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    12-09-2017, 12:25 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Infamy in Our Town
    We used to have a good customer who was a Navy vet and a "Pearl Harbor Survivor". A very nice and quiet gentleman, I talked with him several times about it but he could never get through a conversation about it without the tears flowing. It wasn't...
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    12-09-2017, 12:14 PM
    38 special 45 Colt 9mm Luger 30-30 8 X 57 Mauser
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    12-07-2017, 10:31 PM
    Sadly, they seem to be disappearing. There was a good one in the city where my wife and I went to college. Bargains galore. I can remember buying her a great Air Force parka that had the fur trim on the hood - super warm for her when walking not...
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    12-07-2017, 10:16 PM
    Pouring from a powder container into a COLD barrel after it has set 10 minutes .. . . . Many EXPERTS think . . . . Yep - there are those that think it's O.K. and that's fine . . . just don't do it around me. I've been shooting BP for 55...
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    12-06-2017, 11:48 AM
    I tumble lube in paste wax and then add a drip of Alox and tumble lube again - basically in a tupperware container. All I use is Alox/PW and I've never had an issue with gumming, etc. - both a variety of pistol cartridges as well as 30/30 and 8mm...
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    12-06-2017, 11:40 AM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Dogs ....a blessing . in Our Town
    We had my mother-in-law in assisted living for a little over three years. She was mobile and mentally as sharp as a tack. Sadly, she died a year and a half ago at the age of 94. Every Sunday, we brought our two little dogs wit us - a 10 pound...
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    12-05-2017, 12:24 PM
    I have 310 bullet sizing dies for the calibers I load - 30/30, 8mm mauser, 38/357 and 45 Colt. Fortunately, I have steel tongs for all of them as, as mentioned, it sometimes is a struggle to use them. I primarily have them to use when I want to...
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    12-05-2017, 11:50 AM
    I love it when people ask others how they should spend their money. If things are that short - I'd suggest you put the $$ in a savings account and save it for a rainy day when you need to pay your bills. Reloading is a "hobby" - "life" and "bills"...
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    12-05-2017, 11:33 AM
    I'm right handed and was right eye dominant. Due to loosing the central vision in my right eye, I now shoot rifles left handed - lever, bolt, whatever and have no issues. I still shoot pistol right handed but left eye is dominant. It is very...
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    12-04-2017, 09:32 PM
    Let's see . . . two dufuses decide to make a video to show the dangers of overcharging with BP and then using smokeless . . . They fire the first round . . . the the two idiots, one with regular glasses . . . the other with no glasses . . ...
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    12-03-2017, 05:58 PM
    Well done! Sounds like you came up with a quick cure for tight balls that worked well! Hmmm . . . maybe I worded that wrong? :-) It's nice when things come together and you have a good day! Just remember - someone has to be first and someone...
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    12-03-2017, 12:01 PM
    Thank you n.h. - greatly appreciated! Jim
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    12-03-2017, 12:44 AM
    I recently picked up a nice used .50 caliber 15/16" Investment Arms Charles Daly barrel to use for a build that a guy was parting out. It's percussion and I got the tang as well - hooked breech. i'm thinking of removing the percussion breech plug...
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    12-02-2017, 12:08 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread RIP Jim Nabors in Our Town
    He brought a lot of joy to people with his roles on the Mayberry RFD, Gomer Pyle, etc. not to mention his fantastic voice and singing - one of the "good guys" who I always heard was really down to earth. His mission on this earth was well fulfilled...
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    12-02-2017, 12:03 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Music Stores in Our Town
    The ones we had are all gone too. Same with the "book stores". Your post brought back some great memories of when I was a kid. . .. the record albums - LPs, 78s, 45s. We had a Spartan console record player and my folks or my brother or I always...
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    11-30-2017, 12:24 PM
    I'm certainly no expert but will add my 2 cents anyway. I always wanted a 30-30 to play with. I ended up buying a Winchester 94 "Ranger". I like it - it was like new - BUT - it's problem as far as misfires. Some on here have said how to...
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    11-30-2017, 11:55 AM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Navy 1851 Project in Cast Boolits
    What caliber is it? It is not a true copy of a Navy Colt as it has a round barrel so it's a 1851 style that is not modeled after a 1851 - not downgrading it but rather just pointing that out for a reason. You haven't stated the caliber. A Navy...
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    11-29-2017, 08:18 PM
    Offer withdrawn - so it is still up for grabs. Thanks. Jim Bump to the top.
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    11-29-2017, 04:32 PM
    PM sent with an offer. Thanks Jim
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    11-29-2017, 11:35 AM
    Anything by Tom Russell . . . or Civil War period music . . . . or good old country music . . . .
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    11-29-2017, 09:38 AM
    Swipe someof the Mrs's nail polish (acetone) remover apply it to the gun with a tooth pick and use the pick as a scrub, it'll come off.
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    11-28-2017, 09:32 PM
    Size of the lock panels will determine if the Siler locks will work. Go to Track of the Wolf and you should be able to download and print the pictures of the locks you are considering in "full size". If using the same barrel, the existing barrel...
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    11-28-2017, 11:41 AM
    I still have a "stupid phone" - an inexpensive flip phone. I used to use the prepay phones but went with Consumer Cellular as they have reasonable plans. I very rarely text on it and have no need to have internet access and all of that. I have...
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    11-27-2017, 03:15 PM
    Lubing minie ball bases with crisco is a common practice and has been used for years and years. I personally have done it for 55 years and shot tens of thousands of rounds with excellent accuracy. There are a number of things that come in to...
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    11-27-2017, 02:38 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread To much powder in Muzzleloading.
    Hmmm . . . let's see . . . . a service load for a 3" 10 pounder Parrott or Ordinance Rifle was 1 # of powder . . . so we'll stick 5# in a wood cannon? Of course it was pretty much doomed to splinters . . . . so in reality, what did it prove? That...
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    11-27-2017, 11:44 AM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread People!!! in Our Town
    Who owns the quarry where you shoot? Any way of getting with the owner, explaining your concerns and together, having a sign made as far as requirements to shoot there? i.e. - no hearing protection for all people present as well as animals = no...
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    11-27-2017, 11:37 AM
    So sorry to hear of your loss and it is never easy to lose such a good friend. It's kind of strange sometimes how things work out. You may have been the "master", but CoCo was in charge of things and I think she planned it the way she wanted it. ...
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    11-25-2017, 11:44 AM
    How many of the 38 Colt long brass do you have and what are you wanting for it shipped if sold outright? New, 1 X fired, more X fired?
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    11-24-2017, 12:47 PM
    Congrats on your GPR! You are going to love it! Ron has given excellent info and like him, I have always done the pinning of the brass ferrels on any ramrod I have ever made or had - just good insurance. Ron speaks of the GPRs he has had and...
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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