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    05-26-2020, 11:13 AM
    Before getting obsessive about QuickLoad (which I've had for years), remember the program is predictive, not necessarily the result of actual pressure data from a ballistics lab. The newer version seems better than the first version I had, at least...
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    05-25-2020, 11:34 AM
    I think that link is going t help me spend some $$$, too.
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    05-22-2020, 12:41 PM
    I've owned a Ruger MK2 338 WinMag for a long time. I got lucky, it's very accurate. It's also heavy, and still kicks a bit with jacketed hunting loads. One of the smaller 338's will kill the same things (maybe excepting big bear) you just need to...
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    05-22-2020, 12:35 PM
    Are the bullet bases beveled? It's common with commercially cast bullets because they fall out of the mold easier. However, the shooter commonly finds they are best with starting loads because the beveled base causes gas cutting and bore leading. ...
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    05-21-2020, 08:12 PM
    I have a friend with 4 black bear mounts in his basement den. He has orders from his wife to shoot a tender meat bear. It took him two days last September to work up the courage to call her and confess he'd shot a 330# bear.
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    05-20-2020, 11:10 AM
    I load my Marlin so the first shot is a Remington jacketed 400 gr bullet at 1300 fps. It's a soft bullet, but heavy enough to break a front leg. The next two are cast 400 gr bullets at 1300 fps which will penetrate most black bear end-to-end. ...
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    05-19-2020, 11:13 PM
    I have large hands, but short fingers. The only double stack handguns that fit me are the CZ75 and Browning High Power.
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    05-19-2020, 11:08 PM
    The 338 Win Mag has too much case for cast bullet velocity. I've got one, tried it, and bought a 358 Winchester when I saw one at a local store. The 338 Federal would be a better fit for cast bullets. Think of it as a 358 Winchester that...
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    05-19-2020, 10:59 PM
    Craig Boddington's book "Perfect Shot North America" shows the heart is well-protected by the front leg. No surprise, but black bear have much shorter lungs than deer, so the lungs are quite well protected too. The perfect rifle shot is the same...
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    05-19-2020, 03:33 PM
    My first centerfire gun was a Colt National Match (before Gold Cups) 45ACP pistol. I think it was made in 1961, and I was the 3rd owner, and got the pistol, a loading bench, and all the Lyman items I needed for casting and reloading for $75. A...
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    05-17-2020, 12:15 PM
    Turkey produces some very good firearms because many of their factories are set up for CNC machining. Cylinder and Slide uses Turkish Browning High Power copies for their custom 9mm pistols. Even the Rock Island 1911's from the Philippines are...
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    05-17-2020, 12:07 PM
    P.O. Ackley didn't have real pressure testing done. Remember John Barsness' comments about velocity increasing only 1/4 the increase in powder charge, pressures staying equal. AI is generally a waste of time and $$. If chamber pressure is kept...
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    05-17-2020, 12:01 PM
    I've had misfires/hangfires with CCI primers and hard to ignite powders. When I pulled the bullet and poured the powder in the trash, then whacked the case mouth against my hand, I got a piece of charcoal about the size of a hat pin head. The burn...
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    05-16-2020, 07:39 PM
    Winchester primers are designed to properly ignite double base powders, even the spherical/ball powders with a graphite coating. Magnum primers may need as much as a 10% reduction in max powder charge. At least that's what Elmer wrote many years...
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    05-15-2020, 10:00 AM
    My Lee seating die will roll crimp. My collette dies are for neck resizing rifle cases. I have several sets of Lee dies, some of which have a carbide "crimp and post" (aka finishing) die which irons out bulged cases. I roll crimp all my cast...
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    05-14-2020, 07:20 PM
    When we lived in western ND, my backyard gunsmith neighbor liked to shoot prairie dogs while walking near their towns. He was having trouble to get enough accuracy from his rifle. I had read recently that European brass was more consistent than US...
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    05-14-2020, 12:00 PM
    Norske replied to a thread Opinions on Rem 783. in Factory Rifles
    I've seen Axis rifles shoot very well at our indoor range. Shooters with problems usually cause them by either setting the front of that "Tupperware" fore end on the rests (barrel's not free floated anymore) or by getting the barrel hot (the...
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    05-14-2020, 11:51 AM
    Norske replied to a thread Packs of Dogs in Hunting with CB's
    When I was a kid, we once had a pack of three dogs running our cattle. My father led our welsh horse to a pasture gate and turned her and our dog loose. One of the invaders fought with and lost to our long-haired dog (collie-elkhound mix?) and two...
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    05-13-2020, 10:50 AM
    Mine is not a Ceiner. It doesn't hold the slide open after the magazine is empty, but I have no other complaints. It is better than plinking accurate, easy to install/remove, and has been reliable.
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    05-13-2020, 10:45 AM
    Norske replied to a thread Opinions on Rem 783. in Factory Rifles
    Field and Stream's rifle editor (Google Gun Nuts, Field and Stream) considers the Winchester XPR and Weatherby Vanguard far superior to any of the other "bargain" rifles. I bought an XPR with an inexpensive but srvicable scope from CDNN last fall...
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    05-11-2020, 08:50 PM
    I have two Kimber 1911s from at least a decade ago: a full-size and a Commander size. The only complaints I've had were thumb safeties that a thumb break holster would rub off-safe, and "spongy" triggers. Last winter, I finally took them to a...
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    05-10-2020, 10:57 AM
    'Over stabilizing" is only a problem for extreme range shooters. At say 1000 yards, the over stabilized bullet has dropped a lot, but it's still horizontal. That leaves an oblong hole in the target. It's only a theoretical problem for the rest of...
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    05-08-2020, 05:36 PM
    Western Powders manual has a caution when loading for the Garand. A powder charge greater than what's listed for a 150 gr bullet and IMR 4064 will produce a volume of gas that will bend the Garand operating rod. I always thought it was a...
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    05-08-2020, 10:39 AM
    Lyman has made high tang sights since 1879. Check their website and carefully examine your rifle. A tang safety will be in the way. Most of the Lyman tang sights retail for about $105.
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    05-05-2020, 09:48 AM
    I just got an e-mail from an outdoor store (Midway, Midsouth, or other?) advertising a night scope (maybe going to be discontinued) at 1/2 price or so.
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    05-05-2020, 09:44 AM
    Norske replied to a thread Hunting accuracy? in Hunting with CB's
    I've used a rest for at least 30 years. It's been a long time since I shot on college rifle and pistol teams. Over half of the deer I've shot were shot with the least accurate centerfire rifle I own, because it was the lightest weight rifle I...
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    05-04-2020, 08:24 PM
    It may be a local thing. My indoor range has so much once-fired brass they are offering it at 1/2 price. 38Spl. is becoming less common, with the popularity of 9mm.
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    05-04-2020, 08:21 PM
    While at our outdoor range, my neighbor and I tried playing Elmer Keith with my SBH at a deer-sized rock across a gully. My Leica rangefinder said it was 185 yards away. By holding the whole front sight blade above the rear leaf sight and keeping...
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    05-04-2020, 08:41 AM
    PAST recoil pads work well for rifles, mainly by spreading the recoil impact over a greater area. If you think you need the best improvised recoil pad, sew a suede patch to a Strearns life jacket. That 1/2" of semi rigid foam will make things like...
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    05-02-2020, 12:21 PM
    The fore end is attached to the barrel, therefore resting the fore end on the firm sand bag will cause vertical stringing. A hand between them will cushion the fore end and reduce stringing. If you want the best rest I've found for recoiling...
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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