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    11-16-2017, 06:52 PM
    Wow. That's just hard to fathom. I don't know squat about archery so I have no idea what the weight of that bolt would be, but it was just peaking through the offside having traversed the full length. Talk about getting shot placement right....
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    11-16-2017, 12:12 AM
    I put the bolt in a vice, wrapped in chamois with the front lugs on either side and pulled the cockingbpiece back with a screwdriver in the little indent, presumably designed for such, and twisted. Quite easy that. Will analyze the mechanism...
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    11-15-2017, 11:46 PM
    I got it. Your explanation was very clear once I was holding it. Thank you. Now, I can't figure out/remember what the issue was when I last shot it. :( Thanks again.
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    11-15-2017, 11:31 PM
    Thanks for the speedy reply. I'm not sure I've got it exactly, but it's probably a comprehension issue rather than an explanation issue ;-) I'll fiddle with it and see where I can get to. I may need more guidance...
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    11-15-2017, 11:06 PM
    So it was about two years ago that I last shot this rifle. I recall there was some issue, something to do with the aftermarket safety installed by a previous owner. As I recall, the safety shifted around somehow. Anyway, I put it away and forgot...
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    11-15-2017, 02:17 AM
    The 6.5 is a nominal .264" bullet, and probably should be cast at . 266" - .267", so, the mould you have there is going to drop boolits .008 - .010" too large in diameter. That size difference is going to be too much to effectively size down. Any...
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    11-15-2017, 01:00 AM
    "Seating collet" would be gibberish for dead length seating die ;-) I found a 35 Whelan seating die on the flea-bay for $12, so I'll see how that works. Thanks for the good advice.
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    11-14-2017, 06:11 PM
    RPRNY replied to a thread Hk sl7 308 in Factory Rifles
    Hmmm. Interesting. I was unaware of the SL7. Not much of a 308 fanboy, nor a fan of S/A hunting rifles at all, but it's reasonably good looking. Strikes me as a Teutonic SKS. I have a PTR91 and, with an aftermarket recoil buffer, it's quite...
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    11-14-2017, 05:51 PM
    I have an H&R Handi Rifle chambered in 35 Krag and had a set of custom collet dies made by Lee. Works just fine with J-bullets, but when the case mouth is expanded for cast, the seating collet leaves a gap around the case mouth a bit larger than I...
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    11-14-2017, 01:51 AM
    If you want something interesting, think rimmed. The single shot break action rifle cries out for a rimmed cartridge. Headspacing on the rim is quite convenient. Three Wildcats come to mind that might suit: the 30-40 Ackley Improved; the 30-444,...
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    11-13-2017, 08:32 PM
    RPRNY replied to a thread Mechanic overalls in Our Town
    You're retired. Explain to your beloved that, in addition to the privilege of remaining married to you, due to the intense respect and love you have for her, it is your intent to wear pants, each and every day while outside the home, whether you...
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    11-13-2017, 07:30 PM
    If you can get a hollow point 311299, that would add peace of mind out at the long end of things, but I am unsure of the extent to which it may impact terminal velocities. The 311284 was designed for the US Palma Team in 1906, so I feel pretty...
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    11-13-2017, 06:56 PM
    This is a trajectory problem rather than an alloy problem. Or, rather, it should be. There is no need to shoot cast at 2800 fps to kill elk. Starting slower means less speed is lost over distance. And, as noted above, while a flat meplat will...
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    11-13-2017, 05:33 PM
    308 Norma Mag is 64,000 PSI under CIP. The maximum SAAMI pressure cartridge that the H&R Handi Rifle was chambered in was 65,000 psi (270 Win). SAAMI max pressure for 308 Win is 62,000 psi. No magnum rifle cartridges were ever chambered in the...
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    11-11-2017, 05:11 PM
    454 Casull is a great idea! And a 20ga/30-30 combo barrel is very handy. I have a 12" 30-30 insert for a 20ga sxs, but it has never really been more than a novelty.
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    11-10-2017, 02:14 PM
    RPRNY replied to a thread What A Deal On Keurig in Our Town
    'Tis the season...Just in time for all those "tax cuts for the rich"!
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    11-10-2017, 01:28 PM
    And, as I explicitly stated 45-70 is a sensible chambering for this rifle. 308, 223 are not. 243 may be, as a light handy rifle in a low recoil flat shooting single shot may be a good youngster's first deer rifle. But at $450, the price they are now...
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    11-09-2017, 08:22 PM
    I wonder whom Henry management imagines is interested in a $350 to $400 single shot rifle chambered in 308, 223, or 44 Mag for that matter, when MOA bolt action rifles are available at the same price or less for the first two and the R92 for the...
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    11-08-2017, 04:41 PM
    This Glen Fryxell article "Expansion Properties of Cast Hollow Points" should be of some use to you. http://www.lasc.us/FryxellExpansionOfCastHP.htm For your Marlin and the 330 grs Gould, 2F is probably the right powder choice. With appropriate...
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    11-08-2017, 01:49 PM
    Apologies. I should have finished that sentence with this icon :kidding: While I oppose the 223/556 for use on deer as marginal at best, I understand that in the case of proper bullet choices and folks hunting 100lbs racing does, it can be...
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    11-08-2017, 01:28 PM
    I cannot add much to this excellent advice, but have a few small points. Water retrieves can be the hardest to train in a versatile hunting dog, but in a Lab, you are playing to his strengths. Presumably he takes to the water no problem. The best...
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    11-08-2017, 12:00 PM
    The well documented part where many people have feeding issues with either 357 or 38 cartridges and with different profile bullets. That spotty performance.
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    11-07-2017, 03:33 PM
    ONLY because the OP doesn't hand load. If he did so, there would be no question that 45LC would be the better choice. And given the spotty performance of the R92 with 38/357, which many of its proponents have ignored, even then, it is not the clear...
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    11-07-2017, 01:17 PM
    If you don't reload, then a 38/357 is the better choice, but good luck getting it to feed 38 spl reliably. I never could with mine. It now belongs to someone else. On the other hand, have had zero problems with 45LC and several different profile...
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    11-07-2017, 01:51 AM
    Please don't boil anything; it's too efficient a way to ensure rust. In the other hand, the advice given above is spot on.
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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