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    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    A type III wadcutter allows a bit more weight in a wadcutter design and about as large of a meplat as possible for the caliber. At short ranges that type of bullet may have some usefulness as a SD bullet. I'm not sure it would be significantly...
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    Yesterday, 06:26 PM
    Looks like it's been covered. In addition to Outpost's excellent information I'll add that I primarily use a bore mop to oil a cleaned barrel for storage.
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    Yesterday, 09:15 AM
    /\ That's just evil
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    09-22-2018, 01:20 PM
    I think I'm going to use up most of that 231 and then decide if I want to use Bullseye for both my 38 Special loads and my 45 ACP loads. I don't like to jump back and forth between powders but I'll never use up that 231 by only shooting it in 38...
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    09-22-2018, 01:16 PM
    Both the 99 and most modern bolt action rifles are fairly durable. As for the Savage 110, it does take advantage of an assembly system that significantly reduces cost. By using barrel nut to secure the barrel to the receiver as opposed to...
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    09-22-2018, 07:53 AM
    I'm not sure why you are so set on using "Push feed" in your description of a bolt action rifle as opposed to a controlled feed bolt action. From a stand point of durability, those are not huge differences (push feed vs controlled feed). While...
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    09-22-2018, 07:16 AM
    I like it ! Does anyone claim their bullet went through one of the holes in the tie plate :-P ? I've switched from 231 to Bullseye for most of my 38 Special loads so I have a lot of 231 on the shelf. If I can burn that surplus 231 in 45 ACP...
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    09-21-2018, 10:04 AM
    So to revive this thread, ... 200 Gr Saeco #69 4.8 grains of Bullseye OR 5.2 grains of WW231 ????
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    09-21-2018, 08:02 AM
    Those pre-model number S&W K-frames are not rated for +P, so if you don't want to abuse it be careful what you shoot in it.
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    09-20-2018, 06:48 PM
    I've been playing this game for many years and spring weights are a double edged sword. People have a tendency to equate light DA pulls with accuracy and that's not absolutely true. A heavy DA pull that disrupts your hold may interfere with...
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    09-18-2018, 06:58 AM
    Glock's marketing has always been aggressive, probably out of necessity. If you want to read an interesting book concerning the Glock pistols I can recommend "Glock, The rise of America's Gun" by Paul Barrett. And by the way, Glock wasn't...
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    09-16-2018, 09:36 PM
    Mine looks to be 0.163"
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    09-16-2018, 09:31 PM
    Texasnative46, I attempted to send you a PM but your mailbox is full. Thanks for the offer but I'm not currently in the market for a car.
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    09-16-2018, 11:33 AM
    That pretty much sums it up in a nutshell. You can spend as much time & effort as you desire but there are diminishing returns and practical limitations. As I said earlier, this topic breaks down into doing things because of personality traits and...
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    09-16-2018, 11:16 AM
    In the Mid-Atlantic states there are plenty of old 123 diesel Mercedes but the bodies are the weak link. Either the stills and lower quarter panels are rusted out or the interior is trashed. You have to get out of the "salt states" to find solid...
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    09-16-2018, 10:34 AM
    We need legislation ! All .380 Auto casings need to be steel and all 40 S&W casings must be confined to a special range ! :roll:
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    09-16-2018, 10:06 AM
    I'm thinking about starting a support group.
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    09-16-2018, 10:00 AM
    My father was, ......well let's just say frugal..... So back when .22 shorts were cheaper than those really expensive and overpowered 22 longs - that's what he would buy. And those super powerful 22 long rifle cartridges, those were reserved for...
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    09-16-2018, 09:39 AM
    OK, This isn't a big deal but I just want to rant a little bit. I don't like 40 S&W casings ! There, I said it. When I tumble 9mm brass and some 40 S&W get in the mix, the 9mm casings telescope inside the 40 S&W casings. When I tumble 45...
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    09-15-2018, 08:21 AM
    I think this issue can be divided into two different themes: 1. Strict control of the reloading process due to the personality of the reloader. and 2. Strict control of the reloading process in order to achieve a desired result. I work...
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    09-14-2018, 12:44 PM
    AGREED ! One of the strengths of the 115/123 and even the 124 chassis was their relative simplicity. Despite their "high end" image in America (they don't share that image in Germany) they were pretty straight forward cars. The electrical system of...
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    09-14-2018, 12:35 PM
    Red Bear, I hear you loud & clear. To say that the water cooled VW's are "quirky" is a gross understatement. The old air cooled VW's had their issues as well but they were simple enough that one could work around and overcome the problems. When...
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    09-14-2018, 12:24 PM
    Yep, with proper maintenance the engines are bulletproof. The weak link is the rest of the car, particularly the bodies when it comes to rust. I don't think the 70's and 80' Mercedes are any more prone to the dreaded tin worm than their...
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    09-14-2018, 11:47 AM
    Shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia and, based on my personal observations, - entirely TRUE: "...The OM617 engine family is a straight-5 diesel automobile engine from Mercedes-Benz used in the 1970s and 1980s. It is a direct development from the...
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    09-14-2018, 09:23 AM
    AND...... if you want the ultimate in fuel mileage....the 1986 190D 2.5 and 1987 190D Turbo 2.5 were very thrifty with fuel. That compact body known as the 201 chassis (C-class) was a long distance commuters dream BUT everyone that owned one knew...
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    09-14-2018, 09:09 AM
    Elkins45 - I'll jump in here and I'm sure texasnative will as well. The diesel Mercedes sedans and wagon from the 1970's and 1980's were some of the most durable designs to ever come out of Germany. The chassis went through model changes and are...
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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