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    Yesterday, 10:56 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Kings James Version in Our Chapel
    Not sure I understand. I prefer to read the KJV's antiquated language possibly because it forces me to slow down and think about what the scripture is saying. Reading aloud is another matter as I'd probably have trouble reading a grocery list...
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    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    Like my siggie line suggests I do it all from sorting WW's to pulling the lasagna out of the oven for a nice dinner at home, serving up breakfast tacos at deer camp and more hamburger helper than I care to admit. Still had 20 lbs of burger and...
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    Yesterday, 03:54 PM
    I use a 36" drop tube to charge the cases with the charge along with a very slow trickle of the powder. I then compress to needed depth for the bullet / wad / grease cookie combination. In my 45-90 I use mostly Olde Ensforde 1 1/2 f with a 550 grn...
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    01-18-2017, 11:11 PM
    I haven't tried Rx7 in 30-06 but it works great in most of my medium case, medium bore cartridges. I'd buy a pound and try it, if it doesn't work for you in 30-06 it will work in another cartridge like 35 Rem, 375 Winchester and probably 358...
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    01-18-2017, 11:00 PM
    Funny story about that SG. I actually ordered two. One for my brother, one for me. (I'll skip the back story) When they arrived I opened the first one and was very impressed with the wood, probably Grade IV or better. I told the shop owner my...
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    01-18-2017, 08:37 PM
    carbide needs a rigid machine vibration destroys the cutting edge quickly. Those cutters if long enough could be made into boring bars with a bench grinder. But you will need a different set of wheels to cut carbide effiently and cleanly. Used to be...
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    01-18-2017, 02:14 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Pistol blown up in Our Town
    Theres alot of unanswered questions or lack of information here. There are a lot of old S&W 357 revolvers out there that could be pushing 60-70 yrs years old. Metal fatigue occurs not only from over pressure but also from basic use. ANother is there...
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    01-18-2017, 01:52 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Annealing in Reloading Equipment
    As has been stated annealing is a time and temp combination for a given material. Some die steels will draw back at 400* for 4-5 hours in the furnace. Brass can be annealed and is more stable afterwards also. There are many ways to anneal. the...
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    01-17-2017, 05:22 PM
    I always sharpen the tool on the bench grinder to shape and relief then hone the edges sharp with a fine stone by hand. A few passes of a medium to fine hand stone on the cutting edges to hone them sharp makes a big improvement in finish and...
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    01-17-2017, 05:05 PM
    One thing to try doing first and it will show alot is get a card board box and start with it and some tape and cardboard. Make the Prototype from this adding and changing as you go until you have just what you want then commit it to wood. Mistakes...
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    01-17-2017, 02:12 PM
    My digital mitoyos batteries seem to last about 2 years for me. even when they were being used at work daily. One plus to digitals is for repetitive work or sorting they can be zeroed any where along their range so you read zero and +/- instead of...
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    01-17-2017, 02:03 PM
    I drill them out slightly larger than needed then a dab of JB weld and into the die. Wax die body and bullet so they release easily. Let cure and you have a form fitted punch to that bullet. I have also on factory nose seater lapped to match the...
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    01-16-2017, 11:55 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread How do YOU carry? in Our Town
    When my shirt or jacket will conceal it I generally carry a Commander sized SR1911 in a tooled El Paso Saddlery holster on a matching belt. Other times I keep and LCP in my pocket.
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    01-16-2017, 11:16 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread How do YOU carry? in Our Town
    A compact rifle will help with that. ;-)
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    01-16-2017, 10:53 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread C&R license in Our Town
    BATFE has a very good Q&A section on their site that is well worth the time to read. Brownells the log books, think Midway does as well. Just went thru the process, very easy.
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    01-16-2017, 09:31 PM
    ANother handy item with calipers or larger michrometers is a set of standards to check zero and accuracy. I have seen dial caliper that "grew" .003 thru the range. with out standards or gages you may never find this. Another thing to check on...
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    01-16-2017, 09:23 PM
    Most tool shops that cater to the machining trades have or can get decimal reamers in several styles for you. Try MSC, Mc Master Carr and Grainger. I have gotten them at a local tool shop that does have a webpage its T&S tool supply.
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    01-16-2017, 05:20 PM
    Necking up necks get thinner and may not fit as well. Necking down necks get thicker and may require neck turning or reaming to fit. Watch neck wall thickness and concentricity when reforming brass. Brass may get thicker on one side and not the...
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    01-16-2017, 12:35 PM
    A good set of calipers are indespensible on the loading bench and in the reloading gun room. Along with in the shop. I have used Mitoyo, Starrets, Helios, And some others both digital and dials. Digitals are handy and simple. On the dials watch for...
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    01-16-2017, 12:23 PM
    Several things can and should be done to slow thieves and or stop them. One is a safe that has to be disassembled to fit thru doors, If they cant get the locked unit thru the doors it greatly deters them. Serial number on the safe made note of along...
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    01-15-2017, 11:31 PM
    Lubrisized NOE 312299's and 311041's for 30-06 and 30-40. Then loaded same. Then lubrisized NOE 379279 PB and loaded same for 38-55. Lots of head scratching and loading manual perusal and coffee drinking included. ;-) Cleaned a certain 30-06....
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    01-15-2017, 11:18 PM
    Replace it with an RCBS ProMelt, thank me later!
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    01-15-2017, 11:04 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread My Rifle Action in Special Projects
    Darcy, remove your pics and talk with someone familiar with firearm patents. You have a talent in this area and I don't want you to give it away.
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    01-15-2017, 10:54 PM
    Here we go: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?316764-Low-Recoil-Project
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    01-15-2017, 10:48 PM
    Did a thread on the low recoil loads and that happy kid. Little guy has no idea how much his successful hunt meant to me, my brother, his father and the good people here who helped us all pull it off. Will try to post a link but it was on this forum.
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    01-15-2017, 08:00 PM
    I have 2 number ones one a 1 B in 300 win mag and a 1 V in 220 swift. You didnt state the uses for this rifle, this information would determine alot. Hunting, game animals size , Target, informal or formal, Jacketed or cast bullets? For simple...
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    01-15-2017, 07:51 PM
    Fill the pot with water vinegar or lemi shine mix and boil hard for awhile, a little dish soap dosnt hurt any either. Then steel wool with a coarse wool. The carbon in the cast iron makes it porous and able to absorb. This is how its seasoned for...
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    01-15-2017, 03:25 PM
    I'm thinking the Lyman 311041 and RCBS 30-180 are pretty close to twins, looks like a great hunting boolit regardless of which mould drops it. As luck would have it I have some 312299's cast up that I loaded into some 30-40 cases yesterday and I...
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    01-15-2017, 03:05 PM
    Good call. Just headed in to load some PB 379279's from a NOE mould for a 38-55. I like Lyman's 375449 in my 375 Winchester and have diddled a bit with their 380681 in the 38-55. Not sure why I didn't order NOE's 379449, may have missed it. Dunno...
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    01-15-2017, 02:06 PM
    My pact professional from the late 80s early 90s finally gave up on me. Like said above they will sell you the new one at cost ( I believe my quote was $169.00 for the new comparable model) and you have to send the old one back to them. I really...
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I was a NRA High Power rifle competitor for 20+ years with the service rifle also Long Range. I am widowed and Have Multiple Schlrocis. Im just getting into Black Powder Cartridges and cast rifle bullets now. Also have shot alot of handguns Ipsic and Bowling pins with cast bullets.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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