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    07-16-2019, 03:22 PM
    A slender needle nose pliers should get it.
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    07-16-2019, 03:19 PM
    I use 5744 and Reloder 7 for 170 to 200 grain boolits. 15 to 20 gr Accurate 5744 or 20-25 gr Reloder 7 have given excellent results in several 308's and 300 Savage's. Maybe Reloder 7 just a bit better(?). Incremental/ladder testing for...
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    07-16-2019, 11:49 AM
    I put new boots in a deep sink, sitting in water and filled with water, next day I pour out the water, wipe out, put on with thick socks, wear, changing socks every hour or two until dry. When dry I use mink oil with Sno-seal melted into...
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    07-16-2019, 09:44 AM
    For the 380 I have had excellent accuracy and function with the Lee 358-105-SWC. That was in a Browning 1971 model. Sometimes .358 functions in the 380 and 9mm, if not, .357 diameter should work. I have used a couple LEE pots without problems,...
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    07-14-2019, 10:42 AM
    MostlyLeverGuns replied to a thread Half Moon Club in Our Town
    Did you get that while wearing glasses/shooting glasses? My broad brim hat and mandatory glasses have taken some recoil hits but saved me from cuts. The eyeglasses protect as well as correct, why I never went for Lasix.
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    07-13-2019, 11:12 AM
    Just got a Henry 24" octagon barrel 22 LR, put an older Nikon Monarch 4-12x40 on it. Parallax goes down to 10 yards, I expect to use it for practice, mostly 50 yards and in, but will occasionally go to 200 yards. I have a few Nikon Monarch's,...
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    07-13-2019, 11:02 AM
    Started counting, got to 70 lever guns and quit, mostly Savage 99's and Marlins, some Brownings, Winchester's and Henry's, a Rossi .357, of course there are others, AR's, bolt-guns and single shots. Lotsa duplicates, 3 284's, 8 or 10 300's, same...
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    07-06-2019, 01:40 PM
    Whether a rifle shoots better by cleaning after shooting jacketed is one of those 'MAYBE" questions. Over on the Cast Bullet Association site there was a discussion, experiment that led to a different conclusion. I have not found any particular...
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    07-06-2019, 11:37 AM
    A decent stainless steel dial caliper covers most gun/reloading work with very good accuracy, half a thousandth (.0005) anyway. Too much flex, wear, and temperature change to plastic calipers. A decent stainless metal caliper is $30 to $60 with the...
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    07-04-2019, 04:52 PM
    Discontinued but Leupold V3i 1.75-6x32, I have 2, on a 444 and 358 Win works well. SWFA used to list a Leupold 3x20 fixed, the Leupold 2.5-20 is too short for some guns, but very, very tough. I've had very good luck with Nikon Monarch's, old and...
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    07-01-2019, 10:56 AM
    First powder I used was HiVel#2 in my Marlin 30-30 in 1964?. It was discontinued about then. Very versatile at that time, Kind of in the 4198/3031 burn rate with a list of the same cartridges. I believe in the 50's it was a popular powder for...
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    06-29-2019, 11:39 AM
    I have excellent results with cast in my Savage 99's in 300 Savage. Brass and dies are easily available or cut-off 308 for brass. In the 760, you can come close to 308 levels.
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    06-27-2019, 03:18 PM
    Once you get over 8 or 10 or 12 or ...., the wife no longer cares and another no longer matters. Finding safe secure storage and properly exercising (shooting) all becomes the problem. After the first 3 or 4 she no longer wants to here 'Look what...
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    06-27-2019, 09:36 AM
    Back in the 50's-60's there were a few wildcats that were formed from '06 with a swaged belt, how the 240 Weatherby came about. Belts on cases were not always bad, maybe even stylish long ago. Nonte's Cartridge Conversions, a magazine article or...
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    06-25-2019, 09:36 AM
    MostlyLeverGuns replied to a thread Zamak in Cast Boolits
    Long ago some company (C-H ?) made swaging dies that would use a zinc washer to protect the lead base, like a gas check or half-jacket. Mostly handguns and the 30 carbine, best recollection from very long ago (50 years plus).
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    06-24-2019, 09:44 PM
    The Leupold 2.5x20 may be the toughest light hunting scope out there. There may be tougher, like Nightforce but their lightest is 20 oz. I have a a 2.5 Leopold on a Savage 99 358 Win and a Marlin 1895 45-70, one is over 20 years old. I have a...
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    06-24-2019, 03:05 PM
    I have used AA2015 for a very long time in Marlin 1895 45-70. I normally shoot 300 grainers, but my accuracy and velocity are both very high. LONG AGO it was cheaper than 3031 and 4198, it does run through a measure very accurately, and my on...
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    06-24-2019, 12:34 PM
    I've used cut-off 7.62 x 51 quite a bit in my 300 Savage's. I have not run into any problems with neck-wall thickness in multiple 99's in 300. I have an older EG that gets used very hard, has the 'short' 2.6" magazine and a couple 'modern 2.8" '...
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    06-23-2019, 06:12 PM
    Not surprised, I run quite a few 300 Savage down range, from a Savage 99, haven't had problems and get good accuracy with gas checks 'below' the neck, 311332 and Matt's bullets 185 .310 pointed. I use 17.5 gr 5744 or 16 gr IMR4227. From a bench...
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Reloading 50 years, started at 13
Hunted CO, WY mostly elk, antelope, some deer, a moose, mostly hunt, shoot Savage 99, Marlin
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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