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    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    I went through the academy back in the mid 80s. There were two of us from my town. The other cop, a Vietnam veteran, had absolutely no handgun knowledge. There were many who did have handgun knowledge but at the end of the 3 week session, the...
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    09-15-2018, 09:47 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Mold and mildew ? in Our Town
    I used Borax and water in my basement that had flooded. I read that bleach stays on the surface and is toxic but the Borax reaches below the surface and isn't toxic. It worked great. I bought a 3 gallon sprayer, mix a cup of Borax in, spray it,...
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    09-14-2018, 02:20 PM
    When they go, they don't go far. Look around for signs. We were driving home from the vets the day we put our white Shepherd down (bone cancer), and there on the beach was a white Shepherd puppy - same color, same big ears, same curled tail. As...
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    09-09-2018, 03:22 PM
    Some of the fired cases are not deformed. I'm going to load some rounds using the Fiocchi brass and my cast bullets (.326"). I'm going to mark and note each chamber and see if the problem is not in all of them. Annealing makes sense if all of the...
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    09-08-2018, 11:57 AM
    The Fiocchi brass is ballooning out like the 32-20 brass in the above pic did, even though the Fiocchi brass is wider. Not every case, so I have to figure out which cylinder chamber is out of specs. If it is an out of shape or stretched chamber,...
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    09-07-2018, 01:47 PM
    Yep, the Fiocchi bullets are too big. It almost made it out. The first 6 rounds were fine but very very slow. At least I can reload the brass with cast bullets.
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    09-07-2018, 08:55 AM
    I got the Fiocchi ammo - the cartridge specs are basically what 17nut posted above. The body of the brass case is wider all the way down compared to the cases formed from 32-20 brass. There's a 2.5 gr powder charge in the case. The bore of my...
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    09-04-2018, 11:46 PM
    Can a C&R holder in CA still purchase a gun on the list in a store in another state and bring it back to CA?
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    09-04-2018, 07:47 PM
    I went into a local gunshop today for the heck of it and there on a shelf of used dies was a Lee 3 die set in .25 acp that looked like they hadn't been used. $10. I don't think I was limp wristing the gun, I think it was the ammo. But it's...
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    09-02-2018, 09:15 PM
    I came across a vintage Remington R51 in .380 (1st generation) for about $400 (great shape). I read somewhere that they were kinda fragile. Any thoughts on this gun as a shooter/collectable?
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    09-02-2018, 06:54 PM
    Battis replied to a thread more wall tiling questions in Our Town
    I passed all the info on to the new project manager, which she added to her own research. I feel like June Cleaver, or any housewife from the 50s. Thanks for all of the replies.
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    09-02-2018, 05:31 PM
    Battis replied to a thread more wall tiling questions in Our Town
    I had back surgery two weeks ago so I'm more useless than before. But Da Momma has taken it upon herself to get the job done. She did most of the ripping out of the top layer of sheetrock and she's willing to do the Wonderboard and the tiling. ...
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    09-02-2018, 03:41 PM
    Battis replied to a thread more wall tiling questions in Our Town
    We removed the top layer of sheetrock, and we're down to the old plaster. There are a few spots where the underneath plaster is gone and the studs are exposed. Can Wonderboard be installed over studs with shims, or does it have to be installed...
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    09-01-2018, 07:00 PM
    Battis replied to a thread more wall tiling questions in Our Town
    I never thought about the expansion and contraction. I'll just take the wood out.
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    09-01-2018, 06:35 PM
    Battis replied to a thread more wall tiling questions in Our Town
    Can wood be prepped to take tile?
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    09-01-2018, 05:57 PM
    Battis replied to a thread more wall tiling questions in Our Town
    Above (and behind) the sink soapstone backsplash, under the window, I put one long pine board, about 5' long. Can you tile over wood?
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    09-01-2018, 04:56 PM
    Battis replied to a thread more wall tiling questions in Our Town
    The intent all along was to use tin but that's all changed. Tin would probably cover the wall as it is but tiling makes more sense. I've only tiled a partial floor, so I don't have any tiling skills. I'll cut out the old wall and replace it.
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    09-01-2018, 03:50 PM
    Battis replied to a thread more wall tiling questions in Our Town
    I think I gotta bite the bullet and do it the right way. It shouldn't be too bad to rip the old stuff out and replace it with the Wonderboard- it's not a big area. If I do it Mickey Mouse, Minnie will not be happy. I keep telling her to find a...
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    09-01-2018, 02:15 PM
    Battis replied to a thread more wall tiling questions in Our Town
    That would have been the best way to go if I had planned it out in advance, but now we have everything in place - countertop, cabinets, etc. To get to the studs I'd have to remove the top layer of sheetrock, then the old horsehair plaster, and the...
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    09-01-2018, 01:36 PM
    I got the wet tile saw from HF, bought the tiles, ready to prep the wall above the backsplash, under the counters. Question: does it make any sense to cover the area to be tiled with very thin paneling or some other type of material to give the...
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    09-01-2018, 11:10 AM
    Based on the specs of that cartridge case, my rounds are way undersized, everywhere except the case length and OAL. The loaded rounds rattle around in the chambers (which I plan on measuring). So...the pressure slams into the base of the bullet...
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    08-31-2018, 08:43 AM
    I made 8mm Lebel revolver cases out of 32-20 cases. I used an Accurate mold and a Lee bullet sizer (.326" - the bore is .323"). 2.8 grs Bullseye. The gun is very accurate, not much recoil, average = 400 fps. But, the fired cases are ballooned...
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    08-30-2018, 03:43 PM
    I put the original recoil spring back in but there was no difference with the Winchester ammo - lots of eject failures. But, the PPU was just about perfect (one hang up). The PPU ammo was about 50 fps faster than the Winchester, and much more...
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    08-30-2018, 11:35 AM
    Battis replied to a thread Help in Our Town
    Interesting side note: Gabapentin is being prescribed for dogs. They found another market for the stuff.
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    08-30-2018, 11:24 AM
    Battis replied to a thread Help in Our Town
    The problem with Amitriptyline or any similar drugs is that they're anti-depressants, and if you're not depressed, they can have bad side effects. As far as nerve damage - I'm not a pot advocate, but the one time I took a single "hit" last year I...
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    08-29-2018, 06:05 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Help in Our Town
    I was on it for a short time and the side effects were really bad. Back in the early 90s, as a pain treatment (not a depression treatment), a DR had me try an anti-depressant called Elavil that contained a drug called Amitriptyline. Again,...
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    08-28-2018, 09:52 PM
    I put the original springs back in, but haven't been back to the range yet. I had back surgery (disc) two weeks ago tomorrow (Wednesday). I shot the gun about 6 days after I got out of the hospital, thinking that a .25 is kick-less, but I gotta...
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    08-27-2018, 05:43 PM
    Battis replied to a thread cutting tile in Our Town
    Would a 4 1/2" saw do the job or is it worth it to get the 7"? The tiles are 2"x4".
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    08-27-2018, 12:03 PM
    Battis replied to a thread cutting tile in Our Town
    I will most likely go with the inexpensive saw, get a good blade, and definitely practice with it. Luckily the area to be done isn't that big and the only cuts would be for the outlets. The tiles are small (2"x4") so a screw up isn't a big deal. ...
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    08-27-2018, 08:53 AM
    Battis started a thread cutting tile in Our Town
    Based on the good advice I got here, we decided to tile above the kitchen countertop to beneath the cabinets. I don't want to rent a wet saw simply because, for me, these projects take time, and the rental will add up soon to a price of a new saw. ...
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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