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    01-21-2019, 12:28 PM
    Kenny Wasserberger does a Mile Shoot on his ranch once a year. He has written it up in great detail on the Shiloh forum. I remember he wrote the number of MOAs needed to reach a mile-distant target over a 1000-yd one somewhere in his descriptions....
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    01-15-2019, 10:48 AM
    If somebody wants a cartridge for general purpose, with utility, availability, and maximum effectiveness with minimum drawbacks as prime criteria, why not the .30-06? It was designed by a committee of American military men, ballistic experts and...
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    01-12-2019, 09:16 AM
    Colonel Townsend Whelen wrote: “The .30-06 is never a mistake!” And Lindy Cooper Wisdom wrote: “There ain’t a lot of problems a man can’t fix With $700 and a .30-06.”
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    01-11-2019, 09:29 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread BP data in Black Powder Cartridge
    Get a copy of the SPG Handbook by Steve Garbe and Mike Venturino.
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    01-11-2019, 10:53 AM
    Not in my experience. Like the Mannlicher rotary magazines, the spool and feed gates are specific to one cartridge only. My 99 was a shot-out .30-30, of the old pattern with the adjustable spring tension. I had it relined to .25-35, figuring...
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    01-10-2019, 12:06 PM
    I don’t have experience with a lot of rifles, but it seems to me that a paper patch boolit of a given caliber, properly loaded and set up, is just a bit more accurate than the corresponding grease-groove boolit at its optimum loading. But it’s...
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    01-09-2019, 10:40 AM
    The old Ideal number for the .38 LOL was 358160. Haven’t seen a loose mould for one, but have come across a few Number 4 loading tools for the .38 LOL that have that mould on the end. Kind of hot to cast with, but doable. You’d have to haunt...
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    01-09-2019, 10:03 AM
    All the black powder I’ve salvaged from old cartridges was crushed and caked in the cases. By the time I got it out, it couldn’t possibly have been of the original grain size distribution, and therefore was pretty useless for comparison with modern...
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    01-07-2019, 12:27 PM
    I’m old enough to remember when the “originals” were sticking out of 55-gallon drums at the surplus stores, coated with grease, dirt and who knows what else. Your choice, 15-20 bucks. Par with or only slightly more than a name-brand single-shot...
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    01-06-2019, 03:16 PM
    Clausing still supports Atlas lathes with some new parts and E-Bay is full of accessories and parted out stuff from old Atlas machinery. They’re the Volkswagen Bug of hobby lathes; not fancy but eminently affordable; they’ll get you where you want...
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    01-06-2019, 01:15 PM
    Those plastic Adirondacks seem to have a service life of 2-1/2 years out here. I think I’ll get wood ones to replace them when they’ve all taken their early retirement. Congratulations on your poise and coordination, and I’m glad you got out of...
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    01-05-2019, 08:21 AM
    I attended a couple times in the mid-80’s, and twice a year from 1989 to 1999, when the three County Supervisors shut it down. Seven buildings, with some of the spaces between them as well. I’d go through the place Friday from 9AM to 7PM, drive to...
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    01-03-2019, 09:53 AM
    “Oh, wow! Beautiful!” used to be all over the place. Don’t hear it much any more. The phrase I remember most from childhood is “Because I said so!”
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    01-02-2019, 10:40 AM
    A really good gunsmith is a vastly underpaid cabinetmaker/tool-and-diemaker, enslaved to his trade by a fascination for guns and their workings, and attaining Perfection in general. An acquaintance of mine used to do the metalwork for a custom...
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    01-01-2019, 12:28 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread New Years Wish in Our Town
    A friend put a personal message in his Christmas card to me: “In the New Year, may your Chickens fall like rain.” I sure could use some of that. :mrgreen:
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    12-29-2018, 06:33 PM
    If you use one of those Delrin 3/8” cleaning rods like Arizona Sharpshooter’s used to sell, cutting your bedsheets in 1-1/2”x1-1/2” squares ought to get you close. The 3/8” Delrin rod would bend enough to be usable on a Peabody or Martini, but...
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    12-28-2018, 10:40 AM
    It is eminently “do-able;” rather labor- and time-intensive, though. Forster case trimmers have an attachment that allows drilling of a concentric hollow point in a loaded cartridge, and the late, great Al Goerg once offered a centering cap that...
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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