non-insulated. Anyone have some experience with...
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    11-12-2018, 04:24 PM
    From what I've read, Keith was big on square bottom grease grooves and the driving bands were close to being equal in size. Some concessions have been made over the years but the original form is still there. A square bottom grease groove with...
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    11-10-2018, 04:36 PM
    SO with MURS we're basically getting VHF simplex at 2 watts max verses FRS with UHF simplex at 2 watts max but we have the option of a better antenna with MURS ? If we had vehicle operations and maybe someone on an elevated position to act as a...
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    11-10-2018, 02:45 PM
    The FRS radios that are often sold in blister packs of 2 -6 radios are all about the same. We talking about 2 watts max on a simplex (no repeater) UHF frequency with a handheld radio. Again, if you have good cell service where your group...
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    11-10-2018, 10:45 AM
    Agreed, if you have good cell service in the area you will be operating in, that's a better low cost option. One advantage to radio is it allows everyone in the group to hear all of the communication's for the group at the same time but a group...
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    11-10-2018, 09:42 AM
    Don't over think this. You're talking about low wattage, family radio service . This is simplex, UHF, radio with a max output of 2 watts and a hand held radio with a fixed antenna. Despite the claims by the sellers of those radios, the range is...
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    11-10-2018, 09:31 AM
    I think the SWC profile could be difficult in pistol depending on where that shoulder ends up when the bullet is seated in the casing. I'm not saying it will be a problem, just saying it could be a feeding problem. I wouldn't make a lot of those...
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    11-09-2018, 11:59 AM
    Yep /\ It's pretty straight forward. I think a lot of folks over think this.
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    11-09-2018, 10:48 AM
    And this ties in nicely. I just posted this on another forum: A Little P-85 Nostalgia For those of you that were around in the mid to late 1980's and paying attention to firearms, here's a little P-85 nostalgia. For the rest of you, just...
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    11-09-2018, 10:47 AM
    I think there's a distinction between a stamped "sheet metal" slide verses a heavier pressed or folded metal slide. There was certainly a lot of experimentation with stamped slides with varying results. I think the SIG approach is sort of a blended...
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    11-09-2018, 12:27 AM
    I just put a punch in the hole in the base plate (the largest one that will fit) and lever the base plate off the magazine body. The first time you do it you'll think you are going to break something but it works just fine. The base plates are...
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    11-09-2018, 12:10 AM
    OK, fair enough. I didn't start this thread in order to start another, "I like gun X or I do not like gun X" - discussion. I wanted to point out that the world of pistols changed significantly in 1975 but a lot of folks didn't really notice...
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    11-08-2018, 07:55 AM
    There are two ways to protect ferrous metal. You can try to control the water vapor present in the area (climate controlled environment, air tight containers with desiccant, etc) OR You can prevent the water vapor from reaching the surface of...
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    11-07-2018, 04:38 PM
    Bigslug, You don't have to like the SIG P220 (and clearly you do not) but can you at least acknowledge that it was a departure from the norm in 1975? And I wouldn't characterize the slide as "being held together" with one-time-use pins. The body...
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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
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