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    Today, 12:00 AM
    Not a cast boolit, but it sure performs! I like the 125 Remington JHP run full tilt! Perfect mushroom and recovered weight = 124.9 gr. out of my Marlin 1894. Three44s
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    Yesterday, 01:21 PM
    Pm sent on #4 HP 457122 mold
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    04-01-2020, 08:47 PM
    I used to think like that, but reality and necessity caught up with me and I bought my first “bear gun”, a 7.5” Ruger Redhawk in 44 Magnum. While that revolver was a bit more frame than what I needed, I found that not only is it a suitable...
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    04-01-2020, 08:27 PM
    The presses I use are either mounted to a min-riser welded to a flat plate or they are bolted down to a 2x8 or 2x10” board. Then I use c-clamps to secure them. My LnL Hornady progressive is mounted to a tall short piece of “I” beam that I...
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    04-01-2020, 01:15 AM
    Three44s replied to a thread Idaho shake in Our Town
    My wife and I drove through the Stanley area back in ‘14. I think we would have been on Hwy 21 where the boulders tumbled on to the road surface? We came south from McCall and then cut east before getting to Boise. We stayed in the mountains...
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    03-30-2020, 07:38 PM
    Paul105, I think I get a sense of how you are holding your revolver. It looks like you shift the base of your thumb to behind the back strap and follow up with shifting your weak hand to replace the loss of support. You are sort of clasping...
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    03-30-2020, 10:07 AM
    Paul105, I feel for your dilemma with your strong hand, but I marvel at your ingenuity at problem solving! For some time I have been thinking of constructing a belt grinder (heavier version of a sander) for my farm shop and watching the videos...
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    03-29-2020, 11:52 PM
    Paul105, You raise an important point about the balance point of a MG vs the 69. If I owned a 69 for woods carry I would put an X grip on it in a heart beat. I was comparing the factory grip (69 vs. 629 MG) I fired a 329 with the wooden...
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    03-29-2020, 07:47 PM
    I need to work with my nephew’s 69 some more to put my finger on what the main difference is between my 629 MG and it. I checked the weight and the difference is relatively small (around 3oz.). What I did notice is that the effective grip...
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    03-29-2020, 01:02 PM
    I think you are right over the target but run that by DougGuy, he is in the business. Three44s
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    03-29-2020, 12:15 PM
    I use a Taylor oven thermometer from WalMart, about $5.
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    03-29-2020, 11:41 AM
    For cast I use the Lee 312-185R or 314-299 by Lyman sized .313 or .314. You can find plenty of load data on here with cast bullets in the 7.62X54 case, 1800 fps is fun to shoot all day long, enjoy!
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    03-29-2020, 10:26 AM
    Three44s replied to a thread Yoti Down! in Hunting with CB's
    Seriously now, Next time guys ....just bring the portable call and live longer! Do not give up calling, just use your head for something other than a HAT RACK! Three44s
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    03-29-2020, 10:20 AM
    Well said! A few years ago I bought my first lefty, a stainless Savage in 243. As I recall it was $289 and barely used. As a Savage rifle tinkerer, I swapped out the 243 barrel after shooting it a while (it shoots well) and fitted my 6mm BR...
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    03-29-2020, 09:45 AM
    My sweetest 44 is my Mountain Gun and it still wears the factory Goodyears. It is my baseline on 44 Mag performance. My nephew owns a Model 69 in 4 1/4” persuasion. He acquired it to carry while elk hunting when he was going to school in Montana...
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    03-29-2020, 02:13 AM
    Three44s replied to a thread Furlough in Our Town
    On the one hand we appeared to have a strong economy prior to the Virus Invasion. In theory our ecomony should have a significant snap back as soon as the virus is mostly whipped. What we do not know is what the permanent damage being done is....
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    03-29-2020, 01:29 AM
    You are correct, you would single it for sure! My drop dead favorite is my 629 Mountain Gun. With respect to the 480 cartridge I load about one grain under max for better extraction. You see the stainless that Ruger uses is certainly strong...
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    03-29-2020, 12:22 AM
    I won’t try to offer an opinion between those two revolvers, but I can tell you that I am really fond of the .480 Ruger. Mine happens to be a 7.5” SRH. I got the bear defense bug back in ‘96 after a Grizzly was claimed to be frequenting for a...
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    03-28-2020, 11:39 PM
    Three44s replied to a thread Yoti Down! in Hunting with CB's
    That be the one! Jerry was a national treasure to be sure! Best regards Three44s
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    03-28-2020, 11:24 PM
    Three44s replied to a thread Yoti Down! in Hunting with CB's
    WELL, at least it “weren’t no SOUPED UP BOBCAT!” Jerry Clower: “down where we come from, we call them a Lynx!” LOL! Three44s
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    03-28-2020, 04:40 AM
    What am I doing? Farming and ranching! The hoarders have to have something to fight over! Three44s
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    03-28-2020, 04:39 AM
    So the other half of that equation will be disposable diaper hoarding, also comensing nine months hence forth? Three44s
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    03-27-2020, 09:02 PM
    Notice no failures with a 44! That means that no one flopped because a 44 was too much for them. A woman even drilled drilled a POLAR bear with a 44, took a few rounds too. She did not fail either! Three44s
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    03-25-2020, 10:29 AM
    I am a very devoted fan of HS6 powder for the 44. From the Hodgdon’s #26 manual: 250 gr of lead, 10.0 gr to 12.0 gr HS 6 powder. I use a magnum primer and get pressures in the 24,000 psi (I stopped at 11.8 gr just because it shoots so well) ...
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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
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